Lehigh Valley (20-34) dropped both games of their double header with the Rochester Red Wings. Joely Rodriguez gave up 6 runs in 4.2 innings on 9 hits and 2 walks on the way to a 7-4 loss in game one. Dom Brown went 2-4 with an RBI and Gabriel Lino went 1-3 with an RBI in his IronPigs’ debut. The ‘Pigs came back to tie the game in the fourth, but Rodriguez failed to produce a shutdown inning and absorbed his fifth loss. Phillippe Aumont went 6.0 innings in the second game, giving up 3 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks. He had a lead but a 2-run home run in the fourth inning proved to be too much for the IronPigs to overcome. Brown went 1-4 with an RBI. Lino DNP. Adam Morgan (0-5, 5.33) pitches tomorrow.
Reading (28-24) lost to the Erie SeaWolves 2-1. Ben Lively went 5.0 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits and a walk. Hoby Milner followed with three, 1-hit innings. The Phils’ offense managed 11 hits, but could muster only one run. Art Charles went 3-4 with a double and RBI. J.P. Crawford didn’t work any walks, but did get 2 hits. Brian Pointer went 2-3. Aaron Nola (6-3, 1.81) pitches tomorrow.
Clearwater (27-26) beat the Dunedin Blue Jays with a 4-run, ninth inning rally on the road, 6-5. Brandon Leibrandt lasted 4.2 innings, his shortest outing of the season. He allowed all 5 of Dunedin’s runs on 6 hits and 2 walks. He has allowed 9 ER in his last 10.0 innings and has seen his ERA climb from 2.29 to 3.13 over his last two starts. Miguel Nunez pitched one walk ball for 2.1 innings and did NOT allow his inherited runner to score. Jesen Therrien pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning to pick up the win. Ulises Joaquin notched his 5th save with some drama in the ninth. Andrew Knapp hit his 2nd HR of the season, a solo shot to get the Threshers started in the first. Andrew Pullin singled later in the inning to drive in Dylan Cozens. The offense lay dormant until the ninth, when Chace Numata walked and Pullin and Devin Lohman singled to load the bases. After a run-scoring wild pitch, Mitchell Walding stroked a 2-run double to tie the game. He was advanced to third on a Drew Stankiewicz sacrifice and scored on a throwing error on the same play. All the preceding occured before an out was recorded. Joaquin entered the game and the Jays got a leadoff, infield single in the bottom of the inning. A sacrifice moved the runner to second and a wild pitch got the tying run to third with less than one out. The Jays couldn’t convert with the infield drawn in, and the Threshers got the 2-game, series sweep. Colin Kleven (4-3, 3.72) pitches tomorrow. Then Rios, Arano, off day, Whitehead. Either a move is coming or the Threshers are going to a 6-man rotation.
Lakewood (25-25) had its double header with Delmarva postponed, wet grounds. They begin a series with the Hickory Crawdads tomorrow. Ranfi Casimiro (2-3, 2.96) pitches the series opener.
Williamsport (0-0) starts its season on the road against the State College Spikes on June 19th, home opener on June 20th.
GCL Phillies (0-0) start their season across the bay against the GCL Yankees1 on June 22nd, second game at the Carpenter Complex on June 23rd.
DSL Phillies (3-1) beat the DSL Athletics, 4-2. Daniel Brito went 2-3.
VSL Phillies (6-8) lost to the VSL Rays, 4-2. Enger Jimenez went 2-4 (.489) with a solo HR.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- Lehigh Valley IronPigs released C John Hester.
- William Cuicas assigned to Clearwater Threshers from GCL Phillies.
- Aaron Brown assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Clearwater Threshers.