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7/9/24 : Minor League Roundup

International League ( AAA ) - Buffalo 7 (4-9,41-46) Lehigh Valley 5 (8-5,42-44)

Allentown, PA - Coca-Cola Park

Summary : 11 AM start

Gabriel Cancel hit a two run home run for Buffalo in the first inning.

Max McDowell homered for Buffalo in the second inning as did Addison Barger who hit a two run home run.

Buffalo scored two runs in the third inning on a double, two singles and a ground out.

Weston Wilson clubbed a two run home run in the bottom of the third inning scoring Cal Stevenson (walked) ahead of him.  BTW Wilson started in left field and made a very good running catch in the top of the third inning to rob a knock.

Carlos De La Cruz and Nick Podkul singled in the fourth inning, De La Cruz moved to third on a fly out and scored on a sacrifice fly by Scott Kingery.

Cal Stevenson and Weston Wilson singled in the fifth, Stevenson scored when Darick Hall doubled.  Carlos De La Cruz grounded out to score Wilson.

At Bat : 5 R, 9 H, 8 BB, 13 K’s

Cal Stevenson (two singles, two walks), Weston Wilson (single, HR, walk, two RBIs, two runs scored) and Buddy Kennedy (two singles, walk) each had two hits.  Darick Hall doubled.

On The Hill : 7 R, 8 H, 3 BB, 9 K’s

Max Castillo left in the third inning with an apparent injury (left with the trainer).  He pitched 2.1 innings - 7 R, 7 H, 1 BB, 1 K - 59 pitches - 38 strikes.  Jonah Dipoto pitched 2.2 innings - 0 R, 0 H, 1 HB, 0 BB, 3 K’s - 25 pitches - 17 strikes.  Eury Ramos pitched an inning - 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 K’s - 17 pitches - 7 strikes.  Taylor Lehman pitched a perfect inning - 1 K - 13 pitches - 9 strikes.  Andrew Bellatti pitched an inning - 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 K’s - 22 pitches - 12 strikes.  Tyler Gilbert pitched a perfect inning - 2 K’s - 9 pitches - 7 strikes.

Did Ya Know 🧐 :

Darick Hall, currently sitting at 69 career homers with Lehigh Valley, needs just one more homer to break Andy Tracy's mark of 69 for the most homers in franchise history. Hall tied the record with a solo shot this past Saturday against SWB. Hall also has 242 career RBI with the 'Pigs, needing just 19 RBI to tie Tracy (261) for the RBI mark. - Media Notes

Eastern League ( AA ) - Akron 19 (10-3,47-35) Reading 3 (4-9,35-46)

Reading, PA - First Energy Stadium

Summary :

Two walks, two singles and a double scored three Akron runs in the first inning.  Six singles, a ground out, two doubles and a two run home run (C.J. Kayfus) scored eight runs for them in the third inning.

Otto Kemp homered in the fourth inning.

Alexfri Planez hit a two run home run for Akron in the 5th inning.  C.J. Kayfus hit a three run home run in the sixth inning.  A triple and ground out scored them a run in the seventh. Petey Halpin homered for Akron in the 8th inning.  They added one more run in the ninth.

Carson Taylor walked in the ninth inning, Ethan Wilson and Josh Breaux singled, Taylor scored.  Robert Moore and Cade Fergus were hit by pitches - that forced in a run.

On The Hill : 19 R, 26 H, 4 BB, 6 K’s

Matt Osterberg went 2.2 innings - 8 R, 8 H, 3 BB, 1 K - 67 pitches - 40 strikes.  Zach Haake went 2.1 innings - 5 R, 8 H, 0 BB, 4 K’s - 47 pitches - 33 strikes.  Matt Russell pitched an inning - 3 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 0 K’s - 30 pitches - 16 strikes.  Cristian Hernandez pitched two innings - 2 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 1 K - 39 pitches - 28 strikes.  Catcher Andrick Nava pitched the ninth inning - 1 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 0 K’s - 12 pitches - 10 strikes.

