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8/3/23 : Minor League Roundup

International League ( AAA ) -  Lehigh Valley 7 (18-11, 54-48)  Buffalo 1 (18-11, 52-52)

Allentown, PA - Coca-Cola Park

Summary :

Kody Clemens hit a home run in the first inning.

Addison Barger hit a home run for Buffalo in the third inning.

Cal Stevenson homered for LHV in the bottom of the third.

Jim Haley reached base on a fielders choice in the 5th inning after Jordan Qsar (walked) was forced out at second on a ground out, Cal Stevenson singled.  They both advanced a base on a ground out. Weston Wilson singled to score two runs.

Jordan Qsar walked in the seventh inning and went to third when Jim Haley singled. Qsar scored on a line out sac fly by Cal Stevenson.  Kody Clemens hit his second home run of the game to score two more.

On the Hill :

Drew Hutchinson pitched a gem - eight innings, one run, six hits, two walks, three strikeouts. Luis Ortiz finished it with a scoreless ninth, one strikeout.

At the Bat :

Kody Clemens hit two home runs and had three RBIs. Cal Stevenson had two hits (single & HR).

Did Ya Know?

Cal Stevenson has got his feet underneath him after a whirlwind of transactions earlier in the season traded twice, DFA'd twice). Stevenson hit his first IronPigs homer on Sunday and came into tonight on a six-game hitting streak where he went 8-for-17 with a .609 OBP thanks to five walks.” - from Media notes supplied by Sam Jellinek - Iron Pigs Manager of Broadcasting and Media Relations

Eastern League ( AA) -  Reading 5 (14-15, 42-55) Hartford 4 (12-16, 41-54)

Hartford, CT - Dunkin’ Park

Summary :

Pedro Martinez homered in the second inning.

Hartford loaded the bases on two walks and an error in the second inning, two more walks scored two runs. It was a thirty nine pitch inning for Griff McGarry.

Colin Simpson hit a two run home run for Hartford in the fourth inning, their first hit of the game.

Casey Martin homered in the 5th inning. Max McDowell singled and Cody Roberts doubled. Madison Stokes hit a three run home run.

On the Hill :

Griff McGarry pitched four innings, four runs - two earned, one hit, five walks, six strikeouts.  Andrew Schultz pitched a scoreless inning, two walks allowed.  Max Kuhns pitched an inning, no runs, one hit, two strikeouts.  Andrew Baker pitched a scoreless frame, one hit, one walk, one strikeout.  Orion Kerkering pitched the 8th inning, no runs, one hit, one walk, one strikeout.  Dominic Pipkin finished it with a scoreless ninth inning, one hit allowed. Every Reading hurler tonight threw fastballs in the 96 plus range, four hit 100 mph 🔥.

Web Gem :

Shortstop Casey Martin made a diving stop up the middle on a 106 mph ground ball and then scooped the ball to second baseman Oliver Dunn who then completed a 6-4-3 double play in the fifth inning. 👏. Casey has played stellar defense all season long.

Center fielder Madison Stokes made a spectacular running catch in the seventh inning - Johan Rojas like!

At the Bat :

Madison Stokes had three hits (single, double & HR) and three RBIs.  Casey Martin had two hits (double & HR), Pedro Martinez had two hits (single & HR).  Oliver Dunn and Max McDowell each had two hits.  Dunn has eight hits in the three games played thus far in the series.

Did Ya Know?

“Reading Manager Al Pedrique sits just four wins shy of 1,000 in his Major/Minor League managerial career. Pedrique’s win totals with each organization have been: Royals (102), Astros (158), Diamondbacks (225), Yankees (394), Miami (75) and Phillies (42).” from Media notes supplied by Jake Starr - Fightins Media Relations and Press Box Manager

South Atlantic League ( High A ) - Brooklyn 6 (22-11, 50-48) Jersey Shore 3 (16-17, 51-47)

Lakewood, NJ - ShoreTown Ballpark

Summary :

Brooklyn scored three first inning runs, two on a home run by Ryan Clifford.

Stanley Consuegra hit a two run home run for Brooklyn in the third inning.

Gabriel Rincones Jr singled in the fourth inning and scored on a double by Andrick Nava.

Brooklyn loaded the bases in the 6th inning on two walks and a single, a run scored on a groundout.

Gabriel Rincones Jr homered in the ninth inning.  Leandro Pineda and Andrick Nava singled, Jared Carr walked to load the bases. A run scored on a ground out.

