Lehigh Valley (24-19) No game scheduled.
Reading (29-15) Lost to Erie, 8-3. Nick Pivetta gave up a couple home runs, one a grand slam, en route to his third loss. Reading got solo home runs from Jesse Valentin and Jorge Alfaro. Alfaro and Angelo Mora had multi-hit games. Mora had the Phils’ other RBI. Ashe went oh-fer again.
- Pivetta – 5.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR, 1 HBP, 1 WP.
- Quinn (.255) DNP.
- Valentin (.263) led off and went 1-4 with a HR (1), 1 RBI (17), and 3 K.
- Asche (.000) went 0-3 with a BB.
- Alfaro (.355) went 2-4 with a HR (3) and RBI (20).
- Cozens (.276) went 1-4.
- Hoskins (.265) went 0-4.
- Mora (.269) went 2-4 with an RBI (22).
- Mora SB (2), Alfaro CS (2).
- Serna committed a fielding error (1).
- Alfaro threw out 1 of 3 base stealers.
Clearwater (27-17) Beat Palm Beach. 9-3. Matt Imhof had to be lifted after one batter in the fifth inning with a 4-1 lead. He had just finished walking his 7th batter and throwing his 90th pitch. More on his enigmatic performance later. The bullpen followed with mid-90s fastballs to hold the Cardinals at bay. The Threshers’ offense scored first in the second inning and continued tacking on runs through the end of the sixth. The banged out 14 hits and crushed 5 home runs. Gabriel Lino had 3 hits; and Andrew Pullin, Kyle Martin, and Malquin Canelo each had 2-hit games. Martin slugged 2 HRs; and Mitch Walding, Lino, and Canelo also went yard. Martin had 3 RBI, Walding had 2, and Canelo also had two. Al 5 home runs were hit off the Cardinals’ left-handed starter.
Back to Imhof. He started off pitching well. He faced 7 batters in the first two innings. He threw only 24 pitches/15 strikes. His fastball was only 86-89, but after two innings he had 3 ground outs, a swinging strike out, a fly ball to Tocci, and a sacrifice following a lined single to center. Plus he 5 swing-and-misses among his 15 strikes. Things looked good even though he had 2 three-ball counts in the first and second innings.
Imhof took the mound in the third with a 2-0 lead. He gave up a line single to center to the eight-hole hitter to start the third in an 8-pitch at bat. This was the second and last hit the Cardinals would get off Imhof. It was also the last ball they would put in play off him. The next 6 hitters in the third inning went like this – K, BB, BB, K, BB, K. All three strike outs were swinging. The third walk forced in the Cardinals’ first run. Imhof threw 36 pitches in the inning, 17 for strikes (60/32 for all three innings).
The Threshers got the run back in the home half of the third, and Imhof took the mound in the fourth leading 3-1. He would face 5 batters, throw 24 pitches/9 strikes, walk three and strike out 2 more swinging. The inning went like this – BB, pick off, BB, K, WP, BB, WP, K. Imhof exited the inning with his 3-1 lead intact. After four, he had thrown 84 pitches/41 strikes. I was mildly surprised when he came out for the fifth. He was gone after a 6-pitch walk.
I can’t explain what happened between the second and third innings. But, I’ll try. It seemed that when he tried to throw his FB with velocity, he could not control it in the strike zone. Even in the first two innings, the 3 FB he threw at 89 mph were all balls. His one 88 mph FB in the second inning was a called strike. He gained a little more consistent velo after the second inning, reaching 90 a couple times. But his control was sketchy at best.
- He threw two 90 mph FB. One for a swinging strike and one for a ball.
- He threw 13 FB at 89 mph. Only 4 were strikes.
- He threw 16 FB at 88 mph. Only 4 were strikes.
- He threw 13 FB at 87 mph. Only 4 were strikes.
- Overall he threw 43 of 90 pitches for strikes (47.7%).
- He threw 13 of 44 pitches over 86 mph for strikes (29.5%).
The irony is that he had 6 strike outs, all swinging at 77, 83, 85, 83, 80, and 87 mph. He induced 7 other s&m – 86, x, 84, 85, 82, x, and 90 mph.
Not surprisingly, Imhof only threw 9 of 20 first pitch strikes. He was 3 of 7 in the first 2 innings.
- Imhof – 4.0(+1) IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 7 BB, 6 K, 2 WP.
- Rios – 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 inherited runner scored.
- This was an unearned run charged to Imhof. Lino’s E2T set up the run.
- Rivero – 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K.
- DeNato (de-NAY-toh) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K.
- Kingery (.255) went 1-5.
- Pullin (.250) went 2-4 with a double and HBP.
- Tocci (.259) went 1-4.
- Martin (.252) went 2-4 with 2 HR (7) and 3 RBI (29).
- Green (.267) went 1-4.
- Walding (.262) went 1-4 with a HR (7) and 2 RBI (28).
- Lino (.228) went 3-4 with double, HR (2), and RBI (6).
- Sandberg (.257) went 1-4.
- Canelo (.236) went 2-4 with a HR (2) and 2 RBI (13).
- Canelo was picked off.
- Lino committed a throwing error (4).
- Imhof picked a runner off first.
- Pullins bounced a ground rule double to right center that came to rest on the top of the padding in front of the chain link fence.
- Martin hit a home run that ricocheted off the yellow vertical pole that supports the Wawa sign next to the RF fair pole. It caromed back into the field of play but the umpire instantly signaled HR. Because of the curvature of the pole, the ball was headed toward center field.
- It would be easy to blame the umpire for Imhof’s deterioration in the third. Lino was called out on strikes in the second inning, and argued with the umpire a little longer than he should have. The next inning Imhof couldn’t buy a call. However, that wouldn’t be the case. I could see that he was consistently missing high. Those behind the back stop, told me later that he was also missing in, out, and down, too.
Lakewood (16-27) Lost to Hagerstown, 7-4. Jose Taveras pitched well in for five innings last night. Unfortunately, he was in the game for six innings. He handled the Suns except for the fourth inning when he gave up 4 runs. Scott Harris made his 2016 debut and pitched two, 4-hit innngs. Robert Tasin gave up 3 runs in the ninth. The offense started slow, but took advantage of the Suns’ bullpen in the late innings. Jose Pujols hit his 9th home run in the eighth inning.
- Taveras – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HR.
- Marrero (.287) went 0-5.
- Duran (.270) went 2-5.
- Tobias (.279) went 0-4 with an RBI (27) and HBP.
- Pujols (.247) went 1-5 with a HR (9), 3 RBI (30), and 2 K.
- Grullon (.238) went 1-3 with a BB.
- Hernandez (.258) went 1-3 with a BB.
- Marrero committed 2 errors (4, Tobias one (8).
- Grullon was charged with his 7th PB.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- Lakewood LF Cornelius Randolph has been in Clearwater rehabbing his shoulder at the Carpenter Complex.
- 5/23 – Reading activated Christian Marrero from the 7-day DL.
- 5/23 – Lakewood activated Scott Harris from the 7-day DL.
- 5/23 – Lakewood placed Damek Tomscha on the 7-day DL retroactive to May 21, 2016. concussion
- 5/23 – Venn Biter assigned to Lakewood from XST.
- 5/23 – Luis Morales assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood.
- The Rosters are up to date here.