Lehigh Valley lost to Columbus, 3-2 in 12 innings. Phillippe Aumont pitched a gem for 7.0 innings, allowing 5 hits, walking none, and striking out seven. He left with a 1-0 lead that Tyler Knigge couldn’t protect, blowing his second save of the season in the top of the ninth. Maikel Franco went 2-4 with a walk and a game-tying RBI in the tenth. Dom Brown went 1-5 with an RBI. Cosy Asche went 1-5. Logan Moore threw out 1 of 2 base stealers.
Reading lost to Harrisburg, 4-3. Tom Windle pitched shutout ball thru five innings, having only allowed 3 hits and a walk. But with a 1-0 lead, he started the sixth with a single and a walk. Up to this point he had thrown 91 pitches. Mike Nesseth came on to allow both inherited runners to score and blow the save. He gave up a 2-run homer in the next frame to put the Phils further behind. Reading’s late rally fell short and Windle was awarded Nesseth’s loss. Roman Quinn had the day off but entered the game as a pinch runner/CF in the eighth inning. Brock Stassi went 1-3 with an RBI. Aaron Altherr went 1-3 with a double and an RBI. Brian Pointer went 1-3 with a solo home run.
Clearwater lost both games of a double header to Charlotte. They were no-hit 5-0 in the morning game, and one-hit 1-0 in the afternoon game.
- Brandon Leibrandt gave up all 5 runs on 2 home runs. He was up with his pitches during his five innings. He was 89-91, T94 on a stadium gun that runs 1-2mph hot on most pitches. (Shoot, the game temp was listed as 94 when the rest of Clearwater was in the low 80s.) Leibrandt did pick off two runners. The Threshers managed 3 base runners. A two-out walk to Andrew Knapp in the first amounted to nothing. Their one threat came in the fourth. Andrew Pullin reached on an error. Knapp worked his second walk. But, Dylan Cozens hit into a 6-3 triple play. Charlotte had shifted the SS behind second base. He caught Cozens’ soft line drive at the bag, stepped on second, and threw to first. Second TP I’ve withessed this season. None of the Threshers hit a ball hard all day. Only once did a Stone Crab outfielder have to take a few steps back to catch a fly ball.
- Yacksel Rios pitched one-hit ball for five innings in the second game. His one base runner was erased on a pickoff by catcher by C Jose Mayorga. Edubray Ramos came in and pitched himself into and out of trouble in the sixth. He allowed another hit in the seventh. The runner stole his way into scoring position and scored with two out on a throwing error by Crawford. On offense, the Threshers managed a day-high 4 base runners. Their best chance to score came in the first inning when Crawford walked and stole second. Pullin failed to move him over to third, so that Knapp’s fly ball to right only moved Crawford to third instead of allowing him to score. Their one hit was a leadoff bunt single by Aaron Brown which amounted to nothing. Brown walked to leadoff the fifth with a similar result. Willians Astudillo was hit by a pitch in the seventh. Nada.
Lakewood did not have a game scheduled.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- Jonathan Papelbon earned his 113th save to pass Jose Mesa and take the franchise lead. He is also the Red Sox career save leader. He and Robb Nen are the only two pitchers in baseball history to lead two franchises in saves.