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5/9/23 : Minor League Roundup


International League ( AAA ) -  Memphis 6 (21-13) Lehigh Valley 3 (17-16)

Allentown, PA - Coca-Cola Park


Summary :


Memphis scored a run in the second inning on a walk and RBI double by Oscar Mercado.


Three walks loaded the bases for Memphis in the 5th inning, three wild pitches scored three runs. Ivan Herrera doubled to score another run.


A walk in the 6th inning was followed by a run scoring double by Chad Pinder.


Simon Muzziotti singled in the ninth, Jake Cave doubled, Weston Wilson scored them with a three run home run.


This was the first game in Allentown that the ABS (automated balls and strikes system) was in use.


On the Hill :


Michael Plassmeyer started and went four innings (one run, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 K’s).  Francisco Morales struggled mightily with control, went 1/3 of an inning, walked four and threw four wild pitches (three that scored runs).  Hans Crouse pitched two scoreless innings.  Louis Head pitched a scoreless ninth.  The five Iron Pigs pitchers in the game issued a total of eleven walks.


At the Bat :


Simon Muzziotti had three hits (two singles and a double) as did Weston Wilson (two singles and a HR).  Jake Cave hit two doubles.



Did Ya Know?


“After taking the final three games of the series against the Mets (all day games) the 'Pigs are now an absurd 10-1 in day games this season. The 10 day game wins are tied for the most in the Minors (Iowa), but the .909 winning percentage is tops

minimum 7 day games).” - from Media notes supplied by Sam Jellinek - Iron Pigs Manager of Broadcasting and Media Relations


Eastern League ( AA) -  New Hampshire 14 (14-13) Reading 2 (10-17)

Reading, PA - First Energy Stadium


Summary :


A single and two walks loaded the bases for New Hampshire in the first inning, a run scored on a ground out, the inning ended on a pop up to short right field that second baseman Oliver Dunn made an over the shoulder catch on, New Hampshire’s runner attempted to tag and score and Oliver threw him out at the plate!


New Hampshire scored three runs in the second inning on a hit batter, single, walk, fielding error and a two run single by Damiano Palmegiani


Will Robertson doubled and Dylan Rock singled to score him for NH in the fifth inning.


Drew Ellis homered for Reading in the bottom of the fifth.


A walk and two singles loaded the bases for NH in the sixth inning, a second walk forced in a run.  A sac fly scored another run. A walk scored the fourth run of the inning.


Trevor Schwecke hit a two run homer for NH in the seventh inning.


Carlos De La Cruz led off the 8th inning with a home run to left field.


Damiano Palmegiani hit a three run home run for New Hampshire in the ninth inning.



On the Hill :


Seven pitchers threw in the game, was a struggle today for six of them as they were tagged for 14 hits, issued 11 walks and hit a batter.  However, Andrew Baker retired all four batters he faced, two by strikeouts.


At the Bat :


Drew Ellis had two hits (single & HR) and a walk.  Carlos De La Cruz had two hits (single & HR)



Did Ya Know?


“This Day in Baseballtown History - May 9, 2012: At Reading, Darin Ruf goes 3-for-3 with a homer, double and 4 RBIs while Jonathan Pettibone comes within an out of a complete game shutout in the Phillies’ 5-1 victory over Trenton. Lisalverto Bonilla gets the last out to save the game, which is completed in exactly 2 hours.” - from Media notes supplied by Jake Starr - Fightins Media Relations and Press Box Manager


South Atlantic League ( High A ) - Greensboro 7 (17-11) Jersey Shore 5 (12-12)

Greensboro, NC - First National Bank Field


Summary :


Greensboro scored their first run in the first inning on a double by Jackson Glenn that scored Tsung-Che Chung (walked). It was a bloop to center field where second baseman Hao Yu Lee twisted his knee to avoid center fielder Jared Carr.  Lee had to be helped off the field and was replaced by Wilfredo Flores.  A single followed and a double by Jase Bowen scored two more runs.


Nick Ward hit a two run home run to right field in the second inning scoring Leandro Pineda (singled) in front of him.


Tsung-Che Chung doubled to score a run for Greensboro in the bottom of the second inning.


Caleb Ricketts doubled in the third inning, he scored on a double by Rixon Wingrove.


Jase Bowen hit a two run home run for Greensboro in the bottom of the third inning.  A single followed by an RBI double by Wyatt Hendrie scored a third run.


