Jonathan Pettibone pitched well enough, but Cesar Jimenez and Phillippe Aumont gave up four runs in the seventh (all charged to Jimenez), to let the game get away from Lehigh Valley. Did you know Aumont is French for “Inherited Runners Score”? Versatile language, there. Maikel Franco was 0-5, while Steve Susdorf, Koyie Hill and Tyler Henson all had multi-hit games. That previous sentence really gets you excited about the future, doesn’t it?
Cameron Perkins had a hit and a walk in Reading’s shutout loss in New Hampshire. He’s got six walks on the year, a 7.5% pace, compared to 5.9% last year. We’ll see if he keeps that up. Jon Prosinski put up what was easily his best line of the year for CLR – 1R, 6H, 2BB, 4K in 7IP. The 2013 draftee out of Seton Hall had been hit around pretty hard before Saturday’s action.
Samuel Hiciano went 3-4 with his first home run of the year for Lakewood, while Carlos Tocci had two hits and J.P. Crawford drew two walks in support of another relatively dominant performance from Mark Leiter Jr., who allowed just four hits, two walks and struck out five in eight scoreless innings. And so begins the every-fifth-day ritual of talking about Mark Leiter Jr.
Leiter’s FIP is now under 3.00 on the year, a pretty good indicator of his status versus the league they’ve got him in. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him promoted the next time a rotation spot opens up in Clearwater, or for the club to just make a spot for him by mid-May otherwise. I don’t know that he’s much more than a middle relief prospect at best, but there’s little for him to prove against the mostly younger competition in the SAL. I was planning on trying to catch Lakewood in Hagerstown in a couple weeks whenever Lucas Giolito pitches for HAG, but now I may aim for Leiter. Ok, probably not, but that’s totally something I would do.
Here’s the affiliate Scoreboard from MiLB. http://www.milb.com/scoreboard/index.jsp?sid=milb&org=143&ymd=20140426