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5/18/23 : Minor League Roundup


International League ( AAA ) - Worcester 10 (21-21) Lehigh Valley 9 (20-21)

Worcester, MA - Polar Park


Summary :


Worcester scored five runs in the first inning on four singles and two walks.  They scored twice more in the second on a walk, RBI double by Jorge Alfaro and an RBI single by Bobby Dalbec.


The Iron Pigs scored four in the fourth inning, two on a home run by Scott Kingery and two more on a home run by Jim Haley.


Worcester scored on run in the bottom of the fourth on a home run by Jorge Alfaro.


Weston Wilson homered in the fifth inning, his 11th of the season.


Lehigh Valley loaded the bases on walks in the seventh inning, a ground out by Drew Ellis scored a run.  Jordan Qsar reached on a throwing error by Worcester’s shortstop which also allowed two runs to scored.


Jake Cave doubled to score Aramis Garcia (singled) in the eighth inning.


Worcester scored twice in the bottom of the eighth - one on a home run by David Hamilton and back to back doubles by Jorge Alfaro and Bobby Dalbec.


On the Hill :


A bullpen game - Jake Jewell pitched the first inning allowing five runs on four hits and two walks.  Jeremy Walker went two and a third, one run on three hits.  Jakob Hernandez pitched two scoreless innings, one hit, no walks and four strikeouts. Trey Cobb pitched a scoreless inning. Francisco Morales was tagged for two runs on three hits and a walk in an inning of work.


At the Bat :


Jim Haley had two hits (single & HR).  Scott Kingery and Weston Wilson homered.  Jake Cave doubled.



Did Ya Know?


“The IronPigs exploded for seven-run in the 10th on Wednesday. This marked the most runs the IronPigs have ever scored in an extra frame in franchise history. It also helped lead to the largest margin of victory in an extra-inning game (7) in the 10-3 win.” -

from Media notes supplied by Sam Jellinek - Iron Pigs Manager of Broadcasting and Media Relations


Eastern League ( AA) -  Somerset 10 (22-13) Reading 3 (13-22)

Bridgewater, NJ - TD Bank Ballpark


Summary :


Reading scored twice in the first inning, Nick Podkul doubled, went to third on a single by Carlos De La Cruz and then scored on a ground out.  Oliver Dunn then singled to score a run.


Somerset put up crooked numbers in each of the first four innings.  A bases loaded double by Tyler Hardman scored three in the first inning, Austin Wells homered in a two run second, Tyler Hardman hit a two run homer in the third and Jasson Dominguez hit a two run home run in the fourth.


Ethan Wilson homered in the fourth inning.


Everson Pereira homered for Somerset in the seventh inning.


On the Hill :


Rough go for starter Tyler Phillips tonight in four innings pitched, nine runs on nine hits and four walks.  Braden Zarbnisky pitched two scoreless innings with three strikeouts.  Taylor Lehman pitched an inning and Matt Seelinger threw a scoreless frame.


At the Bat :


Nick Podkul had two hits (single & double).  Ethan Wilson homered.



Did Ya Know?


“This Day in Baseballtown History - May 18, 2017: At Erie, Andrew Pullin goes 3-for-4 with a HR, double, 2 RBIs and 2 runs in an 8-3 win that completes Reading’s 3-game sweep.” - from Media notes supplied by Jake Starr - Fightins Media Relations and Press Box Manager


South Atlantic League ( High A ) - Jersey Shore 7 (16-16) Wilmington 4 (18-17)

Lakewood, NJ - ShoreTown Ballpark


Summary :


Andrik Nava doubled in the second inning and scored on Marcus Lee Sang’s 4th home run of the season.


Jared Carr doubled in the third inning and went to third on a single by Kendall Simmons.  Simmons stole second base.  They both scored on a single by Caleb Ricketts.


Wilmington scored four runs in the sixth inning on three singles, a double (Erick Mejia), a walk, hit batter and sac fly.


Four consecutive walks scored a run for the BlueClaws in the seventh inning. Nick Ward scored, Rixon Wingrove got the RBI.


Marcus Lee Sang walked in the 8th inning, advanced to third on a single by Casey Martin and scored on a single by Leandro Pineda.  Jared Carr hit a sac fly to score another.


