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Pass the mic: Patriots' Paul Spychala moves on

Somerset PA announcer reflects on 23 joyous seasons in the booth
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BRIDGEWATER TOWNSHIP, New Jersey -- TD Bank Ballpark, home of the Somerset Patriots, hosted its first game on June 7, 1999. Paul Spychala made his debut as the team's PA announcer that evening, beginning a 1,396-game run that came to an end on Sept. 12. After 23 seasons, six Atlantic

Podcast: Wrapping up Wichita's debut season

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Fuentes' grand slam caps Isotopes' ninth cycle

Rockies prospect tripled in first, singled in third, had RBI double in fifth, capped day with grand slam in sixth
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Isotopes 13 (53-68, 1-0), Aces 5 (69-50, 0-1) – RGCU Field at Isotopes Park | Albuquerque, NM AT THE DISH: Joshua Fuentes hit for the ninth cycle in team history. He tripled in the first, singled in the third, had an RBI double in the fifth, and capped it with

Mead keys Hot Rods' win in High-A East opener

Rays' No. 14 prospect Mead keys rally with RBI single in ninth
September 23, 2021

After the first two games of the High-A East Championship Series were postponed because of rain, Bowling Green and Greensboro really came ready to play. In a game with eight different ties and lead changes, 14th-ranked Rays prospect Curtis Mead’s go-ahead single in the ninth inning ended up making the

Around the Minors: The week of Sept. 20

Sights and sounds from action across Minor League Baseball
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Sept. 23

Castro belts first two Triple-A homers for Indy

All three of Castro’s Triple-A hits have gone for extra bases
September 23, 2021

PAPILLION, NEB. – Rodolfo Castro’s two-homer night wasn’t enough as the Indianapolis Indians lost the second game of the series to the Omaha Storm Chasers on Thursday night, 5-2.

Omaha skipper Poldberg announces retirement

Poldberg concludes managerial career with over 1,300 wins, including over 400 in seven seasons with Omaha
September 23, 2021

PAPILLION, Neb. – Storm Chasers manager Brian Poldberg announced his retirement from managing on Thursday. Poldberg, 64, has managed the Omaha Storm Chasers since 2014, winning 475 games over seven seasons (2014-pres.). Poldberg ranks second in Omaha franchise history in both wins (475) and seasons (7), trailing only Mike Jirschele

Oklahoma City powers up across the board

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OKC Dodgers — 12 Las Vegas Aviators — 5 Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021 – Las Vegas Ballpark — Las Vegas, Nev. Game Summary: The Oklahoma City Dodgers scored seven runs in the third inning and later hit back-to-back homers in the eighth inning on the way to a 12-5 road

2021 High-A playoffs coverage

Doyle's homer helps Spokane stave off elimination in the West
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Sept. 23 With his club's back against the wall, Brenton Doyle came out swinging.

San Jose nears title on Bailey's two-homer night

No. 8 Giants prospect puts team on brink of Low-A West title
September 23, 2021

Sept. 22 If there is such thing as a perfect bookend, Patrick Bailey experienced it Wednesday.

Harris comes through in the clutch for M-Braves

Atlanta's No. 24 prospect helps the Braves even the Finals, 1-1
September 23, 2021

Sept. 22 Mississippi was determined not to fall two games behind in the Double-A South Championship Series.

Curry's solid start has RubberDucks win from title

September 23, 2021

RubberDucks Game Recap – AA Northeast Championship | Box Score Game 2: Akron RubberDucks (2-0) 8, Bowie Baysox (0-2) 5 WP: Xzavion Curry (1-0) LP: Grayson Rodriguez (0-1) Save: none Summary The RubberDucks scored six runs in the first three innings, while right-hander Xzavion Curry earned his first Double-A win,

Well-balanced Naturals take 2-0 series lead

September 23, 2021

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals rallied for timely hits and blacked up by a strong effort from the team’s relief pitchers, beat the Wichita Wind Surge 5-1 Wednesday night, jumping out to a 2-0 series lead in the best-of-five Double-A Central Championship Series. After the game was scoreless through the first

Emeralds near crown after late outburst in Game 2

September 23, 2021

SPOKANE, Wash. – At its best, September baseball has fans hanging on every pitch. That was the case at Avista Stadium on Wednesday night. Entering the ninth inning in a scoreless game, Eugene got three runs with two outs after a controversial walk and those runs were enough to defeat

De Horta's strong start gives Biscuits early lead

September 21, 2021

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Adrian De Horta (1-0) pitched five shutout innings and the Biscuits (1-0) provided the right-hander with more than enough offense in a convincing 7-1 win over the Mississippi Braves (0-1) in Game 1 of the 2021 Double-A South Championship Series on Tuesday night at Riverwalk Stadium. The

Marauders win wild one on a walk-off walk

September 22, 2021

BRADENTON, Fla. — Late drama abounded Tuesday night at LECOM Park, as the Marauders rallied from behind for a walkoff win, 4-3, over the Tampa Tarpons in Game 1 of the Low-A Southeast League Championship Series. Trailing 3-2 entering the bottom of the ninth, the Marauders (1-0) got a one-out

Thomas, Aces deal record number of triples

September 22, 2021

RENO, Nev. – The Reno Aces legged out six triples in a 19-4 win over the Salt Lake Bees. The triple total is the most since at least 2005 – the furthest back reliable stats are available. Drew Ellis led the way with five hits, five RBIs and three doubles.

2021 MiLB playoffs preview: Double-A

Wichita set to experience its first taste of postseason action
September 21, 2021

The Double-A playoffs begin with three best-of-five series featuring the top two teams in each league. Montgomery and Mississippi face off in the South, Wichita wrestles with Northwest Arkansas in the Central and Bowie battles Akron in the Northeast. All three series are set to run from Sept. 21-26.

2021 MiLB playoffs preview: High-A

Luciano, Eugene travel to Spokane; Hot Rods face 'Hoppers
@Gerard_Gilberto
September 21, 2021

Following the lost season in 2020 and the sweeping changes made throughout Minor League Baseball, representatives from each of the three High-A leagues will go straight to the Finals to decide its 2021 champion with best-of-5 series, starting Tuesday. This is a departure from past procedures, when each of the

2021 MiLB playoffs preview: Low-A

Dominguez, Tampa host Bradenton; Veen, Fresno travel to San Jose
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September 21, 2021

Minor League Baseball! After the 2020 Minor League season was canceled due to COVID-19, baseball returned to the Minors in 2021, albeit under a different structure. Low-A went from two leagues (Midwest and South Atlantic) to three (East, Southeast, West), and the representatives from each will go straight to the

Triple-A Final Stretch to benefit local charities

'Homers That Help' to assist charities in all 30 Triple-A cities
September 21, 2021

Minor League Baseball has announced the creation of a charitable component to the 10-game Triple-A Final Stretch of games that will benefit 501(c)3 charities in each Triple-A city. For each home run hit by Triple-A teams (home and road games) during the Triple-A Final Stretch, Minor League Baseball will donate

Scouting report: Orioles’ Jordan Westburg

Powerful infielder can play important role in club's rebuild
@Gerard_Gilberto
September 21, 2021

MiLB.com's Scouting Report series spotlights players who are just starting their professional careers, focusing on what the experts are projecting for these young phenoms. Here's a look at sixth-ranked Orioles prospect Jordan Westburg. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here. The Orioles have built much