On April 13, 2019, a Triple-A game between the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Phillies) and Rochester Red Wings (Twins) featured 38 runs and 43 hits, including 15 home runs. The IronPigs eked out the 20-18 win in 10 innings.
We wrote about the memorable game at the time last year, but we have learned in the time since a lot about the baseballs that were being used. Triple-A began using Major League baseballs, which were “juiced” due to a change in manufacturing standards. That is likely why we ended up seeing 15 home runs on that Saturday afternoon in Rochester last year.
On the IronPigs’ side, Jan Hernandez, Dylan Cozens, Andrew Romine, and Sean Rodríguez each hit a pair of dingers while Mitch Walding added one of his own. For the Red Wings, Zander Wiel went deep twice while Wilin Rosario, Brent Rooker, Ronald Torreyes, and Wynston Sawyer had one round-tripper apiece.
Two major league games came close, as the Diamondbacks and Phillies combined to hit 13 home runs. The D-Backs had eight of those. Unsurprisingly, the league’s single-season home run record was shattered as 6,776 long balls were hit last year. That surpassed the 6,105 hit in 2017. The 5,693 homers hit in 2000 moved to No. 3 on the list.
MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.
Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.
The entire camp was placed in quarantine.
“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”
Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.
The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.
“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”