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Minors Report: Flaherty Dominates, Helsley Makes AA Debut, and Mercado Homers

Memphis 6, Tacoma 0

Memphis continued their incredible season with another win and great outing by Jack Flaherty. He threw seven shutout innings, giving up only two hits, one walk and struck out nine. Flaherty lowered his AAA ERA to 2.83 and now posts a 2.11 across the board. The California native now is 11-3 with a 1.00 WHIP and 127 strikeouts combined between Springfield and Memphis.

The Memphis offense was also clicking on Sunday night. Aledmys Diaz and Jose Adolis Garcia each homered. Breyvic Valera, Harrison Bader, and Diaz all had multi hit efforts in the win. Garcia had now pushed his AAA average to .325 while Valera’s has climbed to .320.

Springfield 5, Northwest Arkansas 2

Ryan Helsley was solid in his AA debut. He threw 6.2 innings, giving up two earned, on six hits, two walks and struck out eight. Andrew Morales threw 2.1 innings of scoreless relief to get his second save of the season. He now sports a miiscule 0.50 ERA through fourteen relief outings.

Oscar Mercado accounted for the majority of the Springfield runs on Sunday night. He hit his 12th home run of the season in the third inning, and also added another RBI. Andrew Knizner also continued his torrid AA debut going 2-4 with a RBI. He is now hitting .336 in his first taste of the Texas League.

Clearwater 3, Palm Beach 0

The good fortunes of the upper minors unfortunately didn’t reach High-A. Palm Beach fell as their offense could only muster two hits in the game. The two Caseys, Grayson and Turgeon accounted for the only Palm Beach hits.

Sam Tewes took the hard luck loss after throwing seven innings and only giving up two earned runs. His season ERA now sits at 2.08 through five appearances, one start. Hector Mendoza allowed the other Clearwater run on a solo shot during his only inning of work.

Peoria 2, Clinton 3

Peoria starter Frederis Parra lasted six innings and finished with a no decision. He gave up eight hits, one walk, but only one earned run during his outing. Colton Thomson surrendered the game ending run in the bottom of the tenth. Dewin Perez and Yeison Medina each posted scoreless innings for Peoria.

Kramer Robertson lead the Peoria offense as he went 2-4 with two doubles. Mick Fennell and Brian O’Keefe each accounted for an RBI. Fennell’s came on his first home run of the season. Nick Plummer was the DH for Peoria and went 0-4 out of the ninth spot in the lineup.

State College 3, Mahoning Valley 6

State College starter Jonathon Mulford suffered a rough outing. He allowed five earned runs in just 2.2 innings. He gave up seven hits, walked six batters, and saw his ERA jump to 5.05.

Evan Mendoza was 2-4 in the game and hit his third home run of the season. Joshua Lopez also added two hits and raised his season average to .385. Yariel Gonzalez, Bryce Denton, and Dennis Ortega each had one hit for the Spikes.

Kingsport 2, Johnson City 7

Ending this post on a good note, as Johnson City was able to pick up their 22nd win of the season. Zach Prendergast threw four shutouts innings, giving up six hits, two walks, and striking out seven. Jake Dahlberg threw three scoreless in relief of Prendergast to pick up his second win of the season. Devling Perez was 0-3 and saw is average at Johnson City fall to .184. Carlos Talavera was 3-4 and Walker Robbins, Stanley Espinal, Luis Bandes, and Julio Rodriguez all had two hit nights. One of Bandes hits left the yard for his seventh home run of the season.




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