Lehigh Valley won behind Mark Appel’s season’s best performance.
Clearwater moved one game closer to securing the FSL first half division title.
Williamsport won their opener behind Kyle Young’s five shutout innings.
Reading and Lakewood were scheduled off.
Lehigh Valley (46-24) shut out Pawtucket, 5-0.
Mark Appel (5-3, 5.05) pitched into the ninth inning (8.1 innings) and allowed 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out eight. He threw 119 pitches, 79 strikes (66.4%). Ricardo Pinto (4.59) got the final 2 outs, striking out one-time major league catcher Blake Swihart, the first batter he faced.
The IronPigs scored all their runs on fly balls. Cameron Perkins led off the game with a solo HR (6). Rhys Hoskins led off the second with his first of 2 HRs on the day. Still a close game in the seventh, Hoskins led off with his second HR (17). The IronPigs continued to hit and after 3 consecutive singles loaded the bases, Angelo Mora and Perkins came through with sacrifice flies.
Hoskins and Nick Williams had 2 hits each.
Appel’s line was much better after 8.0 innings (4 H, 2 BB, 7 K, 102 pitches, 70 strikes, 68.6%). He began the ninth with a 7-pitch walk, 5-pitch strike out, and 5-pitch single before being relieved. Among the 17 pitches were 9 strikes. He finished with a game score of 82.
- #1 Crawford (.194): DNP (groin, possible return Monday)
- #3 Alfaro (.259): 0-4 with a K
- #4 Williams (.280): 2-4 with a run scored, K
- #6 Quinn (.274): 7-day DL
- #9 Cozens (.246): 0-4 with a K
- #12 Pivetta (5-0, 1.41): promoted to Phillies
- #13 Hoskins (.292): 2-3 with 2 runs scored, 2 HR (17), 2 RBI (54), BB
- #16 Pinto (3-3, 4.59): 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
- #19 Appel (5-3, 5.05): 8.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 K
- #24 Lively (6-1, 2.40): promoted to the Phillies
- #29 Valentin (.229): 7-day DL
Reading (38-27) no game scheduled.
- #11 Kingery (.304):
- #17: El. Garcia: Restricted List, 80-Game suspension
- #21 Anderson (5-2, 3.48): DNP
- #22: Arano (1.23): DNP
- #23 Tocci (.298):
- #27 Canelo (.232):
- Pullin (.313):
Clearwater (37-31) beat Bradenton, 3-1, and eliminated the Marauders from contention for the south division title. At the same time their victory pushed Daytona to the verge of elimination for the north division title. The Threshers remain tied with Tampa but hold the head-to-head tie-breaker over the Yankees farm team.
Franklyn Kilome (4-2, 2.53) battled the Marauders for 5.0 innings and kept the Threshers in the game even though he struggled with his location for most of the game. He limited Bradenton to one tun on 5 hits. He walked 2 and struck out four. Ranfi Casimiro (3.16) proved a steadying factor as he pitched 3.0 innings allowing two, two-out hits and striking out six. Jeff Singer nailed down his 13th save with 2 strike outs in the ninth.
The Threshers scratched out single runs in the second, third, and fourth innings. Emmanuel Marrero brought home the game’s first run with an RBI single. Damek Tomscha’s RBI single following Mark Laird’s lead off double accounted for their second run. After the Marauders closed within a run in the top of the fourth, Mark Laird’s RBI single restored the Threshers’ 2-run lead in the bottom of the inning.
The Threshers had 10 hits, 4 walks. and limited their strike outs to six. Laird, Tomscha, and Marrero had 2 hits each. Herlis Rodriguez went 1-2 with 2 walks. Cornelius Randolph stole his 2nd base. Laird’s RBI single was a successful safety squeeze that the Marauders had no play on and not only scored Drew Stankiewicz from third but surrendered first base to Laird without a throw to either base. #speed killz
Kilome’s FB was 93-96 MPH, and sat 94-95 all through the game. He hit 97 MPH 7 times in the first three innings and 93 MPH 9 times in the last two innings. He hammered away with 26 FB at 95 MPH, and 13 at 94 MPH.
Kilome only got 5 swing and misses, 4 on his strike outs (84, 95, 85, and 95) and one other at a 95 MPH FB. He threw 85 pitches, 50 strikes (58.8%). He only threw 10 of 21 first pitch strikes (47.6%), and reached four, three-ball counts – 2 in each of his problem innings.
Kilome started the game with a 5-pitch K. But a bunt single, wild pitch, and a walk had him in trouble 12 pitches into the game. Kilome induced a 5-4-3 double play, but it took nine pitches to get that result. He then retired the Marauders in order the next two innings on a total of 25 pitches (16 strikes).
A pair of singles leading off the fourth gave Bradenton another scoring chance. A wild pitch moved the runners up a base. This proved important when Kilome struck out the batter and got what would have been an easy double play ball to the shortstop near the second base bag. However, because of the wild pitch, a run scored. Kilome got another ground out to end the inning on the next pitch (14 in all for the inning/60 for the game).
The fifth inning was a 25-pitch inning for Kilome. He got the first out on a flare to a charging Randolph. Then a single and a bunt single put the tying runs on base. A passed ball during another at bat with a deep count moved the runners into scoring position. Kilome completed that at bat with a soft liner to a leaping Marrero for the second out. A six-pitch walk loaded the bases. Kilome abandoned his change and slider and threw 6 of 7 FB during the last at bat that resulted in a swinging K at a 95 MPH FB. The other pitch in the AB was a CB.
By my count, Kilome threw 59 FB, 24 CH/SL (there’s no velocity distinction on these two pitches as he throws them) and 2 CB. Of his 35 balls, 15 came on his 24 CH/SL including the 2 wild pitches and the passed ball. Many of them bounced before they reached home plate. But he hung in there and gave his team a chance to win.
- # 5 Kilome (4-2, 2.53): 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
- #10 Randolph (.231): 1-3 with a BB, 2 K
- #26 Ed. Garcia (1-1, 4.20): DNP
- #28 Pujols (.180): DNP
- #30 Seranthony Dominguez (3-0, 2.02): rehabbing a shoulder injury in XST
Lakewood (40-30) no game scheduled.
- #2 Moniak (.270):
- #7 Sanchez (2-2, 2.98):
- #15 Medina (2-5, 3.13):
- #18 Brito (.235):
- #25 Romero (5-1, 2.01):
Williamsport (1-0) – beat State College, 9-2.
The season opener was the NY-Penn debut for 10 of the 12 players who made appearances in the game, and of the two veterans, Rodolfo Duran only had 9 AB with the Crosscutters last season.
Kyle Young (1-0, 0-0) displayed the poise and talent that I have alluded to all spring. He pitched 5.0, scoreless innings allowing 2 hits, 1 walk, and struck out six. Andrew Brown gave up 2 runs in 2.0 innings but didn’t walk a batter and struck out four. Luis Ramirez closed out the final 2.0 innings on one hit.
Williamsport scored first on Cole Stobbe’s lead off HR (1) in the second inning. They carved out a crooked number in the third on Jhailyn Ortiz’ RBI double over the right fielder’s head, and Greg Pickett’s 2-run HR (1). They tacked on a run in the sixth on Pickett’s RBI single. They broke the game open with 4 runs in the eighth on Josh Stephen’s lead off triple, 2 walks, Jesus Henriquez, 2-run double, Duran’s SF, and Juan Luis’ RBI single.
Ortiz had a busy game going 1-2 with an RBI double, 3 walks, and 3 runs scored. Pickett had 2 hits including his first HR, and 3 RBI, but also struck out 3 times. Stobbe had one hit (his first HR) but walked and scored twice. The 17-year old Henriquez had 2 RBI. And the veteran Luis had 2 hits.
Stobbe’s HR was measured at 428 feet. Pickett’s HR, 404 feet with exit velo of 93.5 MPH.
Here are some game tweets by Mitch Rupert –
The pick off came after a Guzman throwing error.
I told you guys that he had range to his left and right!
Due to the motion and low velocity, Young calls this pitch a “slurve”.
Throwing error by Stobbe.
Very “un-Hamels-like”, not allowing those errors to rattle him. (too soon?)
It’s been awhile, but I’e see and heard arguments over how many players have to bat in an inning in order for the team to batted around, 9 or 10. For as long as I can remember it has been the nine Mitch states above. But, recently, I’ve heard people argue that the tenth batter has to come to the plate in order for the team to have batted around. They’re probably “flat-earthers”, too.
- #14 Stobbe : 1-3 with 2 runs scored, HR (1), RBI, BB, K
- #20 Ortiz : 1-2 with 3 runs scored, double, RBI, 3 BB
- Stephen : 1-5 with a run scored, triple
- Pickett : 2-5 with a run scored, HR (1), 3 RBI, 3 K
- Young (1-0, 0.00): 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 68 pitches, 42 strikes (61.8%)
GCL Phillies (0-0) – first game on Monday, June 26th v. Yankees West.
- #8 Gowdy
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Transactions (and paper moves):
- 6/19 – Clearwater Threshers placed Alberto Tirado on the temporarily inactive list.
- 6/19 – 3B Jan Hernandez assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Phillies XST.
- 6/19 – Raul Rivas assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Lakewood BlueClaws
- 6/19 – Will Stewart assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
- 6/19 – Kyle Young assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
- 6/19 – Jhon Nunez assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
- 6/19 – Justin Miller assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
- 6/19 – Cole Stobbe assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
- 6/19 – IF Greg Pickett assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
- 6/19 – Luis Carrasco assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
- 6/19 – Josh Stephen assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
- 6/19 – Jhailyn Ortiz assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
- 6/19 – Rodolfo Duran assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
- 6/19 – Malvin Matos assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
- 6/19 – Randy Alcantara assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
- 6/19 – Andrew Brown assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
- 6/19 – Gregori Rivero assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Phillies XST.
- 6/19 – 2B Jesus Henriquez assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters.
- 6/19 – C James Lovett assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters.
- 6/19 – LHP Orestes Melendez assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters.
- 6/19 – RHP Gustavo Armas assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters.
- 6/19 – Oscar Marcelino assigned to GCL Phillies from Williamsport Crosscutters
- 6/19 – Aaron Brown assigned to GCL Phillies from Williamsport Crosscutters
- 6/19 – Sutter McLoughlin assigned to GCL Phillies from Williamsport Crosscutters
- 6/19 – Sutter McLoughlin assigned to GCL Phillies from Williamsport Crosscutters.
- 6/19 _ Aaron Brown assigned to GCL Phillies from Williamsport Crosscutters.
- 6/19 – LHP Jhordany Mezquita assigned to GCL Phillies
- 6/19 – Bailey Falter assigned to Phillies XST from Williamsport Crosscutters.
- 6/18 – Lehigh Valley IronPigs placed RHP Michael Mariot on the 7-day disabled list. Lower back strain
- 6/18 – RHP John Richy assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
- 6/18 – C Greg Brodzinski assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Phillies Ext. Spring Training.
- 6/17 – DSL Phillies White activated RHP Carlos Francisco.
- 6/14 – Phillies signed LHP Jhordany Mezquita.