Open Discussion: Week of April 20th

Here’s an open discussion thread so the minor league posts don’t get cluttered with Phillies’ talk and other topics.

Under other topics – I just listened to the ESPN color analyst (John Kruk?) blame a terrible throw by Yadier Molina on the pitcher because of his high leg kick.  Really?  Molina can’t make a bad throw without it being somebody else’s fault?

Phillies lost and are 4-9 on the season, 1-6 over the last  week, and had a 6-game losing streak.  Anybody still watching?  Still care?  I think I’ll track something I know you care about – Papelbon 3 saves in 3 save opportunities, 4 games finished.

Sunday notes, 19 April 2015

Hello, it’s me. I have a few brief thoughts on the first few weeks of the season and of course the upcoming MLB draft. My hope is that I will be able to start writing more frequently. Work and other obligations have kept me very busy recently, and I have quite a bit of upcoming travel, so it may be tough, but I am going to do my best.

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Threshers Win Again; April 18, 2015

The Threshers began the day alone in first place in the FSL North Division.  They beat the Lakeland Flying Tigers 7-3 in a regular nine inning game.  The win raised their record to 7-3 and they remained in sole possession of first place in their division.

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Box Score Recap – 4/17/2015

Lehigh Valley lost to Buffalo and fell to 3-6.  Maikel Franco went 3-4 (2-3 off Randy Wolf) with his 6th double.  Adam Morgan pitched 5.0 innings and took the loss.  He gave up 5 runs (3 ER) on 6 hits.  Looks like he pitched well and tired in the 5th inning when he gave up the 3 ER.  He threw 87 pitches, 54 strikes.

Reading beat Richmond, 7-1.  Aaron Nola allowed 4 hits over 6.0 shut out innings.  He walked one and struck out 5.  He threw 86 pitches, 62 strikes.  Roman Quinn went 2-4, 2 R, RBI, BB, 3 SB.  Aaron Altherr made his first start and went 2-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, and an outfield assist.  Brock Stassi, Gabriel Lino, and KC Serna each had 2 hits.  Stassi added 3 more RBIs to his league leading total. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 4/17/2015

Threshers Win on Cozens’ Walk Off; April 17, 2015

The Threshers beat the Lakeland Flying Tigers in a game that amounted to a pitching duel between their respective pitching staffs.  They won the game 4-3 on a single by Dylan Cozens in the seventeenth inning.

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Update on Jake Sweaney

A lot of us have been curious about Jake Sweaney’s absence in Florida.  I received the following embedded in a comment thread and thought it best to share with you as a report so that all can see.  Thank you, Mr. Sweaney, for providing this information.

“Jim, Jake just had Tommy John surgery on Wednesday in Los Angeles. Dr Elattrache performed the surgery at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic and said everything went well. We’ll see!!!! He suffered a partial tear last year and they tried to just let it rest over the winter. It fully tore in spring training on a triple hit to the right field wall when he picked it up and threw in to the cutoff man. Keep up the great articles. I look forward to reading them every day, and I can’t wait to start reading them when Jake is playing again. Thanks Andy Sweaney”

I know we all wish Jake a speedy recovery.

Box Score Recap – 4/16/2015

Lehigh Valley lost to the Buffalo Bisons, 5-1.  Seve Gonzalez got roughed up early in his 5.0 innings.  He gave up 5 ER on 10 hits and 2 HRs.  Phillippe Aumont struck out 3 in 2.0 innings of relief.  The ‘Pigs managed only 5 hits.  Maikel Franco went 2 -4 (.323) with his 5th double.  Tommy Joseph went 0-4 but threw out an attempted base stealer.

Reading – no game scheduled. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 4/16/2015

Box Score Recap – 4/15/2015

Lehigh Valley won 8-5 over Syracuse.  Chad Billingsley threw 73 pitches (44 (strikes) in an effective start.  He allowed 2 hits and 2 walks while recording 3 strike outs in 5.0 innings of shut out ball.  Jason Berken got the win after blowing the save opportunity.   After the Chiefs tied the game in the top of the seventh inning, the IronPigs exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the frame.  Miguel Franco went 2 for 4 with a triple and 2 RBIs in the seventh. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 4/15/2015