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5/10/23 : Minor League Roundup


International League ( AAA ) - Lehigh Valley 8 (18-16)  Memphis 4 (21-14)

Allentown, PA - Coca-Cola Park


Summary :


Simon Muzziotti singled in the first inning, he scored on a two run home run by Jake Cave.


Moises Gomez tripled for Memphis in the fourth inning and scored on a double by Jordan Walker.  Luken Baker doubled to score Walker.


Jake Cave hit his second home run of the game leading off the fourth inning.  Dustin Peterson doubled and scored on a single by Vimael Machin.


Moises Gomez homered for Memphis in the sixth inning.


Simon Muzziotti hit a two run home run in the seventh scoring Esteban Quiroz (walked).  Weston Wilson and Jake Cave drew walks, Jim Haley tripled to score them both.


A walk, single, wild pitch and ground out scored a run for Memphis in the ninth.


On the Hill :


Noah Skirrow turned in another solid performance going 6 2/3 innings allowing three runs on seven hits and one walk, he struck out four batters.  Yunior Marte struck out the only batter he faced.  Erich Uelmen pitched a perfect 8th inning striking out two batters.  Jesus Cruz closed it out.


At the Bat :


Simon Muzziotti had three hits (single, double & HR ) raising his season batting average to .402.   Jake Cave hit two home runs and delivered three RBIs.  Jim Haley had two hits (double & triple).  Dustin Peterson doubled.



Did Ya Know?


Erich Uelmen has six consecutive scoreless appearences, covering 6 2/3  innings. He's allowed just two hits and a walk, good for a 0.45 WHIP. He is 1-0 plus a save in his only opportunity.” - from Media notes supplied by Sam Jellinek - Iron Pigs Manager of Broadcasting and Media Relations


Eastern League ( AA) -  Reading 6 (11-17) New Hampshire 5 (14-14)

Reading, PA - First Energy Stadium


Summary :


Carlos De La Cruz singled in the bottom of the first inning, he advanced to third on a single by Johan Rojas.  Drew Ellis walked to load the bases.  Matt Kroon walked to score a run.  Rojas scored on a ground out by Max McDowell.  Wendell Rijo and Nick Podkul walked to score a third run.


Madison Stokes doubled in the second inning and scored on a two out double by Drew Ellis.


Garrett Whitley singled in the 5th inning, went to second on an infield single by Carlos De La Cruz and scored on a double by Johan Rojas.  De La Cruz scored on a wild pitch.


Orelvis Martinez hit a two run home run in the sixth inning for New Hampshire.  They were retired in order thru five innings by Tyler Phillips before Miguel Hiraldo doubled to lead off the inning.


Will Robertson led off the seventh inning for New Hampshire with a home run.


With two outs in the ninth inning Phil Clarke hit a two run home run for New Hampshire scoring Dylan Rock (doubled) in front of him.


Note :


Johan Rojas left the game in the seventh inning after fielding a ground ball awkwardly, appeared to have twisted his ankle according to the announcers.


On the Hill :


Tyler Phillips was perfect thru five innings.  He went a total of six innings plus three batters into the seventh yielding three runs on five hits and one walk while striking out six batters, had a put away breaking ball once again, especially in the first five frames but also a very lively heater ( sat 93-95 and topped out at 96 mph).  Taylor Lehman inherited two runners in the seventh with no outs, he got a 5-4-3 double play and then a strikeout to strand both.  Tyler McKay pitched a perfect 8th inning.  Brett Schulze finished it out.


At the Bat :


Johan Rojas had three hits (two singles & a double) raising his season average to .304. Carlos De La Cruz (now hitting .302) and Matthew Kroon each had two hits.  Madison Stokes and Drew Ellis each doubled.



Did Ya Know?


“This Day in Baseballtown History - May 10, 2015: At Erie, Aaron Nola has his best outing as a Fightin Phil, going 8.0 innings and allowing just 1 earned run on 4 hits while striking out a season-high 8 for his 4th victory, a 4-1 win over the SeaWolves. Art Charlescontinued his torrid hitting on his way to Eastern League Player of the Week honors.  He produced his 3rd straight 3-hit game, doubles, scores a run and is intentionally walked twice.” - from Media notes supplied by Jake Starr - Fightins Media Relations and Press Box Manager


South Atlantic League ( High A ) - Greensboro 8 (18-11) Jersey Shore 4 (12-13)

Greensboro, NC - First National Bank Field


Summary :


Greensboro scored five runs in the first inning, they loaded the bases on two walks and a hit batter.  A third walk scored the game’s first run.  A sacrifice fly scored the second run.  Sammy Siani then hit a three run home run.


Rixon Wingrove belted his 6th home run of the season in the 4th inning to put Jersey Shore on the board.


A walk, stolen base and single scored a run for Greensboro in the fifth, a double by Hudson Head scored another.


Tsung-Che Cheng tripled for Greensboro in the seventh and scored on a single by Tres Gonzalez.


After two walks put runners on for the BlueClaws in the eighth inning Kendall Simmons hit a three run home run.


On the Hill :


Gunner Mayer started but didn’t make it out of the first inning going 2/3 of the frame.  Carlos Francisco pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings, no hits, one walk and three strikeouts.  Chase Antle pitched two perfect innings striking out three batters.  Albertus Barber made back to back appearances and pitched an inning.  Matt Russell went two frames and Orion Kerkering made his High A level debut with a perfect eighth inning of work, pop out, ground out and fly out.


