Notes From Around the Minors

Jake Scheiner at-bat for Lakewood in a game against Delmarva. Scheiner was 2-for-4 with a double and a triple in the game. (Photo courtesy Lakewood BlueClaws)

LEHIGH VALLEY IRONPIGS

The ‘Pigs played a Saturday afternoon game in Rochester and it didn’t go well. The Red Wings downed the IronPigs 8-0 with Tom Eshelman again getting shelled in the start. Lasting 6 1/3 innings, Eshelman was pounded for four runs in the fourth inning and gave up 12 hits and six runs – four earned – in the outing. He allowed four walks and struck out two for Lehigh Valley, leaving his ERA at the end of the day at 7.11 with a 1-3 record… Roman Quinn had the afternoon off, so his 10-game hitting streak remains intact heading into Sunday’s game. The streak is tied with Dean Anna‘s 10-game hit streak for the longest by an IronPigs player this season… Joey Meneses continued to be the hot bat in the lineup with a 2-for-4 day that pushed his average to .361 and put him in the top five hitters in the league… Dylan Cozens had another hit to push his hitting streak to eight games.

READING FIGHTIN PHILS

Jan Hernandez has at least one hit in 13 of the 17 games that he’s started for Reading this season and is ranked fifth in the Eastern League in hitting with a .349 average… Emmanuel Marrero opened the season 1-for-18 in his first five games with Reading, but has been hot of late with a hit in five straight games and an RBI in five of the last six games that he’s played. The streak has gotten Marrero’s average up to the .200 mark for the first time this season… Zach Coppolla and Damek Tomscha have both reached base in 14 straight games, the third longest stretch in the Eastern League this season. Tomscha is hitting .321 over the streak with hits in 12 of the games and two-hits in six of the games… Tyler Gilbert is 3-0 out of the bullpen and in his last six games has stranded all seven of the runners he inherited. In his last nine innings, he’s allowed just three hits and one unearned run… Left-hander Tim Berry was added to the roster on Friday and Garrett Cleavinger was assigned to Williamsport in what basically amounts to a paper-shuffling move.

CLEARWATER THRESHERS

The Threshers were trailing 3-0 with two outs and two strikes on Darick Hall in the bottom of the ninth when Hall crushed his 10th home run of the season to make it 3-2. Clearwater couldn’t tie the game up and wound up with the loss. Hall leads the Florida State League in home runs and is tied for second in all of Minor League Baseball behind El Paso’s Franmil ReyesAustin Listi leads the league in hitting with a .379 average and is currently on a nine-game hitting streak. Listi is also tied for the league-lead in doubles (8), third in on-base percentage (.438) and third in slugging percentage (.598)… Sixto Sanchez starts against Dunedin Saturday night. His last outing was also against Dunedin and he threw a career-high seven innings, the first six of which were shutout innings. He allowed one run in his final inning of work… Since being converted to pitching, Aaron Brown is 1-1 with a 4.79 ERA in 25 relief appearances. The Phillies have some patience with him since he is still just 25… Adam Haseley has at least one hit in all but five of the 26 games he’s played this season. He’s at 1-13-.270/.283/.351 on the year.

LAKEWOOD BLUECLAWS

Lakewood opened the year 1-5, but they’ve gone 14-9 since then and are in fourth place, five games behind Delmarva… With Jake Scheiner taking over as the leadoff hitter for the past two games, the ‘Claws have now used seven different hitters in the leadoff spot this season: Daniel Brito (10 G), Dalton Guthrie (7), Simon Muzziatti (5), Malvin Matos (2), Nick Maton (1), Josh Stephen (1). Scheiner himself has bounced around, batting in each of the first seven spots in the lineup since opening day. He currently has a four-game hit streak and is batting .353 (6-for-17) during the stretch… The ‘Claws pitching staff came into Thursday with the league’s lowest ERA at 2.37, but a rough outing in Rome dropped them to fourth in the league with a 2.58 ERA.

Chuck Hixson

Chuck has a wide and varied background in covering sports both locally and nationally. Living in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, Chuck has the distinction of being the only person to have covered both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Lehigh Valley Phantoms in every season of their existence. Chuck began covering sports in 1998 when he was the first program director and morning host at WTKZ-AM in Allentown, Pennsylvania when the station switched to an all sports format. Chuck produced the stations coverage of the Allentown Ambassadors baseball team, which played in the independent Northeast League. From there, Chuck was the editor and writer of Pinstripes magazine, covering Phillies baseball. That led to Chuck founding Philly Baseball Insider in 2003. Chuck has done freelance work for national entities such as USA TODAY, CBS, FOX Sports, Washington Times and others.

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