Lehigh Valley (19-17) Beat Toledo, 5-0. Andrew Knapp’s 2-run, first-inning home run was all the offense Jake Thompson (2-4, 3.32) would need. Thompson held the Mud Hens to two hits over seven innings. Cam Perkins had 2 hits. Knapp’s home run was his fifth.
- Thompson – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 96 pitches/60 strikes.
- Ramos – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K.
- Hunter (.258) went 1-5 with a double.
- Williams (.271) went 1-3 with a double, BB, and RBI.
- Knapp (.245) went 1-3 with a HR (5), BB, and 2 RBI.
- Stassi (.256) went 1-3 with a BB.
- Perkins (.300) went 2-4 with an RBI.
- Perkins (2) stole a base.
- Sweeney was picked off first again and CS (4).
- Featherston (9) committed a fielding error.
Reading (24-13) Beat Trenton, 7-2. Jake Fox’ 3-run home run culminated a 5-run third inning and provided Ben Lively (6-0, 1.53) as he struck out 12 during seven, four-hit, shutout innings. Jeremy Bleich and Yacksel Rios each allowed a run before Miguel Nunez came in to close out the Thunder with 2 strike outs in the ninth. Rhys Hoskins and Dylan Cozens had 2 hits apiece. Fox had 3 hits and 4 RBI to go along with his 6th home run.
- Lively – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 12 K, 105 pitches/64 strikes.
- Nunez – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K.
- Quinn (.256) went 1-4 with a BB.
- Crawford (.250) got the afternoon off.
- Hoskins (.244) went 2-5 with a double and RBI.
- Cozens (.287) went 2-4 with a double, BB, and RBI.
- Fox (.250) went 3-5 with a double, HR (6), and RBI
- Alfaro (.381) got the afternoon off.
- Quinn (16) stole a base.
- Brown (2) was CS.
- The Thunder stole 2 bases on Lively/Moore.
Clearwater (24-13) Split with Tampa, winning 9-1 and losing 4-3 in eight innings. Rehabbing Cody Asche had the day off. He will travel with the team to St. Lucie for a 4-game series. Mitch Walding, who was a late scratch from Saturday’s game, also sat out both games today. Apparently he tweaked an old injury (back?) an is day-to-day.
Game One: The Threshers opened their half of the first inning with 5 consecutive hits and opened a five run lead. Tyler Viza (5-1, 1.77) coasted to a complete game victory. Andrew Pullin hit his first home run and had 4 RBI. Cord Sandberg chipped in with 2 hits and 2 RBI.
- Viza – 7.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 86 pitches/59 strikes, FB 90-93, t94 mph.
- The stadium gun missed on a lot of pitches. But on those that were recorded, Viza seemed to get stronger as the game went on.Five of his 11 pitches above 92 mph came in the seventh inning.
- Viza threw 21 of 28 first pitch strikes (75%).
- Viza induced a swing-and-miss on 11 pitches. Al three strike outs were of the S&M variety, however none of those veloes were recorded. He got S&M on pitches of 86, 89, 79, 92, 81, and 93 mph.
- Viza’s per inning pitch counts were 10, 12, 7, 21, 12, 6, and 18.
- The walk came on the 27th batter he faced. He got Jorge Mateo to ground into a DP to end the game.
- Kingery (.265) went 1-4.
- Tocci (.256) went 2-4 with a double and RBI.
- Pullin (.250) went 2-4 with a double. HR (1), and 4 RBI.
- Martin (.257) went 1-3 with an RBI (26).
- Green (.252) went 1-3 with a double and RBI (21).
- Canelo (.252) went 2-3.
- Sandberg (.263) went 2-3 with a double and 2 RBI.
- Walding (.270) had the day off.
- Sandberg (4) stole a base.
Game Two: The Threshers overcame Yankees’ leads of 2-0 and 3-1 before losing on a home run off Alexis Rivero in the eighth inning. Will Morris got the start and was lifted after four innings. Mario Hollands made his third rehab appearance. Samuel Hiciano and Cord Sandberg provided the RBI hits that forged the tie.
- Morris – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 66 pitches/36 strikes, FB 89-92, t93,94 mph.
- Morris seemed to struggle with his control. He only walked two, but had a strike to ball ratio of 36:30. He threw first pitch strikes to 8 of 19 batters.
- Hollands threw 16 pitches/10 strikes. His FB was 90-91, t92 mph. He faced three batters and two hit him hard. His first batter ripped the first pitch down the left field line. Sandberg played the bounce off the stands in foul territory perfectly and threw the batter out trying for second. The next batter saw six pitches and launched a high fly ball deep to left that Sandberg caught in front of the wall. The final batter worked a 9-pitch at bat and eventually popped up to Kingery.
- Jesen Therrien pitched two hitless innings but walked three batters on 4 pitches each. Gabriel Lino saved his bacon by throwing out a runner at third on a steal attempt in the sixth, and a runner at second on an attempt in the seventh.
- Kingery (.257) went 0-4.
- Sandberg (.262) went 1-4 with an RBI (12).
- Tocci (.2506) went 0-3 with a BB.
- Pullin (.292) went 1-4.
- Martin (.252) went 0-3.
- Green (.254) went 1-3 with an RBI (22).
- Walding (.270) had the day off.
- Sandberg (5) stole a base.
- Sandberg had an outfield assist at second.
I noticed that Kyle Martin seemed to be stuck on 5 home runs for a while now. I checked. He hasn’t his a home run in 14 games now, and only one (on 4/29) in his last 28 games.
Lakewood (15-20) Beat West Virginia, 2-1 for their sixth consecutive win. Franklyn Kilome had his longest outing of the season, going 5.2 innings. He gave up 1 run on 4 hits and struck out seven. Luis Morales got his second save. Jiandido Tromp and Jose Pujols hit solo home runs to provide all the BlueClaws’ scoring.
- Kilome – 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 2 HBP, 89 pitches/56 strikes.
- Marrero (.311) went 1-4.
- Tobias (.314) had the day off.
- Grullon (.279) went 1-4.
- Pujols (.280) went 2-3 with a HR (8) and RBI (27).
- Tromp (.228) went 1-3 with a HR (4) and RBI (16).
- Cumana (4) stole a base.
- Grullon 93) committed a PB.
- Tromp had an outfield assist at third base.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
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