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Phillies MLR 5/7/18: Connor Seabold and Ramon Rosso both strike out 9

Phillies Minor League Roundup for 5/7/18

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Today’s Probables:

LHV: Brandon Leibrandt
REA: Harold Arauz
CLR: Adonis Medina (10:30am start)

Lehigh Valley 4, Pawtucket 1

Cole Irvin - 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 K, HR, 8 GB, 3 FB
Dylan Cozens - 0 for 4, 3 K
Mitch Walding - 1 for 4

Fungible 4/5 starter-type Cole Irvin was quite good again! His ERA is down to 3.86 in 35 innings while holding batters to a .248 average. It’s been quite a long time since we’ve seen a lefty starter make an appearance for the Phillies and Irvin has a good a chance as any to do that. The offense didn’t come from Cozens/Walding, but rather their many (see: very many) journeymen like Dean Anna, Collin Cowgill, Danny Ortiz and Nick Rickles. The win pushed LHV over .500 (15-14).

Trenton 4, Reading 3

Ranger Suarez - 6 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 5 GB, 4 FB
Zach Coppola - 0 for 4, 2 R, BB, 2 K, SB
Malquin Canelo - 0 for 5, K
Damek Tomscha - 4 for 4, RBI
Kyle Martin - 0 for 5, 3 K
Zach Green - 2 for 4, 2B, RBI, BB, K
Cornelius Randolph - 0 for 4, R
Jiandido Tromp - 1 for 4, K, SB
Deivi Grullon - 3 for 4
Emmanuel Marrero - 1 for 4, RBI

Ranger was straight up cruisin’ until he ran into trouble in the 4th inning, giving up all of his earned runs for the evening. This put an end to his 4-game quality start streak. The offense missed some opportunities, going 2 for 9 with RISP and leaving 11 on base. Zach Coppola stole his 7th base and Zach Green continues to mash the ball. Green has finally been healthy and has put up a .296/.351/.577 slash with 5 HR in 71 at-bats.

Lakeland 3, Clearwater 2

Connor Seabold - 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 9 K, HBP, 6 GB, 1 FB
Aaron Brown - 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, K
Arquimedes Gamboa - 2 for 4, R, 2B, K
Adam Haseley - 1 for 4, 3B
Austin Listi - 1 for 4, K
Darick Hall - 0 for 3, BB, K
Henri Lartigue - 1 for 4, 2B
Raul Rivas - 0 for 4, K, SB (missed catch error)
Jose Pujols - 0 for 3, 3 K
Jose Gomez - 1 for 3
Luke Williams - 1 for 2, R

When Connor Seabold is on, he can strike out some fools. Not only was this Seabold’s longest start of the season, it was his first in which he didn’t allow a walk. He has a 4.73 ERA in 32.1 IP with a 34:10 K/BB. Aaron Brown got the hard-luck loss because of a missed catch error from Raul Rivas on a stolen base attempt in the bottom of the 9th (the run would come around to score on the play). The Threshers offense was 0 for 10 with RISP and left 4 on base. Not the recipe for winning, of which Clearwater has done not a lot of this season at a 12-19 record.

Lakewood 5, Columbia 1 (10 innings)

Ramon Rosso - 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K, HBP, 4 GB, 1 FB
Jake Scheiner - 1 for 4, R, 2 K
Daniel Brito - 0 for 3, K
Dalton Guthrie - 2 for 4, R, 2B, RBI, CS
Quincy Nieporte - 0 for 3, BB, K
Nick Maton - 2 for 4, R, RBI, 2 K
Danny Mayer - 1 for 4, R, 2 K
Rodolfo Duran - 1 for 4, HR, 3 RBI, K
Yahir Gurrola - 0 for 4, 2 K
Josh Stephen - 0 for 3

Ramon Rosso just keeps punishing South Atlantic League teams and I didn’t know how until I got to watch his start yesterday. He has some interesting mechanics on the hill that are a bit jerky, but I’m guessing leads to a ton of deception for young hitters. It will be interesting to see if that plays up at the higher levels. Otherwise, I was impressed by his fastball and breaking ball. The game was a scoreless tie going into the top of the 10th. The Blueclaws then scored all their runs via a Guthrie RBI double, then a huge 3-run blast from Rodolfo Duran for his 2nd HR of the season.