Lehigh Valley lost 7-6 to Buffalo. Both teams had double-digit hits. But, IronPigs’ pitchers handed out 9 free passes while striking out seven. Bisons’ pitchers walked 1 while striking out nine. Every “Pig got at least one base hit. Maikel Franco went 1 for 5.
Reading won 7-4. Jesse Biddle picked up the win. Art Charles had a big night. He went 4 for 4 with 2 doubles, 2 triples, and 5 RBIs.
Clearwater beat Lakeland, 8-4. Colin Kleven went 6.0 innings allowing 3 runs (2 ER). He gave up 8 hits and a walk and left with a 5-run lead. Lino Martinez left the game with an arm injury after walking the lead off hitter in the eighth inning. Cody Forsyhte ame in to finish the frame and allowed the inherited runner to score, but struck out three in the inning. The Threshers amassed 15 hits, and every player had at least one. Aaron Brown went 2-4 with a double. triple, and 2 RBIs. Devin Lohman went 3-4 with a double and 2 RBIs. Zach Green, Andrew Knapp, and Brodie Greene added 2-hit games. Dylan Cozens picked up an outfield assist.
Lakewood beat Hagerstown, 2-1. Ranfi Casimiro allowed one run and 7 hits over 7.0 innings while walking none and striking out six. Joey Denato got a hold, and Matt Hockenberry picked up his third save. Tocci went 1 for 3 and lowered his batting average. Canelo picked up 2 more hits.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Bonus coverage – well, maybe not. Watched Jeff Hoffman pitch against the “Williamsport” group at XST today. Hoffman was projected to be one of the top five prospects going into the 2014 Amateur Draft when he had TJ surgery about a month before the draft. He dropped to ninth where the Blue Jays selected him. Before the surgery, he had a mid-90s FB that could hit 98, an equally good curve, and an above-average change. Today was his third “start” and his first time going three innings. He overpowered our kids with a 94-95 mph FB and a nice curve. However, all of our batters were considerably younger than the 22-year old right-hander out of ECU. He faced four 20-year olds, two 18-year olds, three 17-year olds, and a 16-year old. Only Jan Hernandez reached base when he was hit on the hand with a pitch. Bryan Martelo was the only batter to get the ball out of the infield on a fly ball to shallow right.