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8/15/23 : Minor League Roundup


International League ( AAA ) -  Jacksonville 11 (24-16,56-58) Lehigh Valley 5  (24-15, 60-52)

Allentown, PA - Coca- Cola Park


Summary :


A hit batter and nine walks plated seven runs for Jacksonville in the first inning.


Cristian Pache walked to lead off the bottom of the first, Kody Clemens singled and Dustin Peterson doubled to score a run.  Darick Hall hit a three run home run.


A walk and double scored a run for Jacksonville in the second inning.


Jerar Encarnacion hit a two run home run for Jacksonville in the fourth inning.


Simon Muzziotti homered in the bottom of the fifth inning.


A single, error and single scored a run for Jacksonville in the seventh inning.


There were 18 walks in the game, 12 by Lehigh Valley and 6 by Jacksonville.


On the Hill :


Griff McGarry faced seven batters, seven runs, six walks and a hit batter.  Brett Schulze pitched two innings, one run, one hit, four walks and three strikeouts.  Jose Alvarado pitched an inning, no runs, one hit, one strikeout - sinker velo was 96 to 98 mph. Noah Skirrow pitched four innings, three runs - two earned, seven hits, two walks, five strikeouts.  Braden Zarbnisky pitched a perfect inning, one strikeout.  Ben Bowden pitched a perfect frame.


At the Bat :


Simon Muzziotti had three hits (two singles & HR).  Kody Clemens had two hits.  Dustin Peterson doubled, Darick Hall hit a three run home run.  The team had seven  hits total.



Did Ya Know?


Esteban Quiroz came in clutch against Rochester, knocking in six runs in five games played. He went 6-for-22 with a double and a homer as well.” - from Media notes supplied by Sam Jellinek - Iron Pigs Manager of Broadcasting and Media Relations


Eastern League ( AA) -  Reading (19-21, 47-61) Somerset (22-18, 64-44) - two games

Reading,PA - FirstEnergy Stadium


Game One : Reading 6 Somerset 5 - 10 innings


Completion of suspended game from 7/9/23


Summary :


Elijah Dunham hit a home run for Somerset in the second inning, Matt Pita hit a two run tater.  They scored a fifth inning run on a single and subsequent fielding error.


Carlos De La Cruz was hit by a pitch in the 6th inning, he stole second base and scored on a single by Ethan Wilson.


Reading loaded the bases in the seventh, Casey Martin singled, Cam Cannon walked and Herbert Iser singled. Madison Stokes singled to score a run. Carlos De La Cruz doubled to score two.


The game went into rain delay in the middle of the ninth inning. The game was suspended at this point.


Action picked up today here :


After Somerset didn’t score in the bottom of the ninth the game went into extra innings tied at four each.


Baron Radcliff singled in the top of the tenth to score placed runner Jhailyn Ortiz. Pedro Martinez walked and Oliver Dunn singled to score another run.


A single and sac fly scored the placed runner for Somerset in the bottom of the tenth.


On the Hill :


Josh Hendrickson went five innings, four runs, three earned on seven hits.  Andrew Schultz pitched a scoreless inning. Cristian Hernandez and Orion Kerkering each pitched a perfect inning. Tristan Garnett closed it out by pitching two innings, one unearned run, one hit, no walks, two strikeouts.


At the Bat :


Casey Martin had three hits.  Cam Cannon and Carlos De La Cruz doubled.



Game Two : Somerset 4 Reading 3


Summary :


Oliver Dunn homered in the fourth inning.


A double, sac bunt and sac fly scored a run for Somerset in the fifth inning.


A single and double scored a run for Somerset in the sixth.


Nick Ward and Carlos De La Cruz singled in the bottom of the sixth,  Oliver Dunn singled to score Ward, De La Cruz scored on a throwing error.


Ben Rice hit a two run home run for Somerset in the seventh inning.


The game went into rain delay in the top of the ninth inning. It resumed at 10:15 PM.


On the Hill :


Josh Hendrickson pitched six innings, two runs, four hits, two walks, four strikeouts.  Andrew Baker pitched an inning, two runs, one hit, one walk, one strikeout.  Carlos Francisco pitched an inning, no runs, no hits, one walk, one strikeout. Keylan Killgore faced one batter before the rain delay, Max Kuhns came in afterward, one inning, no runs, one hit, two strikeouts.


At the Bat :


Oliver Dunn had two hits (single & HR).



Did Ya Know?


