Lehigh Valley (20-32) was shutout by the Charlotte Knights, 2-0. Our AAAA guys managed 1 hit in 5.0 innings off the Knights AAAA journeyman starting pitcher and 2 hits off their bullpen. Chris Leroux emerged as the IronPigs TBD pitcher and was charged with an unearned run. That was enough to earn the loss. Seth Rosin pitched himself into a little trouble in the sixth, and Nick Hill obliged by allowing 1 of 2 inherited runners to score. Off Monday, Joely Rodriguez (2-4, 5.27) pitches Tuesday.
Reading (27-22) came from behind to beat the Richmond Flying Squirrels, 6-3. Jesse Biddle lasted 5.2 innings and by all reports pitched well for the first 5.0 innings. Roman Quinn had 3 hits, his 24th stolen base, and the go-ahead RBI. Gabriel Lino had 2 hits. J.P.Crawford and Brian Pointer went hitless but each worked 3 walks. Cam Perkins entered as a pinch hitter and contributed a game-tying, 2-run double in the 6-run eighth. Aaron Altherr and Brock Stassi added 2-out RBIs to pad the lead. Zach Eflin (4-3, 3.48) pitches tomorrow.
Clearwater (25-25) came from behind to beat the Daytona Tortugas, 18-5. They put up 3 crooked numbers – 4 in the fourth, 8 in the sixth, and 6 in the eighth. Yacksel Rios gave up 2 runs in 4.0 innings before giving way to Yoel Mecias who didn’t last a complete inning. Harold Guerrero came on and benifitted from the offensive outburst. Every starter got at least one of the Threshers’ 22 hits. Dylan Cozens went 4-5 with a triple and 4 RBI. Angelo Mora also had 4 hits. Aaron Brown, Mitchell Walding, and Drew Stankiewicz each had 3 hits. Stank also added 3 RBI. Chase Harris was again used as the leadoff hitter. Devin Lohman played first base (explains why he was playing there in XST on rehab). Mora played short again and commited 2 throwing errors. Hope he’s just holding down the position until they bring Malquin Canelo up from Lakewood. Victor Arano (0-5, 6.03) pitches tomorrow.
Lakewood (24-25) led 7-0 going into the bottom of the 7th and lost to the Greensboro Grasshoppers, 8-7. Josh Taylor allowed 3 runs over 7.0 innings on 5 hits, a walk, and 9 strike outs. Scott Harris only got one out and that was a sacrifice. He left clinging to a one-run lead and 2 runners in scoring position. A sac fly and a single later, and Joey Denato allows both inherited runners to score and blows the save. Tyler Viza (3-1, 3.45) 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) Off Sunday, at DSL Royals on Monday.
VSL Phillies (6-5) Off Sunday, at VSL Cubs on Monday.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- No transactions.
- There are two things relievers do that annoy me. The first is walking the first batter faced. The fewer pitches in the at bat, the more annoying. The second is converting inherited runners into runs for the other team. A reliever’s job is to put out the flames of a rally, not pour fuel on the fire.
- I wish the team stat pages would show Strand Rates rather than that useless Hold stat.