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Phillies MLR 4/20/17: Nick Pivetta smokes the competition, strikes out 11

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Phillies Minor League Roundup for 4/20/17

World Baseball Classic - Pool C - Game 3 - Columbia v Canada Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Weekend Probables:

LHV: Mark Appel, TBD, TBD
REA: Drew Anderson, Shane Watson, Brandon Leibrandt
CLR: Cole Irvin, Alberto Tirado, Blake Quinn
LWD: Adonis Medina, Nick Fanti, Bailey Falter

Lehigh Valley 4, Columbus 2

Nick Pivetta - 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 11 K, 1 GB, 3 FB
Roman Quinn - 0 for 4, 2 K
Jesmuel Valentin - 1 for 3, HR, BB, K
Jorge Alfaro - 2 for 4, K, CS
Dylan Cozens - 0 for 4, K
Rhys Hoskins - 1 for 4, R, K
Nick Williams - 3 for 4, R, 2B
Cam Perkins - 2 for 4, 3B, HR, 2 RBI

Nick Pivetta sets a new career-high in strikeouts with 11 (his previous best was 9). I didn’t watch the broadcast, but twitter was a buzz that he was really locating his fastball and the slider was working. Pivetta should get a shot in the bigs at some point this season. Jesmuel Valentin hit a solo HR in the 1st (his first HR) and LHV never relinquished the lead. Cam Perkins added a 2-run shot 6th inning to give the IronPigs a 4-1 lead. Nick Williams with a multi-hit game, raising his season average to .283. He is quietly separating himself from Roman Quinn (.212) and Dylan Cozens (.143) in the early going. J.P. Crawford got the night off.

Clearwater 6, Bradenton 1

Franklyn Kilome - 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, HR, WP, 5 GB, 5 FB
Austin Davis - 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, BB, 5 K
Mark Laird - 1 for 5, R, 2 K
Grenny Cumana - 2 for 5, R, 2 RBI
Damek Tomscha - 2 for 3, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, BB, HBP
Wilson Garcia - 0 for 5, 3 K
Jose Pujols - 0 for 2, 2 BB, 2 K
Jan Hernandez - 0 for 3, RBI, K, HBP (fielding error)
Drew Stankiewicz - 1 for 4, R, K (throwing error)
Austin Bossart - 0 for 4, K
Zach Coppola - 2 for 3, R, 2B, BB, K (outfield assist, 2B)

Franklyn Kilome picks up win #1 and now has 17 strikeouts to 5 walks in 16.2 innings of work this season. So far Kilome, Cole Irvin, Alberto Tirado, Seranthony Dominguez and Jose Tavares have given up a combined 9 earned runs in 71.1 innings. It’s rather impressive. Behind Kilome, the Threshers pounded Pirates prospect Taylor Hearn for 5 runs in the 2nd inning. 3 of those runs came via a HR from Damek Tomscha, his 4th HR of the season. He may not have had a hit and struck out twice, but Jose Pujols draws two walks in the game. They are his first two of the season (52 at-bats).

Lakewood 2, West Virginia 1 (11 innings)

Ranger Suarez - 7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, BB, 10 K, WP, 6 GB, 2 FB
Jonathan Hennigan - 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 K
Will Hibbs - 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 K
Carlos Duran - 0 for 3, BB, CS, picked off (missed catch error and outfield assist, 3B)
Luke Williams - 0 for 4, RBI, BB (fielding error)
Henri Lartigue - 0 for 5, K (throwing error and passed ball)
Brett Barbier - 1 for 4
Cord Sandberg - 0 for 4, K
Alex Wojciechowski - 1 for 4, R (fielding and throwing errors)
David Martinelli - 0 for 4, K
Danny Zardon - 2 for 4, 2B, RBI
Jose Antequera - 1 for 3, R

Ranger Suarez doing things, like obliterating his career-high in strikeouts by 2 (he had 8 in a game back in 2014 in the defunct VSL). I’m not sure what start is more impressive, this one or his no-hit 7 IP effort last season in Williamsport. The BlueClaws offense without Daniel Brito, Mickey Moniak, Arquimedes Gamboa and Darick Hall isn’t very good, though somehow they pulled it off. In the bottom of the 9th of a 1-0 game, Jonathan Hennigan allowed a 1-out single and then this happened with two outs:

With Chris Harvey batting, passed ball by Henri Lartigue, Logan Ratledge scores. Missed catch error by center fielder Carlos Duran. Throwing error by catcher Henri Lartigue.

That is rather impressive, but it did unfortunately force extra innings. In the top of the 11th Jose Antequera would lead off the inning and reach 1st via a fielding error. A batter later, Luke Williams would hit into a fielders choice to bring Antequera home.