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5/5/23 : Minor League Roundup

International League ( AAA ) - Syracuse 10 (15-15) Lehigh Valley 9 (14-15) - eleven innings

Syracuse, NY - NBT Bank Stadium

Summary :

Jordan Qsar hit a 423 foot two run home run in the second inning.  Vimael Machin went back to back with a 394 foot Jack of his own.

DJ Stewart homered for Syracuse in the bottom of the second, Jaylin Davis went back to back.

Jim Haley walked and Jake Cave singled in the third inning, they both scored on a double by Weston Wilson.

Jim Haley walked and Jake Cave doubled to score him in the fifth inning.  Simon Muzziotti tripled to score Cave.

Ronny Mauricio tripled to score two runs (a walk and hit batter) for Syracuse in the seventh inning.  Danny Mendick homered to score two runs.

Khalil Lee doubled with two outs in the 9th inning to score the game tying run for Syracuse.

Weston Wilson doubled to score placed runner Jim Haley in the 11th inning.  Simon Muzziotti was intentionally walked.  Scott Kingery blooped a single to center field, the left fielder kicked it for an error that allowed Wilson to score.

Former Phillies minor leaguer Jonathan Arauz singled in the bottom of the 11th for Syracuse to score the placed runner.  Khalil Lee doubled to score the game tying run.  A catcher’s interference call with the bases loaded allowed the game winning run to score for Syracuse.

On the Hill :

Christopher Sanchez pitched very well going 5 1/3 innings allowing two runs on six hits and two walks, he struck out four hitters.

Jake Jewell stranded three inherited runners in the seventh inning in 2/3 innings of work.  Jeremy Walker pitched a scoreless 8th inning.

At the Bat :

Weston Wilson had two doubles.  Jake Cave had two hits (single & double).  Simon Muzziotti tripled and walked three times. Jordan Qsar and Vimael Machin homered.

Did Ya Know?

“The 'Pigs drew a season high 13 walks on Thursday night, the second most any team has taken in game in the IL this season (16 for Gwinnett vs. Charlotte on 5/2). The 13 walks drawn is a new franchise record, surpassing the 12 the 2010 Iron Pigs took on 8/20/10 against Pawtucket in a 10 inning game. This also led to the most runners left on base by the 'Pigs (16) since 4/13/16 at Rochester.” - from Media notes supplied by Sam Jellinek - Iron Pigs Manager of Broadcasting and Media Relations

Eastern League ( AA) -  Reading 11 (9-15) Hartford 2 (12-11)

Hartford, CT - Dunkin’ Park

Summary :

Two singles and an RBI double by Zac Veen scored a run for Hartford in the first inning.

Ethan Wilson hit a three run home run in the third inning, his third dinger of the week.

Madison Stokes doubled in the 4th inning, Carlos De La Cruz singled to score him.

Drew Ellis homered in the fifth inning.  Max McDowell and Garrett Whitley singled, Nick Podkul hit a three run home run.

Johan Rojas tripled to lead off the sixth inning and scored on a double by Ethan Wilson.

Madison Stokes walked in the seventh inning, went to second on a single by Carlos De La Cruz and scored on a single by Johan Rojas (his 4th hit of the game).  Ethan Wilson singled (his 3rd hit) to score De La Cruz.

Grant Lavigne homered for Hartford in the ninth inning.

On the Hill :

Mick Abel was dominant, a 95 to 100 mph fastball, low 80’s curve and high 80’s slider in a six inning effort allowing one run on four hits and one walk with eight strikeouts 🔥.   Tyler McKay pitched a perfect 7th inning with one strikeout. Zach Linginfelter pitched a perfect 8th inning.  Adam Leverett finished it out by pitching the ninth.

At the Bat :

Johan Rojas had four hits (three singles and a triple), Ethan Wilson had three knocks (single, double & HR) with five RBIs 😳. Carlos De La Cruz, Madison Stokes and Max McDowell each had two hits.  Stokes doubled, Drew Ellis and Nick Podkul each homered.   The team had 17 hits and 6 walks.

Did Ya Know?

