Lehigh Valley beat Durham, 4-2. Chad Billingsley allowed 5 hits and a walk while striking out 6 through 5.2 innings. Lehigh’s only error led to 2 unearned runs. Maikel Franco had the day off. Dom Brown had 2 hits (.182) and 2 RBIs. Tommy Joseph returned to the starting line up and went 1-4.
Reading – no game scheduled.
Clearwater opened a 4-game series against the Dunedin Blue Jays with an 8-1 victory behind Colin Kleven. The Threshers amassed an 18 hit attack against the Jays. Kleven had a no-no through 4 innings. He opened the 5th with 2 strike outs then gave up back-to-back triples. Kleven finished with a 3-hitter thru 6.0 innings. He struck out 6, but issued an uncharacteristic 4 walks and hit a batter. Harold Guerrero and Will Morris pitched 3-hit shutout ball the rest of the way. Everybody got at least one hit. Drew Stankiewicz (3, .283), Dylan Cozens (2, .247), Willians Astudillo (3, .309), Mitchell Walding (2, .195), Devin Lohman (2, .235), and Chase Harris (3, .270) had multi-hit games. The Threshers caught a couple breaks on mis-played balls – one a pop up that landed cleanly behind the mound during their 3-run fifth; and another in the no-man’s land amid the second baseman, right fielder, and center fielder during their 3-run sixth. Kleven fastball was 91-94, T95 (3 times).
Lakewood rallied to tie the game in the top of the ninth only to lose to Augusta 7-5 in 10 innings. Tyler Viza started and allowed 5 runs in 5.0 innings. Three relievers pitched 1-hit ball while the offense rallied. Austin Davis took the loss. The BlueClaws collected 15 hits. Carlos Tocci (2, .359), Rhys Hoskins (3, .324), and Deivi Grullon (3, .297) were among 5 ‘Claws to have a multi-hit game. Hoskins also clouted his 4th home run, a game-tying 2-run homer in the ninth inning.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- J.P. Crawford played shortstop for 7 innings in XST. He commited a soft error on a ball hit a couple steps to his left, but handled 2-3 other chances. One was a pop up to shallow left toward the line. It wasn’t very deep, but he made the running catch. He went 2-4 with 2 line drive singles to center, a ground out to second, and another line drive that was caught by a diving center fielder.
- A rumor circulated around the cage late in the game that Crawford would report to the Threshers on Monday. I will try and confirm tomorrow. If he’s healthy, I wouldn’t wait. He isn’t being tested at this level. In the at bats I’ve seen or been told about, he is 6 for 13 with a K and a BB.