Ranger Suarez made his second start since his promotion to the Threshers. He faced the Dunedin Blue Jays in both starts. This familiarity did not help the Blue Jays. Nor did the addition of top prospects Bo Bichette and Vlad Guerrero Jr. in the interim.
Suarez has held the Jays scoreless in ten innings. He has given up 8 hits, walked three, and struck out 17. The 21-year old lefty was particularly effective last night in Clearwater’s victory. More below.
Lehigh Valley won scoring 4 runs in the 8th, 9th, and 10th innings.
Reading mustered little offense in a loss.
Williamsport dropped both ends of a double header.
Lakewood had the day off..
The GCL Phillies were rained out.
Lehigh Valley (58-37) beat Gwinnett, 5-3.
Ben Lively (2.27) pitched 5.0 innings and gave up 2 runs on 5 hits and a walk. He struck out four. Cesar Ramos (3.99) walked 2 and struck out 3 in 1.0 inning. Jesen Therrien (1.75) gave up a run on 4 hits in 2.0 innings. Edubray Ramos (2-0, 1.86) got the win with 1.0 scoreless inning. Pedro Beato walked in 1.0 inning while notching his 27th save.
The IronPigs scored in the second inning on Herlis Rodriguez’ RBI double. The offense remained silent and missed a few opportunities until it scored a run in the eighth on Hector Gomez’ single. Trailing by one entering the ninth, the IronPigs tied the game on Scott Kingery’s RBI single. They won in the tenth on Pedro Florimon’s pinch hit, 2-run single.
Rodriguez (.278) went 4-5 with 2 doubles and an RBI. Gomez (.242) went 2-5 with 2 runs scored, a double, and an RBI. Dylan Cozens stole his 6th base to get in scoring position in the tenth. The Pigs went 5-15 with RISP.
Reading (52-41) lost to New Hampshire, 5-2.
Tyler Viza (6-7, 6.03) stumbled in the seventh inning when he gave up a 2-run HR. On the night, he pitched 7.0 innings and gave up 3 runs on 9 hits and 3 walks. Victor Arano (2.75) gave up a 2-run HR in relief.
The Phils managed 2 runs on 6 hits and a walk. They scored a small ball run in the first inning on Carlos Tocci’s RBI single (following Zach Coppola’s single and stolen base). The offense remained impotent until Mitch Walding’s (22) solo HR in the ninth inning.
Clearwater (51-42) shut out Dunedin, 6-0.
Ranger Suarez (1-0, 0.00) earned his first Threshers’ victory. He pitched shutout ball for 6.0 innings on 5 hits and a walk. He struck out ten. Luke Leftwich (2.96) pitched 2.0 scoreless innings in relief. Jeff Singer (2.56) had one of those “crappily” good innings, walk the bases loaded and strike out 2 batters, getting rehabbing Anthony Alford for the final out. No big deal though on Alford, everybody struck him out tonight (Suarez 3 times, Ledftwich once).
Deivi Grullon (.268), Jan Hernandez (.226), and Grenny Cumana (.256) each had 2 hits and each hit a home run. They accounted for all 6 RBIs. Hernandez (12) hit a solo HR in the second inning, Grullon (8) hit a 2-run HR in the fourth, and Cumana (2) launched a 2-run HR into the bullpen in the seventh. Grullon had an RBI single in the sixth. Cornelius Randolph (.257 ) singled in his fourth at bat to extend his on base streak to 27 games.
Ranger Suarez pitched from behind most of the evening. He threw first pitch strikes to just 52% (13/25) of batters. In spite of this, he was still able to be effective, albeit at the expense of a higher pitch count. Another anomaly was the number of foul balls that Dunedin was able to effect. Almost half of the strikes they did not put into play (swinging strikes, called strikes, and foul balls) were foul balls (24/53, 45.3%). This was even higher in the first three innings (17/27, 63%). Suarez was able to counter the above with a slider that accounted for 70% of his strike outs.
Let me just bullet point Suarez highlights and higherlights –
- 95 pitches/66 strikes, 69.5% ( I know the box score states 96 pitches, but they are wrong. They made a mistake at the beginning of the fourth inning, and although they tried to correct it, they were still wrong. The actual pitch sequence was swinging strike – foul ball – called third strike. Originally they had – ball, called strike, foul ball, foul ball, called third strike. They “corrected” to ball, foul ball, foul ball, called third strike. I only mention this because these types of mistakes are made quite often, even in Game Day. I’m surprised that discrepancies haven’t been pointed out here.
