Lehigh Valley (32-48) beat the Scranton RailRiders 12-8. Anthony Vasquez gave up 7 runs in the first 3 of his 5 innings, but benefitted from the IronPigs 17-hit attack. Hector Neris came in for a couple innings and gave up a run. Adam Loewen struck out four in his two, one-hit innings and picked up his second save. Aaron Altherr (.367) went 3-5 with 2 RBI. Gabriel Lino (.292) went 2-4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI. Brian Bogusevic (.305) went 2-4 with a walk in what could have been his last game for Lehigh Valley since he has an opt out clause that goes into effect July 1st.
Reading (41-36) beat the Portland Sea Dogs 6-1. Colin Kleven made his Reading debut with six, three-hit innings. He allowed one run, walked none, and struck out four. Tom Windle, Reinier Roibal and Stephen Shackleford each pitched a shutout inning.
J.P. Crawford went 0-5 and didn’t reach base, again. I know that Reading has had 2 rainouts in the last week, but they were made up as double headers the next days. And, Crawford played both games in those and hasn’t missed a game since being called up on May 30th. May be time to give him a day off.
Kelly Dugan (.414) went 4-5 with an RBI. Andrew Knapp went 2-5 with double and 2 RBI. Brock Stassi went 2-3 with 2 walks.
Clearwater (42-34) beat the Charlotte Stone Crabs 12-2. They have won 10 of 11 games and are a season best 8 games over .500. David Whitehead pitched a gem. He went 7.0 innings, gave up 3 hits and a walk. He struck out two. Thanks to 2 double plays and a caught stealing, he faced only 22 batters. Cody Forsythe struck out two in his 2.0 innings of mop up and gave up a 2-run home run.
The Threshers took an early lead on Devin Lohman’s first home run, a solo shot in the third inning. The game remained close until Clearwater scored 11 runs in the sixth. (Is 11 considered a crooked number?) They loaded the bases on singles by Chase Harris, Malquin Canelo, and Carlos Tocci’s HBP. Andrew Pullin drove in a run on a FC. Rhys Hoskins walked to reload the bases. Consecutive singles by Chace Numata, Aaron Brown, Angelo Mora, Lohman, and Harris each drove in a run and kept the bases loaded. Canelo drove in a run with a SF. Tocci reloaded the bases, reaching on a FC when the Stone Crabs failed to record an out. Pullin ended the blitz with a grand slam to right.
Canelo went 2-4 with an RBI. Pullin went 2-5 with a HR and 5 RBI. Hoskins went 2-4 with a double and a walk. Mora went 2-5 with a double and an RBI. Lohman went 2-4 with a HR and 2 RBI. Harris went 3-4 with an RBI. Tocci went 0-4 with a K and 2 GIDP. Brown picked up an OF assist.
Lakewood (36-38) lost to the Delmarva Shorebirds 4-3. Josh Taylor threw 97 pitches but could only pitch into the fifth inning. He gave up 2 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks in 4.1 innings. Scott Harris followed with 1.2 innings giving up 2 runs. Alexis Rivero finished with two shutout innings. Kyle Martin went 3-4 with 2 doubles. Cord Sandberg went 1-4. Damek Tomscha went 3-4 with 2 doubles, his 4th HR, and 3 RBI.
Williamsport (10-1) lost to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers 2-1. Luis Morales gave up the 2 runs on 6 hits. Tyler Gilbert and Andrew Godail negotiated a self-inflicted mine field over the last 3 innings. They allowed 7 base runners but didn’t allow the Scrappers to score.
The Crosscutters managed only 6 base runners on 4 hits and 2 walks. Mark Laird got his first pro hit in 4 ABs. Venn Biter (.389) extended his seasoning opening hit streak to 9 games with his one hit in 4 ABs. Gregori Rivero went 2-3 with 2 doubles.
GCL Phillies (6-1) took 2 from the GCL Astros.
In the continuation of the suspended game, the bullpen made Luis Encarnacion’s 2-run HR stand up in a 2-1 victory. Adonis Medina pitched three shutout innings with a hit, 2 walks, and 4 Ks. Horace Stubblefield walked one and struck out 5 in two shutout innings. Carlos Indriago gave up one run on 5 hits in two innings. And, Sutter McLoughlin struck out the side while racking up his second save. Encarnacion finished 3-4.
The second game was scoreless for the scheduled seven innings. The Phillies won 1-0 in a walkoff in eight. Sam McWilliams was dominant for 6.0 innings. He allowed 2 ground ball singles. He walked none and struck out five. His FB was consistently at 92 mph. He induced a lot of weak contact. Eight outs came on ground balls and 3 more on pop ups. Ismael Cabrera pitched the final 2 innings. His FB was at 94 mph. He surrendered 2 hits, a flare just over the first baseman and the hardest hit ball of the day, a line drive to center.
The Phillies missed an opportunity to win in the seventh. Greg Pickett lined a single to center with one out and was lifted for pinch runner Juan Luis who stole second and went to third on an E2T. Luis Espiritu was intentioanlly walked, but Henry Santana chopped into an around-the-horn double play.
Jose Antequerra started the eighth off with a double that he guided down the right field line with two strikes. After Rodolfo was HBP, Jesus Alastre sacrificed them into scoring position. The Astros chose to intentionally walk Arky Gamboa and pitch to “C” Randolph, hoping for a double play. Randolph swung hard at a couple of rising fastballs, trying to lift a fly ball to end the game. Both looked to be out of the strike zone. With a 1-2 count, he moved off the end of the bat and lined the next pitch over the second baseman to earn the walkoff win. This is the second time I’ve noticed him moving up off the end of the bat handle with two strikes for better bat control. Not much, maybe a finger width.
The Phillies only had 6 hits. Alastre went 2-3. Pickett went 2-3. Antequerra had their only XBH and went 1-3 with a double. And Randolph went 1-4 with the game-winning single. Both of the Phillies’ walks were intentional. McWilliams and Cabrera walked nobody.
After a leadoff single in the second, Gamboa ranged far to his right to cut off a ball in the hole and fire to Antequerra at second. He made a quick and fluid turn to complete the double play to Henry Santana at first. Gamboa and Antequerra both looked real good on that play.
DSL Phillies (13-11) beat the DSL Indians 2-1. Daniel Brito (.310) went 1-2 with a double, 2 walks, and an RBI. Sixto Sanchez pitched five, 4-hit innings and struck out five. Anderson Nunez pitched 3 shutout innings. Jairo Munoz picked up his 6th save while giving up an unearned run.
VSL Phillies (16-22) were no-hit by the VSL Rays 2-0.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- Signed free agent 1B Jan Guerrero to a minor league contract.
- 1B Jan Guerrero assigned to DSL Phillies.
- RHP Colin Kleven assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers.
- Over the past few weeks, some commenters have reverted back to inappropriate language. Think of George Carlin’s “7 words you can’t say on TV”. These words, portions of these words, and derivatives of these words are blocked. The program will block comments if a banned word is imbedded in another word. For instance, if press is banned, it would block a comment that contains wordpress. So, if your comment doesn’t appear, this may be why. I don’t make it a point to check blocked comments frequently. One word that you may question is suck/sucks. It is on the banned list. It is there to keep the troll who has it as part of his name AND uses it in the one sentence comment he repeats through threads. It will remain on the banned list. So, you’ll have to use your grown up words to convey that thought rather than that word.
- Yesterday, I deleted a comment by a person who resorted to calling a 16-year old amateur ball player a name based on his physical appearance. This will not be tolerated. If you don’t like this, tough. I can’t really force compliance over this. And, I really don’t want to have to check every comment. This is already taking up a lot of my time.