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6/6/23 : Minor League Roundup

International League ( AAA ) -  Lehigh Valley (29-27) Syracuse (22-35) - PPD - Air Quality Concerns

Syracuse, NY - NBT Bank Stadium

Eastern League ( AA) -  Binghamton 10 (24-27) Reading 8 (20-31)

Reading, PA - FirstEnergy Stadium

Summary :

Rowdey Jordan hit a two run home run for Binghamton in the first inning.

Reading answered back with three runs in the bottom of the first, Madison Stokes walked, Carlos De La Cruz and Johan Rojas singled to load the bases, Oliver Dunn singled to score two runs. Matt Kroon hit a sac fly to score another.

Luke Ritter tripled to score a run for Binghamton in the third inning.  A sac fly then scored him.

Matt Kroon and Nick Podkul singled in the fourth inning, both scored on a double by Cam Cannon.

A walk and double scored a Binghamton run in the fifth inning.  They scored two runs in the 6th inning on two doubles and triple.

Johan Rojas singled in the seventh, stole second, went to third on an infield hit by Matt Kroon and scored on a wild pitch.

Luke Ritter hit a three run home run for Binghamton in the 8th inning.

Cam Cannon singled in the 8th and Madison Stokes doubled, Johan Rojas scored them both with a single.

On the Hill :

Victor Vargas went five innings, five runs on five hits and four walks, two strikeouts.  Jose Alvarado went an inning, two runs on three hits.  Matt Seelinger pitched a scoreless inning.  Adam Leverett pitched two innings.

At the Bat :

Johan Rojas had four hits (three singles and a double), two RBIs and two runs scored.  Matt Kroon was four for four (singles), Nick Podkul and Cam Cannon had two hits apiece.  Cannon and Madison Stokes each doubled.

Did Ya Know?

“There are a few benchmarks that when the R-Phils hit them, their chances of winning go way up. Reading is 14-8 this season when scoring five-or-more runs in a game, and 6-22 when scoring less than five. Also, when outhitting an opponent, Reading is 17-8, compared to 3-18 when being outhit.” - from Media notes supplied by Jake Starr - Fightins Media Relations and Press Box Manager

South Atlantic League ( High A ) - Hudson Valley 13 (30-22) Jersey Shore 1 (27-24)

Lakewood, NJ - ShoreTown Ballpark

Summary :

Three Hudson Valley runs scored in the second inning as they loaded the bases on singles and Marcos Cabrera doubled to score them.   They scored a run in the third inning on a couple of walks, a fly out and a ground out.

Hudson Valley scored two runs in the 4th inning on two singles, a hit batter, wild pitch and balk.

Two hit batters and two walks scored a BlueClaws run in the fifth inning.

Benjamin Cowles homered for Hudson Valley in the 8th.  They scored six runs in the 9th on three singles, two walks, hit batter and two doubles.

On the Hill :

Jon Duplantier went three and one third innings, five runs, four earned, five hits, two walks, three strikeouts.  Tristan Garnett went two thirds of an inning, Jason Ruffcorn pitched two scoreless frames. Jordi Martinez went two innings. Catcher Andrik Nava was called upon to pitch in the 9th inning to get the last out.

At the Bat :

Nick Ward singled and was hit by pitch three times, ouch 🤕.  Freylin Minyety doubled, Casey Martin singled and walked twice.

Did Ya Know?

“The BlueClaws are 1.5 games behind first place Hudson Valley with 15 games left to play in the first half, making this one of the biggest series the BlueClaws will play since their last playoff season in 2018.  That year, they clinched the first half title on June 17th, the final day of the half, with a 4-0 win over Hickory in Lakewood and Kannapolis losing later that day to Greensboro.  The BlueClaws would also win the second half title and lost in the SAL Championship Series to Lexington 3 games to 1.” - from Media notes supplied by Greg Giombarrese - BlueClaws Director of Communications

Florida State League ( Low A )  Clearwater 10 (37-14) Fort Myers 5 (28-24)

Fort Myers, FL - Hammond Stadium

Summary :

The game’s starting time was delayed by lightning till 8:30 PM.

