Lehigh Valley (38-50) The final game of the series with the Pawtucket Red Sox was rained out. Nola Night will be held against the Sox in Pawtucket on Friday.
Reading (46-40) lost to the Portland Sea Dogs 9-1. Mark Leiter opened the game by hitting the lead off batter. Over the first two innngs he gave up eight singles and six runs. He remained in the game however, and held Portland to a single and walk over the next four innings. Reading was unable to mount a comeback and the bullpen turned in a horrid performance. Joely Rodriguez allowed a run in his two innings on 2 hits and 3 walks. Ethan Stewart submitted a “Stewart Special”. He struck out the side, but allowed 2 runs on a leadoff single and four walks.
The top of the Phils line up went a collective 0-16. Rene Garcia and Brian Pointer each went 2-4. Art Charles went 1-4 with a double and their lone RBI. Brodie Greene got the only other hit. KC Serna had to leave during the second inning with an apparent arm injury. Pointer had two outfield assists.
Clearwater (48-37) lost to the Lakeland Flying Tigers 4-3 in 13 innings. Matt Imhof yielded to Yacksel Rios after a single and walk with one out in the seventh inning. He had a 3-1 lead. He had only allowed two hits but had walked four. Rios was charged with 2 inherited runners scored. However, on this occasion, a throwing error prolonged the inning. The Threshers missed a few opportunities to re-take the lead, and Rios, Yacksel Rios, and Harold Guerrero kept the Tigers off the board until the thirteenth inning. Guerrero struck out the side. Unfortunately, he surrendered the lead before getting that third K.
The Threshers took the lead in the middle innings on Andrew Pullin’ two-run home run (9) in the fourth and Malquin Canelo’s RBI single in the fifth. Until tonight, the Threshers had been something like 34-1 when leading after five innings.
Malquin Canelo (.233) went 3-6 with a double and RBI. Carlos Tocci (.256) went 1-6. DH Andrew Pullin (.272) went 1-5 with a HR (9) and 2 RBI (53). Rhys Hoskins (.255) went 0-6. Chace Numata (.288) went 2-4 with a walk. Aaron Brown returned to the line up for the first time since July 3rd and went 1-5. Mitch Walding went 1-5 with a double. Harris stole 2 bases (14) and Canelo stole his first. Brown was credited with an outfield assist.
Mistakes probably cost the Threshers the game. They commited three errors. Hoskins was charged with a missed catch at first in the third inning, and Walding was charged with a throwing error in the same inning. Neither led directly to a run but they did extend the inning by two batters and add to Imhof’s pitch count. Canelo commited the throwing error that prevented the Threshers from exiting the seventh inning unscathed. On the bases, Numata was thrown out trying to go first-to-third on a single to the center fielder (not Jiwan James). The Threshers went 1-10 with runners in scoring position.
Lakewood (41-42) beat the Hickory Crawdads 5-2 in a rain-shortened game. Austin Davis pitched the five-inning, complete game. He struck out four. Herlis Rodriguez (.304) went 1-3. Drew Stankiewicz went 1-3 with an RBI. Scott Kingery went 2-2 with his first HR and 2 RBI. Kyle Martin had the night off. Cord Sandberg went 0-2.
Williamsport (13-5) was rained out. They will play two against the Tri-City ValleyCats on Friday. Alejandro Arteaga (3-0, 1.59) and Jose Taveras (1-1, 0.64) will try and break the Cutters four game losing streak.
GCL Phillies (13-3) beat the GCL Yankees1 3-1. Ranger Suarez had another dominant outing – 6.0 innings, 3 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 3 strike outs. In four appearances (that include two, 6-inning starts), the Ranger has 17.0 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 2 BB (he’ll have to work on this), and 11 K. Opponents are averaging .140. He has a 0.59 WHIP and 3.75 GO/AO. He turns 20 on August 26th.
The Phillies only managed four hits. They used two singles, two stolen bases, two walks, a force out, and a throwing error on the second stolen base to score three runs in the sixth inning. Suarez, Tanner Kiest, and Zach Morris made them hold up. Morris notched his first save and struck out the side in the ninth inning.
Jesus Alastre went 1-4. Cornelius Randolph (.295) went 0-2 with a walk and HBP. Scott Tomassetti (.412) went 1-4 with an RBI. Lucas Williams went 1-2 (his first professional base hit). Yunior Reyes went 1-4 with an RBI. Alastre and Reyes stole bases.
Scott Tomassetti. He was drafted in the 34th round in 2014. He just turned 22 last weekend. He attended the College of Southern Nevada (Henderson). He was drafted out of high school in the 46th round of the 2011 Amateur Draft by the Phillies. He’s built like a catcher – 6’1, 195. He’s R/R. I know he’s not a player that anyone on this site would consider a prospect. BUT, everytime I see his name, he has contributed. He has gotten into 7 games and has hit in 6 of them. Seven hits total. He has only 18 PA in those 7 games because he rarely gets more than 2 AB. He has an RBI in 4 of his 7 games, for 4 total. He has caught 4 times, DH-ed twice, and played first Thursday. He’s hitting 7/17, .412 with 2 R, 4 RBI, 7 singles, 1 walk, 4 K. I know this isn’t earth shattering. But it’s the type of information you have to dig for, after you know to dig for it. I know he’s not a “name”, but I thought I would share the accomplishments of a kid who is taking advantage of the few opportunities afforded him.
DSL Phillies (20-15) lost to the DSL Rays 7-1 in a continuation of a game suspended on June 27th in the fifth inning when training 5-0. The Phillies amassed three hits in the game along with seven walks. They won the second game 5-2. Daniel Brito (.281) went 2-4 with an RBI. The Phillies are second in their division, five games behind the DSL Astros Blue. They are the only two teams in the six team division with winning records.
VSL Phillies (19-27) lost to the VSL Cubs 7-4.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- #34 pick, Ben Pelletier tweeted, “Proud to have agreed to terms with the Phillies”.
- Tyler Knigge assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
- Lehigh Valley IronPigs placed RHP Chris Leroux on the temporarily inactive list. (Pan-Am Games.)
- Ethan Stewart assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers.
- RHP Jairo Munoz assigned to Clearwater Threshers from GCL Phillies.
- Jason Zgardowski assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters.