Brandon Liebrandt started the game and retired the first 8 (5 in the infield, 3 line drives to the OF, one that Cozens reached up and caught over his head in RF). In the 4th inning he did a great job of working out of a jam. After a walk and a botched FC on an error by Kingery, he K’d three straight. In the 5th, he gave up 2 walks and really seemed to tire. Rochester got a run on an RBI single and the inning ended on a very hard lineout to deep LF.
Yacksel Rios came on for innings 6-7 and dominated except for a solo HR by John Ryan Murphy. The other 6 batters he faced were: 4 K’s a 6-3 groundout, and a foul out to first. Rios topped out at 97 and was consistently 94-96. His off speed stuff was 86-87.
Edubray Ramos had a rough inning (only gave up an unearned run) though he was bailed out by a DP with the bases loaded and one out. He was consistently behind the hitters. His pitch speed varied between 81 and 95.
Closer Pedro Beato finished though it wasn’t an easy inning: Hard lineout to Kingery, Walk, Smoked line drive to Aguila in CF, and a groundout to Kingery.
Kingery: 1) Pop out to pitcher, 2) Line Double- hit off the top of the third baseman’s glove and down the LF line, 3) swinging K, 4) swinging K on a pitch in the dirt
Crawford: VERY impressive AB’s today. In 4 AB’s he saw about at least 24 pitches. 1) Flew out to RF after fouling off MANY 2 strike pitches, 2) RBI triple on a full count- pulled right over the first based bag. He slide was way to the right of the third base bag but luckily the throw was off line. 3) Flyout to RF (first pitch) 4) On a full count, lined a double the other way into the LC gap.
Hoskins: 1) HBP, he actually stole 2nd and advanced to third when the throw sailed into CF (one would assume the catcher was too stunned to see Hoskins attempting to steal), 2) Line single to LF after fouling off 4-5 two strike pitches, 3) Lined a 1-2 pitch for a single to the SS’s right, 4) K’d looking on a 96 mph fastball
Cozens: 1) Battled from 0-2 to 3-2 but K’d swinging, 2) Popped up to the catcher, 3) Homered over the wall in RC (#22), 4) Looking K
Pullin: Weak grounder to first base, reached on an error when the pitcher didn’t catch the flip, 2) Nice line single to CF, 3) and 4) Looking K (pitcher in the 7th K’d all 3 of them looking- Hoskins/Cozens/Pullin)
Alfaro had the day off.
On to Lakewood tomorrow…