Clearwater (52-39) lost to the Palm Beach Cardinals 3-0. David Whitehead took the loss. He allowed 3 runs (2 ER) in 6.1 innings on 8 hits and 2 walks. He hit a batter and struck out five. He threw a wild pitch that set up the Cardinals first run. When Whitehead ran into trouble in the seventh, Miguel Nunez came on to shut the Cardinals down.
The Threshers were shut down by a pitcher who was only just called up from Full A ball earlier this month. Daniel Poncedeleon was making his second start in the FSL. He held the Threshers to 6 hits in 8.0 innings. He was very effective against the aggressive Threshers batters. He started the eighth inning having only thrown 70 pitches in the first seven innings.
Whitehead threw 88 pitches in his 6.1 IP. Remarkable because he threw 28 pitches in the Cardinals’ second inning when they scored the game’s first run. He kept it close until the seventh when he surrendered a lead off HR. The stadium gun worked intermittantly and I only have readings for half of Whitehead’s pitches. So, I don’t know how accurate it is to state that he was 89-92, T93.
The Threshers managed only 6 hits, all singles. They hit several balls hard, but couldn’t string enough together to score. Carlos Tocci (.275) went 2-4. Canelo and Mitch Waldng made a couple good defensive plays to keep the game close.
Lehigh Valley (40-52) lost to the Rochester Red Wings 6-0 on Nola Night. Aaron Nola lasted 3.0 innings, his shortest outing of the season (and shortest of his professional career since going 2.1 innings in his pro debut at Lakeland on June 23, 2014 with Clearwater). He gave up 6 runs (5 ER) on 7 hits, 2 walks, and 2 HR. The bullpen held the red Wings to one hit over the final five innings. (I saw some comments on Twitter that blamed Nola’s sub-par performance on Ruben Amaro for not bringing him up to the majors. Really.) The IronPigs managed 5 singles. Aaron Altherr (.300) went hitless. Gabriel (.273) went 1-4.
Reading (49-42) beat the New Britain Rock Cats 3-1. Starter Reinier Roibal had to leave after tweaking something warming up for the third ining. The bullpen took over. Ethan Martin gave up a run on 4 hits in 3.0 innings. Colton Murray earned the win with two, one-hit innings. Ryan O’Sullivan struck out 2 in one hitless inning. Stephen Shackleford picked up his 20th save. Kelly Dugan (.325) went 1-4 with a triple and RBI. Brock Stassi (.308) went 1-3 with an RBI. Andrew Knapp (.321) went 1-4 with a triple.
Lakewood (45-44) beat the Kannapolis Intimidators 3-1. Lakewood held the Intimidators to 3 hits. Austin allowed 2 hits and 3 walks while limiting Kannapolis to one run in 6.0 innings. Manny Martinez pitched one no-hit inning. Joey DeNato allowed one hit in 2.0 innings while recording his fifth save. Herlis Rodriguez (.307) went 2-4 with a HR (7) and RBI. Scott Kingery (.240) went 2-4. Kyle Martin (.372) went 1-4. Cord Sandberg (.259) went 1-4 with 2 RBI.
Williamsport (18-7) lost to the Batavia Muckdogs 4-2. Alejandro Arteaga put together a quality start. He threw 95 pitches (66 strkes) in 6.0 innings. He gave up one run on 5 hits and a walk. He struck out eight. The lone run he allowed came on a solo HR in the fifth inning. Lewis Alezones and Juan Figueroa conspired to blow the save and lose the game. Alezones left the game after one-third of an inning with runners on the corners. He had given up a single, force out on a sacrifice attempt, stolen base, wild pitch and a walk when he was lifted. Figueroa allowed one inherited runner to score on a SF. Next inning, Figueroa gave up a 2-run HR.
The Cutters scored their 2 runs on just 6 hits. Brendon Hayden (.352) went 2-3 with a walk. Jose Pujols (.326) went 2-4 witha double and RBI. Pujols also ended a couple early scoring chances. He grounded into a double play with runners on first and second to end the first. And, he was thrown out at home to end the third.
GCL Phillies (17-5) beat the GCL Astros 3-2. Adonis Medina (1.20 ERA) struck out three and walked one while holding the Astros to 1 run on 4 hits in 5.0 innings. Kevin Walsh pitched two, one-hit innings. Nick Fanti made his professional debut. He allowed one hit but struck out the side in his one inning of work while getting the win. Sutter McLoughlin notched his third save with a perfect ninth inning.
The Phillies pushed two runs across in the ninth to get the come-from-behind victory. Jesus Alastre (.298) went 2-3. Cornelius Randolph (.279) went 0-4. Luis Encarnacion (.284) went 0-2 with 2 walks. Lucas Williams went 1-4. Greg Pickett played 4 innings in RF and went 0-2 with an RBI. Scott Tomassetti (.385) went 1-4. Rodolfo Duran went 2-2 with 2 RBI on a go-ahead single in the ninth.
DSL Phillies (24-17) beat the DSL Astros Blue 5-0 on the 15th. Randy Alcantara (6-0, 2.22) allowed 5 hits in 8.0 innings. He walked none and struck out three. In his 8 starts this season, Alcantara has pitched 48.2 innings. He has only struck out 28 batters, but he has only issued 5 walks. DH Daniel Brito (.278) went 1-4.
On the 16th, they beat the DSL Royals 6-3. Joel Cabrera pitched 8.0 innings and got the win. He threw 7 shutout innings after giving up 3 runs in the first inning. He allowed 11 hits, but neither walked nor struck out anyone. Jose Nin earned his first save, striking out two in his one inning. Nerluis Martinez (.296) went 2-4 with an RBI. Daniel Romero, Emmanuel Garcia, and Ronaldo Marrero also had 2 hits a piece as the Phillies scored 6 runs on 11 singles and 1 walk.
VSL Phillies (23-29) lost to the VSL Rays 5-0. The Phillies amassed three hits. Enger Jimenez (.311) went 2-4.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- The deadline for the signing of 2015 draft picks arrives at 5:00PM Friday.
- RHP Randy Alcantara assigned to DSL NL All-Stars.
- C Nerluis Martinez assigned to DSL NL All-Stars.
- Keith Law posted his mid-season top 50. J.P. Crawford was #2, Aaron Nola was #38.
- BA posted their mid-season team top 10 –
- J.P. Crawford
- Aaron Nola
- Franklyn Kilome
- Zach Eflin
- Ben Lively
- Roman Quinn
- Carlos Tocci
- Tom Windle
- Ricardo Pinto
- Malquin Canelo