The big news Saturday was Cole Hamels’ no hitter in Chicago. The possibility that the game might be his last start for the Phillies, made following the game’s progress mandatory over social media. I was following on Game Day, and the Threshers’ broadcasters were giving periodic updates.
As the no-no became the story, I became less attentive to the game in front of me. Then the weather gods stepped in and the field in Clearwater was covered as a light rain suddenly increased in volume. The field had taken a lot of water over the previous 24 hours, so this was a prudent decision.
With every fan seeking protection from the rain up on the concourse, GM John Timberlake put the MLB feed of the Phillies’ game up on the big screen. So, we all got to see Hamels get the final three outs live during our rain delay.
I don’t think this will increase the return in any trade that may develop over the next week, but I’m sure it alleviated any worries over Hamels’ last two starts (which should not have decreased the return in any trade). Of note should be that Hamels FB averaged 94 MPH.
Clearwater (57-43) dropped game one of a double header against the Jupiter Hammerheads 8-5. Ricardo Pinto started the first game and was chased in the third inning. He was not his usual self, walking the lead off batter. The Hammerheads opened the scoring with a subsequent stolen base, infield single, and sacrifice fly. Pinto walked two more before escaping the inning. Pinto followed that 25-pitch inning with a 24-pitch second inning. He was victimized by some long at bats. A one-out single by a sub-.100 hitter and a two-out HR put the Threshers down 3-0. A caught stealing saved Pinto from breaking the 50-pitch barrier in the second inning. A fielding error could have limited the damage in the third inning to one run, but Malquin Canelo was unable to start a potential inning-ending double play. After another base hit, Pinto’s afternoon was done.
Cody Forsythe came on but was unable to find the strike zone. He walked his first two batters and forced in one inherited runner. Another crossed the plate on a fielding error by Mitch Walding. Forsythe finally ended the inning with a strike out. The fourth inning started with a foul pop dropping harmlessly in front of the right field stands. The next pitch was crushed into the left field bleachers. Forsythe avoided any further damage with a pop up and 2 strike outs, but the Threshers found themselves in a 8-0 hole. Ethan Stewart pitched three, no-hit innings, but walked three. He needed a running catch in the gap by Tocci to avoid a big inning in the fifth.
The Threshers mounted a 10-hit attack and managed to score 5 runs over the final 4 innings, but were unable to come all the way back.
Carlos Tocci (.298) was moved to the lead off slot and went 1-4 with an RBI. Aaron Brown (.244) moved to the two-hole and went 0-4. Andrew Pullin (.272) went 3-4 with a double and RBI. Rhys Hoskins (.276) went 1-4 with a double and RBI. Dylan Cozens (.274) continued to make good contact since returning from the DL and went 2-4. Willians Astudillo (.311) went 2-4 with an RBI. Mitch Walding walked twice (team leading 36).
Game two. The Threshers beat the Hammerheads 2-1 behind the pitching of Matt Imhof. Three Threshers’ pitchers combined to pitch a 2-hitter. Imhof (5-3, 3.80) threw five innings allowing 1 run on 2 hits and striking out five. Jesen Therrien (1.55) pitched one shutout inning. Alexis Rivero picked up his first save with a perfect inning.
Imhof struggled through a 27-pitch second inning. He started with two 5-pitch walks. He followed that with 2 strike outs. He fell behind the next batter 2-1 and gave up a bloop single just out of Canelo’s reach for the only run he would give up. The next batter scorched a line drive up the middle that Imhof captured waist high.
Imhof needed only 33 pitches in his other 4 innings. He had a strike/ball of 40/20. The only other hit he allowed was a bunt single in the fifth. That runner was doubled off first on a hit-and-run that was popped foul to Hoskins. It was pretty high, I don’t know how the runner couldn’t get back in time.
The Threshers scored their runs on infield ground outs by Pullin and Canelo. Pullin’s was created by Tocci who opened the home first with a walk. He stole second and took third when the ball hit him and rolled into center field. He scored on Pullin’s chop to first, and even with the infield in he was able to beat the throw home. In the fourth, Hoskins walked and took second on Cozens’ single to center. Hoskins was able to tag and move to third on Chace Numata’s drive into the RCF gap. He came home on Canelo’s ground ball up the middle. The shortstops’s only play was at first.
Tocci (.310) went 2-2 with a walk from the leadoff slot. Brown (.248) went 1-3. Hoskins (.282) went 1-2 with a walk. Cozens (.271) went 1-3. Pullin picked up his 59th RBI.
Lehigh Valley (46-55) beat the Syracuse Chiefs 4-3. David Buchanan (3-0, 3.16) pitched seven, nine-hit innings. Cesar Jimenez and Dustin McGowan finished up with McGowan getting his 6th save. The Chiefs collected 10 hits, 7 by former Phillies – Werth, Mastroianni, Gwynn. Aaron Altherr (.305) went 2-4 with a HR (6) and 2 RBI. Erik Kratz went 1-3 with a triple and RBI. Jordan Danks went 1-4 with a double and RBI.
Reading (54-46) lost to the New Britain Rock Cats 6-5. Mark Leiter gave up 5 runs on 7 hits in six innings. Tom Windle struck out 4 in 2 no-hit innings. J.P. Crawford (.271) went 2-4 with a double. Cam Perkins (.265) went 1-3 with an RBI. Brock Stassi (.317) went 3-4 with a double and RBI (65). Andrew Knapp (.329) went 0-4. Kelly Dugan (.319) went 1-1 with a pinch-hit single.
Lakewood (51-46) beat the Kannapolis Intimidators 5-1. Shane Watson gave up 1 run on 6 hits in 6 innings. Manny Martinez and Joey DeNato (1.51) pitcheds 2-hit ball over the last 3 innings. Kyle Martin (.376) went 4-4 with a double, triple, and RBI. Cord Sandberg (.265) went 2-4 with a double and 2 RBI. Joel Fisher went 2-4 with a double, HR (1), and RBI.
Williamsport (24-11) beat the Aberdeen IronBirds 5-1. Tyler Gilbert (1-1, 2.04) went five, three-hit, shutout innings, striking out six. Denton Keys got touched for an unearned run in two innings. Feliberto Sanchez and Robert Tasin (1.93) finished up with one, no-hit inning each.
Zachary Coppola (.343) went 3-5 with 2 RBI. Venn Biter (.250) went 2-5 with an RBI. Josh Tobias (.293) went 0-4 with 3 K. Jose Pujols (.294) went 1-4. Brendon Hayden (.323) had the night off. His replacement, Jesus Posso (.275) went 2-4 with a HR and RBI. Austin Bossart (.365) went 2-4.
GCL Phillies (20-8) postponed, rain.
DSL Phillies (26-22) lost to the DSL Indians 8-6. Henry Santana (.265) went 3-3 with a triple and 3 RBI.
VSL Phillies (25-35) beat the VSL Cubs 2-0. Gustavo Armas (3-1, 1.41) pitched six, three hit innings. Denny Martinez and Luis Gonzalez combined to no hit the Cubc over the final 3 innings. Gonzalez racked up his 5th save.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- No transactions.
- Lost in the euphoria of Cole Hamels no-hitter – Miami has closed within 5.5 games for the number 1 pick in the June draft.