Lehigh Valley (38-50) beat the Pawtucket Red Sox 9-8. Jesse Biddle made his long-awaited debut in AAA. He got smacked around in 2.1 innings – 5 hits, 6 walks, and 7 runs. Cesar Jimenez came in and allowed 2 inherited runners to score before allowing one of his own on a solo HR. Chris Leroux, Adam Loewen, and Nefi Ogando pitched four shutout innings while the IronPigs rallied to tie then win in a walkoff.
Aaron Altherr (.306) went 1-6 with a double and 2 RBI. Logan Moore went 2-4 with 2 RBI. Chase d’Arnaud, Tyler Henson, Cord Phelps, and Chris McGuiness had 2 hits each. Jordan Danks went 4-5 with 3 doubles and 3 RBI.
Reading (46-39) beat the Portland Sea Dogs 2-1. Reinier Roibal made the start and threw four five-hit innings. He held the Sea Dogs scoreless on 53 pitches. Tom Windle gave up one walk in two scoreless innings and picked up the win. Tyler Knigg threw a shutout inning. Ethan Martin gave up a run and was lifted after one-third of an inning. Ryan O’Sullivan allowed an inherited runner to score but got the final five outs to record his second save.
J.P. Crawford (.278) went 1-4. Kelly Dugan (.356) went 1-4. Brock Stassi (.314) went 2-4. Andrew Knapp (.300) went 1-4. Cam Perkins went 2-4 with a doubleand an RBI. Harold Martinez (.302) went 1-3.
Clearwater (48-36) beat the Lakeland Flying Tigers 5-4 in 10 innings. Ricardo Pinto ran into a lot of trouble in the first inning. He gave up a walk and 4 hits, including a home, in a 32-pitch inning. His fastball was 92-94, T95, but the Tigers did most of their damage on his 82 mph off speed pitch. They converted 3 of them into a single, SF, and 3-run HR. The 21-year old right hander came within one batter of being relieved. After a coach’s visit by Steve Schrenk after the home run. Pinto responded by giving up a 4-pitch single, the Tigers’ fourth hit of the inning. Before Cody Forsythe could complete his warm-ups in the bullpen, Pinto induced a first-pitch double play ball to Malquin Canelo.
The Threshers were retired in order, and Pinto came out to pitch the second inning. From this point on, he was virtually unhittable. He retired the Tigers in order in the second, third, and fourth innings. He faced the minimum in the fifth when a leadoff single was erased by the second double play ball Pinto induced. After the Threshers tied the game in the fifth, Pinto retired the opposition in order in the sixth. He was called on to pitch the seventh and surrendered another leadoff single, but the Tigers were unable to score after sacrificing the runner into scoring position.
I stopped charting Pinto’s pitches after the first inning, but he had to be around 100 after the seventh. He shut down the Tigers over his last six innings – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K.
Pinto gave way to Miguel Nunez who was even tougher on the Tigers. The only batter he faced who reached base did so on a Malquin Canelo throwing error. Nunez also had 2 Ks.
While Pinto kept the Flying Tigers from adding to their lead, the offense got itself on track. They rallied with a 4-spot in the fifth inning. Catcher Wilson Garcia was making his first start for Clearwater. He worked a one-out walk to get things started. Derek Campbell, who was also making his first start, followed with his first Clearwater base hit, a single to right. Chase Harris chased them both home with a line drive double into the left field corner (“chased”, get it?). Canelo follwed with a patient walk. Carlos Tocci grounded out to third as both runners moved up. Andrew Pullin singled to CF and Jiwan James failed to field the ball cleanly as both runners scored. With two outs, I don’t think James would have had a play at the plate, but he bobbled the ball none the less.
The game remained tied until the tenth inning. Tocci led off with a single and Pullin was hit by a pitch. Rhys Hoskins hit a ball to center deep enough for Tocci to move over to third. Willians Astudillo grounded a single to center to give the Threshers their second consecutive walkoff win.
Carlos Tocci (.263) went 1-4. Andrew Pullin (.274) went 1-4 with 2 RBI. Rhys Hoskins (.286) went 1-5. Willians Astudillo (.308) went 1-4 with an RBI. Chase Harris (.268) went 3-4 with a double and 2 RBI. Wilson Garcia and Derek Campbell got their first hits as Threshers.