Marcus Lee Sang hit a two run home run in the fourth inning


On the Hill :


Rough night for starter Gabriel Cotto who went 2 1/3 innings.  Sam Jacobsak retired all five batters he faced, one by strikeout. Albertus Barber threw a perfect inning.  Jason Ruffcorn pitched a perfect sixth inning. Jordi Martinez threw a perfect seventh inning, he also pitched a scoreless 8th allowing one hit.  The BlueClaws bullpen retired 17 of the 18 batters they faced, sixteen in a row!


Defensive Gems :


Catcher Caleb Ricketts threw out two base stealers, one at second, the other at third.


At the Bat :


Caleb Ricketts had two hits (single & double). Rixon Wingrove & Casey Martin each doubled.  Nick Ward & Marcus Lee Sang homered.



Florida State League ( Low A )  Dunedin 6 (16-12) Clearwater 5  (21-7)

Dunedin, FL - TD Ballpark


Summary :


Three consecutive singles scored a run for Dunedin in the third inning.


Jordan Dissin singled in the fourth inning and scored on a home run by Bryan Rincon.


A double (Roque Salinas), walk and throwing error by shortstop Bryan Rincon scored a run for Dunedin in the fifth inning, a single by Tucker Toman scored another.


Bryan Rincon was hit by a pitch in the 6th inning, stole second and scored on a single by Cade Fergus.


A single followed by a double (Ryan McCarty) scored a run for Dunedin in the bottom of the sixth.


Gabriel Rincones Jr homered in the 8th inning to tie the game.


The game went into extra innings knotted at four apiece.


Ricardo Rosario was the placed runner in the top of the 10th, he scored on a single by Emaarion Boyd.


Manuel Beltre singled to score the placed runner for Dunedin in the bottom of the 10th.  The Blue Jays loaded the bases on a fielder’s choice, single and a walk - the walk off winning run scored on a passed ball.


The winning streak ends at thirteen.


On the Hill :


Sam Aldegheri pitched five innings allowing three runs on seven hits, he walked three and struck out five batters. Wen Hui Pan pitched three innings allowing one run on two hits and a walk, no strikeouts.  Jack Dallas pitched a perfect ninth inning, he yielded two unearned runs in the tenth.


At the Bat :


Emaarion Boyd & Cade Fergus each had two singles, Bryan Rincon and Gabriel Rincones Jr homered.



Did Ya Know?


“On Sunday Cade Fergus set a season-high with three RBIs and a career-high with three hits.  Jordan Dissin has driven in a run in each of the last three games. Ricardo Rosariostole two bases in a game for the second time this season.” - from Media notes supplied by Josh Sperber - broadcast voice of the Clearwater Threshers


Player Development Center Training - Carpenter Complex :


Four pitchers threw side bullpen sessions, pitchers who threw today - Noah Song, Christian McGowan, Enrique Segura, Jose Pena Jr, Micah Ottenbreit, Elicier Bata, Saul Teran, Zach Haake, Nathan Karaffa, Konnor Ash, Seth Nightingale and Oswald Medina


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


Blue Jays 1 Phillies 1 (5-2-3)


Pitching dominated as the Phillies pitchers held the Blue Jays to just four hits but were only able to amass five themselves.  Mavis Graves started on the mound and pitched an inning, he yielded an unearned run on one hit and one walk, struck out one batter.  Jace Vines threw a perfect inning with one strikeout, Malik Binns went two scoreless (no hits, 2 BB, 3 K’s).  Nicoly Pina threw two scoreless frames (no hits, 1 BB, 4 K’s) as did Nathan Karaffa (three hits, 0 BB, 2 K’s) and Giuseppe Velasquez finished with a perfect inning striking out one batter.


Raylin Heredia had two hits and a walk.  Santiago Torres doubled and scored the run. Jose Colmenarez doubled and Marco Soto singled and had the lone RBI.  Yhoswar Garcia walked in four plate appearances and stole a base. William Bergolla walked in four plate appearances.


System Transactions :


Lehigh Valley : RHP Nick Nelson promoted from Reading, RHP Trey Cobb placed on Development List


Reading : RHP Matt Seelinger promoted from the Player Development Center, LHP Josh Hendrickson placed on Development List


Jersey Shore : C/1B Caleb Ricketts and RHP Orion Kerkering promoted from Clearwater


Clearwater : C Ryan Leitch and RHP Jonathan Petit promoted from the Player Development Center


Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️


Caleb Ricketts made his Jersey Shore debut tonight



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