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Saturday, 5/21/22 : Minor League Roundup

International League ( AAA ) - Rochester 1 ( 26-15 ) Lehigh Valley 0 ( 22-19 ) - 6 innings - rain shortened

Rochester, NY - Frontier Field

Summary :

Donovan Casey hit a solo home run for Rochester in the third inning.

The game went into a rain delay in the bottom of the sixth inning. It was eventually called.

On The Hill :

RH Colton Eastman - 5 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 4 BB, 6 K’s - 81 pitches - 47 strikes

At Bat : 2 H, 3 BB, 7 K’s

Matt Vierling doubled and Dalton Guthrie singled.

Notes :

This is the first time Lehigh Valley has been shut out this season.

Eastern League ( AA ) - Somerset 10 ( 25-12 ) Reading 1 (17-21 )

Somerset, NJ - TD Bank Ballpark

Summary :

Chris Sharpe led off the game with a single, he went to third base on a single by Ali Castillo. Sharpe scored on a groundout by Aldrem Corredor.

Josh Breaux homered for Somerset in the bottom of the first inning.

Michael Beltre singled in the third inning and scored on a double by Anthony Volpe, Volpe scored on a double by Elijah Dunham.

Noah Skirrow was good on the hill tonight going six innings.

Chad Bell homered for Somerset in the seventh inning. Michael Beltre singled and scored on a double by Oliver Dunn. Elijah Dunham then hit a two run home run.

The Patriots scored three runs in the bottom of the 8th on two walks and three singles.

On The Hill :

RH Noah Skirrow - 6 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 5 K’s - 76 pitches - 50 strikes

RH Matt Seelinger - 2/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 0 K’s - 23 pitches - 16 strikes

RH Tyler Carr - 1 1/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 0 K’s - 35 pitches - 18 strikes

At Bat : 6 H, 5 BB, 12 K’s

Ali Castillo had two hits.

South Atlantic League ( High A ) - Wilmington 5 ( 19-16 ) Jersey Shore 4 ( 13-23 ) - 10 Innings

Wilmington, DE - Frawley Stadium

Summary :

Baron Radcliff led off the game with a walk, he scored on a home run by Ethan Wilson.

Ben Brown was outstanding on the hill tonight holding Wilmington to two hits over six innings of work. In his last two starts he hasn’t allowed a run and now has a scoreless streak of 11 1/3 innings allowing just six hits over that span and punching out 16 hitters 💪.

Baron Radcliff walked and Johan Rojas singled in the 8th inning - they both scored on a double by Ethan Wilson.

Wilmington scored four in the 8th inning, one on an RBI double by Yasel Antuna and another on a home run by Drew Mendoza. The other two runs scored on a balk and wild pitch.

Nicolas Torres was the placed runner in the top of the 10th, he advanced to third on a wild pitch. He was thrown out attempting to steal home.

Wilmington moved the placed runner to third with a sac bunt in the bottom of the 10th after Cole Daily reached on an infield single. Aidan Anderson replaced Erubiel Armenta and retired the next hitter on a fielders choice ( third baseman DJ Stewart fielded a grounder and threw the runner out at home ). Omar Meregildo singled to score the walk off game winning run with two outs.

On The Hill :

RH Ben Brown - 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 8 K’s 🔥- 85 pitches - 57 strikes

RH Dominic Pipkin - 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K - 15 pitches - 11 strikes

RH Andrew Baker - 1 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 K’s - 30 pitches - 19 strikes

LH Erubiel Armenta - 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s - 17 pitches - 12 strikes

RH Aidan Anderson - 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K’s - 8 pitches - 6 strikes

At Bat : 4 H, 7 BB, 7 K’s

Ethan Wilson had a double, home run and four RBIs. Baron Radcliff walked three times in the leadoff spot.

Ben Brown - file photo taken by Michael Dill

Florida State League ( Low A ) - Clearwater 5 ( 21-16 ) Fort Myers 4 ( 24-13 )

Clearwater, FL - BayCare BallPark

Summary :

Fort Myers loaded the bases in the first inning with no outs as Andrew Painter walked the first three batters he faced. The big right hander stranded all three though by retiring the next three hitters on two pop outs and a K. A 29 pitch inning.

Mickey Moniak singled in the bottom of the first inning, went to second on a walk to Hao Yu Lee, to third on a balk and scored on a sac fly by Jadiel Sanchez.

Noah Miller singled for Fort Myers in the third inning, advanced to second on a balk ( see notes below ) and scored on a single by Keoni Cavaco.

Hao Yu Lee hit a solo home run to left center field in the bottom of the third inning.

Jadiel Sanchez tripled in the 5th inning and later scored on a balk.

Mikey Perez hit a three run home run for Fort Myers in the 7th inning.

Wilfredo Flores reached on a strikeout/wild pitch in the seventh - he went to third base on a single by Yhoswar Garcia and scored on a throwing error when Garcia stole second base ( his 25th of the season ).

Micah Yonamine walked in the 8th, went to second on a sac bunt by Erick Brito ( reached on the play ). Jamari Baylor pinch ran for Yonamine - both he and Brito advanced on yet another balk call 🤷‍♂️. Mickey Moniak hit a sac fly to score Baylor.

On The Hill :

RH Andrew Painter - 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 5 BB, 6 K’s - 71 pitches - 42 strikes

LH Jordan Fowler - 3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 4 K’s - 54 pitches - 42 strikes - excellent job 👀👍

RH Alex Garbrick - 1 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K’s - 30 pitches - 18 strikes

RH Rodolfo Sanchez - 2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K’s - 39 pitches - 23 strikes

At Bat : 10 H, 4 BB, 8 K’s

Jadiel Sanchez had two hits including a triple. Hao Yu Lee homered ( 6th ),

Notes :

In the third inning a balk was called when Andrew Painter made two unsuccessful pickoff attempts on a runner at first base. It was the second occurrence in the game as Mickey Moniak and Hao Yu Lee advanced a base when Fort Myer’s pitcher made two unsuccessful pickoff attempts in the first inning. Not a fan of this rule 🤦‍♂️.

Mickey Moniak played the entire game in center field - went 1 for 4 with a single, run scored, RBI and K.

Extended Spring Training :

The Phillies and Blue Jays extended spring training ( XST ) teams met this morning in a 10 AM nine inning contest. It ended in a 6-6 tie with Edward Barboza tripling to right center field to score Yemal Flores ( doubled ) with the game tying run in the bottom of the ninth.

RHP Starlyn Castillo made his initial return to game action by pitching the first inning. The 20 year old Dominican pitched a scoreless/hitless frame with two walks and a K consistently hitting 92-93 mph and touching as high as 96 on the radar 🔥.

LH Jose Acuna threw 2 2/3 innings today, LH Christopher Soriano went 1 1/3, RH DJ Jefferson pitched 2 frames and RH Ty Collins went two innings. Acuna had three K’s during his outing - big breaking hook and good life on the FB. Jefferson punched out four batters - when he throws strikes he can be very difficult to hit - big arm.

Barboza also added a single for a two hit game. Randy Vasquez & Jordan Viars had singles - Viars was very active on the base paths with a couple steals and scored on a wild pitch. Kevin Vicuna hit a three run home run and had two hits ( the other a single).

Rafael Marchan returned to game action this week - he caught the first half of today’s game. Marchan is eligible to come off the major league IL on June 7th but could begin a rehab assignment before that. Jordan Viars played right field today, the young man is an exciting player to watch - beautiful left handed swing 💪.

Starlyn Castillo

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