• Steve Potter

Saturday, June 18th : Minor League Roundup


International League ( AAA ) - Buffalo 3 ( 37-27 ) Lehigh Valley 2 ( 35-30 )


Allentown, PA - Coca-Cola Park


Summary :

Nathan Lukes doubled for Buffalo in the third inning, moved to third on an error and scored on a sacrifice fly.


The Iron Pigs loaded the bases in the fourth inning on walks to Darick Hall & Will Toffey & Jorge Bonifacio reaching on an error. Scott Kingery singled to score both Hall & Toffey.


Jordan Groshans doubled for Buffalo in the fifth and scored on a bloop single to center by Cullen Large that dropped in front of Mickey Moniak.


Buffalo scored a run in the 6th inning on a single, walk, stolen base and throwing error to third base on the steal.


On The Hill :


RH Jake Newberry - 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K’s - 42 pitches - 23 strikes

RH Joe Gatto - 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K - 27 pitches - 14 strikes

LH Jeff Singer - 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K’s - 27 pitches - 14 strikes

RH Aaron Barrett - 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K - 11 pitches - 8 strikes

RH Francisco Morales - 1 IP, 1 unearned R, 2 BB, 2 K’s - 26 pitches - 15 strikes

LH Jonathan Hennigan - 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s - 27 pitches - 18 strikes

RH Nick Duron - 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 K’s - 23 pitches - 13 strikes

At Bat : 6 H, 3 BB, 11 K’s

Will Toffey & Jorge Bonifacio each had two hits including a double. Johan Camargo doubled.


Notes :


Rafael Marchan threw a bullet to second base to nab Cullen Large trying to steal on a great catch and tag by second baseman Scott Kingery. It was an inning ending gem !



Eastern League ( AA ) - Portland 9 ( 26-36 ) Reading 3 ( 27-35 )


Reading, PA - First Energy Stadium


Summary :


Ceddanne Rafaela doubled to score a run for Portland in the third inning. Pedro Castellanos singled to score Rafaela.


Sal Gozzo doubled to score Chris Sharpe ( walked ) in the bottom of the third inning. Gozzo moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Jack Conley & later scored on a ground out.


Jonathan Guzman singled in the fourth inning, advanced to third on a single by Chris Sharpe and scored on a safety squeeze bunt by Sal Gozzo.

Pedro Castellanos hit a two run single for Portland in the top of the seventh inning. They scored four runs in the 8th on a walk and five singles.


Portland scored another run in the ninth inning.


On The Hill :


RH Adam Leverett - 4 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 5 K’s - 74 pitches - 44 strikes

RH Julian Garcia - 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 BB, 1 K - 41 pitches - 25 strikes

RH Austin Ross - 1 1/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 1 K - 36 pitches - 18 strikes - 2 inherited runners scored

RH Bubby Rossman - 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 K’s - 19 pitches - 12 strikes - 2 inherited runners scored

RH Mike Adams - 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K’s - 26 pitches - 15 strikes


At Bat : 7 H, 3 BB, 2 K’s


Jonathan Guzman, Chris Sharpe & Sal Gozzo each had two hits, Gozzo doubled & Sharpe tripled.


South Atlantic League ( High A ) - Aberdeen 6 ( 42-20 ) Jersey Shore 0 ( 24-38 ) - no hitter


Lakewood, NJ - Shoretown Ballpark


Summary :


Colton Cowser homered for Aberdeen in the first inning.


Connor Norby tripled off the center field wall in the third inning on a ball that center fielder Johan Rojas almost caught but the wall jarred it loose from his glove, Cowser singled to score Norby. Aberdeen then loaded the bases on a hit batter and walk - Ramon Rodriquez hit a high chopper infield single to score a run. Isaac Bellony singled to score two more & Michael Mantecon singled to plate another.


The BlueClaws were no hit by three Iron Birds pitchers - it’s only the second time in franchise history they have been no hit - the first time was 14 years ago in 2008.

On The Hill :


RH Ben Brown - 3 IP, 6 R, 7 H, 2 BB, 5 K’s - 80 pitches - 49 strikes

RH Carlo Reyes - 4 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 5 K’s - 43 pitches - 34 strikes

LH JP Woodward - 2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 3 K’s - 42 pitches - 33 strikes


At Bat : 0 H, 3 BB, 9 K’s

Florida State League ( Low A ) - Clearwater 5 ( 31-30 ) Palm Beach 4 ( 27-33 )


Clearwater, FL - BayCare BallPark


Summary :


Kendall Simmons homered in the fourth inning. The Threshers then loaded the bases ( Leandro Pineda walked, Andrik Nava - reached on fielders choice out & Nicolas Torres reached on an error ) - Jamari Baylor then smoked a grand slam home run !


Matt Chamberlain hit a two run home run for Palm Beach in the fifth inning.


Jhon Torres hit a two run homer for the Cardinals in the sixth inning.


On The Hill :


RH Jean Cabrera - 5 1/3 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 2 BB, 5 K’s - 78 pitches - 54 strikes - top velo - 94 mph - W

RH Alex McKenney - 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K - 20 pitches - 13 strikes - top velo - 95 mph

LH Tristan Garnett - 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K - 19 pitches - 14 strikes - top velo - 93 mph

RH Tommy McCollum - 1 perfect IP - 2 ground outs, 1 K - 15 pitches - 12 strikes top velo - 97 mph - save


At Bat : 5 H, 2 BB, 2 K’s


Kendall Simmons homered and Jamari Baylor hit a grand slam. Arturo DeFreitas doubled.

Jamari Baylor - file photo by Mark Wylie

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