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5/23/23 : Minor League Roundup



International League ( AAA ) -  Lehigh Valley 6 (22-23) Buffalo 3 (22-24)

Allentown, PA - Coca-Cola Park


Summary :


A single, walk and fly out put two runners in scoring position for Buffalo in the first inning, a single by Spencer Horwitz scored them.


Jake Cave walked in the bottom of the first inning and went to third on a double by Simon Muzziotti.  Drew Ellis doubled to score them both.  Jordan Qsar homered to score Ellis.


Horwitz singled to score Davis Schneider (doubled) in the third inning.


Weston Wilson hit his 12th home run of the season in the bottom of the third inning.


Jake Cave homered in the seventh inning.


On the Hill :


Christopher Sanchez pitched five innings, three runs on six hits and three walks, three strikeouts. Jeremy Walker pitched two scoreless frames allowing just one hit and two walks.  Ben Bowden and Luis Ortiz closed it out with a scoreless frame each.


At the Bat :


Jake Cave had two hits (single & HR), a walk and two runs scored.  Weston Wilson had two hits (single & HR).  Jordan Qsar homered and had two RBIs.  Drew Ellis doubled and had two RBIs. Simon Muzziotti doubled.


Notes :


Reading had three base runners picked off in the game.



Did Ya Know?


Jake Cave has been tearing the cover off the ball since being optioned to Lehigh Valley. Cave has a hit in every game he's played with the IronPigs, going 29-for-68 with a team leading 11 doubles plus four homers and 15 RBI. Since May 4 (his first game with LHV), Cave is 2nd in the IL in batting average, 3rd in slugging (.765), 3rd in OPS (1.252), and tied for 1st in 2B (11)” - from Media notes supplied by Sam Jellinek - Iron Pigs Manager of Broadcasting and Media Relations


Eastern League ( AA) -  Harrisburg 8 (20-19) Reading 5 (15-24)

Reading, PA - FirstEnergy Stadium


Summary :


Jose Sanchez and Blake Rutherford homered for Harrisburg in the third inning to give them a two run lead.


Jack Dunn homered in the fourth inning.


Nick Podkul singled in the fourth, advanced to second when Max McDowell was hit by a pitch and scored on a double by McCarthy Tatum.


Madison Stokes singled in the fifth and scored on a home run by Carlos De La Cruz.   Matt Kroon reached on an error and scored on a home run by Max McDowell.


A walk, fielding error (second baseman Cam Cannon) and wild pitch put two runners in scoring position in the seventh inning for Harrisburg.  A ground out scored a run, a single by Blake Rutherford scored another.   A single, walk and RBI single by Terone Harris scored a run, another scored on a sac fly.


Harrisburg scored a run in the 8th inning on an RBI single by Blake Rutherford scoring Robert Hassell (doubled).


Defensive Gem :


Right fielder Garrett Whitley threw a runner out at the plate to end the fifth inning.  Shortstop Madison Stokes made a leaping catch in the ninth inning on a line drive and then threw to first base to nab a wandering runner for a double play, Reading turned four double plays in the game.


On the Hill :


Victor Vargas started and went three and two third innings, three runs on four hits.  Adam Everett pitched very well going two innings (stranded three inherited runners on just two pitches 😳) allowing just one hit, counting today’s game in his last three relief appearances he’s pitched 6 2/3 innings, no runs, three hits, eleven strikeouts.   Matt Seelinger pitched one and two third scoreless innings and stranded an inherited runner.


At the Bat :


McCarthy Tatum had three hits (two singles & a double).  Madison Stokes (single & double), Carlos De La Cruz (single & HR) and Max McDowell (single & HR) each had two hits.  Nick Podkul doubled.



Did Ya Know?


“May 23, 2007: At Manchester, Jason Hill’s solo home run in the 10th inning lifts the R-Phils to a 2-1 win over New Hampshire. Mike Zagurski goes 2.0 innings in relief, giving up one hit and fanning three in his final appearance before being called up to Philadelphia.” - from Media notes supplied by Jake Starr - Fightins Media Relations and Press Box Manager


South Atlantic League ( High A ) - Jersey Shore 9 (18-18) Aberdeen 3 (18-20)

Aberdeen, MD - Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium


Summary :


Max Wagner homered for Aberdeen in the third inning.


Marcus Lee Sang and Casey Martin singled in the fifth inning, they both advanced on a ground out and scored on a single by Wilfredo Flores.  Nick Ward and Kendall Simmons followed with singles, Flores scored.


Aberdeen loaded the bases in the sixth on a hit batter and two walks, a sac fly scored a run. A single scored another run.


Kendall Simmons tripled off the right field wall to lead off the eighth inning, he beat the throw home on a grounder by Andrik Nava to the shortstop (drawn in infield) to score.


Jersey Shore loaded the bases in the top of the ninth on a single by Casey Martin, a walk by Jared Carr and a single by Leandro Pineda.  Wilfredo Flores hit a sac fly to score a run.  Nick Ward walked to re-load the bases. Kendall Simmons legged out an infield single to score another run.  Caleb Ricketts walked to score a run.  Andrik Nava doubled to score two runs.


On the Hill :


Rafael Marcano was very good as the starter going five innings, one run, two hits, one walk and one strikeout.  Rodolfo Sanchez pitched two innings, no runs, two hits, two walks,one strikeout, two inherited runners scored. Jordi Martinez pitched a scoreless eighth inning.  Tommy McCollum finished it out with a scoreless ninth striking out two.


