Lehigh Valley (15-17) Lost to Columbus, 10-2. Mark Appel was stung by some shoddy defense that led to 3 unearned runs in a 6-run second inning. More bad defense allowed a couple more unearned runs later in the game. Andrew Knapp’s 4th home run accounted for all of the IronPigs runs.
- Appel – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 3 WP.
- Williams (.282) went 1-4 with a double.
- Joseph (.352) went 0-4.
- Knapp (.235) went 2-4 with a HR (4) and 2 RBI.
- Featherston (7) committed 3 errors, Jackson (2) one.
- Hunter picked up an outfield assist.
Reading (22-11) Held on to outlast Binghamton, 9-6. Nick Pivetta pitched well and left with a 7-1 lead after six innings. Tom Windle had an ERA-crushing line. Miguel Nunez picked up his second save. Dylan Cozens hit another home run. Jorge Alfaro had 2 RBI.
- Pivetta – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 2 WP.
- Windle – 0.0 IP, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR.
- Quinn (.265) went 1-2 with a triple, BB, 2 HBP,.
- Crawford (.257) went 0-5 with 2 K.
- Alfaro (.451) went 1-4 with a SF and 2 RBI.
- Cozens (.273) went 1-5 with a HR (9) and RBI.
- Hoskins (.237) went 0-4 with a BB.
- Brown , Mora, and Serna each had 2 hits.
- Serna and Pivetta had 2 RBI each.
- Serna worked 3 walks.
- Quinn was picked off first.
- Pivetta was also HBP.
Clearwater (21-11) Ran out to a 9-1 lead against Dunedin on the strength of a 7-run fifth inning. But Tom Eshelman rejected this largesse and pitched the Blue Jays back into the game. Ulises Joaquin pitched 3 innings and Joely Rodriguez picked up his second save. Andrew Pullin signed a FA contract and was in the line up Wednesday night.
- Eshelman – 5.01 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 2 HR, 1 HBP.
- Joaquin – 3.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HBP.
- Rodriguez – 1.0 IP, 0 h, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K.
- The three Threshers’ pitchers combined to strike out 15 Blue Jays.
- Twelve Threshers struck out.
- Kingery was not in the line up again.
- Sandberg (.257) went 1-3 with a double and 2 BB.
- Tocci (.248) went 2-5 with 2 RBI.
- Martin (.262) went 0-5 with 3 K.
- Walding (.263) went 1-5.
- Pullin (.000) went 0-3 with a BB and RBI.
- Gabriel Lino hit his first home run.
- Campbell (.241) went 3-4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI.
- Sandberg (3) stole a base, and Tocci (6) two.
- Dunedin’s Jason Leblebijian went 0-5 with 5 K.
Lakewood (11-20) No game scheduled. Shane Watson (2-1, 3.10) is scheduled to pitch against West Virginia on Thursday.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- 5/11 – Philadelphia Phillies signed free agent OF Andrew Pullin to a minor league contract.
- 5/11 – Reading Fightin Phils placed RF Christian Marrero on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to May 9, 2016.
- 5/11 – OF Andrew Pullin assigned to Clearwater Threshers.
- The Rosters are up to date here.
- This afternoon, Matt Gelb reported via Twitter: “Phillies released righthander Mitch Gueller, a former 1st rounder (54th overall) in 2012. He had an 8.10 ERA at single-A Lakewood.” The transaction hasn’t been reported by Lakewood yet, though.
- I stopped by the Complex this morning and watched Cody Asche shag fly balls and take batting practice against Coach Truby. He looked smaller than I remember and a lot of his hard hit balls died on the warning track. He did clear the RF fence once. He had a nice, easy, uninhibited swing. It was reminiscent of position players early in spring training.
- Before Asche came to bat, I watched Jhailyn Ortiz on one Carlton field. Boy, when he runs into a pitch it just carries. And he ran into quite a few. He has steady hands and a quiet load for a big guy. He still has some “baby fat” in one or two areas, but I can see that he is more chiseled in other areas. As I left, I saw the security guard picking up balls in the parking lot. He had a dozen in his arms. Most of them were Ortiz’, but Edwin Rodriguez and Malvin Matos jacked a couple, too.
- Jason Groome pitched two innings against Donovan Catholic as a warm up for next Monday’s game against Gloucester Catholic and its highly-touted pitcher Tyler Mondile. Groome threw 38 pitches, 27 strikes. He gave up one hit and walked one batter. He struck out the other 6 batters he faced. His FB was 90-93, t94 mph. His CB was 75-79 mph.