Lehigh Valley (34-48) beat the Rochester Red Wings 7-1. David Buchanan pitched into the seventh inning. Nefi Ogando stranded 3 inherited runners and finished the game for his first save. Aaron Altherr (.361) went 1-3 with a triple. Gabriel Lino went 1-3 with an RBI. Chase d’Arnaud had 2 hits, a double, and 3 RBI. Brian Bogusevic went 2-4 with an RBI.
Reading (42-37) lost to the New Britain Rock Cats 10-0. Jesse Biddle had a rough five innings. Ethan Martin had a rougher two-thirds of an inning. And Joely Rodriguez gave up a home run to be like the other guys. The Rock Cats’ pitcher got his first win while throwing a 3-hit shutout at the Fightin Phils.
J.P. Crawford finally got a game off. If this is what happens, he’ll probably not get another one off. Kelly Dugan (.403) went 1-4. Andrew Knapp (.292) went 1-2 with a walk. Brian Pointer went 0-4 with 2 Ks and a GIDP. KC Serna got their other hit and batted leadoff in Crawford’s absence.
Clearwater (43-35) lost to the Tampa Yankees 4-1. Ricardo Pinto drew a tough opposite number tonight and pitched well in spite of the loss. He threw two mistake pitches all night and, unfortunately, they both came in the same inning. The first was a changeup that stayed up and was pulled down the left field line for a double in the fifth. The second was a 92 mph fastball in the batter’s wheel house that landed in the left field bleachers 2 batters later.
The Yankees had capitalized on a couple soft singles and a sacrifice fly in the first inning to take an early lead. That was almost enough for their starting pitcher, LHP Chaz Hebert. He came into the game having had some success against the Threshers. He no-hit them in a five inning appearance back on April 21st. He threw a complete game shutout against them on June 5th. In three appearances against Clearwater, he had an .095 ERA allowing only 2 runs in 19 innings. However, he had taken the loss in the game where he had allowed those 2 runs.
Tonight was more of the same. The Threshers didn’t get their first base runner until two outs in the second. Aaron Brown had walked but was picked off by the catcher to end the inning. Their next base runner reached when Malquin Canelo beat out a bunt base hit. Trailing by one run, Carlos Tocci was asked to sacrifice Canelo to second. Tocci popped the bunt hard over the charging, first baseman’s head for a lucky base hit. After a fielder’s choice at third, Willians Astudillo grounded an RBI single back through the box to tie the game. The Threshers managed only 2 singles the rest of the way.
Pinto had retired 10 in a row at one point. With two out in the fourth, Pullin played a ball off the wall and threw to second for another OF assist. After allowing the HR in the fifth inning, Pinto retired his last five batters including his first strike out against the last batter he faced. He was lifted after six innings but he had only thrown 67 pitches, 45 for strikes. He threw a strong sixth inning getting a routine fly to right and an infield pop up on his first two pitches. He struck out the next batter swinging on the seventh pitch of the at bat. The oddity of the inning was that he appeared to throw all changeups. His FB was 90-95,T96. (T107 if you care to believe the gun on one pitch. Since his first 95 came on the pitch preceding that reading, I would tend to ignore the four 95’s and one 96. I would be comfortable with 90-93,T94 that was prevalent in the earlier innings.)
Harold Guerrero can be overpowering, he recorded 4 Ks in two innings. But he put himself in a scoring situation when he walked the second batter after a leadoff single in the eighth. He attacked the sac bunt and got a force at third and struck out the next batter, but a bloop single just out of Mora’s reach allowed the runner to score from second. He struck out the final batter.
Jesen Therrien also allowed a leadoff single when he came out to pitch the ninth. A chop to first put runners on the corners when Hoskins threw off balance to second. Therrien escaped the no-out threat with a pop up to Hoskins and two strike outs.
