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9/15/23 : Minor League Roundup

International League ( AAA ) - Lehigh Valley 8 (41-26, 77-63)  Rochester 4 (29-36, 63-75)

Rochester, NY - Innovative Field

Summary :

Drew Ellis walked and Cal Stevenson singled in the third inning, Kody Clemens hit a three run home run.

Three walks, a stolen base and three singles scored four runs for Rochester in the fourth inning.

Kody Clemens homered in the fifth inning.

Drew Ellis singled in the seventh inning, Cal Stevenson and Weston Wilson walked to load the bases.  Darick Hall singled to score two runs.  Wilson then scored on a fielding error.

Esteban Quiroz walked in the eighth, went to second on a single by Cal Stevenson and scored on a single by Kody Clemens.

On the Hill :

Nick Nelson pitched three and one third innings, four runs, seven hits, three walks, two strikeouts. Brett Schulze pitched two thirds of an inning, no runs, one walk, one strikeout - one of three inherited runners scored.  Hector Perez pitched an inning and two thirds, no runs, one hit, three walks, one strikeout.  Taylor Lehman went an inning and a third, no runs or hits, two strikeouts.

Ben Bowden finished, two scoreless innings, one hit, six strikeouts.

At the Bat :

Kody Clemens had three hits (single and two home runs) and five RBIs. Darick Hall and Cal Stevenson each had two hits.

Did Ya Know?

Darick Hall went homerless over a 14 game stretch for the IronPigs, one of his longest draughts with the 'Pigs, but since has been on a homer binge. In the ensuing 34 games, he's homered 14 times and is slashing .296/.381/.637. Hall has hit the most homers in the IL during this stretch.” - from Media notes supplied by Sam Jellinek - Iron Pigs Manager of Broadcasting and Media Relations

Eastern League ( AA) -  Reading 2 (31-35, 59-75) Binghamton 1 (37-27, 72-61)

Binghamton , NY - Mirabito Stadium

Summary :

A walk and triple scored a run for Binghamton in the sixth inning.

Ethan Wilson singled in the seventh inning, four consecutive walks scored two runs.

On the Hill :

David Parkinson pitched five innings, one run, six hits, three walks, eighth strikeouts.  Erich Uelmen pitched a perfect inning, two strikeouts.  Hans Crouse threw a scoreless inning, one walk, two strikeouts.  McKinley Moore struck out the side in a perfect eighth inning. Jordi Martinez closed it out with a scoreless ninth inning, one walk, two strikeouts.

At the Bat :

The team was held to three singles, Marcus Lee Sang walked three times, Madison Stokes and Nick Ward each walked twice.

Did Ya Know?

“With Wednesday night’s win, Reading guaranteed a winning record on the road in 2023, tonight’s win made them 36-31 with two games to play. The R-Phils were just 23-44 at home this season.” - from Media notes supplied by Jake Starr - Fightins Media Relations and Press Box Manager

South Atlantic League ( High A ) Playoffs Game Three - Hudson Valley 3 Jersey Shore 2 (Hudson Valley wins series 2-1)

Wappingers Falls, NY - Heritage Financial Park

Summary :

Otto Kemp doubled in the first inning and scored on a single by Felix Reyes.

Ben Cowles tripled in the bottom of the first and scored on a wild pitch for Hudson Valley.

A double, walk and RBI single (Ben Cowles) scored a run for Hudson Valley in the bottom of the second inning.

Hudson Valley’s Rafael Flores doubled on a misplayed yet well placed fly ball down the right field line in the bottom of the fourth, he advanced to second on a bunt single and scored on a sac fly to left field that left fielder Jared Carr made a spectacular diving catch on.

Felix Reyes tripled to right field in the sixth inning and scored on a single by Leandro Pineda.

The BlueClaws loaded the bases in the eighth inning with one out but could not score.

With the win Hudson Valley moves on to the league championship series where they will face Greenville (Red Sox).

On the Hill :

Rafael Marcano pitched three and one third innings, three runs, five hits, three walks, three strikeouts.  Konnor Ash pitched two thirds of an inning, no runs, two walks, he stranded an inherited runner.   Jack Dallas pitched three perfect innings, two strikeouts.  Jason Ruffcorn pitched a perfect eighth inning, two strikeouts.

At the Bat :

Felix Reyes had three hits (single, double and triple) and was walked intentionally.  Otto Kemp had two hits (single & double).

Did Ya Know?

Prior to tonight “the BlueClaws had only played one first-round elimination game in their history – 2010 vs Hickory.  In a deciding game three, Jonathan Pettibone threw seven one-hit innings with nine strikeouts in a 6-0 win. The BlueClaws have played two elimination games in the Championship Series, losing to Rome in 2016 and to Lexington in 2018 (trailing 2-1 entering game four of both series).” - from Media notes supplied by Greg Giombarrese - BlueClaws Director of Communications

Florida State League ( Low A ) Playoffs Game Three - Clearwater 2 Lakeland 1 (Clearwater wins series 2 to 1)

Clearwater , FL - BayCare Ballpark

Summary :

Emaarion Boyd singled in the third inning and scored when Aidan Miller hit his first professional home run!

A single, wild pitch and single scored a run for Lakeland in the fourth inning.

Lakeland loaded the bases with one out in the ninth inning on two walks and a single but Josh Bortka rolled a 6-4-3 double play to end the game!

With the win Clearwater advances to the Florida State League Championship series where they will face Jupiter (Marlins) on Sunday to begin a best of three face off for the title!

On the Hill :

Jonathan Petit went four innings, one run, two hits, two walks, six strikeouts.  Braeden Fausnaught pitched one and two third innings, no runs, one hit, two walks, two strikeouts. Saul Teran pitched two innings, no runs or hits, one walk, three strikeouts.  Josh Bortka closed it with one and one third scoreless innings, one hit, two walks and one strikeout.

At the Bat :

Aidan Miller (single and home run) and Emaarion Boyd each had two hits.

Notes :

Right fielder Raylin Heredia was in the original starting lineup but was scratched due to illness.

Did Ya Know?

“By winning tonight’s game Clearwater will take on the East Division Champion Jupiter Hammerheads in a best of three series beginning at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on Sunday, September 17.” - from Media notes supplied by Josh Sperber - broadcast voice of the Clearwater Threshers

System Transactions :

Lehigh Valley : Returned RHP Hans Crouse from his rehab assignment, reinstated him from the 60-day IL, and transferred him to Reading.  Returned RHP Erich Uelmen from his rehab assignment, reinstated him from the 60-day IL, and transferred him to Reading.

Reading : Placed LHP Keylan Killgore on the Development List (retroactive to 9/14).  Placed LHP Matt Osterberg on the Development List.

Jersey Shore : INF/OF Wilfredo Flores reinstated from the Development List.  INFKendall Simmons placed on the 7-day IL.

Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️

Threshers celebrate advancing to Florida State League championship series

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