On the Hill :


Matt Osterberg pitched shutout baseball thru five innings, he went five and one third overall and was tagged with four runs on six hits.  Matt Russell pitched two perfect innings and struck out three batters.  Orion Kerkering closed it with a perfect ninth inning, he struck out two batters.


At the Bat :


Marcus Lee Sang had three hits (two singles and HR), walked, had two RBIs and scored twice. Kendall Simmons had two hits (singles), he’s now got a hit in 12 straight games. Casey Martin had two singles, Andrik Nava and Jared Carr doubled.



Did Ya Know?


“.Andrick Nava’s home run on Wednesday was his first as a BlueClaw and sixth as a professional.  He hit four with Clearwater last year. Nava entered the game with one RBI on the season but had four on Wednesday – a three-run home run and an RBI single.  Nick Ward is 6-15 with a double and two home runs since Saturday. He homered on both Saturday and Sunday in Greensboro and now has five on the season.” - from Media notes supplied by Greg Giombarrese - BlueClaws Director of Communications


Florida State League ( Low A )  Clearwater 10 (27-9) Bradenton 3 (20-16)

Clearwater, FL - BayCare Ballpark


Summary :


Bradenton scored a first inning run on a single, wild pitch and RBI double by Shalin Polanco.


In the bottom of the first Bryan Rincon led off with a walk, he advanced to third on a single by Justin Crawford.  Otto Kemp tripled off the center field wall to score them both and extend his on-base streak to 25 games.


Clearwater scored three runs in the third inning, Bryan Rincon led off with an impressive home run over the right center field fence.  Justin Crawford singled, Otto Kemp and Jordan Dissin walked to load the bases.  Emaarion Boyd lined a single to right field to score two runs.


Freylin Minyety walked in the fourth inning, stole second, went to third on a single by Justin Crawford and scored on a ground out.


Termarr Johnson homered for Bradenton in the fifth inning.  Nick Cimillo tripled for Bradenton in the sixth inning and scored on a ground out.


In the bottom of the eighth inning Ricardo Rosario reached on a throwing error, advanced on a walk to Chad Castillo.  Freylin Minyety singled to score Rosario.  Bryan Rincon singled to load the bases.  Justin Crawford reached on a fielders choice on which a run scored on a throwing error.  Otto Kemp grounded out to score a run and Jordan Viars hit a sac fly to score another.


On the Hill :


Jean Cabrera started and impressed, nine strikeouts in four innings pitched, one run on four hits.  He posted 96 and 97 mph with his fastball and had a very deceptive changeup that came out of the hand and with arm speed exactly like the fastball but dove at the plate - good stuff.  Jonh Henriquez pitched two innings, Danny Wilkinson threw two perfect frames with five strikeouts. Andrew Walling pitched a scoreless ninth to close it out.


At the Bat :


Justin Crawford went three for five (singles) and also walked.  Bryan Rincon had two hits (single & HR).  Emaarion Boyd had two hits (singles) and two RBIs. Freylin Minyety had two hits (singles) and a walk.  Chad Castillo doubled, Otto Kemp tripled, walked and had four RBIs.



Did Ya Know?


Bryan Rincon’s ninth-inning homer was the fifth walkoff win in May. Rincon tied his season high with two hits and two RBIs. Two of his three home runs have been go - ahead blasts.  The Threshers hit multiple homers in back-to-back games for the first time this season.” - from Media notes supplied by Josh Sperber - broadcast voice of the Clearwater Threshers


Player Development Center Training - Carpenter Complex


Extended Spring Training Game vs Tigers @ Carpenter Complex, Clearwater, FL :


Phillies 6 (8-2-4) Tigers 4


Lou Helmig and Junior Marin each went two for two(singles) with two RBIs. Raylin Heredia and Matt Alifano each doubled. Enrique Segura started on the hill and went two scoreless frames, one hit, one walk and two strikeouts.  Jesus Querales pitched two scoreless innings allowing just one hit, he struck out two and impressed by pitching out of an inherited bases loaded jam.  Malik Binns threw a perfect inning with one strikeout, Nicoly Pina struck out the side in a scoreless frame, one hit and one walk.


System Transactions :


Reading : RHP Tyler Phillips activated from the Development List, LHP Keylan Killgore placed on the Development List.


Jersey Shore :  RHP Jace Vines minor league rehab assignment transferred from Clearwater.


Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️


Jean Cabrera & Marcus Lee Sang - photos by Cheryl Pursell & Michael Dolcemascolo


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