On the Hill :

Mitch Neunborn started and went three innings, five runs on five hits and two walks, four strikeouts.  Malik Binns went two innings plus , one run, two hits, four walks.  Jack Dallas stranded two of three inherited runners, he pitched two innings total, no runs, no hits or walks, one strikeout.  Jordi Martinez pitched an inning, no runs, one hit, one strikeout.  Matt Russell pitched a scoreless frame, one hit, one strikeout.

At the Bat :

Gabriel Rincones Jr had two hits (single & HR).  Andrick Nava had two hits (single & double).

Florida State League ( Low A )  Clearwater 5 (22-11, 66-32) Lakeland 4 (23-10, 49-49)

Clearwater, FL - BayCare Ballpark

Summary :

A single and double scored Lakeland’s first run in the third inning, another single and groundout scored a second run.

Troy Schreffler walked in the third inning, stole second base and then scored on a fielding error.

A hit batter, double and single scored a Lakeland run in the 6th inning.

Bryan Rincon homered in the bottom of the sixth.

The game went into rain delay with one out in the bottom of the sixth.  Play resumed at around 9:45 PM

Lakeland scored a run in the seventh on a single, walk, hit batter and ground out.

Felix Reyes walked in the eighth inning, Bryan Rincon reached on an error.  Caleb Ricketts doubled to score Reyes.  Rincon was thrown out at home on a soft grounder to third base on which Ricardo Rosario reached base, Ricketts went to third.  Cade Fergus doubled to score two runs!

On the Hill :

Jean Cabrera went six innings, three runs, nine hits, two walks, five strikeouts. Josh Bortka pitched an inning, one run, one hit, one walk and one strikeout.  Wen Hui Pan retired all six batters he faced, five by strikeout in a dominant performance -he was consistently in the 96 to 98 mph range with his fastball offset by a nasty splitter in the 85 to 87 mph range and a slider.

At the Bat :

Cade Fergus had two hits (single & double) and two RBI’s.  Bryan Rincon homered.   Caleb Ricketts doubled.

Did Ya Know?

Braeden Fausnaught’s outing last night was the longest by a Threshers reliever this season.  He posted a career high eight strikeouts.” -  from Media notes supplied by Josh Sperber - broadcast voice of the Clearwater Threshers

Florida Complex League

Phillies 9 (23-18) Tigers 3 (21-19)

@ Clearwater, FL

Summary :

Raylin Heredia walked in the first inning, Aidan Miller singled.  Kehden Hettiger singled to score Heredia. Miller scored on a wild pitch. Dakota Kotowski was hit by a pitch.  Zach Arnold tripled to score two runs.  Pierce Bennett singled to score Arnold.

The Tigers scored two runs in the second inning, neither was earned due to a throwing error.

Raylin Heredia walked in the second inning, Aidan Miller singled.  Heredia stole third base and scored on a fielding error.

Kehden Hettiger singled and Bryson Ware and Avery Owusu- Asiedu were hit by pitches in the 4th inning to load the bases.  Hettiger scored on a sac fly by Zach Arnold.  A balk and wild pitch scored another run.

The Tigers scored a fifth inning run on a double, ground out and wild pitch.

Dakota Kotowski doubled in the sixth inning, went to third on a ground out and scored on a sac fly by Avery Owusu- Asiedu.

On the Hill :

Mavis Graves pitched three innings, two unearned runs, two hits, one walk, three strikeouts.  Ty Collins pitched well, three innings, one run, two hits, no walks, four strikeouts.  Jesus Querales pitched an inning, no runs, two hits, no walks and one strikeouts.  Saul Teran closed it out with two scoreless frames, no hits, two walks and two strikeouts.

At the Bat :

Aidan Miller and Kehden Hettiger each had two hits.  Zach Arnold tripled and had three RBIs.  Raylin Heredia walked three times and scored twice.  Dakota Kotowski doubled.

Dominican Summer League :

Phillies Red 4 (23-18) Tigers2  1 (23-19)

@ Tigers Training Complex

Summary :

The Tigers scored a third inning run on a walk, stolen base, throwing error by the catcher and fielding error by the center fielder.

Eduardo Tait and Manolfi Jiménez walked in the sixth inning.  Two wild pitches allowed Tait to score. Jaeden Calderon singled to score Jiménez.  Fernando Hernandez singled to score another run.

Fernando Hernandez singled in the ninth inning and circled the bases on a little league home run with two throwing errors on the play.