At Bat : 3 R, 6 H, 2 BB, 7 K’s

Otto Kemp had two hits (single & HR).  Cade Fergus doubled.

Did Ya Know 🧐 :

In game one on Friday, Otto Kemp his an inside-the-park home run for his fifth home since being called up from High-A Jersey Shore. It was the first inside-the-park homer hit by a Fightin Phil since Arquimedes Gamboa his one against Portland on July 15, 2021.  It was not only the first inside-the-park home run hit by Kemp in his professional career but also in his entire life playing baseball. - Media Notes

South Atlantic League ( High A )  - Jersey Shore 3 (7-9, 45-37) Hudson Valley 2 (8-7,41-39)

Lakewood, NJ - Shoretown Ballpark

Summary :

Two singles and a throwing error (Braeden Fausnaught) scored a run for HV in the third inning.

Justin Crawford walked in the third inning, went to second on a passed ball, stole third base (27th of season) and scored when the HV catcher made a throwing error.

A single, stolen base and single scored a run for HV in the seventh inning.

Justin Crawford walked in the 8th inning, he attempted to score on a double by Hendry Mendez but was thrown out at the plate.

In the ninth inning Erick Brito walked, Zach Arnold singled, they both advanced on a wild pitch.  With two outs Emaarion Boyd smoked a double down the left field line to score two runs and produce the walk off win!!

On The Hill :  2 R, 8 H, 3 BB, 8 K’s

Braeden Fausnaught pitched 6.2 very solid innings - 2 R - 1 earned, 6 H, 2 BB, 5 K’s - 91 pitches - 52 strikes.  Paxton Thompson pitched 1.1 innings - 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s - 15 pitches - 10 strikes.  Gunner Mayer pitched an inning - 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K - 17 pitches - 11 strikes.

At Bat : 3 R, 7 H, 4 BB, 5 K’s

Felix Reyes had two hits (single & double).  Erick Brito doubled.  Justin Crawford had a single and two walks with a stolen base.

Emaarion Boyd doubled in his only AB and plated two runs!

Did Ya Know 🧐 :

Jersey Shore and Hudson Valley will play 18 times over the final 51 games of the season including six games at ShoreTown Ballpark this week.  Hudson Valley took four of six from the BlueClaws in Wappingers Falls in May, their only meetings over the first three months of 2024. - Media Notes

Florida State League ( Low A )  - Clearwater (5-10,48-33), Palm Beach (9-5, 46-34) - suspended

Jupiter, FL - Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium

Summary :

A double and single scored a run for Palm Beach in the second inning.

The game went into weather delay in the bottom of the third inning. It was eventually suspended.

Florida Complex League - Tigers 6 (29-19) Phillies 5 (26-21) - ten innings

Tigers Complex , Lakeland , FL

Summary :

Starlyn Caba walked in the first inning and scored on a home run by Eduardo Tait.

The Tigers scored four runs in the fifth inning on a walk and four singles.

Starlyn Caba walked in the seventh, Gabriel Rincones Jr singled.  Rickardo Perez singled to score Caba.  Juan Villavicencio singled to score Rincones Jr.

The game went into extra innings - twice in two days these teams went into overtime mode - very evenly matched clubs.

Juan Villavicencio was the placed runner in the top of the 10th, he scored on a single by Manolfi Jimenez.

The Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the 10th for the walk off win with two walks, a sacrifice fly and single.

On The Hill : 6 R, 7 H, 8 BB, 8 K’s

Wilmer Blanco pitched 4.2 innings - 4 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 5 K’s.  Alexis De La Cruz pitched 2.1 innings - 0 R, 0 H, 3 BB, 1 K - in his last four appearances he’s now pitched 8.2 scoreless frames allowing just one hit.  Kleyderve Andrade pitched 2.1 innings - 2 R - 1 earned, 0 H, 3 BB, 2 K’s.  Elicier Bata went 1/3 of an inning - 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB - two inherited runners scored.

