Williamsport Game Report, July 15

PITCHING: 

Spencer Howard started the game.  He labored through a long first inning with numerous foul balls.  The lead-off batter (a righty) had a lucky double with an excuse me swing that snuck by Pickett over the first base bag.  He followed that with a walk on a full count (after falling behind 3-0), but then he K’d the next 2 batters (on off-speed pitches I would guess were curveballs).  A wild pitch moved the runners over to 2nd and 3rd though Rodolfo Duran almost nailed the runner going to 3rd.  A soft liner to CF dropped for a single which plated 2 runs.  The third out was recorded on an excellent diving catch by Jhailyn Ortiz in RF.

Howard’s 2nd inning went smoothly: soft lineout to RF followed by 2 swinging K’s.

His 3rd inning started with 2 routine groundouts, then he was removed after walking the next batter on a 3-2 pitch.

He threw 62 pitches overall (42 for strikes), and threw first pitch strikes to 10 of the 12 batters he faced.  There was no stadium gun, so I have no idea how hard (or soft) he was throwing.

Connor Seabold pitched the 4th and 5th and was very impressive.  In the 4th, he started with a swinging K.  After giving up a hard line single to LF, he got the last two outs on a lazy fly to LF and a 6-4 fielder’s choice.

In the 5th inning, Seabold struck out the side in order (swinging/looking/swinging).  The first batter may have actually seen 4 strikes since he took the 1-2 pitch that appeared to be in the strike zone.

He threw 27 pitches (21 for strikes) and threw a first pitch strike to 6 of the 7 hitters he faced.

I did not track the rest of the pitchers, but after Gustavo Armas gave up a run in the 6th, he settled down and gave up no runs for the rest of his outing which went through the 9th.

Randy Alcantara pitched out of jams in the 10th and 11th before pitching a clean 12th and getting the win.

HITTING:

It was the Jake Scheiner show as the 2017 4th round pick hit doubles in his 2nd and 3rd AB (one on a liner right over the third base bag, and one that one-hopped off the RF fence), then Homered to LF in his 4th AB.  Jake scored all 3 Cutter runs up to that point.  He was intentionally walked after a sac bunt in the 9th, and flew out to medium CF in the 11th.

Brian Mims went 1-5.  After 2 swinging K’s,  he was HBP in his third AB.    Next, he scalded a liner to center but it was caught in front of the track.  In the bottom of the 9th, he had the winning run on 2nd after Scheiner was intentionally walked, but he grounded into a 4-6-3 DP.  He smoked the ball up the middle but the 2B made a nice play.  He led off the 12th with a hard ground single in the hole between the the first baseman and 2nd baseman.  Malvin Matos pinch ran for him and scored the winning run.

Adam Hasely’s AB’s:  1) Reached on an error by 1B (not hit overly hard, the ball hopped up and hit the 1B in the chest).  2) Rolled over on a ball in the hole between 1B and 2B.  The second baseman made a nice diving play and came up firing and threw him out (at least according to the ump- he looked safe to me).  3)  Roped a double deep into the RC gap, CF dove but couldn’t make the catch.  4) Pop up to 2B. 5) Very hard linout to LF.  6) Weak 4-3 groundout

Greg Pickett went 1-6 out of the clean-up spot.  He had 3 infield outs, a hard flyout to CF, a swinging K (fastball right by him), and a hard line RBI single to right center.

Jhailyn Ortiz’s AB’s:  1) Broken Bat 5-3 ground out- he ran hard and almost beat it out.  2) Got jammed and hit a foul popout out to the SS behind the third base bag.  3) HBP (it may have hit one of the buttons on his uniform).  4) Weak 5-3 groundout.  5) Long flyout to RC- looked like it might get out for a walk-off HR in the 10th but was caught right in front of the wall.  6) Worked a walk in the 12th (good AB)

Josh Stephen stepped to the plate in the bottom of the 12th having not hit a ball out of the infield all night (3 groundouts to short, a K , and a comebacker to the pitcher).  So of course, he lines a clean single into shallow CF to walk-off the Cutters, and get me back to the hotel room by 11:15.

Luis Encarnacion had a rough day at the plate going 0-4 with a HBP.  He did not make solid contact on any of his BA’s.

Rodolfo Duran went 3-5 with 3 singles.  The first one was a dribbler up the third base line, and the other two were hit hard.

On to Allentown tomorrow afternoon…

3 thoughts on “Williamsport Game Report, July 15

  1. I’ll be there today to see Brandon Leibrandt for the second time. Saw him a few months back in reading and wasn’t entirely impressed. But after reading box scores from the recent games, it seems he’s doing pretty well in Lehigh. Hoping to see a good game today! Long term browser too.

    1. Duran frames pitches very well. He has a strong arm. He did make an ill-advised throw on a play where a pitch got by him which allowed a runner to move up to second. He then tried to throw behind the runner as he rounded second (seemed to be out of frustration for letting the ball get away from him). His throw sailed into CF and allowed the runner to advance to third. The runner was stranded there but his impetuous decision almost cost the Cutters the game. It was probably just a snap decision that can be chalked up to youth. Overall, I came away impressed with Duran.

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