Clearwater (2-8) lost to Fort Myers, 3-0.
I witnessed another fantastic performance by a starting pitcher. Kyle Young (0-2, 2.70) pitched masterfully through six innings. He held the Miracle to 1 run on 4 hits. He walked none and struck out ten.
Young retired the first six batters he faced, four by strike out (3 swinging – slider, change, 88 FB, and one looking at a 91 FB) and 2 by ground outs. He started the third giving up a ground single to right that would have been an out but for the fielder being shifted closer to second base … for a left-handed batter(?). No matter, he got the next batter to chop a ball to second and Daniel Brito applied the tag and relayed to first to complete the 4-3 double play. Another ground out ended the inning.
Young started the fourth with a strike out looking at a 91 mph FB. he got a fly to right and an unassisted ground out to first to end that inning. He started the sixth with a pair of swinging strike outs, one at a 91 mph FB and the other on a slider. Then baseball luck reared its head.
The lead off hitter, who was 0-2 with 2 Ks, stepped into the box and worked the count in his favor 2-1. Young sawed off his bat with a FB (91). The barrel flew out to shortstop. The ball somehow landed just short of the warning track in left for a double. Another right-handed batter followed and jumped on the first pitch, a slider in on his hands, and managed to ground a ball down the left field line for an RBI double that scored the only run (I felt) the Miracle would need.
Young recorded the final out on a 3-2 FB at 90 mph with the batter looking.
Austin Ross (6.35) took over in the seventh and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks. The killing blow was a 2-run HR by a guy who entered the game hitting .095. Jonathan Hennigan (0.00) pitched the final two innings allowing one hit and striking out two.
The Threshers’ offense was impotent. They managed just four base runners, all singles. The first two were erased on stolen base attempts, a third in a double play. Miracle pitchers faced one batter over the minimum.
Jhailyn Ortiz got his first Clearwater hit on a soft line drive to right-center field. Simon Muzziotti, Rodolfo Duran, and Madison Stokes got the other base hits.
More on Young. He threw 83 pitches, 53 for strikes (63.9%). (I know the official log is different, but it is wrong. The Gameday guy missed a 93 mph FB that was fouled off before the second K that inning.)
Of his 10 strike outs, 7 were swinging (81, 84, 88, 82, 82, 91, 80) and 3 looking (91, 91, 90).
In all, Young induced 16 swings and misses (28.6%).
Young threw 42 FB (50.1%). It’s difficult to decipher where his slider ends and his change begins, but it appears to me that he threw 35 sliders (his most effective pitch) and 6 change ups. His FB range was 87-93 mph. He sat 90-91 mph and touched 93 (twice). I tweeted that he sat 89-92. I think 90-91 is more accurate. You be your own judge –
- 93 mph – 2
- 92 mph – 4
- 91 mph – 15
- 90 mph – 8
- 89 mph – 6
- 88 mph – 6
- 87 mph – 1
It has been a while since I’ve watched Kyle pitch in a regular season game. I was happy to see all the 90a and 91s. The 92s surprised me, as did the 93s. I was used to watching Young freeze batters with his slurve (now his slider) for strike outs. It was gratifying to see half his strike outs on fastballs.
And, finally, he threw 16 of 21 first pitch strikes, and
(Sorry for the brevity in this and the other recaps. I had an accident and my left index finger is bandaged and useless, except for hitting extra keys. My normal hunt-and-peck has become hunt-peck, hunt-peck, hunt-peck, backspace, hunt-peck, hunt-peck, hunt-peck, mouse back to block and delete a single character, hunt-peck, repeat… I’m up to about 75% efficiency. And now my grandkids are here for a two-week visit.)
- #5 Spencer Howard (1-1, 2.61)
- #11 Jhailyn Ortiz went 1-3
- #12 Simon Muzziotti (.273) went 1-4
- #17 Kyle Young (0-2, 2.70)
- #18 Nick Maton (.226) went 0-3
- #19 Rodolfo Duran (.125) went 1-3
- #20 Daniel Brito (.077) went 0-3
Lehigh Valley (8-2) beat Rochester, 20-18 in 10 innings.
This game featured 15 HRs, 9 by the IronPigs. I don’t any pitcher on either side has much to be proud of, although Edubray Ramos was the only pitcher to not be charged with an ER. He did give up an unearned run , a hit, and a walk while earning his first save.
