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6/21/23 : Minor League Roundup


International League ( AAA ) -  Worcester 5 (37-34) Lehigh Valley 0 (34-35)

Worcester, MA - Polar Park



On the Hill :


Five pitchers were used, Trey Cobb, Luis Ortiz and Andrew Bellatti each threw scoreless frames.


At the Bat :


The team was held to two hits, Darick Hall walked three times.



Did Ya Know?


“After a 13-game hitting streak earlier this season (4/26-5/11) during which he hit over .500, Simon Muzziotti is back at it with a hit in 19 of his past 21 games. In those 21 games, he's slashing .349/.419/.470 with eight doubles and a triple during the stretch. Muzziotti currently leads the IL in hitting at .363.” - from Media notes supplied by Sam Jellinek - Iron Pigs Manager of Broadcasting and Media Relations


Eastern League ( AA) -  Reading 5 (26-38) Portland 4 (38-27)

Portland, ME - Hadlock Field



On the Hill :


Mick Abel went five plus innings, three runs, two earned.  Keylan Killgore and Tyler McKay threw scoreless innings in relief, Braden Zarbnisky went an inning and a third scoreless.


At the Bat :


Matt Kroon and Johan Rojas each had two hits, Kroon, Baron Radcliff and Cody Roberts each doubled.  Oliver Dunn hit a two run home run.  Carlos De La Cruz extended his on base streak to 35 games.



Did Ya Know?


Carlos De La Cruz now holds the longest on-base streak by an R-Phil, dating back to 2009. His walk last night put him on base for the 34th-straight game, passing Cameron Perkins mark set in 2014, tonight he extended it to 35 games. The mark for De La Cruz was recognized on last night’s Phillies broadcast.” - from Media notes supplied by Jake Starr - Fightins Media Relations and Press Box Manager


South Atlantic League ( High A ) - Jersey Shore 6 (35-29) Rome 2 (29-36)

Lakewood, NJ - ShoreTown Ballpark



On the Hill :


For the second consecutive start Matt Osterberg went seven innings, two runs, seven hits, one walk and five strikeouts.  Carlos Francisco pitched a perfect eighth inning.  Tommy McCollum closed with a scoreless inning.


At the Bat :


Nick Ward had three hits, four players had two hits apiece, Hao Yu Lee, Gabriel Rincones Jr, Rixon Wingrove and Freylin Minyety.  Rincones Jr and Leandro Pineda each doubled.



Did Ya Know?


“RHP Orion Kerkering has allowed three runs in 15.1 BlueClaws innings with 22 strikeouts.  With Clearwater, Kerkering did not allow a run in 10.1 innings, and gave up just two hits, one walk, and struck out 18 (of 35 batters faced). He was the Phillies 5th round pick last year from the University of South Florida.” - from Media notes supplied by Greg Giombarrese - BlueClaws Director of Communications


Florida State League ( Low A )  Dunedin 11 (31-34) Clearwater 5 (43-21)

Dunedin, FL - TD Ballpark



Tucker Toman hit a first inning home run for Dunedin.


William Bergolla doubled in the second inning and scored on a double by Cade Fergus.


Dunedin scored twice in the third inning on the strength of three singles.


Felix Reyes hit a home run in the fourth inning.


The Blue Jays added three runs in the 5th on four singles.


Troy Schreffler hit a three run home run in the seventh inning.


Dunedin scored a run in the bottom of the seventh on a walk, error, wild pitch and single and four in the 8th on multiple errors and walks.


The game went into a rain delay in the top of the ninth and was eventually called.


On the Hill :


Eiberson Castelanno opened and pitched two innings. Three others followed.


At the Bat :


Felix Reyes and Cade Fergus each had two hits, Reyes and Troy Schreffler homered, Fergus, Caleb Ricketts and William Bergolla each doubled.



Did Ya Know?


Ryan Leitch’s grand slam in the first inning on Tuesday was the third this season for Clearwater. His five RBIs were the most in a game by the Threshers this season.  Justin Crawford extended his hitting  streak to 11-straight games. That is the longest hit streak by a Thresher in 2023. He also became the second player in the Florida State League to steal 30 bases in the season.  Only Emaarion Boyd (36) has more steals in the Florida State League this year.” - from Media notes supplied by Josh Sperber - broadcast voice of the Clearwater Threshers


Florida Complex League - Camp Day


Dominican Summer League - Camp Day


System Transactions :


Clearwater : C Caleb Ricketts assigned to roster from Jersey Shore on rehab.


Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️


Nick Ward and Matt Osterberg - photos by Michael Dolcemascolo and Cheryl Pursell


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