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5/15/24 : Minor League Roundup

International League ( AAA ) - Lehigh Valley (15-23) Norfolk (20-21) - doubleheader

Norfolk, VA - Harbor Park

Game One : Lehigh Valley 4 Norfolk 3 - seven innings

Summary :

David Dahl homered in the first inning.  Jordan Luplow doubled and scored on a single by Weston Wilson.

Heston Kjerstad homered for Norfolk in the bottom of the first inning.

Daniel Johnson hit a two run home run in the second inning for Norfolk.

Cal Stevenson doubled in the third inning and scored on a double by David Dahl.

Cal Stevenson singled in the fifth, went to third on a single by David Dahl and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jordan Luplow.

At Bat : 4 R, 9 H, 0 BB, 10 K’s

David Dahl hit for the cycle going 4 for 4! (single, double, triple & HR) with two RBIs. Cal Stevenson had two hits (single & double).  Jordan Luplow doubled.

On The Hill : 3 R, 8 H, 1 BB, 7 K’s

Tyler Phillips pitched a complete game - 7 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 1 BB, 7 K’s - 101 pitches - 70 strikes.

Game Two : Lehigh Valley 5 Norfolk 3 - seven innings

Summary :

Cal Stevenson homered in the third inning.

Jim Haley and Matt Kroon singled in the fourth inning - they scored on a double by Cal Stevenson.

Norfolk scored three runs in the 6th inning on a walk, wild pitch, throwing error, double and single.

Jose Godoy singled in the 7th inning, with two outs Jordan Luplow reached on an error.  Simon Muzziotti doubled to score two runs.

At Bat : 5 R, 7 H, 1 BB, 7 K’s

Cal Stevenson had two hits (double & HR) and three RBIs.  Simon Muzziotti doubled.

On The Hill : 3 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 9 K’s

Michael Mercado pitched five strong innings - 0 R, 1 H, 1 HB, 1 BB, 7 K’s - 73 pitches - 48 strikes - he used a four seamer, cutter, change up and curve, was perfect thru four innings.  Taylor Lehman pitched 1/3 of an inning, 2 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K - 17 pitches - 11 strikes.  Ryan Burr pitched 2/3 of an inning, 1 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 1 K - one inherited runner scored - 20 pitches - 14 strikes.  Max Lazar pitched a perfect inning for the save - two ground outs and a fly out - 7 pitches - 6 strikes.

Did Ya Know 🧐 :

COLD BACON: The end of April into May has seen the 'Pigs hit a cold stretch unlike anything they've experienced in recent years. They dropped 11 of their last 13 games, including a seven-game losing streak that was snapped on Saturday night. Coming onto today the 'Pigs had not scored more than five runs in any game in May and have posted a league worst ERA in May of 6.54. The 'Pigs were hitting .199 in the month and had scored 10 fewer runs than anyone else in the league. - Media Notes

Eastern League ( AA ) - Richmond 6 (13-21) Reading 4 (16-18)

Richmond, VA. - The Diamond

Summary :

Robert Moore doubled to lead off the game, he scored on a double by Carson Taylor.  Caleb Ricketts singled to score Taylor.

A single, double, ground out and fielding error scored two Richmond runs in the second inning.

A fielding error, two singles and two doubles plated four Richmond runs in the 8th inning.

Casey Martin reached on an error in the ninth inning, he scored on a double by Robert Moore.  Carson Taylor singled to score Moore.

On The Hill : 6 R, 9 H, 2 BB, 5 K’s

Noah Skirrow pitched six innings - 2 R - 1 earned, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 K’s - 90 pitches - 58 strikes - best outing of the year.   Mitch Neunborn went 1.2 innings, 4 R, 5 H, 0 BB, 1 K - 42 pitches - 27 strikes.  Tristan Garnett pitched 1/3 of an inning - 0 R, 1 H, 1 K.

At Bat : 4 R, 8 H, 2 BB, 8 K’s.

Carson Taylor had three hits (single & two doubles).  Robert Moore had two hits (both doubles) and Kendall Simmons doubled.

Did Ya Know 🧐 :

Success at Home :  This season, the Fightin Phils are playing their best baseball at home, holding an 11-7 record. Reading finished 2023 with just a 23-44 record at FirstEnergy Stadium, so they are just 12 wins away from matching that mark. Reading is on pace for 42 wins at home this season. - Media Notes

South Atlantic League ( High A )  - Hudson Valley 9 (17-15) Jersey Shore 3 (20-15)

Wappingers Falls, NY -  Heritage Financial Park

Summary :

An 11 AM start in cold rainy conditions.

Two walks and a single scored a first inning run for Hudson Valley.

Three walks, a wild pitch and double scored three runs for Hudson Valley in the third inning.

Two walks, a single and double scored three HV runs in the 5th inning.

Bryan Rincon belted a two run home run over the right field fence in the 6th inning scoring Zach Arnold ahead of him (singled). Rincon had just missed a tater in the first inning on a ball ran down in the gap by the HV right fielder - teammate William Bergolla kiddingly chided him about needing to hit the weight room - Bryan left no doubt on the one that went over the fence 🤓.

Felix Reyes singled in the 7th inning and later scored on a single by Andrick Nava.

A walk, double & single scored two runs for HV in the 8th inning.

On The Hill : 9 R, 8 H, 11 BB, 8 K’s

Sam Aldegheri pitched four innings - 4 R, 3 H, 5 BB, 2 K’s - 82 pitches - 45 strikes.  Jack Dallas pitched an inning - 3 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K’s - 36 pitches - 20 strikes.  Benyony Robles pitched two scoreless innings - 1 H, 3 BB, 2 K’s - 47 pitches - 25 strikes.  Andrew Baker pitched one inning - 2 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K’s - 26 pitches - 15 strikes.

At Bat : 3 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 5 K’s

Bryan Rincon hit a two run home run.

Did Ya Know 🧐 :

Leandro Pineda had his 13 game hitting streak snapped on Tuesday.  He went 21-49, raising his average from .196 to .310 (he has tied Kendall Simmons’ 13-game hitting streak last May by the longest from a High-A BlueClaw).  Between his second PA on May 7th and May 9th, he reached base in 11 straight plate appearances going 7-7 with four walks.  Pineda has three home runs this year, all at ShoreTown Ballpark.  He blasted nine homers with the BlueClaws last year, hitting .243 (.298 in the second half with an .852 OPS and .193 in the first half with a .607 OPS). - Media Notes

Florida State League ( Low A )  - Clearwater (23-11) Daytona (18-16) -PPD - Weather

Clearwater, FL - BayCare BallPark

Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️

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