Web Gem :


Left fielder Marcus Lee Sang threw out a runner at second base to end the seventh inning.  Catcher Andrik Nava threw two would be base stealers out at second during the game.


At the Bat :


Casey Martin had four hits (three singles & double, also walked).  Kendall Simmons had three hits (two singles & triple).  Andrik Nava doubled and had three RBIs.  Every batter in the order reached base at least once.



Did Ya Know?


Malik Binns joins the BlueClaws from the Florida Complex League, his first time with the BlueClaws.  Binns split last year between Clearwater and the FCL Phillies, going a combined 6-2 with a 5.66 ERA. Binns, a Chicago native, went to Benedictine University in Mesa, Arizona and was an 18th round pick of the Phillies in 2021.” - from Media notes supplied by Greg Giombarrese - BlueClaws Director of Communications



Florida State League ( Low A )  Clearwater 6 (30-10) St Lucie 0 (10-30)

Port St Lucie, FL - Clover Park


Summary :


Gabriel Rincones Jr tripled in the second inning and scored on a single by Emaarion Boyd.


Emaarion Boyd singled and scored on a triple by Bryan Rincon in the fifth inning, Boyd had been picked off first base but in the subsequent rundown he collided with the first baseman in the base path and was granted an obstruction call, the Mets argued to no avail, heads up play by Emaarion who got away with one 😎.


St Lucie loaded the bases in the 5th inning on a fielding error and two singles, the next batter struck out.  Wen Hui Pan relieved Sam Aldegheri and rolled a ground ball to shortstop that Bryan Rincon turned into a 6-3 inning ending double play!


Cade Fergus singled in the ninth, Bryan Rincon walked.  Justin Crawford doubled to score them both.  Otto Kemp singled (and extended his on base streak to 28) to score Crawford. Jordan Dissin reached on a fielding error by St Lucie’s pitcher to score another run.


On the Hill :


Sam Aldegheri went four and one third innings as the starter, no runs on five hits and one walk, four strikeouts.  Wen Hui Pan dominated in two and two third innings pitched allowing just one hit facing just seven batters (induced two double play ground-outs).  Jack Dallas completed the shutout by pitching the last two innings. Clearwater turned four double plays in the game.


Web Gem :


Center fielder Justin Crawford made a diving catch to end the sixth inning.


At the Bat :


Bryan Rincon (single & triple, also walked) and Emaarion Boyd (two singles) each had two hits.  Gabriel Rincones Jr tripled. Jordan Dissin and Justin Crawford each doubled.



Did Ya Know?


“On Sunday Andrew Walling earned his first career save. Danny Wilkinson earned his second win of the series. He struck out ten of the twelve batters he faced in two appearances against Bradenton. The Threshers staff struck out 17 batters, their second highest total in a game this season.” - from Media notes supplied by Josh Sperber - broadcast voice of the Clearwater Threshers


Player Development Center Training - Carpenter Complex


Thirteen pitchers threw bullpen side sessions, three threw live BP’s.  Darick Hall, Cristian Pache and Rafael Marchan took BP on Carlton Field and also live BP on Roberts Field.  I continue to be impressed by twenty year old RHP Micah Ottenbreit, got to watch his bullpen session today as he continues his rehab work, can envision when he’s fully recovered and ready to go, has a very good mix of pitches and can also pop the heater, along with RHP Christian McGowan who also threw a bullpen today and continues his rehab path back (he’s got a power arsenal of pitches). They are two starting pitchers who will make a big impact on the system when healthy.


Extended Spring Training Game vs Blue Jays @ Dunedin, FL :


Blue Jays 7 Phillies 5 (8-3-5)


Shortstop William Bergolla continues to shine, today he went three for five with two singles, a double, a run scored and an RBI.  Junior Marin had two hits (single & double) and an RBI, he also scored a run.  Albert Rodriquez hit two singles in three at bats.  Troy Schreffler doubled and walked in three plate appearances, he stole a base and scored a run.  Yhoswar Garcia and Leonardo Rondon each singled.


Mavis Graves started and pitched two innings allowing one run on three hits, Oswald Medina did the same.  Konnor Ash allowed a run in an inning or work as did Nicoly Pina.  Jesus Querales went an inning and a third and yielded three runs on four hits, Saul Teran didn’t yield a run in one and two thirds innings, one hit and posted two strikeouts.


Dominican Summer League Spring Training


5/22/23 : Brewers 5 Phillies Red 2 (6-4-1)


Neify Rosario and Andres Hernandez had two hits each. Rosario and Dervin Andrade each doubled. Jaeden Calderon and Manolfi Jimenez each singled.  On the mound Jeffrey German pitched three innings allowing one unearned run, no hits and one walk, he struck out three batters. Luis Gonzalez struck out five in two innings of work and was tagged for three runs on four hits, he walked none.


5/22/23 : Phillies White 1 (7-2-2) Pirates2 1


The team was held to one hit, a single by Lenny Carela however they drew seven walks, one was a bases loaded RBI free pass issued to Yoangel Ramos who walked twice in the game.  Wilmer Blanco pitched two scoreless innings, Pedro Reyes yielded a run in three innings of work and Maxwell Hernandez struck out five in three innings pitched.  Each hurler allowed just one hit and one walk.


System Transactions :


Lehigh Valley :  LHP Taylor Lehman promoted from Reading, RHP Francisco Morales transferred to Player Development Center


Reading :  RHP Victor Vargas promoted from Jersey Shore, LHP Josh Hendrickson transferred to Development List.


Jersey Shore : RHP Malik Binns promoted from the Player Development Center.  C Anthony Quirion placed on the seven day IL.


Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️



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