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9/7/23 : Minor League Roundup

International League ( AAA ) - Lehigh Valley 10 (37-23, 73-60)  Buffalo 2 (34-24, 68-65)

Buffalo, NY - Sahlen Field


Summary :


Simon Muzziotti and Dustin Peterson walked in the first inning, Darick Hall singled.  Rafael Marchan hit a grand slam home run.  Jim Haley went back to back to make it five zip.


Buffalo scored a run in the bottom of the first on a single, double and sac fly.


In the second inning Brewer Hicklen and Darick Hall walked, Dustin Peterson singled, Hicklen scored.  Rafael Marchan doubled on a line drive down the left field line to score two runs, Jim Haley singled to score another.


Brewer Hicklen walked and stole second in the fifth inning, he scored on a double by Simon Muzziotti.


Buffalo scored a run in the ninth on a walk, single and sac fly.


On the Hill :


Shaun Anderson pitched seven innings, one run, six hits, no walks, seven strikeouts. Brett Schulze pitched an inning, no runs or hits, three walks, one strikeout. Connor Brogdon pitched an inning, one run, one hit, one walk.


At the Bat :


Jim Haley had three hits (two singles & HR), Rafael Marchan doubled and hit a grand slam, he posted six RBIs.  Darick Hall had two hits.  Simon Muzziotti doubled.



Did Ya Know?


“On Wednesday night, the IronPigs got four sacrifice flies to account for half of their offensive output for the day. The four sacrifice flies markd a new franchise record for the club, surpassing three sac flies which had been done multiple times.” - from Media notes supplied by Sam Jellinek - Iron Pigs Manager of Broadcasting and Media Relations


Eastern League ( AA) -  Reading (28-31, 56-71)  Portland (28-31, 68-60)

Reading, PA - FirstEnergy Stadium


Summary :


Marcus Lee Sang walked in the first inning, Carlos De La Cruz hit a two run home run.


The game went into lightning delay in the top of the third inning.


The game was eventually suspended, it will be completed tomorrow beginning at 5:05 PM.


Did Ya Know?


Mick Abel stayed hot with six-shutout innings last night. Over his last three starts (dating back to Aug. 23) Abel is 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA, with just five hits allowed and 15 strikeouts. He owns a WHIP of 0.72 and opponents are hitting just .091 against Abel. After last night, Abel qualifies for a variety of Eastern League leaderboard ranks: ERA (10th), Strikeouts (118), BAA (.190) and WHIP (1.24).” - from Media notes supplied by Jake Starr - Fightins Media Relations and Press Box Manager


South Atlantic League ( High A ) - Jersey Shore 6 (36-27, 71-57) Hudson Valley 1 (30-33, 69-60)

Wappingers Falls, NY - Heritage Financial Park


Summary :


Justin Crawford walked in the first inning and Gabriel Rincones Jr was hit by a pitch.  Caleb Ricketts singled to score Crawford.


The game went into rain delay in the top of the second inning. 


Erick Brito singled in the second inning, stole second and scored on a double by Justin Crawford.  Bryan Rincon doubled to score Crawford.


Justin Crawford was hit by a pitch in the seventh, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sac fly by Bryan Rincon.


Caleb Ricketts singled in the eighth inning as did Otto Kemp.  Jared Carr reached on a fielding error which scored Ricketts. Kemp scored on a groundout by Erick Brito.  Hudson Valley brought in an infielder to pitch with two outs in the eighth inning, he also pitched the ninth.


Christopher Familia homered for Hudson Valley in the ninth inning.


On the Hill :


Gunner Mayer started and pitched an inning, no runs or hits, one walk, two strikeouts, he didn’t return after the lengthy rain delay.  Cam Wynne pitched well in relief, three innings, no runs, three hits, one walk, two strikeouts. Carlos Betancourt was very good, three scoreless innings, two hits, one walk, four strikeouts. Jason Ruffcorn finished it, two innings, one run, three hits, no walks, three strikeouts.


At the Bat :


Erick Brito had three hits (two singles & triple). Caleb Ricketts, Felix Reyes and Bryan Rincon had two hits. Justin Crawford and Rincon doubled.  Crawford was on base three times as he also walked and was hit by a pitch, he also stole his 45th base of the season (40 with Clearwater), he scored three runs.


Web Gem :


Third baseman Otto Kemp made an outstanding diving stop on a hard hit grounder down the line in the seventh inning, popped up and recorded the out!



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.”— from Media notes supplied by Greg Giombarrese - BlueClaws Director of Communications


Florida State League ( Low A ) - Clearwater 11 (34-28, 78-49) Palm Beach 5 (26-34, 63-62)

West Palm Beach - The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches


Summary :


William Bergolla walked in the first inning, Chad Castillo and Bryson Ware singled.  Raylin Heredia singled to score two runs.


Jordan Viars singled in the second inning, Trent Farquhar doubled to score him. Troy Schreffler reached on a fielding error, William Bergolla singled to score a run.  Chad Castillo hit a sac fly to score a run.


Palm Beach scored a run in the third inning on a double, stolen base and wild pitch.   They scored four runs in the fourth inning on a hit batter, four walks and a single.


Raylin Heredia doubled in the fifth inning, Jared Thomas and Trent Farquhar walked.  Troy Schreffler and William Bergolla each singled to score runs.


Zach Arnold and Jared Thomas singled in the sixth inning, Trent Farquhar reached on a fielding error, Arnold scored.  Thomas later scored on a throwing error.


In the top of the ninth Trent Farquhar doubled, Troy Schreffler walked and Chad Castillo singled to score Farquhar. Bryson Ware hit a sac fly to score a run.


On the Hill :


Hunter Loyd opened and pitched two innings, no runs, two hits, one walk, two strikeouts.  Erich Uelmen pitched an inning, one run, one hit, one strikeout.  Trey Dillard pitched two thirds of an inning, three runs, no hits, one hit batter, two walks.  Daniel Harper pitched an inning and a third, one run, two hits, two walks.  Hans Crouse pitched a perfect inning, one strikeout.  Nate Karaffa finished by pitching three innings, no runs, three hits, one walk, one hit batter, four strikeouts.


At the Bat :


Raylin Heredia had three hits (two singles and double) and two RBIs.  William Bergolla, Chad Castillo, Trent Farquhar (two doubles), Bryson Ware and Jordan Viars each had two hits.  Ware doubled.  Troy Schreffler and Jared Thomas each singled and walked twice.



Did Ya Know?


Raylin Heredia’s three hits last evening marked a season-high (note - he matched that tonight).  His ninth-inning triple was his first as a Thresher and fifth overall in 2023.” - from Media notes supplied by Josh Sperber - broadcast voice of the Clearwater Threshers


System Transactions :


Reading : Reinstated Max McDowell from the Development List.  Placed Herbert Iser on the Development List (retroactive to 9/6).


Clearwater : Transferred RHP Trey Dillard from the FCL Phillies, RHP Hans Crousebegins a minor league rehab assignment from Lehigh Valley.  RHP Erich Uelman begins a minor league rehab assignment from Lehigh Valley.  Placed RHP Casey Steward on the Development list.


Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️



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