- two, three-ball counts – resulting in a walk and a controversial called third strike.
- 7 of 10 strike outs came swinging – 85, 84, 84, 83, 84, 93, 85 MPH.
- 3 of 10 strike outs came looking – 94, 93, 84 MPH.
- 15 swinging strikes – 1 FB (93 MPH), 14 SL (83-86 MPH)
- 14 called strikes – 9 FB (92-94 MPH), 5 SL (83-85 MPH)
- FB sat 92-94 MPH early, touching 95 (four times),
- FB sat solidly 93-94 MPH over the last three innings, dipping to 92 (only twice)
- SL sat 84-86 MPH, dipped to 83 (on four random pitches)
- Only 4 swinging strikes in the first three innings, 11 in the final three, 5 in the sixth. They were really flailing at his slider. Of the 40 he threw, only 3 were put in play – a ground single in the first, a fly out in the third, and an infield single in the sixth.
- Suarez struck out Alford all 3 times he faced him – looking at a 94 MPH FB in the first inning, swinging at an 84 MPH SL in the third, and swinging at a 93 MPH FB in the fifth
- He kept Bichette and Guerrero in check even though they both went 2-3 off him – Bichette ground a single through the hole into right and a single off Greens glove; Guerrero ground a single through the hole into left and a bloop into shallow center.
- The hardest hit ball was a lead off line drive double down the right field line that amounted to nothing when Deivi Grullon threw out a runner trying to steal second.
- Twice Bichette and Guerrero it back-to-back singles – in the first inning with one out and Suarez responded with a strike out and a ground out to Grenny Cumana at second (a really good play up the middle); and leading off the fifth and Suarez responded with back-to-back strike outs and a fly out to Randolph.
Lakewood (51-43) no game scheduled.
Williamsport (14-12) dropped a double header to State College, 9-3 and 3-1.
Game One: The Crosscutters fell behind early in the seven-inning affair. Julian Garcia (2-2, 3.13) gave up 5 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks in 2.0 innings. David Parkinson (12.00) gave up 3 runs on 7 hits in 2.0 innings. Orestes Melendez (5.40) gave up 1 run on 2 hits in 1.0 inning. Jhon Nunez (6.17) pitched 2.0 scoreless innings and struck out two.
The Crosscutters scored 3 runs to close to within 8-3, but that was as close as they would get. They scored in the fourth inning on Jhailyn Ortiz’ 2-run triple and Austin Listi’s SF. They collected 10 hits, but 9 were singles. They reached on one hit batter, but no walks, and 10 ‘Cutters struck out.
Greg Pickett (.368) went 3-3 with a run scored. Josh Stephen (.266) went 2-4. Ortiz (.290) went 2-3 with a run scored, triple, and 2 RBI (17). Adam Haseley was not in the line up. Ortiz had an outfield assist (home). Parkinson picked a runner off first base.
Game Two: The Crosscutters tied the game at one in the bottom of the seventh, but lost in extra innings. Luis Carrasco (1.80) held the Spikes to 1 run on 3 hits and a walk in 6.0 innings. Damon Jones (0-1, 5.40) gave up 2 runs on 2 hits and 3 walks in 2.0 innings.
The Cutters scored in the seventh inning on 2 of their 5 hits, a walk, and an error on the second hit. They were unable to convert a first and third with one out into the winning run.
Colby Fitch (.471) went 2-3. Greg Pickett (.368) was walked intentionally in the seventh as a pinch hitter.
GCL Phillies (11-7) postponed, rain.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
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- 7/18 – Phillies activated RHP Vince Velasquez from the 10-day disabled list
- 7/18 – Phillies optioned RHP Mark Leiter to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 7/18 – 3B Harold Martinez assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils
- 7/18 – SS Jorge Flores assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 7/17 – Phillies activated 2B Cesar Hernandez from the 10-day disabled list.
- 7/17 – Phillies placed RF Aaron Altherr on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to July 15, 2017. Strained right hamstring.
- The organization’s rosters are up to date.