In the first inning Emaarion Boyd and Bryan Rincon walked, Gabriel Rincones Jr singled to load the bases.  Otto Kemp walked to score a run, Jordan Dissin walked to score another.  Felix Reyes also walked to score a run, Cade Fergus hit a sac fly to plate a fourth.

Cade Fergus singled and Erick Brito was hit by a pitch in the third inning, they advanced on a passed ball.  Justin Crawford singled to score Fergus, a ground out by  Emaarion Boyd scored Brito.

Otto Kemp reached on an error in the fourth and stole second, Jordan Dissin was hit by a pitch.  Felix Reyes singled to score Kemp.  Cade Fergus walked to load the bases, Erick Brito singled to score a run.

Fort Myers scored three runs in the 4th inning on three singles and a double.

Emaarion Boyd singled in the 7th, stole second and third and scored on a sac fly by Otto Kemp.

Fort Myers scored two unearned runs in the 8th inning on a single, fielding error (Boyd), double steal and single.

Emaarion Boyd walked in the ninth, stole second base and scored on a single by Gabriel Rincones Jr.  Fort Myers then brought in a position player to pitch who subsequently retired the only two batters he faced.

On the Hill :

Sam Aldegheri pitched four innings, three runs, four hits, two walks and four strikeouts.  Jonh Henriquez was very good once again, three scoreless innings, one hit, one walk and four strikeouts. Braeden Fausnaught pitched the 8th inning, Jack Dallas pitched the ninth to close it out.

At the Bat :

Emaarion Boyd singled, walked three times, scored three runs and stole six bases giving him 30 for the season. 💨   Erick Brito had three hits (singles).  Felix Reyes had two singles and a walk, two RBIs.  Gabriel Rincones Jr. had two hits (singles).

Did Ya Know?

“With 15 games left in the first half of the season, the Threshers have an 8.5 game lead in the FSL West Division with a magic number of 7 to clinch a first-half playoff bid.” - from Media notes supplied by Josh Sperber - broadcast voice of the Clearwater Threshers

Florida Complex League : Two Games

Game One : Phillies 3 (1-0) Blue Jays 2 (0-1) - completion of suspended game from 6/5/23

Summary :

Dakota Kotowski homered in the second inning.

The Blue Jays scored twice in the third inning, the first run crossed on three consecutive singles, the second on a wild pitch.

In the fifth inning Santiago Torres and Yhoswar Garcia singled, they both scored on a double by Pedro Martinez.

The game went into rain delay with one out in the top of the fifth inning.  It was eventually suspended, the game was completed today at Carpenter Complex at 10 AM.

Guissepe Velasquez came on to pitch for the Phillies, along with Saul Teran they combined to pitch scoreless baseball the next five innings allowing just two hits and two walks.

On the Hill :

Oswald Medina started and pitched three innings, two runs, four hits, no walks and four strikeouts.  Starlyn Castillo pitched a perfect inning and struck out the side.  Guissepe Velasquez went three innings, no runs, one hit, two walks and two strikeouts.  Saul Teran recorded his first FCL save by pitching the final two innings, no runs, one hit, no walks and one strikeout.  Teran attacks the strike zone, has good movement and zip on his pitches and shows no fear on the mound, he’s all business when he’s out there, fun to watch.

At the Bat :

Yhoswar Garcia had two hits (single & double), Dakota Kotowski had two hits (single & HR), walked, drove in a run and scored one.  Santiago Torres had two knocks, both singles.  Matt Alifano and Pedro Martinez each doubled, Martinez had two RBIs and also walked.

Defensive Gem :

Second baseman Matt Alifano made a couple nice diving grabs on ground balls to record outs.

Game Two : Phillies 6 (2-0) Blue Jays 4 (0-2) - seven innings

Summary :

The Blue Jays jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning as Yueni Munoz doubled to score the first run with runners on first and second (single & hit batter).  A wild pitch scored the second run.

The Blue Jays scored two more in the third inning on a walk, wild pitch and three singles.

Yemal Flores hit a rocket to left center in the fifth inning for a double, he scored on a single by Pedro Martinez.

