Lehigh Valley (35-49) beat the Rochester Red Wings 4-3. Aaron Nola allowed 3 runs and 9 hits while striking out six over six innings. Five hits including a home run in the fifth put the IronPigs in a 3-2 hole. A late rally and strong pitching out of the bullpen by Seth Rosin and Adam Loewen, who picked up his third save, preserved the win. Aaron Altherr (.333) went 2-3 with a double, walk, and 2 RBI.
Reading (43-38) lost to the Trenton Thunder 9-2. Mark Leiter had a short 4-run outing followed by Reinier Roibal who also gave up 4 runs. Ethan Martin came in to pitch a perfect 3.1 innings (marred only by a fielding error) before Stephen Shackleford gave up a late run. J.P. Crawford went 1-4 with a double, walk, and RBI. Kelly Dugan (.378) went 0-3 with 2 walks. Andrew Knapp went 1-4 with a double and RBI.
Clearwater (45-35) beat the Brevard County Manatees 7-6. Yacksel Rios benefitted from an offense that scored in five of the first seven innings building a 7-3 lead. Only one of the three runs he allowed was earned on three hits and two walks. He struck out four. Miguel Nunez got knocked around before Jesen Therrien and Ulises Joaquin came on to shut down the Manatees. Joaquin picked up his ninth save.
Every Thresher had a hit in their 13-hit attack. Carlos Tocci went 2-5 and stole his first base. Andrew Pullin went 1-5 with a double. Rhys Hoskins (.297) went 1-4 with an RBI. Chace Numata went 3-4 with an RBI. Willians Astudillo (.316) went 2-4 with a HR (3) and 4 RBI.
Lakewood (38-40) beat the Hagerston Suns 6-0. Elniery Garcia allowed 5 hits and 2 walks in his seven shutout innings. Scott Harris mopped up. Drew Stankiewicz went 2-4 with a double, his first HR, and 2 RBI. Kyle Martin went 2-3 with a double and a walk. Cord Sandberg went 3-4 with an RBI. Derek Campbell went 1-4 with a double and 2 RBI.
Williamsport (13-2) lost to the Brooklyn Cyclones 2-0. Jose Taveras held the Cyclones to one run on 2 hits in seven innngs. he struck out six. Robert tasin gave up a solo HR in his two innings. Both teams were held to three hits. Josh Tobias went 2-3 with a double. Gregori Rivero went 1-3.
GCL Phillies (9-2) beat the GCL Yankees2, 8-4. Ismael Cabrera opened the game with 5 consecutive strike outs. He pitched 3.0 innings and allowed one hit and one walk. He struck out six. He was easily the most effective pitcher today, but due to the oddities of baseball rules, a less efficient pitcher was awarded the win.
Jesus Alastre went 2-3 with a triple and an RBI. Arquimedes Gamboa went 1-3 with 2 walks and an RBI. Cornelius Randolph (.303) went went 2-4 with a double, walk, and 3 RBI. Luis Encarnacion (.371) went 1-4 with an RBI.
Luis Encarnacion looks so much better at the plate than he did last year, better than he looked during XST. He exudes a confidence that wasn’t apparent his first season. His defense has kicked up a notch at first. too. He made a catch on a stretch, keeping his foot on the base, that he wasn’t making earlier.
If Encarnacion is exuding confidence, Cornelius Randolph is confidence. His every at bat, he looks like a big league hitter – his stance, his approach, his composure. I incorrectly reported that he chokes up a little with two strikes. He always has a little gap from the bottom of the handle. What he does is shorten his swing and still make hard contact. He’s as dangerous with two strikes as he is earlier in the count. I forget the count on his double, but he crushed it to center over the fielder’s head.
DSL Phillies (16-13) beat the DSL Royals 4-3. The second game, a make up game, hasn’t posted yet.
VSL Phillies (18-24) beat the VSL Cubs 6-4.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- Correction from yesterday. Jacob Reppert was not released. He was added to the Voluntary Retirement List.
- I think we sometimes forget how tough this life can be for young players. They leave a “safe” environment that includes family, friends, coaches, teammates; and are thrust into a “business” environment. They receive very low pay. I know for a fact that some could not survive here without assistance from locals. They live in hotels, the quality of hotel that I wouldn’t consider for an overnight stay, let alone to live in. They are alone for an extended time for probably the first time in their lives – they have a roommate, but in all likelihood they won’t speak the same language. And the food – different from home cooking and not enough of it. Then there’s the business of baseball. Very much different than what they experienced back in school. Practice. Meetings. Scrimmages. Playing in front of less fans than were at their little league games. It’s now a job, no longer a game.
- Lehigh Valley IronPigs placed LF Brian Bogusevic on the temporarily inactive list. (For the Pan Am Games)
- Ethan Chapman assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
- Reading Fightin Phils activated LF Cam Perkins from the 7-day disabled list.
- Lakewood BlueClaws activated RHP Shane Watson from the restricted list.
- Lakewood BlueClaws released LHP Yoel Mecias.