A couple of items over the last several days. Andy Tracy and Sergio Escalona were both called up by the Phils to fill in some of the voids left by injury and lack of production. Tracy, a 35 year old power hitting first baseman, was among the IL league leaders in several categories, including HR, RBI, R and BB. Escalona, has been used as a situational lefty in both Reading and Lehigh Valley and will be picking up some of the innings left out there by the injury depleted Phillies bullpen.
To make room on the 40 man roster, Lehigh Valley starter Rodrigo Lopez was released. Lopez, 34, was fairly effective this year in Lehigh Valley and provided the Phils with a couple of decent starts. Just not enough room for the veteran righty.
Lakewood won Game One of their series behind a very nice outing from Matthew Way. Way went 7 innings and gave up just a run on 7 hits, while striking out 7. Anthony Gose had a big day offensively with 3 hits, while Travis D’Arnaud, Travis Mattair and Brian Gump had two hits apiece. Lakewood did leave 13 men on base, but still managed the victory with Santo Hernandez earning the save. Look for Trevor May on the hill tomorrow night as Lakewood attempts to close out the series.
A rough outing for Mike Stues in Game One of the Reading series, as the RPHILS lost 9-4 in Game One of their Best of Five tilt against Akron. Stutes went 5.1 innings, giving up 6 runs (3 earned) on 9 hits. AFter the Phils scored two early runs, Akron starter Josh Tomlin retired 17 straight batters as the Aeroes built their lead. This game also featured the return of Michael Taylor who has missed several weeks with an oblique injury. Taylor was 0-4 with 3 strikeouts. Yohan Flande gets the call tonight for Reading.