The Phillies erupted for five runs in the sixth inning, Diego Gonzalez led off with a double, he advanced to third on a ground out and scored on another ground out, get em over & get em in at work.  Gavin Tonkel singled, Ezra Farmer and Yemal Flores drew walks to load the bases.  Pedro Martinez smoked a pitch to the left center field gap which rolled all the way to the fence and cleared the bases, a double to plate three.  Jackie Pertuz hit it hard to right center for a double to score Martinez!

Note :

It was genuinely fun to watch these games, the enthusiasm from each of the benches cheering on their teammates created an electric atmosphere.  When the Phillies scored five in the sixth inning the pitchers on the sidelines who were not in the game were exuberant in their encouragement of their teammates, the Blue Jays contingent was the same for their team on defense.  There was no unnecessary banter between the teams, just truly team spirit from each side, couldn’t help but smile and enjoy it - good stuff!

On the Hill :

Mavis Graves started and went two and two thirds, got hurt on same high breaking balls but also showed poise and moxy, he posted five strikeouts.  Mavis is an up and coming arm, the improvement from when we first saw him in the fall till now is reminiscent of how we saw Ben Brown grow into the pitcher he became, really like how Mavis goes about his work and the stuff is gonna trend upwards, one to keep in mind.  Nathan Karaffa threw the ball really well today, good slider and a sneaky fast heater, two and two thirds innings, no runs, two hits, one walk and four strikeouts.  Josh Bortka went one and one third, no runs two hits, two walks, one strikeout.  Luis Gomez stranded an inherited runner and retired the only two batters he faced, one by strikeout, came in and threw strikes.

At the Bat :

Pedro Martinez was 3 for 4 (two singles & a double) with four RBIs and a run scored.  Diego Gonzalez had two hits (single & double), Yemal Flores doubled (he’s a much more confident hitter this year) as did Jackie Pertuz in his only AB of the game.  Ezra Farmer drew two walks out of the leadoff spot in the order.

Defensive Gems :

Shortstop Pedro Martinez made a play from deep in the hole in the seventh inning to throw out a runner at first base.  Second baseman Jehisbert Sevilla made a diving snag on a hard hit grounder, got up and threw the runner out ar first base to end the game.

Dominican Summer League

Phillies Red 4 (1-1) Twins 3 (0-2)

Summary :

Nolan Beltran doubled to score Renair Manrique (singled) in the first inning.  Manolfi Jimenez doubled to score Beltran (reached on an error) in the third inning.

The Twins scored three runs in the sixth on two singles and two doubles.

Erick Barria singled to score Jimenez (singled and advanced on a fielding error) in the 8th inning, another fielding error allowed another run to score.

On the Hill :

Jeffrey German started and pitched four scoreless innings, one hit, no walks, two strikeouts.  Claudio Gatier pitched two frames and Ezequiel Ventura finished with three scoreless and hit less innings, two walks and two strikeouts.

At the Bat :

Renair Manrique had two singles, Nolan Beltran singled and doubled in four AB’s, Manolfi Jimenez did the same.

Phillies White 6 (2-0) Angels 5 (0-2)

Summary :

Angel Mata and Guillermo Rosario singled in the second inning, both advanced on a passed ball and then scored on a single by Leny Carela.

The Angels scored twice in the bottom of the third on two walks, a hit batter and a single.

Yemil Rosario hit a two run home run in the fourth inning.

Three singles and a sac fly scored an Angels run in the bottom of the fourth.

Two walks, a stolen base and two wild pitches scored a Phillies run in the sixth.  An error and RBI double scored an Angels run in the seventh.

Guillermo Rosario walked in the 8th, advanced to second on a single by Luis Pelegrín and scored on a single by Starlyn Caba.

A walk, wild pitch and two ground outs scored an Angels run in the bottom of the 8th.

On the Hill :

Four pitchers were used in the game - Josbel Garcia went three innings, one run, four hits, one walk, two strikeouts.

At the Bat :

Six hits and ten walks for Phillies batters - Yemil Rosario homered.

Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️

Jonh Henriquez, Pedro Martinez, Matt Kroon, Johan Rojas, Nathan Karaffa, Emaarion Boyd & Erick Brito - photos by George Youngs Jr, Cheryl Pursell, Casey Burns & Rebecca Alexander

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