• Steve Potter

Saturday, 5/28/22 : Minor League Roundup


Star of the Night : Ben Brown - Jersey Shore - 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 11 K’s 😳 - 73 pitches - 50 strikes - velo reads - FB ( 94 to 98 mph ), slider ( 91 to 92 mph ) & changeup ( 87-89 mph ). - photo by Michael Dolcemascolo


Strong night for our starting pitchers !


International League ( AAA ) - Worcester 2 ( 22-25 ) Lehigh Valley 0 ( 25-22 ) - 10 innings


Allentown, PA - Coca-Cola Park


Summary :


Ricardo Sanchez threw five scoreless innings. The bullpen held Worcester scoreless the next four frames.


Four Worcester hurlers held the Iron Pigs scoreless as well and the game went into extra innings.


Worcester loaded the bases in the top of the 10th with a walk and bloop single to center field. Jaren Duran hit a grounder to Darick Hall at first base who threw home for the force out. Connor Wong singled on a ball second baseman Scott Kingery dove for and kept in the infield - one run scored. Another run scored on a ground out.


On The Hill :


LH Ricardo Sanchez - 5 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 K’s - 77 pitches - 49 strikes

RH Nick Duron - 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s - 15 pitches - 9 strikes

LH Jonathan Hennigan - 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 0 K’s - 18 pitches - 9 strikes

RH Michael Kelly - 1 perfect IP - 7 pitches - 6 strikes

RH Francisco Morales - 1 1/3 IP, 2 R - 1 earned ,2 H, 1 BB, 0 K’s - 25 pitches - 14 strikes

LH Zach Warren - 2/3 IP - retired both batters he faced - 1 inherited runner scored - 7 pitches - 5 strikes


At Bat : 7 H, 1 BB, 12 K’s


Yairo Munoz & Austin Wynns each had two hits.


Ricardo Sanchez - file photo by Cheryl Pursell


Eastern League ( AA ) - Reading 11 ( 19-25 ) Binghamton 2 ( 15-28 )


Reading, PA - First Energy Stadium


Summary :


Vito Friscia hit an opposite field home run in the second inning. Jack Conley & Kevin Vicuna singled. Jonathan Guzman singled to score Conley and send Vicuna to third base. Vicuna scored on a balk. Mickey Moniak tripled to score Guzman. Moniak scored on a sac fly by Ali Castillo.


Kevin Vicuna tripled to lead off the fourth inning. He scored on a sac fly by Mickey Moniak.


Noah Skirrow was dominant thru five innings - threw quality strikes and held the Mets scoreless.


Binghamton scored twice in the sixth on a walk and couple of singles.


Kevin Vicuna was hit by a pitch in the 6th inning and scored on a triple by Jonathan Guzman. Mickey Moniak singled to score Guzman.


Aldrem Corredor singled, Logan O’Hoppe walked and Josh Ockimey singled to load the bases in the seventh inning. Vito Friscia singled to score Corredor. O’Hoppe scored on a passed ball. Jack Conley walked to re-load the bases. Ockimey scored on a ground out.


On The Hill :


RH Noah Skirrow - 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 6 K’s - 79 pitches - 47 strikes

RH Austin Ross - 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K - 27 pitches - 14 strikes

RH McKinley Moore - 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 4 K’s - 20 pitches - 15 strikes

RH Billy Sullivan - 1 perfect IP - 7 pitches - 7 strikes 😳👍

RH Jack Perkins - 1 perfect IP - 1 K - 11 pitches - 8 strikes


At Bat : 13 H, 2 BB, 4 K’s - every batter in the order reached base


Jonathan Guzman had three hits including a triple. Kevin Vicuna & Mickey Moniak each had two hits and both tripled. Vito Friscia had two hits and homered.

Noah Skirrow

South Atlantic League ( High A ) - Jersey Shore ( 16-26 ) Greenville ( 17-27 ) - doubleheader


Lakewood, NJ - Shoretown Ballpark


Game One : Jersey Shore 3 Greenville 2


Summary :


Greenville loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the second inning on two singles and a walk. Alex Erro singled to right field to score a run but right fielder Ethan Wilson threw a strike to catcher Karl Ellison to get runner Jaxx Groshans at the plate and end the inning.

Carlos De La Cruz led off the bottom of the second with a lined single to center fielder that Greenville fielder Gilberto Jimenez misplayed and allowed Carlos to advance to third base when the ball rolled almost to the fence. DJ Stewart grounded out to deep shortstop to score De La Cruz.

Joe Davis doubled in the 4th inning to the left center field gap for G-Ville to score Gilberto Jimenez ( singled ).