At the Bat :


Casey Martin went 2 for 4 (singles).  Rixon Wingrove and Kendall Simmons each homered.



Did Ya Know?


Rixon Wingrove is 22-61 (.361) with six home runs since beginning the season 1-20.  His two home runs hit on Saturday were his fourth multi home run game of his career and second of the season (4/19 at Aberdeen).   All six of his 2023 home runs have come on the road.  Wingrove, a 22 year old from Newcastle, Australia, was the first baseman for Team Australia in the World Baseball Classic and for the ABL Chamipon Adelaide Giants over the winter.” -  from Media notes supplied by Greg Giombarrese - BlueClaws Director of Communications


Florida State League ( Low A )  Clearwater 9 (22-7) Dunedin 4 (16-13)

Dunedin, FL - TD Ballpark


Summary :


We attended this one in person, an 11 AM Education Day event.


The Threshers scored three first inning runs, Jordan Viars was hit by a pitch and Felix Reyes singled, they each advanced a base on a wild pitch.   Otto Kemp singled to score them both, Kemp stole second base and advanced to third on a balk.  Ryan Leitch singled to score him.


Ryan Leitch walked to lead off the fourth inning, he then scored on a hard hit double to center field by Cade Fergus.  Fergus advanced to third base on a balk call and scored on a sac fly by Bryan Rincon.


Cade Fergus hit a long fly over the left field wall in the sixth inning for a home run, easy power 💪.


Dunedin used two singles and two errors (one fielding & one throwing on center fielder Justin Crawford) to score a run in the bottom of the sixth.   They used two walks, a wild pitch and a single to score a run in the seventh.


Felix Reyes singled in the 8th inning, advanced to second when the center fielder kicked the hard one hopper, to third on a wild pitch and scored on Cade Fergus’s second double of the game.


Dunedin used three singles to score a run in the bottom of the eighth.


Emaarion Boyd, Justin Crawford and Jordan Viars each singled to load the bases in the ninth inning.  Boyd and Crawford scored on a fielder’s choice ground out by Felix Reyes and a throwing error on the play.


Dunedin loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth on two hit batters and a single.  A single by Adrian Pinto scored a run.


Noticing the little things :


It won’t ever show up in a box score but I noticed.  On a double to left field where the runner made a turn to second right fielder Cade Fergus busted his tail to get into a back up position for an overthrow.  While the overthrow never occurred it was the effort to be in the right spot that made an impression.  He’s a heady player who is well schooled - good stuff.


On the Hill :


Jayden Estanista started and pitched three scoreless innings, one hit allowed, four walks and four strikeouts.  Jonh Henriquez followed and went three frames, one unearned run on two hits, four walks and three punch outs.  Eduar Segovia pitched an inning plus and Wesley Moore finished it by going two frames.


The ABS (Automated Balls and Strikes) was in use today, was calibrated really tight, a very finite strike zone.  There were multiple pitches that certainly looked like strikes that were called balls,Threshers pitchers walked twelve batters in the game, they were indeed erratic but this observer feels that the ABS wasn’t entirely accurate either.  I will just never be a fan of automated pitch calling regardless, just sayin 🤦‍♂️.


At the Bat :


Cade Fergus had another good day, went 3 for 4 with two doubles and a home run, he scored twice and posted three RBIs. Emaarion Boyd, Justin Crawford and Felix Reyes each had two singles. Reyes hit three balls really hard in his five AB’s, the big fella can swing it, if you read me ya know I’ve been touting his bat for a bit now.  Otto Kemp had a single, walk and two RBIs.



Did Ya Know?


“The Threshers 13-game win streak came to an end on Tuesday night, finishing the streak tied with the Tampa Bay Rays for the longest win -streak in all of baseball in 2023.” - from Media notes supplied by Josh Sperber - broadcast voice of the Clearwater Threshers


Player Development Center Training - Carpenter Complex


Six pitchers threw side bullpen sessions, pitchers who threw today - Josh Bortka, Daniel Harper, Dominic Pipkin (short box), Jake McKenna, Jhordany Mezquita and Drew Garrett (lab).


Dominican Summer League Spring Training


5/9/23 : Phillies Red 8 (4-1) Cubs2 3


Manolfi Jimenez went 2 for 4 with a double, triple and two RBI’s as the Designated Hitter.  Shortstop Andres Hernandez also had two hits (singles) in for at bats and an RBI from the leadoff spot in the order, he also stole a base. Left fielder Jose Leanez hit a three run home run. Second baseman Kilwer Colmenares doubled, had an RBI and scored a run.


On the mound four pitchers went two innings each - Jefrey German, Juan Amarante, Adilson Peralta and Edward Chirinos.

Peralta tossed scoreless baseball allowing one hit and one walk, he struck out four batters. The four pitchers struck out nine batters and walked seven, they yielded eight hits.


5/9/23 : Phillies White 5 (3-1-1) Orioles 1


Designated Hitter Starlyn Caba went 2 for 4 (singles) from the leadoff spot, shortstop Yemil Rosario was 1 for 2 with a single, walk and two stolen bases.  First baseman Yoangel Ramos drew three walks. The club had eight hits in total. Wilmer Blanco, Danyony Pulido and Josbel Garcia each pitched two scoreless inning, Garcia pitched a perfect frame. John Sosa pitch 1 2/3 scoreless innings.  The four pitchers walked six and struck out four batters, they yielded no hits, the Orioles had just two hits in the contest.


Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️


Jake Cave’s first HR and celebration with Simon Muzziotti - photos by Cheryl Pursell


Today in Dunedin


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