The Crosscutters went 4-3 this week to move to 35-33 on the season. That leaves them in fourth place in the NYP Pinckney division, 7 GB of first place Batavia and 1/2 GB of third place Auburn. They have one more week left on their schedule.
Game Recaps -
8/25 – Williamsport defeats Batavia 16-7. Justin De Fratus was the beneficiary of the offense’s big night in this one. He picked up the win by pitching 5.2 innings, allowing four earned runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out nine. D’Arby Myers was 2-2 with a 2B, 2 RBI and 2 runs. Jim Murphy was 1-3 with a 2B, 2 BB, 2 RBI and 2 R. Troy Hanzawa was 3-5 with a 2B, RBI and 2 R and Steven Susdorf was 1-6 with a run.
8/26 – Auburn defeats Williamsport 5-1. Kyle Drabek got the start and, despite taking the loss, pitched a decent game. He went six innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits. He struck out two and did not walk a batter. His GO-FO ratio was 11-5. Jordan Ellis allowed three runs in three innings of work. Hanzawa had the lone RBI on a night where six different players got a single.
8/27 – Williamsport defeats Auburn 8-2. Tyler Cloyd went seven strong innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits and no walks. He also struck out eight. Michael Schwimer walked one and struck out one in his two innings. Cody Overbeck was the story on offense, going 2-4 with his 11th HR and 4 RBI. Susdorf was 1-5 with a run scored and Brandon Haislet was 2-4 with a BB and 2 R.
8/28 – Batavia defeats Williamsport 11-7. Freddy Ballestas got hit around in this one. He lasted only 2.2 innings, allowing seven earned runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out five. Overbeck was 3-5 with his 12th HR, 2 RBI and 2 runs. Susdorf was 1-4 with and RBI and R while Hanzawa was 2-4 with 2 RBI.
8/29 – Batavia defeats Williamsport 4-2. Jacob Diekman was the hard luck loser in this one. He pitched six innings, allowing three runs, one earned, on four hits and two walks while striking out seven. Brian Rosenberg allowed an unearned run on one hit while striking out three in his three innings of work. Susdorf was 2-4 with 2 RBI and Myers was 2-3 with a BB.
8/30 – Williamsport defeats Mahoning Valley 3-1. De Fratus picked up the win after pitching 6.2 solid innings. He allowed one earned run on seven hits and a walk while striking out six. Ellis picked up the 2.1 inning save, giving up a hit and striking out three. Overbeck was 1-4 with a 2B, RBI and R. Susdorf was 0-3 with a BB and R. Hanzawa and Haislet were each 1-3 with an RBI.
8/31 – Williamsport defeats Mahoning Valley 5-1. Drabek picked up the win with what some people might call his best start since TJ surgery. He pitched six innings of one hit ball and interestingly did not walk or strike out a single hitter. He recorded 14 groundball outs compared to only 4 flyball outs. Schwimer picked up the save by striking out three in his 2.1 innings of work. Overbeck was 2-4 with a R. Myers was 1-5 with a 2B and 2 R. Haislet was 1-4 with 2 RBI and Murphy was 1-2 with an RBI and R.
The Phillies went 1-3 to end their regular season at 33-25, which made them two games better than the Yankees and North Division Champs. They then defeated the Pirates in a one game playoff and after dropping their first one to the Nationals, came back to win two straight and become the repeat champions of the Gulf Coast League!
Game Recaps -
8/25 - Braves defeat the Phillies 6-5, Phillies defeat the Braves 8-7. In game one, Kyle Slate gave up five runs, four earned, in 5.1 IP on five hits and no walks. He struck out five. Sebastian Valle was 2-4. Hewitt was 1-4 with an RBI and R. Harold Garcia had his 5th HR and 3 RBI while Collier was 1-3 with a BB. Reginal Simon lasted five innings in game two, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks while striking out four. Collier was 1-4 with a 2B, BB, RBI and 2 R. Valle was 2-3 with a 2B and RBI. Vladimir De Los Santo was the hero of the day, going 2-5 with 5 RBI which included his 10th HR, a walk-off three-run blast.
8/26 – Tigers defeat the Phillies 7-3. Jon Pettibone made his debut and went one inning, allowing two unearned runs on three hits and a walk. Julio Rodriguez followed by allowing one run in three innings while striking out four. Chad Poe got hit around, allowing four runs in his .2 IP. Collier was 1-5 with a 2B. Garcia was 3-5 with a 2B and RBI. Hewitt was 0-2 with a BB, RBI and R while Jeremy Hamilton was 2-4.
8/27 – Tigers defeat the Phillies 10-1. Trevor May allowed three runs on three hits and three walks in 3.2 IP. He struck out two. Nathan Fike gave up six runs, three earned, in his 2.1 innings of work. Garcia, Hewitt, Hamilton and Leandro Castro had hits as it appeared the Phils were limping into the playoffs.
Semifinal One Game Playoff – Phillies defeat the Pirates 7-4. Yohan Flande took the hill and went 5.2 innings, allowing three earned runs on seven hits while striking out eight. Ryan Bergh struck out four of the five batters he faced for the save. Castro went 2-5 with a 3B, HR and 3 RBI. Garcia also went deep for the Phillies and De Los Santos was 3-5 with an RBI and 2 R.
GCL Championship Game One – Nationals defeat the Phillies 5-1. Spencer Arroyo got the start and went six innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits and a walk while striking out five. Castro was 2-4. Hewitt was 1-4 and scored the only run while Hamilton was 1-3 with a BB.
Game Two – Phillies defeat the Nationals 5-4. Slate took the ball in this one and delivered four quality innings before the game was suspended. He allowed one earned run on five hits and a walk while striking out six. The bullpen gave up a few runs before Bergh tied it down with a shaky save to send it to a deciding game three. Valle was 1-4 with a 2B, 2 RBI and R. Collier was 1-4 with a run while De Los Santos was 1-3 with a BB and a run.
Game Three – Phillies defeat the Nationals 9-0 to win the 2008 GCL Championship. Simon pitched six strong innings, allowing only three hits and a walk while striking out four. He handed to the ball over to Flande to end it as he struck out two in his inning of work. Valle set the pace by hitting a 2-R HR in the first inning and that wound up being all the Phillies would need on this day. Yonderman Rodriguez went 3-4 with a 3B, RBI and 2 R while De Los Santos and Hamilton also added RBIs. Congrats to the Phillies on their second straight GCL triumph!