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9/9/23: Minor League Roundup

International League ( AAA ) - Buffalo 3 (35-25, 69-66) Lehigh Valley 2 (38-24, 74-61)

Buffalo, NY - Sahlen Field

Summary :

Matt Kroon tripled in the fourth inning and scored on a single by Simon Muzziotti.

A walk and two singles scored a run for Buffalo in the fourth. They scored a run in the seventh on a double and single.

Brewer Hicklen singled in the eighth inning, stole second and scored on a double by Weston Wilson.

A single, stolen base and single scored a walk off game winning run for Buffalo in the ninth.

On the Hill :

Nick Nelson with another good outing, six and one third innings, two runs, seven hits, four strikeouts. Ben Bowden went two thirds of an inning, no runs, one hit - one of two inherited runners scored.  Luis Ortiz went one and one third innings, one run, three hits, two walks.

At the Bat :

The team had four hits, Weston Wilson doubled, Matt Kroon tripled.

Did Ya Know?

“Thanks to his second straight multi-HR game, Weston Wilson became the single-season franchise record holder for homers in a season, surpassing Rhys Hoskins who had hit 29 in 2017. Wilson had not only never hit 30 homers in his career, he had never hit 20 coming into this season. He is also just two stolen bases shy of a 30-30 season. Wilson became the first 'Pig to go 20-20 earlier this season.” - from Media notes supplied by Sam Jellinek - Iron Pigs Manager of Broadcasting and Media Relations

Eastern League ( AA) -  Reading (29-32, 57-72)  Portland (29-32, 69-61) - suspended - rain

Reading, PA - FirstEnergy Stadium

Summary :

A double, hit batter, walk, single and sac fly scored two runs for Portland in the first inning.  Three singles scored a run for them in the third inning.

A walk and double scored a fourth inning run for Portland.  A single and double steal scored another.

The game went into a rain delay with the bases loaded and no outs in the top of the fourth.  It was eventually suspended with Portland leading 5-0.

Did Ya Know?

2023 Team Awards were given out tonight prior to the game :

Broadway Charlie Wagner Un-Sung Hero: Madison Stokes

The “Broadway” Charlie Wagner Unsung Hero Award is given to the player who did whatever it took to help his team in an unselfish matter. This year’s recipient Madison Stokes proved to be a versatile piece for Reading. He hit in nearly every spot of the lineup and played every defensive position, except for pitcher and catcher. In his third season with Reading, Stokes was a leader on and off the field and was a valuable leader in the Fightin Phils clubhouse.

R-Phils Clutch Player: Oliver Dunn

This award recognizes the player who has been the most clutch this season. Oliver Dunnhas contributed big hits and clutch plays all season long. Most notably, Dunn leads Reading with a .319 average, with 10 homers and 58 RBI when runners are in scoring position. Dunn contributed many big hits, including a big game-tying home run on July 16 against Portland. He has also added many big plays in the field in key moments.

R-Phils Big Stick Award: Carlos De La Cruz

Carlos De La Cruz is the leader in home runs for Reading with 24. It is a career-high in home runs for De La Cruz and marks the first time in his career he’s hit more than 20 in a season. De La Cruz also leads the Eastern League in hits with 129, and has added 24 doubles and 64 RBI on the season. He ranks amongst the leaders in the Eastern League in a variety of categories, including runs, home runs, RBI and more.

R-Phils Community Service Award: Josh Hendrickson

Fightin Phils pitcher Josh Hendrickson is this year’s recipient of the Community Service Award. Hendrickson has been a staple at many events in the community in 2023. He’s been an active participant in “Celebrate Your Faith Night,” at the Savage 61 Dream League and attending many other appearances for those in the community. Hendrickson is a leader on and off the field for Reading.

