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Phillies MLR 5/18/17: Hoskins 5 RBIs aren’t enough, LHV winning streak ends

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Phillies Minor League Roundup for 5/18/17

Coca Cola Park scoreboard LHV

Weekend Probables:

LHV: Jake Thompson, Tom Eshelman, Ben Lively
REA: Brandon Leibrandt, Drew Anderson, Tyler Viza
CLR: Blake Quinn, TBD, TBD
LWD: Adonis Medina, Bailey Falter, Felix Paulino

Rochester 10, Lehigh Valley 8

Mark Appel - 3.1 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 HR, WP, 2 HBP, 2 GB, 3 FB
Roman Quinn - 0 for 4, BB, K (two fielding errors)
J.P. Crawford - 1 for 4, R, BB (missed catch error)
Rhys Hoskins - 2 for 4, 2 HR, 5 RBI, BB
Dylan Cozens - 1 for 5, HR, 3 K
Nick Williams - 2 for 4, R

Believe it or not, Lehigh Valley held a 7-1 lead following a 7-run inning in the 2nd inning. Then of course things didn’t go terribly well for Mark Appel who was hit around and chased in the 4th inning (and didn’t look very good regardless). The clock is certainly ticking for Appel in the rotation, but with Ricardo Pinto also struggling you wonder how long of a leash he still has. Rhys Hoskins has been a treasure since being drafted all of 3 years ago. His two homers yesterday (including a grandslam) were his 11th and 12th of the season, most in the International League. Dylan Cozens added a towering solo blast (11th) in the 2nd inning, but looked lost at the plate the rest of the game. J.P. Crawford extended his hitting streak to 4 games.

Reading 8, Erie 3

Shane Watson - 3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, HR, HBP, 2 GB, 1 FB
Mario Sanchez - 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 K
Austin Davis - 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, 3 K
Jesen Therrien - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R
Scott Kingery - 0 for 4, R, HBP, SB
Malquin Canelo - 0 for 4, BB, 3 K
Andrew Pullin - 3 for 4, 2 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, BB
Kyle Martin - 1 for 3, HR, 3 RBI, BB, K
Jiandido Tromp - 1 for 5, R, K
Chace Numata - 1 for 5, 2B
Mitch Walding - 3 for 3, R, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Aaron Brown - 0 for 5, 2 K

Shane Watson labored through 3 innings (72 pitches), which will happen when you walk 3 and strikeout 6. Mario Sanchez came on in relief and picked up his 2nd win of the season. There is no slowing down Andrew Pullin at this point, is there? His tremendous day the plate yesterday included his 9th HR of the season, putting him in a tie with teammate Scott Kingery for the team-lead. Kyle Martin (6) and Cuban import, Osmel Aguila (1), hit some dingers as well.

Fort Myers 5, Clearwater 2

Alberto Tirado - 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, WP, 4 GB, 1 FB
Luke Leftwich - 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, K
Jeff Singer - 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, BB, 2 K
Zach Coppola - 0 for 4
Drew Stankiewicz - 1 for 4, 2B
Cornelius Randolph - 0 for 2, BB
Herlis Rodriguez - 2 for 3, R, BB
Wilson Garcia - 1 for 4, 2B
Jose Pujols - 1 for 4, 2B, 2 K
Jan Hernandez - 1 for 3, HR, 2 RBI, BB, 2 K (throwing error)
Austin Bossart - 1 for 4
Emmanuel Marrero - 2 for 4, 2B

You certainly just don’t know what you are going to get start-to-start with Alberto Tirado. Last night he was only able to throw 56 of his 96 pitches for strikes and in his last two starts (10 IP) has walked 8 batters. Offensive highlights came from Herlis Rodriguez (.303/.377/.523) and Jan Hernandez, whom the later hit his 7th HR of the season (5th most in the FSL). Manager Shawn Williams reluctance to move slumping Cornelius Randolph (.188) down in the lineup has been rather peculiar.

Hagerstown 11, Lakewood 8

Ranger Suarez - 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, HR, 3 GB, 0 FB
Jonathan Hennigan - 2.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, BB, 2 K, HR
Zach Morris - 1.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 K
Trevor Bettencourt - 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, K
Daniel Brito - 0 for 5, 2 K, HBP
Raul Rivas - 3 for 6, 2 2B, RBI (fielding error)
Mickey Moniak - 2 for 5, R, K
Darick Hall - 1 for 5, R, 2B, RBI, 2 K
Brett Barbier - 0 for 2, R, 3 BB, K
Cord Sandberg - 2 for 5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, K
Edgar Cabral - 2 for 4, R, BB
Luke Williams - 1 for 5, R, 2 K
Carlos Duran - 2 for 5, R, 2B, 3 RBI (fielding error)

The BlueClaws were down 9-0 at one point, but crawled back to make it 10-8. They obviously fell short, but got great games out of Moniak, Rivas and Sandberg. Sandberg belted his 3rd HR of the season. Since making his SAL debut on May 10th, Raul Rivas is batting .333/.355/.433 in 30 at-bats. Daniel Brito is 0 for 10 in his last two games and is batting .103 in his last ten.