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5/9/21 : Minor League Roundup

Triple A East League - Lehigh Valley 7 ( 5-1 ) Rochester 1 ( 1-5 ) - 5 1/2 innings - called for weather

Summary :

The Iron Pigs scored twice in the first inning, Mickey Moniak tripled to score Ronald Torreyes ( walked ) and Austin Listi hit a sac fly to plate Moniak. They erupted for five runs in the second inning as Travis Jankowski singled to score two after the bases were loaded with walks. Ronald Torreyes doubled to plate one, a wild pitch allowed Jankowski to score and Moniak hit a sac fly to score Torreyes.

On The Hill :

RH Adonis Medina was strong today ... with a tired relief staff it was very much welcomed. He went 5 innings, 1 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 6 K’s - 71 pitches - 49 strikes.

RH Mauricio Llovera - 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K ...16 pitches - 12 strikes.

At Bat :

CF Mickey Moniak had two hits including a triple and two RBIs. RF Travis Jankowski had two RBIs

Notes :

OF Ryan Cordell was assigned to the Lehigh Valley roster before the game. The 29 year old played in the major leagues briefly with the Mets last season and for the White Sox the previous two years.

The Iron Pigs head to Scranton Wilkes Barre for a six game series beginning on Tuesday.

Double A NorthEast League - Erie 7 ( 4-2 ) Reading 5 ( 2-4 )

Summary :

DH Colby Fitch homered in the sixth inning. Erie scored seven runs in the eighth inning on five hits.

Fitch tripled to score LF Matt Kroon ( bunt single ) in the bottom of the eighth inning the Erie center fielder fielder attempted to make a diving catch on a low line drive and the ball rolled all the way to the fence. Fitch scored on a ground out by SS Arquimedes Gamboa. After 3B McCarthy Tatum walked, CF Matt Vierling went yard over the left center field wall for a two run home run.

On The Hill :

RH Julian Garcia started and went three shutout innings - 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K’s - 50 pitches - 28 strikes

LH Ethan Lindow - 3 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 BB, 5 K’s - 63 pitches - 36 strikes

RH Austin Ross - pitched out of an inherited bases loaded jam in the seventh inning. He ran into some difficulty in the 8th inning - 1 IP, 6 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 0 K’s - 30 pitches - 20 strikes

RH Mark Potter - two inherited runners scored on a double. 1 2/3 IP - 1 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K’s - posted 95 MPH on FB. - 32 pitches - 21 strikes.

At Bat :

C Colby Fitch - home run and triple. CF Matt Vierling homered and had two RBI’s.

Notes :

RHP Mark Potter was promoted to Reading from Lakewood before today’s game. The big arm reliever gives the Fightins another option at the back end of the pen. He’s been a closer in his brief pro career and features a FB generally in the 94-96 range.

Reading travels to Bowie, Md to face the Bay Sox in a six game set starting Tuesday.

High A East League - Hudson Valley 10 ( 3-3 ) Jersey Shore 1 ( 3-3 )

Summary :

Hudson Valley jumped out early scoring four second inning runs keyed by a three run home run by Steven Sensley. They scored twice in the fourth, a single run in the sixth and three in the seventh.

Bryson Stott hit a solo home run for Jersey Shore in the sixth inning.

On The Hill :

RH Tyler McKay - 3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 BB, 4 K’s - 59 pitches - 31 strikes

RH Mike Adams - 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 BB - 36 pitches - 20 strikes

RH Aneurys Zabala - 1/3 IP, 1 K - 1 batter faced

RH Ben Brown - 2 2/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 5 K’s -58 pitches - 35 strikes

RH Dominic Pipkin - 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 3 K’s 🔥

At Bat : held to two hits

2B Bryson Stott homered and LF Cole Stobbe singled.

Jersey Shore will play the Blue Rocks in Wilmington, DE starting Tuesday in a six game set.

Low A SouthEast League - Lakeland 6 ( 3-3 ) Clearwater 4 ( 3-3 )

Summary :

The Flying Tigers scored four runs in their third inning on four hits and never trailed thereafter enroute to a win that concluded the season opening series. Clearwater scored in the bottom of the third inning on a solo home run over the left field wall by Luis Garcia. Nicolas Torres singled to score DJ Stewart ( doubled ) in the sixth inning. The final Threshers runs came on a ground out RBI by Stewart and an RBI single by Cornelius Williams in the eighth inning. The Threshers had the game tying runs on second and third base in the bottom of the ninth inning but could not score.

On The Hill :

RH Cristian Hernandez - 2 2/3 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 7 K’s, 1 HBP 😳... 45 pitches - 32 strikes. He came out firing and struck out the side in the first inning and five of the first six batters he faced. FB was electric topping out at 96, range was 92-96 ... it had a lot of movement up in the zone - batters were swinging and missing frequently. He also threw a curve ball and changeup. Ran into difficulty in the third inning but a generally strong outing.

LH Nick Lackney - three inherited runners scored on a bases loaded double, they were charged to Hernandez. His final line was 1 1/3 IP, 2 H ... FB ( 90-91), slider and changeup.

RH Gunner Mayer - threw just six pitches before exiting - velo was down to around 90 which prompted a trainer’s visit, he left after walking one batter.

RH Fernando Lozano - 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K ... he’s a strike thrower and contact pitcher with a four pitch mix ... FB sat 90-92, also threw a curve, slider and change up ... mixes pitches well - throws any pitch in any count - 34 pitches - 22 strikes

RH Carlo Reyes - 1 perfect inning - 1 K ... FB 90-92, Curve and Changeup -12 pitches - 10 strikes

RH Tyler Burch - 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s - FB 94-95, slider and changeup. 18 pitches - 12 strikes. Relief work may be his calling akin to Lewis-Clarke college alum Connor Brogdon ... attacked the zone today with good movement on the FB and slider ... I could see him as a strong bullpen option 🧐

At Bat :

2B Luis Garcia homered and walked twice, he scored two runs. 1B DJ Stewart hit the ball hard ... 2 hits including a double. 3B Nicolas Torres had two hits including a bloop double down the right field line. RF Ben Pelletier doubled in his only AB, he left the game early after making a diving catch attempt in the third inning ... we saw him later on the bench and he seemed to be ok. CF Johan Rojas hustled a line drive to left center field into a double that the center fielder was lazy on in the ninth inning.

The Threshers head to Fort Myers for a six game set starting on Tuesday.

Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️

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