“After a hot start to the season, Johan Rojas cooled down, but that cold stretch has seemingly come to an end.  Coming into tonight’s game Rojas has hits in his last six games, and reached base in his last eight. Both of those marks tie season-highs for Rojas. A reason could be Rojas’ move from the leadoff spot to the three hole in the lineup. Since moving to the three hole on Apr. 29, Rojas is hitting .421 with 7 runs, while hitting .219 in the leadoff spot prior.” - from Media notes supplied by Jake Starr - Fightins Media Relations and Press Box Manager

South Atlantic League ( High A ) - Hickory 6 (12-11) Jersey Shore 3 (10-11)

Hickory, NC - L.P. Frans Stadium

Summary :

A walk, stolen base, ground out, fielder’s choice and missed catch error (Andrik Nava) scored a run for Hickory in the second inning.

Max Acosta hit a three run home run for Hickory in the fifth inning.

The BlueClaws loaded the bases in the 8th inning as Jared Carr and Hao Yu Lee singled with Nick Ward being hit by a pitch. Marcus Lee Sang singled to score two runs.  Rixon Wingrove grounded out to score another one.

Hickory scored twice in the bottom of the 8th on two walks, a double steal and two RBI single by Geisel Cepeda.

On the Hill :

Jordan Fowler went 4 2/3 innings as the starter.  Chase Antle pitched a perfect 6th inning with two strikeouts.  Albertus Barber pitched a scoreless 7th inning.

At the Bat :

Marcus Lee Sang had three hits (singles), a walk and two RBIs.

Did Ya Know?

Hao Yu Lee had four hits in the win on Thursday, including a home run and the game winning hit in the 11th inning... It was the first four-hit game in Lee’s career... His home run was the 11th of his career and first of the season... Lee, the youngest BlueClaw, turned 20 in February... He hit .284 last year between Clearwater and the BlueClaws.” - from Media notes supplied by Greg Giombarrese - BlueClaws Director of Communications

Florida State League ( Low A )  Clearwater 6 (19-6) Lakeland 5 (11-14)

Clearwater, FL - BayCare Ballpark

Summary :

Lazaro Benitez homered for Lakeland in the first inning.

An error and a walk put two runners on base for Lakeland in the third inning, a balk advanced them and a single by Lazaro Benitez scored them both.

In the bottom of the third Erick Brito walked and Ricardo Rosario was hit by a pitch.  Brito was caught stealing third base, Caleb Ricketts doubled to score Rosario. Gabriel Rincones Jr singled to score Ricketts.

A walk, single and ground out scored a run for Lakeland in the fourth inning.

Three consecutive singles scored a run for Lakeland in the fifth.

Ricardo Rosario singled in the seventh inning, advanced to second on a fly out and scored on a single by Gabriel Rincones Jr.

Caleb Ricketts and Gabriel Rincones Jr singled in the ninth inning, they advanced on a ground out.  Emaarion Boyd singled to score Ricketts.  Boyd stole second base. Otto Kemp was walked intentionally.  Bryan Rincon doubled to score two runs for the walk off win!

On the Hill :

Griff McGarry pitched the first inning, his fastball was in the 96 to 97 mph range, he also threw a cutter,slider and sinker, struck out two hitters and yielded one run on a home run.  Andrew Bellatti pitched a perfect second inning, fastball sat 93-94 mph and he also threw his signature slider, struck out two batters.  Starlyn Castillo struck out six batters in his three innings of work, he was tagged for four runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks.  Andrew Walling pitched two scoreless frames allowing just a walk. Orion Kerkering pitched two scoreless innings with four strikeouts.

At the Bat :

Gabriel Rincones Jr had three hits (singles) and a walk, he posted two RBIs.   Caleb Ricketts singled and doubled.  Bryan Rincon doubled.

Did Ya Know?

