Lehigh Valley (20-31) beat the Charlotte Knights, 1-0. Anthony Vasquez allowed 0 runs, 3 hits, and 2 walks in 8.0 shutout innings. Jayson Nix, one of the “AAAA Phillies”, homered in the seventh to provide the only run the ‘Pigs could score. TBD pitches tomorrow.
Reading (26-22) beat the Richmond Flying Squirrels, 4-3. Aaron Nola allowed 1 run on 5 hits while walking none and striking out seven. He left with a 3-1 lead. Nefi Ogando blew the save in just 4 batters. J.P. Crawford debuted with the Phils and went 1-4. He lined a two-out single to center that scored Roman Quinn from second for an important insurance run in the seventh. He also commited a fielding error leading off the fourth and was picked off first in the seventh. So, a mixed bag for J.P. tonight. Quinn went 2-4 with a stolen base and an RBI. Cam Perkins went 1-3 with a solo home run in the second. He also sacrificed the go-ahead runners to second and third to set up Gabriel Lino’s sacrifice fly that put the Phils back in the lead in the eighth. Unfortunately, this made Ogando the winning pitcher. Jesse Biddle (4-1, 4.46) pitches tomorrow.
Clearwater (24-25) began life after Crawford with a loss. They lost to the Daytona Tortugas, 4-2. Colin Kleven gave up 3 runs (only 2 earned) on 6 hits and 3 walks in 5.0 innings. Chase Harris led off and went 1-4. Angelo Mora played shortstop and went 2-3 and played error-free. Willians Astudillo went 2-4 with a double. The Threshers only managed 6 hits, Aaron Brown (1-3) had their other hit. They worked zero walks and struck out 12 times. Both their runs were unearned. Yacksel Rios (1-1, 2.12) pitches tomorrow.
Lakewood (24-24) beat the Greensboro Grasshoppers, 2-1. Ricardo Pinto allowed 1 unearned run on 7 hits and a walk. He struck out seven. Malquin Canelo went 2-4 with a solo home run. Carlos Tocci went 1-3 with a double and an RBI. Josh Taylor (2-4, 5.79) pitches tomorrow.
Williamsport (0-0) starts their season on the road against the State College Spikes on June 19th, home opener on June 20th.
GCL Phillies (0-0) starts their season across the bay against the GCL Yankees1 on June 22nd, second game at the Carpenter Complex on June 23rd.
DSL Phillies (0-0) were postponed due to rain. Off Sunday, at DSL Royals on Monday.
VSL Phillies (6-5) lost 1-0 to the DSL Rays. Sergio Velis allowed a hit and a walk over 6.0 innings and struck out nine. Luis Carrasco retired 8 consecutive batters before hitting a batter who stole second and scored on the Rays second hit of the game.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- First, I would like to say that of all the players that I have seen come through Clearwater and play for the Threshers, including Asche, Rupp, Biddle, and Morgan in 2012; Dugan, Franco, Seve Gonzalez, and Giles in 2013; Crawford, Quinn, and Nola in 2014; and this year’s team; Crawford was easily the best while in Clearwater. He has improved his play at short (learning that backhand thing they asked him to learn over the winter instead of getting in front of every ball hit to his right). He’s hitting much better than expected over an extended period of time across multiple levels (he was a “glove first” shortstop when selected, all his offense is more than was expected). And his plate discipline rivals that of Kelly Dugan who was the most secure batter I’ve seen taking close pitches when he had a two-strike count. Crawford had a 15-pitch at bat Friday night. I’ve watched far too many innings where Threshers batters would see less than 15 pitches in an entire inning. I’m sorry that his spring injury delayed his arrival in Reading. I’m glad his injury allowed me to watch him play for three weeks in Clearwater this season. I wish him all the best as he follows his dream up through the organization. And I am a little envious of you fans who live close to Reading. Enjoy.
- J.P. Crawford assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers.
- Reading Fightin Phils released 2B Tony Thomas.
- Clearwater Threshers activated 2B Devin Lohman from the 7-day disabled list.
- RHP Sixto Sanchez assigned to DSL Phillies.
- A lot of action in XST today.
- Ethan Martin pitched a couple innings. He threw all 4 of his pitches (FB, CH, SL, CB). He was 88-89 in his first inning, 86-87 in the second. His pitches were up in both innings and he got hit around a little in the second. That inning was rolled after 3 runs. He was on a pitch count, threw 34 total pitches.
- Kelly Dugan played 7 innings in centerfield. He went 1-2 with 2 walks and a massive 2-run home run to right. I would say he’s ready, but the Phillies like to see 9 innings on back-to-back days before coming off rehab. So maybe Wednesday?
- Jose Pujols went 1-4. He had a solo blast over the left field fence near the foul pole in his first at bat. But our enthusaism was tempered by a couple strike outs in two of his later at bats.
- Luis Encarnacion went 1-4 with an RBI single in his last at bat. He had two strike outs in earlier at bats where he didn’t look very good at the plate.
- Franklyn Kilome pitched 5.0 innings with less than his best stuff. He shut the Jays out for the first four, but gave up 2 runs in his final inning. He was 93-94, T95; mostly 93. His command was a little off, he threw more balls out of the strike zone than I am used to seeing. He lost his grip or something on three curve balls that at or behind hitters’ heads. Still, he only allowed 2 runs and the team got the 2 runs back in the bottom of the inning.
- Ethan Stewart came in to pitch the ninth in a tie game (I think). He must have been on a 25 pitch count. He threw about that many while walking the four batters he faced. He was 89-91 early in the inning, but I didn’t try to get near the chart as more coaches gathered behind the cage to watch.