On the Hill :

Joel Heredia went five innings, one unearned run, three hits, two walks, six strikeouts.  Claudio Gatier went three innings, no runs, hits or walks, two strikeouts.  Edwar Chirinos pitched an inning, no runs or hits, one walk and one strikeout.

At the Bat :

Fernando Hernandez had two hits. Eduardo Tait and Manolfi Jiménez each doubled.

Phillies White 14 (33-8) Guardians Red 4 (21-20)

@ Phillies Training Complex

Summary :

The Guardians scored a second inning run on a double and triple and two in the third on a triple, double and single.

In the bottom of the third Romel Mendez walked, Starlyn Caba singled and Jerffson Pena doubled to score a run. A double steal with Pena taking second and Caba home plate scored another.

Aroon Escobar walked in the fourth inning, stole second and third base and scored on an errant throw. Jarol Martinez singled, advanced to third on a wild pitch and error and scored on a sac fly by Romel Mendez.

Jerffson Pena singled in the fifth inning and then stole second and third base.  Yemil Rosario walked, Guillermo Rosario singled to score Pena.  Jose Marchan and Aroon Escobar were hit by pitches which forced a run in.  Darium Gutierrez doubled to score two runs.  Romel Mendez and Luis Pelegrín walked to score another.

A fielding error and two walks loaded the bases for the Phillies in the sixth inning.  A run scored on a double play ground out.  Darium Gutierrez singled to score another run.  A walk, wild pitch and passed ball scored the third run of the inning. Luis Pelegrín doubled to plate one more.

The Guardians scored an 8th inning run on a walk, wild pitch, ground out and sac fly.

Jarol Martinez doubled in the bottom of the eighth and later scored on a throwing error.

On the Hill :

Four pitchers were used, John Sosa pitched two scoreless innings, one hit, two walks and three strikeouts.  Kleyderve Andrade went two and two third innings, one run, two hits, one walk and three strikeouts, Cristian Diaz closed it out by retiring all four batters he faced.

At the Bat :

Jarol Martinez, Jerffson Pena and Darium Gutierrez each had two hits.  Martinez, Pena, Gutierrez, Jose Marchan and Luis Pelegrín doubled.

System Transactions :

Lehigh Valley : RHP Carlos Betancourt transferred from Jersey Shore.

Jersey Shore : LHP Samuel Aldegheri promoted from the Clearwater Threshers.

FCL Phillies : Activated RHP Chase Hopewell, RHP Braydon Tucker and OF Tayshaun Walton.

Award Winners :

Congrats to Eduardo Tait and Danny Wilkinson for being named the organization’s July players of the month.  Also to Griff McGarry for being named Eastern League July Pitcher of the Month.

Player Development Center Training - Carpenter Complex

A shout out to the grounds crew, long after the game was done today the crew was still at work, patching holes on the mound and in the batters boxes, dragging the field, watering it down and placing the tarps on for the next day’s events, then a tour of the outfield to check the fences and warning tracks before calling it a day.  Four fields each day over and again - kudos.

Arizona Fall League :

Team assignments were announced today, this year the Phillies contingent will play with the Scottsdale Scorpions franchise joining the LA Angels, SF Giants, STL Cardinals and Washington Nationals as club mates.  Last year the Phillies were assigned to the Surprise Saguaros.  The league will begin play on October 2nd and conclude with the AFL Championship game on November 11th.  The Scorpions play their home games in Scottsdale Stadium.  Each team is slated to play 30 games, this season is the 30th anniversary of the league.

Major League Data Notes :

Was curious regarding the impact of the “non-shift” rule thus far in the Major Leagues. A quick comparison of 2023 vs 2022 MLB data to date reflects the following - keep in mind that the 2023 hits total includes some what ya might consider “suspect” official scoring giving the benefit of the doubt to the offense rather than scoring errors.

Total Hits : 2023 per game average of 16.8 vs 2022 per game average of 16.3 - a .44 increase

Singles : 2023 per game average of 10.7 vs 2022 per game average of 10.6 - a .06 increase

Doubles : 2023 per game average of 3.4 vs 2022 per game average of 3.3 - a .14 increase

Triples : 2023 per game average of 0.3 vs 2022 per game average of 0.3 - a .02 increase

Home Runs : 2023 per game average of 2.4 vs 2022 per game average of 2.1 - a .22 increase

Runs Per Game : 2023 per game average of 9.2 vs 2022 per game average of 8.6 - a .60 increase

Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️

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