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7/6/23 : Minor League Roundup


International League ( AAA ) -  Scranton Wilkes Barre 18 (6-2,40-42) Lehigh Valley 2 (4-5, 40-42)

Moosic, PA - PNC Field


Summary :


Weston Wilson homered in the first inning.


SWB scored seven in the 4th inning on three walks, an error, a wild pitch and a couple two run home runs by Jesus Bastidas and Estevan Florial.   They scored three more in the fifth on two singles, a hit batter and double.  Ben Rortvedt hit a home run for them in the sixth.


Rafael Marchan singled in the seventh and scored on a double by Esteban Quiroz.


SWB plated seven runs in the eighth inning against infielders Esteban Quiroz and Jim Haley who each took the mound, they hit two home runs.


On the Hill :


Four pitchers and two infielders (Esteban Quiroz and Jim Haley) pitched during the game, Ben Bowden threw a scoreless frame.


At the Bat :


Kody Clemens had two hits, Cal Stevenson and Esteban Quiroz doubled.  Weston Wilson homered



Did Ya Know?


“The quest for a 20-20 season continues for Weston Wilson. He swiped his 19th base of the season on Tuesday night, giving him 19 steals and 20 homers (homered tonight). The IronPigs have never had a player go 20-20 in season.” - from Media notes supplied by Sam Jellinek - Iron Pigs Manager of Broadcasting and Media Relations


Eastern League ( AA) -  Reading 3 (3-6, 31-46) Somerset 2 (5-4,47-30)

Bridgewater, NJ - TD Bank Ballpark


Summary :


Casey Martin homered in the second inning.


A single and three walks, including one with the bases loaded scored a run for Somerset in the second inning.


Herbert Iser walked in the third inning, went to third on a double by Carlos De La Cruz and scored on a sac fly by Johan Rojas.


Somerset loaded the bases on walks with one out in the fifth inning. A run scored on a passed ball. Reliever Braden Zarbnisky stranded two of the three runners he inherited.


Oliver Dunn walked in the sixth inning, went to third on a double by Jhailyn Ortiz and scored on a sac fly by Ethan Wilson.


On the Hill :


Starter Griff McGarry went four and a third, two runs, one hit, six walks, six strikeouts. Braden Zarbnisky pitched two thirds of an inning, stranded two of three inherited runners.  Orion Kerkering made his AA level debut, same nasty stuff, one scoreless frame, one hit, no walks, two strikeouts. Zach Haake made his Reading debut, two scoreless innings, no hits, one walk and four strikeouts.  Tyler McKay finished it with a perfect inning, one strikeout.  Reading pitchers yielded just two hits to Somerset batters.


At the Bat :


Carlos De La Cruz and Jhailyn Ortiz doubled, Casey Martin homered, Oliver Dunn walked twice.  The team was held to four hits.


Web Gem :


Center fielder Johan Rojas made a great diving catch in the 4th inning.



Did Ya Know?


“Reading has been vastly better on the road this season, then compared to at home. Coming into tonight’s game the R-Phils road winning percentage was .457 and it’s just .341 at home. Reading is scoring over half a run more per game on the road and also has 20 more stolen bases in road contests. But, at home Reading’s hit 56 home runs compared to 29 on the road.” - from Media notes supplied by Jake Starr - Fightins Media Relations and Press Box Manager


South Atlantic League ( High A ) - Hudson Valley 5 (6-6,45-33) Jersey Shore 4 (5-7, 40-37)

Lakewood, NJ - ShoreTown Ballpark


Summary :


Hudson Valley scored a run in the second inning on three singles.


Marcus Lee Sang doubled in the second inning, walks by Nick Ward and Anthony Quirion loaded the bases.  Two groundouts followed scoring two runs.


Grant Richardson homered for Hudson Valley in the 4th inning.  Rafael Flores homered for them in the fifth.


Marcos Cabrera homered for Hudson Valley in the eighth inning.   They scored another run on a walk and double.


Gabriel Rincones Jr singled in the ninth inning, he scored on a home run by Rixon Wingrove.


On the Hill :


Gunner Mayer started and went two innings, one run, three hits, three walks, four strikeouts.  Tristan Garnett threw a perfect inning, one strikeout.  Four other hurlers pitched, Jason Ruffcorn pitched a scoreless inning. Tommy McCollum went one and two thirds scoreless.


At the Bat :


Gabriel Rincones Jr had two hits (singles), Rixon Wingrove homered.  Marcus Lee Sang doubled.



Did Ya Know?


