Reader “NYPHILSMANIAC” was kind enough to send me a detailed writeup, which I will post here. Thanks again!
I attended yesterday’s matinee at Reading and saw a barnburner in some serious heat (thought I was in Clearwater). As you already know, Rizz ended it with a bomb off Pat Venditte (the Switch-Pitcher) from Trenton. Anyway, here are my individual reports:
ROSENBERG: It was a strange outing to say the least. This is going to seem like a contradiction but he had trouble putting guys away even though he struck out the side in the first inning (sandwiched around 2 HR’s). The first batter of the game (Kruml) had a 1-2 count and fouled off 4-5 pitched before homering. The second batter had two strikes and fouled off some before K’ing, third batter had 2 strikes and then homered. The 4th batter struck out on a high fastball and 5th batter on a curveball. He could not put away the better hitters because he didn’t seem to have an out pitch yet somehow he fanned 7 in the game. He topped out at 93 and most fastballs were in the low 90’s. BJ settled down in the 2nd and got them 1-2-3. In the 3rd inning, he K’d the #9 hitter but then Kruml got a lucky hit that looped over Rivero at 3B- he jumped and it nicked off his glove. After striking out the next guy on a nice 76 mph change, he gave up a rip off the CF fence that plated the run. The 4th inning started with a HBP on the first pitch was probably intentional- Spidale was hit his first two times up and had rammed the catcher hard in the 1st inning so it may have been a retaliation from Parent. The ump warned both teams but nothing developed from there. The rest of the 4th went smoothly- Pop up, Tuffy CS, Fly Out. In the 5th, he gave up two baserunners but got out of it with a DP. He did leave with the lead but did not get a win.
LIDGE: Some guy named Lidge pitched the 6th inning. I have read reports in 2 different places about his great outing (13 pitches… 9 strikes), but he threw almost all off-speed stuff. He did throw a nice 1-2-3 inning with 2 K’s but his fastest pitch was 89 and other than that he only hit 86 once. Most of his pitches were between 78-83. That doesn’t sound like someone who is ready to return to MLB. Without a decent fastball, they will sit on the slider.
SAVERY: I was pleased I got to see Savery after reading (no pun intended) about his resurrection of his pitching career. All I can say is you might want to cancel your trip to Cooperstown to see his shrine. I have always been a fan of his since seeing him dominate in Clearwater once, but this outing was nothing special. Like Lidge, the inning was effective, but the velocity was not there. Having just read here about him suddenly hitting mid 90’s on the gun ( throwing harder than ever before), I was hoping to see the new magic. With that in mind, I recorded the velocity of every pitch:
Batter 1: 89/81/83/92/82/81 K
Batter 2: 87/88/83 K
Batter 3: 88- line single to left
Batter 4: 91/88/89/82/89/93/89/90 K
I know it is not always about speed but he only reached 90 on 3 pitches. He did seem to have them fooled on his off-speed deliveries which as I recall was a knock on him before.
Josh Zeid Pitched a nice 8th but gave up the game tying HR (3 run shot) in the 9th to send the game to extras. Zeid hit 94 on the gun.
Jacob Diekman threw a very nice 1-2-3 10th and Loop did the same in the 10th (each got 1 K).
Not as much to report Offensively but here goes:
GALVIS: K’d on a foul tip on a high fastball/Lined to the track in Left/Lined hard to 3B/K’d reaching for a high-outside fastball/Nice clean single up the middle with bases loaded in the 8th to provide 2 insurance runs/Lazy Fly to CF
RIZZOTTI: BB on a long AB fouling off numerous pitches/Hard grounder to 3rd that the third baseman let go under his glove for an E/roped a 1B into left-center/K’d on a change-up/Intentional walk/Game Winning Walk-Off HR!!!!
MITCHELL: Singled hard up middle on first pitch, stole second/K’d on a high inside fastball/6-3 chopper/reached on another error by 3B- not hit that hard/Ground Out to 3rd
Rivero had a few good at bats and went 2-5. Interesting that he bats cleanup since both Rizz and Mitchell(who batted 6th) are near the top in the EL in RBI’s. Susdorf has been hot but he went 0 fer. The star hitter of the day (besides Rizz) was Paco Figueroa (love that name) who went 3-3 with 2 BB’s. It may have been the highlight of Paco’s career (kidding since I honestly know nothing about him).
Hope you enjoyed the report