Lehigh Valley (23-18) Beat Toledo, 4-3 in another walk off. Jake Thompson threw 112 pitches in eight, five-hit innings. He gave up 3 solo home runs. The final HR tied the game in the eighth inning. Edubray Ramos got his first win. Andrew Knapp and Taylor Featherston hit solo home runs. Cameron Perkins had 3 hits and an RBI. Carlos Alonso scored form first with two outs on a fielding error by the right fielder on a ball hit by Featherston in the ninth. J.P Crawford made his AAA debut.
The Mud Hens starter was Matt Boyd, a former top prospect in the Toronto organization. I remember him beating Threshers’ batters for Dunedin back in 2014. Of course, everybody was beating Clearwater in 2014.
Former Phillies’ farm hand, Anthony Gose; former major leaguer, Case McGehee; and former Phillie Nate Schierholtz were in the Toledo line up.
- Thompson – 8.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 3 HR, 1 HBP, 112 pitches/76 strikes.
- Featherston (.311) went 1-5 with a HR (5), RBI, and 3 K.
- Crawford went 0-3 with a BB.
- Williams (.254) went 1-4.
- LF Ruf went 0-3 with a BB.
- Knapp (.252) went 1-4 with a HR (6), BB, and RBI (19).
- Perkins (.313) went 3-4 with an RBI.
- Williams stole a base (3) and scored on Perkins single in the sixth with 2 outs.
Reading (27-14) Held on to beat Trenton, 8-7. The Phils had an 8-0 lead after five innings. The Thunder finally got to John Richy for 3 runs in the sixth. Tom Windle came on in the eighth and failed to get an out for the second time in 4 appearances. Hoby Milner got a couple outs at the expense of two inherited runners scoring, and Miguel Nunez came in for the 4-out save, striking out all 4 batters he faced. The Phils built their early lead with a balanced attack that saw all starters except Harold Martinez getting base hits. Aaron Brown had 2 hits. Dylan Cozens (11) and Rhys Hoskins (7) hit home runs. Cozens had 4 RBI, Jesse Valentin had two.
- Richy – 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 5 K, 1 HR.
- Nunez – 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K.
- Quinn (.255) went 1-4.
- Valentin (.266) went 1-3 with a triple, BB, and 2 RBI.
- Alfaro (.358) went 1-3 with a BB.
- Cozens (.283) went 1-3 with a HR (11), SF, and 4 RBI (32).
- Hoskins (.259) went 1-3 with a HR (7), BB, and RBI (24).
- Jake Fox picked up his 25th RBI.
- Aaron Brown went 2-3 with a double and triple and has quietly raised his AVG to .223
- Serna (3) stole a base.
- Alfaro caught stealing (1).
- Cozens had an outfield assist.
Clearwater (26-15) Lost to Palm Beach, 4-1. The weak-hitting Cardinals scored two first-inning runs off a not-so-sharp, Elniery Garcia and followed their strong pitching to the victory. Garcia had an acceptable line but posted a season-low 3 K in six innings. His FB topped out at 92 mph in the first inning when most of the damage was done. The Cardinals attacked early in the count in the first two innings, then worked on extending Garcia’s pitch count in the third and fourth. For example, Garcia threw 20 pitches to the three batters he faced in the fourth inning and one of the three outs came on a caught stealing (at third).
While Garcia benefited from the aforementioned caught stealing in the fourth and a pick off to end the first, he still pitched well enough to keep the Threshers in the game. After spotting the Cardinals two runs in the top of the first, they struck back with 3 hits in their first 4 at bats in the bottom of the inning. A line drive double play ended that scoring threat. Unfortunately, that would be the last scoring threat for the Threshers. They went meekly the rest of the game. They managed only 3 base runners after the first, all with two outs, on 2 singles and a walk.
- Garcia – 6.0 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 82 pitches/53 strikes, FB 91-94, t95 (3) mph.
- (note: GameDay will show 81/52, I’ve found them to be incorrect in the past. Tonight, they didn’t count the first pitch strike that Garcia threw on the pitch before he picked the runner off first.)
