Lehigh Valley’s offense remained impotent as they were shutout on 4 hits by Columbus.
Tom Eshelman picked up his first win of the season for Reading.
Clearwater topped Bradenton behind Seranthony Dominguez.
JoJo Romero (no decision) gave up 3 unearned runs in a loss by Lakewood.
And, Extended beat up on an MLB traveling team of teenagers from Latin America.
Lehigh Valley (5-7) lost to Columbus, 3-0.
Jake Thompson (0-3, 14.90) suffered the loss. He tossed a respectable line – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 2 WP. He threw 87 pitches/54 strikes. None of the walks figured into the scoring. He issued one in each of the first three scoreless innings. The first run scored in an inning where he struck out the side. He gave up a lead off double in the fourth (the first hit he allowed) and the runner advanced on a passed ball and the second of Thompson’s wild pitches. He gave up a two-run homer in the fifth. The on base runner had reached on an error by an infielder.
Pat Venditte pitched two scoreless innings striking out four and walking one. Adam Morgan also pitched two scoreless innings giving up a couple hits and striking out one batter.
On offensive, the IronPigs collected 4 hits and 4 walks while striking out 10 times. Cameron Perkins and Jesse Valentin each doubled. Perkins also picked up an outfield assist.
- #1 Crawford: .105, 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K
- #3 Alfaro: .350, 1-4, 1 K
- #4 Williams: .237, 0-4, 2 K
- #6 Quinn: .227, 0-3, BB
- #9 Cozens: .146, 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
- #12 Pivetta: (2-0, 0.69) – DNP
- #13 Hoskins: .297, 0-3, BB, K
- #17 Pinto: (0-1, 0.73) – DNP
- #20 Appel: (0-1, 8.22) – DNP
- #25 Lively: (1-1, 4.09) – DNP
- #30 Valentin: .343, 1-4, double, K
Reading (5-6) beat Akron, 8-6.
Tom Eshelman (1-0, 3.94) picked up his first win. His line – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 3 HR. He threw 96 pitches/ 64 strikes. All three runs he allowed came on solo home runs. Tom Windle gave up 2 runs in 1.1 innings. Jesen Therrien struck out one in 0.2 innings. Mario Hollands gave up a run while picking up his first save.
Reading’s offense banged out 10 hits and worked six walks. They struck out 11 times. Harold Martinez (1) and Chace Numata (2) hit solo home runs. Aaron Brown and Angelo Mora had three-hit games.
Eshelman picked a runner off first base.
- #11 Kingery: .256, 0-4, R, RBI, BB, 2 K
- #18: El. Garcia: Restricted List for 80-Game suspension
- #22 Anderson: (0-0, 10.80), DNP
- #23: Arano: 7-Day DL
- #24 Tocci: .268, 1-4, 2 RBI, K
- #28 Canelo: .269, DNP
Clearwater (9-4) beat Bradenton, 4-2.
Seranthony Dominguez (2-0, 0.69) earned the win with another superior performance. His line – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, HBP. He threw 86 picthes/51 strikes. The unearned run scored on a throwing error by an infielder on a sacrifice. Jacob Waguespack struck out four in two relief innings. And, Luke Leftwich did the same while giving up a run and getting his third save.
Emmanuel Marrero, Wilson Garcia, and Zach Coppola had two-hit games. Herlis Rodriguez (2) and Coppola (1) hit solo home run. As a team, they had 10 hits and drew 4 walks while striking out only six times.
Grullon picked a runner off first base and threw out Cole Tucker (2014, round #1) who had been successful on his first ten steal attempts this season.
- #5 Kilome – (0-1, 3.38), DNP
- #10 Randolph – .200, 0-2, 2 BB, K
- #27 Ed. Garcia – (0-0, 4.91), DNP
- #29 Pujols: .174, DNP
Lakewood (7-6) lost to Hagerstown, 6-4.
