Lehigh Valley continued hitting, Reading came out of their off day without their bats, Clearwater found a way to lose again, and Lakewood lost late at home.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Lehigh Valley (4-3) beat Louisville, 9-5.
Tom Eshelman gave up a couple of solo HR in the first inning (one to Tyler Goeddel) then held the Bats to just one more run (another solo HR) as he pitched into the seventh inning. He threw 70% strikes and struck out eight. He walked two, one was intentional.
Tom Windle entered in the seventh with two out and two on. He stranded both runners. Zac Curtis pitched the eighth and gave up two runs. Pedro Beato pitched a 1-2-3 ninth in a non-save situation.
Dylan Cozens, Jesse Valentin, and Andrew Pullin led the offense. Cozens hit his first two HR of rhe season and drove in three runs. Valentin had three hits and an RBI. Pullin had two hits including a triple and three RBI.
- #9 Enyel De Los Santos (1.80):
- #10 Dylan Cozens: went 3-5 with 3 runs scored, 2 HR, 3 RBI, SB
- #11 Roman Quinn: went 1-5 with a run scored, triple
- #22 Tom Eshelman (1-1, 5.40): 6.2 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 3 HR
- #24 Drew Anderson: placed on the 7-day DL, right forearm strain
- Cole Irvin (3.60):
- Zach Eflin (2-0, 1.64):
- Jake Thompson (0.00):
- Brandon Leibrandt (1-0, 0.0):
- Andrew Pullin: went 2-4 with run scored, triple, 3 RBI
- Jesse Valentin: went 3-4 with a run scored, double, RBI
- Mitch Walding: went 1-3 with 2 runs scored, BB
Reading (3-5) Lost to Richmond, 3-1.
JoJo Romero gave up all three runs on four hits and 3 walks in 5.0 innings. Edgar Garcia struggled through 2.0 innings, but gave up no runs on a hit and four walks.
Luke Leftwich pitched well again, two strike outs in a 1-2-3 inning. In four appearances, Leftwich has thrown five, no-hit innings. He walked one batter and struck out eight. Of the 73 pitches he has thrown, 50 were strikes (68.5%).
Reading scored their run in the eighth on Austin Bossart’s first HR. They managed just four other hits, all singles. Malquin Canelo had two hits.
- #7 Franklyn Kilome (4.50):
- #13 Cornelius Randolph: went 0-4
- #15 Ranger Suarez (9.00):
- #16 JoJo Romero (0-2, 8.00): 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
- #29 Edgar Garcia (0.00): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 1 BB, WP
- #30 Seranthony Dominguez (1-1, 3.60):
- Damek Tomscha: went 0-4
- Cord Sandberg: went 0-1 as a pinch hitter
- Jiandido Tromp: went 1-4
Clearwater (1-8) lost to Bradenton, 4-3 in ten innings.
McKenzie Mills had a great outing. He pitched six innings, the most by any Threshers’ starter this season. He allowed on run on six hits, walked none, and struck out four. Mills threw 61 strikes among his 85 pitches (70.9%).
Mills FB was 88-93 mph. It sat 89-91 and touched 93 just once. I expected more velocity from the guy. I’ve been told that he’ll improve to 92-94 mph when the temps gets really hot. We’ll see. He threw a lot of off speed pitches (50 FB, 36 CB/CH). The action on his pitches was deceiving in the press box. I learned afterwards, that his CH is slower than his CB. That being the case, his CB is 77-82 mph and his CH is 72-75 mph. Even as I type this it seems wrong, but it does explain the action on his pitches.
Mills left trailing 1-0 when Alexis Rivero (4.50) entered in the seventh. As has been happening a lot lately, Rivero gave up a run in his 2.0 innings. Jeff Singer (0-2, 7.20) entered in the ninth of a tie game. He gave up a run in the ninth, and one in the tenth after the Threshers tied the game in the bottom of the ninth.
All three Threshers runs came on HR. Darick Hall and Austin Listi went back to back in the seventh to tie the game. Hall homered in the ninth with one out to tie the game again. Hall had three hits.
