Clearwater (36-26) Beat Charlotte, 3-1. Yacksel Rios (1.89) went 5.2 innings, allowed one earned run on 4 hits and 2 walks, and struck out six. Alexis Rivero (4-1, 1.16) entered the game with two out and a runner on first. He retired all ten batters he faced to earn the win.
The Threshers faced a LHP and coach Legg split his left-handed batters. Andrew Pullin (.264) went 2-3 against the lefty. Kyle Martin and Mitch Walding combined to go 0-6 with 4 K against the starter. Carlos Tocci led off and Scott Kingery batted third again.
The line up almost paid dividends in the first inning, Pullin singled up the middle with one out. Kingery bluffed a bunt on the first pitch, pulling the third baseman onto the grass. He chopped a routine ball down the line that went for a double when the third baseman was in too close to make the play.
The Threshers put runners on base in each of the first four innings, but couldn’t come up with the clutch hit that would put them on the board. Finally, when trailing in the sixth, Kingery lined a single to left with one out. He stole second early during Martin’s AB. However, he struck out. Zach Green followed with a 2-out, RBI single to left. With two out, Kingery easily scored the tying run.
In the eighth inning, Martin worked a one-out walk. Zach Green was hit by a pitch and Derek Campbell was sent in to pinch run. Walding flew out to deep center and both runners moved up a base. Malquin Canelo came through when he grounded an 0-2 pitch into center field for a 2-out, 2-run single.
- #11 Kingery (.267) went 2-4 with a double and SB (14).
- #12 Canelo (.230) went 3-4 with 2 RBI (23).
- #14 Tocci (.246) went 0-2 with a sac and BB.
- #15 Eshelman (4-2, 3.54) – DNP.
- #20 Tirado – assigned to XST.
- #21 Garcia (6-2, 1.97) – DNP.
Rios began the season with Reading where he made 13 appearances including 1 three-inning start. Tonight’s start was his second consecutive start with Clearwater. His first 4 appearances had been in relief. He had thrown 79 pitches in his 5.0 inning start against Tampa last week. Tonight, Rios threw a career high 95 pitches.
Rios’ trouble in the past has been his walk rate. In fact, it was probably his 7.1 BB/9 (14 BB in 17.2 innings) that led to his demotion. His improved walk rate out of Clearwater’s bullpen earned him another chance to start when Matt Imhoff pitched himself out of the rotation.
Rios throws a fastball, change up, and curve ball. He relies on his FB about 65% of the time. He sits 93-95 mph, but touched 96 (twice) and dips down to 90 (thrice).
He got 3 swinging Ks at 94, 76, and 82 mph. He induced 6 other misses at 93, 95, 95, 96, 93, and 94 MPH. He caught 3 Ks looking at 80, 79, and 94 mph.
Rios only issued 2 walks, but both were on 4 pitches. (Good thing we weren’t in front of a Texas A&M crowd.) He ran 3 additional 3-ball counts.
Rivero needed only 32 pitches/24 strikes to retire the 10 batters he faced. He struck out 3, two in the ninth. All three came swinging. He ended the game with a strike out.
The Threshers now have 9 players on the FSL North All Star team. OF Cord Sandberg was added over the weekend. 3B Mitch Walding was added Monday. They join 2B Scott Kingery, CF Carlos Tocci, RHP Elniery Garcia, RHP Tom Eshelman, RHP Alexis Rivero, C Chace Numata, and 1B/DH Zach Green.
Lehigh Valley (34-29) DNP.
- #1 Crawford (.165)
- #2 Thompson (5-5, 3.42)
- #3 Williams (.282)
- #4 Appel – DL, shoulder strain.
- #9 Knapp (.267)
- #13 Eflin (5-2, 2.90)
- #17 Cordero – DL.
- #23 Sweeney (.235)
- #26 Asher – DL, shin fracture.
- #28 Ramos (0.48)
- #30 Lively (3-0, 2.09)
Reading (45-19) DNP.
- #6 Alfaro (.311)
- #7 Quinn DNP. Tightness in his hamstring.
- #10 Pinto – (4.25)
- #18 Pivetta – (6-4, 3.67)
- #19 Hoskins (.278)
- #22 Cozens (.290)
- #28 Brown (.241)
Lakewood (25-38) Beat Hagerstown, 5-0. Luke Leftwich (5-3, 2.15) pitched 7.0 shutout innings. He allowed 4 hits, walked none and struck 11 Suns. Robert Tasin struck out 4 in 2.0 innings of relief. Jiandido Tromp, Deivi Grullon, and Grenny Cumana had 2 hits apiece. Tromp (10) and Grullon (2) hit home runs. Tromps was his 4th in 5 games. Zach Coppola (.377) was activated and returned to the line up. He led off, played RF, and went 1-4.
- #8 Kilome – DNP.
- #24 Pujols (.235) DNP.
- #29 Grullon (.221) went 2-3 with HR (2), BB, and 3 RBI (14).
DSL1 (2-6 Lost to the DSL Athletics, 11-3.
- Dixon Gutierrez (.393) went 0-4
- Keudy Bocio (.143) went 1-4 with an RBI.
- Jonathan Guzman (.294) went 2-4.
- Ismael Rosado (.067) DNP.
- Jean Carlos Valdez – DNP.
- Jesus De Los Santos – DNP.
DSL2 (2-6) Lost to the DSL Rangers2, 12-5.
- Luis Ramirez – DNP.
- Leonel Aponte (0-1, 2.08) – DNP.
- Jose Jimenez (5.40) – 3 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP
- Carlos Oropeza (.231) went 0-2 with a BB.
- Rafael Marchan (.143) DNP.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.