Drew Anderson made his Clearwater debut a memorable one. He threw the first four inning leg of a combined no-hitter against the St. Lucie Mets, the Florida State League’s top hitting team. The Mets couldn’t stop Anderson, but the weather could. After a 45-minute lightning delay, he was lifted in favor of Will Morris who pitched the second, four inning leg. The pitching change didn’t help St. Lucie as Morris continued to retire Mets’ batters. Victo Arano brought home the final leg of the combined no-hitter, nailing down the ninth.
It was the first no-hitter by a Clearwater pitcher since Drew Carpenter threw a seven-inning no-hitter on August 29, 2007. The last nine inning no-hitter was thrown by Julio De La Cruz on August 18, 2006. The last no-hitter the Threshers were involved in occurred on May 13, 2015 when they were no-hit in the first game of a double header at Bright House Field against the Charlotte Snow Crabs. What was notable about this game was that after suffering a 7-inning no-hitter, the Threshers were one-hit in the 7-inning second game.
Did you see Ricardo Pinto and Dylan Cozens in the Futures Game? Hope you didn’t blink. Pinto was lifted after two fly ball outs, the second of which was caught over the fence by the center fielder. At least Pinto received an introduction. Cozens batted while DeRosa and Vasgersian were talking about Alex Bregman. Again. They quickly mentioned Cozens after he lifted the third pitch of his at bat down the RF line. The right fielder made a great catch as he crashed into the foul barrier. I was disappointed when I saw that these two guys would be part of the coverage team. Of course, they lived down to my expectations.
Lehigh Valley (52-39) Lost to Buffalo, 5-3. Anthony Vasquez (3.28) gave up 2 runs on 2 solo home runs in five innings. He left with a 3-2 lead, but Dalier Hinojosa (4.26) blew his second save with a solo home run of his own. Luis Garcia (6-3, 3.13) finally lost the game, giving up 2 runs on a Domonic Brown single in the eighth inning.
Taylor Featherston (.270), Brock Stassi (.259) and Cameron Perkins (.291) went into the All Star break with 2-hit games. Featherston had a double, HR (12), and 2 RBI (31).
- #1 Crawford (.270) went 1-3 a BB and RBI (17).
- #2 Thompson (7-5, 2.58) – DNP.
- #3 Williams (.283) went 0-3 with a BB.
- #4 Appel – DL, season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur.
- #9 Knapp (.264) DNP.
- #13 Eflin (5-2, 2.90) – promoted to Philadelphia.
- #17 Cordero – DL, rehabbing in the GCL.
- #23 Sweeney (.233) went 1-2 with 2 BB.
- #26 Asher – Restricted List.
- #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.
- #30 Lively (4-2, 3.45) – DNP.
Reading (63-27) Beat Bowie, 10-2. Nick Pivetta (8-4, 3.14) returned from the DL and tossed five shutout innings, allowing 3 hits and striking out six. Every starter had at least one hit. Rhys Hoskins had 3 hits and Jorge Alfaro had two. KC Serna hit his 3rd HR and had 3 RBI (26). Hoskins had 4 RBI (83).
- #6 Alfaro (.295) went 2-5 with a double.
- #7 Quinn (.288) DL, oblique, rehabbing at the Complex in Clearwater.
- #10 Pinto – (3-3, 4.32) – placed on Temporary Inactive List for Futures Game.
- #15 Eshelman (2-0, 5.94) – DNP.
- #18 Pivetta – (8-4, 3.14) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 74 pitches/50 strikes.
- #19 Hoskins (.287) went 3-5 with 2 doubles and 4 RBI.
- #22 Cozens (.286) placed on TIL for Futures Game.
- #27 Brown (.225) DNP.
Clearwater (49-37) Beat St. Lucie, 4-0 in a combined no hitter thrown by Drew Anderson, Will Morris, and Victor Arano, and caught by Austin Bossart.
Anderson missed out on the win when a lightning storm caused a 3/4 hour delay with the Threshers batting in the fourth inning. Cord Sandberg doubled to lead off the inning. The inning was halted with one out and Kyle Martin at the plate after a lightning strike close to the stadium. When the game resumed, Mitch Walding stroked a two-out double down the right field line to give the Threshers a 1-0 lead.
Anderson (0.00) exited the game with a solid line – 4.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 WP. Will Morris (5-2, 3.16) followed suit and stifled the Mets with a similar line – 4.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. Victor Arano (2.70) closed out the Mets in the ninth – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K.
