AAA - Pawtucket Red Sox 6, Lehigh Valley 1
WP: Henry Owens (1-0), LP: Ben Lively (1-1), SV: none
HR: LV - none; PAW - none
Hitting Recap: A triple by Jorge Alfaro followed by a wild pitch broke an 18-inning scoreless drought for Lehigh Valley in the sixth inning of their loss to Pawtucket... Lehigh Valley had just two hits, the triple by Alfaro and a double by Taylor Featherston... Dylan Cozens was 0-for-4 with four of the IronPigs 16 strikeouts on the day.
Pitching Recap: Ben Lively suffered through just one bad inning that resulted in four runs. Overall, he went 5 innings, giving up four hits, five runs - four earned - two walks, and he struck out five... Pat Venditte and Hoby Milner both threw a perfect inning in relief. Venditte has now thrown 5 1/3 hitless, scoreless innings, giving up just three walks, while striking out seven. Milner has thrown four scoreless innings.
'Pigs Notes: Wander Perez could be the odd-man-out when Adam Morgan is activated, possibly as early as Saturday. Morgan was optioned to Lehigh Valley from the Phillies after struggling in his two relief appearances in the majors... Lehigh Valley and Pawtucket will play a double-header Saturday and then have Easter Sunday off. Nick Pivetta (1-0, 1.50) and Mark Appel (0-1, 3.86) will get the starts for Lehigh Valley. Pawtucket's game one pitcher will be none other than former Phillies starter, Kyle Kendrick, who was a member of the IronPigs in 2009.
AA - Richmond [SF Giants] 5, Reading 3
WP: D.J. Snelten (2-0), LP: Yacksel Rios (0-1), SV: Reyes Moronta (2)
HR: RICH - Chris Shaw (2); RDG - Scott Kingery (3)
Hitting Recap: Reading collected just five hits, with five different players getting one hit each. Aaron Brown doubled and scored on Kingery's third home run of the season... Reading hitters struck out 13 times in the game, with Harold Martinez going down three times.
Pitching Recap: Drew Anderson 5 1/3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, taking a no-decision... Rios gave up a two-run home run to Shaw in the eighth that snapped a 3-3 tie.
Fightins Notes: Pitcher Elniery Garcia, on the DL with shoulder fatigue, was suspended for 80 games without pay for a positive PED test. Garcia goes on the restricted list, which clears a spot on the 40-man roster... Infielder Jorge Flores (right shoulder strain) was placed on the 7-day DL and LHP Mario Hollands, who was in extended camp, will take his roster spot.
High-A - Clearwater 6, Palm Beach Cardinals 2
WP: Cole Irvin (2-0), LP: Derian Gonzalez (0-1), SV: none
Hitting Recap: Tomscha's HR was his second in as many days... Mark Laird reached base three times out of the leadoff spot, going 2-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base in his debut with Clearwater.
Pitching Recap: Irvin had a span of three innings where he threw a total of just five balls, and 64 of his 85 pitches in the game were for strikes... Tyler Gilbert worked himself into a bases-loaded jam in the eighth, but did a nice job in limiting the damage. Gilbert gave up a sacrifice fly and then got a line drive double-play to work out of the inning.
Threshers Notes: Laird was reassigned to Clearwater from extended camp on Friday, and pitcher Franklyn Kilome was sent to extended camp.
Low-A - Lakewood 9, Greensboro [Marlins] 0
WP: Ismael Cabrera (2-0), LP: Dylan Lee (0-1), SV: none
HR: GRE - none; LKW - Daniel Brito (3)
Hitting Recap: Brito and Cord Sandberg each had three hits and three RBI. Brito launched a two-run HR and Sandberg delivering a two-run double in the game. Brito upped his average to .390 (16-for-41) and Sandberg is now batting .447 (17-for-38).
Pitching Recap: Ranger Suarez threw four scoreless innings in his second start and struck out seven. Suarez now has 11 strikeouts in 8 2/3 innings this season... Cabrera struck out five in three innings, giving up just one hit and didn't walk a batter... Will Hibbs closed out the game with two scoreless innings... Lakewood pitchers struck out 13 batters in the win.