Abbreviated Box Score Report
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Lehigh Valley lost to Columbus, 3-1. Rhys Hoskins provided the offense with his 5th HR. In a bullpen game, Cesar Ramos started and tossed a four-inning one-hitter and Wander Perez closed out the game with two one-hit innings. Unfortunately, the weak link was Adam Morgan in the middle two innings. Hoskins had two of the IronPigs’ five hits.
On a side note, J.P. Crawford cracked .100 with his 6th base hit. If he gets 14 hits in his next 40 AB, he’ll surpass the Mendoza line. He’s in the unenviable position where any one-hit game will raise his batting average.
Reading beat Harrisburg, 4-2. Tom Eshelman pitched and hit the Phils to victory. He collected his first professional hit on a 3-run HR to take the lead in the fifth inning. His pitching line was 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR. Mario Sanchez, Tom Windle, and Jesen Therrien mopped up with Therrien striking out two while earning his second save. Aaron Brown added a solo HR, his first of the season.
Clearwater mastered Tampa, 7-5. The Threshers scored early and Jose Taveras (3-0, 1.59) cruised to 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. The Threshers kept tacking on runs and withstood the 3 runs surrendered by Edgar Garcia. Jeff Singer picked up the 4-out save, his fifth. Herlis Rodriguez (.364) had 4 hits, his 4th HR, and 4 RBI. Emmanuel Marrero (.267) had 3 hits. Mark Laird (.306), Damek Tomscha (.306), and Zach Coppola (.321) had 2 hits each. Tomscha added two RBI.
The Threshers entered the game tied for the best ERA in all of the minor leagues. The 14-6 Threshers have opened up a 3-game lead over second place Daytona. Their magic number is 48.
Lakewood split a double header with Delmarva behind stellar pitching, losing 2-1 and winning 5-0.
JoJo Romero (0-1, 2.75) took the loss in the first game. He pitched all six innings, his line – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, WP. He threw 96 pitches, 69 for strikes. The BlueClaws only managed 3 hits of their own. Cord Sandberg raised his average to .320. Note: the game started at 10:35 AM.
In game 2, Ranger Suarez (1-0, 0.81) also 2-hit the Shorebirds, 5-0. Suarez also tossed a complete game. His line – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K. He benefitted from a 10-hit attack. Brito, Moniak, and Wojciechowski had 2-hit games. In fact, every starter but Luke Wiliams got a hit. David Martinelli had 2 RBI. Sandberg, Danny Zardon, and Antequera had one each.
Hard to believe that in 21 starts Lakewood’s starting pitchers only have a 2-6 record as good as they’ve pitched. Suarez (4 GS, 1-0, 0.81); Romero (4 GS, 0-1, 2.75); Medina (3 GS, 0-1, 1.06); Fanti (3 GS, 1-0, 1.15); Sanchez (3 GS, 0-2, 3.77); Falter (3 GS, 0-1, 4.85); and Paulino (1 GS, 0-1, 9.00 – one 4-inning, 4 ER start).
Transactions (and paper moves)
- 4/26 – RHP Harold Arauz assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Lakewood BlueClaws.
- 4/26 – LHP Ranger Suarez assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters.
- 4/26 – Reading Fightin Phils activated SS Jorge Flores from the 7-day disabled list.
- 4/26 – RHP Shane Watson assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Reading Fightin Phils.
- 4/25 – RHP Blake Quinn assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Clearwater Threshers.
- 4/25 – 2B Keudy Bocio assigned to Clearwater Threshers from DSL Phillies.
- 4/24 – RHP Seranthony Dominguez assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Williamsport Crosscutters.
- 4/24 – Phillies placed RHP Aaron Nola on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to April 21, 2017. Lower back strain.