Lehigh Valley (34-49) lost to the Rochester Red Wings 6-5 in 16 innings. Seve Gonzalez allowed 5 runs on 5 hits including 2 home runs in seven innings. Adam Loewen and Hector Neris pitched five innngs of perfect relief. Juan Gutierrez threw three shutout innings. Chris Leroux gave up the go-ahead run in the 16th inning. Aaron Altherr (.310) went 0-6 with 2 walks. Gabriel Lino (.293) went 2-7. Tyler Henson went 4-8 with 3 doubles and 2 RBI. Brian Bogusevic went 1-7 with a walk and an RBI. The Red Wings’ pitchers struck out 23 IronPigs. Every ‘Pig who got into the game struck out at least once. Lino led the way with five.
Reading (43-37) beat the New Britain Rock Cats 12-7. Hoby Milner gave up 5 runs on 3 home runs in three innings. Colton Murray scattered 5 hits over three shutout innings and earned this first win. Tom Windle and Ryan O’Sullivan each gave up a run over the final three innings.
J.P. Crawford finally went 3-6 from the two-hole. Kelly Dugan (.394) went 1-4 with a double and 2 RBI. Drew Heid had 3 RBI, Brian Pointer had 2 RBI, and Harold Martinez had 4 RBI.
Clearwater (44-35) beat the Tampa Yankees 3-0. Matt Imhof pitched six, one-hit innings. Ethan Stewart pitched one perfect inning. And Edubray Ramos picked up the six out save, his eighth. Rhys Hoskins drove in the first run with a double and scored the second run on a Willians Astudillo sacrifice fly. The Threshers tacked on an insurance run when Carlos Tocci scored on Angelo Mora’s double play ball.
Imhof kept the Yankees off balance with his 87-89 offerings in the first four innings. In his final two innings, Imhof actually improved his range to 88-90. He threw 96 pitches, 57 strikes. In addition to the lone single he allowed, Imhof walked four batters. He picked Tyler Wade off twice (the Yankees lead off batter).
Stewart was making his first appearance after coming off Reading’s DL. He got a weak comebacker and an overpowering strike out before a fly ball to center in his one inning.
Ramos and his 94-95 fastball was speed the Yankees hadn’t seen all night. But he also has a devastating changeup that completely baffles batters. He walked his first batter before getting two Yankees on changes – one batter looked awful swinging at air, the other was frozen as he watched the ball dip thru the zone. He started the ninth with two ground balls back thru the middle – one for a single, the other for a 6-3 double play. Ramos retired the next Yankee on a change in the dirt, but the wild pitch allowed the batter to reach first. So, a couple pitches later he got the final out on a soft fly to center.
The Threshers produced only six hits, but were able to plate three runs. Hoskins (.303)went 1-3 with a double and an RBI. Tocci went 2-2. Astudillo (.313) went 1-2 with a SF and RBI.
Tocci had been given the night off. He entered the game as a defensive replacement for Aaron Brown to start the third inning. Brown had struck out swinging to lead off the home second. It was a hard swing, reminded me of the hard swing by Kelly Dugan when he pulled his oblique in 2013 spring training. Between innings, the trainer led Brown off the field. I hope it’s not serious. I’ll report actual news when I get something, but the Threshers are on the road until Tuesday.
The Threshers set an attendance record with 9966 people in attendance.
Lakewood (37-40) beat the Delmarva Shorebirds 6-2. Chris Oliver gave up a run on 2 hits and 4 walks over 5 innings. Austin Davies gave up a solo HR in his 3 innings. Alexis Rivero threw a one-hit ninth.
The BlueClaws scored 6 unearned runs in the fifth inning to carry themselves to victory. Jiandido tromp went 1-3 with a 3-run HR. Scott Kingery went 1-5. H-Rod went 1-5 with an RBI. Damek Tomscha went 1-4 with an RBI. Cord Sandberg went 1-3 with an RBI.
Williamsport (13-1) beat the Auburn Doubledays 6-1. They scored 6 runs in the first inning and made it hold up. Franklyn Kilome allowed one unearned during his five innings. Feliberto Sanchez and Skylar Hunter eached threw two one-hit, one strike out innings.
CF Mark Laird went 1-4. Venn Biter (.347) went 1-4. Jose Pujols went 1-4 with a double and an RBI. Josh Tobias went 2-4 with an RBI. Jan Hernandez went 0-4. Jesus Posso went 2-4 with an RBI. Zachary Coppola went 1-3 with an RBI.
GCL Phillies (8-2) beat the GCL Yankees2, 7-2 in 10 innings. Ranger Suarez pitched six, three-hit, shutout innings and struck out five. Zach Morris gave up a game-tying, 2-run home run in the bottom of the ninth and got the win. Sutter McLoughlin pitched a perfect tenth.
Luis Encarnacion (.387) went 2-5 with an RBI. Cornelius Randolph went went 1-3 with a double, 2 walks, and 2 RBI.
DSL Phillies (15-13) lost to the DSL Astros Blue 5-1. They were 2-hit. and commited 4 errors. Daniel Brito (.282) went 0-2 with 2 walks. Nerluis Martinez went 2-4 with a double.
VSL Phillies (17-24) lost to the VSL Tigers 5-2. SS Raul Rivas hit his first home run.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- Hoby Milner assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers.
- Ethan Stewart assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Reading Fightin Phils.
- Reading Fightin Phils placed RHP Zach Eflin on the temporarily inactive list.
- GCL Phillies released LHP Jake Reppert. (The first 2015 draft pick to be released.)
- Jairo Munoz assigned to GCL Phillies from DSL Phillies.
- Henry Santana assigned to DSL Phillies from GCL Phillies.
- C Wilman Silva assigned to VSL Phillies.
- 2B Joseph Torrivilla assigned to VSL Phillies.
- OF Malvin Matos assigned to VSL Phillies.