Pepsi Stolen Base Leader Award: Johan Rojas

Johan Rojas led the team with 30 stolen bases over 76 games prior to his call up to the Phillies in July. Even though Rojas has not suited up for the R-Phils since prior to the All-Star Break, he currently still leads the Fightin Phils in stolen bases. Rojas was called up to the big leagues on July 14 and has proved to be a strong contributor for the Phillies in center field. Rojas also won last year’s Pepsi Stolen Base Award, swiping 29 bags in just 60 games for Reading in 2022.

Diamond Credit Union R-Phils Strikeout Leader Award: David Parkinson/Mick Abel

Mick Abel (118) and David Parkinson (123) remain neck and neck for the team strikeout lead with one week left in the season. Thus, both will receive the Strikeout Leader Award. Abel ranks as the Phillies No. 2 Prospect, behind Andrew Painter, and has dazzled with an upper-90s fastball this season. Parkinson has been a consistent arm in the Reading rotation and turned in a great second half of the season.

FirstEnergy R-Phils Pitcher of the Year Award: David Parkinson

After missing all of the 2022 season, David Parkinson bounced back in a strong way. He currently has a 9-5 record with 3.63 ERA over 23 appearances in 2023. Parkinson also leads the R-Phils in innings pitched at 121.1. Parkinson had a stellar second half of the season, posting a 7-1 record with a 1.74 ERA over his last 11 appearances, dating back to July 7. He also ranks amongst the top-10 in the Eastern League in a variety of categories, including: ERA, Wins, Strikeouts and Innings Pitched.

FirstEnergy R-Phils MVP Award: Oliver Dunn

Oliver Dunn turned in a stellar 2023 campaign in his first year in the Phillies organization. Dunn is hitting .277, with 21 home runs and 78 RBI. He also added 26 doubles and scored 64 runs over 113 games. Dunn leads the R-Phils in a multitude of offensive categories and ranks within the top-10 in the Eastern League in many as well. Dunn achieved many career highs in 2023, including games played, runs, hits, homers, RBI, walks and many more. Congratulations to Oliver Dunn on winning the 2023 FirstEnergy R-Phils MVP Award.

Al Pedrique Recognized for 1,000 Career Wins

At the end of their on-field award ceremony, the Reading Fightin Phils recognized Manager Al Pedrique for achieving 1,000 career wins as a Minor/Major League manager. Pedrique achieved the milestone on August 13, when Reading defeated New Hampshire. 2023 was Pedrique’s first season in the Phillies organization. He previously managed within the Royals, Diamondbacks, Yankees and Marlins organizations as well. Congratulations to Manager Al Pedrique on 1,000 career wins!

from Media notes supplied by Jake Starr - Fightins Media Relations and Press Box Manager

South Atlantic League ( High A ) - Jersey Shore (37-28, 72-58) Hudson Valley (31-34, 70-61)

Wappingers Falls, NY - Heritage Financial Park

Game One : Hudson Valley 2 Jersey Shore 0

Summary :

Hudson Valley scored a run in the fourth inning on two walks and two singles.  They scored a run in the bottom of the sixth inning on a single, wild pitch and single.

Jersey Shore left a runner on third in the first inning and bases loaded in the third.

On the Hill :

Mitch Neunborn pitched five innings, one run, two hits, four walks, six strikeouts.  Matt Russell pitched an inning, one run, two hits, one strikeout.

At the Bat :

Justin Crawford had two infield singles, Bryan Rincon had two singles as well.  The team was limited to five hits in total with Otto Kemp getting the other hit, a single in the seventh inning.

Game Two : Jersey Shore 8 Hudson Valley 5

Summary :

Justin Crawford and Gabriel Rincones Jr walked in the first inning, they both advanced on a wild pitch.  Felix Reyes singled to score Crawford.  Leandro Pineda grounded out to score Rincones Jr.

Two doubles scored a run for Hudson Valley in the bottom of the first.

Gabriel Rincones Jr and Leandro Pineda were hit by pitches in the third inning, they scored on a triple by Caleb Ricketts.

Anthony Quirion hit a home run in the fourth inning.  Justin Crawford doubled and scored on a single by Gabriel Rincones Jr.

