Lehigh Valley (34-29) Lost to Durham, 10-3. James Russell (1-2, 3.77) gave up 4 runs in the first and couldn’t survive 3 more in the fourth. Seve Gonzalez (3.51) came in and stranded two inherited runners before going on to toss 4.2 innings of 1-hit ball with 6 strike outs. Logan Moore (.406 – 13 for 32) had 2 hits in four at bats but struck out twice and committed a fielding error in the ninth that led to 3 unearned runs. Cedric Hunter (.299) hit his 5th home run.
- #1 Crawford (.165) went 1-4 with an RBI (5).
- #2 Thompson (5-5, 3.42) – DNP.
- #3 Williams (.282) went 0-4.
- #4 Appel – DL, shoulder strain.
- #9 Knapp (.267) DNP.
- #13 Eflin (5-2, 2.90) – DNP.
- #17 Cordero – DL.
- #23 Sweeney (.235) went 0-2 with a BB, SF, and RBI (16).
- #26 Asher – DL, shin fracture.
- #28 Ramos (0.48) – DNP.
- #30 Lively (3-0, 2.09) – DNP.
Reading (45-19) Beat Altoona, 2-1. Nick Pivetta pitched 7.0 innings of 3-hit, shutout ball. The Curve scored in the 8th on a bases-loaded wild pitch by Gregory Infante (3.06). The Phils bailed out the reliever in the bottom of the ninth on Jesse Valentin’s (.273) bases-loaded, 2-RBI single. Center fielder KC Serna threw a runner out at home after an errant pickoff throw at second in the sixth inning. Serna also walked 4 times from the leadoff spot. Angelo Mora (.282) had 2 hits including a double.
- #6 Alfaro (.311) went 0-4.
- #7 Quinn DNP. Tightness in his hamstring.
- #10 Pinto – (4.25) DNP.
- #18 Pivetta – (6-4, 3.67) 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP, 98 pitches/64 strikes.
- #19 Hoskins (.278) went 0-4 with 3 K.
- #22 Cozens (.290) went 0-3 with a BB.
- #28 Brown (.241) entered as a PR for Jake Fox and scored the winning run.
Clearwater (35-26) Beat Charlotte, 4-1. Elniery Garcia battled himself all day but kept the Marauders off the board. Victor Arano (3.09) relieved in the seventh and popped the mitt at 94-97 mph while striking out 3 in his 2.0 innings. He allowed an unearned run after a Chace Numata PB (9). Ulises Joaquin (1.37) picked up his 4th save striking out 2 in the ninth. He got the final out looking at a nasty 84 mph change up.
Carlos Tocci batted leadoff again, and got 3 hits. He led off 1 innings with doubles. Kyle Martin (.243) and Mitch Walding (.286) each had 2-hit games. Tocci scored on Scott Kingery’s SF in the first. Walding followed with a 2-run HR (9). Martin picked up his team leading 37th RBI in the fifth. Walding has 33 RBI.
- #11 Kingery (.263) went 1-3 with a double, SF, and RBi (15).
- #12 Canelo (.220) went 0-2 with a HBP.
- #14 Tocci (.248) went 3-4 with 2 doubles and a SB (9).
- #15 Eshelman (4-2, 3.54) – DNP.
- #20 Tirado – assigned to XST.
- #21 Garcia (6-2, 1.97) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 109 pitches/71 strikes.
It was apparent early that Garcia was not his sharpest. He hadn’t pitched in the 9 days since his first son was born back in the Dominican Republic. Perhaps the extra days off affected him. In any event, in spite of retiring the Maruaders in order in the first, he was high with his fastball.
Garcia really struggled in the second inning. He needed 33 pitches to dispatch the Marauders. He remained high with his FB and pitched from behind against all 6 batters he faced in the inning. He ran 3 three-ball counts and walked back-to-back batters to load the bases. He escaped the inning when batter missed the 17th strike he threw in the inning.
Garcia rebounded in the third sort of. He walked his season-high tying third batter but retired the other three. He wasn’t missing high anymore, but rather in and out now. His pitch count after three innings was 63/38 strikes.
In the fourth, Garcia gave up his second hit and proceeded to pick the guy off first. He got the next two batters on a pop up and a spectacular diving catch by Andrew Pullin approaching the foul line in left.
Garcia retired the side in order in the fifth, but pushed his pitch count up to 94 due to a 12-pitch strike out. He followed that with his fifth and final K for the day.
Surprisingly, Garcia came out for the sixth. After a hard line drive to Tocci in center, he gave up a shift-beating single to left. With 3 fielders on the left side, the batter grounded a ball thru the spot where the shortstop normally stands. Garcia ran two more deep counts getting the final two outs. he finished with 110 pitches. He threw 115 in his last start. It was the third consecutive start where he went over the century mark and fourth time this season.
Garcia pitched from behind most of the day. He finished having thrown just 9 of 23 first pitch strikes. He was 1 of 9 in the first two innings, and 6 of 19 after five. He ran a lot of deep counts too, seven 3-ball counts.
On the positive side of the ledger, he got stronger as the game progressed. He threw 76 fastballs among his 109 pitches. In the first 3 innings, he threw 40 – 8 at 92, 20 at 91, 3 at 90, 9 at 89 mph. In the fourth, he hit 93 mph 3 times. Over his final 3 innings, he threw 36 FB – 3 at 93, 12 at 92, 12 at 91, 7 at 90, and 2 at 89 mph.
He also stopped throwing a curve ball as much after the first three innings. He threw 15 all game but only 5 after the third.
Garcia induced 12 swings-and-misses, most on his FB and 3 on his change. He recorded four of his five strike outs swinging – 89, 85, 92, and 91. And one looking at a 92 mph FB.
You can’t argue with his end result. But Garcia had to battle for it. It didn’t come easy.
Lakewood (24-38) Lost to Delmarva, 5-3. Tyler Gilbert (3-6, 4.43) gave up 5 runs in 4.1 innings. He served up 3 solo home runs. Zach Morris (3.48) struck out 4 in 2.2 innings but unleashed 2 WP. Damek Tomscha (.275) had 2 hits including a double. Jiandido Tromp hit a two-run home run, his 9th of the season and 3rd in 4 games. His 3 RBI (28) accounted for all 3 of the BlueClaws runs. Tomscha (4) and Carlos Duran (4) stole bases.
- #8 Kilome – DNP.
- #24 Pujols (.235) went 0-5 with 2 K.
- #29 Grullon (.221) DNP.
DSL1 (2-5) DNP.
- Dixon Gutierrez (.458)
- Keudy Bocio (.125)
- Jonathan Guzman (.267)
- Ismael Rosado (.067)
- Jean Carlos Valdez –
- Jesus De Los Santos –
DSL2 (2-5) DNP.
- Luis Ramirez –
- Leonel Aponte (0-1, 2.08) –
- Jose Jimenez –
- Carlos Oropeza (.273)
- Rafael Marchan (.143)
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.