Lehigh Valley shut out Rochester behind Tom Eshelman’s debut.
Reading won behind Drew Anderson’s 5-inning perfect game bid.
Clearwater won behind Jose Taveras’ quality performance.
Lakewood lost despite some fine pitching after the first inning.
Lehigh Valley (17-13) shut out Rochester, 9-0.
Tom Eshelman (1-0, 0.00) made his AAA debut and tossed eight shutout innings. He held the Red Wings to 4 hits and a walk while striking out 6 batters. Adam Morgan (6.97) pitched a one-hit ninth inning.
Every starter had at least one hit. Roman Quinn, Jorge Alfaro, Rhys Hoskins, and Ty Kelly contributed 2 hits apiece. Alfaro and Kelly scored twice each. Kelly hit his first HR. Williams had 2 of the IronPigs 5 RBI, 4 runs scored on throwing errors.
- #1 Crawford (.153): 1-5 with a run scored
- #3 Alfaro (.326): 2-4 with 2 runs scored, a double, RBI (14), 2 K, HBP
- #4 Williams (.278): 1-3 with a run scored, 2 RBI (10), K, SF
- #6 Quinn (.257): 2-5 with a double, RBI (8), K
- #9 Cozens (.175): 1-4 with a run scored, K, SB (1)
- #12 Pivetta (2-0, 0.69): called up to Philadelphia
- #13 Hoskins (.343): 2-4 with a run scored, K
- #17 Pinto (2-3, 4.83): DNP
- #20 Appel (2-2, 5.93):DNP
- #25 Lively (3-1, 2.79): DNP
- #30 Valentin (.238): 1-4
Reading (16-11) beat Bowie, 2-1.
Drew Anderson pitched 7.0, one-run innings. He retired the first 15 batters before allowing a lead off single and one-out single in the sixth inning. He lost his shutout bid on a two-out solo home run in the seventh inning. it is interesting to note that Anderson struck out the side in the sixth, and retired the batter he faced after the HR on a strike out.
Anderson (3-0, 5.53) allowed just the one run on 3 hits. He walked none and struck out ten. He threw 101 pitches, 70 strikes. Yacksel Rios (2.04) and Jessen Therrien (1.53) each retired 3 batters in the final two innings. Therrien recorded his 6th save.
Mitch Walding (.163) provided the first run with his 4th HR in the second inning. Carlos Tocci had 3 hits and drove in the eventual deciding run in the seventh inning. Aaron Brown (.250) added two hits. Scott Kingery stole his 7th base.
- #11 Kingery (.287): 0-3 with a run scored, BB, K, SB (7)
- #18: El. Garcia: Restricted List, 80-Game suspension
- #22 Anderson (3-0, 5.53): 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K, 1 HR, 101 pitches, 70 strikes
- #23: Arano: 7-Day DL
- #24 Tocci (.323): 3-4 with an RBI (14), K
- #28 Canelo (.262): 0-3
- Pullin (.299): 1-3 with a BB, K
- Tromp (.280): 1-3 with a BB
Clearwater (20-12) beat Charlotte, 2-1.
Jose Taveras (4-1, 1.70) had another fine start. He gave up one run in 7.0 innings on 6 hits and 2 walks. He only struck out 4, but he kept the Stone Crabs off balance most of the night. His FB sat 90-92, touching 93 MPH through six innings. In the fifth inning, one pitch spiked to 100 MPH. In the seventh, the stadium gun went crazy registering a half dozen pitches at 100 or better as well as several pitches around 70 MPH. So, I’m going to forego presenting the usual pitch data since it is questionable at best.
Taveras did thwart Charlotte all evening. He recorded his first two strike outs in a 1-2-3 first inning. He retired the side in order again in the second inning on 2 routine fly balls to center and a come backer to the mound. He continued retiring batters until the Stone Crabs got their first base runner with two out in the third.
Taveras experienced his only difficulty in the 23-pitch third inning. After getting the first two outs, a single, walk, and double produced the game’s first run. He ended the inning with a strike out.
Taveras continued his strong outing, avoiding any real trouble with key at bats – a double play after a lead off single, a strike out after a successful hit and run, and weak contact when needed.
The Threshers only managed two hits of their own. However, one was a two-run double by Wilson Garcia after two of their 5 walks. Taveras made those two runs stand up.
Jeff Singer (1.72) pitched two one-hit innings to close out the victory and earn his 7th save.
- # 5 Kilome (2-1, 2.51): DNP
- #10 Randolph (.190): 0-3, with a BB, K
- #27 Ed. Garcia (0-0, 3.55): DNP
- #29 Pujols (.174): 0-3 with a K
Lakewood (19-13) lost to Columbia, 5-1.
Bailey Falter (1-2, 4.50) pitched well after a 3-run first inning where he allowed 2 hits, 2 walks, and a 3-run HR. He gave up another hit and walk in the second inning, but then retired 13 men in a row through the end of the sixth inning. Mauricio Llovera (1.23) gave up 2 unearned runs. Ismael Cabrera pitched a 1-2-3 inning.
The BlueClaws bats were quieted. They only managed 4 hits – 3 singles (Mickey Moniak, Brett Barbier, and Luke Williams) and a double by Henri Lartigue. Barbier scored their only run, Lartigue their only RBI. Twelve BlueClaws struck out – Lartigue, Darick Hall, and Cord Sandberg three times each.
- #2 Moniak (.282): 1-4 with a K
- #7 Sanchez (1-2, 3.70): DNP
- #16 Medina (0-2, 2.16): DNP
- #19 Brito (.285): 0-4 with a K
- #26 Romero (1-1, 2.92): DNP
Williamsport (0-0) – first game on Monday, June 19th at State College.
- #8 Gowdy
- #15 Stobbe
- #21 Ortiz
GCL Phillies (0-0) – first game on Monday, June 26th v. Yankees West.
DSL Phillies (0-0) – first game on Saturday, June 3rd.
DSL Phillies2 (0-0) – first game on Saturday, June 3rd.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Transactions (and paper moves)
The Gwinnett Braves released Ryan Howard on 5/8/2017.
- 5/8 – RHP Tom Eshelman assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
- 5/8 – LHP Wander Perez assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.