The win lifts Clearwater 12 games over .500 for the season. They have started the second half 11-3. They are 11-3 in extra inning games. They now have 9 walkoff wins.
Lakewood (40-42) beat the Hickory Crawdads 6-3. Ranfi Casimiro gave up a single run in six innings on 6 hits and 3 walks. Joey DeNato picked up his fourth save. Scott Kingery went 0-4. Drew Stankiewicz went 3-4 with a double, triple, walk, and 2 RBI. Kyle Martin (.315) went 0-4. Herlis Rodriguez (.304) went 1-3 with a double and walk. Cord Sandberg went 1-2 with an RBI.
Williamsport (13-5) lost to the Tri-City ValleyCats 10-6. Nobody really pitched well. The only pitcher who wasn’t charged with a run, allowed an inherited run to score. And it took him three batters to get one out. Mark Laird went 1-3 with a double and 2 walks. Venn Biter (.313) went 2-4 with a double and 2 RBI. Jose Pujols (.338) went 1-1 with 3 walks. Brendon Hayden (.327) went 2-4 with a walk and an RBI. Jan Hernandez was 0-3 when he was ejected in the sixth. William Cuicas came in and went 1-2 with a double and 2 RBI.
GCL Phillies (12-3) beat the GCL Yankees1 13-7 in the continuation of a game suspended on June 23rd and 1-0 in the regular scheduled game (7 innings).
The first game continued where it left off with the Phillies leading 6-3, 2 outs, Arquimedes Gamboa on second, and a 2-2 count to Jonathan Arauz. He struck out. The Phillies continued to hit the ball hard. Bailey Falter Came on in the fifth and threw 3 shut out innings allowing a hit, walk, and striking out three. JDub got hit around in the ninth and Victor Delgado came on to get the final 2 outs. This game started before Randolph had joined the team, before Pickett injured his leg, and before Henry Santana was sent to the DSL. It also marked the game Arky Gamboa got his first professional hit. He had to wait for today for it to become official.
Jesus Alastre went 1-4 with 2 RBI. Gamboa went 2-5 with a double and 3 RBI. Brian Martelo went 4-5 with 2 doubles.Yunior Reyes, who replaced Santana, went 2-3 with an RBI. Jose Antequera went 2-3 with a walk and 2 RBI. Edgar Cabral went 3-3 with a double, walk, and 2 RBI.
In the seven-inning second game, Adonis Medina (2-0) pitched five shutout innings. He struck out five and gave up 2 hits and a walk. He also picked off a runner at first. Horace Stubblefield picked up his first save with two, 0ne-hit innings. Randolph (.310) went 0-1 with 2 walks. Luis Encarnacion (.340) went 1-3 with a double and the game’s only RBI. Number three draft pick Lucas Williams made his debut at third and went 0-2. Number five, LHP Bailey Falter made his debut in game one.
DSL Phillies (19-14) beat the DSL Athletics 5-3. Daniel Brito (.281) went 2-3.
VSL Phillies (19-26) lost to the VSL Cubs 6-2.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- The Phillies top two affiliates beat the Red Sox top two affiliates. Again.
- Philadelphia Phillies sent Kevin Correia outright to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- Lehigh Valley IronPigs activated RHP Sean O’Sullivan.
- Signed LHP Nick Fanti.
- LHP Nick Fanti assigned to GCL Phillies.
- LHP Jesse Biddle assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
- Reading Fightin Phils activated RHP Tyler Knigge from the 7-day disabled list.
- Derek Campbell assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lakewood BlueClaws.
- Clearwater Threshers placed 2B Angelo Mora on the temporarily inactive list. (Pan Am Games)
- RHP Edubray Ramos promoted from Clearwater to Reading.
- Franklyn Kilome will miss next two starts – rib cage strain.
- Jonathan Pettibone will have shoulder surgery on July 22nd.
- Great Q&A by Mitch Rupert with Joe Jordan – http://sungazette.com/page/blogs.detail/display/1525/Q-A-with-Phillies-Director-of-Player-Development-Joe-Jordan.html