Lehigh Valley (29-47) lost to the Louisville Bats 11-5. Chad Billingsley gave up 1 run on 5 hits in 5.0 innings and had been provided with 4 early runs. Adam Loewen pitched a scoreless sixth inning, striking out 2 batters. Then came the soft underbelly of the bullpen. Cesar Jimenez blew his fourth save in one inning of work. After the ‘Pigs offense retook the lead (and put Jimenez in line for the win), Dustin McGowan blew his save opportunity and put the game out of reach. Not to be outdone, Juan Gutierrez allowed 4 hits and a run in the ninth.
Aaron Altherr went 0-5. Gabriel Lino went 1-4 with 3 RBI. Russ Canzler went 2-4 with a walk, double, and 2 RBI. I wonder if a prospect would ever regret a promotion into a mess like this. I also wonder if an older player who has an opt out clause would have his opt out date circled on the calendar and his opt out statement already prepared.
Reading (38-35) split a double header with the Akron RubberDucks. They won the makeup game 4-3 and lost the scheduled game 2-0.
Ben Lively took the loss in game one. He pitched well – 7.0 IP (complete game), 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 102 pitches, 69 strikes. The Phils could only manage 3 singles and KC Serna’s double. The most excitement moment might have been generated by manager Dusty Wathan’s ejection from the game in the fourth inning.
Later, Joely Rodriguez won what amounted to a “bullpen” game. The Phils stroked 10 hits, 9 singles and J.P. Crawford’s second home run. J.P. went 1-4. Kelly Dugan (.349) went 2-4. Andrew Knapp went 1-4 with his first RBI for the walkoff win. Art Charles and Brian Pointer chipped in with 2 hits each. Hitting coach Frank Cacciatore was ejected in the sixth inning.
Clearwater (39-33) beat the Dunedin Blue Jays 5-4. It marks their 7th consecutive win. Victor Arano picked up his first win of the season in spite of a late rally by the Jays. Arano went 7.0 innings gave up 4 singles and struck out three. He also hit a batter. His FB was 92-94. Cody Forsythe worked for the first time in 10 days and was touched for 4 runs on 2 home runs. Ulises Joaquin entered the game in the ninth inning after the Jays had pulled within one run. The inning continued as a bit of a roller coaster until the final ground out with 2 runners on base.
Malquin Canelo went 1-3 with a double and an RBI. Carlos Tocci (.226) went 0-4. Andrew Pullin went 2-3. Rhys Hoskins went 1-3 with a 2-run HR, his first. Aaron Brown, Willians Astudillo, and Angelo Mora each had 2 hits. Astudillo hit his second HR of the season in the eighth inning and it proved to be the final margin of victory. He also started at catcher for only the fifth time this season.
The Jays’ brought in Miguel Castro in relief in the seventh inning. He started the season in Toronto and made 13 appearances for them. Tonight he came in and hit 98 and 99 on his first two pitches. He struck out Pullin and Hoskins in his one inning of work.
The Threshers are 2-0 in the second half. Their magic number to clinch is 69.
Lakewood (34-36) beat the Hickory Crawdads 6-3. Ranfi Casimiro went 5.0 innings. He gave up all 3 Crawdads’ runs but only 2 were earned. He allowed 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out four. Scott Harris pitched 2 perfect innings. Alexis Rivero picked up his 7th save with two one-hit innings.
Scott Kingery went 0-3 with a walk. Herlis Rodriguez went 1-4 with a double and a walk. Cord Sandberg went 3-4 with a double and his second HR, a grand slam. Kyle Martin went 1-4 with a double and an RBI.
Williamsport (8-0) beat the Batavia Muckdogs 8-1. Franklyn Kilome went 6.0 innings of shutout ball. He allowed 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out six. But, it was not vintage Kilome. He was up most of the game and only threw 55 strikes among his 95 pitches. That’s pretty good though, that he would have such good results on a night he labored with control. Lewis Alezones allowed a home run and a walk over three innings, striking out 3 while picking up his first save.
Jose Pujols (.469) went 1-4 with a double and an RBI. Brendon Hayden (.429) went 1-4 with an RBI. Zach Coppola went 1-3 with an RBI. Venn Biter (.462) went 1-4. Grenny Cumana went 2-3 with an RBI. And, Jesus Posso went 1-4 with a 2-run HR.
GCL Phillies (3-1) lost to the GCL Tigers 6-2. Seranthony Dominguez gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks in 4.0 innings of work. Will Stewart pitched his first inning and gave up a solo HR. Tanner Kiest pitched 2 shutout innings.
DH Cornelius Randolph went 0-4 with 2 K. Greg Picket DNP. Scott Tomassetti went 2-2 with an RBI. Luis Espiritu went 2-4 with an RBI. Jonathan Arauz went 2-4 with a double.
DSL Phillies (12-10) beat the DSL Athletics 1-0 on unearned run. Daniel Brito (.296) went 1-3 with a walk.
VSL Phillies (15-20) lost to the VSL Tigers 11-2. Lenin Rodriguez went 2-4 with 2 doubles and an RBI.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- Manager Ryne Sandberg tenderd his resignation to the Phillies. Pete Mackanin named interim manager.
- Lehigh Valley IronPigs released RHP Paul Clemens.
- Nefi Ogando assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
- C Wilson Garcia assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Williamsport Crosscutters.