Reading 9 Erie 8
After a low scoring affair the night before, this game was clearly going to be a shootout from the beginning. The Fightin’s won on a walk-off single by Destin Hood (after winning on a walk-off single from Dugan the night before).
BEN LIVELY: I was really hoping to see a good game from Ben, but he did not deliver. He seemed to spot the ball pretty well and change speeds decently, but he gave up 3 HR’s and other hard hit balls in 5 innings. The only good news was 5K’s and 0 BB’s. He reached 94 once, but was usually between 87-91 with his fastball. On the low end, he varied between 73 and 76. Here is the breakdown by inning:
1st: Foul popout to catcher/two 4-3 groundouts
2nd: Swinging K/Hard double down LF line/No Doubt HR off roof above the pool in RF/Popout to 2nd base/Swinging K (he had excellent movement on a few pitches in this AB)
3rd: Line single between 1Bman/2Bman/Broken bat 6-4-3 DP/ 2B into left center on a long 9 pitch AB/Fly out to CF Hood who jumped and made a nice catch in front of the wall
4th: Looking K/Infield single up middle/E-4, Greene missed a 2 hopper (during the AB Lively threw a Wild Thing Vaughn wild pitch over everyone straight to the backstop/RBI Double in the RC Gap/3 run HR/2 swinging K’s. So… Lively struck out the side yet gave up 4 runs (3 earned).
5th: 4-3 groundout/Long bomb HR/F-7 caught in CF/ Infield single (it was a cool play as SS Mora fielded the ball crossing in front of 2nd base, he then flipped the ball to a surprised Brodie Greene (2nd baseman) in hopes that Greene could make a better throw to first. Greene did relay to first but the batter beat it out/Hard ground single to RF/Swinging K
TOM WINDLE: Windle has been much improved since going to the bullpen. He looked good in his first inning, but not as much in his 2nd. He was usually sitting at 91-92, and topped out at 93. (All speeds were from the Reading stadium gun which is notoriously off).
6th: Hard lineout to LF/Bunt right back to the box 1-3/Soft lineout to LF
7th: Easy flyout to CF/HR (Dean Green’s 2nd of the day- he is a serious power hitter)/BB, at which point he was relieved by O’Sullivan. (As if this wasn’t enough, I got the “pleasure” of also watching the other O’Sullivan at the Iron Pigs game later). Stephen Shackelford (Reading closer) pitched a perfect 9th and ended up getting the win.
DUGAN (1-5): Not a good day for Kelly who K’d three times (once looking, twice swinging at low pitches). He also grounded out to first base and had a nice single that he served the opposite way into LF
PERKINS (1-4): Line Drive HR right down the LF line/High flyout to shallow CF/Sac Fly to CF/2 swinging K’s on fastballs (94,96 mph). Cameron also made a nice catch in the field and later threw out a runner trying to score from 2nd on a single. The run would have given Erie a 9-8 lead in the 8th.
STASSI (1-5): Swinging K on an 80 mph change-up/Pop out into shallow LC, SS made a very nice over the shoulder catch or he would have had a single/2 run triple (could easily have just been a single, the left-fielder dove in for the ball, missed it and it bounced right over him and rolled to the track)/Hard 1-3 grounder back to the box/E-4 which extended the inning. Brock scored the winning run from 2nd when Hood delivered the walk-off single.
KNAPP (2-3): Hard ground single up the middle (scored from 1st on a Hood double)/Double that one-hopped off the left-centerfield fence/BB/Groundout to 1B/BB (worked the count full in the 9th) which moved Stassi into scoring position and set-up the winning hit. Knapp also had a 2-run 2B in the 4-run 9th inning rally the previous night, along with a walk.
JPC had the day off so there wasn’t anyone else to report on. Angelo Mora doubled, tripled, and singled in his first three AB’s but did not get a hit the rest of the way (seemed to be swinging extra hard in hopes of hitting one out and completing the cycle). Harold Martinez went 2-4 and raise his average to .303.
There is no point in doing a report from last night’s LV game since Altherr is the only prospect there. He had a rough day vs SWB ace, Luis Severino, bugt still found ways to contribute. Here are his AB’s:
K’d looking at an 86 mph 2-2 pitch/5-4 FC, hustled to avoid the DP- went to 2nd on a WP, 3rd on a deep flyout, and scored on another WP/HBP on a 1-2 pitch after fouling off 5- one of which was a long shot down LF line/K’d looking with runners on 1st and 3rd, looked at 2 strikes and couldn’t check his swing on the other