Clearwater played last night after a late afternoon storm blew through the area. The Threshers beat Daytona, 5-2, as Mick Abel picked up his first professional win. He dominated the Tortugas after issuing a leadoff walk to start the game. The 19-year-old righty pitched a career-high five innings and allowed no hits.
After walking the first batter he faced, Abel retired 15 consecutive batters in succession. He allowed no more Tortugas to reach base and struck out eight. He needed just 65 pitches to navigate his five innings and threw 46 strikes ( 70.1%). More on his pitching later.
Abel gave way to Maikel Garrido in the sixth inning but was a tough act to follow. Garrido struggled with control. He pitched from behind and loaded the bases on three singles with nobody out. A shallow fly ball prevented a runner from scoring, but a walk forced in a run. He escaped further damage with a double play. He gave up another run in the seventh on an RBI double but struck out three of the next four batters to escape again.
Garrido got a couple outs in the eighth and was lifted after hitting a batter. Erubiel Armenta got the third out on a strikeout. But, he kept things interesting in the ninth with a hit batter, 2 walks, and 3 more strikeouts.
- Abel (1-2, 4.11) – 5.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 65/46 pitches/strikes, 70.1%
- Garrido (4.32) – 2.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 53/31 pitches/strikes, 58.5%
- Armenta (save, 0.00) – 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP, 34/16 (47.1%)
Meanwhile, the Threshers batters provided run support. They scored a run in the first inning on doubles by Johan Rojas and Rixon Wingrove. They added two runs in the second. Luis Garcia pounded a ball off the RF wall for a triple to set the table. RBI singles by Edgar Made (stolen base) and Yhoswar Garcia provided the runs.
The Threshers continued to add on with singles runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Nicolas Torres opened the fifth with a walk and stole second. He moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a passed ball. The Threshers drew successive walks with two outs in the sixth by Edgar Made, Torres, and Yhoswar Garcia. They scored a run when Rojas was hit by a pitch.
The Threshers hit the ball hard but only managed 5 hits, 3 for extra bases. They DID draw 8 walks. Two of the Tortuga relievers issued 6 walks in 1.2 innings. They had been involved in the 16 walk debacle when these teams met on June 2nd in Daytona. On that day they issued 8 walks in 2.2 innings. I mention this because the umpires used the ABS system during Saturday’s game. The ABS system is not available in Daytona.
Back to Abel. Mick threw 65 pitches, 56 were fastballs. His range was 91.6 – 97.1 mph. He averaged 95.2 mph and sat 95-96 on 41of his pitches and touched 97 mph 4 times. He maintained velocity through all five innings. He did throw eight 94 mph fastballs during the game and 3 other pitches at lower velocity. But, the three lowest were thrown in the first (1) and fourth innings (2). His final 11 pitches, which were thrown in the fifth inning, were – slider, slider, 96, 94, slider, 94, 95, 95, 94, 95, and 96 mph.
Garrido throws a 4-seamer and a sinker. Their velocities overlap and both sit 94-96 mph. Armenta throws the same two pitches at 91-94 mph. Garrido throws a slider. Armenta a changeup and slider.
I was asked for my impression of Yhoswar Garcia on social media. I’ll answer here. He’s an exciting player. He has a little bit of “Jimmy swagger” that hasn’t been knocked out of him by opposing pitchers. He is susceptible to curveballs, but all young players are. And, he doesn’t let it bother him. He’s confident enough to steal on a first pitch. He’s fast enough to cover a large amount of ground in either RF or CF. He has a strong arm. He’s a little raw and should easily adapt to the instruction he receives to polish up some of his skills.
The plan was for Garcia to get a little exposure and either return to XST or the FCL when injured outfielders were ready to return. I think he has forced the development staff to rethink that. He has played well enough to stay. He’ll see and learn against better offspeed pitches in Low-A than he will see in the FCL.
In other action:
Lehigh Valley (21-26) lost to Scranton, 10-4. Adonis Medina and Mauricio Llovera got torched. JD Hammer struck out the side in the ninth. Didi Gregorius went 1-2 with a walk and played the field for five innings.
Reading (18-29) lost to Binghamton, 13-6. Adam Leverett got roughed up in his Double-A debut. Jorge Bonifacio hit a 2-run HR (9) and Daniel Brito (2) and Josh Stephen (2) hit solo HRs. Bryson Stott (.300) went 2-4 with a triple and RBI.
Jersey Shore (19-27) lost to Brooklyn, 8-5. Jhordany Mezquita was ineffective allowing 6 walks on his way to 4 ER in 4 innings. Mark Potter gave up 4 runs after the BlueClaws tied the game. Jhailyn Ortiz went 2-4 with a walk.
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6/26/2021 – Phillies optioned OF Matt Vierling to Lehigh Valley
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