“Clearwater won their first extra-inning game of the year last night.  It was also their first walkoff win of 2023. The Threshers staff struck out 19 batters to set a new season -high.  Caleb Ricketts extended his hit streak to four games and his on-base streak to nine.  Wesley Moore and Jean Cabrera each set career-highs with six strikeouts.  Jack Dallashas not allowed a run in 12.1 innings this season.  Bryan Rincon extended his hit streak to four games.” - from Media notes supplied by Josh Sperber - broadcast voice of the Clearwater Threshers

Player Development Center Training - Carpenter Complex

Eight pitchers threw a side bullpen session, pitchers who threw today - Eric Garcia, Christian McGowan, Mason Ronan, Jesus Querales, Micah Ottenbreit, Luis Gomez, Fernando Ortega and Elicier Bata

Two pitchers threw live BP today - Jon Duplantier and Jace Vines

Extended Spring Training Game vs Blue Jays @ Carpenter Complex :

Phillies 8 ( 5-2-2) Blue Jays 6

Raylin Heredia and Dakota Kotowski each had two hits, Heredia crushed a triple off the left field fence and had four RBIs. Kotowski’s two hits were both doubles, he had two RBIs.  Ryan Leitch and Diego Gonzalez each doubled.  Yhoswar Garcia walked three times, stole two bases and scored twice, I enjoy watching him play, very animated.  William Bergolla made his extended spring debut and had a single, walk, RBI and scored twice.  He made a very heady base running play on his single to right field where the fielder threw home to attempt to cut down the incoming runner, William never broke stride and easily reached second base on the play.  Marco Soto, Jorge Garcia and Gavin Tonkel each singled, Tonkel stole a base, he’s another very fleet afoot outfielder.

A couple fellas threw the best I’ve seen them today, Malik Binns had great spin and movement on his curve ball, couple with a lively fastball that he was in or near the zone with it was a very strong outing for Malik, saw him afterwards and he was pleased, the big fella can be a presence if he can command the zone, today he did that.  Ty Collins struck out the side in his inning of work, also had a really good fastball and the slider was very effective.  Oswald Medina impressed as well in his inning of work, good pop today.  Nicoly Pina would have been out of his inning unscathed except the umpire missed a strike call, still it was good to see Nicoly throwing better than earlier in the year, was up to 94 mph today and had decent break on his slider.

Oswald Medina pitched the opening inning, a perfect frame with two strikeouts.  Zach Haake pitched an inning (one run, 2 hits), Jake McKenna left after 1/3 of an inning with an apparent leg injury, he yielded one run on two walks.  Ty Collins struck out the side in a perfect frame, Malik Binns went two scoreless, one hit, one walk and three punch outs.  Nicoly Pina was charged with three runs on two hits and two walks with one strikeout in 2/3 of an inning which was rolled.  Saul Teran gave up an unearned run in two innings on one hit and one walk, he struck out three, first time I’ve seen Teran in person, 90 to 92 mph fastball with late life.

Dominican Training Center Spring Training Games :

5/4/23 : Phillies White 2 Rockies Tigers 2

Catcher Angel Mata was 2 for 2 (singles) in the game.  3B Lenny Carela and C Guillermo Rosario each doubled. The club had ten hits in the game.  Josbel Garcia, John Sosa, Jendry Charles and Juan Melendez each threw scoreless innings, Garcia and Sosa struck out two batters each.

5/4/23 : Phillies Red 9 Marlins 4

LF Neify Rosario was 3 for 4 (singles) while SS Andres Hernandez, DH Jaeden Calderon, 1B Arquedion Muller and 3B Jarol Martinez each had two hits.  Hernandez and CF Jose Leanez each doubled, Calderon homered and had three RBIs. Martinez had two RBIs.  Luis Gonzalez, Joel Heredia and Ezequiel Ventura each pitched a scoreless inning, Ventura struck out the side and Heredia had two strikeouts.

System Transactions :

Lehigh Valley : LHP Nick Allgeyer traded to the Houston Astros for cash considerations.

Jersey Shore :  LHP Jordan Fowler activated from the Development List, LHP Matt Osterberg placed on the Development List.

Clearwater : RHP Griff McGarry added to active roster on minor league rehab assignment.  RHP Andrew Bellatti added to active roster on Major League rehab assignment.  RHP Starlyn Castillo activated from the Development List.

Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️

Mick Abel, Bryan Rincon, Ethan Wilson, Carlos De La Cruz & Johan Rojas - photos by George Youngs Jr & Cheryl Pursell

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