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5/27/23 : Minor League Roundup


International League ( AAA ) -  Buffalo 14 (24-26) Lehigh Valley 9 (24-25)

Allentown, PA - Coca-Cola Park


Summary :


Davis Schneider hit a two run home run for Buffalo in the first inning.


In the bottom of the first Jake Cave walked, went to third on a single by Jordan Qsar and scored on a Weston Wilson ground out.


LJ Talley hit a three run home run for Buffalo in the second inning, Rafael Lantigua hit a solo dinger.


Scott Kingery was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the second inning , advanced on a single by Jhailyn Ortiz and scored on a single by John Hicks.  Jake Cave then went yard for a three run home run!


Two singles, a hit batter and throwing error scored two Buffalo runs in the fourth.


John Hicks walked, stole second, went to third on a throwing error and scored on a groundout in the bottom of the 4th.


Weston Wilson singled in the 5th and scored on a double by Jim Haley.  Scott Kingery singled, John Hicks doubled to score two runs and put Lehigh Valley in the lead.


Buffalo scored five runs in the 7th, three on a home run by LJ Talley.


Spencer Horwitz homered for Buffalo in the 8th inning.


On the Hill :


Six hurlers pitched in the game.  Jeremy Walker threw two scoreless innings in relief. Taylor Lehman threw a scoreless inning.


At the Bat :


Jim Haley (two doubles), Scott Kingery and John Hicks each had two hits.  Hicks doubled and had three RBIs, Jake Cave homered and had four RBIs.



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 (19), going 36-for-81 with a team leading 15 doubles plus six homers and 18 RBI. Since May 4 (his first game with LHV), Cave leads the IL in batting average (.444), slugging (.852), OPS (1.368), and 2B (15).” - from Media notes supplied by Sam Jellinek - Iron Pigs Manager of Broadcasting and Media Relations


Eastern League ( AA) -  Reading 5 (17-26) Harrisburg 4 (22-21)

Reading, PA - FirstEnergy Stadium


Summary :


Frankie Tostado hit a sac fly to score a run for Harrisburg in the 4th inning.


Matt Kroon doubled to score Madison Stokes (singled) in the bottom of the 4th.


Leonel Valera homered for Harrisburg in the fifth.  A single, error and RBI single followed for another run.


Nick Podkul homered in the 5th inning.


Onix Vega homered for Harrisburg in the 6th inning.


Madison Stokes homered in the bottom of the eighth inning.  Carlos De La Cruz went back to back to tie the game!


Ethan Wilson singled in the bottom of the ninth and went to third on a double by Oliver Dunn.  Max McDowell was hit by a pitch to load the bases. McCarthy Tatum walked it off with a single off the right field wall!


On the Hill :


David Parkinson went five innings, three runs, two earned on five hits and two walks.  Braden Zarbnisky went an inning and a third, one run.  Andrew Baker pitched out of an inherited one out bases loaded jam in the 7th by getting an inning ending double play grounder. He hit 102 mph with his fastball this evening. 🔥 - Andrew retired all four batters he faced, in command tonight with the hook which had a ton of break - two strikeouts.  Tyler McKay pitched a perfect ninth inning.


At the Bat :


Madison Stokes had three hits including a home run. Nick Podkul had two hits and homered.  Carlos De La Cruz homered, Matt Kroon and Oliver Dunn doubled.



Did Ya Know?


“This Day in Baseballtown History - May 27, 2016: At New Hampshire, Reading scores 3 in the 9th on Aaron Brown’s first Double-A home run to tie it, then wins 9-8 in 13 innings. Rhys Hoskins hits a solo HR in the 13th for the winning run. Brown finishes 3-for-5 with 3 RBIs and a pair of runs.” - from Media notes supplied by Jake Starr - Fightins Media Relations and Press Box Manager


South Atlantic League ( High A ) - Jersey Shore 3 (21-20) Aberdeen 2 (20-23)

Aberdeen, MD - Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium


Summary :


Marcus Lee Sang singled in the fourth inning and scored on a double by Casey Martin.  Jared Carr singled to score Martin.


Aberdeen scored in the 5th inning, a two base throwing error allowed Maxwell Costes to reach second, he scored on a single by Judd Fabian.


A single, wild pitch, fielding error and ground out scored the game tying run for Aberdeen in the sixth inning.


Casey Martin was hit by a pitch in the 8th inning, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Leandro Pineda.


On the Hill :


Starter Jordan Fowler was quality once again - five innings, one unearned run, five hits, two walks, five strikeouts. Jace Vines pitched one and two thirds innings, one unearned run. Orion Kerkering went one and one third scoreless, two hits, two strikeouts.

Tommy McCollum closed it out with a perfect ninth inning.


At the Bat :


Casey Martin doubled. Andrik Nava walked twice, he replaced Kendall Simmons as the DH after Kendall left the game in the first inning jamming his knee on the first base bag.



Did Ya Know?


“The BlueClaws have twice had their starting pitcher go into the sixth inning this season and both times it’s been Matt Osterberg, who has done so in his most recent two starts.  On Thursday at Aberdeen, he gave up one run in six innings and went 5.1 innings, allowing four runs (all in the sixth) on May 18th against Wilmington at ShoreTown Ballpark. Osterberg was a 15th round pick in 2021 from St. Cloud State in Minnesota.” - from Media notes supplied by Greg Giombarrese - BlueClaws Director of Communications


Florida State League ( Low A )  Clearwater (31-12)  St Lucie (12-31) - double header

Port St Lucie, FL - Clover Park


Game One : St Lucie 9 Clearwater 2


Summary :


Suspended game from Thursday picked up in the bottom of the first inning.


Wilfredo Lara hit a two run home run for St Lucie in the first inning.  A double (Yeral Martinez) and single scored a third run.


The Mets scored a run in the fourth on a walk, stolen base and single.


Chad Castillo doubled in the sixth inning and went to third on an infield single by Emaarion Boyd.  Boyd stole second base.  They both scored on a single by Freylin Minyety.


St Lucie loaded the bases in the bottom of the 6th on a single, hit batter and walk.  Jett Williams hit a bloop double down the right field line to score three runs.


The Mets scored two runs in the 8th inning on a double, two singles and a sac fly.


On the Hill :


Alex McFarlane went 3 2/3 innings, four runs, three hits, two walks and five strikeouts - 79 pitches.  Danny Wilkinson, Alex Rao and Jaydenn Estanista followed.


At the Bat :


Justin Crawford had three hits. Cade Fergus, Emaarion Boyd, Gabriel Rincones Jr and Chad Castillo each had two hits.  Fergus and Castillo doubled.



Game Two -seven innings : St Lucie 4 Clearwater 3


Summary :


St Lucie scored two in the bottom of the first inning on two singles and a triple by Scott Ota.


Gabriel Rincones Jr doubled in the second inning and scored on a single by Felix Reyes.


Clearwater loaded the bases in the third on two walks and a hit batter.  A run scored on a ground out.


St Lucie scored two runs in the bottom of the third on a single and two doubles.


Jordan Viars doubled in the sixth and later scored on a Cole Moore sac fly.


On the Hill :


Jean Cabrera went five innings, four runs on nine hits.  Andrew Walling pitched a scoreless 6th inning.


At the Bat :


Gabriel Rincones Jr and Jordan Viars doubled.  Otto Kemp saw his on base streak end at 29 games.



Did Ya Know?


Freylin Minyety is 7-13 over his last two series with three RBI.  Jonh Henriquez moved into the league lead with his sixth win of the season. Wednesday was the second time the Threshers had a game shortened by rain this season.” -  from Media notes supplied by Josh Sperber - broadcast voice of the Clearwater Threshers


Player Development Center Training - Carpenter Complex


Francisco Morales, Jhordany Mezquita, Daniel Harper, Mavis Graves and Dominic Pipkin threw side bullpen sessions.


I watched Darick Hall, Rafael Marchan, Cristian Pache, Nikau Pouaka-Grego and Pedro Martinez take BP this morning on Carlton field.  Darick hit a long drive over the right center field fence which barely missed a cyclist peddling along on the trail behind the complex, not to worry the fella wasn’t hit or hurt 🤓.  Word is (see Matt Gelb’s twitter notes) that Hall, Marchan and Pache will begin rehab assignments this coming week.


Dominican Summer League Spring Training


5/26/23 : Nationals 7 Phillies Red 4 (7-6-1)


Manolfi Jimenez and Juan Villavicencio each had two hits.  Nolan Beltran, Dervin Andrade & Erick Barria each singled.  No extra base hits in the game for the Phillies.  Claudio Gatier pitched three innings, one run on five hits, two strikeouts.


5/26/23 : Phillies White 6 (8-4-2) Yankees2 2


Jerffson Pena and Luis Pelegrín doubled, Pelegrín also stole two bases.  Darium Gutierrez walked and singled and also had two stolen bases.  Five other players had singles.  Alexis De La Cruz pitched three scoreless innings, one hit, one walk and two strikeouts. Kleyderve Andrade pitched two scoreless frames, two hits and three strikeouts.


System Transactions :


Lehigh Valley : C Aramis Garcia placed on the 7-Day Injured List, C Vito Friscia reinstated from the Development List


Player Development Center : OF Ryan Holgate signed to a minor league contract


Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️


Jordan Fowler, Andrew Baker, Orion Kerkering, McCarthy Tatum & Carlos De La Cruz, Madison Stokes & Tommy McCollum - photos by Cheryl Pursell, George Youngs Jr, Michael Dolcemascolo and Mark Wylie



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