Leandro Pineda tripled in the fifth inning and scored on a ground out by Otto Kemp.

Jesus Rodriquez hit a grand slam home run for Hudson Valley in the fifth inning.

Justin Crawford doubled in the sixth inning and scored on a double by Bryan Rincon.

Notes :

Brooklyn won their game tonight so with the twin bill split Jersey Shore trails Brooklyn by one game going into the final game of the season tomorrow, they must win and Brooklyn must lose to Wilmington in order for the BlueClaws to make the playoffs.

On the Hill :

Rafael Marcano went four innings, one run, two hits, three walks, five strikeouts.  Rodolfo Sanchez pitched one third of an inning, four runs, two hits, two walks.  Jack Dallas pitched one and two third innings, no runs, no hits, one walk, one strikeout. Andrew Walling finished it, one inning, no runs, one hit, two strikeouts.

At the Bat :

Justin Crawford hit two doubles and scored three runs, Caleb Ricketts singled and tripled.  Bryan Rincon doubled and Leandro Pineda tripled.  Anthony Quirion homered.

Did Ya Know?

Cam Wynne threw three scoreless innings on Thursday and has allowed just two runs in 21.1 innings since July 19th with 19 strikeouts and seven walks. Wynne was a 20th round pick in 2021 from the University of Nebraska.” - from Media notes supplied by Greg Giombarrese - BlueClaws Director of Communications

Florida State League ( Low A ) - Palm Beach 9 (27-35, 64-63) Clearwater 8 (35-29, 79-50)

West Palm Beach - The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches

Summary :

Troy Schreffler singled in the first inning, Jordan Viars and Trent Farquhar walked. A wild pitch allowed Schreffler to score.

Won-Bin Cho homered for Palm Beach in the third inning.

Keaton Anthony singled in the fourth inning, Jordan Viars and Trent Farquhar reached on errors.  Zach Arnold singled to score two runs.

In the sixth inning Aidan Miller walked, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch.  He scored on a single by Zach Arnold. Arnold stole second and scored on a single by Jordan Dissin.  Raylin Heredia singled.  Troy Schreffler singled to score Dissin.

Two walks, a double and two singles scored three runs for Palm Beach in the sixth inning.   A walk, stolen base, wild pitch and groundout scored a run got them in the seventh.

Zach Arnold singled in the eighth inning, stole second and scored on a single by Raylin Heredia.

A walk, double, sac fly and single scored two runs for Palm Beach in the bottom of the eighth.

Trent Farquhar reached on an error in the ninth, he advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Ricardo Rosario and scored on a double by Zach Arnold.

Palm Beach scored a run in the bottom of the ninth on a hit batter, single, intentional walk and sac fly.  They scored the walk off game winner with a single.

On the Hill :

Good outing for Braeden Fausnaught - five innings, one run, two hits, two walks, six strikeouts.  Alex Rao went two thirds of an inning, three runs, three hits, two walks, two strikeouts.  Paxton Thompson went one third of an inning, no runs, one walk - stranded two inherited runners.  Danny Wilkinson pitched an inning, one run, no hits, two walks, one strikeout.  Saul Teran pitched an inning and two third, four runs, four hits, two walks, one strikeout.

At the Bat :

Zach Arnold had four hits (three singles & double), Jordan Dissin, Raylin Heredia  and Troy Schreffler had two each.

Did Ya Know?

“The Threshers secured the best overall record in the 2023 Florida State League with last night’s 7-3 win over the Palm Beach Cardinals.” - from Media notes supplied by Josh Sperber - broadcast voice of the Clearwater Threshers

System Transactions :

Clearwater : Reinstated LHP Braeden Fausnaught from the Development List.  Reinstated LHP Danny Wilkinson from the Development List.  Placed RHP Brandon Beckel on the Development List (retroactive to 9/8).   Placed RHP Cam Brown on the Development List 

Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️

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