JoJo Romero pitched into a wild and sloppy fifth inning. Hopefully, someone out there can provide an explanation on what happened in a Suns’ fifth inning that included – 3 runs scored on 3 hits (one an infield single, one a double), 2 missed catch errors (one a missed catch error by the center fielder on what appears to be a rundown in the game log), a wild pitch, a pickoff/caught stealing, a passed ball, a walk, a stolen base, and 3 strike outs.
Mauricio Llovera allowed 2 inherited runners to score, then struck out 3 of the 4 outs he recorded. Harold Arauz (0-2, 4.22) pitched 3.0 innings in relief, and gave up the three runs that broke a 3-3 tie in the ninth.
The BlueClaws collected 8 hits and a walk. They struck out ten times. Brett Barbier had 2 hits. Daniel Brito, Cord Sandberg, and Danny Zardon hit doubles. Mickey Moniak had 2 RBI, Brito and Sandberg one each. Luke Williams stole his second base.
- #2 Moniak: .288, 1-5, 2 RBI, 2 K
- #7 Sanchez: (0-1, 4.66), DNP
- #16 Medina: (0-1, 1.80) – DNP
- #19 Brito: .382, 1-4, double, RBI, BB, K
- #26 Romero – (0-0, 3.29), 4.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 2 WP, 94 pitches/52 strikes
- #8 Gowdy
- #15 Stobbe
- #21 Ortiz
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Only one game today. Pat Borders coached a group of our youngest players against an MLB Travel Team from their Elite Development Program comprised of kids from Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Nicauraga. These are kids from countries that don’t have Development Academies along the lines of those set up by MLB teams in the Dominican Republic or by private individuals like the buscones also in the DR.
When I say kids, I mean kids. The starting pitcher was a 14-year old from Nicaragua. The final pitcher of the day was a 13-year old from Mexico. They both pitched beyond their years.
John Richy made a rehab start and threw two innings. He allowed a single, the only hit the youngsters managed until the ninth inning. He looked okay, but I thought he threw a large number of off speed pitches. I checked and found out that he was charted at 86-87 with his cutter. I may have misunderstood. A Braves scout had him at 86-89 MPH.
Kyle Young pitched two innings. He struck out 4 and his FB topped out at 90 MPH.
Julian Garcia pitched two innings. He struck out 4 and his FB was 87-91 MPH.
Sandro Rosario pitched two innings. He struck out 2, hit a batter, and threw a wild pitch.
Anton Kuznetsov pitched one inning. This was the first time I have seen him on a mound. He looks a little mechanical in his delivery. He gave up the opponents second hit and moved him to second on a wild pitch. He struck out two. His FB was 85-86 MPH and he got one of his strike outs on a nice 74 MPH curve ball.
Joe DeNato pitched the tenth inning and struck out two. His FB was at 87 MPH.
It was a little tough scoring when our guys batted. The LA kids had trouble with the sun and lost a lot of balls in the air. Come to think of it, I don’t recall any of them wearing sun glasses.
Cole Stobbe crushed a ball over the center fielder’s head and circled the bases when the fielder turned and ran the wrong way. Stand out performances by –
- Stobbe went 2-2, 3 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, BB
- Encarnacion went 3-5, R, 2 doubles
- Stephen went 3-4, R, 2 RBI
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
- 4/18 – Phillies placed LF Howie Kendrick on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to April 16, 2017. Right abdominal strain.
- 4/18 – Phillies placed RHP Clay Buchholz on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to April 15, 2017. Torn flexor tendon in right forearm.
- 4/18 – Phillies selected the contract of RHP Mark Leiter from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- 4/18 – Phillies recalled RHP Zach Eflin from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- 4/18 – LHP Wander Perez assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
- 4/18 – Lakewood BlueClaws placed RHP Trevor Bettencourt on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to April 16, 2017.
- 4/18 – LHP JoJo Romero assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters.