Lehigh Valley (27-45) lost to Scranton 8-2. Chad Billingsley went 4 batters before showing he can do what the major league staff can do, give up a three-run home run (by Kyle Roller, a name I remember from his days with the Tampa Yankees when he tormented Threshers’ pitching). Billingsley then gave up a two-run home run after facing two batters in the second. Call him up! He lasted 2.2 innings, gave up 7 runs (5 earned) on 7 hits, 2 walks, and 2 hit batters. He threw 66 pitches, 44 for strikes (how misleading is that). The bullpen (Leroux, Gutierrez, and Loewen) came in and pitched 6.1 innings of 1-run ball. Loewen recorded 2 Ks in his one inning.
Darin Ruf went 1-3 with an RBI. Gabriel Lino went 0-3. Brian Bogusevic went 0-4 with the other RBI. Edgar Duran went 2-3 with a double. Chris McGuinness had the only other IronPig hit.
Off day Monday. Seve Gonzalez (1-4, 4.23) pitches Tuesday.
Reading (36-32) beat the Portland Sea Dogs 8-7. Jesse Biddle threw 5.0 shutout innings. He gave up 3.0 hits and struck four. He also walked 5 and threw 90 pitches, 50 strikes. I’m sure a lot of people will focus on this as a negative. I will choose to focus on that he battled with less than his best stuff and kept the other team off the scoreboard. Now the bullpen is another story.
Joely Rodriguez and Colton Murray gave up 6 runs on 8 hits in 1.2 innings to let the Sea Dogs get back into the game. Ryan O’Sullivan pitched one-hit relief but left with 2 runners on base. Tyler Knigge pitched out of the eighth inning jam but gave up a run in the ninth. However, Murray (1), O’Sullivan (1), and Knigge (2) stranded the four runners they inherited. (I’m quick to point out when relievers don’t strand runners, it’s only fair that I point out when they are successful.)
The Phils mounted a 13-hit attack and every starter got at least one hit. They built a 7-0 lead before Biddle left the game. J.P Crawford went 1-4 with a walk. Kelly Dugan went 2-5. Aaron Altherr went 2-5 with an RBI. Each of these guys scored 2 runs. Art Charles went 2-4 with 4 RBI. Cam Perkins and Brian Pointer each went 1-4 with an RBI. Logan Moore went 1-4 with a solo home run, the Phils’ only XBH. Charles 4th RBI provided the final margin.
Zach Eflin (4-4, 2.99) pitches tomorrow.
Clearwater (34-33) coming off All Star Break. Monday’s pitcher is still TBD.
Lakewood (33-35) beat the Greenville Drive 9-3. Josh Taylor pitched into the eighth inning. He allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks. He struck out nine. Manny Martinez finished up in relief.
The BlueClaws got contributions uo and down the line p. Malquin Canelo went 2-5 with a double and 2 RBI. Herlis Rodriguez went 3-5 with a double and 3 RBI. Rhys Hoskins went 1-5 with an RBI. Damek Tomscha went 3-4 with a double and 2 runs scored. Cord Sandberg went 1-4 with a double and an RBI. Chase Harris went 2-4 with a triple and an RBI. Joel Fisher went 0-2 with 2 walks and a run scored. And Jose Mayorga went 0-1 with a walk, SF, HBP, run scored and an RBI. Derek Campbell went 1-4. That’s it.
All Star break until Thursday when TBD pitches.
Williamsport (3-0) beat the State College Spikes 8-1. Jose Taveras pitched five, four-hit innings. He walked one and struck out five. 2015 draft picks finished up in relief. Anthony Sequeira struck out 2 in his one inning, but gave up the Spikes only run on 2 hits. Robert Tasin pitched 2 perfect innings. Skylar Hunter pitched a one-hit ninth.
Six Cutters had multi-hit games. Zachary Coppola went 2-4 with a walk. Venn Biter 2-4 with a walk and 2 RBI. Jose Pujols went 2-5 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI. Brendon Hayden went 4-5 with a HR and 2 RBI. Wilson Garcia went 2-5. Grenny Cumana went 2-5. Cumana, Pujols, and Garcia stole bases.
Mitch Gueller starts tomorrow.
GCL Phillies (0-0) start their season at the GCL Yankees1.
DSL Phillies (10-8) No game scheduled.
VSL Phillies (12-18) No game scheduled.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- I saw Cornelius Randolph play Saturday. (Coach de Armas calls him C.) He was in LF and only had one ball hit to him. A line drive to his right that he cut off and threw in toward second base. No idea how to rate the throw or arm. They didn’t have enough position players to have anyone on the left side, so there was no one in the relay position. He looks good at the plate. He takes healthy swings but he shortened up when he had 2 strikes his first at bat and pulled a line drive single to right.
- When they called the game after 3 innings, de Armas had a meeting of his GCL squad in the dugout. Kingery and Martin were excused. They’ll probably be reporting to Lakewood this week.
- The GCL Roster hasn’t been posted yet. Should be out this morning.
- Philadelphia Phillies designated RHP Phillippe Aumont for assignment.
- Philadelphia Phillies sent Dustin McGowan outright to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- Philadelphia Phillies recalled Adam Morgan from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- Philadelphia Phillies optioned Seth Rosin to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.