David Buchanan got pulled after one inning, I suspect simply because he threw 45 pitches in the first inning, but I also suspect the walk, five hits and four runs might have done it anyway. Seth Rosin gave up four hits in relief and he was the team’s MVP, as he also struck out four.
Cam Perkins drove in three of the four Reading runs and Nefi Ogando closed out his fourth save, allowing two hits and striking out two in a scoreless ninth. He’s walked just five and struck out 19 in his 19 innings thus far. John McDonald, on the other hand, hasn’t struck out anyone. He’s slipping.
And for Lakewood, Andrew Pullin was 2-5 with a double and a home run, Carlos Tocci was 2-4 with a walk, Mitch Walding was 3-5 with a double, and Deivi Grullon was 2-3 with two doubles. But the big winner of that contest was Ranfi Casimiro. The 6’8″ right hander struck out eight in six innings, while allowing just one run on two hits and three walks. Easily his best start of the year, after he had easily his best start of the year last time out. That starts to look like a trend if he does it one more time. Cross your fingers.
And in case you missed it, Jay Floyd (@phoulballz) reported that J.P. Crawford was hitting in the cage with a bandage on his injured finger under his batting glove, was available if needed, and intends to play Monday.