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7/14/23 : Minor League Roundup

International League ( AAA ) -  Lehigh Valley 8 (6-6, 42-43) Charlotte 0 (2-10, 37-50)

Allentown, PA - Coca-Cola Park

Summary :

Simon Muzziotti singled in the second inning, Nick Podkul walked.  Scott Kingery put down a sacrifice bunt and reached base when the first baseman missed the throw from the third baseman.  Jim Haley reached on a fielding error, Muzziotti  and Podkul both scored.

Jim Haley homered in the fourth inning.  Cal Stevenson walked and Weston Wilson singled, Simon Muzziotti doubled to score them both.  Dustin Peterson walked, Nick Podkul homered to score three.

On the Hill :

Nick Nelson had a strong outing, six innings, no runs, four hits, one walk, five strikeouts.  Tyler McKay pitched a scoreless frame in his AAA debut, one hit, one walk. Taylor Lehman threw a perfect inning, two strikeouts.  Trey Cobb finished by striking out the side in the ninth inning.

At the Bat :

Nick Podkul, Simon Muzziotti and Jim Haley each had two hits. Muzziotti doubled, Podkul and Haley homered.  Dustin Peterson and Cal Stevenson each walked twice. Simon Muzziotti stole his 20th base of the season.

Did Ya Know?

“Weston Wilson achieved the first 20-20 season in franchise history for the IronPigs when he swiped his 20th base of the season on June 8. What's crazy about this feat for Wilson is that through the first month of the season (26G), he had just five homers and three stolen bases. Since (55G), he's slashed .292/.403/.578 (.980 OPS) with 15 homers and 17 stolen bases. The 20 homers and 20 stolen bases to this point of the season are both career highs for Wilson. He's within striking distance as well of setting career highs in RBI, BB, and runs.” - from Media notes supplied by Sam Jellinek - Iron Pigs Manager of Broadcasting and Media Relations

Eastern League ( AA) -  Reading 9 (6-6, 34-46) Portland 2 (10-3, 50-32)

Reading,PA - FirstEnergy Stadium

Summary :

Madison Stokes doubled in the first inning and scored on a single by Carlos De La Cruz.

Baron Radcliff homered in the second inning.

A double and single scored a run for Portland in the third inning.

Pablo Reyes homered for Portland in the sixth inning.

Oliver Dunn doubled in the bottom of the 6th inning, he scored on a home run by Jhailyn Ortiz.  Baron Radcliff annihilated a ball and hit a seed into the right field pool area for his second home run of the game 💣👀.

Carlos De La Cruz hit a 374 foot two run home run in the seventh inning, Matt Kroon went back to back with a tater into the pool deck 👏💪.

Madison Stokes walked in the 8th inning and scored on a triple by Oliver Dunn.

On the Hill :

David Parkinson went six innings, two runs, four hits, one walk, ten strikeouts.  Noah Song pitched one and one third innings, no runs, one hit, one walk, two strikeouts, his fastball sat 91 to 93 mph, touched 94, pitches had good life, slider got swings and misses, good outing.  Brett Schulze struck out both batters he faced. Carlos Francisco finished with a scoreless inning, two strikeouts.

At the Bat :

Oliver Dunn had three hits (two doubles and a triple).  Five home runs - two by Baron Radcliff, one each by Carlos De La Cruz, Jhailyn Ortiz and Matt Kroon.  De La Cruzjoined Radcliff in the two hit club.  Madison Stokes doubled and walked twice.

Did Ya Know?

“This Day in Baseballtown History :  July 14, 2013: At Citi Field in New York, Reading’s Jesse Biddle picks up the win as the U.S. Futures top the World Futures, 4-2. Biddle goes 1.1 scoreless innings, walking one and striking out one. His lone K was at the expense of Fightin Phils teammate Maikel Franco.” - from Media notes supplied by Jake Starr - Fightins Media Relations and Press Box Manager

South Atlantic League ( High A ) - Rome 4 (8-8, 38-44) Jersey Shore 2 (6-10, 41-40)

Rome, GA - AdventHealth Stadium

Summary :

A double, walk, hit batter, two singles and a double scored four runs for Rome in the 4th inning.

Nick Ward homered in the fifth inning.

The BlueClaws loaded the bases in the ninth on a single by Gabriel Rincones Jr, a hit batter (Rixon Wingrove) and a single by Nick Ward.  Erick Brito reached on an error which scored a run.

On the Hill :

Four pitchers were used, Tristan Garnett pitched one and a third scoreless frames, one hit and one walk. Mitch Neunborn pitched two scoreless innings, one hit, two walks, one strikeout.  Wesley Moore pitched a scoreless inning, one hit, two strikeouts.

At the Bat :

Nick Ward had two hits (single & HR).  Rixon Wingrove doubled. The team had six hits.

Did Ya Know?

Wesley Moore has made his professional debut season count.  With the BlueClaws, the Canadian left-hander has allowed two runs in 11 innings with 16 strikeouts and four walks.  With Clearwater, where he began the season before joining the BlueClaws on June 13th, he gave up two earned runs in 25 innings with 39 strikeouts.  Moore began his collegiate career with Cal-State Northridge and finished it at Kansas State. He signed with the Phillies in November.” - from Media notes supplied by Greg Giombarrese - BlueClaws Director of Communications

Florida State League ( Low A )  Fort Myers 6 (8-8 42-40) Clearwater 2 (11-5, 55-26)

Fort Myers, FL - Hammond Stadium

Summary :

Carson McCusker hit a two run home run for Fort Myers in the first inning.

Fort Myers scored four runs in the 8th on three singles and two doubles.

Cole Moore doubled in the ninth inning and scored on a Jordan Viars home run.

On the Hill :

Jonathan Petit started and went four innings, two runs on three hits and two walks.  Eiberson Castellano pitched two innings, no runs, one hit, one walk, three strikeouts.

At the Bat :

Cole Moore doubled, Jordan Viars homered.  The team had four hits.

Did Ya Know?

Cole Moore recorded a hit in all four games he played last week with multi-hit games in each of the last two. Kliubert Avila’s single last week was his first hit as a Thresher. Seth Nightingale is on a seven inning scoreless streak.” - from Media notes supplied by Josh Sperber - broadcast voice of the Clearwater Threshers

Florida Complex League

Yankees 8 (15-11) Phillies 4 (15-12)

@ Tampa, FL

Summary :

The Yankees scored a first inning run on a couple of walks, an error and a ground out.  They scored three times in the second inning on a three run home run by Keiner Delgado.   A walk and two singles scored two more in the third inning.

Ty Penner singled in the fourth inning and scored on a double by Marco Soto.

Jorge Mendez and Jehisbert Sevilla singled in the fifth, Yhoswar Garcia singled to score Mendez. A wild pitch scored Sevilla.  Dakota Kotowski doubled to score Garcia.

The Yankees scored two runs in the 8th on a Hans Montero double.

On the Hill :

Four pitchers were used, Yoniel Ramirez pitched three scoreless frames, three hits, no walks, three strikeouts.

At the Bat :

The team had seven hits, Marco Soto and Dakota Kotowski each doubled. Kendall Simmons walked three times in four plate appearances.

Dominican Summer League :

Cardinals 5 (10-18) Phillies Red 4 (15-12) - ten innings

@ Cardinals Training Complex

Summary :

Eduardo Tait hit a two run home run in the first inning.

A hit batter and two singles scored a run for the Cardinals in the second inning.  A doubler and two singles scored another in the third and two doubles and a single scored two more in the fourth.

Nolan Beltran,  Eduardo Tait and Manolfi Jimenez singled to score a run in the 6th inning, a hit batter and groundout scored another.

The game went into extra innings tied at four.

The Cardinals scored the walk off winning run in the 10th on an RBI single by Daniel Rojas.

On the Hill :

Four pitchers were used in the game.  Angel Ferreras and Joel Heredia each threw two scoreless innings in relief, Ferreras struck out four batters. Naoel Mejia pitched a scoreless frame in the ninth but was tagged for the game winning run in the bottom of the the tenth.

At the Bat :

Eduardo Tait had three hits (two singles & HR), two RBIs and scored twice.  Nolan Beltran, Manolfi Jimenez and Victor Cardoza each had two hits.   

Notes :

I asked Phillies Latin America Hitting Coordinator/ Special Advisor to International Scouting Edwar Gonzalez about Eduardo Tait.  He said that “Tait has shown power to all fields, his first impression was that he’s more of a hitter over catcher but the catching coaches have been impressed with his abilities behind the plate as well. The K% is really good so far (20 % - note that the big league average is 22 %) for the season but he’s also hitting for power. A rare combination for a 16 year old.”

Phillies White 17 (21-6) Twins 9 (7-20) - seven innings

@ Phillies  Training Complex

Summary :

The Twins scored twice in the first inning on a walk and three singles.

Starlyn Caba singled in the bottom of the first, advanced to third on a single by Jerffson Peña and scored on a sac fly by Yemil Rosario.

Two walks, a balk and a wild pitch scored a second inning run for the Phillies. A sac fly by Starlyn Caba and a single by Jerffson Peña scored two more.

A walk, two singles, wild pitch and passed ball score two Twins runs in the third inning.

Singles by Romel Mendez, Darium Gutierrez, Guillermo Rosario, Fernando Hernandez and Jerffson Peña along with a walk and fielders choice ground out resulted in five runs for the Phillies in the bottom of the third.

A walk and three base fielding error scored a run for the Twins in the fourth.

A walk, double (Guillermo Rosario), error and singles by Fernando Hernandez, Starlyn Caba and a hit batter scored three runs for the Phillies in the fourth.

The Twins scored four in the 5th on two walks and three singles.

The Phillies plated four fifth inning runs on a wild pitch, error, two singles ( Darium Gutierrez & Kilwer Colmenares), two run triple (Angel Mata) and two wild pitches.

On the Hill :

Three pitchers were used, Carlos Millan pitched two perfect frames to close the game striking out three of the six batters he faced.  The nineteen year old right hander now has a 0.52 ERA in eight appearances over 19 1/3 IP.

At the Bat :

Jerffson Peña was three for four with four RBIs.  Darium Gutierrez, Starlyn Caba, Guillermo Rosario and Fernando Hernandez each had two hits.  Rosario doubled and Angel Mata tripled.

Notes :

I asked Phillies Latin America Hitting Coordinator/ Special Advisor to International Scouting Edwar Gonzalez about Starlyn Caba.  He said that “Caba has shown a great tool set. He has more walks than Ks and also plays great defense. Very athletic and agile. Great competitor and a leader on the field.”

System Transactions :

Lehigh Valley : INF Drew Ellis recalled by Philadelphia from Lehigh Valley RHP Tyler McKay transferred to Lehigh Valley from Reading.  INF Nick Podkul transferred to Lehigh Valley from Reading.

Reading : Reinstated Andrew Baker from the Development List.  Reinstated Adam Leverett from the Development List. Reinstated Matt Seelinger from the Development List. Reinstated Matthew Kroon from the 7-day IL. Returned Pedro Martinez from his minor league rehab assignment and reinstated him from the 7-day IL. Placed Mick Abel on the Development List.  Placed Josh Hendrickson on the Development List. Transferred Tyler McKay to Lehigh Valley.  OF Johan Rojas promoted to the major leagues.

Jersey Shore : C Arturo De Freitas reinstated from the Development List

Clearwater : Reinstated OF Justin Crawford from the Temporarily Inactive List. Transferred RHP Noah Song’s major league rehab assignment to the Reading Fightin Phils. RHP Drew Garrett returned from his rehab assignment, reinstated from the 60-day IL, and transferred to the FCL Phillies. 

Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️

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