Ricardo Pinto allowed one unearned run in seven innings, but Lehigh Valley was two-hit in a loss to Scranton.
Tyler Viza and the Reading bullpen held Richmond to one earned run in a victory.
Clearwater split two games with Palm Beach behind two fine pitching performances by Jose Taveras and Franklin Kilome.
Lakewood lost to Greensboro behind a solid outing by Sixto Sanchez.
Our starting pitchers held opponents to zero or one earned run in every game last night.
Lehigh Valley (3-5) lost to Scranton 2-1.
Ricardo Pinto allowed 6 hits and a walk in 7.0 innings. He struck out five. The only run he gave up was unearned. The walk-off winning run scored off Pedro Beato.
Cameron Perkins hit his first home run in the third inning to give the IronPigs an early lead. After Scranton tied the game in the sixth, Jorge Alfaro singled and stole second base. Rhys Hoskins walked, but Lehigh couldn’t score a go ahead run. Those three were the only base runners for the ‘Pigs all game.
The IronPigs turned 3 double plays.
- #1 Crawford: .107, 0-4, K
- #3 Alfaro: .414, 1-4, K
- #4 Williams: .200, 0-3
- #6 Quinn: .276, 0-4, 3 K
- #9 Cozens: .148, 0-3, 3 K
- #12 Pivetta: DNP
- #13 Hoskins: .346, 0-2, BB
- #17 Pinto: (0.73), 7.0, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
- #20 Appel: DNP
- #25 Lively: (1-0, 1.50) – DNP
- #30 Valentin: .423, 0-3, K
Reading (3-4) lost to New Hampshire 5-3.
Tyler Viza (1-1, 4.50) pitched 5.0 innings allowing 3 runs, 1 earned on 5 hits, 1 walk, and struck out four. Mario Sanchez, Jesen Therrien, and Miguel Nunez shut out the Squirrels over the final 4.0 innings, striking out six. Nunez earned his first save.
Kyle Martin, Jiandido Tromp, and Malquin Canelo had 2-hit and 2-RBI games. Martin hit his third home run of the season.
- #11 Kingery: .308, 1-4, R, double, K
- #18: El. Garcia: 7-Day DL
- #22 Anderson: (0-0, 21.00), DNP
- #23: Arano: 7-Day DL
- #24 Tocci: .276, 0-4. R
- #28 Canelo: .350, 2-3, triple, 2 RBI, K
Clearwater (6-3) split a double header with Palm Beach by identical 1-0 scores.
Game 1: Damek Tomscha hit a solo home run (2) in the first inning, and Jose Taveras and Luke Leftwich made it stand up. Unfortunately, it was the only run of the double header for the Threshers.
Taveras battled for 5.1 innings. He allowed 5 hits, walked three, and struck out four. Taveras throws a FB, CH, SL CB. His FB sat 89-91 MPH. His range extended out to 92 and 88 MPH, and he touched 93 MPH on one pitch. However, he threw first pitch strikes to just 11 of 24 batters. He ran six 3-ball counts. Taveras’ Ks came swinging on pitches of 78, 92, 92, and 82 MPH. I would hazard a guess of CB, FB, FB, CH.
Taveras kept the Cardinals off balance and coaxed a lot of weak contact. Of the 5 hits he allowed, 4 were infield singles. Although the other hit was a towering triple to right center to start the game, but the runner didn’t score. He induced 5 pop ups and 4 ground ball outs.
Leftwich entered the game with a runner on first, and was greeted by a first-pitch single. He retired the next 5 batters, including striking out the side in the seventh. Leftwich was 92-93 MPH in the sixth, but he ramped it up in the seventh. He got his strike outs looking at 94 and 96 mph fastballs, then swinging at a 95 MPH fastball to end the game and claim his second save..
The defense dropped two more pop ups. The first one cost Taveras an extra 15 pitches. Zach Coppola and Jose Pujols made great catches on fly balls to preserve the lead.