Ranger Suarez took a beating in his four innings – 12 hits 10 runs, 8 ER, no walks, and 3 Ks. He’ll likely carry a high ERA most of the season after this outing. Josh Martin (1-0, 6.23) blew the save, got the win with 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K.
Lehigh actually scored first on Andrew Romine’s RBI single in the first inning. Then they trailed most of the game after that.
Trailing 5-1, they tied the game with 4 runs in the third on Jan Hernandez’ 3-run HR (3) and Mitch Walding solo HR (3).
Trailing 10-5, they pulled within one in the fifth on solo HRs by Dylan Cozens (3) and Andrew Romine (2), and a 2-run HR by Sean Rodriguez (1).
Trailing 12-9, they pulled within one again in the sixth on solo HRs by Cozens (4) and Romine (3).
They took the lead in the seventh with 3 runs on Jan Hernandez’ RBI double, Cozens’ sac fly, and Romine’s RBI single.
They broke a 14-14 tie in the eighth on Rob Brantly’s RBI double and Malquin Canelo’s RBI single.
They tied the game in the ninth on Jan Hernandez’ solo HR (4).
And they finally built a big enough cushion with 3 runs in the tenth on Rodriguez’ 3-run HR.
Still, the Red Wings scored a run in the bottom of the inning and brought the go ahead run to the plate with two outs.
Hernandez, Cozens, Romine, and Rodriguez had 2 HR each, Walding one.
Hernandez and Rodriguez had 5 RBI each, Romine 4, Cozens 3
Canelo and Romine had 4 hits each, Hernandez 3, Quinn, Cozens, Rodriguez, and Brantly two.
- #6 Enyel De Los Santos (2-0, 0.75)
- #7 JoJo Romero (0-1, 9.00)
- #10 Ranger Suarez (1-0, 8.00) – 4.0 IP, 12 H, 10 R, 8 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
- #16 Cole Irvin (0-0, 1.64)
- #28 Edgar Garcia (0-1, 3.86)
Reading (5-2) beat Richmond, 5-1.
Ramon Rosso (2-0, 0.00) pitched 5.1 shutout innings. He scattered 6 hits, walked none, and struck out seven. Luke Leftwich (0.00) pitched 1.2 innings, stranded 2 inherited runners, walked one and struck out two. Kyle Dohy (1.80) pitched an inning and gave up a run on a hit and a walk while striking out two. Addison Russ locked down the win with a hit and 2 strike outs.
Darick Hall provided the first 2 runs with an RBI double in the first inning and a force out in the third. The Phils stretched their lead with 3 runs in the sixth on Luke Williams’ RBI double, Williams’ steal of home, and Luke Leftwich’s RBI double.
Luke Williams (.278) went 2-4 with a run scored, double, RBI, and 2 stolen bases.
RF Mickey Moniak picked up an outfield assist. With a runner on second, a run home, and one out in the eighth the batter reached on a fielder’s choice. Moniak threw out the base runner trying to go from second to third.
- #2 Adonis Medina (0-0, 1.80) –
- #3 Adam Haseley (.083) went .0-3 with a run scored, BB
- #9 Mickey Moniak (.286) went 1-4 with a run scored, SB
- #13 Arquimedes Gamboa (.083) went 0-4
- #15 Mauricio Llovera
- #21 David Parkinson (1-0, 1.80)
- #22 Kyle Dohy (1-0, 1.80) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
- #25 Cornelius Randolph (.217) went 1-4 with a run scored, SB
- #29 Connor Seabold
Lakewood (3-7) entered the ninth inning with a no-hitter and lost to Delmarva, 7-5.
Kevin Gowdy walked the first 3 batters he faced, throwing 11 consecutive balls at one point. But he righted himself, and retired the next twelve batters in succession. Ethan Evanko tossed another scoreless inning with a walk and 2 strike outs. James McArthur (4.26) pitched into the ninth inning and gave up the Shorebirds first hit in the top of the ninth with one out. He finished with a line of 3.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K. Robinson Martinez (0-1, 15.00) continued the implosion getting one out allowing an inherited runner to score, walking a batter, hitting two others, and giving up 2 hits, the final one a grand slam that ended his 5 run aberration.
The BlueClaws built a comfortable lead with 3 runs in the first on Carlos De La Cruz’ 2-run single and Luis Garcia’s RBI single: and 2 runs in the second on RBI singles by Malvin Matos and Ben Pelletier.
Matos and De La Cruz had 2 hits each.
