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8/26/23 : Minor League Roundup


International League ( AAA ) -  Scranton Wilkes-Barre (28-21, 62-61)  Lehigh Valley (29-21, 65-58) -  Moosic, PA - PNC Field - Double Header


Game One :  Scranton Wilkes Barre 7 Lehigh Valley 4


Summary :


Darick Hall homered in the first inning.


Jamie Westbrook hit a grand slam for SWB in the bottom of the first inning. Jake Lamb went back to back. Michael Hermosillo went back to back to back 🤪.  Three singles scored another run.


Darick Hall hit his second home run of the game in the fourth inning.


Kody Clemens homered in the sixth inning.   


Esteban Quiroz walked in the seventh inning, advanced to second on defensive indifference and scored on a single by Kody Clemens.


On the Hill :


Shaun Anderson went 2/3 of an inning, seven runs on eight hits.  Braden Zarbnisky pitched two and a third innings, no runs, no hits, no walks, two strikeouts.  Connor Brogdon pitched one and a third, no runs, one hit, three walks, one strikeout.  Taylor Lehman pitched two thirds of an inning, no runs or hits, one walk.  Catcher Vito Friscia pitched the sixth inning, no runs, one hit, one strikeout.



At the Bat :


Darick Hall had three hits (single and two home runs).  Kody Clemens had two hits (single & home run).



Game Two : Scranton Wilkes Barre 6 Lehigh Valley 3


Summary :


With two outs in the second inning SWB scored four runs on four walks and a three run double by Jason Dominguez.  A single then scored Dominguez.


Dustin Peterson homered in the fourth inning (18th of season).


SWB score a run in the bottom of the fourth on two singles and a sac fly.


Drew Ellis homered in the fifth inning.


Cal Stevenson homered in the seventh inning.


On the Hill :


Griff McGarry went one and two third innings, five runs, one hit, five walks, three strikeouts.  Noah Skirrow went four and a third innings, one run, eight hits, four walks, two strikeouts.


At the Bat :


Drew Ellis had two hits (single & HR), Dustin Peterson and Cal Stevenson homered.



Did Ya Know?


Scott Kingery has excelled at swiping bases this year, swiping 22 bags in as many chances. 22 consecutive stolen bases without getting caught ties Kingery for the franchise record with Rich Thompson, who also stole 22 straight bags in 2011.” - from Media notes supplied by Sam Jellinek - Iron Pigs Manager of Broadcasting and Media Relations


Eastern League ( AA) -  Harrisburg 7 (24-26, 55-63 ) Reading 6 (24-26, 52-66)

Harrisburg,PA - FNB Field


Summary :


Harrisburg scored two runs in the first inning on a home run by James Wood.  Two more scored on a home run by Terone Harris.


Casey Martin doubled in the third inning and scored on a single by Madison Stokes.


A single and three doubles scored three runs for Harrisburg in the bottom of the third.


Max McDowell doubled in the fourth inning, Rixon Wingrove walked, a run scored on a double by Madison Stokes.  Wingrove scored on a ground out by Nick Ward.  A wild pitch scored Stokes.


Oliver Dunn and Ethan Wilson walked in the 8th inning, Baron Radcliff doubled to score a run. Max McDowell singled to score another.


On the Hill :


Josh Hendrickson pitched five innings, seven runs, eight hits, two walks, four strikeouts.  Andrew Schultz pitched two scoreless innings, two hits, no walks, one strikeout.  Jordi Martinez pitched a perfect inning, one strikeout.


At the Bat :


Nick Ward, Max McDowell & Madison Stokes each had two hits (single & double).  Casey Martin & Baron Radcliff each doubled.



Did Ya Know?


“This Day in Baseballtown History - August 26, 2013: At Reading, the Phils storm back from an early 6-1 deficit to beat Richmond, 7-6, in 10 innings. Maikel Franco, celebrating his 21st birthday, sends the game into extras with a 2-out, 2-run homer in the 9th. Kelly Dugan homers on the first pitch of the bottom of the 10th to end it.” - from Media notes supplied by Jake Starr - Fightins Media Relations and Press Box Manager


South Atlantic League ( High A ) - Wilmington 4 (19-34, 48-69) Jersey Shore 3 (30-23, 65-53 ) - ten innings

Wilmington, DE - Frawley Stadium


Summary :


Leandro Pineda singled in the second inning, he scored when Cole Moore singled and Wilmington’s center fielder committed a fielding error.


A walk, balk and three singles scored two runs for Wilmington in the fourth inning.


Bryan Rincon singled in the seventh, Caleb Ricketts walked.  Leandro Pineda doubled to score them both.


Wilmington scored a run in the bottom of the eighth on two doubles.


The game went into extra innings tied at three each.


Wilmington scored the placed runner in the bottom of the 10th with a single.