- DeNato – 1.0, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K.
- The unearned run scored with two out on a pick off attempt/throwing error by Lino.
- Rivero – 1.0, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K.
- Kingery (.252) went 1-4 with a double.
- Tocci (.253) went 0-4.
- LF Asche (.167) went 1-3 with a BB,
- RF Pullin (.256) went 2-4 with an RBI (9).
- Green (.273) went 0-4.
- Walding (.267) went 0-3.
- Martin (.250) went 0-3.
- Kingery committed a throwing error (4). Lino a pick off error (3)
- Garcia picked a runner off first.
- The Cardinals stole 2 bases on 3 attempts, lino threw one out at third.
Thru the first 4 innings, Garcia had only thrown 10 first pitch strikes to 18 batters. He finished strong throwing 6 of 7 for 16 out of 25.
Garcia’s 12-pitch first inning was bizarre. He gave up a lead off single followed by a sac bunt that went for a hit. (The Cardinals showed bunt a few times when their lead off batter got on. They have a weak offense. Their starting line up, heck their whole roster, has only 6 total home runs, nobody with more than one.) The inning’s fourth pitch was a FC that saw Kingery’s pivot end up in the visitors’ dugout. The fifth pitch was a double that Asche couldn’t get to toward the LF line. Down 2-0 after 5 pitches, Garcia seemed stunned as he went to 3-0 on the next batter. He stabbed a 3-2 come-backer and got the runner on second in a rundown. After his 12th pitch he picked the runner off first to end the inning.
Here’s a comparison of the strikes in his last two starts at home –
- 4/30 5/20
- SW – 17 6
- CS – 14 16
- FB – 18 12
- Hits – 7 6
- Outs – 10 13
- Total – 66 53
- NP – 100 82
Garcia only got 6 swing-and-misses last night. The velocities were – 87, 91, 78 (K), 92, 92, and 92 (K). He got his other strike out looking at a 76 mph CB. He only got 5 strikes on his CB, yet threw 20 pitches from 71-79 mph (although 5 others accounted for balls in play for outs).
The most obvious difference between the two starts is the large decrease in pitches that resulted in a swing-and-miss. Back in April, most came on FB (11). He got 2 on SL, 1 on CB, and 3 that didn’t register on the gun. Also 15 of his April balls came on FB. Last night, 16 of his balls were on FB.
On April 30th, 50% of Garcia’s pitches were FB between 91-93 mph (50 of 100). On May 20th, 38 pitches )of 82) were FB between 91-94 mph (46%). In April he threw 14 pitches between 79-71 mph (14%). Last night, 20 of 82 ( 24%).
It looks like his FB was a little less effective and he went to his off speed pitches a little more. Ironically, I think the April 30th game was also a loss, 4 ER, 2 HR.
Lakewood (15-24) Beat Delmarva, 2-1 in a come-from-behind walk off. Harold Arauz gave up an unearned run in six innings, striking out seven. Jan Hernandez had 2 of the BlueClaws 5 hits, including his 2-run, walk off HR (5) in the ninth inning.
- Arauz – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 7 K.
- Marrero (.303) went 0-4.
- Tobias (.291) went 0-4.
- Pujols (.263) went 0-4 with 2 K.
- Grullon (.232) went 0-3 with a BB.
- Hernandez (.263) went 2-3 with a double, HR (6), BB, and 2 RBI (12).
- Pujols committed a throwing error (5).
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
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Extra Innings –
- 5/20 – J.P. Crawford assigned to LHV IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
- 5/20 – LHV placed Alec Asher on the 7-day DL retro to May 18th. lower calf contusion
- 5/20 – Phillies traded 2B Ryan Jackson to Los Angeles Angels for cash.
- 5/20 – Shane Watson assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lakewood BlueClaws.
- 5/20 – Lakewood BlueClaws activated Drew Anderson from the 7-day DL.
- The Rosters are up to date here.