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7/21/23 : Minor League Roundup


International League ( AAA ) - Toledo 4 (7-12, 40-53) Lehigh Valley 2 (11-7, 47-44)

Toledo, OH - Fifth Third Field


Summary :


Jim Haley walked in the second inning, stole second and scored on a single by Simon Muzziotti.  Muzziotti stole second base and scored on a single by Aramis Garcia.


Toledo scored three runs in the third inning on two singles and two doubles.


Donny Sands hit a home run for Toledo in the 5th inning.


On the Hill :


In his IronPigs debut Shaun Anderson went two innings plus one batter - one run, two hits, no walks, two strikeouts.  Seranthony Dominguez pitched a scoreless inning, one walk, two strikeouts.  Noah Skirrow pitched four innings, one run, three hits, two walks, six strikeouts.


At the Bat :


Aramis Garcia had three hits (two singles & a double).  Weston Wilson doubled.



Did Ya Know?


“The IronPigs won their seventh consecutive game on Thursday night, extending their longest winning streak this season and first seven game run since May 7-17, 2017, when the IronPigs rattled off a franchise record 12 straight wins. The winning streak has sent the IronPigs to a split-season high 5 games over .500, and tied their high water mark for the season as well at four games over.” - from Media notes supplied by Sam Jellinek - Iron Pigs Manager of Broadcasting and Media Relations


Eastern League ( AA) - Reading 4 (9-9, 37-49) Altoona 1 (7-9, 41-43)

Altoona, PA - Peoples Natural Gas Field


Summary :


Pedro Martinez singled in the third inning and advanced to third base on a single by Cody Roberts.  He scored on a wild pitch.


Jhailyn Ortiz reached first on a well placed infield single in the fourth inning, he advanced to second on a ground out and scored on a single by Casey Martin.


Carlos De La Cruz hit his 18th home run of the season in the fifth inning.


Jhailyn Ortiz reached base on catcher’s interference in the 8th inning, Max McDowell and Casey Martin walked to load the bases.  Pedro Martinez was hit by a pitch to score a run.


Former Phillie Abrahan Gutierrez doubled in the ninth inning for Altoona and later scored on a single.


On the Hill :


Griff McGarry was excellent - seven innings, no runs, three hits, no walks, ten strikeouts.  He threw 95 pitches, 68 for strikes.  Had a really good mix, slider was thrown a lot and was a weapon.  It’s the first time in his pro career that he’s pitched seven innings - in his three July starts he’s now pitched 17 1/3 innings, three runs allowed (1.56 ERA) on six hits with twenty five strikeouts 👀🔥.   Brett Schulze struck out the side in the 8th inning inheriting a bases loaded jam and stranding three runners. Orion Kerkering pitched the ninth to close it, one run on two hits, threw a lot of sliders but popped a 97 mph fastball on the last hitter.


At the Bat :


Jhailyn Ortiz doubled, Carlos De La Cruz homered.



South Atlantic League ( High A ) - Jersey Shore 9 (8-14, 43-44) Winston-Salem 5 (9-12, 43-41)

Winston-Salem, NC - Truist Stadium


Summary :


Hao Yu Lee doubled in the first inning and scored on a double by Marcus Lee Sang.  Kendall Simmons and Nick Ward walked to load the bases.  Erick Brito grounded out which scored Lee Sang, Andrik Nava singled to score Simmons.


Two singles, two walks, a wild pitch and a double scored four runs for Winston Salem in the bottom of the first.


The BlueClaws loaded the bases in the second inning - Jared Carr singled, Marcus Lee Sang walked and Kendall Simmons was hit by a pitch.  Rixon Wingrove doubled to score two runs.


A walk, hit batter and single scored a WS run in the bottom of the second.


Rixon Wingrove walked in the fourth inning and advanced to second on a single by Erick Brito.  They both moved up a base on a ground out, Wingrove scored on a wild pitch.


Hao Yu Lee singled in the fifth, Marcus Lee Sang walked.  They both advanced on a passed ball. Kendall Simmons hit a sac fly to score Lee. Nick Ward singled to score Lee Sang.


Leandro Pineda doubled in the 6th inning and scored on a double by Hao Yu Lee.


On the Hill :


Jack Dallas pitched two scoreless innings in first relief, one hit, one walk, three strikeouts.  Matt Russell threw a perfect inning.

Rodolfo Sanchez pitched a scoreless inning, one walk.  Jordi Martinez pitched two innings, no runs, no hits, one walk, one strikeout.  Jason Ruffcorn finished it with a scoreless ninth inning, one walk.


At the Bat :


Hao Yu Lee had four hits (two singles & two doubles). Leandro Pineda had two knocks (single & double). Marcus Lee Sang and Rixon Wingrove each doubled.  Wingrove also walked twice and had two RBIs.  Lee Sang walked three times and scored three runs.



Did Ya Know?


Hao-Yu Lee hit his fourth home run of the season on Thursday night at Winston-Salem...The 20 year old from Taiwan had three of his four home runs on the road this year, where he is batting .308 with an .855 OPS...In ShoreTown, Lee is hitting .195 with a .503 OPS this season...He entered today on a seven-game hitting streak, over which he is 8-28.” -  from Media notes supplied by Greg Giombarrese - BlueClaws Director of Communications


Florida State League ( Low A ) - Clearwater 7 (16-6, 60-27) Tampa 0 (11-11, 42-46)

Clearwater, FL - BayCare Ballpark


Summary :


In the first inning Felix Reyes singled, went to second when Bryan Rincon walked and scored on a single by Otto Kemp.


Otto Kemp doubled, William Bergolla singled and Jordan Dissin walked to load the bases in the 4th inning.  Jordan Viars grounded out to score a run.  Cade Fergus singled to score a run, Ricardo Rosario singled to plate another.  A wild pitch allowed Fergus to score.


William Bergolla, Jordan Dissin and Jordan Viars each singled to load the bases in the 8th inning.  Cade Fergus hit a sac fly to score a run.  Ricardo Rosario doubled to score another.


On the Hill :


Jonathan Petit went five innings, no runs, two hits, two walks, five strikeouts.  Seth Nightingale pitched an inning, one walk, one strikeout.  Andrew Walling completed the shutout - three innings, one hit, two walks, one strikeout.


At the Bat :


Otto Kemp had three hits (two singles and a double).  Ricardo Rosario and William Bergolla each had two hits. Rosario doubled, Cade Fergus had two RBIs.



Did Ya Know?


“Last night Jean Cabrera tied his career-high with six innings pitched.  Counting that effort Threshers starters have pitched six innings four times this season, twice when Cabrera was the starter.  Danny Wilkinson earned the first save of his professional career.  Clearwater’s victory tonight (Friday) marked their eighth shutout of the season. They are now 51-16 in night games played this season.”- from Media notes supplied by Josh Sperber - broadcast voice of the Clearwater Threshers


Florida Complex League


Blue Jays 6 (10-21) Phillies 5 (16-15)

@ Phillies Training Complex


Summary :


Yemal Flores struck out but reached base on a wild pitch and Diego Gonzalez singled in the fifth inning, Jehisbert Sevilla reached base on a fielders choice (Flores out at third, Gonzales moved to second). Ezra Farmer singled to score Gonzalez and advanced to second on the throw home by the right fielder.  Raylin Heredia singled to score Sevilla and Farmer.


Ty Penner singled in the sixth inning and scored on a double by Leonardo Rondon.  Rondon later scored on a wild pitch.


The Blue Jays scored six runs in the seventh inning on a walk, single, throwing error, another walk, double and two singles.


On the Hill :


Enrique Segura had his best outing of the year, the talented 18 year old right hander went five scoreless innings, two hits, two walks and five strikeouts.  Yoniel Ramirez pitched one and one third scoreless innings in relief.


At the Bat :


Raylin Heredia had two of the team’s six hits. Leonardo Rondon’s double was the only extra base knock.



Dominican Summer League :


Phillies Red 4 (18-14) Twins 2 (7-24) - seven innings

@ Phillies Training Complex


Summary :


Isaac Ramirez singled, Juan Villavicencio and Jaeden Calderon walked to load the bases in the first inning.  A passed ball scored Ramirez, a ground out by Neify Rosario scored Villavicencio.


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


Dervin Andrade and Isaac Ramirez singled in the fifth inning. A sac fly by Victor Cardoza scored Andrade. A single by Juan Villavicencio scored Ramirez.


A walk, wild pitch and single scored a Twins run in the seventh.


On the Hill :


Luis Gonzalez went five innings, one run, four hits, one walk, three strikeouts.  Pedro Peralta pitched an inning, one run, two hits, two walks.  Claudio Gatier finished with a scoreless frame, one strikeout.


At the Bat :


Isaac Ramirez had two of the team’s four hits, all singles.



Phillies White 7 (24-8) Nationals 0 (5-27) - seven innings

@ Nationals Training Complex


Summary :


Romel Mendez homered to lead off the game.  Yemil Rosario doubled, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sac fly by Jarol Martinez.


Yhoan Escalona doubled in the second inning and scored on a single by Kilwer Colmenares.  Colmenares advanced to third on a throwing error and later scored on a wild pitch.  Jose Marchan reached base on a fielder’s choice, stole second and scored on a single by Yemil Rosario.


Romel Mendez doubled in the seventh inning and scored on a double by Jose Marchan. Marchan advanced to third on a ground out and scored on a sac fly by Jarol Martinez.


On the Hill :


Maxwell Hernandez went five innings, one hit, two walks, six strikeouts.  Jendry Charles completed the shutout with two innings of work, one hit, two walks.


At the Bat :


Romel Mendez had two hits (double and HR) as did Yemil Rosario (single & double).  Yhoan Escalona and Jose Marchan doubled.



Player Development Center Training - Carpenter Complex


We saw new signees Keaton Anthony, Zach Arnold, Jared Thomas and A.J. Shaver take their first outdoor BP this morning on Ashburn Field.  First impressions are that Anthony has a powerful swing, looks like he can drive the baseball, quick to the ball and minimal hand movement.  Arnold hit multiple line drives to the middle of the field, Thomas has a compact easy swing from the left side and Shaver also looks like a fella who can drive the baseball, not as still in the box but quick hands thru the zone.  Long ways to go but fun to see how first looks pan out 🤓.


Also in the hitting group were Caleb Ricketts and Nikau Pouaka-Grego.  Both are making good progress towards returning to game action from the rehab group.  Nikau belted a home run in yesterday’s live BP session turning on a 95 mph fastball.  Caleb caught that session.


Multiple new players took fielding practice on Schmidt Field, the four players mentioned above along with Lou Albrecht, Aidan Miller, Kehden Hettinger, Devin Saltiban, TayShaun Walton, Avery Owusa-Asiedu, Pierce Bennett, Trent Farquhar and Bryson Ware.


Pitchers Brandon Beckell, Hunter Loyd, Ethan Chenault, Luke Russo, Casey Steward, Cam Brown, Jake Eddington, George Klassen, Trey Dillard, Chase Hopewell and Brayden Tucker began their throwing programs.


System Transactions :


Lehigh Valley : RHP Shaun Anderson assigned to roster. 1B Darick Hall and 3B Drew Ellis activated.  RHP Seranthony Dominguez assigned on rehab by Phillies.  RHP Noah Song assigned on rehab by Phillies.


Jersey Shore : INF Kendall Simmons returned from his minor league rehab assignment and reinstated from the 7-day IL.  IF Freylin Minyety placed on the Development List.


FCL Phillies : RHP Rainy Mota added to the roster


Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️



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