NYPhilsmaniac19 was out at the Lakewood Game Wednesday evening and filed this report:
Ethan Stewart went the full 7 innings and looked decent. The radar gun wasn’t on for the first inning or two but the fastest pitch I saw was 87. Hard to tell what he was throwing from the angle I had (well up the 1B line), but he mostly had them off-balance except for one inning (the 4th).
Inning 1: He set them down with ease (two groundouts and a K of Mr. Dyskstra).
Inning 2: After an infield Pop-up, the #5 hitter ripped a shot down the 3rd base line that Maikel Franco made an excellent backhand stab of (more on Franco’s def later). Franco was able to set himself while going away from 1B and still make a strong throw to get the hitter. The last batter skied one to CF for an easy out.
Inning 3: Easy 4-3 groundout, broken bat single over SS, pop-out to SS, and then a long fly to CF that Eldemire caught on the track.
Inning 4: (this was his only bad inning): The first batter hit a ground ball to Frano who bobbled and then made a wild throw. The official scorer called it a single and then an E on the throw allowing the runner to take 2nd. In my opinion, it was clearly 2 errors. If Franco, had fielded it cleanly and made a good throw, it would have been an out. The next batter a lefty named Skole went the other way beautifully and hit one off the LF wall for a double. After a hard ground single between short and third, a deep sac fly to center brought in the second run. During the next at-bat, the runner broke early and Stewart saw him just in time and threw to 1st. A long rundown ensued and the runner was eventually tagged out. Interestingly enough, this was the 2nd runner that he picked off in the same fashion, but the first one beat the relay throw from Dugan to 2B. Stewart struck out the next batter to end the inning. If Franco had been given an error on the fielding play, it would have only been 1 earned run.
Inning 5: Three outs on balls in the OF- one was a line shot right at Pointer in LF.
Inning 6: Stewart struck out Dykstra again, and worked around a walk. Altherr almost made a great catch on a foul ball and ran into the side fence but was fine. The ball bounced in and out of his glove. He caught a fly ball awkardly later to record the third out but looked a little shaky on it.
Inning 7: Another 1-2-3 inning with nothing leaving the infield.
All-in-all a very solid outing. He had a sub- 1.00 WHIP and managed to strikeout 4 batters to go with 2 walks. There were a few hard hit balls but most weren’t drilled too well. He certainly didn’t get any help from the offense. Being that he is lefty, I see potential.
Eldemire went 0-3 with a chopper that he almost beat out, a lazy pop to RF and he reached on an error that his speed may have helped contribute to. After he reached base, he took off to steal, then put on the brakes, but didn’t get back quickly enough and he was picked off at 1B by the catcher. He did this one other time but the catcher didn’t throw over. In the field, he looked smooth but didn’t have any tough chances.
Pointer looked pretty lost. First AB, he did hit a good shot foul that he was out in front of. He K’d swinging twice (curves in the dirt that he missed by a wide margin), and went down looking once. He looked fine in LF, but again didn’t have any tough chances. I have a feeling he may be headed to W’port in a few weeks (just a guess).
Dugan doesn’t look overly comfortable at 1B. He did hit a line single to RF but otherwise did not do anything at the plate.
Franco hit a hard groundout his first two times up, but his last at bat (in the last inning), he hit a weak grounder to 2B and didn’t hustle to first. The 2B bobbled the ball for a bit but still threw him out. Had he ran all out, he would have been safe. The fans (what few there were) let him have it a bit. The next two batters walked so it could have made a difference in the game.
Altherr was overmatched by a high fastball his 1st time up and K’d swinging. His second AB he hit a ball well the other way but the RF caught it near the track. He walked in the last inning but got left on 2nd.
In other notes, Harold Martinez grounded out twice (but really hustled down the line) and walked in the last inning. He DH’d so I didn’t get to see him in the field. Stephen Malcolm played a very nice SS and had our only extra base hit. Kyrell Hudson did not play.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay for the 2nd game, but I see that Pointer went yard and Eldemire/Dugan had extra-base hits.