At Bat : 5 R, 10 H, 7 BB, 8 K’s

Rickardo Perez had two hits (single & double) and an RBI.  Yemil Rosario had two hits (singles) and a walk. Eduardo Tait hit his 6th home run of the season and posted two RBIs.  Starlyn Caba singled and walked three times, he scored two runs.

Dominican Summer League -Phillies Red (7-18) Phillies White (9-16) - suspended - weather

Phillies Complex

Summary :

Jose Familia walked in the first inning for Team White, advanced to second on a wild pitch, stole third and scored on a groundout and scored out by Josueth Quinonez.

Team White’s Freiderman Aguilera walked in the second inning and scored on a single by Francisco Loreto and fielding error by Team Red’s center fielder Samuel Estevez.  Loreto stole third base and scored on another fielding error by Estevez that allowed Andres Hernandez to reach base.

The game went into weather delay in the top of the fifth inning.  It was eventual suspended.

Other Notes :

The FCL regular season concludes this year on 7/25/24, in years past the league played into August and was a forum for newly signed draft picks to make their pro debuts.  In order to provide a continuing training platform this season for those players selected to participate the five Tampa area clubs (Phillies, Pirates, Blue Jays, Yankees and Tigers) have formed what they are calling a “Florida Bridge League” and will play training games between 7/29/24 and 9/6/24.  The training league is not part of the FCL or it’s season.  It will operate independently and similarly to the Spring Training/Extended Spring Training exhibition seasons.  To me it’s akin to the old Fall Instructs platform when teams used to play one another but is a month earlier than Instructs would occur.

The Phillies will play the following schedule - dates subject to change, game times are noon unless otherwise noted :

7/29 - @ Carpenter Complex vs Yankees

7/30 - @ Lakeland vs Tigers

8/2 - @ Carpenter Complex vs Pirates

8/6 - @ Lakeland vs Tigers

8/8 - @ Bradenton vs Pirates - 6:30 PM

8/9 - @ Carpenter Complex vs Tigers

8/13 - @ Carpenter Complex vs Pirates

8/16 - @ Dunedin vs Blue Jays

8/20 - @ Lakeland vs Tigers

8/22 - @ Bradenton vs Pirates

8/23 - @ Carpenter Complex vs Tigers

8/27 - @ Carpenter Complex vs Pirates

8/30 - @ Carpenter Complex vs Blue Jays

9/3 - @ Bradenton vs Pirates

9/5 - @ Bradenton vs Pirates

9/6 - @ Carpenter Complex vs Tigers

System Transactions :

Lehigh Valley : OF/1B Carlos De La Cruz (#13) transferred from Reading (retroactive to 7/8). RHP Freddy Tarnok placed on the 7-day IL (retroactive to 7/7).  OF A.J. Shaverplaced on the Development List (retroactive to 7/8).  Additionally, INF Nick Podkul will now wear #3, OF A.J. Shaver will wear #9, and RHP Yunior Marte will wear #69. INF Kody Clemens (#2) optioned to Lehigh Valley. RHP Michael Rucker has been returned from his major league rehab assignment (retroactive to 7/6).

Reading : LHP Sam Aldegheri (41) transferred from Jersey Shore (retroactive to 7/8).  RHP Jean Cabrera (15) transferred from Jersey Shore (retroactive to 7/8).  LHP Tristan Garnett placed on the 7-day IL (retroactive to 7/6).

Jersey Shore : INF William Bergolla (#15) reinstated from the 7-day IL. OF Simon Muzziotti (LHV, wearing #4) beginning a rehab assignment.

Clearwater : RHP Saul Teran has been reinstated from the Development List. He will resume wearing #49 and be available out of the bullpen in tonight's game.  OF TJayy Walton has been reinstated from the Temporarily Inactive List. He will resume wearing #19

Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️

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