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5/21/23 : Minor League Roundup


International League ( AAA ) - Worcester (23-22) Lehigh Valley (21- 23) - Doubleheader

Worcester, MA - Polar Park


Game One : Worcester 5 Lehigh Valley 4 - eight innings


Summary :


Worcester scored two runs in the third inning on two singles, an RBI double by Jorge Alfaro and a ground out RBI by Bobby Dalbec. They scored a run in the fifth on a home run by Niko Goodrum.


The Iron Pigs scored four runs in the seventh inning with two outs, Jhailyn Ortiz homered, Jake Cave then singled, Simon Muzziotti walked and Drew Ellis hit a three run home run.


Niko Goodrum hit an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game and send it into extra innings.


Worcester scored the game winner in the bottom of the eighth as Bobby Dalbec singled to score the placed runner.


On the Hill :


Noah Skirrow pitched five innings, three runs, six hits, two walks and four strikeouts.  Jeremy Walker pitched a perfect inning and struck out the side on thirteen pitches.


At the Bat :


Jake Cave had two hits (single & double).  Drew Ellis singled and hit a three run home run.  Jhailyn Ortiz homered.



Game Two : Lehigh Valley 12 Worcester 6


Summary :


Jake Cave singled in the first inning and Jhailyn Ortiz walked, they both scored on a double by Simon Muzziotti.


Jake Cave homered in the third inning.


Worcester scored a run in the bottom of the third on an RBI double by Caleb Hamilton.


Lehigh Valley scored eight runs in the fourth inning.  Simon Muzziotti, Jim Haley and Scott Kingery singled to load the bases.  A run scored when Aramis Garcia reached on a fielders choice and throwing error by the Wilmington third baseman.  A bases loaded walk scored the second run of the inning, Jake Cave singled to score two runs.  Drew Ellis homered to score three.  Jhailyn Ortiz singled and scored on a triple by Jim Haley.


Bobby Dalbec homered for Worcester in the bottom of the fourth inning.


Lehigh Valley loaded the bases in the fifth on singles by Aramis Garcia, Weston Wilson and Jake Cave.  Drew Ellis walked to score a run.


Wilyer Abreu hit a two run home run for Worcester in the sixth inning, Jorge Alfaro went back to back.


Caleb Hamilton homered for Worcester in the bottom of the seventh.


On the Hill :


Bailey Falter went five and two thirds innings, five runs, seven hits, one walk and three strikeouts.  Louis Head closed it out.


At the Bat :


Jake Cave had four hits (three singles and HR) , three RBIs and scored three times.  Drew Ellis had two knocks (single, HR) and four RBIs.  Simon Muzziotti, Scott Kingery and Jim Haley each had two hits, Muzziotti doubled, Haley tripled.


Did Ya Know?


Jim Haley raced around the bases for an inside-the-park three-run homer on 5/11. The mad dash was the third inside-the-parker in IronPigs history and first since JP Crawford's on 7/26/17 against Gwinnett. The only other inside-the-parker for the IronPigs was by Javon Moran on 5/29/08 against Indianapolis (Big thanks to the Steve Degler Re- search Library for the pertinent information).” - from Media notes supplied by Sam Jellinek - Iron Pigs Manager of Broadcasting and Media Relations


Eastern League ( AA) -  Reading 3 (15-23) Somerset 1 (23-15)

Bridgewater, NJ - TD Bank Ballpark


Summary :


Madison Stokes walked in the fifth inning, went to third on a double by Cam Cannon and scored on a balk.  Cannon advanced to third on the balk and scored on a sac fly by Cody Roberts.


Three singles scored a run for Somerset in the bottom of the fifth inning.


Madison Stokes homered in the seventh inning.


On the Hill :


David Parkinson pitched very well going five innings, one run on seven hits and two walks, seven strikeouts. Cristian Hernandez pitched two scoreless innings, one hit, no walks and one strikeout. Tyler McKay and Brett Schulze each pitched a scoreless inning to close out the win.


At the Bat :


Cam Cannon doubled and Madison Stokes homered.  The team had four hits total.



Did Ya Know?


