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Phillies MLR 5/5/21: Jean Segura injured in rehab start, Spencer Howard struggles with command

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Mick Abel makes his pro debut!

Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies - Game Two Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

Lehigh Valley 8, Rochester 7

Spencer Howard - 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 GB, 1 FB
David Parkinson - 1.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, K, WP
Kyle Dohy - 1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, 2 K, HR, WP
Jean Segura - 1 for 2, 2 R, 2B, HBP
Austin Listi - 1 for 3, K, HBP
Luke Williams - 2 for 3, 2 R, 2B, 2 BB
Darick Hall - 1 for 5, RBI, 3 K
Cornelius Randolph - 1 for 4, RBI, BB, SB
Josh Stephen - 0 for 4, R, BB, K

Spencer Howard’s start likely goes short last night because he was at 44 pitches after walking the pitcher in the top of the third with no outs. The IronPigs were down 7-5, but got two runs back to tie in the 8th and won via a walk-off in the 9th with a wild pitch scoring Josh Stephen who led the inning with a walk. Jean Segura got another hit in his second rehab start, but unfortunately took a wild pitch to the hand in his final at-bat. He left the game in the third. Cross your fingers he is okay and can rejoin the Phils.

Erie 14, Reading 2

Francisco Morales - 2.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 2 GB, 0 FB
Arquimedes Gamboa - 0 for 3, BB, 2 K
Daniel Brito - 0 for 2, R, 2 BB
Matt Vierling - 0 for 3, R, BB
Rodolfo Duran - 1 for 4, 2B, 2 RBI, K

Woof, not a great one for Reading all around. Third ranked (arguably) pitching prospect Morales gets lit up for all four of his runs in the 3rd inning after largely cruising through his first seven outs. His replacement Joel Cesar allowed a grandslam which added two runs (inherited runners) to Morales’ total. The Fightin’s offense was held to just three hits.

Hudson Valley 8, Jersey Shore 0

Kevin Gowdy - 2.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, WP, HBP, 1 GB, 0 FB
Jonathan Guzman - 0 for 3, BB, K, CS
Bryson Stott - 0 for 1, 3 BB, SB
Jhailyn Ortiz - 0 for 4, 4 K
Logan O’Hoppe - 1 for 4, K (passed ball)

We all remember Kevin Gowdy, right? High second round pick in the Mickey Moniak draft who had Tommy John Surgery back in 2017 and has been on the road to recovery ever since. The stuff hasn’t completely come back yet and I’ll be interested to see where his velocity is (there wasn’t any radar on the broadcast). The strikeouts were encouraging if you don’t look at any of the other results. Hudson Valley outhit the BlueClaws 11 to 2.

Clearwater 13, Lakeland 11 (F/11 innings)

Mick Abel - 2.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, HR, 2 GB, 0 FB
Johan Rojas - 2 for 6, R, 2B, 3 RBI (outfield assists, 3B & 3B)
Luis Garcia - 2 for 5, R, RBI
Casey Martin - 0 for 5, 4 K
DJ Stewart - 1 for 6, HR, 4 RBI, K
Abrahan Gutierrez - 2 for 3, 2 R, 2 BB, K
Ben Pelletier - 2 for 5, R, 2 K
Rixon Wingrove - 1 for 3, R, BB, 2 K
Nicolas Torres - 1 for 3, 3 R, RBI, 2 BB, K
Edgar Made - 1 for 2, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB

Mick Abel’s pro debut probably could have gone better results-wise, but according to our handy velocity/pitch chart from MattWinks his fastball was clocked between 93 and 98. This one had a wild finish with no one scoring in the 10th inning in an 8-8 tie game. Lakeland would put up 3 runs at the top of the 11th and that would normally seal the deal, HOWEVER, the Threshers threw down 5 runs of their own with 4 of them coming from DJ Stewart’s walk-off grandslam. Johan Rojas is 4 for 11 to start the season and Luis Garcia is 4 for 10. Lets keep this up.