The Threshers looked like they hadn’t taken PFPs all spring. Bradenton uses the bunt in its offensive repertoire. They bunted for sacrifice twice and for base hits twice. On the base hits and one of the sacrifices, you would have thought that the Threshers had never seen a bunt.
On the flip side, Raul Rivas tried to bunt for a base hit again and failed to get it down. Later, when the Threshers needed a sacrifice, he bunted into a force at third. (You might remember that he choked on two safety squeeze attempts in the ninth inning earlier this week.) Coach Williams may have been better served in the tenth if he had used Kevin Markham as a pinch hitter for Rivas rather than as a pinch runner for Jose Pujols (who began the inning on second base).
Mickey Moniak had an outfield assist (home).
- #1 Mickey Moniak: went 1-5
- #6 Adam Haseley: went 1-4
- #8 Adonis Medina (1-1, 5.63):
- #17 Jose Gomez: DNP
- #23 McKenzie Mills (0-1, 4.5): 6.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
- Arquimedes Gamboa: went 1-4
- Darick Hall: went 3-4 with 2 runs scored, 2 HR, 2 RBI
- Edgar Cabral: DNP
- Austin Listi: went 1-4 with a run scored, HR, RBI
- Luke Williams: went 0-3 with a BB
- Henri Lartigue: went 0-3
- Conner Seabold (0-1, 5.23):
- Alejandro Requena (0-0, 4.50):
- Bailey Falter (2.45):
Lakewood (4-5) lost to Delmarva, 5-1.
Spencer Howard had a strong outing. He pitched 5.0 innings, allowed a run on four hits, walked none, and struck out six. He threw 65.1% strikes. He left with the score tied.
Julian Garcia (0-1, 7.71) earned the loss. He gave up two runs on four hits in 1.2 innings. Zach Warren relieved and stranded two runners. He gave up a two-run HR in the ninth, but struck out six of the seven outs he recorded.
The BlueClaws scored their lone run in the fifth. Quincy Nieporte led off with a doublwe and scored on Nick Maton’s two-out double.
Maton and Brito had two hits apiece.
Jhailyn Ortiz threw out a runner at home.
- #14 Cole Stobbe: went 0-3
- #18 Daniel Brito: went 2-4
- #20 Jhailyn Ortiz: went 0-4
- #21 Spencer Howard (0-1, 2.25): 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, WP
- Simon Muzziotti: went 1-4 with a double
- Quincy Nieporte: went 1-4 with a run scored, double
- Jake Scheiner: went 1-4
- Nick Maton: went 2-3 with a double, RBI
- Josh Stephen: went 0-3
- Dalton Guthrie: DNP
- Colby Fitch: DNP
- Ramon Rosso (1.86):
- Will Stewart (2-2, 0.00):
- Kyle Dohy (0.00):
- David Parkinson (1-0, 0.00):
These prospects aren’t on any official rosters, yet. Or they are with the big club. Prospect rankings are from MLB.
- #2 Sixto Sanchez: expected to debut for Clearwater when healthy
- #3 Scott Kingery: with Phillies
- #4 J.P. Crawford: with Phillies (89 career AB)
- #5 Jorge Alfaro: exceeded 130 AB, no longer has prospect status
- #28 Victor Arano: with Phillies
- #12 Kevin Gowdy: not expected to pitch this season
- #19 Elniery Garcia: not on a roster
- #25 Luis Garcia: not on a roster
- #26 Abrahan Gutierrez: not on a roster
- #27 Eliezer Alvarez: traded to Texas
There are over 90 players at the Complex. The Phillies aren’t providing a list of which players are in camp. XST games started Monday. I identified 90 players today. There are easily another half dozen or more who I could not. They are likely young guys from the DSL (mostly pitchers) who were brought stateside for a look see. I’ll post the “official” roster after I identify a few more.
Heard that Tommy Hunter is going to throw at the Complex tomorrow, and that Kapler would be in attendance. Don’t know if that means sim innings against live batters or as the starter in the 10:00 AM XST game.