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5/13/23 : Minor League Roundup

International League ( AAA ) - Memphis 5 (24-14) Lehigh Valley 3 (18-19) - 10 innings

Allentown, PA - Coca-Cola Park

Summary :

Weston Wilson walked in the first inning, went to third on a single by Jake Cave and scored on a single by Jim Haley.

A walk followed by a double off the bat of Oscar Mercado scored a run for Memphis in the fourth inning.

Juniel Querecuto homered for Memphis in the seventh.

Dustin Peterson hit a home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game!

Memphis loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the 10th, with two outs Luken Baker doubled to score three runs.

The placed runner scored for Lehigh Valley in the bottom of the 10th, Simon Muzziotti pinch hit and singled, a 4-6-3 double play grounder scored the run.  Three walks then loaded the bases, but Memphis pitched out of it to secure the win.

On the Hill :

Nick Nelson pitched four innings, one run, four hits, two walks and a punch out.  Ben Bowden pitched two scoreless frames allowing just a walk, he struck out two batters.  Erich Uelmen pitched two innings, one run, two hits, one walk and one strikeout.

McKinley Moore walked one and struck out the side in a scoreless ninth inning.

At the Bat :

Jim Haley was three for five (two singles & a double).  Jhailyn Ortiz had two hits (single & double). Dustin Peterson had two hits, one was a home run.  John Hicks doubled.

Did Ya Know?

“The IronPigs are taking on the Memphis Redbirds for the first time ever in franchise history. Since the realignment of the Inter- national League in 2021, the IronPigs have played a few franchises for the first time ever (Jacksonville, Omaha, Memphis) but still have a few more teams that have yet to face: the St. Paul Saints and the Iowa Cubs.” - from Media notes supplied by Sam Jellinek - Iron Pigs Manager of Broadcasting and Media Relations

Eastern League ( AA) -  Reading 4 (12-19) New Hampshire 1 (16-15)

Reading, PA - First Energy Stadium

Summary :

McCarthy Tatum hit a home run into the left field bleachers in the second inning.

Zac Cook homered for New Hampshire in the fifth inning.

Two walks and a hit batter loaded the bases for Reading in the bottom of the fifth.  Drew Ellis hit into a force out on a grounder which allowed a run to score, a throwing error allowed another run to cross the plate.

Matt Kroon walked in the 6th, stole second, went to third on a fly ball and scored on a sac fly by Cody Roberts.

Web Gem :

In the second inning right-fielder Ethan Wilson played a carom off the wall perfectly and threw a strike to second base to nail the runner attempting to stretch his hit, his third outfield assist of the year.  Ethan made a diving catch in the fourth inning.

On the Hill :

Bullpen game tonight.  Cristian Hernandez opened and went two scoreless innings, two hits and two strikeouts. Zach Linginfelter allowed only one hit in his two innings of work. Keylan Killgore pitched the fifth inning.  Tyler McKay dominated throwing two perfect innings with four strikeouts.  Taylor Lehman threw a perfect inning with one strikeout.  Brett Schulze finished it with a scoreless ninth inning.

At the Bat :

Madison Stokes doubled and walked three times.  Drew Ellis doubled, McCarthy Tatum homered.  Oliver Dunn walked three times.

Did Ya Know?

Carlos De La Cruz continued his hot streak with another home run last night, his second of the series. De La Cruz is hitting .326 over his last ten games and 5-19 this week.  He has seven home runs this season in 28 games and 115 at bats. That is good for a home run every 16.4 at bats. In 2022, De La Cruz hit 17 home runs over 365 at bats, which was good for a homer every 21.5 at bats.” - from Media notes supplied by Jake Starr - Fightins Media Relations and Press Box Manager

South Atlantic League ( High A ) - Jersey Shore 9 (13-15)  Greensboro 5 (20-12)

Greensboro, NC - First National Bank Field

Summary :

The BlueClaws loaded the bases in the first inning on two walks and a hit batter.  Rixon Wingrove singled to score two runs.

Jase Bowen hit a two run home run for Greensboro in the bottom of the first.

Hao Yu Lee singled, stole second base and scored on a single by Casey Martin in the third inning.  Leandro Pineda singled.  Nick Ward hit a three run home run.

Two walks and a single by Jared Carr loaded the bases in the fifth inning, a double to right center field by Hao Yu Lee scored three runs.  Caleb Ricketts singled to left field but a strong throw to the plate by the Greensboro left fielder nailed Lee at the plate to end the inning.

Greensboro scored a run in the seventh on two walks and a bloop single to center field.

Sammy Siani hit a two run home run for Greensboro in the ninth inning.

On the Hill :

Jordan Fowler pitched well, five innings, two runs, six hits, no walks and five strikeouts.  Carlos Francisco threw a perfect inning striking out two batters.  Albertus Barber pitched an inning, one run, one hit and two walks.  Chase Antle struck out the side in the 8th allowing just one walk.  Orion Kerkering finished it by pitching the ninth.

Web Gem :

Left fielder Jared Carr made a running catch up against the fence to end the seventh inning.

At the Bat :

Four hitters each had two hits - Hao Yu Lee, Rixon Wingrove, Jared Carr and Anthony Quirion.  Carr, Wingrove and Lee each doubled. Nick Ward homered, he and Lee each had three RBIs, Wingrove had two.  Marcus Lee Sang walked three times, Casey Martin walked twice, Nick Ward also walked and was hit by a pitch.

Did Ya Know?

Casey Martin had two hits on Friday for his seventh multi-hit game of the season and second in three days (he did not get his seventh multi-hit game last year until June 19th).  Martin homered on May 6th, his second home run of the season and just three off his total from 2022.  He stole three bases on Friday, giving him 11 on the year.  This year, Martin has drawn 13 walks in 110 plate appearance compared to last year, when he drew 22 walks in 489 plate appearances (4.5%).  His OBP this season is .358, 123 points better than it was last season with the BlueClaws.” - from Media notes supplied by Greg Giombarrese - BlueClaws Director of Communications

Florida State League ( Low A ) Clearwater 8 (24-8) Dunedin 3 (17-15)

Dunedin, FL - TD Ballpark

Summary :

Otto Kemp didn’t waste any time extending his on base streak to 22 games by hitting a home run in his first AB in the first inning.

Peyton Williams homered for Dunedin in the second inning.

Tucker Toman homered for Dunedin in the fourth inning.

Justin Crawford singled, stole second and scored on a double by Jordan Viars in the seventh inning.  Three consecutive walks followed and scored a run.  Freylin Minyety singled to plate two more.

Justin Crawford singled in the 8th, stole second and third base and scored on a throwing error.  Otto Kemp singled, three walks followed which scored a run.  Another run scored on a fielding error.

Dunedin scored a run in the ninth on two walks and a couple ground outs.

On the Hill :

Estibenzon Jimenez started and pitched well, four innings, two runs, three hits and one strikeout. Jon Henriquez tossed two scoreless frames allowing just a walk, striking out one batter.  Jack Dallas finished it going three innings allowing one run on one hit and three walks, he struck out five batters.

At the Bat :

Otto Kemp had two hits (single & HR) as did Justin Crawford (two singles).  Jordan Viars doubled.  Justin Crawford had three stolen bases in the game giving him 15 for the season.   Chad Castillo, Cade Fergus and Bryan Rincon each walked twice.  Rincon and Freylin Minyety each had two RBIs.

Did Ya Know?

Andrew Walling tied a career-high last night with six strikeouts.  He equaled Jon Henriquez’s win total to tie him for the team lead. Jordan Viars recorded his second multi -hit game of the season.  Jordan Dissin became the fourth Thresher to record an on -base streak of ten or more games in 2023.  Otto Kemp had a leadoff home run for the second-straight night.  Everyone in the lineup reached base at least once.” - from Media notes supplied by Josh Sperber - broadcast voice of the Clearwater Threshers

Player Development Center Training - Carpenter Complex

Nine pitchers threw side bullpen sessions, pitchers who threw today - Jhordany Mezquita, Dominic Pipkin, Mavis Graves, Guissepe Velasquez, Drew Garrett, Daniel Harper, Josh Bortka, Jon Duplantier  and Jake McKenna

Saturday mornings are the wrap up of skills competitions. Today a hitting competition emphasizing bat to ball skills.  I don’t really know the rules of the events as explained to the players by the coaches when I watch them but I still get a kick out of how spirited and lively the players and coaches are during each drill.  They banter back and forth and cheer each of their team members to complete the task at hand.  It’s obvious to me that it builds team camaraderie and keeps things loose.  These are players that while they participate in extended spring training games it’s more of a training camp atmosphere than being assigned to an affiliate roster where there are six games each week to focus on.  The coaches do a great job of keeping the fellas engaged in their work, it’s fun to sit on the sidelines and watch as well.  Good stuff - btw Lou Helmig won today’s hitting event for his team with a “walk-off” home run to right field.

Dominican Summer League Spring Training :

5/12/23 : Nationals 5 Phillies Red 4 (5-2)

Brahian Silva had two hits (singles) and a walk.  Nolan Beltran tripled and walked.  The team was held to seven hits in total, Andres Hernandez, Eduardo Tait, Manolfi Jimenez and Dervin Andrade each singled.  Alexis De La Cruz, Endersen Jean, Ramon Reyes and Angel Liranzo each pitched two innings, Naoel Mejia pitched an inning. De La Cruz and Liranzo had scoreless efforts.

5/11/23 : Phillies White 5 (5-1-1) Angels 3

Aroon Escobar hit a three run home run and also walked in five plate appearances.  Fernando Hernandez was two for two with a run scored. Starlyn Caba had the only other extra base hit of the game, a double.  He also walked and scored two runs. The team had six hits in total, Jerffson Pena and Yoangel Ramos each singled.  Cristian Diaz, Luis Martinez and Jendry Charles each pitched two innings.  Carlos Millan pitched a scoreless inning with two strikeouts.

System Transactions :

Lehigh Valley :  RHP Luis Ortiz optioned from Phillies, LHP Ranger Suarez activated from IL by Phillies.

Jersey Shore : LHP Jordan Fowler activated from the Development List.  OF Troy Schreffler transferred to the Player Development Center.

Clearwater : RHP Starlyn Castillo activated from the 7 Day IL and transferred to the Player Development Center.

Walking the Line :

International League Average BB per 9 innings : 4.7 - Iron Pigs Average : 5.4

Eastern League Average BB per 9 innings : 4.6 - Fightin Phils Average : 4.4

South Atlantic League Average BB per 9 innings : 4.7 - BlueClaws Average : 4.9

Florida State League Average BB per 9 innings : 4.7 - Threshers Average : 5.2

Major Leagues Average BB per 9 innings : 3.4 - Phillies Average : 3.3

Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️

Pitcher’s night - Jordan Fowler, Tyler McKay, Jack Dallas, Estibenzon Jimenez, Chase Antle and Jon Henriquez - photos by Rebecca Alexander, George Youngs Jr, Michael Dolcemascolo and Cheryl Pursell

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