Lehigh Valley (20-32) – no game scheduled. Joely Rodriguez (2-4, 5.27) pitches tomorrow.
Reading (27-23) lost to the Richmond Flying Squirrels, 6-3. Zach Eflin pitched well but gave up 2 runs on 2 hits and 4 walks over 7.0 innings. He shut the Squirrels out for 6.0 innings on 1 hit. Unfortunately, a walk and home run put the Phils behind in the seventh. The offense scored single runs in the final three innings, but Colton Murray had come on in relief to make sure that 3 runs wouldn’t be enough, and Eflin got his fourth loss. Roman Quinn and J.P.Crawford each had 2 hits. Brock Stassi had the Phils only RBI, his 41st. Quinn was caught stealing twice, both on pickoffs. Tom Windle (1-3, 4.53) pitches tomorrow.
Clearwater (25-26) lost the rubber game of the series with the Daytona Tortugas, 7-4. As usual, Victor Arano was effective the first time through the line up. In the fourth inning, the middle of the Tortugas’ order launched a couple of extra base hits to score the game tying run. They broke the game open with 4 runs in the fifth with an assist from Cody Forsythe who allowed 2 inherited runners to score when he gave up a triple to the first batter he faced. Ulises Joaquin allowed a couple of runs in his 2.0 innings, and the offense scored 2 meaningless runs in the ninth. The Threshers amassed 9 singles. Mark Leiter (3-1, 1.48) pitches tomorrow.
Lakewood (25-25) beat the Delmarva Shorebirds 4-2 in a rain-shortened game. Tyler Viza allowed 1 earned run on 3 hits over 6.0 innings. Joey Denato picked up his first save. Malquin Canelo went 2-4 with a double, triple, RBI, and is back above .300. Cord Sandberg picked up an outfield assist. Ranfi Casimiro (2-3, 2.96) 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 (1-1) split two games with the DSL Royals. They won the make up game 1-0 and lost the regularly scheduled game 2-0. They two-hit the Royals in their win, and were two-hit in their loss.
VSL Phillies (6-6) came from behind with a 4-run seventh inning to take a 4-2 lead only to lose the lead in the bottom of the ninth. They ended up losing to the VSL Cubs 5-4 in 12 innings. Enger Jimenez had a 3-run triple and scored on Lenin Rodriguez’ RBI single.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- Philadelphia Phillies released RF Grady Sizemore.
- Daniel Romero assigned to DSL Phillies from GCL Phillies.
- LHP Jhon Nunez assigned to DSL Phillies.
- SS Daniel Brito assigned to DSL Phillies.
- XST played a rain-shortened game against the Yankees.
- Matt Imhof pitched 3.0 innings. He threw 55 pitches and was consistently 87-88 with his fastball. He gave up a couple runs, a couple walks, a couple doubles, a wild pitch, picked off a runner, and benefited from 2 caught stealings.
- Tanner Keist had trouble gripping the ball during a light rain and hit the backstop on the fly once. Pretty high up on it too. They delayed the game while they retrieved a rosin bag from the clubhouse. His command was better after that.
- Sam McWilliams finished up and was 90-91 in his one inning.
- Kelly Dugan played CF and batted third. He hit a soft, line drive to left-center for a single in his first at bat. He was hit on the ankle in his second at bat.
- Jose Pujols struck out and was late running to first on a passed ball. He later grounded intop a fielder’s choice.
- Luis Encarnacion grounded out in his first at bat, then hit a hard line drive to the left fielder in his second at bat. It was probably the hardest contact I’ve seen from him this spring.