Lehigh Valley (29-26) Lost to Charlotte, 8-4. David Buchanan imploded for six runs in the second inning. Seve Gonzalez chipped in with 2 runs after the IronPigs closed within 6-4. Logan Moore had 3 hits and his first home run. Cameron Perkins had 2 hits.
Reading (38-18) Beat Portland, 6-5 in a ten-inning walkoff. The teams matched each other run-for-run through the early innings. Both starters were responsible for their team’s first five runs against. Roman Quinn had 3 hits and his 25th stolen base. Jorge Alfaro, Rhys Hoskins, and Aaron Brown had 2 hits each. Hoskins hit 2 home runs, Harold Martinez hit one. Hoskins second home run his fourth. Hoskins’ second home run (12th) provided the game-winning run.
Clearwater (32-22) Beat Jupiter, 4-3. Tyler Viza went six innings for the win. He allowed two runs (one earned) on 4 hits and a walk. He struck out six. Kyle Martin returned to the staring line up and went 3-3 with 2 doubles, 3 RBI (34), and a stolen base. Mitch Walding had the other RBI (29) on a SF. Gabriel Lino dropped a pop up in foul territory that only extended Viza by 4 pitches. He committed his fifth PB.
Viza was dominant in the early innings, relying mostly on his fastball. He would have faced the minimum thru three innings but for the dropped, two-out pop up by Lino in the second that was followed by the Hammerheads’ first hit. The leadoff batter in the fourth tomahawked an 0-2, 93 mph FB into the bullpen. His only walk of the game came to the next batter on 5 pitches. A Malquin Canelo error extended the inning and an unearned run eventually scored.
Viza threw 104 pitches, 70 strikes. That’s the second consecutive game that a Threshers’ pitcher eclipsed the century mark. Viza only induced 5 swings-and-misses, but they came on 5 of his 6 strikeouts – three came on fast balls (93, 92, 92 mph), two on change ups (82 and 82 mph).
Jupiter batters took 36 pitches, mostly in the 4th and 5th innings. It looked like a belated attempt to raise Viza’s pitch count. He threw 12 in the first, 11 in the second, and 8 in the third. Jupiter took nine pitches in those innings and Viza’s count was 31. He threw 32 in the fourth and 27 in the fifth, when the ‘Heads took 10 and 11 pitches respectively. Viza’s one called third strike on a 3-2, 84 mph change up.
Sixty-seven of Viza’s pitches were fastballs from 90-93 mph. Three of his 10 pitches that registered 93 mph came in the sixth inning.
The radio announcers were trying to come up with a reason that Viza was “less effective” in the fourth inning when he threw 32 pitches. I don’t think it was because of a decrease in effectiveness. Jupiter was aggressive in the first 3 innings, attacking pitches early in the count against a pitcher who throws strikes. In the fourth, they changed their approach and took more pitches. This coupled with Viza’s only throwing 2 of 6 first pitch strikes in the fourth inning led to a higher pitch count. In fact, they didn’t swing until they had 2 strikes, a clear change from their approach in the early innings. In addition to taking 10 pitches, they fouled off 6 pitches, spoiling Viza’s good pitches. Jupiter only fouled off 11 pitches in Viza’s 6 innings.
Lakewood (20-35) Lost to Hickory, 7-2. Jose Taveras gave up a season-high 10 hits and 2 home runs. A Jan Hernandez error extended the first inning so that 3 unearned runs could score. The BlueClaws could manage only 2 runs on seven hits. Austin Bossart had 2 hits. Jose Pujols struck out 2 times raising his total to 78 in 210 AB, second highest in the league.
DSL1 (0-0) v. Marlins. Box score not updated.
DSL2 (0-1) Lost to the Red Sox2, 4-2. Four errors led to 2 unearned runs. They were out hit 11-5.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- 6/4 – Sent Emmanuel Burriss outright to Lehigh Valley.
- 6/4 – Reading activated Harold Martinez from the 7-Day DL.
- 6/4 – Alberto Tirado assigned to XST from Clearwater.
- 6/4 – Will Morris assigned to Clearwater from Reading.
- 6/4 – Jacob Waguespack assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood.
- 6/4 – Scott Harris assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport.
Threshers’ Notes –
Seven Threshers were selected by players, managers, and league officials to be on the FSL North All Star Team – Elniery Garcia, Tom Eshelman, Alexis Rivero, Chace Numata, Zach Green, Scott Kingery, and Carlos Tocci.
Cuban outfielder, Osman Aguila, played in his second game Saturday. Demonstrating remarkable plate discipline, he put the first pitch in play in all 4 plate appearances. He grounded out to third twice, shortstop once, and popped out to first in foul territory.
Yacksel Rios will enter the Threshers’ starting rotation when he starts Monday night. Matt Imhof has be relegated to the bull pen.