Lehigh Valley (36-50) lost to the Rochester Red Wings 10-8. The bullpen blew leads of 4-3 and 8-6. Adam Loewen gave up 4 runs without recording an out in the ninth inning – the crushing blow a walkoff, three-run home run. Aaron Altherr (.321) went 1-4 with a HR (3) and 3 RBI. Gabriel Lino (.281) went 0-3. Chase d’Arnaud had 4 hits, a triple, and an RBI.
Reading (44-39) beat the Trenton Thunder 6-4. Ben Lively threw 102 pitches in six innings, striking out five. Ryan O’Sullivan threw two one-hit innings. Stephen picked up his seventeenth save. J.P. Crawford went 2-5 with a triple and RBI. Kelly Dugan (.341) went 0-4. Andrew Knapp (.290) went 1-3. Harold Martinez (.293) went 3-4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI.
Clearwater (46-36) beat the Brevard County Manatees 3-0 in a rain-shortened game. Victor Arano gave up three hits and a walk, while striking out three in seven shutout innings. Rhys Hoskins (.310) went 0-2 with a walk. Catcher, Willians Astudillo (.311) went 0-2. Mithell Walding went 1-2 with a double, walk, and 2 RBI. Carlos Tocci went 1-3. Andrew Pullin had another outfield assist.
It looks like Arano has overcome his earlier problem with pitching to opponents a second time through the line up. He is 3-7, but has won his last 3 starts. He has surrendered only two earned runs in his last four appearances for a 0.75 ERA (2 runs in 24 innings). He has walked one and struck out 12 during that same span while allowing 16 hits.
Lakewood (39-41) beat the Hagerston Suns 5-3. Will Morris allowed 2 hits and struck out 5 in five innings. Calvin Rayburn pitched 2 one-hit innings. Matt Hockenberry blew the save and got the win. Kyle Martin (.362) went 2-3 with a double, walk, and three runs scored. Herlis Rodriguez (.305) went 3-4 with an RBI. Cord Sandberg went 2-4 with an RBI.
Williamsport (13-4) lost to the Brooklyn Cyclones 2-1 in 10 innings. Tyler Gilbert threw three one-hit innings and struck out four. Luke Leftwich allowed a run in three innings on two hits and struck out three. Luis Morales pitched two ho-hit innings striking out three and walking two. Anthony Sequeria allowed an unearned run in 1.1 innings. He didn’t allow a hit but a walk, sacrifice, errant throw (by the pitcher) on a fileder’s choice cost Williamsport the game. A leadoff walk. Tsk. Tsk. The ‘Cutters offense was only able to get five hits. Jose Pujols (.328) went 1-2 with a double and 2 walks. Brendon Hayden (.314) went 1-4. Josh Tobias (.357) went 1-4 with a triple. Jesus Posso went 1-4. Austin Bossart went 1-3 with an RBI.
GCL Phillies (9-3) lost to the GCL Blue Jays 5-4. The game was played at 6:30PM at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, the Toronto Blue Jays’ spring training field that doubles as the Dunedin Blue Jays’ FSL venue. The game was scoreless for 6 innings. The Phillies entered the ninth inning trailing 4-0 and tied the game only to lose in the bottom of the inning. Sam McWilliams pitched five shutout innings. He had runners on base every inning but never appeared to be in trouble.
McWilliams loaded the bases in the first inning after retiring the first two batters. He hit two batters while trying to establish the inside of the plate. In between, a fielder’s choice at second arrived late. McWilliams got a soft ground ball to second to get out of the inning.
In the second, a ground single through the first baseman was erased on an around the horn double play followed by a weak pop up.
A bunt single led off the third. The runner was caught stealing by Rodolfo Duran. After a walk and stolen base, McWilliams got another pop up. The final out was recorded on a routine grounder to third. For some reason, the base runner ran into the tag.
The fourth inning started with a ground out to first followed by a fielding error at first. A fielder’s choice and soft pop to short ended the inning.
A throwing error by the shortstop put another leadoff batter on base in the fifth. A jammed, bloop single to center put two runners on base. Another pop up was induced for the first out. A soft liner to short led to an inning ending double play.
McWilliams looked stong through out. The stadium gun wasn’t working again, so I wasn’t charting pitches. He seemed to be throwing as hard as he was in his last outing. He broke about 4-5 bats and the hardest contact may have been when he hit the two batters in the first. (jk, maybe) He only struck out one batter, the first he faced, and he walked one.
The only ball hit in the air to the outfield was the bloop single to center. The other base hits were a bunt and a ground ball that went under the first baseman’s glove. McWilliams got 8 ground balls that recorded 7 outs and should have had 2 more outs. He induced 4 pop ups and the soft liner that resulted in a double play.
Edgar Garcia allowed 3 runs in his second inning. He had help from his fielders. I scored a couple errors in the seventh that didn’t make it into the original scorer’s card. He started and ended the inning with Ks. The scoring decisions didn’t matter though, the runs would have scored anyway.
Kevin Walsh got two quick outs in the eighth but a single, wild pitch, single gave the Jays an important run. After the Phillies tied the game in the ninth, Walsh gave up a leadoff single in the bottom of the inning. A sacrifice moved the runner to second. Then a passed ball, put the winning run on third. Coach Delima opted to walk the bases loaded and bring in Victor Delgado. Victor struck out his first batter, then served up a cookie after getting the batter into a 1-2 hole. The single to right ended the game.
The Phillies rally was fueled by 2 errors commited by the Jays’ pitcher to put the first two batters on base in the ninth. They scored 4 runs on a single, single, sacrifice bunt, sacrifice fly, single. Another single put runners on the corners before the Jays could get the final out.
Cornelius Randolph (.297) went 1-4. He lined a single to right for his base hit. He was one of the batters to reach on the pitcher’s errors in the ninth. He had one ball hit to him. It was a line drive with a runner on second. He bobbled the ball and had to throw into second base rather than home. However, I don’t think he would have had a play on the runner who broke on contact with two outs. I would have liked to see his arm, though.
Luis Encarnacion (.385) went 2-4 with an RBI. Scott Tomassetti (.455) went 1-4 with an RBI as the DH. Rodolfo Duran crushed a 2-out triple early in the game over the CF head and off the wall.
DSL Phillies (18-13) beat the DSL Royals 10-3. Nerluis Martinez (.378) hit his second HR and had 3 RBI. Edwin Rodriguez hit his third HR and had 2 RBI. Robinson (3-0, 1.93) pitched five, one-hit innings.
VSL Phillies (18-25) lost to the VSL Tigers 6-4. Oskerlly Sanchez pitched five innings – 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- According to his Twitter account HS LHP Nick Fanti may be arriving as early as Tuesday in Clearwater.
- Lakewood BlueClaws activated C Jose Mayorga from the 7-day disabled list.
- Will Morris assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters.