Odubel Herrera continued his rehab assignment by moving from Clearwater up to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He started the game in center field and played all nine innings in the IronPigs 6-1 win over Rochester.
OFFENSE: On a cold, windy night in the Lehigh Valley, the IronPigs saw six different hitters each deliver one hit in the win over the Red Wings. Nick Maton had the big hit in the third inning when he doubled to left field to drive in two runs. Maton had been in a 2-for-20 slide prior to getting the big hit… Earlier in the inning John Andreoli had tripled and Darick Hall drove in a run with a base hit and another run scored on an error… Andreoli’s triple was the first of the season for the IronPigs… Herrera went 0-for-4 but made a diving play in center field to prevent extra bases in the top of the third inning. Herrera appeared to be shaken up on the play but stayed in the game.
HR: ROCH – none; LV – none
PITCHING: Colton Eastman delivered a much needed strong outing by giving Lehigh Valley four innings and allowing just one unearned run on two hits and a walk. Eastman struck out seven, including whiffing five of the first seven batters he faced… Aaron Barrett, Jeff Singer, Michael Kelly, Connor Brogdon and Dillon Maples each threw a scoreless inning in relief.
WP: Barrett (1-1, 3.86), LP: Braymer (1-1, 5.68)
OFFENSE: Catcher Logan O’Hoppe had a nice night with a 2-for-3 performance, scoring three runs to up his season average to .281 on the year… Jhailyn Ortiz also had two hits, including his third double of the season… Kevin Vicuna came into the game struggling, but after a three-hit night likely feels pretty good. Vicuna had two singles and a double… Five of the players in the starting lineup for Reading – Wendell Rijo, Madison Stokes, Vito Friscia, Vicuna and Hunter Markwardt – are all batting below the .200 mark.
HR: HBG – Gushue (2), Longo (1); RDG – none
PITCHING: Jack Perkins was tagged for five earned runs and two unearned runs in 3 2/3 innings of work for Reading. Perkins allowed a home run to catcher Taylor Gushue, who drove in five runs in the game… Nick Lackney came on after Perkins but didn’t offer much relief when he was jumped for four runs in one inning when he was plagued by wildness and gave up five walks in the inning… The good news is that Billy Sullivan and Erik Miller both threw shutout baseball with Sullivan going 1 1/3 innings and Miller throwing one perfect inning.
WP: Peguero (1-0, 0.00), LP: Perkins (0-2, 11.74), SV: none
COMING ATTRACTIONS: Reading’s homestand continues Wednesday when they again host Harrisburg at 6:45. A couple of righties are matched up with Noah Skirrow going against Ronald Herrera for the Senators. Skirrow is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA after one start for Reading and Herrera comes in with a mark of 1-0 with a 4.91 ERA.
OFFENSE: Rutgers product Nick Matera went 3-for-4 with his first home run of the season, a two-run, two-out blast in the bottom of the eighth. Overall, Matera drove in three runs and scored twice and was on base four times including a walk… Baron Radcliff had a two-hit game with a single and a double, driving in a run for the BlueClaws… Jersey Shore swiped four more bases in the win with McCarthy Tatum stealing two bags and Ethan Wilson and Johan Rojas both stealing a bag. Rojas steal was his 10th and Wilson now has nine on the season. Jersey Shore leads High-A baseball with 35 stolen bases and they have been thrown out just three times. The next closest team – the Hudson Valley Renegades – have 23 steals.
HR: ASH – none; JS – Matera (1)
PITCHING: Some struggles for starter Victor Vargas who lasted four innings, but allowed three hits and two walks that resulted in two earned runs… Reliever Erubiel Armenta struggled with control and walked four batters in just 1 1/3 innings and saw his ERA escalate to 10.13 by allowing three earned runs… J.P. Woodward threw 1 1/3 shutout innings and Andrew Baker and Jason Ruffcorn both threw one shutout inning with Ruffcorn notching his second save… Ruffcorn now has five shutout innings over four appearances with just a hit and two walks staining his record.
WP: Baker (1-0, 9.00), LP: Jimenez (0-2, 4.82), SV: Ruffcorn (2, 0.00)
OFFENSE: The Threshers had seven hits and drew just one walk while striking out 11 times in the game. Every starting player in the lineup struck out at least once. Hao Yu Lee and Kendall Simmons both went down on strikes twice in the game… Jadiel Sanchez and Arturo De Freitas each had two hits for Clearwater… De Freitas is third in the organization in slugging with a .519 mark and Sanchez is fourth at .485. The pair are in the same positions in OPS with De Freitas at .852 and Sanchez at .828.
HR: TAM – none; CLW – none
PITCHING: Four Threshers pitchers combined for 12 strikeouts in the game and allowed five hits and six walks. The four pitchers needed 151 pitches to get through the game, 84 of which were strikes… Alex Garbrick and W Sanchez both threw two shutout innings in the game. Garbrick now has six scoreless innings and Sanchez now has four hitless innings, but has walked four… Starter Micah Ottenbreit threw 2 2/3 innings and gave up one earned run and Gabriel Yanez contributed 2 1/3 shutout innings.
WP: Sanchez (1-0, 0.00), LP: Santana (0-1, 0.00), SV: none
COMING ATTRACTIONS: The Threshers again host the Tarpons Wednesday at BayCare Ballpark. Neither team has announced their starters.