Today was the last scheduled spring training game for the minor league camp. The players received their assignments early this morning. The Lehigh Valley and Reading squads bused over to Dunedin while the Clearwater and Lakewood squads played hosts at the Complex. An intrasquad game was held on Schmidt Field among the remaining players for pitchers who needed to get their work in.
Kevin Gowdy got the start in the Lakewood game. He pitched into the fourth inning on a 50-pitch limit. Gowdy threw mainly fastballs and sliders according to the pitch chart. His fastball ranged 89-92 mph. He struck out 3 in his first two innings. He gave up a two-out single in the second on a flare down the right field line. The next batter got the run home with a check swing single that eluded the first baseman down the line to beat the shift.
Gowdy avoided trouble in the third on another ball down the right field line when the batter was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a triple. He was nailed on a strong relay throw from Jonathan Guzman to Alec Bohm. Gowdy gave up a couple soft line drive singles over the second baseman to start the fourth and was lifted after his 53rd pitch, a bases loading ball.
James McArthur came on in relief and pitched 4-5 innings. I started wandering around the Complex, talking to players family members who would be departing when the players left.
The Lakewood squad got beat pretty handily, collecting only one hit, a single by Guzman. Jake Holmes walked twice in 4 appearances.
I think the Clearwater lost a one run game on the back field. I probably should have paid more attention to this game. Clearwater is the only affiliate that didn’t release their roster. No surprise there. They’re last every year.
Enyel De Los Santos started in the intrasquad game. Ethan Lindow closed out the game.
Four players were released – Pedro Beato, Drew Stankiewicz, Tyler Fallwell, and Randy Alcantara.
There is a game between Clearwater and Lakewood scheduled Saturday at 9:00 AM. It’s getaway day, so the game might be cancelled. If played, it’ll likely only last 5 innings or so.
That’s all for now.