Lehigh Valley lost to the Buffalo Bisons, 5-1. Seve Gonzalez got roughed up early in his 5.0 innings. He gave up 5 ER on 10 hits and 2 HRs. Phillippe Aumont struck out 3 in 2.0 innings of relief. The ‘Pigs managed only 5 hits. Maikel Franco went 2 -4 (.323) with his 5th double. Tommy Joseph went 0-4 but threw out an attempted base stealer.
Reading – no game scheduled.
Clearwater came from behind to beat the Jupiter Hammerheads 3-2 in 11 innings. Brandon Leibrandt pitched 6.0 strong innings allowing 2 runs on 5 hits with 6 strike outs. Mark Leiter picked up the win with an even more impressive 4.0 scoreless innings allowing only 1 hit while striking out 4 batters. Ulises Joaquin collected his 3rd save. The Threshers collected 11 hits. They scored early on a double by Dom Brown. Andrew Knapp drove in the tying run with a sacrifice fly in the 8th inning. He tripled with one out in the 11th and scored on Dylan Cozens ground single to center. Brodie Greene, Andrew Pullin, Cozens, and Willians Astudillo each had 2 hits. Leibrandt picked off a base runner. (Note: the Threshers are 5-3. They didn’t win their 5th game last year until game 20 when they posted a 5-15 record on April 24th.) Miguel Nunez takes the mound against Lakeland on Friday – Phinley bobble head night. If you are in the area, come early. Exciting team and a bobble head. WooHoo!
Lakewood couldn’t protect an early lead and lost 7-3 to the Hagerstown Suns. Josh Taylor allowed 6 hits and 2 runs through his 5.0 innings. Jason Zgardowski blew the save and took the loss with a 3-run 6th inning. Carlos Tocci had another hit but his average dipped below .400 (.387). He added his 4th steal of the season. Herlis Rodriguez had 2 hits and an RBI. Derek Campbell chipped in with a hit and 2 RBI. The Suns bullpen held the ‘Claws to 1 hit over the final 4 innings. Grenny Cumana started 3 double plays.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Bonus coverage – Victor Arano pitched 4 innings in an XST game. He gave up 1 run on 2 hits. His pitches had nice movement, but he wasn’t getting the low strike and had to adjust. He did. His fastball was 93-94 mph. Seranthony Dominguez followed with 3.0 innings and a 95-96 mph fastball. However, his command left a lot to be desired. He gave up 2 unearned runs on just 2 hits, but walked 3 and hit 2 batters. Felix Paulino pitched 1.0 inning and was 90-92 mph. Jan Hernandez and Jesus Posso each had 2 base hits and both hit the ball hard. The game ended after 8 innings. The Phillies rolled an inning, the first time I’ve seen them do that, ever (although Gkit told me they did it on Tuesday, too.)
I was told that Austin Wright requested his release when he was told he would be returning to Reading. I would say there is maybe an 80% likelihood that this is accurate.
I don’t know if you guys are aware that two more 2014 draftees opted for retirement. Catcher Sean McHugh (18th round, Purdue) retired on April 8th. Right-handed pitcher Preston Packrall (24th round, University of Tampa) retired on April 9th. They are the 5th and 6th young players to retire this year. Larry Greene retired early this year followed by Bryan Sova (24th, 2014), Nick Hanson (16th, 2012), and Julio Reyes (FA, 2010).
No word yet on Jake Sweaney. But, wondering where Julsan Kamara is, too. He’s the kid they signed when he graduated from the German equivalent to high school and sent to the DSL. He wasn’t at instructs either.