Lehigh Valley (28-45) beat the Bufalo Bisons 5-4. Seve Gonzalez allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks in 6.0 innings. He struck out 2 and threw 92 pitches, 56 strikes. He was in line for the win when the IronPigs pushed ahead in the top of the seventh. Dustin McGowan preserved the lead and turned the game over to Cesar Jimenez for the eighth. Cesar blew the save but got the win when the ‘Pigs rallied in the top of the ninth. Juan Gutierrez earned his second save. Jimenez’ blown save took Randy Wolf off the hook for the Bison.
Aaron Altherr went 1-3 in his AAA debut. He doubled, walked, and scored a run. He was also picked off first. Brian Bogusevic (.314) went 2-4 with an RBI. Gabriel Lino went 1-3 with a walk. Lino has quietly raised his average to .296.
Nola Day! Aaron Nola (1-0, 0.00) pitches tomorrow.
Reading (37-33) lost to the Akron RubberDucks 9-4. Tom Windle lasted 4.0 innings. He gave up 6 runs on 11 hits and 2 walks. Ethan Martin gave up 2 runs in 2.0 innings Ryan O’Sullivan gave up 1 run in 2.0 innings and recorded 3 Ks. Colton Murray pitched a perfect ninth.
J.P. Crawford went 1-3 with 2 walks. New guy, Ethan Chapman, was inserted in CF and went 0-3 with a walk. KC Serna went 3-3 with a double, triple, and 2 RBI. Before he struck out in his final at bat, Crawford had attained a 1:1 BB-to-K ratio with 128 of each in 978 career plate appearances. (Tweeted by Matt Winkelman during the game.)
Mark Leiter (0-1, 3.86) pitches tomorrow.
Clearwater (35-33) led 1-0 when the game was suspended after the second inning. The Threshers scored in the bottom of the second. Andrew Knapp doubled to start the inning. Willians Astudillo aimed for RF until he lifted a ball that way. (Okay, it only took 2 tries.) It was deep enough and toward the line so that Knapp was able to advance to third. Chace Numata followed with a drive to left that the fielder had to catch on the run while still retreating along the LF line. Still, he managed to reach home plate on the fly, just after Knapp crossed with the go ahead run. Carlos Tocci lined a single to center in his only at bat. Mitchell Walding had the only other hit.
Matt Ihmof started and pitched a 1-2-3 first, recording a K in a 10-pitch inning. A lead off single and a wild pitch set the stage for a difficult second inning. The runner moved to third on a ground ball to the right side. Imhof got the second out with his second K of the evening. He appeared to pitch around the next batter with a base open to get to the weaker hitting eight hole hitter. This looked like a bad idea when he fell behind 3-0, but he rebounded to get a fly out to center.
Now, this fly to center was walloped over the head of a somewhat shallow Tocci. He turned his back to the ball, ran to a spot, turned, and caught the ball. Can of corn. (i.e., routine catch). I tweeted that I see what you all have been talking about. Make room. Let me on that Tocci band wagon.
If you don’t follow me on Twitter, I tweeted that Dylan Cozens was back in uniform tonight but not in the line up.
Colin Kleven (4-3, 3.00) is scheduled to pitch tomorrow. Don’t know who will pick up where Imhof left off. Suspended game starts at noon and will complete 9 innings. The regularly scheduled game will start about 30 minutes after the completion of the first game and will last seven innings. If the Threshers sweep, they will be the North Division Champions for the first half. The Threshers game conflicts with the GCL game. I have to see if the Threshers can complete their run from worst to first. Sorry GCL.
Lakewood (33-35) All Star break until Thursday when TBD pitches.
Williamsport (5-0) beat the West Virginia Black Bears 3-1. Luis Morales walked a tight rope for 3.0 innings. He threw 70 pitches (38 strikes) and allowed 9 base runners on 3 hits, 5 walks, and a hit batter. Yet he only allowed one run to score. He was reported to be 89-90, T92. (Tweeted by Mitch Rupert during the game.) Lewis Alezones pitch two, one walk innings and struck out three. Will Morris allowed 4 hits in 2.2 innings of shutout ball. Robert Tasin struck out 3 in 1.1 innings while recording his first save.
Jose Pujols went 0-3 with 2 Ks, but got an RBI. Brendon Hayden went 2-3 with a walk. Carlos Duran went 2-4. Jan Hernandez went 1-4 with a double and an RBI.
Denton Keys starts tomorrow.
GCL Phillies (1-0) were in the fourth inning of their game with the GCL Yankees1, when the game was halted due to lightning in the immediate area. An hour later, when it started to rain the game was suspended. It will be completed on July 8th with the Phillies leading 6-3, 2 outs, Arquimedes Gamboa on second, and a 2-2 count to Jonathan Arauz.
Shane Watson pitched 3.0 uninspiring innings. His line – 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 2 K. He was saved from further damage in a 2-run first inning when the Yankees1 ran themselves out of a big inning on an RBI single. With one out and a run in, Watson walked 2 batters. The next batter singled to right and the runner on second scored. Bryan Martelo threw to Jose Antequerra at third to cut down the lead runner. Antequerra threw back to Jonathan Arauz at second to nab the trailer. Edgar Cabral threw out a would be base stealer in the second inning.
Watson issued a lead off walk in the third. The runner stole second and moved to third when the throw hit him as he slid into the bag. After a strike out, he scored on a single. Then Watson issued 2 more walks to load the bases. Antequerras started an around-the-horn double play to end the inning.
The Phillies scratched out a run in the first. Jesus Alastre beat out an infield single, stole second, and moved to third on a throwing error. He scored on Arauz’ sacrifice fly to right. They completed the come back in the second with consecutive singles by Martelo, Henry Santana, and Antequerra who picked up 2 RBI. The fourth started with a Martelo double and an Antequerra single before Cabral’s single broke the tie. Alastre picked up an RBI on a fielder’s choice and Gamboa drove in a run with his first base hit, which won’t be official until the game is completed on July 8th.
DSL Phillies (11-9) beat the DSL Royals 8-7 in 11 innings. They fought back from 6-0 and 7-6 to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth. Daniel Brito (.292) went 1-5. Emmanuel Garcia went 3-5 with an RBI. Edwin Rodriguez went 1-5 with a 2-run HR. Nerluis Martinez went 1-5 with a 3-run HR.
VSL Phillies (13-19) beat the VSL Cubs 3-1. Edgar Jimenez (.386) went 2-3 with a walk and an RBI. He also stole 2 bases giving him 10 for the season.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- Philadelphia Phillies signed SS Lucas Williams.
- Philadelphia Phillies signed free agent LF Ethan Chapman to a minor league contract.
- Lehigh Valley IronPigs activated RHP Dustin McGowan.
- Aaron Altherr assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
- Lehigh Valley IronPigs released 2B Jayson Nix.
- LF Ethan Chapman assigned to Reading Fightin Phils.
- Luis Espiritu, Jr. assigned to GCL Phillies from Clearwater Threshers.
- Chase Harris assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lakewood BlueClaws.
- SS Lucas Williams assigned to GCL Phillies.
- Sent RHP Shane Watson on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies.
- DSL Phillies placed RHP Yonathan Gonzalez on the restricted list.
- DSL Phillies placed RHP Javier Cordoba on the restricted list.
- DSL Phillies placed C Wilber Torres on the restricted list.