Darick Hall remains the hottest Pig in all the land and Painter remains the master for Clearwater. As the calendar flipped to May, we take a look at just what was happening throughout the Phillies minor league system on Sunday.
GRAB A BAT… There were plenty of hits to go around Sunday as the IronPigs and RailRiders (NY Yankees) combined for 27 hits and Lehigh Valley won their fourth straight game with a 9-3 win over their rivals to the north… Darick Hall hit another long home run just to the right of the batter’s eye at PNC Park in Moosic, PA giving him 10 home runs and 29 RBI in 24 games this season. In his last 10 games, Hall has a line of 7-17-.350/.447/.975 for Lehigh Valley… Jairo Munoz went 3-for-5 and is quietly putting up some nice numbers for the Piggies, upping his average to .313 on the year… Hall, Drew Maggi, Dustin Peterson, Will Toffey and Bryson Stott all had two hits in the game. Stott entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning and went 2-for-2.
HR: LV – Hall (10), Andreoli (2); SW B – none
WINNING IN RELIEF… Braeden Ogle has had some up and down outings for Lehigh Valley, but Sunday was among his best yet. The lefty threw 1 1/3 perfect innings and wound up being the winning pitcher thanks to Maggi’s RBI single in the eighth that put the Pigs on top to stay… Starter Colton Eastman couldn’t make it through five, but allowed just one earned run in 4 1/3 innings of work for Lehigh Valley and lowered his ERA to 3.20 on the season.
WP: Ogle (1-1, 4.91), LP: McLain (0-1, 7.56), SV: none
PIG DROPPINGS… Lehigh Valley is 5-0 this season when Edgar Cabral is in the starting lineup. On Sunday, Cabral served as the team’s DH… Catcher Donny Sands had the highest average of any hitter in the Phillies organization in April… Lehigh Valley likes Sunday’s. Their 17 hits wasn’t a team high for the year, but the high was two weeks ago to the day when they had 19 hits against Worcester. They also had their largest inning in franchise history that same day with a nine run inning against the WooSox. Their largest margin of victory came last Sunday when they downed Rochester by nine runs.
ON THE AGENDA… After a day off on Monday, Lehigh Valley will open a six-game series in Syracuse (NY Mets). The rotation for the series has Ricardo Sanchez, James Marvel, Michael Mariot, Bailey Falter and Colton Eastman pitching, with Sanchez likely to make another start next Sunday. The Pigs return home May 10 against Buffalo (Toronto).
HAVE A DAY, JOSH AND JHAILYN… Josh Ockimey (4-for-5, 3 runs, 3 RBI) and Jhailyn Ortiz (3-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBI) had big days for the Fightins. Ockimey had two doubles and a home run while Ortiz had one double and a home run… Vito Friscia hit his team-leading fifth home run of the season. Friscia is also second on the team with 11 RBI, just one behind Logan O’Hoppe… Catcher Jack Conley quietly had a nice day by collecting two hits, one of them delivering a two-out RBI. He also scored two runs and picked a runner off first base defensively.
HR: RDG – Ortiz (4), Friscia (5), Ockimey (1); NH – Morris (4), Robertson (2)
AN UNPLANNED BULLPEN DAY… Manager Shawn Williams didn’t plan on a bullpen day with starter Jack Perkins going, but it turned into one when he threw 39 pitches in the first inning and ended his day with just one IP, giving up two earned runs… Mike Adams threw two shutout innings and Francisco Morales threw 1 2/3 shutout innings and stretched his scoreless inning streak to 13 1/3 innings. On the season, Morales has allowed just two hits and five walks and struck out 22 for a WHIP of just 0.53 and an opponent’s batting average of .049… Brian Marconi had to hang on for deal life when he entered the ninth inning with a five-run lead and saw it shrink down to one. Marconi struck out Ryan Gold with the bases loaded on a 1-2 pitch to end the game.
WP: Adams (1-0, 11.32), LP: Reyes (1-1, 6.75), SV: none
FIGHTIN’ WORDS… On Saturday, Reading set a season-high with 11 hits against New Hampshire and they upped that to 14 in Sunday’s win… Friscia and Wendell Rijo both have active five-game hitting streaks. Rijo holds the longest hit streak of the season with six, set earlier in the month… For the first time this season, Reading allowed a run in the seventh inning… Simon Muzziotti played just two games after being optioned to Reading from the Phillies. He suffered an injury attempting to run out a ground ball in his second game back and was later placed on the IL.
ON THE AGENDA… Reading opens a six-game series in Portland Tuesday night. James McArthur (0-3, 10.22) starts for Reading Tuesday and Noah Skirrow (2-1, 2.63) starts Wednesday.
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FALSE START… The IronBirds and BlueClaws played through three innings before rains put a halt to their game. The rest of the game will be played when Jersey Shore returns to Aberdeen in June… Johan Rojas and Nicolas Torres had the two hits for Aberdeen… Matt Russell had a rough outing, allowing two earned runs in three innings pitched.
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YOU TOOK TOO LONG… After having two games in their series postponed by rain, it was thought that the Mighty Mussels and Threshers would be able to get their series finale in Sunday afternoon. They would have if it didn’t go extra innings. With the game tied 4-4 going to the 11th, rain fell and again caused the game to be stopped and finished at a later date. The two teams will make up the two cancelled games and play the remainder of this one during a series in Clearwater later in May… Marcus Lee Sang is a triple shy of the cycle and drove in two runs in the game for Clearwater… Andrew Painter allowed two hits and two walks over four innings and did not allow a run. While Painter is still 0-0, he also still has a 0.00 ERA with just one run – which was unearned – scored against him this season. His WHIP is now 0.69 and opponents are batting .111 against him.