Lehigh Valley (25-43) beat Bufalo Bisons 8-7 in a game that featured 4 lead changes. Adam Morgan only pitched 2.0 innings and was pulled after 35 pitches. Speculation about an injury or possible call-up to the Phillies was put to rest after the game when Coach Brundage revealed that it was an organizational decision to cut back on Morgan’s innings, but he didn’t have a SP available to completely skip Morgan’s appearance.
The IronPigs chased Randy Wolf after 5.0 innings. They came from behind 3 times as the bullpen couldn’t hold a lead and won on Chris McGuinness’ walk off 2-run single. Darin Ruf went 1-5 but had a double and 2 RBI. Cord Phelps went 3-4 with a BB, HR, and 2 RBI. Gabriel Lino went 2-3 with an RBI. McGuinness had 3 hits, Chase d’Arnaud and Russ Canzler had two each. The ”Pigs mounted a 15-hit attack.
Thursday is Nola Day as Aaron Nola makes his AAA debut.
Reading (34-30) lost to the Trenton Thunder 6-5. The Phil’s fought back to take a 5-4 lead in the seventh but the bullpen couldn’t protect the lead. Zach Eflin pitched 6.0 innings and was charged with 4 runs although 3 were unearned due to a couple of errors in the Thunder’s 4-run third. He still left with the lead, but Nefi Ogando blew his 5th save of the season. Ogando walked the first batter he faced then gave up back-to-back doubles.
J.P. Crawford went 1-4 with a double and a walk and scored 2 runs from the leadoff position. Kelly Dygan went 2-5 with an RBI. Aaron Altherr had 2 hits. Cam Perkins, Brian Pointer, and Devin Lohman each had an RBI.
Tom Windle (2-3, 4.82) pitches tomorrow.
Clearwater (32-33) beat the St. Lucie Mets 4-3 on Aaron Brown’s walk off HR in the 11th inning. Yacksel Rios started and pitched well for 5.0 innings in torrid conditions. Ethan Martin made his first appearance after being activated off the DL. It was okay. I don’t have velo, I was looking for a cool place to stand when they snuck him in on me. Harold Guerrero, Edubray Ramos, and Ulises Joaquin combined for 5.0 innings of 2-hit ball in relief.
Dylan Cozens had another fine day going 2-5 with a double. He has looked increasingly better at the the plate. In his last 10 games, he is 14-42 (.333) and only 2 Ks (4.76%). Now, if he could just get the power to tick up. Cozens would have added to his stolen base total but with Andrew Pullin on third, the Mets’ catcher sniffed out a possible double steal and pumped to second then picked Pullin off third to end an inning.
The normally aggressive swinging Threshers accepted 6 walks. They figured prominantly in their first two runs. The Met’s pitcher walked the bases loaded before wild pitching a run home. Carlos Tocci tied the game with a sacrifice fly, his second RBI in two games. Cozens and Chace Numata hit back-to-back doubles to re-tie the game an inning later. The game remained tied until Aaron Brown launched a prodigious blast (4) to right field on the first pitch of the 11th inning.
Tocci went 1-4. He looks so skinny, you expect him to be over-matched. But he isn’t. He’s holding his own. It’s too early, and maybe a little unfair, to compare Tocci to Roman Quinn or Aaron Brown or Chase Harris in CF. Quinn is fast and looks fast getting to balls. Same with Brown plus that reckless disregard for his body. And Harris is fast too and hustles to balls all over the place. I don’t know if Tocci has really been challanged yet, but he has had to charge and move laterally for balls. He just sort of glides to the ball. Not the explosion of speed I’ve become accustomed to seeing. Not that he can’t, maybe he just hasn’t had to.
We had another disputed call today. It involved Angelo Mora and home plate umpire Alexander McKay again. After Harold Martinez singled to lead off the bottom of the ninth, Angelo Mora was sent in to pinch run. Mitch Walding reached on a throwing error and Mora was in scoring position on second. After a foul pop bunt and a fly out, Carlos Tocci came to the plate with 2 out and the winning run on second. No pressure, he hits a ground single to right. RBI. Walk off. Nope. The throw was up the first base line and the catcher did a good job making the play close, but McKay got another call wrong. IMO. In the broadcaster’s opinion. In the dugout’s opinion. And in Coach Legg’s opinion. He avoided getting tossed this time. So instead of a game-ending single for Tocci it was just an inning-ending play at the plate. Until Brown took the umpire out of the equation two innings later.
David Whitehead (4-6, 3.65) pitches tomorrow.
Lakewood (32-32) lost to the Delmarva Shore Birds 5-4. A scheduled make up game was postponed and will be made up tomorrow. Stake to a 3-0 lead, Ranfi Casimiro unraveled in the fifth inning. After retiring the first batter, he allowed 3 walks, 2 singles, and a wild pitch. Manny Martinez came in and allowed the obligatory inherited runner to score before escaping the inning trailing by one. He allowed another run in the sixth and the offense couldn’t make up the difference.
Herlis Rodriguez (.301) , batting out of the 2-hole, went 2-4 with a triple and a run scored. (Be prepared to hear a lot about this kid from me if he continues to produce. I have always enjoyed watching him play in Clearwater. Just sayin’) Rhys Hoskins went 2-4 with 2 doubles. Damek Tomscha had an RBI, Jiandido Tromp had a double and 2 RBI.
Chris Oliver (3-4, 3.44) pitches tomorrow.
Williamsport (0-0) starts its season on the road against the State College Spikes on Friday, June 19th, their home opener on June 20th. As of 1:00AM, they still haven’t announced any roster additions or updated their web site roster.
GCL Phillies (0-0) start their season across the bay against the GCL Yankees1 on Monday, June 22nd. Their second game is at the Carpenter Complex on Tuesday, June 23rd. The GCL plays Monday thru Friday at noon. Saturday at random times, usually 10:00AM. Off Sunday. The first Sunday game is August 30th, the first game of the playoffs. They also haven’t posted a current roster online. It still includes last year’s players.
DSL Phillies (9-7) lost to the DSL Rays 6-2. The Phillies had 6 hits. SS Daniel Brito (.273) went 2-4 from the leadoff position.
VSL Phillies (10-16) lost to the VSL Cubs 11-10 in a walk off. Enger Jimenez (.396) went 1-3. Every batter had a hit, five had two. 3B Willerker Isava and 2B Jesus Henriquez had 3 RBI each.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- The 2015 Draft Tracker has been updated to show updated signings and bonuses.
- Philadelphia Phillies signed 2B Cornelius Randolph for 100% of slot.
- Philadelphia Phillies placed RHP Jerome Williams on the 15-day disabled list. Strained left hamstring.
- Philadelphia Phillies recalled Hector Neris from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- RHP Paul Clemens assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Clearwater Threshers.
- Ethan Martin assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- I’m pretty sure that I saw MAG walking out of the Complex around their lunch break today. He was in baseball pants and a T-shirt, and had a multiple days growth of beard. The beard threw me, but I’m almost 100% sure it was he. Almost.
- I watched Kingery, Pickett, Coppola, Bosheers, and Martelo take BP before walking over to BH for the Threshers’ game. Pickett’s a big kid. Reminds me of Cozens when he reported after signing.