Coming into tonight’s game “Hao-Yu Lee had hit safey in 11 of his last 12 games (he had a 10 game hitting streak snapped Tuesday over which he was 15-42) and is 16-50 in the current stretch.  Lee had two hits, including the game-winning hit, on Sunday and three hits in the win on Saturday, his 4th and 5th multi-hit games since returning from the IL on June 13th.  He hit his second home run of the season and first since May 4th in the loss on June 25th.  The 20 year old from Taiwan was 15-41 in May before going on the IL. He returned on June 13th and is now 19-73 since his return.” - from Media notes supplied by Greg Giombarrese - BlueClaws Director of Communications


Florida State League ( Low A )  Clearwater 4  (8-4,52-25) Palm Beach 1 (3-9, 40-37)

Clearwater, FL - BayCare Ballpark


Summary :


Cade Fergus walked in the sixth inning, advanced to third base on a single by Ricardo Rosario and scored on a fielder’s choice ground ball off the bat of Bryan Rincon.


Two singles and a fielding error scored a run for Palm Beach in the seventh inning.


Cole Moore doubled in the bottom of the ninth, William Bergolla was intentionally walked, Ricardo Rosario walked it off with a three run home run!


On the Hill :


Sam Aldegheri continues to shine, five scoreless innings, two hits, one walk, six strikeouts. (Five pitch mix, four seamer, change, slider, curve & sinker).  Jean Cabrera went four innings, one unearned run, three hits, no walks, four strikeouts.


At the Bat :


Ricardo Rosario had two hits (single & three run HR), Jordan Dissin had two singles.  Cade Fergus and Cole Moore doubled.



Did Ya Know?


In last night’s game “Seth Nightingale set a career high with 3.0 innings pitched. Justin Crawford’s homer was the first of his  career. Ricardo Rosario extended his hit streak to six games.  He has driven in seven runs over the course of his streak. Wen Hui Pan tied the mark set by Jonh Henriquez for most strikeouts by a Threshers reliever in 2023 with seven. Josh Bortka struck out a career-high six in his first game with the Threshers since April.  Threshers pitchers struck out a season-high 20 batters in the longest game of the season.” - from Media notes supplied by Josh Sperber - broadcast voice of the Clearwater Threshers


Florida Complex League


Phillies 11 (13-10) Tigers 4 (13-10)

@ Tigers Training Complex


Summary :


The Tigers scored a run in the first inning on an RBI double by Josue Briceno.


Gavin Tonkel doubled to lead off the third inning, he scored on a single by Albert Rodriquez.  Raylin Heredia and Kendall Simmons followed with singles, Rodriquez scored.  Heredia then scored from third on a wild pitch.


A triple, hit by pitch,double and a wild pitch scored three Tigers runs in the bottom of the third.


Raylin Heredia tripled in the fifth inning and scored on a sac fly by Kendall Simmons.


The Phillies scored five runs in the eighth inning, Pedro Martinez walked, Ty Penner singled and Jorge Mendez walked to load the bases.  Lou Helmig hit a sac fly to score one, Gavin Tonkel singled to score another.  Albert Rodriquez singled.  Raylin Heredia tripled to score three runs.


Jorge Mendez hit a two run home run in the ninth inning.


With two outs in the top of the ninth the game went into lightning delay.  The game was later called.


On the Hill :


Enrique Segura started and went three and a third, four runs, four hits, two walks, three strikeouts.  Guissepe Velasquez pitched three and two third scoreless innings, two hits, two walks and four strikeouts.  Eric Garcia pitched a scoreless inning, one hit, one strikeout.


At the Bat :


Raylin Heredia had three hits and a walk (single, two triples, two runs, three RBIs).  Ty Penner, Gavin Tonkel and Albert Rodriquez each had two hits. Gavin Tonkel doubled, Pedro Martinez tripled.  Jorge Mendez homered. Kendall Simmons had two RBIs.



Dominican Summer League :


Miami 6 (10-13) Phillies Red 3 (13-9)

@ Marlins Training Complex


Summary :


Juan Villavicencio walked in the first inning and scored on a double by Eduardo Tait.


Miami posted two runs in the bottom of the first on a single, double and single.  They scored a run in the second on a hit batter, walk, double steal and passed ball and two in the third on two walks and two singles.


Jaeden Calderon homered in the fourth inning.  Erick Barria doubled in the seventh and scored on a single by Juan Villavicencio.


Two walks, a ground out and wild pitch scored a run for Miami in the eighth inning.


On the Hill :


Four pitchers were used, Jeffrey German threw two scoreless innings in relief, one hit, no walks, two strikeouts. Sixteen year old Pedro Peralta pitched two and two third innings, one run, one hit, one walk and six strikeouts.


At the Bat :


Eduardo Tait, Erick Barria and Jaeden Calderon each had two hits.  Tait and Barria doubled, Calderon homered.



