Lehigh Valley (29-25) Beat Charlotte, 6-4. Zach Eflin allowed only two base runners thru his first five innings, a single and a hit batter. He took a 2-0 lead into the sixth but blew his own victory. Frank Hermann allowed an inherited runner to score, but was awarded the victory when the IronPigs re-took the lead. Mario Hollands and Michael Mariot preserved the lead and Edubray Ramos notched his first save. He struck out three of the four batters he faced, striking out the side in the ninth.
Lehigh Valley amassed 16 hits and five walks. Williams, Ruf, and Sweeney had 3-hit games. Crawford, Knapp, and Hunter had 2-hit games. Williams hit his 6th HR. Ruf had 2 RBI. Our old friend, Phillippe Aumont, allowed 2 of 2 inherited runners to score and blew his second save for Charlotte.
Reading (37-18) Beat Portland, 5-4 in a walk off. Ricardo Pinto turned in a quality start, one earned run and seven strike outs in six innings. Hoby Milner blew his second save. Miguel Nunez earned the win. Hoskins hit his 10th home run. Cozens led off the 9th with his 15th home run to tie the game. Marrero’s 6th HR won the game with 2 outs.
Clearwater (31-22) Beat Jupiter, 8-2. Elniery Garcia celebrated the birth of his first son with a 2-run, 31-pitch first inning. He shut the Hammerheads down after the first. Garcia didn’t have his good curve ball. In fact, he only induced 6 swing-and-misses, all at his fastball. But he only allowed two singles after the first inning. Joe DeNato pitched the final 3.1 innings and recorded his first save.
The Threshers rallied with crooked numbers in the third, fourth, and fifth innings. Kingery and Green had 3-hit games. Pullin, Walding, and Canelo had 2-hit games. Kingery, Pullin, Green, and Canelo had 2 RBIs each.
Garcia may have needed 31 pitches to complete the first, but 22 of them were strikes. He threw 11 pitches in the second, 12 in the third, and 14 in the fourth. He allowed a one-out single in the fourth. Of the 37 pitches in those innings, 28 were strikes. Garcia faced 5 batters in the fifth inning. His throwing error and Kingery’s fielding error extended his pitch count to 23 (15 strikes) in the inning, and 91 thru 5 innings.
Garcia answered the bell for the sixth and faced three batters. He threw 24 pitches in the inning. His night ended after a two-out single culminated an 11-pitch at bat. He was permitted to throw 115 pitches, 81 strikes. His pitch count was extended by 37 foul balls.
Garcia threw predominantly fastballs, I had him at 82 total, 91-94 t95 mph. he dipped to 90 mph four time, too. He threw an off-speed pitch (I had 18) 82-88 mph, which was mostly 83-86 mph. His curve ball (I had 15) was mostly 74-77 mph.
Garcia’s curve ball is his out-pitch. He hung several both in and out of the strike zone. He got 2 across for called strikes, but none for a swing-and-miss. Four were fouled off, three were hit for singles, and six were balls. Due to his lack of command of his CB, he relied more heavily on his fastball.
Joe DeNato relived Garcia with two outs and a runner on first in the sixth inning. He retired the Hammerheads without throwing a pitch. He notched his third pick off of the season on his second throw to first base. He allowed two singles over the next three innings both in the ninth. He ended the game with a ground ball into an around-the-horn double play.
Lakewood (20-34) Lost to Hickory, 8-3. Drew Anderson pitched well – one hit, 3 walks, and six strike outs in five innings. Skylar Hunter was activated and pitched one inning before blowing the save in his second inning. Jake Waguespack came in and couldn’t stop the bleeding. The BlueClaws scored three runs on seven hits. Hernandez had 2 hits. Tromp hit a solo home run, his sixth.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- 6/3 – OF Osmel Aguila assigned to Clearwater.
- 6/3 – Samuel Hiciano assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater.
- 6/2 – Lakewood activated RHP Skylar Hunter from the restricted list.
- 6/2 – Kenny Koplove assigned to XST from Lakewood.
- Plus a slew of transactions as the two DSL Phillies teams assign players to their rosters.