Box Score Recap – 4/20/2017

Abbreviated Box Score Report

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Still using my cell phone as a personal hot spot.  Doing a full blown Box Score Report over the shared connection on my cell phone is tedious.

So, I created a few Box Score Reports in advance that will upload each night automatically to provide the link to the box scores and a place to comment on games each day until I am completely back on the grid.

Sorry for this temporary inconvenience.

 

Box Score Recap – 4/19/2017

Abbreviated Box Score Report

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

My wife declared war on our cable and internet service provider.  If you have visited the Tampa Bay area, you may have experienced the poor service that we endure year round.  Their customer relations have deteriorated to the point that my wife dumped them.

The fallout is that until she finds an adequate replacement, I have to use the personal hot spot on my cell phone to connect.  Doing a full blown Box Score Report over the shared connection on my cell phone is tedious.

So, I created a few Box Score Reports in advance that will upload each night automatically to provide the link to the box scores and a place to comment on games each day until I am completely back on the grid.

Sorry for this temporary inconvenience.

And, congratulations to Mark Leiter!!!  I have followed his career for several years down here.  My wife purchased his game worn jersey on Testicular Cancer Awareness night when he was a Thresher.  He autographed the jersey after the game.  I will wear the jersey to the Threshers next home game in homage.  I understand that many of you may not consider Mark a prospect.  I don’t care. I’m happy and excited for him.  Good luck, Mark!!!

Box Score Recap – 4/18/2017

Lehigh Valley’s offense remained impotent as they were shutout on 4 hits by Columbus.

Tom Eshelman picked up his first win of the season for Reading.

Clearwater topped Bradenton behind Seranthony Dominguez.

JoJo Romero (no decision) gave up 3 unearned runs in a loss by Lakewood.

And, Extended beat up on an MLB traveling team of teenagers from Latin America. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 4/18/2017

Lehigh Valley Report

The perspective juggernaut has been mediocre at best through the first two weeks of the season with the ‘Pigs sitting with a 5-6 record through 11 games, and in 4th place of the Northern Division of the International League, 2.5 games behind division leading Buffalo.  Lehigh Valley returns home tonight to begin what will be a six game home stand against Columbus and Toledo.

News and Notes: Jorge Alfaro has started the season very hot, getting on base in all 9G he has appeared in (.361, 1HR 5RBI)

–Through the first 11 games of the season, the Lehigh Valley bullpen is getting the job done with a 2.38 ERA and an opponents batting average of .190.

–In his second career AAA appearance, RP Mark Leiter set a ‘Pigs record for strikeouts in an appearance by a relief pitcher with 8.  Leiter has been predominately used as the ‘Pigs long man in the early going.

–Pitchers Dailier Hinojosa and Colten Murray have been placed on the DL to start the season.

–P Nick Pivetta has probably been the ‘Pigs best starter the first two times through the rotation.  Pivetta is 2-0 with an 0.69 ERA.  Most impressively, he has not walked a batter while striking out 13 in his 13IP, while holding the opposition to a .167 avg.

–Jake Thompson has had significant troubles in each of his first two starts, lasting just 2.1 innings in each and yielding 9ER in one start and 6ER in the other.  His control has been poor as well with 6BB in 5.2 innings of work.

–RP Pat Vendittee has been extremely effective in his first 3 ‘Pigs appearances, throwing 5.1 scoreless innings and striking out 7.

–Both Pedro Beato and Michael Mariot have earned saves in the early going and look for the “closer by committee” after losing Luis Garcia to Philadelphia.

–A very successful first 11 games in his AAA career for 1B Rhys Hoskins, who is hitting .324/.452/.676 with 3HR and 5RBI in his first 34 AB.  The other half of the “bash brothers”, Dylan Cozens, sits at .158/.238/.316 in 38AB and has 17 strikeouts in his 42 plate appearances (40%).

–The struggles of JP Crawford have been well documented in the early going.  Crawford is at .086/.200/.143 thru 40 plate appearances.  He has a lone extra base hit and a lone RBI to go along with an “uncrawfordlike” 30% K rate.  Only one error in the early going, however, his range factor has been significantly lower than in previous years thus far.  It is still VERY early.

–INF Jesmuel Valentin has been the offensive catalyst in several of the ‘Pigs victories and is hitting at a .355 clip early on to go along with 5RBI in his 31AB.

–A big, three hit game that included a homer has gotten Nick WIlliams going back in the right direction after bumpy beginnings this season.  WIlliams sits at .265/.297/.412 with 1HR and 3RBI in 34AB.  The OBP is reminiscent of last year and must improve.  He has walked just once in 35AB and is striking out at a 35% clip.

Probables: Tuesday: Thompson; Wednesday: Pinto; Thursday: Lively; Friday: Pivetta; Saturday: Appel

Comings: Adam Morgan (optioned from Philadelphia)

Goings:  Zach Eflin (to Phillies), P Luis Garcia to Phillies,

Box Score Recap – 4/14/2017

Lehigh Valley was two-hit.  Again.

Reading couldn’t protect an early lead.

Cole Irvin, Mark Laird, Damek Tomscha, and Jose Pujols provided the pitching, offense, power, and defense that led to Clearwater’s victory.

Daniel Brito and Cord Sandberg powered Lakewood to a blow out victory.

Continue reading Box Score Recap – 4/14/2017

Box Score Recap – 4/13/2017

Ricardo Pinto allowed one unearned run in seven innings, but Lehigh Valley was two-hit in a loss to Scranton.

Tyler Viza and the Reading bullpen held Richmond to one earned run in a victory.

Clearwater split two games with Palm Beach behind two fine pitching performances by Jose Taveras and Franklin Kilome.

Lakewood lost to Greensboro behind a solid outing by Sixto Sanchez.

Our starting pitchers held opponents to zero or one earned run in every game last night.

Continue reading Box Score Recap – 4/13/2017

Box Score Recap – 4/12/2017

With a possible opening in the Phillies rotation, Jake Thompson tossed another clunker for Lehigh Valley.

Alexis Rivero blew the save and took the loss for Reading.

Seranthony Dominguez sparkled for Clearwater.

And, JoJo Romero pitched well before Lakewood’s bullpen imploded.

Continue reading Box Score Recap – 4/12/2017