Lehigh Valley lost to Louisville, 5-3. Joely Rodriguez allowed a dozen base runners in his 6.0 innings. He was provided a first inning run and gave it back in the bottom of the inning. He’s now 0-3, 7.14. Maikel Franco went 1-4. Tommy Joseph went 1-4 with a double and a run scored. He also threw out 1 of 2 base stealers. Dom Brown went 2-3 with 2 RBI, a walk, and his 5th stolen base. Atlanta bound?
Reading beat New Hampshire, 5-1. Aaron Nola threw 7.0 solid innings. He scattered 5 hits and 2 walks. His only blemish was a solo home run in the first inning. Nola picked off a base runner prior to the home run. Ethan Stewart allowed only a walk in 2.0 innings of relief. Aaron Altherr hit a grand slam home run, his second home run of the season, in Reading’s 5-run fifth inning. Roman Quinn went 2-5 and stole his 11th base. Cameron Perkins went 2-4 with a double and threw out a runner trying to stretch a single into a double. Harold Marinez and KC Serna also had 2-hit games. Gabriel Lino threw out a would be base stealer.
Clearwater lost 6-4 to Brevard County. It was an exciting back-and-forth affair that also featured a ninth inning rally that fell short. This was Mark Leiter’s first start of the season. It was an auspicious start as he recorded 3 first inning strike outs. He pitched well after spending the first month in the bullpen. Leiter was likely on a pitch count and was lifted after the fifth inning, having thrown 80 pitches . These 5 innings were his longest outing this season. His line – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K. His FB was 89-91, T92. Miguel Nunez and Edubray Ramos each gave up a run in relief. Ulises Joaquin surrendered 2 more in the ninth. Ramos took the loss.
Zach Green played third and went 2-4 with his first HR of the season. Andrew Knapp also had 2 hits. Drew Stankiewicz had 2 RBIs and Willians Astudillo one. Andrew Pullin is 3 for his last 20 and his average has dropped from .314 to .278. Chase Harris picked up an outfield assist when Astudillo cut off a throw to the plate and nailed a runner at second. Harris and Astudillo were also involved in an unusual double play. With runners on second and third, the batter flew out to center. Harris’ throw to the plate was cut off by Astudillo and his relay to Knapp was wild. Knapp retrieved the ball and threw to Astudillo who was covering the plate to retire the second runner. Score that 8-3-2-3.
The Threshers’ pitchers struck out 15 batters and walked five. Three of those 5 walks were to leadoff batters – 2nd inning (Leiter), 7th (Nunez), and 8th (Ramos). All three of these runners scored.
Lakewood forged a 3-0 lead only to fall to Savannah, 6-3. Ricardo Pinto took the loss. He pitched 5.0 innings and allowed 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K. Grenny Cumana had 2 hits. Rhys Hoskins went 2-4 with a double. Cord Sandberg went 1-4 with a double and an RBI. Carlos Tocci went 0-3 with a walk. Slump!?!
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- J.P. Crawford played nine innings in XST today.
- Carlos Alonso out for the season with torn knee ligaments.
- Severino Gonzalez optioned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.