• Steve Potter

Saturday, July 2nd : Minor League Roundup


International League ( AAA ) - Lehigh Valley 9 ( 42-35 ) Syracuse 5 ( 31-45 )


Syracuse, NY - NBT Bank Stadium


Summary :


Ali Castillo singled in the 3rd inning and scored on a single to right field by Scott Kingery that the right fielder misplayed into a two base error ( Kingery reached third ). Dalton Guthrie doubled to score Kingery.


Syracuse scored twice in the bottom of the third on two singles, a hit batter, ground out and sacrifice fly.


Jorge Bonifacio homered in the 4th inning scoring Josh Ockimey ( singled ) in front of him.


Will Toffey singled in the 5th inning, stole second base, went to third on a single by Dustin Peterson and scored on a double steal with Peterson taking second base. Donny Sands walked, Josh Ockimey singled to score Peterson. Rafael Marchan doubled to score Sands. Ali Castillo singled to score Ockimey & Marchan. A five run inning.


Patrick Mazeika homered for Syracuse in the 6th inning.


Johneshwy Fargas hit a two run home run for Syracuse in the 8th inning.


On The Hill :


LH Ricardo Sanchez - 5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 4 K’s - 91 pitches - 62 strikes

RH Joe Gatto - 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 2 K’s - 26 pitches - 13 strikes

RH Michael Kelly - 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 3 K’s - 35 pitches - 21 strikes


At Bat : 18 H, 3 BB, 8 K’s


Dustin Peterson, Josh Ockimey & Jorge Bonifacio each had three hits. Will Toffey, Ali Castillo & Rafael Marchan each had two hits. Bonifacio, Marchan & Dalton Guthrie each doubled. Bonifacio homered.


Notes :


OF Chris Sharpe was promoted from Reading prior to the game.

Dustin Peterson - file photo by Cheryl Pursell


Eastern League ( AA ) - Reading 9 ( 33-41, 4-1 )- Somerset 6 ( 45-29, 1-4 )

Reading, PA - First Energy Stadium


Summary :


Anthony Volpe walked for Somerset to begin the game, went to second on a wild pitch, to third on a balk and scored on a single by former Phillie Rodolfo Duran.


Johan Rojas doubled to lead off the bottom of the first inning, AJ Graffanino walked and Simon Muzziotti singled to load the bases. A wild pitch allowed Rojas to score. Aldrem Corredor hit a sacrifice fly to score Graffanino & Wendell Rijo hit a sacrifice fly to score Muzziotti.


Reading loaded the bases on walks in the third inning, Jack Conley then walked to force in a run. Kevin Vicuna singled to score two runs.


Chad Bell homered for Somerset in the 4th inning. Michael Beltre went back to back. They scored another run on a bases loaded hit batter.


Somerset scored a run in the 7th on an RBI single by Michael Beltre.


AJ Graffanino singled in the bottom of the 7th, Vito Friscia, Aldrem Corredor, Wendell Rijo & Jack Conley walked as two runs crossed the plate. Kevin Vicuna was hit by a pitch to score another run.


Anthony Volpe homered for Somerset to lead off the 8th inning.


On The Hill :


RH Bubby Rossman - 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 3 BB, 0 K’s - 24 pitches - 9 strikes

RH Jack Perkins - 2 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 3 K’s - 44 pitches - 26 strikes

RH Mike Adams - 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 1 K - 25 pitches - 12 strikes - one inherited runner scored

RH Matt Seelinger - 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 0 K’s - 28 pitches - 18 strikes

RH Tyler McKay - 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 K’s - 16 pitches - 11 strikes

LH Jo Jo Romero - 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K - 14 pitches - 8 strikes


At Bat : 5 H, 12 BB, 6 K’s


AJ Graffanino had two hits. Johan Rojas doubled, Vito Friscia walked three times.


Notes :


RHP Griff McGarry was promoted from Jersey Shore prior to the game.

AJ Graffanino - file photo - George Youngs Jr

South Atlantic League ( High A ) - Jersey Shore ( 27-46, 2-5 ) - Wilmington ( 38-34, 3-4 ) - PPD - Rain


Notes :


LHP Rafael Marcano was promoted from Clearwater prior to the game.


Florida State League ( Low A ) - Lakeland 7 ( 37-36, 5-2 )- Clearwater 6 ( 37-36, 2-6 )


Clearwater, FL - BayCare BallPark


Summary :


Leandro Pineda hit a two run home run in the first inning scoring Nicolas Torres ( singled ) in front of him.


Lakeland scored three in the 5th inning on two errors, two walks and three singles.


Manuel Sequera homered for Lakeland in the sixth inning.


Leandro Pineda tripled in the 7th and scored on a single by Marcus Lee Sang. Adony Mejia & Albert Jerez walked to load the bases. Lee Sang scored on a ground out by Erick Brito.


Marcus Lee Sang hit a two run home run in the 8th inning scoring Leandro Pineda ( walked ) in front of him.


Eduardo Valencia hit a three run home run for Lakeland in the 9th inning.


On The Hill :


RH Jean Cabrera - 4 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 4 BB, 4 K’s - 68 pitches - 40 strikes

LH Jordan Fowler - 2 IP, 4 R - 1 earned, 5 H, 1 BB, 1 K - 39 pitches - 24 strikes

RH Alex Garbrick - 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K’s - 33 pitches - 19 strikes

RH Konnor Ash - 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 3 BB, 1 K - 25 pitches - 11 strikes

RH Rodolfo Sanchez - 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K - 9 pitches - 6 strikes


At Bat : 7 H, 3 BB, 7 K’s


Leandro Pineda had two hits ( triple & HR ) and a walk - he scored three runs. Marcus Lee Sang had two hits including a home run, he had three RBIs and scored twice.