“The Fightin Phils completed their season-long 12-game road trip with 7-5 record, going 5-1 at Hartford and 2-4 at New Hampshire. Over the trip, the R-Phils hit .273, which was second-best in the Eastern League over that span. The pitching staff owned an ERA of 4.12 on the trip.”- from Media notes supplied by Jake Starr - Fightins Media Relations and Press Box Manager


South Atlantic League ( High A ) - Asheville 2 (18-25, 44-60) Jersey Shore 1 (24-19, 59-49 )

Lakeland, NJ - ShoreTown Ballpark


Summary :


Michael Sandle homered for Asheville in the third inning.


Gabriel Rincones Jr walked in the fourth inning, Rixon Wingrove singled and Caleb Ricketts singled to score a run.


Asheville scored a run in the fifth on a single, hit batter, walk and sac fly.


On the Hill :


Michael Plassmeyer went three innings, one run, two hits, no walks, five strikeouts.  Malik Binns pitched a perfect inning.

Gabriel Cotto had a very strong outing, five innings, one run, one hit, one walk, two strikeouts.


At the Bat :


Rixon Wingrove had two hits, the team had three in total.



Did Ya Know?


Justin Crawford and Bryan Rincon are the first two players born in 2004 to play for the BlueClaws. Since the team became a High-A affiliate in 2021, only Crawford and Rincon this year, Hao-Yu Lee and Andrew Painter last year have been 19 years old and with the BlueClaws.  Justin Crawford BlueClaws debut of 8/15/2023 is just four calendar days shy of JP Crawford’s BlueClaw debut 8/19/2013, missed the 10 year anniversary by four days.”  😳🤓- from Media notes supplied by Greg Giombarrese - BlueClaws Director of Communications


Florida State League ( Low A )  Clearwater 4  (28-16, 72-36) Dunedin 1 (18-25, 50-59)

Clearwater, FL - BayCare Ballpark


Summary :


Angel Del Rosario hit a home run for Dunedin in the third inning.


Raylin Heredia singled in the fifth inning, Ryan Leitch walked.  Jordan Viars singled to score a run. Chad Castillo grounded out to score another.


Zach Arnold homered in the sixth inning.


Ryan Leitch doubled in the seventh, moved to third on a ground out and scored on a balk.


On the Hill :


Strong outing for Guissepe Velasquez - six innings, one run, three hits, no walks, six strikeouts.  Danny Wilkinson pitched a scoreless inning, one hit, two strikeouts.  Wen Hui Pan finished it, two scoreless allowing only a hit batter, four strikeouts - fastball was hot tonight - 97 to 99 mph 🔥


At the Bat :


Zach Arnold had three hits and Jordan Viars had two hits.  Arnold homered (his first as a pro) and Ryan Leitch doubled.



Florida Complex League


Phillies (27-23) Blue Jays (17-33) - Doubleheader

@ Clearwater, FL


Game One : Blue Jays 6 Phillies 5 - Ten Innings


Completion of suspended game from 8/14/23


Summary :


Avery Owusu-Asiedu singled in the first inning, went to third on a single by Aidan Miller and scored on a wild pitch.


The game was suspended due to weather in the bottom of the first inning.  It picked up today at this point.


Trent Farquhar walked in the second inning, stole second, went to third on a fly out and scored on a balk.


Diego Gonzalez doubled in the third inning, Kehden Hettiger walked and A.J. Shaver was hit by a pitch to load the bases.  Trent Farquhar was hit by a pitch to score Gonzalez.


TayShaun Walton tripled in the fifth inning and scored on a ground out.


The Blue Jays scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth - a walk and triple scored one, Gregori Cano hit a two run home run.


A.J. Shaver walked in the 8th, advanced on a single by Trent Farquhar and later scored on a wild pitch.


The Blue Jays scored twice in the bottom of the ninth on a single and four walks.  They won it in the 10th with a walk off single by Nate Larue.


On the Hill :


Five pitchers were used, Javier Fuenmayor pitched three perfect innings with two strikeouts.


At the Bat :


TayShaun Walton had two of the team’s six hits, he singled and tripled.  Diego Gonzalez doubled.


Defensive Prowess :


We were impressed by center fielder Avery Owusu-Asiedu’s ability to track the baseball, gets good jumps on balls hit his way.  He’s a big fella at 6’4” but he’s got some wheels and a good motor out there.



Game Two : Phillies 10 Blue Jays 0 - seven innings


Summary :


Leonardo Rondon singled in the second inning, Yemal Flores walked and Gavin Tonkel singled to load the bases.   Yhoswar Garcia walked to force in a run.  Gustavo Sosa hit a grand slam to plate four!