Mick Abel pitched a strong five innings - reached triple digits with his fastball on multiple occasions.


Rafael Marchan doubled off the right field fence near the foul pole in the bottom of the 5th inning, it nearly cleared the fence - would have been his first minor league tater. Johan Rojas lined a triple to right center field to score Marchan, Johan can flat out fly 😁. Ethan Wilson singled to score Rojas.


Nick Decker doubled down the right field line with one out in the 7th inning for Greenville. Jason Ruffcorn was able to strand him there for his league leading 7th save.


On The Hill :


RH Mick Abel - 5 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 7 K’s - 82 pitches - 52 strikes - velo reads - FB ( 97 to 101 mph ), Change Up ( 91-92 mph ), Slider ( 87-90 mph ) & Curve ( 83-85 mph ).

RH Andrew Schultz - 1 perfect IP - 1 K - 13 pitches - 9 strikes - velo reads - FB ( 98 to 101 mph ), slider ( 88 to 92 mph ).

RH Jason Ruffcorn - 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s - 13 pitches - 9 strikes - velo reads - FB ( 94-96 mph ), slider ( 82-96 mph )


At Bat : 5 H, 4 BB, 7 K’s


Rafael Marchan doubled. Johan Rojas tripled and walked. Jared Carr walked twice out of the leadoff spot.


Notes :


Johan Rojas was called out on an “automatic” third strike in the third inning for not being in the box and ready to bat within the allotted time.



Game Two : Jersey Shore 5 Greenville 1


Summary :


Jared Carr led off the bottom of the first with a walk, he advanced on a single to center field by Johan Rojas. Ethan Wilson scored them both with a three run home run over the right center field fence.


Nick Matera hit a solo home run in the third inning.


Ben Brown absolutely dominated thru five innings allowing just one hit. He struck out 11 batters 👍💪.


Greenville scored a run in the 6th inning on a walk, passed ball and single.


Rixon Wingrove hit a home run well up onto the right field berm to lead off the 6th inning 👏💪.


On The Hill :


RH Ben Brown - 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 11 K’s 😳 - 73 pitches - 50 strikes - velo reads - FB ( 94 to 98 mph ), slider ( 91 to 92 mph ) & changeup ( 87-89 mph ).


RH Dominic Pipkin - 1 IP, 1 unearned R, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K’s - 23 pitches - 13 strikes - velo reads - FB ( 95 to 98 mph ), changeup ( 87 mph ) and slider ( 83 mph ).

LH Erubiel Armenta - 1 perfect IP - 1 K - 11 pitches - 9 strikes - velo reads - FB ( 93- 97 mph ) & Curve ( 81-82 mph ).


At Bat : 8 H, 2 BB, 8 K’s


Ethan Wilson had two hits ( double & home run ) and three RBIs. Rixon Wingrove & Nick Matera each homered.



Florida State League ( Low A ) - Clearwater 6 ( 23-20 ) Jupiter 4 ( 24-20 )


Jupiter, FL - Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium


Summary :


Jose Salas tripled for Jupiter in the first inning, he then scored on a sac fly by Ian Lewis.


Jamari Baylor doubled in the 4th inning, he scored on a single by Wilfredo Flores.


Osiris Johnson hit an RBI double for Jupiter in the bottom of the 4th to score Ian Lewis ( reached on error ). Cameron Barstad singled to score Johnson.

Anthony Quirion homered in the 5th inning scoring Marcus Lee Sang ( walked ) in front of him.


Erick Brito singled in the 6th inning and later scored after advancing on an error and a couple ground outs. Hao Yu Lee hit a two run home run in the inning as well.


Ian Lewis homered to lead off the bottom of the 9th for Jupiter. They put two runners on thereafter but Rodolfo Sanchez was able to close the game out.

On The Hill :


RH Andrew Painter - 6 IP, 3 R - 1 earned, 4 H, 1 BB, 7 K’s - 77 pitches - 56 strikes - velo reads - FB ( 94 to 98 mph ), Curve ( 78-82 mph ), Slider ( 80-84 mph ) & Change up ( 88 mph ).


RH Victor Lopez - 1 perfect IP - 1 K - 12 pitches - 7 strikes

RH Rodolfo Sanchez - 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K - 37 pitches - 26 strikes


At Bat : 10 H, 3 BB, 7 K’s - every batter in the order had at least one hit


Hao Yu Lee had two hits including a home run. Anthony Quirion homered & Jamari Baylor doubled.

Hao Yu Lee - photo by Mark Wylie


Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️



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