- #1 Alec Bohm (.265) went 1-3 with a run scored, BB
- #4 Luis Garcia (.225) went 2-4 with an RBI
- #8 Francisco Morales (4.91)
- #14 Rafael Marchan (.333)
- #23 Dominic Pipkin (6.00)
- #24 Kevin Gowdy
- #26 Jhordany Mezquita (0-1, 9.00)
- #27 Starlyn Castillo
- #30 Manuel Silva
Williamsport begins its 2019 season on June 14th.
GCL Phillies East begins its 2019 season on June 24th.
GCL Phillies West begins its 2019 season on June 24th.
DSL Phillies Red begins its 2019 season on June 2nd.
DSL Phillies White begins its 2019 season on June 2nd.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
The rosters and lists are up to date as of March 31st.
4/9/2019 – Reading placed RHP Trevor Bettencourt on the 7-day IL
4/9/2019 – RHP Alexis Rivero assigned to Reading
4/9/2019 – RHP Tom Eshelman assigned to Reading
4/9/2019 – RHP Julian Garcia assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
4/9/2019 – RHP Andrew Brown assigned to Williamsport
4/8/2019 – RHP James McArthur assigned to Lakewood
4/8/2019 – RHP Kevin Gowdy assigned to Lakewood
4/8/2019 – RHP Francisco Morales assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
4/8/2019 – RHP Victor Santos assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
4/8/2019 – RHP Francisco Morales assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
4/7/2019 – Lehigh Valley placed LHP Tyler Gilbert on the 7-day IL Left groin strain.
4/7/2019 – RHP Tyler Viza assigned to Lehigh Valley
4/7/2019 – Clearwater activated RF Danny Mayer from the restricted list.
4/6/2019 – RHP Ismael Cabrera assigned to Clearwater
4/6/2019 – LHP Damon Jones assigned to Williamsport
4/5/2019 – Phillies signed FA Austin Filiere to a MiLB contract, assigned to Williamsport
4/4/2019 – Phillies sent CF Roman Quinn on a rehab assignment to Clearwater
4/4/2019 – Lehigh Valley placed C Matt McBride on the 7-day IL Right calf strain.
4/4/2019 – Lehigh Valley placed 3B Gift Ngoepe on the 7-day IL Left shin contusion
4/4/2019 – Lehigh Valley placed RHP Yacksel Rios on the 7-day IL Abdominal strain
4/4/2019 – Reading placed RHP Connor Seabold on the 7-day IL
4/4/2019 – LHP Garrett Cleavinger assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/4/2019 – 1B Kyle Martin assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/4/2019 – Clearwater placed RF Danny Mayer on the restricted list.
4/4/2019 – LHP Nick Fanti assigned to Clearwater
4/4/2019 – RHP Tyler Hallead assigned to Clearwater from GCL Phillies East.
4/4/2019 – RHP Julian Garcia assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
4/2/2019 – Phillies signed free agent RHP Saul Alcala to a minor league contract.
4/1/2019 – RHP JD Hammer assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/1/2019 – RHP Trevor Bettencourt assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/1/2019 – 3B Jose Antequera assigned to Reading
4/1/2019 – 2B Grenny Cumana assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/1/2019 – 3B Luke Williams assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/1/2019 – LF Josh Stephen assigned to Reading
4/1/2019 – LHP Bailey Falter assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/1/2019 – LHP Jakob Hernandez assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/1/2019 – RHP Mauricio Llovera assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/1/2019 – LHP David Parkinson assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/1/2019 – RHP Ramon Rosso assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/1/2019 – RHP Addison Russ assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/1/2019 – C Henri Lartigue assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/1/2019 – 3B Ali Castillo assigned to Reading
4/1/2019 – CF Mickey Moniak assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/1/2019 – SS Nick Maton assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – 3B Jake Scheiner assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – 1B Madison Stokes assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – LF Matt Vierling assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – C Colby Fitch assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – CF Jesus Alastre assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – RHP Julian Garcia assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – RF Danny Mayer assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
4/1/2019 – CF Simon Muzziotti assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – C Rodolfo Duran assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – LHP Damon Jones assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – RHP Spencer Howard assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – LHP Kyle Young assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – LHP Zach Warren assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – RF Ben Aklinski assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
4/1/2019 – RHP Andrew Brown assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – RHP Luis Carrasco assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – RHP Connor Brogdon assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – RHP Gustavo Armas assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – RHP Austin Ross assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
4/1/2019 – GCL Phillies West released RHP Antonio Canizales