Just one win for the organization on Friday night, Lakewood’s 6-4 victory. Mickey Moniak had 2 RBI but Sixto Sanchez fell one out short of his first victory.
Jake Thompson was hit hard in Lehigh Valley’s loss.
Reading’s bullpen couldn’t hold a lead for Tom Eshelman.
“C” Randolph hit his first home run giving Clearwater a short-lived lead against Dunedin. Jose Taveras struck out 9 in 4.1 innings while getting no decision.
Lehigh Valley (0-1) dropped its home opener to the Pawtucket Red Sox 14-7. Double header on Sunday. Ricardo Pinto on Saturday, Ben Lively and Nick Pivetta on Sunday.
Jake Thompson got rocked 2.1 IP 8 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 3 BB, 3 K. As a unit, the IronPigs were punished – 9 IP, 14, H, 14 R, 11 ER, 10 BB, 9 K, 3 WP, 2 HBP. Four of five inherited runners were allowed to score.
The offense actually provided leads of 1-0 and 4-3. Jorge Alfaro had 3 RBI, Roman Quinn had two.
- #1 Crawford: 0-5, 4 K
- #3 Alfaro: 2-4, 3 RBI, K
- #4 Williams: 1-3, R, HBP, K
- #6 Quinn: 2-5, R, double, 2 RBI, 2 K
- #9 Cozens: 0-4, K
- #12 Pivetta: DNP
- #13 Hoskins: 0-4, 2 K
- #17 Pinto: DNP
- #20 Appel: DNP
- #25 Lively: DNP
- #30 Valentin: 2-4, R, RBI, K
Reading (0-1) lost its season opener to the Portland Sea Dogs 4-2. Tyler Viza on Saturday, Drew Anderson on Sunday, Shane Watson on Monday, and Brandon Leibrandt on Tuesday.
Tom Eshelman (4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR) left in the fifth and Yacksel Rios blew a lead when he let one of two inherited runners score. Jesen Therrien took the loss.
Kyle Martin and Chace Numata each had an RBI. The Phils had an early lead and came back to tie the score at two.
- #11 Kingery: 1-3, R
- #18: Garcia: 7-Day DL
- #22 Anderson: DNP
- #23: Arano: 7-Day DL
- #24 Tocci: 0-3, R, 2 K, HBP
- #28 Canelo: 0-2, BB
Clearwater (1-1) lost to the Dunedin Blue Jays 7-4 wasting a nice effort by Jose Taveras. Next up Franklyn Kilome on Saturday, Cole Irvin on Sunday, Alberto Tirado on Monday, and Blake Quinn on Tuesday.
Taveras was lifted in the fifth inning when his pitch count reached 88 by my count. He had been plagued all evening by suspect defense. Still he left with a lead, one out, and runners on the corners. After Austin Davis padded the Blue Jays lead to 2-0 with a wild pitch, Taveras line was 4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9K. He struck out the side twice.
Taveras threw 88 pitches, 60 strikes. He threw 12 of 21 first pitch strikes. And ran 4 three-ball counts (2 walks, 2 Ks). By my scoring, he had to throw about 18 more pitches than he should have had to throw.
Taveras throws FB, SL, CH, CB. He got one K looking at an off speed pitch. Of the 8 K swinging, 4 came on fast balls. His FB sat 89-91 mph. He touched 92 four times. His velocity dropped in the fifth inning. He threw 11 pitches, his 9 FB were 86-90 mph.
After the wild pitch, Davis shut down the Jays. He struck out 2 in 2.2 innings. His FB was puttering along at 88-92 mph when he suddenly uncorked pitches of 95 and 96 mph.
Trailing 2-0, the Threshers tied the score on a Jose Pujols two-run single. After Drew Stankiewicz and Emmanuel Marrero had singled, two batters had been retired. Damek Tomscha walked to load the bases and the Jays brought in a reliever. Pujols fell behind 0-2 on change ups, but battled back. He took a couple more off speed pitches before hitting a hard ground single up the middle on the first FB strike he saw in the at bat.
I had to leave with the score tied in the seventh and missed “C” Randolph’s go ahead, two-run home run to right field. I also missed Luke Leftwich’s blown save and five run implosion. I also missed Tyler Gilbert allowing an inherited runner to score.
I didn’t miss the flawed defense the Threshers provided in the first few innings. Although they were only charged with one error, they missed chances to get Taveras off the mound and save him a few pitches.
- A wide throw after catching a pop up missed a chance to double a runner off first who had “stolen” second on the pitch.
- A wide throw after a nice defensive stop pulled Tomscha off first (scored a hit).
- Another pop up dropped between infielders (scored a hit).
- On the next play, a pop up was dropped setting up the game’s first run.
- Two bobbles on ground balls that didn’t cost anything but in light of all the other loose plays causes me some concern.
- All the above happened in the first six innings.
Among the prospects –
- #5 Kilome – first start on Saturday
- #10 Randolph – 1-4, HR, 2 RBI, BB, K
- #27 Garcia – DNP
- #29 Pujols: 2-5, 2 RBI, K
Lakewood (2-0) beat Kannapolis 6-4. Sixto Sanchez made his full season debut. Next up Ranger Suarez on Saturday and Adonis Medina on Sunday.
The BlueClaws built a 5-1 lead on a Darrick Hall sacrifice fly, Arquimedes Gamboa RBI single, Alex Wojciechowski base loaded walk, Mickey Moniak fielder’s choice, and an error on a missed catch by Alec Hansen (the Oklahoma pitcher who was high on a lot of draft boards last spring before dropping into the second round).
Sanchez fell one out short of collecting his first victory. He was lifted after 4.2 innings and 80 pitches with the bases loaded and a 5-1 lead. Felix Paulino allowed two of the inherited runners to score. Sanchez posted the following line – 4.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, HBP. He threw 55 strikes. Two of the three hits he gave up sound like they were of the soft contact variety.
Moniak added another run with an RBI double in the ninth. Paulino got the win. John Hennigan picked up his first save.
- #2 Moniak: 1-4, double, 2 RBI, 2 K, sac
- #7 Sanchez: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, HBP
- #16 Medina: first start on Sunday
- #19 Brito: 2-3, 2 R, 1 BB, sac, SB
- #26 Romero: DNP
- #8 Gowdy
- #15 Stobbe
- #21 Ortiz
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Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
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