Lehigh Valley lost to Indianapolis, 6-2. Maikel Franco went hitless, but reached on a fielder’s choice in the top of the first inning. He moved to third on Dom Brown’s only hit of the day, a single. As part of a double steal, Franco stole home. Paul Clemens promptly gave the run back. His wild pitch helped insure the run would score. A couple innings later, he allowed two inning opening walks to scored. He lasted 4.1 innings, and threw 85 pitches (48 strikes/37 balls). Tommy Joseph suffered through another oh-fer and is how at .140 roughly 100 points below Rene Garcia.
Reading beat Portland, 6-5. Ben Lively had a solid outing, going 6.0 innings – 7 H, 3 ER, 9 K. Stephen Shackleford had a bumpy 9th, giving up two runs walking two batters and giving up a double after getting his first two batters out. He still picked up his 4th save. The Phils kept tacking on single runs until they had built up a 6-3 lead. KC Serna, Tony Thomas, Art Charles, and Brian Pointer had 2-hit games. Charles picked up his first HR of the season, Pointer his third. Roman Quinn went hitless, but picked up an outfield assist when he doubled a runner off first. Pointer also had 2 RBIs. Brock Stassi picked up his 20th RBI of the season.
Clearwater lost to Dunedin, 8-0. The best part of this game was the brunch they served in the club level. Victor Arano started and was 92-93 in a 1-2-3 first. He started to unravel with 2 walks to open the second, but induced a pop up and DP to escape. However, there was no escaping the third. Four consecutive singles, a HBP, and a BB put Arano in a 3 run hole. He struck out the next two batters but didn’t survive a 2-run single. Yacksel Rios relieved and the inning ended with Jose Mayorga throwing out a base runner on an attempted steal. Rios struck out 5 in his 3.1 innings. By the time the Jays added 3 unearned runs off Cody Forsythe the issue was no longer in doubt. Kevin Walter pitched what I thought was a perfect ninth. After getting the first 2 outs, he hit a batter in what I hope was retaliation for the plunking of Chase Harris two innings earlier. (Dunedin seems to hit a lot of our batters. Harris took the pitch on his wrist, very similar to the pitch that broke Cameron Perkins’ wrist two years ago.) Astudillo started at third base. Harris was 2 for 3 when he was hit. Carlos Duran started in center again. Only two Threshers struck out, but there just wasn’t enough offense to make up the early deficit. Mark Leiter is scheduled to start Monday.
Lakewood beat Savannah, 6-4. Elniery Garcia pitched 6.0 innings – 8 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K. Matt Hockenberry gave up his first run of the season while picking up his 6th save. Most of the offense came from the top of the order. Malquin Canelo, Cord Sandberg, Carlos “Ted Williams” Tocci, and Rhys Hoskins each had a multi-hit game. Tocci’s 3 for 4 raised his average to .400 for the season. He also stole his 9th base of the season (in 9 attempts). Hoskins had a double, triple, and 2 RBIs. Catcher Deivi Grullon hit 5th in the line up and had an RBI double. He is hitting .278 this season. (If Harris’ wrist turns out to be injured, and with Aaron Brown already on the DL, maybe Tocci gets a call up to Clearwater?)
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- The Reading Fightin Phils activated LHP Hoby Milner from the 7-day disabled list.
- Seve Gonzalez picked up his first major league win over the Marlins.
- Gonzalez was optioned back to Lehigh after the game.
- Chad Billingsley will start Tuesday.
- Sean O’Sullivan gets a rehab start Thursday for Lakewood.