Skip to main content

Lively continues AA dominance with 12 K effort

B Lively 2
Ben Lively, image- Jay Floyd



TRENTON- Righty pitcher Ben Lively struck out a career-high 12 batters in an excellent performance, helping the Reading Fightins (24-13) win by a score of 7-2 and clinch a series split in a four game set on the road against the division rival Thunder (19-16).

In the outing, the 24-year-old gave up four hits while walking four over seven scoreless frames.

With the win, Lively's record this season goes to a gleaming 6-0. In eight starts for the first place Fightins, the six-foot-four 190-pounder sports a Double-A Eastern League best 1.53 ERA, an 8.8 K/9 mark and a 0.96 WHIP.

The numbers are a nice improvement over his efforts last year that saw Lively post an 8-7 record with a 4.13 ERA, a 7.0 K/9 and a 1.43 WHIP in 25 starts for Reading. The Florida native feels a change of approach is what has helped him improve.

"I'm just making more quality pitches early in at bats this year and it's just been helping me a lot," Lively said. "Last year I felt like I was trying to put guys away right off the bat and it definitely didn't help. So, this year, I just kind of changed the attitude to make quality pitches early in at bats and letting the guys behind me work and getting the strike out when I need to."

Lively, ranked by Phillies Nation as the team's number 23 prospect this year, might not be among the top prospect names that fans or media types will think of when it comes to the Phillies organization, but he's emerging as one they should get to know better. Lively, himself, doesn't pay any attention to keeping up with other well-regarded up-and-coming talents in the Phils' developmental ranks.

"I'm just going to play my game and if I play my game and everything goes how I want it to be, then it should all work itself out. I mean, I'm not going to get all hyped up about all the prospect stuff and let all that stuff get to me. I'm just going to play my game and keep it rolling," Lively stated.

After taking a 1-0 lead when Rhys Hoskins grounded into a double play, scoring a run, in the opening frame, the Fightins busted things open in the 3rd inning. Following RBI hits by Hoskins and Dylan Cozens, designated hitter, "The Cerebral Slugger" Jake Fox came to the dish and swiftly ousted a baseball from ARM & HAMMER Park for a three-run home run to put the team up 6-0. All of the early damage was done against Trenton right-hander Matt Wotherspoon.

Trenton got on the board in the 8th inning, when Lane Adams plated a run with a ground out against lefty Jeremy Bleich.

Fox would do damage again in the 9th with a run-scoring single against reliever Alex Smith.

The scoring would wrap up in the bottom of the 9th when Miguel Nunez allowed an inherited runner to score on a fielders choice.

Reading will enjoy a day off on Monday before beginning a stretch of 27 straight days with a game scheduled, when their road trips continues in Bowie on Tuesday.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

IronPigs Quotables: JD Hammer interview excerpts

JD Hammer, image- Cheryl Pursell HELP SUPPORT CONTENT LIKE THIS AND KEEP IT COMING ALL YEAR LONG BY BECOMING A PATRON!  Get early access to my posts plus EXCLUSIVE interviews & other content- https://www.patreon.com/phoulballz Recently I published a feature on reliever J.D. Hammer , who spent some time with the big league Phillies before returning to the minors with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. In the piece, Hammer and the IronPigs' coaching staff speak about the righty pitcher's current path and what he's focused on to return to the majors. During my time chatting with the talented prospect he spoke on some topics that didn't make the cut in the feature.  Topics included the variance in the baseball at the upper levels, the IronPigs' catchers and more.  Read ahead for those interview excerpts. I asked Hammer about the difference in the baseball from the lower levels of the minors to Triple-A and the majors.  The variance in the balls is said to take

2019 Phillies Prospects Countdown: #7 LHP JoJo Romero

JoJo Romero, image- Jay Floyd With a growing crop of very talented pitching prospects in the Phillies organization, left-hander JoJo Romero is certainly among the standouts. The five-foot-11 200-pounder was the Phils’ 4th round draft selection in 2016. That year he helped Yavapai College, the same school that the Phillies drafted Kenny Giles from in 2011, clinch the JuCo World Series, leading the way with an 11-5 record, a 3.64 ERA and a 10.2 K/9 mark. He also tossed a complete game gem to earn the win in their title game. After signing with the Phillies, Romero made his professional debut as a member of the short-season Class A Williamsport Crosscutters. There, he notched a 2-2 record with a 2.56 ERA while striking out 31 and walking 11 in 45 2/3 innings. In 2017, he got off to a terrific start with the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws. In 13 starts, Romero tallied a 5-1 record with a 2.11 ERA and a 9.3 K/9 mark and was honored as a South Atlantic League mid-season All-Star. R

Bubby Rossman's long awaited MLB debut

Eight years after he initially signed a professional contract with the Dodgers and a five-year stretch playing away from affiliated ball, Bubby Rossman became a major leaguer on Wednesday. Added as a substitute for pitcher Kyle Gibson, who is restricted from travel to Canada for the Phillies' series in Toronto, due to his medical inability to be vaccinated from COVID-19, Rossman took the mound for the first time in the majors. Rossman, who was a 22nd round draft selection in 2014 had pitched in 200 professional games before his one-inning outing in the Phillies' 8-2 loss to the Blue Jays. In 27 appearances with Double-A Reading this year, the 30-year-old right-hander has performed well, tallying a 2-2 record with a save, a 3.32 ERA and a .200 batting average against.   The embedded video below features a media session with Rossman from prior to opening day this year, in which the California native discusses his journey through independent baseball and back to affiliated ball wi