Clearwater (52-40) lost to the Palm Beach Cardinals 2-0. Victor Arano and the Cardinals’ Luke Weaver were locked in a pitchers’ duel for seven innings. After the Cardinals posted a first inning run, the two pitchers combined to limit batters to 4 hits through the end of the seventh inning. Neither pitcher walked a batter. Their low pitch counts and the need for only one coach’s visit to the mound per team, accounted for the game’s short duration (2:17). Weaver flirted with a perfect game into the fifth inning.
Arano pitched seven solid innings. He gave up a run on a hit batter, 2 bloop singles, and a line drive single in the first inning. He settled down after that and held the Cardinals to a couple singles over the next six innings. He struck out five and walked none. The stadium gun was erratic again and I lost over 25% of the pitches thrown. Arano threw 89 pitches (he threw 23 in the first), 65 for strikes. His FB wa 90-94, T95,96 once each.
Yacksel Rios came in to pitch in the eighth. He gave up a run before recording an out. Rios walked the first batter he faced. A single moved the runner into scoring position. A sacrifice bunt was executed, and catcher Willians Astudillo went for the force at third. His throw sailed into foul territory and Rios was faced with second and third, one unearned run scored, and nobody out. He pitched out of the jam with a ground out, intentional walk, and a 1-2-3 double play. Rios stranded a lead off single in the ninth, but two runs was enough for the Cardinals pitching staff.
Cardinal starter, Luke Weaver, took a perfect game into the fifth inning. He struck out the side in the fifth, but Astudillo had lined a two-out single to center. Weaver gave up two more hits through the eighth inning and was lifted after the final hit (a dribbler behind the mound) after 7.2 innings. The Threshers managed only a walk over the final 4 outs of the game.
Rhys Hoskins, Astudillo, and Chase Harris each went 1-3. The Threshers did hit a couple balls hard, particularly Hoskins, Malquin Canelo, and Andrew Pullin. But they were either just foul or hit right at somebody. The Cardinals made a couple great defensive plays to take hits away. Astudillo threw out a base stealer in the first inning.
Lehigh Valley (41-52) and Jesse Biddle beat the Rochester Red Wings 1-0. Biddle allowed 3 hits over 7.0 innings. He walked one and struck out seven. Adam Loewen picked up his 6th save. Aaron Altherr (.310) went 2-4 and scored the only run on a Jordan Danks single.
Reading (50-42) beat the New Britain Rock Cats 7-3. Jerome Williams made a rehab start and threw 7.0 innings. He allowed 2 runs (1 ER) on 5 hits. He walked none and struck out five. Tom Windle struck out 2 in one inning, but gave up a run. Kelly Dugan (.331) went 2-4 (singles) with an RBI. Harold Martinez (.301) went 2-3 with a HR (3) and 2 RBI. New guy Destin Hood went 2-4 with a 2-run HR.
Lakewood (46-44) beat the Rome Braves 5-4. Elniery Garcia went 6.0 innings and gave up 3 runs on 9 hits, 2 HR. Calvin Rayburn blew the save but got the win. Matt Hockenberry picked up his 8th save. Herlis Rodriguez (.309) went 2-5. Scott Kingery (.256) went 2-3 with a triple, walk, and 3 runs scored. Kyle Martin (.395) went 3-3 with a double, walk, and 3 RBI. Cord Sandberg (.259) went 1-3 with an RBI.
Williamsport (207) swept the Batavia Muckdogs 4-3 and 8-0. In game one, Jose Taveras got the win while Robert Tasin pitched two innings to get his 6th save. Austin Bossart went 2-3 with a HR (1) and RBI. Jesus Posso went 2-3 with a double and 2 RBI.
In game two, Mitch Gueller opened the game with 2 walks. He pitched out of the trouble and, after he was handed a 6-run lead, attacked the Muckdogs the rest of the way. He allowed just 5 more base runners on 4 hits and a walk while recording a seven inning complete game. He struck out six. The Cutters relied on the wildness of the Muckdogs pitchers to score 8 runs on 4 hits and 7 walks. Gregori Rivero went 2-2 with a double, walk, and 2 RBI. Wiliam Cuicas went 1-3 with 2 RBI.
GCL Phillies (17-5) rained out. Will play 2 at the Braves Saturday. First game at 10:00AM.
DSL Phillies (24-18) lost to the DSL Royals 5-4. Nerluis Martinez hit his 4th HR.
VSL Phillies (23-30) lost to the VSL Tigers 4-0.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- The 5:00PM deadline for signing draft picks passed without any additional signings by the Phillies. They signed all of their top 10 picks.
- Philadelphia Phillies sent RHP Jerome Williams on a rehab assignment to Reading Fightin Phils.
- OF Destin Hood assigned to Reading Fightin Phils.
- Reading Fightin Phils released OF Drew Heid.
- Lehigh Valley IronPigs placed SS Edgar Duran on the 7-day disabled list. Fractured right toe.
- Phillies Sign Erik Kratz To Minor League Deal
- And there’s this from Steve Adams at MLB Trade Rumors – “Joel Sherman of the New York Post is surprised by the number of executives he’s spoken to that feel the Phillies will not trade Cole Hamels this summer, barring a no-brainer offer. Sherman says that many within the industry feel that new Phillies president Andy MacPhail may wait until the Winter Meetings to shop Hamels, as he’ll by then be more comfortable with the scouts that are giving him advice and have input from a more functional analytics department.”