A clean-shaven Jesse Biddle made his 2014 Threshers’ debut tonight against the Daytona Cubs. The young lefty had only pitched 2 GCL innings since his last start for Reading on June 23rd. He came into the game with a 5-inning limit.
Biddle looked very good in his protracted outing. He needed only 64 pitches while no-hitting the Cubs through his 5 innings. He had a 45/19 ball-to-strike ratio. His line –
- 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
More Biddle facts –
- He threw 14 pitches in the first inning, 11 of 12 strikes after starting with 2 balls.
- the first batter saw only fast balls and struck out in an 8-pitch at bat.
- His fastball was 92-93 mph.
- He threw a knee-buckling 75 mph curve on an 0-2 pitch to strike out the 2nd batter.
- He ran four 3-ball counts.
- The one walk came on a pitch everybody thought was strike three except the ump.
- He ran one other deep count 2-2 and it resulted in a strike out
- After the walk, he struck out the next batter on 3 pitches.
- On 2 occasions he walked off the back of the mound and composed himself during at bats, both with positive results.
- Of his 45 strikes – 7 swinging, 13 called, 15 fouls, 10 in play
- Of the 10 in play – 5 ground balls (2 back to Biddle), 2 pop ups, and 3 easy fly balls, although Herlis Rodriguez had a long run to catch one along the left field foul line.
- Of his 5 strike outs, 3 swinging, 2 called.
- After one-hopping the throw to first on the first of his 2 chances, Biddle ran the second chance halfway to the bag before tossing underhand to Art Charles.
- When he missed, he only missed close a handful of times. Curves generally missed in the dirt, fast balls high.
- He faced 16 batters.
- He threw 12 first-pitch strikes.
- He recorded 4 one-pitch at bats.
- He threw 34 pitches in the 5 at bats where he ran 2- or 3-ball counts.
- And, 30 pitches (25 for strikes) in the other 11 at bats.
- He left with a 4-0 lead and a no-hitter.
Biddle looked good, but the Cubs came into this series with a 30-plus inning scoreless streak. And it is A-ball. Let’s enjoy the positive outing, and see what happens next time out.
Biddle got the win when Lino Martinez and Ulises Joaquin combined to two-hit the Cubs over the final 4 innings.
The Threshers picked up their first run on a Brandon Short home run in the second inning. They added three more in the fourth inning. J.P. Crawford led off with a single. Brian Pointer worked a one-out walk and both runners advanced on an errant pick off throw at second base by the pitcher. Crawford later scored on a wild pitch. Art Charles completed the scoring with a mammoth 2-run home run to right.
The four runs turned out to be enough for the bull pen tonight.
- Crawford made several nice plays.
- He raced into shallow left to make a sprawling, over the shoulder catch in the eighth inning to preserve the no-hitter at the time.
- He made a strong throw on a 4-6-3 double play in the seventh inning.
- He made an even stronger throw on another 4-6-3 attempt that the runner just beat. The ball was hit slowly up the middle and Angelo Mora had a lot of ground to cover before flipping the ball to Crawford. Close play, but correct call.
- Herlis Rodriguez was thrown out at home on a double steal attempt, a play that would have been Crawford’s successful steal of second.
- The no hitter was broken on a soft liner just over Mora.
- Roman Quinn’s 20-game on base streak came to an end.
- The Cubs pitchers were equally effective, holding the Threshers to 4 hits.
- Joaquin did not allow 2 inherited runners to score and was rewarded with the save.
Banner day for a lot of pitchers in the organization. Hector Neris recorded first professional win after midnight last night. Biddle gets first Threshers’ win this season. Aaron gets first AA win for Reading. Keys raises record to 2-1 in GCL picking up win in “relief” of B.J. Rosenberg. Anderson Nunez picks up first win in second start for DSL Phils. And, David Buchanan pushes his Phillies record over .500 to 6-5 with a win over the Astros.