Lehigh Valley and Reading lost. Lakewood was rained out. But, Sixto Sanchez made his long-awaited first start, AND Clearwater broke an 8-game losing streak.
Here’s Sanchez warming up.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Lehigh Valley (5-4) lost to Louisville, 5-4 in ten innings.
Enyel De Los Santos lasted just three innings. He gave up just one run on 2 hits and 3 walks, and struck out six. But, had thrown 71 pitches (41 strikes). Brandon Leibrandt threw four shutout innings, striking out five and allowing one hit. Tom Windle was victimized by 2 unearned runs in the eighth. Zac Curtis gave up two runs in the tenth, no bunts. Single runs scored on a two-out single and two-out double.
Roman Quinn had 3 hits and a caught stealing on a pick off. Nick Rickles had a SF in the second. The IronPigs tied the score in the eighth with a lot of help from the Bats. Danny Ortiz lead off with a single followed by a single by Quinn. A throwing error on a sacrifice bunt allowed Ortiz to score. Quinn came home on a wild pitch.
Quinn started at second in the tenth with Lehigh trailing by two. The Bats traded his run for two ground outs.
- #14 Enyel De Los Santos (0-0, 1.80): 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, WP, Balk
- #18 Dylan Cozens (.290): went 0-1 as part of a double switch
- #16 Roman Quinn (.310): went 3-5 with 2 runs scored
- #15 Tom Eshelman (1-1, 5.40):
- #24 Drew Anderson: 7-day DL, right forearm strain
- Andrew Pullin (.143): went 0-1 as a pinch hitter in the tenth with an RBI
- Jesse Valentin (.194): went 1-4 with a double
- Mitch Walding (.324): went 1-5
- Zach Eflin (2-0, 1.64):
- #25 Cole Irvin (0-0, 5.00):
- Jake Thompson ( 0-0, 0.00):
- Brandon Leibrandt (1-0, 0.00):
Reading (3-7) lost to Richmond, 7-6, to a walk off.
Reading fought back to tie the game in the ninth, only to give up a run in the tenth.
Franklyn Kilome gave up 3 runs in 5.1 innings (2 ER) and struck out six. Tyler Gilbert blew a save in 1.2 innings with 3 runs. Seth McGarry faced 4 batters in the ninth without recording an out.
Malquin Canelo and Damek Tomscha had 2 hits each. Reading drew 8 walks to compliment their 7 hits. Five different Phils had an RBI. Canelo had a solo HR. Tomscha drove in the tying run in the top of the ninth.
SB: Green, Z (1, 2nd base off Simpson/Freeman).
CS: Coppola (2, 2nd base by Simpson/Freeman).
E: Castillo, Al (1, missed catch).
Reading Top of the 9th
- Zach Coppola walks.
- With Damek Tomscha batting, Zach Coppola advances to 2nd base on a caught stealing error by Ali Castillo, assist to catcher Ronnie Freeman.
Interesting notations above from the box score. In the ninth inning, Coppola was safe on a stolen base attempt on an error by the second baseman. He was charged with a caught stealing, the second baseman was charged with a missed catch error, and the catcher got an assist. I’ve been going through box scores every night for four years, and I don’t think I ever saw a player charged with a caught stealing in a situation like this. (The same thing happened in the Lehigh game. If this is a thing, I can’t believe I never noticed it before.)
- #9 Franklyn Kilome (0-0, 3.86): 5.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
- #17 Cornelius Randolph (.212): DNP
- #11 Ranger Suarez (0-1, 9.00):
- #8 JoJo Romero (0-2, 8.00):
- Edgar Garcia (0-0, 0.00):
- #12 Seranthony Dominguez (1-2, 3.86):
- Damek Tomscha (.278): went 2-5 with a run scored, RBI
- Cord Sandberg (.273): DNP
- Jiandido Tromp (.179): went 0-2 with a run scored, RBI, 2 BB
- Harold Arauz (1-0, 3.27):
- Jake Waguespack (4.50):
- Seth McGarry (0-1, 1.29): 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, HBP
Clearwater (2-9) beat Bradenton, 5-4 in a rain-shortened game.
Sixto Sanchez made his first start of the season. He gave up 4 runs in four innings. He looked rusty, like a guy throwing for the first time in a game after rehabbing an injury. But, in his case the flu. No matter, velocity wasn’t his problem. It was location and control.
