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5/8/24 : Minor League Roundup

( AAA ) - Syracuse 5 (19-14) Lehigh Valley 4 (12-20)

Allentown, PA - Coca-Cola Park

Summary :

A double, stolen base and throwing error scored a run for Syracuse in the 1st inning.

Scott Kingery singled in the third inning, went to second on a balk and scored on a single by Cody Roberts.

Four walks and two singles scored two runs for Syracuse in the 6th inning.

Weston Wilson doubled in the seventh, he scored on a single by Nick Podkul.  Jim Haley tripled to score Podkul.

Two singles, a fielders choice, a fielding error and sac fly scored two runs for Syracuse in the 8th inning.

Jordan Luplow homered in the 8th inning.

At Bat : 4 R, 8 H, 3 BB, 5 K’s

Cody Roberts had two hits, Weston Wilson doubled, Jim Haley tripled and Jordan Luplow homered.

On The Hill : 5 R, 7 H, 6 BB, 10 K’s

Michael Mercado pitched 5 innings, 1 R,  3 H, 1 BB, 5 K’s - 65 pitches - 43 strikes - he’s not fully stretched out just yet as opened the year as a bulk reliever.   Beau Burrows pitched an inning, 2 R, 1 H, 4 BB, 0 K’s.  Nick Nelson pitched an inning, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K’s.  Max Lazar pitched an inning, 2 R - 1 earned, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 K’s.  Ryan Burr pitched a perfect ninth inning - 3 K’s.

Did Ya Know 🧐 :

Darick Hall, currently sitting at 64 career homers, needs just five more homers to tie Andy Tracy (69) for the most homers in franchise history and also has 227 career RBI with the 'Pigs, needing just 34 RBI to tie Tracy (261) for the RBI mark. - Media Notes

(AA) - Reading 4 (13-16) Hartford 3 (14-12)

Reading, PA - FirstEnergy Stadium

Summary :

Jose Rodriquez tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Carson Taylor.

Zac Veen hit a two run home run in the 4th inning for Hartford.

Bryce Ball walked in the bottom of the 4th and scored on a double by Carlos De La Cruz.

Zach Kokoska hit a home run for Hartford in the 5th inning.

Robert Moore walked in the 7th, he scored on a fielding error by Hartford’s right fielder on which Jose Rodriquez reached.

Casey Martin walked in the 9th inning, Marcus Lee Sang singled and Arturo DeFreitas was intentionally walked.  Robert Moore walked for the walk off win!

On The Hill : 3 R, 7 H, 3 BB, 8 K’s

Efrain Contreras pitched 4.1 innings, 3 R, 5 H, 0 BB, 3 K’s.  Carlos Francisco pitched 2.1 innings, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K.  Mitch Neunborn pitched 1.1 innings, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K.   Tristan Garnett pitched an inning, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 2 K’s.

At Bat : 4 R, 5 H, 8 BB, 16 K’s

Ethan Wilson and Carlos De La Cruz each doubled.  Jose Rodriquez tripled. Robert Moore and Bryce Ball each walked twice.

Did Ya Know 🧐 :

Marcus Lee Sang’s recent hot-stretch continued with a two-run home run on Tuesday. Over his last 11 games, dating back to Apr. 23, Lee Sang is slashing .324/.390/.784, with a 1.174 OPS. Over that stretch, Lee Sang has three doubles, one triple and 10 home runs, with 10 RBI. The stretch has propelled Lee Sang to first on the team in home runs and second in RBI. - Media Notes

( High A )  - Jersey Shore 2 (16-13) Wilmington 1 (15-12)

Lakewood, NJ - ShoreTown Ballpark

Summary :

Leandro Pineda singled in the second inning and scored on a double by William Bergolla.

Two walks, a groundout and sacrifice fly scored a run for Wilmington in the third inning.

Leandro Pineda homered in the fourth inning.

On The Hill : 1 R, 4 H,7 BB, 9 K’s

LH Sam Aldegheri pitched 6 innings - 1 R,  3 H, 5 BB, 7 K’s - 100 pitches - 65 strikes.   Danny Wilkinson pitched 2/3 of an inning - 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 K’s.  Trent Dillard pitched 1.1 innings, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K.   Andrew Walling pitched a perfect ninth inning - 1 K.

At Bat : 2 R, 7 H, 2 BB, 3 K’s.

Leandro Pineda went 3 for 3 (two singles & HR) with two runs scored and an RBI.  William Bergolla and Bryan Rincon doubled.

Did Ya Know 🧐 :

Jean Cabrera gave up one run over seven innings on Tuesday in the series opener, his second straight seven inning start.  Since the BlueClaws moved to High-A in 2021, only Andrew Painter (2022) threw seven innings in back to back starts (Gustavo Armas in 2018 was the last BlueClaw to do so in Low-A).  Cabrera’s seven inning start last week marked the first time a BlueClaws pitcher has thrown seven innings in an April game since 2017 when Adonis Medina (April 20th) and Ranger Suarez (April 21st) did so in back to back games.  It was the first 7-inning April start for a Phillies High-A pitcher since Bailey Falter on April 29th (and 23rd) with Clearwater in 2018. - Media Notes

( Low A )  - Tampa 9 (10-20) Clearwater 8 (19-11)

Tampa, FL - George M Steinbrenner Field

Summary :

A double and single scored a run for Tampa in the first inning.

Nikau Pouaka-Grego doubled in the third inning and scored on a single by Dakota Kotowski.  Aidan Miller singled to score Kotowski.

Dakota Kotowski reached on a two base error in the fifth inning.  He scored on a single by Kehden  Hettiger.  Aidan Miller hit a two run home run.

Tyler Hardman homered for two runs for Tampa in the 5th inning.

Jordan Viars doubled in the 6th inning, went to third on a ground out and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jared Thomas.

Tampa scored two runs in the 6th on a double, walk, stolen base, single & fielding error.

Aidan Miller singled to score a run in the 7th inning.

A walk, four singles and a double scored four runs for Tampa in the bottom of the 7th.

Devin Saltiban walked in the 8th, went to third on a single by Jared Thomas and scored on a sacrifice fly by Raylin Heredia.

On The Hill : 9 R, 15 H, 5 BB, 13 K’s

Luke Russo went 4.2 innings - 3 R, 6 H, 3 BB, 7 K’s -  92 pitches - 57 strikes.  Jose Peña Jr pitched 1.1 innings,  2 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K’s.  Josh Bortka pitched an inning, 4 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 2 K’s.  Chase Hopewell pitched an inning, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K.

At Bat : 8 R, 9 H, 3 BB, 11 K’s

Aidan Miller had four hits (single, two doubles & HR) and four RBIs.   Nikau Pouaka-Grego and Jordan Viars doubled.

System Transactions :

Lehigh Valley : RHP Zac Houston placed on the 7-day IL with a R Forearm Strain (retroactive to 5/7).  RHP Max Lazar transferred to Lehigh Valley from Reading.  LHP Tyler Gilbert activated.

Reading :  RHP Efrain Contreras reinstated from the 7-day IL.  RHP Tyler McKay transferred from Lehigh Valley to Reading.

Clearwater : RHP Ethan Chenault reinstated from the 7-Day Injured List.

Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️

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