Lehigh Valley (23-42) shut out the Norfolk Tides 2-0. Phillippe Aumont had one of those lines he puts up occasionally – 5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 9 K, 106 pitches, 56 strikes – but pitched effectively when he had to, kept the Tides off the board, and got the win. Jason Berken was the bridge to the ninth inning, and Jake Diekman notched his second save. Brian Bogusevic hit a solo HR (6) in the first inning and Russ Canzler added an insurance run in the sixth. Gabriel Lino, the only “prospect” in a line up AAAA players, went 0-3. Anthony Vasquez (1-3, 2.73) pitches tomorrow. After the game, the Phillies announced the promotion of Aaron Nola from Reading to the IronPigs. Pitching in the losing environment that surrounds the Lehigh Valley affiliate should prepare him for a later call-up to the major league team.
Reading (33-29) lost to the Akron RubberDucks 5-1. Ben Lively hadn’t gone past the 6th inning since May 19th, but the Phils have had to rely on their bullpen to throw 29 innings the past three nights (okay, 5 of those were by position players). So, Lively was asked to begin the seventh with a heavy pitch count. He did get an out but was finally lifted after 110 pitches (72 strikes). His line – 6.1 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K. He left with a runner on second. Of course, Nefi Ogando allowed that runner to score. If I had relievers strand rates for affiliates other than Clearwater, I would gladly post them. Sacrificial “arm” Will Morris, who was called up from Lakewood to give the bullpen some relief and who hadn’t pitched yet this month, pitched well for the last two innings, allowing a single run on a solo HR. J.P. Crawford went 2-4 with a double from the leadoff position. He scored their only run. Brock Stassi, surprise!, drove him in (49). Aaron Altherr played CF and went 2-3 with a double and a walk. Cam Perkins (1-4) and Brian Pointer (0-4) rounded out the outfield. C Rene Garcia also had 2 hits. Off tomorrow, Jesse Biddle (5-1, 4.11) pitches Tuesday. After Aaron Nola’s promotion to LHV was announced, Clearwater’s Mark Leiter was promoted to Reading. I’ve seen this kid a lot. He has a low 90’s FB and looks like he knows how to pitch. I hope he is as succesful at AA.
Clearwater (32-31) beat the Brevard County Manatees 9-5 in Mark Leiter’s last Clearwater start. Leiter struggled early, but battled for 5 innings. I don’t know his pitch count, but he left with the game tied. His line – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HBP. Miguel Nunez had his second consecutive ineffective outing after pitching well out of the bullpen for 6 weeks. However, he was in position to get the win when the Threshers took the lead in the bottom of the inning. Edubray Ramos slammed the door shut with 6 Ks in 3.0 perfect innings. Dylan Cozens went 4-4 with 3 doubles and stole third base (9, second on the team). Andrew Pullin went 2-5. Willians Astudillo had 4 RBI. Drew Stankiewicz and Mitchell Walding had 2 RBI each. Everybody hit except Angelo Mora who saw his average dip below .300 for the first time since May 9th. Kelly Dugan played LF and went 1-4. Colin Kleven (4-3, 3.00) pitches tomorrow. Phillies announced that Mark Leiter was promoted to Reading. Official transaction hasn’t posted to MiLB. No announcement on who will fill his spot in the rotation.
Lakewood (31-28) rained out. Double header tomorrow against the Hagerstown Suns. Ricardo Pinto (5-2 3.25) and Josh Taylor (3-4, 4.73) pitch tomorrow.
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 (8-5) No game scheduled.
VSL Phillies (9-14) No game scheduled.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- re:Quinn – Quinn reporting to Clearwater to rehab at the Carpenter Complex facilities, might be out until early July; will join Carlos Alonzo, Samuel Hiciano, et al
- Philadelphia Phillies recalled Domonic Brown from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- Philadelphia Phillies optioned Darin Ruf to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- Aaron Nola assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
- Will Morris assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Phillies Extended Spring Training.
- Reading Fightin Phils placed RHP Reinier Roibal on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to June 13, 2015. right groin strain.
- Several signed draft picks are headed to Clearwater per their Twitter accounts. After physicals and administrative stuff on Monday, they should start workouts Tuesday.