Lehigh Valley (15-16) Lost to Columbus, 7-1 when they couldn’t make a first inning run hold up. Jake Thompson lasted five innings and threw 101 pitches. A Tommy Joseph error in the fourth opened the gate to four unearned runs. Seve Gonzalez tacked on three more runs for good measure. Offense only managed five hits, Taylor Featherston and Nick Williams had two each. Featherston hit a solo home run in the first.
- Thompson – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 101 pitches/64 strikes.
- Featherston (.304) went 2-4 with a double, HR (3), and RBI.
- Williams (.283) went 2-3 with a BB.
- Joseph (.368) went 0-4.
- Knapp (.222) went 1-4.
- Perkins (.297) went 0-3.
- Joseph committed his third error.
- Williams picked up an outfield assist.
- Knapp threw out an attempted steal at second base.
Reading (21-11) Shutout Binghamton, 9-0 behind Ben Lively (5-0, 1.80). Michael Mariot started his Reading rehab. Mark Leiter made his first appearance after coming off the DL. Harold Martinez went 4-4 and had 3 RBI. Dylan Cozens hit his 8th home run.
- Lively – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K.
- Quinn (.261) had the day off. Aaron Brown played CF, KC Serna led off.
- Alfaro (.468) had the day off, Logan Moore caught.
- Crawford (.269) went 1-4 with a double, BB, and 2 RBI.
- Hoskins (.246) went 2-5 with an RBI.
- Cozens (.276) went 2-4 with a HR (8), BB, and RBI.
- Martinez (.326) went 4-4 with a double and 3 RBI.
- Moore (.219) went 3-4 with an RBI.
- Valentin and Brown also had 2 hits each.
- Lively (.500) went 0-3 with 3 K. (oh, well)
- Cozens was caught stealing for the first time.
- Crawford was picked off first.
- Martinez (4) committed a fielding error.
- Cozens picked up an outfield assist.
- The Phils turned 3 DP.
Clearwater (20-11) Walked off against Dunedin, 4-3 in 13 innings. The Threshers scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game. Will Morris pitched well thru five innings and deserved better support than he got from the offense and the first guy out of the bullpen. Victor Arano came in with one out and runners on first and second. He gave up a single Carlos “The Arm” Tocci in center, and the bases were loaded. He then proceeded to walk in both inherited runners. Arano padded the Jays lead with a solo home run the next inning. Joely Rodriguez, Jesen Therrien, and Alexis Rivero came in to quiet Dunedin over the next six innings.
The Threshers were 5-18 with runners in scoring position, but they stranded a small village (18) during the game. They had Toronto’s #2 prospect, Conner Greene, on the ropes with runners in scoring position in the first, second, and fourth innings and could only manage a Kyle Martin sacrifice fly in the first when they loaded the bases with nobody out.
A hockey game almost broke out in the top of the ninth when Canadian Jesen Therrien hit one of the Jays’ batters with a pitch who mouthed off all the way down the line. Both benches and bullpens emptied. No punches were thrown. The Jays were out of line. The Threshers are the most plunked team in the FSL and don’t act this way. So far this season, 20 Threshers have been hit by a pitched ball and Threshers’ pitchers have hit only three of the opposition. In this series, we have hit two of their batters while Kingery, Sandberg (twice) and Lino have been hit by their pitchers. About time somebody retaliated.
We also saw 3 pitch clock violations called tonight. That makes five in the series. One of the automatic ball calls resulted in a walk to Samuel Hiciano. Conner Greene lost his composure and his coach rushed out to calm him down. It sorta worked. Greene walked the next batter to load the bases before getting out of the inning on a 3-2-3 double play.
The Threshers faced a position player as the pitcher in the bottom of the 13th, Dickie Joe Thon. They took advantage. Canelo reached on an infield single and moved into scoring position when Sandberg was hit by a pitch. After a Tocci pop up, Martin singled to right to load the bases. Mitch Walding followed with an RBI single to win the game.
Samuel Hiciano picked up an outfield assist in the sixth inning, the inning Morris began to unravel. The Jays’ batter led off with a drive to deep right center. Tocci retreated and looked like he had a play on the ball at the wall. He leapt and the ball squirted off him or his glove and rolled along the top of the padding before dropping back onto the warning track. Hiciano threw to Canelo whose throw to Lino beat the runner by a few feet.
- Morris – 5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 83 pitches/55 strikes, FB 90-92, t93.
- Arano – 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 2 of 2 inherited runners scored.
- Rodriguez – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K.
- Therrien – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K.
- Rivero – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K.
- Kingery had the night off, Derek Campbell played second base, Canelo led off.
- Canelo (.257) went 2-4 with 3 runs scored, 3 BB, and 2 SB (4).
- Tocci (.241) went 2-5 with a double, sac, BB, and RBI.
- Martin (.272) went 1-6 with a SF and RBI.
- Walding (.266) went 2-6 with a BB, 2 RBI, and 3 K.
- Walding (5) committed 2 fielding errors.
- The Jays #1 prospect, Anthony Alford, stole a base but went 1-7 with 3 K.
- The Threshers hit into 3 double plays.
Lakewood (11-20) Beat Kannapolis, 5-3. Tyler Gilbert provided a quality start, going seven innings, to get his first win. Robert Tasin notched his fifth save. Josh Tobias homered and drove in two runs.
- Gilbert – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K.
- Tobias (.330) went 1-3 with a HR (3), 2 BB, and 2 RBI.
- Pujols (.277) went 1-5 with a double and 2 K.
- Grullon (.294) went 2-5.
- Cumana (3) stole a base, Tomscha was caught stealing home (busted squeeze?).
- Grullon suffered his second passed ball.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- No transactions, the Rosters are up to date here.
- Cody Asche has been playing some outfield in the XST games and is expected to take some at bats this week. Maybe as early as tomorrow.
- Andrew Pullin is back. Has been for about 5-6 days. He’s been in XST games this week. Clearwater could certainly use his bat.
- The Casimiro pitching feat I reported last week didn’t happen as reported. I found out that the guy doing GameDay fell behind and only reported outcomes for several innings. So it looked like Casimiro was getting a lot of one-pitch outs early in the game. So the 55 pitches/44 strikes I reported is wrong. He threw about 78 pitches that game.