Phillies White 6 (16-6) Guardians 5 (8-14)

@ Phillies Training Complex


Summary :


Yemil Rosario singled in the first inning, advanced to second on a walk and scored on a RBI single by Guillermo Rosario.


Romel Mendez doubled in the third inning and scored on a single by Yemil Rosario.


Guillermo Rosario singled in the fourth inning, advanced to third on a single by Fernando Hernandez and scored on a sac fly by Jose Marchan.


Yemil Rosario singled in the 5th, advanced on a single by Jarol Martinez and later scored on a fielding error.


The Guardians scored five runs in the ninth inning on two singles, a walk, hit batter, triple and ground out.


Leny Carela singled in the bottom of the ninth and advanced to third on a double by Romel Mendez.  Jarol Martinez singled to score them both for the walk off win!


On the Hill :


Danyony Pulido pitched five innings, no runs, three hits, one walk, three strikeouts.  Elicier Bata went two innings, no runs, two hits, no walks, two strikeouts.


At the Bat :


Yemil Rosario had three hits (singles), scored twice and had an RBI.  Jarol Martinez (two singles & a triple) also had three hits and walked twice. Romel Mendez (two doubles) and Guillermo Rosario each had two hits.



System Transactions :


Lehigh Valley : C Aramis Garcia returned from his minor league rehab assignment and reinstated from the 7-day IL.

RHP T.J. Zeuch placed on the Development List.


Reading : RHP Zach Haake and RHP Orion Kerkering promoted from Jersey Shore. RHP McKinley Moore placed on the 7-day IL.  RHP Matt Seelinger placed on the Development List.



Just Sayin :  Phillies minor leaguers in the top five league leaders in their respective leagues :


Dominican Summer League (including today’s game)


RHP Danyony Pulido - Phillies White - 1st in ERA (0.92), 5th in WHIP (0.76)

RHP Luis Gonzalez - Phillies Red - 4th in ERA (1.00)


Florida Complex League (including today’s game)


OF Raylin Heredia - 2nd in hits (29), 1st in Triples (4), 4th in RBIs (18), 3rd in BA (.377), 3rd in slugging (.662), 4th in OPS (1.118)

1B Dakota Kotowski - 1st in HR (8), 1st in OPS (1.142)

RHP Luis Gomez - 1st in Saves (5)


Florida State League : (excluding tonight’s game)


OF Justin Crawford - 5th in hits (72), 3rd in Triples (6), 2nd in SB (35),1st in BA (.344),4th in OPS (.854)

OF Emaarion Boyd - 4th in runs (49), 5th in walks (46),1st in SB (41),3rd in OBP (.403)

IF Otto Kemp - 4th in runs (49)

RHP Jonh Henriquez - 1st in Wins (9)


South Atlantic League (excluding tonight’s game)


RHP Tommy McCollum - 1st in appearances (29),4th in saves (5)

LHP Tristan Garnett - 3rd in appearances (26)

LHP Matt Osterberg - 5th in WHIP (1.12)

IF Nick Ward - 2nd in runs (52), 4th in walks (44)

1B Rixon Wingrove - 4th in RBIs (46)

OF Marcus Lee Sang - 2nd in walks (49)


Eastern League (excluding tonight’s game)


OF Johan Rojas - 2nd in runs (52), 1st in hits (94), 2nd in Triples (4), 4th in SB (28), 5th in BA (.310)

OF/1B Carlos De La Cruz - 3rd in runs (51), 2nd in hits (87), 5th in HR (15)

3B/OF Matt Kroon - 4th in doubles (19), 3rd in BA (.320)

2B Oliver Dunn - 3rd in walks (52), 4th in OBP (.402)

OF Ethan Wilson - 5th in SLG (.504)

LHP Keylan Killgore - 3rd in appearances (26)

RHP Brett Schulze - 3rd in appearances (26)

RHP Braden Zarbnisky - 4th in appearances (25)

RHP Mick Abel - 2nd in BAA (.198)


International League (excluding tonight’s game)


OF Jake Cave - 3rd in runs (57), 1st in doubles (28), 1st in BA (.357), 4th in OBP (.440),1st in SLG (.710), 1st in OPS (1.150)

UTL Weston Wilson - 4th in runs (56), 3rd in HR (19)

OF Simon Muzziotti - 2nd in hits (92), 3rd in BA (.348)

RHP Noah Skirrow - 1st in Wins (7)


Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️


Johan Rojas catch, Jean Cabrera, Ricardo Rosario, Sam Aldegheri & Raylin Heredia - photos by Rebecca Alexander and Casey Burns


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