The Threshers added three runs in the sixth on RBI singles by Kyle Martin (50), Malquin Canelo (35), and a bases loaded walk by Drew Stankiewicz (11).
There were a couple of nice defensive plays, as usually happens in a no-hitter. In the sixth inning, Canelo ranged far to his right and threw out a batter on a close play. Morris turned in the toughest play when he sprung off the mound to collect a swinging bunt and throw out the batter at first.
Tocci benefited from a scoring decision when he hit a hard ground ball to the shortstop’s right and the throw short-hopped the first baseman for what I thought was a throwing error.
Anderson pitched well, but the truncated outing provided a small sample. He threw 51 pitches in four innings, 32 strikes. The Mets took a lot of pitches and half of the strikes he threw were called strikes. Only two of his strike outs came looking, both on 94 mph fastballs.
Anderson induced 5 swings-and-misses, four for strike outs. Two came on fastballs at 96 and 92 mph. The other two came on curve balls – 78 and 79 mph.
Anderson’s fastball sat 92-94 mph, and he touched 95 and 96 mph twice each.
It looks like he threw 36 FB, 12 CB, and 3 change ups. His curve ball was very effective. He threw eight of twelve curves for strikes (66.6%). He was able to command (control?) his fastball, too. He threw 23 of 36 FB for strikes (63.8%). And, he threw one of three changeups for strikes.
Anderson threw 8 of 13 first pitch strikes (61.5%), and ran two 3-ball counts.
- #11 Kingery (.282) went 0-4.
- #12 Canelo (.247) went 1-4 with an RBI (35).
- #14 Tocci (.273) went 2-4.
- #15 Eshelman (4-2, 3.54) was promoted to Reading.
- #20 Tirado – assigned to Lakewood.
- #21 Garcia (7-2, 2.49) – DNP.
Lakewood (38-49) Lost to West Virginia, 4-1. Albert Tirado gave up 3 runs (2 ER). He struck out 5 in 4.1 innings, but walked three. Jeff Singer tossed 2.2 shutout innings and has yet to give up a run in 7 appearances, 14.2 innings. Austin Davis (0.00) gave up an unearned run in 2.0 innings. Emmanuek Marrero (.233) went 2-2 with 2 walks.
- #5 Randolph (.207) went 0-3 with a BB.
- #8 Kilome (2-7, 4.97) – DNP.
- #20 Tirado (1-1, 6.20)- 4.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 1 WP.
- #24 Pujols (.231) went 0-4 with 2 K.
- #29 Grullon (.235) DNP.
Williamsport (11-12) Beat Aberdeen, 6-2. Adonis Medina put forth a solid effort, and Will Hibbs (0.00) tossed 2.0 shutout innings. Mark Laird went 2-3 in his first rehab appearance. Brett Barbier (.389) also had two hits. Henri Latrigue hit his first home run.
- #16 Medina (3-0, 0.64) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP.
GCL Phillies (10-3) DNP.
- #? Mickey Moniak (.345)
- #? Kevin Gowdy (0-1, 0.00) –
- #? Cole Stobbe (.136)
- #25 Jhailyn Ortiz (.277)
- #? Josh Stephen (.308)
- #?Justin Miller (0-0, 5.40) –
- #? Aaron Brown (0-0, 1.50) –
- #? Will Stewart (0-1, 2.57) –
- #? Nick Fanti (1-0, 1.42) –
DSL Phillies (12-19) DNP.
- Dixon Gutierrez (.330)
- Keudy Bocio (.226)
- Jonathan Guzman (.288)
DSL Phillies2 (14-15) DNP.
- Leonel Aponte (2-2, 2.56) –
- Carlos Oropeza (.233)
- Rafael Marchan (.241)
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
- The transaction hasn’t posted, yet, but Seranthony Domingues is listed as Lakewood’s starter on Tuesday.
- 7/10 – Phillies activated LHP Daniel Stumpf.
- 7/10 – Phillies designated LHP Mario Hollands for assignment.
- 7/10 – Phillies optioned Severino Gonzalez to Lehigh Valley.
- 7/10- Lakewood sent OF Mark Laird on a rehab assignment to Williamsport.
- 7/10 – SS William Cuicas assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport.
- 7/10 – Luis Espiritu, Jr. assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood.
- Organization Rosters are up to date.
- $190,160 remains available for over slot payments
2016 Draft Tracker is up to date.