Lehigh Valley (26-43) beat Bufalo Bisons 3-0 in Aaron Nola’s debut at AAA. In a marquee match up with the Blue Jays #1 prospect (pre-season #4), Daniel Norris, Nola shined. He needed 98 pitches (66 strikes) to throw 5.0 innings, but allowed only 5 base runners on 4 hits and a walk. One runner was caught stealing and the walk occured on the second to the last batter he faced. Nola punctuated his evening by striking out the next batter, his seventh, to end the fifth inning and his evening. The IronPigs plated a run in the bottom of the inning to give Nola a chance for his first AAA victory and the bullpen took over. Adam Loewen allowed 2 base runners but struck out 6 Bison in 2 innings. Juan Gutierrez allowed 2 base runners in each inning but recorded the 2-inning save.
Norris dominated the IronPigs through the first four innings, allowing just 3 base runners. The ‘Pigs broke through in the fifth when they converted a Jordan Danks walk and a Jayson Nix double into the game’s first run. They applied more pressure in the sixth when they scored a one-out insurance run on a Darin Ruf single, Russ Canzler single and a Cord Phelps double. However, that is all they could manage as the Bison brought in a reliever to end the threat. Lehigh Valley tacked on an additional run on a Darin Ruf single in the seventh inning.
Ruf went 2-4 with a run and an RBI. Danks added 2 hits. Gabriel Lino went 1-4 and threw out a would-be base stealer. Brian Bogusevic (.318) went 1-3 with a walk and stole his 10th base.
Jason Berken (3-4, 3.88) pitches tomorrow.
Reading (34-31) lost to the Trenton Thunder, and Aaron Judge, 5-0. The Phil’s fell behind in the first inning on an Aaron Judge sacrifice fly, and were never really in the game. Judge drove in 2 more runs on a third inning double and tacked on his fourth RBI on a solo HR (11) in the eighth inning. The 6’7 Judge is the Yankees #5 prospect (pre-season #5).
Tom Windle lasted 5.0 IP, allowing 4 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks. He struck out four. Joely Rodriguez and Hoby Milner each threw a one-walk, shutout inning in relief. Tyler Knigge finished up with a one-hit inning, Judge’s HR.
Reading could only manage 4 hits – one by J.P. Crawford, one by Brian Pointer, and 2 by Aaron Altherr. Pointer worked the team’s only walk. Altherr had their only XBH, a double.
Recently promoted, Mark Leiter makes his AA debut at First Energy Stadium tomorrow. Leiter posted a 3-1 record. He made his first 5 appearances from the bullpen this season before making 8 starts for Clearwater. He had a 1.97 ERA, .202 BA, 1.18 WHIP. He struck out 60 and walked 15 in 68.2 IP. He has a low 90s FB and throws a 4-seam, 2-seam, cutter and change up. He has a slo-curve that he shows to hitters and has gotten some A hitters out with it. Might be a dangerous pitch to throw in the strike zone against AA hitters. He also has a low 80s split finger in his repertoire.
Clearwater (34-33) beat the St. Lucie Mets 9-8 on Aaron Brown’s walkoff RBI single in the 9th inning. David Whitehead had his worst outing of the season. He lasted 3.0 innings and gave up 7 runs on 9 hits. Victor Arano followed with 4.0 innings on a night when the bullpen probably needed a rest. He gave up 5 hits and probably cost himself a win on a single-stolen base-single sequence in the seventh inning. Jesen Therrien threw 2 shutout innings to pick up the win.
The Clearwater offense seems to perform best when they are faced with a large deficit. Tonight when trailing by seven, they mounted their own 7-run rally in the fourth inning, highlighted by Andrew Pullin’s grand slam to tie the game. They took the lead the following inning on a Drew Stankiewicz sacrifice fly. Faced with another extra-inning game, Dylan Cozens singled to leadoff the ninth. After he stole second, Andrew Knapp drew a walk. A wild pitch advanced the runners before Brown grounded the game-ending single to right, his second walkoff hit in as many games.
Stankiewicz went 2-4 with 2 RBI. Pullin went 2-5 with a HR (5) and 4 RBI. Cozens went 1-5 but stole 2 bases (12). Knapp was 0-2 with a HBP and 2 BB. Brown went 2-3 with an RBI and 2 BB. Harold Martinez went 2-4 with a double and 2 RBI. Carlos Tocci went 0-4 with a walk. Brown also picked up an outfield assist and a stolen base (4). The Threshers collected 7 walks.
All Star Break. Next game is on Monday, June 22nd. Pitcher TBD.
Lakewood (32-33) lost to the Delmarva Shore Birds 6-1. Chris Oliver had his worst game of the season giving up 6 runs on 8 hits in 4.0 innings. He walked 3 and struck out one. Scott Harris and Alexis Rivero combined to pitch 5.0 shutout innings, striking out eight.
Cord Sandberg went 2-3 with a double and a walk. Derek Campbell pitched with 2 hits and a double. Rhys Hoskins went 1-4 and drove in his 50th run of the season.
Elniery Garcia (4-5, 3.36) 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. Roster is finally posted on their web site
Alejandro Arteaga has been announced as the pitcher for the opener. TBD for Saturday, but expect to see Franklyn Kilome start the home opener.
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 (9-8) lost to the DSL Rays 4-3 in a rain-shortened game. SS Daniel Brito (.278) went 1-3 with an RBI from the leadoff position.
VSL Phillies (11-16) beat the VSL Cubs 6-1. CF Enger Jimenez (.411) went 3-4 with a double and 2 RBI. 1B Joseph Miranda went 3-4 with a double and 2 RBI.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- The Phillies have finally released their signing dates. The 2015 Draft Tracker has been updated to show all recent announcements.
- A nice story on why a draft pick decided NOT to sign with the Phillies. Lauria
- I had a brief conversation with Roman Quinn behind the batting cage during the intrasquad game. When I offered him the best wishes for a speedy recovery from all our readers, he said not to worry, it was only a slight strain.
- Philadelphia Phillies recalled Jake Diekman from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- Philadelphia Phillies designated RHP Dustin McGowan for assignment.
- Philadelphia Phillies signed LHP Bailey Falter.
- Philadelphia Phillies signed C Edgar Cabral.
- Alejandro Arteaga assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Clearwater Threshers.
- Denton Keys assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
- Franklyn Kilome assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
- Luis Morales assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
- 1B Scott Tomassetti assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
- Jesus Posso assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
- Venn Biter assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
- Lewis Alezones assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
- Gregori Rivero assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
- Jared Fisher assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
- Ranger Suarez assigned to Phillies Extended Spring Training from Williamsport Crosscutters.
- Jason Zgardowski assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Phillies Extended Spring Training.
- William Cuicas assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Phillies Extended Spring Training.
- SS Luis Espiritu, Jr. assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters.
- IF Andrew Amaro assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters.