Lehigh Valley lost to Buffalo and fell to 3-6. Maikel Franco went 3-4 (2-3 off Randy Wolf) with his 6th double. Adam Morgan pitched 5.0 innings and took the loss. He gave up 5 runs (3 ER) on 6 hits. Looks like he pitched well and tired in the 5th inning when he gave up the 3 ER. He threw 87 pitches, 54 strikes.
Reading beat Richmond, 7-1. Aaron Nola allowed 4 hits over 6.0 shut out innings. He walked one and struck out 5. He threw 86 pitches, 62 strikes. Roman Quinn went 2-4, 2 R, RBI, BB, 3 SB. Aaron Altherr made his first start and went 2-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, and an outfield assist. Brock Stassi, Gabriel Lino, and KC Serna each had 2 hits. Stassi added 3 more RBIs to his league leading total.
Clearwater won 4-3 in 17 innings over the Lakeland Flying Tigers. Miguel Nunez gave up 3 runs in the 4th inning. The bullpen held the Tigers scoreless over the final 12 innings. Aaron Brown and Andrew Pullin hit solo home runs. Pullin drove in a “small ball” run with a ground out after Drew Stankiewicz led off the 5th inning with a double and was sacrificed over to third in a 3-1 game. Dylan Cozens ended the marathon with an RBI single. Cody Forsythe earned the win. More here.
Lakewood beat Hagerstown 9-3. Tyler raised his record to 2-0 on 4 hit pitching over 5.0 innings. He gave up 2 ER and struck out 5. Denard Span led off for the Suns. Malquin Canelo, Jiandido Tromp, Rhys Hopkins, and Derek Campbell each had 2 hits. Herlis Rodriguez had a triple, 3 RBI, and an outfield assist when he threw out Span trying to stretch a single. Canelo had 2 of the teams 5 doubles.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Bonus coverage – if you missed my earlier report, Jake Sweaney underwent successful TJ surgery in California.
Jonathon Pettibone was scheduled to throw about 25 pitches in the XST game at Dunedin. He threw an 11-pitch 1st inning retiring the Jays 1-2-3. His fast ball was fairly steady at 86 and reached 87 on his last pitch. He threw 9 strikes. The coaches opted to have him finish his work in the bullpen. Pretty good first outing. The velocity isn’t important yet. That he was able to throw without pain was a step in the right direction.
Yoel Mecias threw 38 pitches over the next 3 innings of the same game. He allowed 2 base runners on a double and a walk. He recorded 2 strike outs. He started off 86-88, improved to 88-89 T90, and finished 87-88. He had a 24/14 S/B ratio. He looked fine. I remember how I wrote him off last year when he threw 85-86 in a GCL start. He was later promoted to Lakewood and I was surprised to hear the was throwing 92. So, yeah, he looks fine. If somebody stumbles in Clearwater, maybe he ends up there when he’s ready.
Mitch Guellar threw 2 innings. He threw 17 pitches. His fast ball was 85-88. He walked his first batter on 4 pitches and immediately received a coaching visit. He only retired 1 batter in his first inning. The walk was erased on a steal attempt and a line drive single down the left field line was thrown out trying to stretch a it into a double. He was hit hard in the next inning recording outs on line drives to infielders and a sharp ground out to short.
Venn Biter crushed a 2-run home run to right. Later Jan Hernandez did the same. Luis Encarnacion went 2-3 with an RBI double.
J.P Crawford has been taking 65-70+ hard ground balls the past few days. It shouldn’t be long before he takes the field in XST.