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7/15/23 : Minor League Roundup

International League ( AAA ) -  Lehigh Valley 4 (7-6, 43-43) Charlotte 0 (2-11, 37-51)

Allentown, PA - Coca-Cola Park

Summary :

Kody Clemens singled in the second inning, stole second and third base and then scored on a ground out by Jim Haley.

The IronPigs loaded the bases in the sixth inning on two walks and a single (Kody Clemens).  A walk to Jim Haley scored a run, Rafael Marchan doubled to score two more.

On the Hill :

Drew Hutchinson had an excellent outing, five innings, no runs, one hit, no walks, five strikeouts.  Noah Skirrow completed the shutout with four innings of work, four hits, no walk, six strikeouts.

At the Bat :

Dustin Peterson and Kody Clemens each had two hits.  Peterson and Rafael Marchan each doubled. Jim Haley and Marchan each had two RBIs, they both walked twice also.

Did Ya Know?

Nick Podkul made an immediate impact with the IronPigs in his debut on Friday night. He blasted a three-run homer to help lead the 'Pigs to a 8-0 win. Podkul had already set a career high in homers this season with 12 with double-A Reading. He had never reached double digits before in his career.” - from Media notes supplied by Sam Jellinek - Iron Pigs Manager of Broadcasting and Media Relations

Eastern League ( AA) -  Portland 3 (11-3, 51-32) Reading 2 (6-7, 34-47)

Reading,PA - FirstEnergy Stadium

Summary :

Portland scored a run in the third inning on a single, wild pitch and single.

Max McDowell homered in the bottom of the third inning.

Matt Kroon singled in the eighth inning, stole second and scored on a single by Oliver Dunn.

Blaze Jordan hit a two run home run for Portland in the top of the ninth inning.

On the Hill :

Griff McGarry had his best outing of the season, six innings, one run, five hits, two walks, nine strikeouts, 97 pitches - 60 strikes - 62 % of his pitches were strikes tonight - good stuff.  Braden Zarbnisky pitched a perfect inning, two strikeouts.  Dominic Pipkin pitched a perfect inning, two strikeouts.

At the Bat :

Matt Kroon and Oliver Dunn each had two hits. Max McDowell homered.

Note :

The promotion of Johan Rojas to the major leagues no matter how long it lasts is an uplifting experience for everyone involved in player development.  Multiple players in the organization expressed their excitement with posts on their various social media platforms.  Johan is a popular team and organization mate to all that know him, his energy shines thru.  On the coaching and administration side of the equation there’s equal exuberance when a player gets to the show the first time and any time thereafter for that matter.  It extends to the broadcast teams who cover the games as well, you could hear the pride in Bob and Jake’s voices in the game last night.  It’s just a really cool thing and no matter how other folks react there’s that sense of family and organizational accomplishment every time a player gets that call.  I’m not an employee of the Phillies yet I also feel that family pride as in doing what I do I get to know people in the organization in a more personal manner than most fans have exposure to.  It’s just a really good feeling to see someone ya get to know a little bit get rewarded, good stuff.

South Atlantic League ( High A ) - Jersey Shore 8 (7-10, 42-40) Rome 5 (8-9, 38-45)

Rome, GA - AdventHealth Stadium

Summary :

Ignacio Alvarez homered for Rome in the first inning.

Ignacio Alvarez hit a two run home run for Rome in the third inning.

Jared Carr walked in the sixth inning, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sac fly by Nick Ward.

Hao Yu Lee homered in the eighth inning.  Nick Ward and Rixon Wingrove walked, Marcus Lee Sang doubled to score Ward.

Keshawn Ogans homered for Rome in the 8th inning. Two batters later Bryson Horne homered.

The BlueClaws loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the ninth on two walks and a hit batter. Nick Ward hit a ball over the right field fence that the umpired called foul, skipper Greg Brodzinski was ejected for arguing it was a fair ball - I couldn’t tell on the video feed 🤷‍♂️.  Ward then hooked a single to right field to plate two runs and tie the score!  Rixon Wingrove then tripled off the right field fence to score two more 💪👀.  Adelaide Boys coming up with clutch knocks⚾️.  Marcus Lee Sang reached on an error, Wingrove scored.

On the Hill :

Jordan Fowler went three innings, three runs, six hits, no walks, one strikeout.  Carlos Betancourt went two scoreless innings, two hits, one walk, one strikeout.  Jack Dallas pitched a scoreless inning, one hit allowed, made a very athletic play on a 3-1 groundout low throw covering first base.  Jordi Martinez pitched a scoreless frame, one hit.  Cam Wynne pitched an inning, two runs on two hits.  Tommy McCollum pitched a perfect ninth inning, one strikeout to close it out.

At the Bat :

Marcus Lee Sang, Hao Yu Lee and Rixon Wingrove each had two hits each.  Lee Sang doubled, Wingrove tripled and Lee homered.  Nick Ward singled, walked, scored twice and had three RBIs.  Andrik Nava singled and walked twice.

Did Ya Know?

Gabriel Rincones Jr. hit three home runs on the last BlueClaws homestand giving him eight on the year (including five hit with Clearwater).  Rincones Jr. brought into tonight’s game a nine game hitting streak, over which he is 12-32 with three home runs. The Phillies 3rd round pick in last year’s draft joined the BlueClaws on June 13th from Clearwater where was hitting .264 with five home runs and 21 RBIs and 24 stolen bases (3rd most in the FSL at the time of his promotion). Rincones, who has lived in Florida, Venezuela, and Scotland, played collegiately at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.” - from Media notes supplied by Greg Giombarrese - BlueClaws Director of Communications

Florida State League ( Low A )  Clearwater 8 (12-5, 56-26) Fort Myers 7 (8-9, 42-41) - ten innings

Fort Myers, FL - Hammond Stadium

Summary :

Emaarion Boyd singled in the sixth inning, went to third on a single by Ricardo Rosario and scored on a sac fly by Bryan Rincon.

Two walks scored on an RBI single by Ricardo Oliver for Fort Myers in the sixth inning, Danny De Andrade homered to score Oliver ahead of him.

Otto Kemp and Cole Moore singled in the ninth inning, Felix Reyes hit a bomb for a three run home run that tied the game!

The game went into extra innings.

Emaarion Boyd was the placed runner to start the tenth inning, he advanced to third on a single by Justin Crawford.   Bryan Rincon walked to load the bases.  Otto Kemp tripled to score three runs.   Felix Reyes hit a sac fly to score Kemp.

Mikey Perez hit a two run home run for Fort Myers in the bottom of the tenth.  Another run scored on two singles and a groundout.

On the Hill :

Estibenzon Jimenez had a strong outing, he allowed no runs thru five innings but yielded two walks to start the sixth and was pulled.  Wen Hui Pan was tagged for a single that scored both inherited runners.  Final line on Jimenez was five plus innings, two runs, one hit, three walks, three strikeouts.   Wen Hui Pan went two innings, two runs, two hits, no walks, two strikeouts, two inherited runners also scored.  Jonh Henriquez pitched two scoreless innings, no hits, two walks, three strikeouts.  Andrew Walling hung on to close it - one inning, three runs - two earned, three hits, no walks, one strikeout.

At the Bat :

Ricardo Rosario and Otto Kemp each had three hits, Kemp had three RBIs. Emaarion Boyd had two hits.  Rosario doubled, Kemp tripled.  Felix Reyes hit a three run home run and had four RBIs total.

Did Ya Know?

“With the first half title secured,the Threshers became the first minor league team to clinch a playoff spot in 2023. Since 1986, back when they were the Clearwater Phillies, the Threshers have now reached the playoffs nine times, with four coming since 2004 as the Clearwater Threshers in 2007, 2015, 2018 and now 2023. In those nine appearances, the Threshers won the Florida State League Championship in 2007 and the Clearwater Phillies won it in 1993. - from Media notes supplied by Josh Sperber - broadcast voice of the Clearwater Threshers

Florida Complex League

Yankees 12 (16-11) Phillies 3 (15-13)

@ Clearwater, FL

Summary :

Leonardo Rondon singled in the third inning, stole second and scored on a single by Kendall Simmons.

The Yankees scored five runs in the fifth on two singles, two walks, a hit batter and a triple (Emanuel Tejada).

Keiner Delgado hit a three run home run for the Yankees in the sixth inning.

Kendall Simmons led off the bottom of the sixth with a double, he scored on a double by Yemal Flores.  Santiago Torres singled to score Flores.

A walk, two singles, a triple (Roderick Arias) and a single scored four runs for the Yankees in the eighth inning.

On the Hill :

Six pitchers were used.  Daniel Mejia impressed as the starter, four innings, no runs, one hit, two walks and five strikeouts.  He got a lot of swing and miss strikes with what appeared to be a change up from my vantage point, had very deceptive movement and had hitters way off balance, good stuff.  Nathan Karaffa threw a perfect inning in the ninth, two strikeouts, he continues to impress, his ERA is now 1.88 in 8 appearances (14 1/3 IP).

At the Bat :

Kendall Simmons and Marco Soto each had two hits (both singled & doubled).  Yemal Flores doubled.

Player Development Center Notes :

Christian McGowan threw a three inning simulated game on Ashburn Field.  He was impressive, velocity was there as were the breaking pitches, he broke a couple bats with pitches on the handle, exciting arm to get back into game action soon. Michael Plassmeyer, Erich Uelmen and Christopher Soriano threw side sessions in the seven mound bullpen area.

Dominican Summer League :

Phillies Red 5 (16-12) Nationals 1 (4-24)

@ Nationals Training Complex

Summary :

Two fielding errors sandwiching a stolen base scored a first inning run for the Phillies.

Two singles, a sac bunt and sac fly scored a run for the Nationals in the second inning.

Alirio Ferrebus and Victor Cardoza each hit RBI singles in the third inning as they scored twice.

Juan Villavicencio hit a two run home run in the eighth inning.

On the Hill :

Adilson Peralta pitched five innings, one unearned run, four hits, no walks, three strikeouts.  Edwar Chirinos pitched two perfect innings, three strikeouts. Eduardo Robles pitched two scoreless frames, no hits or walks, two strikeouts.

At the Bat :

The team had six hits, five singles by five different batters and a home run by Juan Villavicencio.

Phillies White 3 (22-6) Cardinals 2 (10-19)

@ Phillies Training Complex

Summary :

The Cardinals scored a run in the third inning on a single followed by an RBI triple by Daniel Rojas.

Angel Mata reached on an error in the fourth inning, Guillermo Rosario reached on a walk.  Jose Marchan put down a sacrifice bunt to move them up, Yoangel Ramos singled to score both.

A walk, single, fielding error and throwing error scored a run for the Cardinals in the sixth.

Guillermo Rosario walked to lead off the ninth, Jose Marchan singled, an intentional walk loaded the bases.  Jarol Martinez hit a sac fly to score Rosario with the winning run and to commence the walk off celebration!

On the Hill :

Four pitchers were used.  Angel Liranzo started and pitched four innings, one run, three hits, no walks, four strikeouts.  John Sosa went two and one third innings, one unearned run, one hit, one walk, five strikeouts.  Jendry Charles pitched one and two third innings, no runs, one hit, no walks, three strikeouts.  Luis Avila pitched an inning, no runs, one hit, no walks and one strikeout.

At the Bat :

The team had four hits, Yemil Rosario had two of them including a double, the only extra base hit of the game for the Phillies.

System Transactions :

Lehigh Valley : RHP Drew Hutchison reinstated from the Development List.  RHP Luis Ortiz has been added as the additional player for today’s ML doubleheader (to PHI).

Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️

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