On the Hill :


Sam Aldegheri pitched four innings, two runs, four hits, one walk, five strikeouts.  Rodolfo Sanchez pitched two innings, no runs, no hits, two walks and a strikeout.  Wesley Moore pitched an inning, no runs, one hit, no walks, two strikeouts.  Wen Hui Pan pitched an inning, one run, two hits, one walk, two strikeouts.  Matt Russell pitched an inning and a third plus, one unearned run, two hits, one walk, two strikeouts.


At the Bat :


Bryan Rincon had three hits (singles). Leandro Pineda had four knocks (three singles & double).  Gabriel Rincones Jr doubled.



Did Ya Know?


Cole Moore had his first three BlueClaws hits on Friday night, going 3-4 with a home run...Moore, from Dallas Baptist, signed with the Phillies last year and joined the BlueClaws on Tuesday from Clearwater where he was

hitting .250 in 47 games with 3 home runs and 16 RBI.” - from Media notes supplied by Greg Giombarrese - BlueClaws Director of Communications


Florida State League ( Low A )  Lakeland 6 (35-18, 61-57)  Clearwater 2 (31-22, 75-43)

Lakeland, FL - Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium


Summary :


Dakota Kotowski homered in the third inning, his first as a Thresher this year but 16th overall (hit 15 in the FCL).


Two walks and two singles scored three runs for Lakeland in the fourth inning.


Aidan Miller doubled in the sixth inning and scored on a single by Ricardo Rosario.


A triple, walk, fielder’s choice and error scored two runs for Lakeland in the bottom of the sixth.  Jose De La Cruz homered for them in the seventh inning.


On the Hill :


Estibenzon Jimenez pitched three and a third innings, two runs, two hits, six walks, seven strikeouts.  Daniel Harper pitched two and two third innings, three runs - one earned, three hits, two walks, one strikeout.  Danny Wilkinson pitched two innings, one run, three hits, two walks, four strikeouts.


At the Bat :


Aidan Miller doubled, Dakota Kotowski homered.



Dominican Summer League Playoffs : QuarterFinals


Phillies White  2 Angels 0 (Phillies win the best of three series 2-1)


Summary :


Yemil Rosario hit a two run home run in the fourth inning.


Notes :


It’s really fun to watch the DSL games, the players are very animated and it’s obvious they are having a great deal of fun playing but also are very passionate about competing.  Eduardo Tait has his own version of the “Soto Shuffle” when he takes pitches.  The infielders often gather on or around the mound for high fives before and during innings to chat up the pitcher after outs are recorded and when big outs are made the celebrations are emotional and often robust, Pedro Reyes got out of a bases loaded no out jam in the seventh and when he did motioned in exuberance and clapped repeatedly walking off the hill.  If ya are an “old school” baseball philosopher that believes emotions must remain in check and expressions stoic then this isn’t the brand of baseball for you to watch but to this old fan it’s exciting, fun, electric and sincere, it’s everything the game should be - it’s pure baseball joy.  I’ve often said I’d like to go watch a week or so at the Dominican Academy - maybe one day that will happen - just really good stuff.


On the Hill :


Starter Wilmer Blanco was excellent - he pitched six innings plus two batters and didn’t yield a hit till the first batter in the seventh inning singled, his fastball was consistently 93 to 94 mph - touched 95, curve and I think a change up as secondaries - final line - six innings, no runs, one hit, two walks, five strikeouts.  Pedro Reyes pitched out of a two man on, no out jam in the seventh stranding both inherited runners, one inning pitched, no runs, hits or walks, one strikeout. Juan Amarante spun curve ball after curve ball to pitch two scoreless frames and close out the win, two innings, no runs, one hit, no walks, three strikeouts.


At the Bat :


Eduardo Tait doubled, Yemil Rosario hit a two run home run.



System Transactions :


Lehigh Valley : RHP Brett Schulze assigned to development list.  RHP Hector Perez signed and assigned to roster. RHP Griff McGarry activated from the Development list.


Clearwater : Transferred RHP Ezequiel Ventura from the FCL Phillies to the Clearwater Threshers.  Placed RHP Alex McFarlane on the Seven-Day Injured List.  Transferred RHP Giussepe Velásquez from the 60-Day Injured List to the Full-Season Injured List.


DSL Phillies White LHP Kleyderve Andrade-added to roster from Phillies Red, RHP Joel Heredia - transferred to Phillies Red.


Hector Perez is 27 years old and was recently out-righted by the Tampa Rays to AAA, he chose free agency instead and signed with the Phillies.   He was originally signed in 2014 by the Astros from the Dominican Republic, was traded to the Blue Jays in 2018, to the Reds in 2021, signed by the Orioles as a free agent in 2022 and claimed off waivers by the Rays this past December.  He has appeared in three major league games and features a mid nineties four seam fastball, splitter and slider. He had both started and relieved in his minor league career.  His best pitch is his fastball which has been up to 99 mph.


Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️



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