Lehigh Valley (24-43) won the completion of their suspended game 3-1. Chad Billingsley took over in the fifth when the game resumed and pitched 3.0 innings for the win. He gave up an unearned run on 3 hits and a walk. Jake Diekman picked up his 3rd save. Darin Ruf started at first and went 1-4 with 2 RBI. C Gabriel Lino went 1-4 but struck out 3 times. Jordan Danks and Cord Phelps had 2 hits each.
The IronPigs dropped the second game 3-1. Seve Gonzalez took the loss with the following line – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K. Adam Loewen pitched the final 2.0 innings allowing 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out four. (1-1, 4.74) pitches second game tomorrow. The ‘Pigs managed only 4 hits by LF Tyler Henson (RBI), CF Brian Bogusevic (.319), 3B Cord Phelps, and C Blake Forsythe (R, 2B).
Adam Morgan (0-6, 4.61) pitches tomorrow as the IronPigs face former Phillies’ pitcher Randy Wolf (5-1, 2.70).
Reading (34-29) beat the Trenton Thunder 8-2. Jesse Biddle got the win with the following superb line – 7.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 94 pitches, 60 strikes. Keith Law posted this after the sixth inning, “Jesse Biddle through six innings for Reading. He has looked fantastic – like 2014 never happened”. ‘Nuf said. Colton Murray struck out 2 in 1.1 innings of relief.
J.P. Crawford led off again and went 2-5 with a double and 2 RBI. RF Kelly Dugan went 1-3 with a double, walk, and RBI; but commited an error that led to the unearned run. CF Aaron Altherr, Brock Stassi, and LF Cam Perkins had 2 hits each as every player had at least one hit. C Rene Garcia chipped in with 2 RBI.
Zach Eflin (4-4, 3.12) pitches tomorrow.
Clearwater (32-33) lost to the St. Lucie Mets 5-2. Mark Imhof lasted only 2.1 innings in his first home start since April 9th. He labored through a 24-pitch first inning facing 4 batters and walking one. Eighteen of those pitches were FB at 87-89 on our generous radar gun. Imhof fared better in the second inning. He needed only 13 pitches to retire the side. He dealt with an inning-opening error by one of his fielders and survived a subsequent base hit with a strike out and a double play. In the third inning, the command and control he relies on deserted him and he threw 25 pitches to seven batters and only recorded one out. He pitched from behind to most batters. His velocity was only marginally lower than at the start of the game, but still within his normal range. The only fly ball he allowed was a sacrifice fly, softly hit down the RF line. He did walk a batter, but the 5 hits he allowed were ground balls that were just outside of the reach of his infielders. His uncharacteristic line was – 2.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 62 pitches, 36 strikes.
Overall 40 of Imhof’s 62 pitches were FB 87-89. I had seen him hit 90 as recently as ten days ago on hand held guns at the complex and in Dunedin. If our stadium gun is hot, tonight’s readings should have been higher. I shared the booth with Kris Dunn from www.dugoutview.com. I provided him with my pitch count and velo for a prospect report he was writing. Give him a look for an outside perspective.
The Threshers’ offense was stymied through the first five innings, managing only 3 singles. Their best scoring chance came in the sixth when they combined three 2-out singles, a double, and a walk to score 2 runs and load the bases. However, that is all they could muster. Their only base runner over the final 3 innings reached on a HBP. Dylan Cozens went 2-5.
Carlos Tocci made his Clearwater debut, and although he struck out in his first 2 at bats, he didn’t look over matched. He just struck out. He finished 1-5 with the Threshers’ only extra base hit (a double) and one of their two RBIs. He reached on an error by the SS in his second at bat. He might have beat the throw anyway, the fielder had to move to his right and hurried to field the ball and missed it. Tocci’s double was a hard ground ball to the left of the SS that he couldn’t get to. Tocci hustled it into a double. He grounded out hard down the third base line in the ninth inning. It’s too early to pass judgement on the young man, but he looks like he’s wearing a jersey that comes off the kids rack. And that still looks loose on him.
Yacksel Rios (1-2, 2.67) pitches tomorrow.
Lakewood (32-31) Delmarva took both games of double header. 9-6 and 4-0.
In the first game, Tyler Viza had a rough 3.1 innings. Cord Sandberg went 4-4 with a HR and 2 RBI. Damek Tomscha went 3-3 with a double and an RBI. Malquin went 2-4 with a double and 2 RBI.
In the second game, the pitchers for both teams performed well. Delmarva finally broke through in the top of the sixth with Joey De Nato in his third inning of relief. He and seventh inning reliever Alexis Rivero both gave up two runs, one of which was unearned for each pitcher. Meanwhile, the Shorebirds held the BlueClaws to 4 base runners, 3 hits and a walk. Canelo had one of the singles.
Chris Oliver (3-4, 3.44) pitches tomorrow.
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 (9-6) lost to the DSL Rays 9-2. The DSL Phillies were held to 2 hits.
VSL Phillies (10-15) beat the VSL Tigers 4-3. Enger Jimenez went 0-3 and dropped below .400 to .398 for the season.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- 20 new signees were on the field today in Clearwater this morninig. Reported here. The 2015 Draft Tracker has been updated to show the new reports and signing bonuses.
- Lehigh Valley IronPigs released LHP Nick Hill.
- LHP Joely Rodriguez assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- Adam Loewen assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
- RHP Paul Clemens assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- Reading Fightin Phils released RHP Lee Ridenhour.
- Reading Fightin Phils activated SS KC Serna from the 7-day disabled list.
- RHP Ricardo Pinto assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lakewood BlueClaws.
- CF Carlos Tocci assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lakewood BlueClaws.
- Chase Harris assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Clearwater Threshers.
- Yoel Mecias assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Phillies Extended Spring Training.
- Lakewood BlueClaws released RHP Nick Rodesky.
- Calvin Rayburn assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Phillies Extended Spring Training.
- DSL Phillies placed RHP Juan Torres on the restricted list.
- Williamsport has not updated their 2015 roster but the following 23 were present for Media Day today. Sure to be changes in the next few days. Bold are returning. Bold/Italics are from 2015 Draft.
- RHP: Lewis Alezones, Alejandro Arteaga, Jared Fisher, Mitch Gueller, Franklyn Kilome, Luis Morales, Will Morris, Feliberto Sanchez, Jose Taveras, Jason Zgardowski
- LHP: Juan Figueroa, Denton Keys
- C: Wilson Garcia, Jesus Posso, Gregori Rivero
- INF: William Cuicas, Luis Espiritu, Jan Hernandez, Scott Tomassetti, Andrew Amaro
- OF: Venn Biter, Carlos Duran, Jose Pujols