Lehigh Valley (40-51) no game scheduled.
Reading (48-42) no game scheduled.
Clearwater (51-38) beat the Fort Myers Miracle 3-2. Ricardo Pinto allowed one earned run in 6.2 innings. Yacksel needed 1 pitch to blow a save, but get a win. Ulises Joaquin picked up his 11th save. The offense managed 5 hits, a walk, and a key fielding error to beat the Miracle.
Pinto and the Miracle’s pitcher were locked in a duel. Both had surrenderred runs in the second inning and the Threshers carried a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh. Pinto was lifted with 2 out in the inning and the bases loaded. Yacksel Rios came on in relief and fired his first pitch past Chace Numata to allow an inherited runner to score. The Miracle tried a safety squeze on the next pitch, but Rios was able to throw the batter out at first, and at least preserve the tie. (I listened to the Miracle broadcast of the game. Their announcers had complimented Numata’s play behind the play, blocking balls in the dirt all night. I only mention this because they questioned the scorer’s decision of a passed ball several times during the rest of the broadcast.) Rios pitched a perfect eighth inning and was in position to claim the win when the Threshers scored in the top of the ninth. Joaquin pitched around a 2-out walk for the save.
The Threshers scored first. Aaron Brown doubled to lead off the second inning. Numata followed with a single. Willians Astudillo knocked in the first run with a line drive single to right, Numata scampered to third. He scored when the Miracle traded the run for a double play on a ground ball hit by Chase Harris.
In the top of the ninth, Andrew Pullin reached on teo-base, throwing error by the second baseman with one out. After walking Brown, the Miracle’s starter was lifted. (Once again, the Threshers aggressiveness at the plate allowed a starter to to go deep. He had thrown only 68 pitches thru the first seven innings.) The reliever induced a ground ball out of Numata, but he beat the throw and avoided the double play. Astudillo stroked the first pitch he saw to right to give the Threshers the lead. Astudillo is batting .368 with runners in scoring position.
Rhys Hoskins had the night off. Brown batted clean-up and went 1-3 with a double and a walk. Numata (.292) went 1-4. Astudillo (.304) went 2-4 with 2 RBI. Derek Campbell went 0-1 but was HBP twice. The Threshers 5 hits were 4 singles and a double.
The Threshers are 13 games over .500 for the first time this season.
Lakewood (43-43) no game scheduled.
Williamsport (17-6) lost to the Connecticut Tigers 2-1. Luis Morales pitched only three innings and was done in by a 2-run triple in the third inning. Although Feliberto Sanchez, Andrew Godail, and Skylar Hunter held the Tigers to 4 hits over the last six innings, the Cutters were unable to overcome the Tigers lead. Williamsport managed only 8 base runners – 5 singles, a double, and 2 walks. Brendon Hayden (.338) went 2-3 with a walk. Josh Tobias (.319) went 1-4. Gregori Rivero went 1-3 with a double and RBI. Jose Pujols (.338) went 0-3 with 3 K.
GCL Phillies (15-4) beat the GCL Tigers 3-1. Felix Paulino (2-1) wasn’t as sharp as he has been, but never the less, he pitched five, 3-hit innings. He allowed one unearned run. He walked three, struck out three, and threw a wild pitch. Will Stewart and Horace Stubblefield each pitched two, 1-hit innings. Stubblefield struck out three and recorded his second save.
The Phillies manufactured a run in the first inning when CF Juan Luis led off with line drive single to center. he stole second and moved to third on Jonathan Arauz’ ground out to first. He scored on a wild pitch (with Cornelius Randolph standing at the plate. Randolph doubled later in the at bat.)
The Picked up another run in the third when Luis was hit by a pitch with one out. He only made it to second on a hit-and-run, line drive single to right by Arauz because he had to make sure the ball wasn’t caught. Randolph followed with a similar line drive to right and Luis had to wait for the ball to drop again. After a strike out, Luke Williams forced in a the run with a walk.
Leading 2-1, the Phillies added an insurance run in the eighth. With one out, Bryan Martelo and Greg Brodzinski grounded singles to left. After a strike out, Luis walked to load the bases. All the Phillies’ fans in attendance (about 8 of us?) were hoping that Arauz could extend the inning so we could see Randolph bat with runners in scoring position. (He’s hitting over .500 in those situations.) Well, Arauz came through with a sharp line drive single to center. Everybody happy, right? Nah, Coach Delima waved Brodzinski home, and the catcher was out by about three strides. And, Randolph on deck. Everybody sad (some were mad).
Luis went 1-3 with a walk and 2 runs scored. Arauz (.283) went 2-5. Randolph (.304) went 2-3 with a double and walk. Williams went 0-3 with a walk and RBI. He also made a nice play going to his right across the line, and threw a seed to first. He got his body in front of the ball. I’m sure they’ll work on his taking that ball back -anded during his time in Clearwater. Greg Pickett returned to the line up as DH after missing several games with a leg injury when he tried to avoid a tag at first. He went 0-4 with 3 K, but he just missed on a deep fly ball to center in his first at bat.
Paulino threw 68 pitches in his five innings. He was low 90s, T94. During the early innings of the game, Nick Fanti was on an adjacent fielf pitching to Yunior Reyes and Dylan Cozens.
DSL Phillies (21-17) lost to the DSL Indians 5-4. Daniel Brito (.271) went 2-4 with 2 RBI. Nerluis Martinez (.290) went 2-4 with a double and walk.
VSL Phillies (21-28) beat the VSL Cubs 3-1. Sergio Velis threw six, 4-hit innings. He allowed 1 run and struck out seven.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- Alexis Rivero was in Clearwater and is rumored to be joining the Threshers on Wednesday.