Lehigh Valley was two-hit. Again.
Reading couldn’t protect an early lead.
Cole Irvin, Mark Laird, Damek Tomscha, and Jose Pujols provided the pitching, offense, power, and defense that led to Clearwater’s victory.
Daniel Brito and Cord Sandberg powered Lakewood to a blow out victory.
Lehigh Valley (3-6 lost to Pawtucket 6-1.
Wow, nothing good to spin here. Just an ugly loss to have to report. Highlights –
- Jorge Alfaro led off with a triple and if he doesn’t score on a Blake Swihart passed ball, he likely doesn’t score in the inning.
- The offense had 7 walks, but only managed two hits.
- Pat Venditte and Hoby Milner pitched perfect innings.
Red Sox pitchers struck out 16 IronPigs. Golden Sombrero for Dylan Cozens.
- #1 Crawford: .100, 0-2, 2 BB, K
- #3 Alfaro: .394, 1-4, R, triple, 2 K
- #4 Williams: .179, 0-3, BB, K
- #6 Quinn: .242, 0-4, BB, 2 K
- #9 Cozens: .129, 0-4, 4 K
- #12 Pivetta: DNP
- #13 Hoskins: .310, 0-3, BB, 2 K
- #17 Pinto: (0.73), DNP
- #20 Appel: DNP
- #25 Lively: (1-1, 4.09) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 4 R, 2 BB, 5 K
- #30 Valentin: .423, 0-3, K
Reading (3-5) lost to Richmond 5-3.
Drew Anderson pitched into the sixth and left with a lead. Yacksel Rios blew the save and took the loss.
The Phils garnered 5 hits and struck out 13 times. Scott Kingery provided an early lead with his third HR, a 3-run HR. Aaron Brown picked up another outfield assist (that’s at least two this season).
- #11 Kingery: .300, 1-4, R, HR, 3 RBI, 2 K
- #18: El. Garcia: Restricted List for 80-Game suspension
- #22 Anderson: (0-0, 10.80), 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
- #23: Arano: 7-Day DL
- #24 Tocci: .273, 1-4
- #28 Canelo: .350, DNP
Clearwater (7-3) beat Palm Beach 6-2 (in 2:08).
Cole Irvin (2-0, 0.69) pitched a gem. He opened with a 5-pitch walk and threw 24 pitches in a first inning that saw the Cardinals score a run when they put together back-to-back, two out singles. Even with the high pitch count, he threw 16 strikes in the inning. After the first inning, Irvin needed only 61 pitches the next six innings, 49 strikes.
Irvin’s line was 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K. He threw 85 pitches/64 strikes. He threw 18 of 27 first pitch strikes (18 of 24 before the seventh, more on the seventh later). Of his 64 strikes, 6 were swinging, 22 were called, 12 were fouls, 6 were hits, 18 balls in play for outs. He got strike outs looking at pitches of 82 and 93 MPH.
Irvin’s FB range was 88-93 MPH. His FB sat 89-92 MPH. He touched 3 times in the first 6.0 innings. He registered 93 MPH 3 times in the seventh. This was the first time I had seen Irvin for an extended appearance. Early on, I thought he was a low 90s guy with good command. He was mostly 90-91 until the third when he threw 4 pitches above 91 MPH (3 92 and 1 93 MPH). He slipped back to 90-91 in the fifth. Then repeated his fourth inning velocity in the sixth. I was impressed that he could still hit the top of his range in pitches 67-72.
Then Irvin took the mound to start the seventh. With 72 pitches under his belt, this would undoubtedly be his last inning. So he threw 12 of 13 FB. He really let it go on his last few pitches – 90, 89, 90, 90 (F9), 93, 90, 91, 92, 92 (F9), 92, 93, 85, 93 (1-3). On the final play, he had to crash the third base line to field the ball and throw out the runner. Looked a lot like the Sixto Sanchez play that was posted in the comments section in the 4/13 report.
Mark Laird made his first start for the Threshers. He provided a spark to the line up that helped overcome the Cardinals short-lived lead. Laird opened the home half of the first with a double to left. He later scored on Damek Tomscha’s 3-run HR (3). “C” Randolph had walked to score behind Laird. Laird walked in his second at bat. And singled and stole second in his third at bat.
The Threshers tacked on two more runs in the sixth when the Cardinals underestimated Grenny Cumana. Deivi Grullon started the inning with a single. After two fly ball outs, Drew Stankiewicz walked. Cumana had struck out in his first two at bats, and looked bad on off speed pitches. So, after a wild pitch and with the left and center fielders playing him at little league depth, Cumana drove a ball to the base of the left field fence for a two-run double.
I would like to pay homage to Jose Pujols for his defensive play in right field. I don’t know if I’ve said the following in print, but I have told anyone who asked me during spring training that I didn’t understand the “Pujols love”. That I only knew his name because I see the back of his jersey as he retrieves balls at the fence he has missed. That of course he has a strong arm, he makes so many throws from the warning track. I’ve made these less than kind observations to some of you when you were down here.
Well, I get it now. Pujols picked up an outfield assist when he played a carom of the right field foul line bleacher wall perfectly, wheeled, and threw out Luke Dykstra at second. The throw beat Dykstra by a good margin. Over the past two days, I’ve seen Pujols track down balls near the right field foul line (and wall), make over the shoulder catches approaching the RF wall, and make diving catches on balls that preserved one-run leads and prevented further damage to a one run deficit. Easily 5 or 6 plays in 3 games.
- #5 Kilome – (0-1, 3.38), DNP
- #10 Randolph – .250, 1-3, R, BB, K
- #27 Ed. Garcia – DNP
- #29 Pujols: .162, 0-4
Lakewood (5-4) beat Greensboro 9-0.
Ranger Suarez pitched four, two-hit, shutout innings. He was probably lifted because his pitch count was up to 83 (only 44 strikes). He walked 4 and struck out seven. Ismael Cabrera followed and got the win with three, one-hit, shutout innings. He struck out five. Will Hibbs pitched the final two innings, 2 hits and 1 K.
Daniel Brito responded after his no-hit game Thursday with 3 hits and a 3-run HR (3). He scored 3 runs. Cord Sandberg also had 3 hits and 3 RBI. Sandberg also picked up an outfield assist.
- #2 Moniak: .308, 1-3, R, BB, HBP
- #7 Sanchez: (0-1, 4.66), DNP
- #16 Medina: DNP
- #19 Brito: .390, 3-5, 3 R, HR (3), 3 RBI
- #8 Gowdy
- #15 Stobbe
- #21 Ortiz
- #26 Romero:
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Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
- 4/14 – CF Mark Laird assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Williamsport Crosscutters
- 4/14 – RHP Franklyn Kilome assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Clearwater Threshers
- 4/14 – LHP Mario Hollands assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Williamsport Crosscutters.
- 4/14 – Reading Fightin Phils placed SS Jorge Flores on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to April 12, 2017. Right shoulder strain
- 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.