“A couple of R-Phils hitters own on-base streaks north of ten right now. Oliver Dunn has reached base in his last 14 games, dating back to May 3, while Nick Podkul has reached in his last 10, which dates back to April 20.  Logan O’Hoppe owned a 21-game on base streak in 2022.” - from Media notes supplied by Jake Starr - Fightins Media Relations and Press Box Manager


South Atlantic League ( High A ) - Jersey Shore (17-18) Wilmington (20-18) - Doubleheader

Lakewood, NJ - ShoreTown Ballpark


Game One : Wilmington 8 Jersey Shore 1


Summary :


Casey Martin led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run.


Wilmington erupted for seven runs in the third inning on five walks and four singles. They scored another run in the seventh inning on two more walks and a single.


On the Hill :


Alex Garbrick opened and pitched two scoreless innings, three hits, one walk and two strikeouts.  Jace Vines made his Jersey Shore debut (rehab assignment) in the fourth inning and tossed a scoreless frame. Carlos Betancourt pitched two scoreless and hitless innings, one walk and two strikeouts.


At the Bat :


Casey Martin had two hits (single & home run).  The team was held to three hits.



Game Two : Wilmington 4 Jersey Shore 2


Summary :


Leandro Pineda hit a two run home run in the second inning scoring Marcus Lee Sang (walked).


Wilmington scored a run in the third inning on a single, walk and RBI single by Viandel Peña.


T.J. White homered for Wilmington in the fourth inning.


Wilmington scored two runs in the sixth inning on a walk and two singles (T.J. White RBI).  Jordy Barley put down a bunt to score a run, he also reached base on a throwing error by third baseman Nick Ward.


On the Hill :


Gunner Mayer started and pitched three innings (one run, two hits, two walks, four strikeouts).  Tristan Garnett pitched an inning (one run on a HR), Rodolfo Sanchez threw a scoreless frame.  Orion Kerkering pitched one and one third scoreless innings, one walk and one strikeout.


At the Bat :


Leandro Pineda hit a two run home run, the team was held to three hits and two walks.



Did Ya Know?


Nick Ward is on his 4th team since last September – the Frontier League’s Washington Wild Things, Team Great Britain, the Adelaide Giants, and now the BlueClaws.  The left-handed hitting infielder from Kennett Square, Pennsylvania has five home runs so far this season and has drawn 25 walks in 132 plate appearances.  Ward hit 19 home runs in 82 games last year with Washington in the Frontier League (his previous MiLB high was six in 2019 – two with short-season Vermont and four with Low-A Beloit).  He grew up a huge Phillies fan just 37 miles from Citizens Bank Park. He signed with the Phillies in Decmeber while playing for Adelaide in the ABL (where he hit .344 with 11 home runs).  He played for Team Great Britain in the 2023 World Baseball Classic.” - from Media notes supplied by Greg Giombarrese - BlueClaws Director of Communications


Florida State League ( Low A )  Clearwater 4 (29-10) Bradenton 2 (21-18)

Clearwater, FL - BayCare Ballpark


Summary :


Chad Castillo homered in the second inning.


In the third inning Freylin Minyety and Erick Brito singled, Bryan Rincon singled to score Minyety.  Justin Crawford hit a sac fly to score Brito.  Jordan Viars reached on a fielders choice on which Brito scored.


The game went into rain delay with two outs in the bottom of the third inning.


When play resumed Rodolfo Nolasco hit a two run home run for Bradenton in the fourth inning.


On the Hill :


Jonathan Petit pitched perfect baseball thru the first three innings with a whopping six strikeouts, the only thing that stopped him was a lengthy rain delay.  Jaydenn Estanista pitched the fourth inning.  Eduar Segovia pitched a scoreless fifth frame, Danny Wilkinson threw two perfect innings with five strikeouts 👀.  Jonh Henriquez pitched a scoreless 8th inning. Andrew Walling closed with a scoreless ninth inning.


At the Bat :


Bryan Rincon and Freylin Minyety each hit two singles.  Chad Castillo homered.



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Mark Levitt
Mark Levitt
22 de mai. de 2023

Hi, Steve. Jhailyn Ortiz seems to be a different hitter this year (small sample acknowledged). His average is up, he is hitting with power and hitting both righties and lefties. What are your observations- has he figured it out or just being used selectively? Thanks.

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