Lehigh Valley (23-42) Game against Buffalo Bison’s suspended with IronPigs leading 2-0 in the fourth. Reschuled before tomorrow’s game. Chad Billingsley (1-1, 4.74) pitches second game tomorrow.
Reading (33-29) Much needed off day. Jesse Biddle (5-1, 4.11) pitches tomorrow.
Clearwater (32-32) lost to the St. Lucie Mets 3-2 in 13 innings. Colin Kleven threw 102 pitches in six innings. He pitched well but walked the leadoff batter twice and they both came around to score. His line was 6.0 IP, 4 H. 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. Kleven’s arsenal features 3 different fastballs. He threw them 95 times and they were in the 88-95 range. He threw 7 off-speed pitches, 6 of them in his last 2 innings. I checked with a scout who has been here since Friday. Yes, the Bright House gun may be a little “hot”. He represents SF and said that the speed on the scoreboard was consistently 1 MPH faster than his gun. I’m going to continue to report what I see, you can adjust as you see fit.
The Threshers faced a pitcher who was making his professional debut. So of course he pitched like Tom Seaver. The new kid threw less than 80 pitches to complete seven innings, allowed 2 hits, hit a batter, and struck out 4 Threshers. Fortunately, he was lifted after seven and two different relievers allowed the Threshers to score single runs in the eighth and ninth. They started both innings with a single and a double and still couldn’t manage more than a run each inning.
The Threshers started the tenth with Walding reaching on a ball he scalded to short. Mora bunted him over. When the pitcher threw poorly to first we had runners on first and third. Then the umpire decided to make a call he probably waited his entire, short career to make. Interfernce on Mora. Terrible call. Te ball and Mora got to the bag at the same time. The ball was bunted and fielded along the first base line. The pitcher threw the ball toward the inside of the bag. Yet, Andrew McKay decided to rule interference and Mora was out and Walding had to return to first. Coach Legg was ejected for arguing vehemently while in the right with the little napoleon. Hope they send this guy back to high school games. So, the game goes thirteen and Cody Forsythe takes the loss.
Not much offense. The Threshers only had 6 hits. Knapp and Numata both doubled. Mora had an RBI on a sacrifice fly. The other run scored when pinch runner Chase Harris scored from first on a fielding error by the left fielder on Knapp’s double. Mark Imhof (2-1, 1.80) pitches tomorrow.
Lakewood (32-29) split a double header with the Hagerstown Suns. Ricardo Pinto won the first game. He pitched 6.0 innings allowing 1 ER on 7 H and 2 BB. He struck out two. Rhys Hoskins went 2-3 with 2 RBI (48). Herlis Rodriguez went 2-3 with a triple and 2 RBI.
Hagerstown wont the second game 4-3. Josh Taylor gave up 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits and 2 walks in 5.0 innings. Rodriguez went 1-2 with his 5th HR. The ‘Claws 1 thru 4 hitters are over .300 and their 6 thru 9 hitters are under .200. Their 5-hole hitter is at .254. Double header tomorrow. Tyler Viza (4-1, 3.00) pitches one game, TBD the other.
Williamsport (0-0) starts its season on the road against the State College Spikes on June 19th, home opener on June 20th.
GCL Phillies (0-0) start their season across the bay against the GCL Yankees1 on June 22nd, second game at the Carpenter Complex on June 23rd.
DSL Phillies (9-5) beat the DSL Athletics 1-0. Jhon Nunez pitched 5-hit ball for 5.0 innings. Luis Beaufond (.415) drove in the only run with a SF. Daniel Brito cracked the lin up for the first time ina week and went 1-4 from the DH.
VSL Phillies (9-15) lost 22-0 to the VSL Tigers. Lenin Rodriguez got their only hit.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- About 28 of the draft picks have signed according to Todd Zolecki. The 10-11 he identified by name have been added to the Draft Tracker with signing bonuses for some of the guys outside of the top ten. Number One Cornelius Randolph is reportedly headed to Philadelphia. Others are in Clearwater taking physicals. I’m headed to the Complex Tuesday morning to see if they are working out yet.
- Philadelphia Phillies sent RHP Chad Billingsley on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- Will Morris assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Reading Fightin Phils.
- Mark Leiter assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers.
- Kelly Dugan assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers.
- And Carlos Tocci tweeted that he is headed for Clearwater.