Some more video of Sanchez. Sorry they are so short. I am not permitted to publish video longer than 30 seconds that I take during a Threshers’ game –
Sanchez popped the glove at 99 on his first pitch. he continued 99, 97, 99, 97 as he walked the first batter. He gave up a single on the next pitch and hard line drive out to Kevin Markham in RF for the first out.
Then, Markham came up with a web gem to end the inning. Sanchez hit 100 on his 14th pitch. Two pitches later, the batter drove a ball high off the wall in right. Markham, moving toward the line, jumped and caught the ball as he bounced off the wall. He landed on his feet, turned, and gunned out the runner who had strayed too far off second to end the inning.
Sanchez threw just seven strikes among 16 pitches in the first inning.
Here’s his statistical break down –
- allowed the lead off batter to reach base in all four innings, twice via walks.
- hit 100 or better 5 times, four times in the second, none after
- five 3-ball counts – 4 walks, 1 single
- all hits and in-play outs came off fastballs
- 83 pitches, 46 strikes
- when he missed, he mostly seemed to miss close
- 10 of 21 first pitch strikes
- throws FB, SL, CB
- his FB was 94-101 mph (58), sat 96-99 (48 pitches)
- his CB runs 80-85/86, SL 86/87-91
- when he gets mad, he is scary, e.g., after a run scoring double in the second, he fired 101,100, 85 for a strike out and 99, 86, 87, 101 for another strike out
- my suggestion, keep him mad
- he seemed to run high or away when he missed, but the location charts on GD don’t support this
- he threw more off speed stuff than FB in the fourth, don’t know if that was intentional or if he was fatiguing
The Threshers scored a run in the second to tie the game briefly. It came on a Kevin Markham fielder’s choice.
Trailing 4-1 after four and with the rain increasing, it seemed the Threshers best chance was for the game to be suspended. FSL rules would have had the game replayed from its beginning when the teams faced each other in Bradenton in the second half.
Mauricio Llovera entered and had a quick inning – K, HBP, DP.
The Threshers bats woke up with a vengeance in the bottom of the fifth. Light hitting Jose Gomez led off with a solo HR, cutting the deficit to two runs. Adam Haseley singled with two out. The tying run reached base when Darick Hall was hit by a pitched ball. Edgar Cabral followed with a HR to RF near the Wawa sign. The Bradenton manager was ejected for arguing that the ball hadn’t left the field of play. The call stood. After Jose Pujols doubled, the field was covered too late. The game was called, losing streak over.
Mickey Moniak extended his hitting streak to 5 games.
Jose Pujols and Raul Rivas had 2 hits each.
- #5 Mickey Moniak: went 1-3
- #1 Sixto Sanchez: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 6 K
- #6 Adam Haseley: went 1-3 with a run scored
- #4 Adonis Medina (1-1, 5.63):
- #19 Jose Gomez: went 2-2 with a solo HR
- #23 McKenzie Mills (0-1, 4.5):
- #10 Arquimedes Gamboa: went 1-3
- Darick Hall: went 0-2 with a run scored
- Edgar Cabral: went 2-3 with the game-winning, 3-run HR
- Austin Listi: DNP
- Luke Williams: DNP
- Henri Lartigue: DNP
- Conner Seabold (0-1, 5.23):
- Alejandro Requena (0-1, 7.88):
- Bailey Falter (2.45):
Lakewood (5-5) postponed, rain.
- Cole Stobbe (.269):
- #13 Daniel Brito (.200):
- #7 Jhailyn Ortiz (.100):
- #22 Spencer Howard (0-1, 2.25):
- #30 Simon Muzziotti (.289):
- Quincy Nieporte (.129):
- Jake Scheiner (.259):
- Nick Maton (.357):
- Josh Stephen (.364):
- Dalton Guthrie (.250):
- Colby Fitch (.250):
- Ramon Rosso (0-0, 1.86):
- Will Stewart (2-2, 0.00):
- David Parkinson (1-0, 0.00):
- Damon Jones (1-1, 2.79):
- Connor Brogdon:
- Kyle Dohy (0-0, 0.00, 2 saves):
These prospects aren’t on any official rosters, yet. Or they are with the big club. Prospect rankings are from MLB.
- #2 Scott Kingery: with Phillies
- #3 J.P. Crawford: with Phillies (89 career AB)
- #27 Victor Arano: with Phillies
- #29 Kevin Gowdy: not expected to pitch this season
- #20 Kyle Young: not on a roster
- #21 Francisco Morales: not on a roster
- #26 Luis Garcia: not on a roster
- #28 J.D. Hammer: not on a roster
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. 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.