Brandon Leibrandt pitched on Eighties Night in Clearwater. First, he threw 83 pitches. Second, his fastball was in the mid-to-upper 80s. And, third 85.9% of the 64 pitches that registered on the radar gun were in the 80s. See what I did there. Eighties night, 83 pitches, upper 80s FB, 85.9% in the 80s. Seriously, this game followed a similar pattern for Leibrandt. He lives in the 80s and pitches out of jams. The most glaring difference tonight was the 2 walks. He normally has much better control. The hit batter wasn’t a big deal, he was trying to establish the inside part of the plate. It was a shame that it came as the seventh pitch of the at bat on a 1-2 pitch.
Clearwater (52-41) lost to the Palm Beach Cardinals 7-2. Brandon Leibrandt pitched 6.0 innings. He gave up 1 run on 5 hits, 2 walks, and a HBP. His strike/ball was 52/29. He also caught a runner trying to steal third. Leibrandt left with a 2-1 lead that was provided by a Mitch Walding 2-run HR (3). The bullpen took over and imploded over the next 3 innings.
Alexis Rivero made his second appearance since joining the Threshers. He blew the save opportunity and earned the loss. He started the seventh inning by yielding a lead off single. Then he wild pitched the runner to second. The runner made it to third on a ground out to the right side. Rivero escaped with a shallow fly to right and a strike out. He wasn’t as lucky in the eighth. Again he gave up lead off single. Again he wild pitched the runner to second, this time on a strike out. He issued 2 more singles to give up the tying run, and was lifted in favor of Ulises Joaquin.
Joaquin allowed the two inherited runners to score on a double and sacrifice fly. He gave up another run on a single before getting out of the inning. With 2 outs in the ninth, Joaquin gave up a single and home run to close out the scoring. Going into the game, the Threshers had been 38-1 in games when leading after 7 innings.
The Threshers had been shut out the previous two nights with a no-hitter and a perfect game thrown at them for large parts of both games. They broke their 20 inning scoreless streak on Walding’s HR, but then didn’t score again the rest of the game. The Cardinals pitching staff held them to 2 runs over the last 28 innings of the series. The Threshers accumulated 12 hits, but collected half of them in the first 2 innings.
Malquin Canelo (.213) went 0-5 with 4 Ks and looks over-matched at the plate against good pitching. Carlos Tocci (.291) went 4-5 and was a fraction of a second away from beating a throw that would have made him 5-5. Rhys Hoskins (.268) went 1-5 with a double but once again struck the ball well when not getting a hit. I can’t wait to see Hoskins and Cozens in the line up together. Willians Astudillo (.304) went 2-4 with a double. Mitch Walding went 2-4 with a HR (3) and 2 RBI.
Lehigh Valley (42-52) beat the Rochester Red Wings 4-2. Sean O’Sullivan gave up 2 runs on 6 hits in 6.0 innings. He struck out four. Adam Loewen picked up his 7th save. Jordan Danks hit his third HR of the season. Aaron Altherr (.307) went 1-4 and drove in the go ahead runs in the eighth inning with a 2-run HR (4).
Reading (50-43) lost to the New Britain Rock Cats 5-2. Colin Kleven gave up all 5 runs on 8 hits and a walk in 4.0 innings. Hoby Milner (2 H, 1 BB in 2.0 IP), Joely Rodriguez (1 H in 2.0 IP), and Edubray Ramos (0 H, 1 BB in 1.0 IP) shut the Rock ats out over the final 5.0 innings. J.P. Crawford (.266) went 2-4 with a double and triple. Andrew Knapp (.317) went 1-4 with a 2-run HR (1).
Lakewood (46-45) lost to the Rome Braves 7-0. Shane Watson had a real clunker – 4.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 63 pitches, 35 strikes, 2 errors. Scott Harris gave up 2 runs on 3 hits in 1.0 inning. Jason Zgardowski pitched 2.0 no-hit innings. Jairo Munoz picthed 1.0 no-hit inning. Scott Kingery (.259) went 1-3 with a walk. Kyle Martin (.388) went 1-4. Cord Sandberg (.259) went 1-4.
Williamsport (20-8) lost to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers 4-1. Tyler Gilbert lasted 4.0 innings and gave up all 4 Scrappers’ runs on 7 hits. He struck out 3 and walked none. Feliberto Sanchez gave up 2 hits and 2 walks over 1.2 innings before giving way to Andrew Godail who stranded 2 inherited runners. Skylar Hunter pitched the last inning allowing a hit and a walk. The Cutters managed 6 hits. Gregori Rivero had the only RBI.
GCL Phillies (18-6) split a double header with the GCL Braves. They lost the first game 8-0. Scott McWilliams gave up 5 runs on 8 hits and struck out 4 in 3.0 innings. Victor Delgado pitched 2.0 innings and gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and a walk. Lino Martinez made a rehab appearance and went one inning giving up a run on a hit and 2 walks. He struck out two. Dylan Cozens made a rehab start and played the field for 5 innings. He led off and went 0-3 at the plate but made hard contact 3 times, lining out sharply to first in his third at bat. Jonathan Arauz (.292) went 1-3 with a HR (2) and the only RBI. Cornelius Randolph (.282) went 1-3.
The Phillies won the second game 3-2. Felix Paulino started the game by giving up a triple and HR. Then he settled down and held the Braves to 3 hits over the five innings. He struck out six. Horace Stubblefield pitched the final 2.0 innings and struck out four. The Phillies got one run back in the bottom of the first on Juan Luis’ first HR. Cozens drove in the tying run in the fifth and Randolph scored the go-ahead run on an errant pickoff throw. Juan Luis (.224) went 1-2 with a walk, HR (1), and RBI. Randolph (.292) went 1-1 with 2 walks. Cozens went 1-3 with and RBI. Lucas Williams went 1-3. Scott Tomassetti (.429) went 2-2 with a walk.
DSL Phillies (24-18) No game scheduled.
VSL Phillies (23-31) lost to the VSL Tigers 2-1. Sergio Velis allowed 1 unearned run on 2 hits and struck out seven. Luis Gonzalez allowed an unearned and took the loss.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- Announced signing of OF Reggie Wilson.
- Announced signing of OF Ben Pelletier.
- Lehigh Valley IronPigs released C Blake Forsythe.
- 2B Devin Lohman assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
- Reading Fightin Phils activated SS KC Serna from the 7-day disabled list.
- Clearwater Threshers sent RF Dylan Cozens on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies.
- Clearwater Threshers sent LHP Lino Martinez on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies.
- Looks like Rosenthal has begun shilling for Boston again.