Thanks to @nyphilsmaniac19, we get a live report from todays Lakewood game:
Lakewood Game Report vs Greenville, July 23
Pitching: Yoel Mecias started and went 5 solid innings. Here is a sampling of his pitch speeds based on the stadium gun: 80,73,76,85,74,80,83,82,83,85,75,73,73,83,85,82,86,75,83,81,85,74,84,82,85,80. This is obviously not every pitch as I was tracking AB’s simultaneously. Here is a batter by batter look at Yoel’s outing:
1st: Weak GO 6-3/ Pop up by the mound(P-6)/ chopper towards the middle, Pullin made a nice backhand and a jump throw which was scooped nicely by Green at 1st.
2nd: HR (long AB- didn’t seem to be hit that solidly- ball was really carrying today which is odd since there wasn’t much wind)/Went 2-0 on the next batter and Knapp came out to calm him down which seemed to work- got the batter on a slow roller 4-3/4-3 GO on a 3-1 pitch/K on a 74 mph change-up (his only K of the day)
3rd: Hard line single to CF/Off-balance swing that went 6-3 (should have been a DP but ball wEnt off Canelo’s chest- he recovered and got the batter at 1st)/Sac bunt 1-3 (Mecias did an excellent job bouncing off the mound to field the ball and get the out- nice athletic play)/Line out to deep LF
4th: Weak 4-3 GO (had the hitter off balance the whole AB)/Lazy FO to CF/4-3 GO- nicely charged by Pullin
5th: Lineout to LF (nice running play by Hiciano)/Lazy FO to RF/Easy 4-3 GO
Julio Reyes came on to pitch two scoreless innings. He topped out at 87 while walking two in the 6th and giving up a double in the 7th.
At this point the Claws had taken a 2-1 lead, which quickly dissolved in the 8th and 9th. Daniel Child (who recently arrived from CW) took the loss after giving up 3 in the 8th. He deserved better since the first batter reached on a dropped 3rd strike (though it was a WP) to the backstop. After giving up two straight XB hits, Zach Green threw over Knapp’s hound on a ground ball that allowed a run to score.
Matt Hockenberry came on in the 9th and threw serious gasoline on the fire as the Drive scored 5 runs off him on 3 BB’s and 4 hits.
Carlos Tocci: 1) Worked a full count then K’d swinging on a high FB 2) Hard ground single right up the middle (he then got picked off- he wasn’t even stealing- just misread the lefty pitcher and took his secondary lead too early) 3) 4 pitch BB!!!! 4) weak looper to fiest baseman
Andrew Pullin: Pullin was definitely the star of the game. He played an excellent 2B fielding all kinds of ground balls and making some very nice pickups- he looked smooth flipping a ball to Canelo on a should-be DP but Canelo threw high so they only got one out. Seems like not long ago he was learning the position (2B) and now he looks very comfortable. His AB’s: 1) Hard GO to 1st (3-1) 2) Another grounder to 1st base 3) Triple over the RF’s head that one-hopped the wall (could have been scored a 2B and error as it was bobbled some, but a well struck rope) 4) Smoked a single into RC
Andrew Knapp: 1) Ripped a grounder to third, 3B made a nice backhand play and threw him out- he ran pretty well (for a catcher) 2) 5 pitch walk 3) 5-3 ground out with the infield in 4) 4-6 FC (Batting lefty for the first time in the game). Knapp had a rough game behing the plate with balls in the dirt, but he did a decent job. He gave up a double steal in the 9th but I would put more of the blame on Hockenberry.
Zach Green: 1) K’d on a change-up swinging 2) K’d swinging on a curve or slider in the dirt 3) Double- Hard liner off the LF glove 4) Flyout to Left. In the fielde, Green made a very nice scoop on one play, but did make a throwing error on a play at home later.
Dylan Cozens: 1) 6-3 chopper (out by a step) 2) Sky high FO to RF 3) K’d (swung and missed badly all 3 pitches) 4) Finally got to face a righty and ripped a deep liner the other way that was caught in LF.
Willians Astudillo: 1) 5 pitch Walk 2) 6-3 GO 3) 4-3 GO 4) Foul Out to Catcher
Mitch Walding: 1) K’d swinging- way out front of a change-up 2) Walked on a 3-2 pitch- good AB fouled off a few 3) Ground rule Double to LF (smoked) 4) Another Walk
Samuel Hiciano: made a very nice running catch in LF- did not do anything at the plate ( 3 lazy pop-ups and a k)
Malquin Canelo: Also did not have a good day- was shaky on D (messed up 2 potential DP’s- one on a bad throw and one on a grounder that he did not field cleanly). At the plate, he k’d looking once and did not get the ball out of the infield in his other 3 AB’s.