Lehigh Valley lost to Rochester, 5-3. David Buchanan was taken from the field with an apparent right leg injury in the third inning with one out in a scoreless game. Adam Loewen came on to earn the loss. Asche, 1-4. Brown, 2-4. Jayson Nix made his IronPigs debut, 0-4.
Reading and Zach Eflin beat Erie, 2-1. The Phils’ right-hander allowed a solo home run and three other hits in 8.0 innings of work. Nick Hill earned his first save with a 2K ninth. Roman Quinn had the day off, so Brian Pointer stepped up to record Reading’s stolen base for the day. He also provided a large part of Reading’s offense, going 2-4 with a double, RBI, and scored the go-ahead run. The big day boosted his average back over .200 and he has gone back-to-back games without striking out for the first time this season. Gabriel Lino supplied the RBI double that gave Eflin the lead.
Clearwater lost to Daytona, 4-2. David Whitehead battled with what looked like less than his best stuff in the heat and humidity. The temp rose to 93 during the game and whatever breeze there was, disappeared by game time.
- Whitehead kept the Threshers in the game for 5.0 innings before leaving in the sixth after 2 singles and a hit batter.
- Yacksel Rios came into the bases-loaded situation and did what I’ve noticed a lot of Phillies’ middle relievers seem to do in this situation, allow inherited runners to score. Rios allowed all three to score. In a runner on third and one-out situation in the next inning, he was more successful.
- Yoel Mecias made his 2015 debut and allowed 3 base runners over his 2 innings.
- The Threshers offense was once again ineffective on Sunday afternoon. They are 0-5 on Sundays this season. They are 1-7 in day games.
- Although the score was 4-2, it really wasn’t that close. They managed to get Knapp to third with one out in the fourth but popped up the opportunity. They also had runners caught stealing in the first and fifth. They went meekly in the 6th and 7th after Daytona stretched their lead to four. They showed some spunk when they loaded the bases in the 8th, but free-swinging, pinch-hitter Willians Astudillo grounded into an inning-ending double play. Their 2-out rally in the ninth was a little anti-climactic, and ended with the bases loaded and a J.P. Crawford pop up.
- Angelo Mora went 3-4 with an RBI. Chase Harris went 2-4 with an RBI. Crawford went 2-5. The Threshers did collect 10 hits, but all were singles.
Lakewood lost to Kannapolis, 4-1. Elniery Garcia gave up all the Intimidators over the first three innings. Manny Martinez made his Lakewood debut in the ninth inning. Joel Fisher had 2 doubles in 4 at bats and half of the BlueClaws hits. Tocci and Hoskins had one hit each. Hoskins also had their lone RBI (his 25th).
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
The Threshers are on the road this week. I’ll be attending the AAC Tournament. I’ll provide the daily box score report, but it will be a little sketchier than usual. Shouldn’t affect the quality, since I set the bar low. If there are any top prospects in the conference, let me know in the comments section below, and I’ll keep an eye on them.
Extra Innings –
- Maikel Franco hit his first MLB triple and home run and picked up 2 RBI. Congrats!
- Philadelphia Phillies placed RHP Chad Billingsley on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 16, 2015. Right shoulder strain
- Philadelphia Phillies recalled RHP Hector Neris from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- Anthony Vasquez assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
- RHP Tyler Knigge assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.