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7/23/23 : Minor League Roundup


International League ( AAA ) - Lehigh Valley 6 (13-7, 49-44) Toledo 2 (7-14, 40-55)

Toledo, OH - Fifth Third Field


Summary :


Drew Ellis walked in the second inning, advanced to third on a single by Jordan Qsar and scored on a ground out by Aramis Garcia.


A walk, single and double scored two Toledo runs in the bottom of the second.


Cal Stevenson singled in the third inning and scored on a home run by Kody Clemens.


Jordan Qsar doubled in the fourth inning, advanced to third on a fly out and scored on a sac fly by Esteban Quiroz.


Jordan Qsar doubled in the 8th inning, he scored on a double by Aramis Garcia.


Cal Stevenson doubled in the ninth inning and scored on a double by Kody Clemens.


On the Hill :


TJ Zeuch went five and two third innings, two runs, five hits, four walks, two strikeouts.  Tyler McKay pitched one and one third innings, no runs, no hits, one walk, one strikeout. Seranthony Dominguez struck out the side in a perfect 8th inning, his fastball averaged 97 mph.  Connor Brogdon closed it with a perfect inning, two strikeouts.


At the Bat :


Jordan Qsar had three hits (two doubles & single).  Kody Clemens doubled and homered, three RBIs, he also walked onceb. Aramis Garcia had two hits and two RBIs.  Cal Stevenson had two hits (single & double).



Eastern League ( AA) - Altoona 1 (8-10, 42-44) Reading 0 (10-10, 38-50)

Altoona, PA - Peoples Natural Gas Field


Summary :


Altoona scored a run in the seventh inning on a walk and two singles.


On the Hill :


Zach Haake went five innings, no runs, three hits, no walks, three strikeouts.  In his last two starts he’s pitched ten scoreless innings, five hits, no walks and eight strikeouts.  The 6’7” twenty six year old right hander was signed on March 30th after being released by the Royals.  After signing he spent the first couple of months at Carpenter Complex working on strength and mechanics - since being activated in June and pitching at four levels Zach has performed very well.  He’s got a three pitch mix (FB - 93 to 97 mph), power slider (82-85 mph) and change up (86-88 mph).   Carlos Francisco pitched a perfect sixth inning.

Dominic Pipkin pitched an inning, one run, two hits, one walk, two strikeouts.  Cristian Hernandez threw a perfect inning, one strikeout.


At the Bat :


Matt Kroon had two hits. Ethan Wilson doubled.



Did Ya Know?


Carlos De La Cruz now leads the Eastern League in hits (99) and surpassed Johan Rojas’ previous league lead. The closeset player to De La Cruz is seven hits behind. With his 18th home run Friday night, De La Cruz is tied for third in the league in home runs, and five behind the league leader. He also ranks second in the Phillies organization in home runs, trailing Lehigh Valley’s Weston Wilson, who has 23 on the season.” - from Media notes supplied by Jake Starr - Fightins Media Relations and Press Box Manager


South Atlantic League ( High A ) - Jersey Shore 7 (10-14, 45-44) Winston-Salem 5 (9-14, 43-43)

Winston-Salem, NC - Truist Stadium


Summary :


Kendall Simmons homered in the first inning.


The BlueClaws loaded the bases in the second inning on two walks and a hit batter.  Marcus Lee Sang singled to score a run.


Anthony Quirion and Jared Carr walked in the 6th inning, they scored on a double by Andrick Nava.  Erick Brito singled.  Nick Ward hit a three run home run.


Winston Salem scored three runs in the sixth on a double, walk, single and fielding error.   They scored a run in the 8th on two singles, a walk and sac fly.  They then plated one run in the ninth on two singles, a sac fly


On the Hill :


Eight pitchers were used.  Mitch Neunborn started and pitched three scoreless innings, one hit, one walk, three strikeouts.  Carlos Betancourt went one and two third innings, no runs, one hit, no walks, three strikeouts.  Tristan Garnett retired the only batter he faced and stranded an inherited runner. Konnor Ash threw a perfect inning, two strikeouts.  Rodolfo Sanchez closed it out by pitching the ninth inning, one run, two hits, no walks, no strikeouts.


At the Bat :


Kendall Simmons had two hits (double & HR) and a walk.  Andrick Nava had two hits (single, double), scored twice and drove in two runs.  Nick Ward homered and walked posting three RBIs.



Did Ya Know?


Leandro Pineda hit his seventh home run of the season in the win on Saturday night.  He had three last year between Clearwater and Jersey Shore.  Pineda has hit safely in five straight games, over which he is 8-22 with two home runs, a double, and four RBIs.” - from Media notes supplied by Greg Giombarrese - BlueClaws Director of Communications


Florida State League ( Low A ) - Clearwater (17-7, 61-28) Tampa (12-12, 43-47)- Doubleheader

Clearwater, FL - BayCare Ballpark


Game One :  Clearwater 12 Tampa 3


Summary :


Saw Pressure-Ville first hand today in the first inning.  Justin Crawford walked, as I watched the pitcher’s back leg as he did he took off at the same time i saw the back leg turn to the plate and he easily stole second base.  Then with an outstanding secondary lead (with two forward crow hop steps and momentum towards third) Justin reached third on a passed ball.  Bryan Rincon walked.  Otto Kemp blooped a double down the right field line that sent Crawford home and Rincon to third.  In a well timed play Rincon stole home on the throw back to the pitcher from the catcher!  Pressure-Ville at its finest!


Ryan Leitch homered in the second inning. Chad Castillo was hit by a pitch, Troy Schreffler singled and Emaarion Boyd hit his first professional home run to score three.


William Bergolla tripled in the third inning and scored on a sac fly by Ryan Leitch.  Chad Castillo doubled and Troy Schreffler tripled to score him.  Emaarion Boyd singled to score Schreffler.


Daury Arias homered for Tampa in the fourth inning.  A single, walk and single scored a run for them in the fifth.


Chad Castillo homered in the bottom of the fifth.


Otto Kemp doubled in the 6th inning,  William Bergolla singled.  Kemp then scored on a wild pitch. Chad Castillo singled to score Bergolla.


Jesus Rodriquez tripled for Tampa in the seventh and later scored on a passed ball.


On the Hill :


Estibenzon Jimenez pitched four innings, one run, six hits, no walks, two strikeouts.  Eiberson Castellano pitched an inning, one run, two hits, one walk, one strikeout.  Wen-Hui Pan finished, two innings, one run, one hit, no walks, two strikeouts.


At the Bat :


Chad Castillo had three hits (single, double, HR) and two RBIs, he scored three runs.  Emaarion Boyd  had three hits (two singles. & first pro HR) and four RBIs, he reached base four times (was HBP).  Otto Kemp (two doubles), William Bergolla and Troy Schreffler each had two hits.  Ryan Leitch homered.


Defensive Prowess :


The Threshers had three legit centerfielders patrol the outfield today - Emaarion Boyd in left, Justin Crawford in center and Troy Schreffler in right.  Speed all around - good stuff. It’s display the case though as when Cade Fergus and Ricardo Rosario play out there it’s no different I regards to field coverage.  Troy Schreffler made a stellar defensive play in the game, a diving catch on a sinking liner and then a great throw to first base to double off a wandering base runner.



Game Two :  Tampa 5 Clearwater 1


Summary :


A walk, single, sac fly and double scored two Tampa runs in the first inning.   Two singles, a walk and a double scored three Tampa runs in the second inning.


Felix Reyes homered in the fourth inning.


On the Hill :


Danny “Strikeout Machine” Wilkinson pitched three scoreless innings in relief, one hit, no walks, eight strikeouts 👀😳.

Josh Bortka pitched two innings, no runs, one hit, one walk, three strikeouts


At the Bat :


Felix Reyes homered, the team was held to three hits.



Florida Complex League - Off Day


Dominican Summer League - Off Day


System Transactions :


Clearwater : Transferred RHP Giussepe Velásquez from the FCL Phillies


Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️



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