Lehigh Valley (33-48) beat the Scranton RailRiders 3-2 in 10 innings. Seth Rosin, Cesar Jimenez, and Juan Gutierrez combined to throw six shutout innings as the IronPigs came from behind to win in a walkoff on Tyler Henson’s triple and Russ Canzler’s RBI single. Aaron Altherr went 1-3 with a walk.
Reading (42-36) beat the New Britain Rock Cats 3-1. Ben Lively was ejected for arguing balls and strikes after a lead off walk and single in the sixth inning. Ryan O’Sullivan pitched out of that mess and joined with Reinier Roibal and Stephen Shackleford to pitch four perfect innings while preserving Lively’s sixth win. Shackleford recorded his 16th save.
J.P. Crawford, playing in his 30th consecutive game, went 1-4 with a walk, was caught stealing for the second time, and commited a fielding error, 6th error since joining Reading. Kelly Dugan (.413) went 3-5. Andrew Knapp went 1-5 with 2 RBI. Brock Stassi went 2-3 with a double, 2 walks, and an RBI. Brian Pointer picked up an OF assist throwing out a runner at home.
Clearwater (43-34) beat the Tampa Yankees 5-1. Victor Arano had perhaps his finest outing of the season. He held the Yankees to 4 singles. He faced NY Yankees, rehabbing centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury 3 times. He induced 2 weak pop ups to Mitch Walding at third and a soft, bloop single to right. Arano walked none and struck out four. He threw 92 pitches in six innings, 65 strikes. He was 90-93 with his FB all night, still throwing 92 and touching 93 in the sixth inning. Arano, Miguel Nunez, and Ulises Joaquin combined to one-hit the Yankees over the last six innings, retiring 18 of 19 batters, including the final 15 they faced.
Arano got all the support he needed in the first inning when Andrew Pullin crushed his 8th HR of the season over the RF wall. It hit the stone wall behind the Wawa sign and rebounded back onto the field. Malquin Canelo and Carlos Tocci had singled to start the inning and scored ahead of him. Later, Pullin reached on a throwing error to start the fifth inning and eventually scored from second on Aaron Brown’s line drive single to left. They tacked on another run in the eighth when Chace Numata’s double scored Willians Astudillo who had singled to start the inning.
Canelo went 1-5 with 3 K. Tocci went 0-4. Pullin went 1-4 with a HR and 3 RBI. Hoskins went 0-4 with 2 K. Astudillo went 2-4. Brown went 2-3 with a walk and an RBI. Numata went 2-4 with a double and an RBI. Angelo Mora went 2-3 with a triple and a walk.
The Threshers are a season high nine games over .500 and have won 11 of twelve.
Lakewood (36-39) lost to the Delmarva Shorebirds 2-0. Tyler Viza pitched well in defeat. He pitched 7.2 innings, threw 93 pitches, 71 strikes. He struck out seven and walked one. Through six innings, Viza had allowed a first inning, lead off single that was erased on a double play and a one-out, third inning triple he stranded. The Shorebirds finally broke through, but it took them 5 singles, a walk, a sacrifice, and a sacrifice fly in the final two innings to finally get two runs across. Joey DeNato came in to record the final out with a strike out.
The BlueClaws managed only five base runners in the game – on four singles and a fielding error. Damek Tomscha went 2-4. Derek Campbell and Gustavo Martinez each went 1-3.
Williamsport (11-1) beat the Auburn Doubledays 5-4 in 11 innings. Six Crosscutters’ pitchers combined to strike out 15 Doubledays. Luke Leftwich struck out six in 2.2 innings. The ‘Cutters fell behind in the second and trailed until the eighth. Lewis Alezones, Jason Zgardowski, and Anthony Sequeira threw one-hit ball over the last 3.1 innings.
Williamsport’s offense struggled early, scoring a run on a Carlos Duran sacrifice fly. Trailing by 3 runs entering the eighth, they managed to load the bases on walks. Josh Tobias tied the game with a double. The game remained tied until Carlos Duran led off the 11th with a HR.
The ‘Cutters had some adventures on the base paths. Zack Coppola stole 3 bases and Andrew Amaro stole one. But, they had three base runners thrown out stealing – Grenny Cumana at second, Josh Tobias and Coppola at third.
Amaro led off and went 1-3 with 2 walks. Venn Biter (.350) went 0-4 with a walk. Tobias went 1-5 with a double and 23 RBI. Brendon Hayden went 1-4 with a double. Duran went 2-4 with a HR and 2 RBI.
GCL Phillies (6-2) lost to the GCL Braves 5-0. Felix Paulino pitched well at times. His FB was 92-94, but he left it up in the first inning and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits. He was unhittable the next three innings, but was touched for 2 more runs in the fifth. Ethan Stewart made a rehab appearance. He recorded one K while throwing 89-90 with his FB. Edgar Garcia pitched two shutout innings. Kevin Walsh finished up allowing a run on a pop single down the left field line, stolen base, ground out, and sacrifice fly. The Phillies managed four hits. Juan Luis went 2-4 with a double.
The pop single mentioned above was in the air for a long time. Some around me thought the left fielder (Randolph) was slow reacting to the ball. It did look like he pulled up too soon as he approached it. In any event, the batter was held to a single. Earlier he had popped up at home plate. The ball drifted into fair territory and the fielders collided. The ball dropped to the ground. Randolph had drifted maybe 20 feet up the line and appeared to think the ball was foul. He started late and was called out on a close play. (Called out incorrectly, we thought.)
Greg Pickett led off the ninth inning with a chop toward first. He tried to avoid the tag and was in immediate pain. The trainer was summoned and he was ushered off the field. He had a noticeable limp as he passed me. Too early to tell, but it looked like a knee. But he didn’t require assistance, so we’ll see.
DSL Phillies (14-11) beat the DSL Indians 5-3. They came back from a 3-0 deficit. Daniel Brito (.311) went 1-3 with a double, a walk, and an RBI. Steiner Carmona got his third win with three, one-hit, shutout innings.
VSL Phillies (17-22) beat the VSL Tigers 3-0. Gustavo Armas (6.0 IP, 8 K), Abdallah Aris, and Luis Gonzalez combined to scatter 7 hits and issue no walks while shutting out the Tigers.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- Lehigh Valley IronPigs activated RHP David Buchanan from the 7-day disabled list.
- Reading Fightin Phils sent LHP Ethan Stewart on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies.