Time for a stroll through the Phillies minor league system for a look at Wednesday’s games, stats and notes. From a morning game in Jersey Shore to a rainout for Reading and games for Lehigh Valley and Clearwater, there is plenty to discuss.
FIVE DOWN FOR MARVEL… James Marvel was going to be one of the arms to watch on the Lehigh Valley staff this season. Instead, the former Pittsburgh Pirate fell to 0-5 on the season and even though he allowed five earned runs in five innings, his ERA actually fell to 13.30 on the season… Lefty Jonathan Hennigan had another nice outing with two innings of one hit ball. Hennigan needed just 14 pitches to get through his two innings of work and 12 of his pitches were for strikes.
WP: Alvarez (1-1, 4.00), LP: Marvel (0-5, 13.30), SV: Holderman (2, 2.16)
SWING AND A MISS… Lehigh Valley hitters collected just five hits and struck out a total of 12 times in the loss. Dustin Peterson struck out three times and finished the night 0-for-4 in the game. Bryson Stott had hits in each of his first two at-bats and Austin Wynns hit his first home run of the season for Lehigh Valley.
HR: LV – Wynns (1); SYR – none
PIG NOTES… INF/OF Dalton Guthrie, who went on the IL on April 19, was activated prior to the game Wednesday and went 0-for-3 as the team’s center fielder, hitting ninth in the lineup… Right fielder Jorge Bonifacio threw a runner out at second for an outfield assist and Hennigan picked a runner off first base in the game.
RAINY NIGHT IN PORTLAND… The Eastern League game between Reading and Portland was rained out Wednesday. The two teams will play a doubleheader Thursday night beginning at 5 p.m.
LONGEST AND STRONGEST… Pitcher Victor Vargas had his longest outing of the season and also his best in a late morning game against the Hudson Valley Renegades (NY Yankees). The 21-year old right-hander threw six scoreless innings, giving two free passes and just three hits in the outing moving his record to 1-1 and dropping his ERA to 2.84 for Jersey Shore… Erubiel Armenta, Aiden Anderson and Dom Pipkin followed Vargas to combine on the shutout over the Renegades.
WP: Vargas (1-1, 2.84), LP: Warren (1-2, 2.57), SV: none
HAVE A DAY… Catcher Nick Matera put up a nice little stat line collecting two hits, a triple and a home run. The home run was a two-out solo shot that put the ‘Claws up 2-0 in the sixth. The triple came with two outs in the eighth and Carlos De La Cruz followed with an RBI single to cap the scoring for Jersey Shore… Casey Martin his his first home run of the season, a solo shot in the bottom of the fifth… On the downside, Jerse Shore players struck out 12 times and drew just two walks in the game.
HR: HV – none; JS – Martin (1), Matera (2)
HIT ATTACK… With the teams combining for 27 hits, there was plenty of action between rivals Clearwater and Dunedin Wednesday… Kendall Simmons had some fun for Clearwater, picking up three hits with a double and two home runs to score three runs and drive in four runs… The RBI guy of the night was second baseman Jamari Baylor, who drove in five runs for the Threshers with a triple and a home run… Micah Yonamine and Wilfredo Flores both had two hits in the game… The only starting player to not get on base was Jadiel Sanchez.
HR: CLW – Simmons 2 (4), Baylor (1); DUN – Martinez (2)
THE DOWNSIDE… With both teams in hitting mode, it was a tough night for Clearwater pitching. The only pitcher to not give up a run was Cam Wynne, who pitched just 1/3 of an inning… Starter Oswald Medina fought his way through four innings and allowed three earned runs… Fernando Lezano went two innings and got the loss… The worst line of the night belonged to Rodolfo Sanchez: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K… Malik Binns didn’t have much more luck when he threw 1 1/3 innings and gave up two earned runs.
WP: Lozano (1-0, 4.00), LP: Bernal (0-3, 4.79), SV: none