Threshers; May 12, 2014

The Threshers hosted the Jupiter Hammerheads tonight.  Colin Kleven got the start and pitched well.  Even though he was roughed up for 3 runs in the 1st inning, he was in command of his pitches.  He threw 27 pitches in the first, but 20 were strikes, and 6 of the 7 batters were faced with first pitch strikes.  Kleven settled down and pitched 6 more solid, scoreless innings.

Kleven’s line was 7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP.  Colin threw 99 pitches, 74 for strikes.  He induced a lot of ground balls.  Two of the runners he allowed were erased by double plays.  Of the 8 hits he allowed, only 1 was an XBH and it did not figure in the scoring.  He pitched ahead most of the night, 20 of 28 batters saw first pitch strikes.

Kleven was facing a line up that included 3 of the Miami Marlin’s top 20 prospects – #17, catcher Austin Barnes; #15, right fielder Jesus Soloranzo; and #2, third baseman Colin Moran (B.J. Surhoff‘s nephew).  Six of the Hammerheads came in with batting averages over .278.

Ramon Oviedo came out to pitch the 8th inninig.  He had his glove ripped off on a hard ground ball to start the inning.  He recovered to throw out the batter at first.  The next batter stretched a single into a double and looked to be out at second on a close play. Manager Nelson Prada argued until he was ejected.  After a soft line drive single that put runners on the corners, a ground ball double play ended the threat.

Steven Inch pitched a 1-2-3 9th inning.  He got 2 ground balls to second and a strike out.

The Threshers’ hitters faced Miami’s #10 prospect, RHP Trevor Williams.  He came in at 4-3, 3.62 for the 15-21 Hammerheads.  He scattered 8 hits over 8 innings and struck out six.

The Threshers managed 9 hits on the night. They scored a run on a single, ground out and a single by Willie CarmonaArt Charles had the only XBH, a double, for the home team.  Andrew Knapp had 2 singles and 2 strike outs in 4 at bats.

Pet Lavin, fresh off being selected the FSL player of the week, was held hitless but chipped in with his 7th outfield assist.

The Threshers lost a competitive 3-1 game.

Tomorrow XST is on the road, and Brody Colvin pitches for the Threshers.


5 thoughts on “Threshers; May 12, 2014

  1. Kleven had more strikeouts in his 11 IP last year with Clearwater than he has in 32 innings this year. Weird… He’s also got one less walk this year, so I guess he’s really focused on throwing strikes.

  2. Don’t get it with Brody Colvin…..Phillies keep hoping for the magic to return as a starter.
    Just throw him in as a closer/reliever and let him air it out for one or two innings.

    Ethan Martin said yesterday all he has to do now is just throw like hell and not having to worry about facing the same batter a 2nd or 3rd time latter on, so he doesn’t need to guage his pitch selection.

    1. The problem with Colvin is that early this year out of the bullpen the stuff was not there, the fastball was 87-90 and the secondary pitches poor. At this point the Phillies are moving him where they have openings and just giving him the innings to try and see if something clicks.

    2. There was an interesting discussion about Martin on the IPigs telecast. Martin’s velocity has been slow to return, so he’s really been focusing on improving his pitching. He mixed pitches and changed speeds better than I’ve seen him do it before. Also, it’s true his velocity is nowhere near where it was last year (adding 2 MPH to the LvH gun, it was around 90-93), but he seems to have recovery a good portion of the velocity he lost this spring. That said, he’s going to need to sit at least in the 93-94 range, touching higher, to be effective unless his command and secondary pitches take a huge leap forward.

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