Frisco pitchers were the highlight of the day today, as the Roughriders had a doubleheader today, with Tyler Phillips going in game one and Joe Palumbo in game two.
Phillips continued to find the Texas League much tougher sledding than the Carolina League, giving up 5 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks in 3 IP, striking out 4. As a guy who relies quite a bit on command, Phillips is going to have to get a handle on where he needs to locate his pitches with more advanced hitters, and so some growing pains are to be expected.
Demarcus Evans pitched an inning in relief in game one, walking the first batter he faced before striking out the next three. C.D. Pelham also pitched a scoreless inning, though with two walks allowed.
Palumbo, meanwhile, pitching for the first time on four days rest, had a lower pitch limit than usual being pulled after 4+ innings and 64 pitches (44 for strikes). He had an excellent outing, however, giving up 1 run on a 4th inning home run, allowing 2 hits and a walk while striking out 5, lowering his ERA to 3.38 for the year.
Joe Barlow came in in relief of Palumbo and got a pair of fly outs and a strikeout. Asked to pitch the 6th inning as well, he retired the first batter of the inning swinging on a 3-2 pitch, gave up a 3-2 single, walked the next batter on a 3-2 pitch, and then walked the next batter on 5 pitches. At 40 pitches for the game, Barlow was lifted for Emmanuel Clase, who gave up a run scoring single before striking out the next two batters. Clase’s final line was 1.2 IP, 2 hits, 2 Ks, 16 strikes out of 25 pitches, and, according to Tepid, he hit 102 mph in his second inning of work.
In the lower levels, Leody Taveras had a 2 hit game for Down East, and now has a 779 OPS on the year. Sam Huff also had a hit, and is sporting a 953 OPS in high-A. Hickory saw Miguel Aparicio register a walk and a triple, and the 20 year old center fielder is now sporting a 776 OPS on the year. Sherten Apostel continued his recent surge, with a double and a home run.