- #10 Randolph – .250, 0-3, K
- #29 Pujols: .167, 1-3, K
Game 2: Franklyn Kilome pitched 6.0 strong innings, but 3 consecutive singles provided the Cardinals with the only run they would need.
Kilome throws a FB, CH, SL, CB. His off speed stuff was filthy last night. After the early innings, Cardinal batters seemed to have sold out and were just looking for his fastball. It was interesting to see Kilome and Austin Bossart adjust to predominantly off speed pitches in his final two innings.
Kilome’s FB sat 94-95 MPH. He touched 96 (4), 97 (2), and 98 (1) seven times, but not after the second inning. His strike outs came on pitches of 83, 86, 85, 95, 81 (looking), 95, and 83 MPH. Guessing – CH, SL, SL, CH, FB, CB, FB, CH. He threw 14 of 24 first pitch strikes, but had a better ratio until the sixth when he pitched from behind to all 4 batters.
Edgar Garcia pitched the seventh and struck out two batters after hitting one on the back of the helmet. His Ks came swinging at pitches of 85 and 93 MPH.
Grenny Cumana started at second and went 2-3. The Threshers had trouble sustaining offense. They hit into three double plays – one standard GB DP, one soft liner DP, and one shallow pop DP. Jose Pujols singled off the left field wall. He appeared to come out of the box in his home run trot. This came in the ninth inning when the Threshers mounted there only and best scoring attempt. After his lead off hit, they loaded the bases. His slow departures from the box probably cost them the tying run.
I saw my first no-pitch, intentional walk. The Threshers had runners on second and third. After the IBB, Randolph chopped a ball off the plate that the pitcher fielded and flipped home for the force. Pujols flinched back toward third. I don’t think he thought the ball was popped up. I believe that he didn’t realize that the bases were loaded after the IBB. After the IBB signal, the catcher went to the mound and Coach Williams met with the umpire to make a change (Randolph entered as a pinch hitter). It didn’t matter though, he was a dead out at home even if he breaks with Usain Bolt speed.
- #5 Kilome – (0-1, 3.38), 6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, WP
- #10 Randolph – .242, 0-1 (pinch hit fielder’s choice)
- #27 Ed. Garcia – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
- #29 Pujols: .148, 1-5, RBI, 3 K
Lakewood (4-4) lost to Hagerstown 2-0.
Sixto Sanchez pitched 5.0 innings. He threw 68 pitches, 50 strikes. He allowed one run on 5 hits. He walked none and struck out five. Harold Arauz pitched 4.0 innings in relief. He allowed a run on 3 hits. He walked none and struck out three.
Daniel Brito’s season opening hitting streak came to an end. Mickey Moniak (2) and Cord Sandberg (3) had multi hit games. They accounted for 5 of the 7 BlueClaws’ hits.
- #2 Moniak: .306, 2-4, double, K
- #7 Sanchez: (0-1, 4.66), 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
- #16 Medina: DNP
- #19 Brito: .361, 0-4, K
- #8 Gowdy
- #15 Stobbe
- #21 Ortiz
- #26 Romero:
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Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
- 4/13 – Lakewood BlueClaws placed SS Arquimedes Gamboa on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to April 12, 2017
- 4/13 – RHP Ismael Cabrera assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters
- 4/13 – 3B Jose Antequera assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from GCL Phillies
- 4/13 – LHP JoJo Romero assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Lakewood BlueClaws
- 4/12 – Phillies optioned LHP Adam Morgan to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- 4/12 – Phillies recalled RHP Luis Garcia from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- 4/12 – LHP Wander Perez assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Phillies Ext. Spring Training.
- 4/11 – LHP Bailey Falter assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters.
- 4/11 – RHP Ismael Cabrera assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Lakewood BlueClaws.
- 4/11 – Phillies optioned RHP Zach Eflin to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- 4/11 – LHP Wander Perez assigned to Phillies Ext. Spring Training from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- 4/1-7 – Phillies signed 2B Taylor Featherston (re-signed)
- 4/6 – Phillies signed free agent RHP Osvaldo Arauz to a minor league contract.