The Threshers collected 5 hits and a walk. Canelo went 1-4. Tocci went 1-4. Pullin went 0-4. Hoskins (.300) went 2-4 with an RBI. Astudillo (.311) went 0-4. Angelo Mora (.307) went 1-3.
Lakewood (36-40) lost to the Delmarva Shorebirds 7-5. Ranfi Casimiro gave up 2 runs (1 unearned) in five innings. He was pulled after 82 pitches. He allowed 8 hits, a walk, and struck out three. Manny Martinez gave up 3 runs in one-third of an inning, and Matt Hockenbury was called upon to escape further damage. However, after the ‘Claws tied the game, he gave up the go ahead run. Calvin Rayburn gave up another run in his one inning.
Scott Kingery went 1-4 with a walk and an RBI. Drew Stankiewicz and H-Rod went 0-4 but each drove in a run. Damek Tomscha went 1-4 with a double. Kyle Martin went 2-4 with an RBI. Cord Sandberg went 2-3 with a walk. Emmanuel Marrero went 2-4 with a double.
Williamsport (12-1) beat the Auburn Doubledays 6-1. Alejandro Arteaga had a nice line that included 2 hits and 6 Ks in five innings. Will Morris struck out two in three one-hit innings. Juan Figueroa pitched a perfect ninth.
Five ‘Cutters had 2-hit games. DH Mark Laird went 2-4 with a walk and RBI. He scored two runs from the leadoff position. Venn Biter (.356) went 2-5. Jose Pujols returned to the line up after a day off and went 0-4. Brendon Hayden went 0-4. Josh Tobias went 2-3 with a double and a walk. Jan Hernandez went 2-3 with a HR (3) and 2 RBI. Zack Coppola went 2-3 with a walk and an RBI. Gregori Rivero went 1-4 with his first HR.
GCL Phillies (7-2) beat the GCL Braves 4-0. Brandon Leibrandt made a rehab start and threw four, 4-hit innings. He didn’t allow a run, walked none, and struck out five. Seranthony Dominguez struck out six and walked four in 3.2, 2-hit innings. Victor Delgado struck out two in 1.1 innings.
Luis Encarnacion (.385) went 3-3 with a triple, walk, and RBI. Yunior Reyes (.353) went 3-4 with 2 RBI. Cornelius Randolph went went 1-4 with a double and RBI.
DSL Phillies (15-12) split with the DSL Astros Blue. They lost 4-2 in 10 innings and won 5-4 in 13 innings. They were one-hit in the first game, and it was a single. Jairo Munoz pitched all 10 innings for the Phillies in the continuation of the suspended game. In the second game, Daniel Brito (.299) went 1-6 with a walk and RBI.
VSL Phillies (17-23) lost to the VSL Tigers 4-1.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- Phillies reach agreement with Dominican LF Jhailyn Ortiz for reported $4.2M, dependent on passing physical.
- Phillies agree to sign Venezuelan C Rafael Marchan for a reported $200K.
- Phillies sign infielder Keudi Bocio of DR.
- Phillies sign SS Jonathan Guzman of Panama.
- 2B Tyler Henson assigned to International League All-Stars.
- RHP Stephen Shackleford assigned to EAS Eastern Division All-Stars. Replaces Zach Eflin.
- 1B Brock Stassi assigned to EAS Eastern Division All-Stars.
- RHP Zach Eflin assigned to EAS Eastern Division All-Stars. Selected for the Pan Am Games.
- OF Roman Quinn assigned to EAS Eastern Division All-Stars. (DL – torn hip flexor)
- OF Cam Perkins assigned to EAS Eastern Division All-Stars. (DL – back)
- SS J.P. Crawford assigned to EAS Eastern Division All-Stars.
- Placed RHP Aaron Harang on the 15-day disabled list. Left foot plantar fasciitis
- Activated RHP Chad Billingsley from the 15-day disabled list.
- The Phillies opened up a 6-game lead for the top draft pick in the 2016 First Year Player Draft with their 4-game sweep by the second place Milwaukee Brewers.