Marco Soto singled in the third inning and scored on a double by Yemal Flores.


Santiago Torres hit his first stateside home run in the sixth inning, the twenty year old from Venezuela is a solid player, numbers don’t jump out at ya but he’s a very good defender in the outfield, has wheels and some pop.  Gavin Tonkel singled and Devin Saltiban hit his first professional home run.  Yhoswar Garcia singled and Jared Thomas doubled to score him.


On the Hill :


Luis Alcala pitched five innings, no runs, three hits, one walk, six strikeouts.  Ty Collins finished going two innings, no runs, no hits four walks, no strikeouts.


At the Bat :


Gustavo Sosa had two hits (double and grand slam HR), Gavin Tonkel hit two singles, Santiago Torres and Devin Saltiban each homered, Yemal Flores and Jared Thomas each doubled.



Dominican Summer League :


Giants Orange 8 (27-21) Phillies Red 4 (24-25) - seven innings

@ Giants Training Complex


Summary :


Renair Manrique singled in the first inning and later scored on a single by Yhoan Escalona.  Fernando Hernandez walked, Esterling Rodriquez doubled to score two runs.


Two singles, an error and a double scored two runs for the Giants in the bottom of the first inning.


Renair Manrique singled to score Arquedion Muller (walked) in the sixth inning.


The Giants scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth on five walks and three singles.


On the Hill :


Three pitchers were used,  Juan Amarante went five innings, two unearned runs, five hits, one walk, seven strikeouts.


At the Bat :


Esterling Rodriquez hit two doubles, Renair Manrique  had two singles.  The team had seven hits total.



Phillies White 10 (40-11) Giants Black 4 (25-25) - seven innings

@ Phillies Training Complex


Summary :


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


The Giants scored a run in the second inning on a hit batter, single and throwing error.  They scored a third inning run on a single and double.


Two walks and an error loaded the bases for the Phillies in the fourth, a hit batter forced in a run. A wild pitch, sac fly and another wild pitch scored three more.


Jerffson Pena tripled in the fifth inning, he scored on a wild pitch. A hit batter, strikeout/wild pitch and walk put more runners on base, Darium Gutierrez and Eduardo Tait singled to scored runs and Aroon Escobar hit a sac fly to plate another.


Guillermo Rosario singled in the sixth and scored on a double by Andres Taberas.


The Giants scored twice in the seventh on a walk, single and triple.


On the Hill :


Alexis De La Cruz went four innings, Kleyderve Andrade two innings - no runs, two hits, one walk, five strikeouts and John Sosa finished it with an inning of work.


At the Bat :


Eduardo Tait and Angel Mata each had two hits, Jerffson Pena tripled and Mata and Andres Taberas each doubled.



Player Development Center Training - Carpenter Complex :


Live bullpen sessions today for seven new right handed pitchers, we got to watch them each throw on Schmidt Field.  Cam Brown, Brandon Beckel, Casey Steward, Hunter Loyd, Chase Hopewell, Brayden Tucker and Paxton Thompson.  Really liked what we saw from Cam Brown, little movement in a compact delivery and looked like mid nineties velocity, was down in the zone and ball was jumping out of the hand, great first impression!  Brandon Beckel was consistently on the edge of the plate glove side with vertical bite on what looked like a slider, not sure if the ABS (automated balls and strikes) would call those strikes but he was sure peppering that area today, bat breakers.  Hunter Loyd has a unique delivery where the ball is hidden till the last moment, looked like it was coming out behind his back, sort of reminded me how Konnor Ash hid the baseball the first time I saw him throw.  Chase Hopewell is tall and lanky with an over the top delivery, tucks his glove behind a big leg tuck - for those that can remember way back in the day how Ron Reed used to delivery pitches it’s akin to it. Brayden Tucker has a thick body with big legs, threw a lot of breaking pitches today it seemed, one had downward bite, looked like a splitter.


Saw Andrew Painter at the Complex today, he’s grown a beard, not Brandon Marsh like but nonetheless a full beard 🧔‍♂️.


System Transactions :


Lehigh Valley : LHP Jose Alvarado (ML 15-day IL) begins a major league rehab assignment.


Reading : OF Marcus Lee Sang promoted from Jersey Shore, IF Cam Cannon released.


Jersey Shore : OF Justin Crawford and SS Bryan Rincon promoted from Clearwater. IF Freylin Minyety placed on the Development List. 


Clearwater : OF Raylin Heredia promoted from FCL Phillies.


Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️



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