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9/17/23 : Minor League Roundup (includes FSL Championship)

International League ( AAA ) - Rochester 8 (30-37, 64-76) Lehigh Valley 7 (42-27, 78-64)  - eleven innings

Rochester, NY - Innovative Field

Summary :

Kody Clemens led off the game with a home run over the center field fence.

Rochester scored a run in the bottom of the first inning on three singles.

Aramis Garcia homered in the second inning.

Weston Wilson singled in the third inning, stole second and scored on a single by Darick Hall.  Matt Kroon walked.  Aramis Garcia singled to score Hall.

Rochester scored a run in the third inning on a double and two singles.  They scored three runs in the fourth inning on a walk, single and two doubles.

Weston Wilson walked in the fifth, Darick Hall doubled.  Simon Muzziotti singled to score a run.  Aramis Garcia hit a sac fly to score another.

Two singles, a stolen base and a throwing error scored a run for Rochester in the eighth inning.

Darick Hall homered in the ninth inning.

A single, two walks and a sac fly scored a run for Rochester in the bottom of the ninth.

The game went into extra innings tied at seven apiece.

Rochester scored the game winning run in the bottom of the 13th on a sac bunt to move the placed runner to third and a sac fly to score him.

On the Hill :

Tyler Phillips went four innings, five runs, eleven hits, two walks, four strikeouts. Jeremy Walker pitched two scoreless innings, one hit, two strikeouts.  Tyler McKay went one and two third innings, one unearned run, two hits, two strikeouts. Connor Brogdon pitched an inning, one run, one hit, two walks.  Hector Perez was very good - pitched three and two thirds innings (in extras with a placed runner on second base), one unearned run, no hits, one walk, two strikeouts.

At the Bat :

Darick Hall had three hits (single, double and home run).  Aramis Garcia had three hits also (two singles and home run).  Kody Clemens homered.  Hall posted two RBIs, Garcia had three RBIs.  Weston Wilson singled, walked twice and scored two runs. Taylor Lehman pitched one third of an inning, one hit, one inherited runner scored.

Did Ya Know?

Coming into today’s game “Kody Clemens has loved hitting up at Innovative Field this season, smacking seven homers in 11 games in Rochester. He has two multi-homer games (one 2HR, one 3HR), and set the franchise record for most total bases in a game with 14 back on August 10. Clemens is slashing .320/.435/.820 in Rochester with 18 RBI.”- from Media notes supplied by Sam Jellinek - Iron Pigs Manager of Broadcasting and Media Relations

Eastern League ( AA) -  Binghamton 3 (39-27, 74-61) Reading 2 (31-37, 59-77)

Binghamton , NY - Mirabito Stadium

Summary :

Final game of the season for Reading.

Marcus Lee Sang singled to lead off the game, Carlos De La Cruz and Jhailyn Ortiz walked to load the bases.  Ethan Wilson singled to score two runs.

Binghamton scored twice in the fifth on two walks, a double and a single.  A single, stolen base and single scored a run in the sixth.

On the Hill :

Zach Haake pitched four and a two third innings, two runs, six hits, two walks, five strikeouts.  Cristian Hernandez went one and one third innings, one run, three hits, three strikeouts. McKinley Moore pitched a scoreless frame, one hit, two strikeouts. Orion Kerkering pitched a perfect inning, two strikeouts.

At the Bat :

Jhailyn Ortiz had two hits.  Casey Martin doubled.

Did Ya Know?

“Reading hitters compiled 159 home runs this season, which will finish third in the league. This comes after finishing last in the league in homers with 119 last season. Carlos De La Cruz leads the way with 24 and Oliver Dunn has 21. No R-Phil had more than 20 home runs in 2022. In total, five R-Phils had double-digit home runs this season: De La Cruz (24), Dunn (21), Ethan Wilson (17), Nick Podkul (12) and Baron Radcliff (11).” - from Media notes supplied by Jake Starr - Fightins Media Relations and Press Box Manager

Florida State League ( Low A ) Championship Game One - Jupiter 8 Clearwater 7 (Jupiter leads series 1-0)

West Palm Beach , FL - The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches

Summary :

Brett Roberts hit a two run triple for Jupiter in the first inning. A sac fly then scored Roberts.

Ricardo Rosario walked and stole second base in the second inning.  He scored on a double by Jordan Dissin.

William Bergolla singled in the fifth inning and stole second base.  Aidan Miller singled sending Bergolla to third base.  Zach Arnold singled to score him.

Ricardo Rosario singled in the sixth inning, Jordan Dissin walked and William Bergolla singled to load the bases.  Emaarion Boyd tripled to score all three. Aidan Miller hit a sac fly to score Boyd.

Jupiter scored a runs in the sixth inning on two walks, a single, a bases loaded walk.  Carlos Santiago then hit a grand slam home run.

Aidan Miller and Zach Arnold singled in the ninth inning.  With one out pinch hitter Raylin Heredia walked. Ricardo Rosario was hit by a pitch to force in a run.  Unfortunately a 5-4-3 double play ground out ended the game.

On the Hill :

Braeden Fausnaught opened and pitched two innings, three runs, two hits, one walk, two strikeouts. Daniel Harper pitched two innings, no runs, one hit, two strikeouts. Trey Dillard pitched a perfect inning, two strikeouts.  Paxton Thompson pitched two thirds of an inning, two runs, two walks, two strikeouts. Nathan Karaffa went one third of an inning, three runs, two hits, one walk, one strikeout. Eiberson Castellano pitched two perfect innings, four strikeouts.

At the Bat :

Emaarion Boyd had two hits (single and triple) as did Aidan Miller, Zach Arnold and William Bergolla.  Jordan Dissin doubled. Ricardo Rosario singled and walked twice.  Boyd had three RBIs.

Did Ya Know?

In Friday’s 2-1 win over Lakeland “Aidan Miller’s homer in the third was the first of his professional career.  Saul Teran earned his first win as a Thresher.  Emaarion Boydturned in his first multi-hit game of the postseason.” - from Media notes supplied by Josh Sperber - broadcast voice of the Clearwater Threshers

System Transactions :

Lehigh Valley : RHP Drew Hutchison placed on the Development List.

Reading : Transferred RHP Jason Ruffcorn from Jersey Shore.  Catcher Max McDowellhas been traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for Cash Considerations (retroactive to 9/16).

MLB Notes :

“MLB has now drawn 64.668 million fans this year.  That's the most MLB has drawn in any season since 2019 (covid affected 2020 entirely and 2021 partially). MLB has a shot to top 70 million in total attendance for the first time since 2017. Attendance is up 8.8% vs. 2022.” - JJ Cooper - Baseball America

Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️

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