Notes :

RHP Starlyn Castillo was activated prior to the game - he had been pitching with the FCL Phillies.



Florida Complex League


Phillies 5 ( 8-10 ) @ Blue Jays 3 ( 11-8 ) - called - seven innings


Roberts Field - Carpenter Complex


Summary :


Felix Reyes hit a towering home run over the left field fence in the bottom of the second inning. Randy Vasquez walked and Albert Rodriquez clubbed his first professional home run off the left field scoreboard to score Vasquez in front of him.


The Blue Jays scored a run in the top of the third inning - they loaded the bases on a walk, single & hit by pitch. A ground out that should have been an inning ending double play instead allowed a run to score.


Diego Gonzalez reached on an error in the bottom of the third and scored on a Yemal Flores home run. Yemal hit his first HR earlier in the week albeit that game was suspended due to rain, it will “officially” count when the game is completed.


The Blue Jays scored twice in the seventh - Victor Mesia doubled and scored on a double by Emmanuel Sanchez. Manuel Beltre doubled to score Mesia.]


The game went into weather delay in the top of the eighth for a half hour before being called.


On The Hill :


LH Taylor Lehman - 1 perfect IP - 1 K, fly out & line out - first rehab appearance - looked strong

RH Brett Schulze - 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K - first rehab appearance - good outing

RH Nicoly Pina - 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K’s - 2nd rehab appearance - good velocity

RH Buddy Hayward - 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K - 1st appearance since 6/18

RH Jayden Estanista - 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 3 K’s 🔥

RH Manuel Urias - 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s

RH Daniel Mejia - 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K


At Bat : 4 H, 2 BB, 10 K’s


Jehisbert Sevilla tripled. Felix Reyes, Albert Rodriquez & Yemal Flores each homered.


Notes :


Due to heavy rain last evening the game was played on Roberts Field rather than Ashburn as the back field drains better than the one up in front of the complex. Only problem for us spectators is the lack of shade on the backside of the complex especially with the temporary barriers in place prohibiting non authorized personnel from sitting alongside the first base line.


It was an especially humid this morning but we made due. About 15 or so fans in attendance - mostly parents of either Blue Jays or Phillies players including Jose Acuna’s mom & dad and younger brother and sister.


Albert Rodriquez hit his first professional home run over the left field fence in the second inning - it hit the scoreboard and fell straight down. I had a brain cramp ( forgetting that I’m 62 and very out of shape 😳) and decided to go retrieve the baseball for the young man. If you’ve not been to the complex that walk isn’t a short one - had to venture back out to the front gate and circle behind the Carlton Field outfield fences past the field maintenance shed to arriving behind the Roberts left field fence 🥵. Mr Acuna said he watched me and I was moving pretty fast to get there, I can’t move fast so I know he was kidding 🤓. I did get the baseball and made my way back inside the complex, gave the ball to Jimmy ( security ) and he delivered it the young Mr. Rodriquez. Truly hope he enjoys having his first pro home run baseball. I was dripping with sweat though so the Mrs and I decided to call it a day and we ventured home - still felt good to do a good deed even if it was exhausting 🤪🥸.

Albert Rodriguez ( file photo - Mark Wylie ) & Taylor Lehman, Brett Schulze, Nicoly Pina

Dominican Summer League :


Phillies Red 14 ( 14-6 ) Brewers1 9 ( 6-13 )


Summary :


The Brewers scored two first inning runs on a double,single, two walks and a sacrifice fly out.


Yemil Rosario singled to score Jorge Mendez ( doubled ) in the third inning, Santiago Torres hit a two run single.


The Brewers hit three singles and three doubles enroute to a six run bottom of the third inning.


Neify Rosario doubled in the 4th inning, went to third on a single by Jorge Mendez and then scored on a throwing error.


The Phillies plated five run in the 5th - Aroon Escobar singled, Marco Soto walked - Escobar and Soto both scored on a single by Fernando Hernandez. Neify Rosario doubled - both he and Hernandez scored on a double by Jose Leanez. Jorge Mendez singled to score Leanez.


The Brewers scored a run in the bottom of the fifth inning.


Aroon Escobar was hit by a pitch in the 8th inning, he went to second base on a wild pitch - to third on a single by Marco Soto and scored on a ground out.


The Phillies scored four runs in the ninth inning - Fernando Hernandez walked and scored on a double by Neify Rosario.

After a groundout advanced him to third base Rosario scored on a wild pitch. Jorge Mendez & Deivi Cabrera walked, they both scored on a double by Aroon Escobar.


On The Hill :


RH Jean Hernandez - 2 IP, 8 R - 7 earned, 8 H, 3 BB, 3 K’s

RH Josbel Garcia - 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 K’s

LH Ronny Ramirez - 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 4 BB, 0 K’s

RH Edgar Zuniga - 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 1 K


At Bat : every batter in lineup had a hit - 15 H, 6 BB, 5 K’s


Catcher Jorge Mendez had three hits ( 2 singles & a double ), Neify Rosario had three hits ( all doubles ). Marco Soto had two hits each. Rosario doubled twice. Jose Leanez doubled. Aroon Escobar & Rosario each scored three runs, Santiago Torres had three RBIs - Fernando Hernandez & Jose Leanez drove in two runs each.



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