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Phillies Minor League Roundup - May 4, 2015

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Well, I'm back! Despite rumors, I was not traded to Over the Monster.

Aaron Altherr
Aaron Altherr
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Today's Probables:

LHV: Jason Berken
REA: Jesse Biddle
CLR: Colin Kleven

Louisville 5, Lehigh Valley 3

Joely Rodriguez - 6 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, HR, 9 GB, 0 FB
Tyler Knigge - 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, K
Tyler Henson - 1 for 3, RBI
Domonic Brown - 2 for 3, 2 RBI, BB, SB
Maikel Franco - 1 for 4
Tommy Joseph - 1 for 4, R, 2B

Joely Rodriguez continues to struggle and remains winless on the season (0-3). He has given up 41 hits and walked 20 batters in only 29 innings of work. I think its only a matter of time before he is moved to the bullpen. Joseph with only his 4th extra base hit in 61 at bats (hitting .148/.161/.213 overall). Domonic Brown has surprisingly stole five bases in LHV. He has bumped up his average to .203. How soon will he be back with the big club? With Francoeur batting .214, it is going to be a gripping race.

Reading 5, New Hampshire 1

Aaron Nola - 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, HR, 5 GB, 3 FB
Ethan Stewart - 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, 4 GB, 1 FB
Roman Quinn - 2 for 5, R, K, SB
KC Serna - 2 for 4, R, 2B, BB, K
Aaron Altherr - 1 for 4, HR, 4 RBI
Brock Stassi - 1 for 4, K
Cam Perkins - 2 for 4, R, 2B (outfield assist, 2B)
Gabriel Lino - 1 for 4
Harold Martinez - 2 for 3, BB

Not as sharp as his last outing, but Nola dominates once again. The lone run came via a solo shot in the 1st with one out. Nola has a 2.27 ERA through 31.2 innings of work. He's issued only 4 walks and has struck out 21 batters. Aaron Altherr had the difference maker in this one, hammering a grandslam in the 5th inning. Roman Quinn steals his 11th base and gets another bunt single.

Brevard County 6, Clearwater 4

Mark Leiter - 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 4 GB, 2 FB
Miguel Nunez - 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, BB, 2 K
Edubray Ramos - 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, BB, K
Ulises Joaquin - 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, 3 K
Drew Stankiewicz - 1 for 3, 2 RBI, BB
Andrew Pullin - 0 for 5
Andrew Knapp - 2 for 5, R, 2 K
Dylan Cozens - 1 for 4, K
Willians Astudillo - 1 for 3, RBI
Zach Green - 2 for 4, 2 R, HR

Mark Leiter with his first start of 2015 after beginning the season out of the pen. He continues to mow down FSL hitters and probably isn't very challenged at this level. Leiter projects at the very best a 5th starter or long-reliever and I hope the Phillies choose a direction and stick with it. The bullpen blows the game open, giving up 4 runs through the 7th, 8th and 9th. Green finds his power stroke, hitting his 1st homer of the season only 23 games in. He started the game at 3B, only his 2nd start there in 2015.

Savannah 6, Lakewood 3

Ricardo Pinto - 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, HR, 5 GB, 3 FB, 3 WP
Joey Denato - 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 K, WP
Calvin Rayburn - 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB
Malquin Canelo - 1 for 4, 2 K
Cord Sandberg - 1 for 4, 2B, RBI
Carlos Tocci - 0 for 3, BB, K
Rhys Hoskins - 1 for 4, R, 2B, K
Deivi Grullon - 0 for 4, 2 K
Jiandido Tromp - 1 for 3, R, RBI, BB, 2 SB
Tim Zier - 1 for 4
Derek Campbell - 0 for 3
Grenny Cumana - 2 for 4, RBI, K, SB

Pinto comes down back to earth last night, however he was cruising until giving up 1 run in the 4th and 3 in the 5th. The strikeouts remain impressive, but I'm wondering if those wild pitches were Pinto missing his mark or poor coverage by Grullon. The offense was largely out of sync last night, going 2 for 11 with RISP and leaving 6 men on base. Tromp steals his 3rd and 4th base, Hoskins extends his hitting streak to 10 games and Tocci's on-base streak stays alive at 7 games (holding a ridiculous .467 OBP through 107 plate appearances).