The Clearwater Threshers interrupted their 20-game excursion against teams from the FSL South Division with a three game series against North Division cellar dweller Lakeland. The Threshers halted their three game losing streak, scoring single runs in three different innings. All three runs came with two outs. Ricardo Pinto enjoyed the longest start of his career. And Jesen Therrien came in to pick up a one inning save.
Clearwater (53-41) beat the Lakeland Flying Tigers 3-1. Ricardo Pinto threw eight, 3-hit innings, walking one and striking out three. He pitched seven scoreless innings after the Tigers scored an unearned run in the first inning. Ironically, an errant pickoff throw by Pinto helped set up the run. After the first inning, Pinto faced the minimum over the next seven innings. Only two runners reached base – a single in the second was thrown out when the batter tried to stretch it to a double, and a walk in the eighth was erased on a double play. Jesen Therrien powered through a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his second save.
Chase Harris (.264) went 1-4 and drove in the game tying run in the second inning. Willians Astudillo (.308) went 2-3 with a double and drove in the go-ahead and insurance runs. Malquin Canelo (.222) went 2-5. Rhys Hoskins (.267) went 1-4 with a double. Aaron Brown (.244) went 1-4 with 3 K. Mitch Walding was ejected between the third and fourth innings after he struck out looking to end the third. Chase Harris picked up an outfield assist throwing out a batter at second base from left field.
Lehigh Valley (42-53) lost to the Rochester Red Wings 6-2. Seve Gonzalez gave up 6 runs in 6.1 innings before giving way to newly signed Dalier Hinojosa. The Cuban allowed his one inherited runner to score and finished his 1.2 innings allowing a hit and walk. He struck out one. Chris McGuinness went 1-4 and drove in both IronPig runs with his second home run. Gabriel Lino (.264) went 1-4 with a double. Aaron Altherr (.293) went 0-4.
Reading (51-43) beat the New Britain Rock Cats 6-5 in ten innings. Ben Lively gave up 2 runs on 7 hits in 6.1 innings. He struck out four and gave way to Ryan O’Sullivan who successfully stranded the runner he inherited. Edubray Ramos came on in the eighth and blew the save. Ramos was taken off the hook by the offense, but Stephen Shackleford blew his second save in the ninth. Colton Murray picked up the win with a perfect tenth.
J.P. Crawford (.265) went 1-4 with an RBI and his third home run. The Phils mounted an 11 hit attack. Cam Perkins, Brock Stassi, Kelly Dugan, and Destin Hood each had 2 hits. Dugan raised his average to .328 with his two singles. Hood picked up 2 RBI and hit his 5th home run of the season. Perkins raised his average to .261 with a double and a triple. Dugan stole his second base and Hood recorded an outfield assist at third. Perkins earned the walkoff victory with his RBI double in the tenth.
Lakewood (47-45) beat the Rome Braves 13-3. Will Morris allowed 3 runs on 6 hits in 7.0 innings. He struck out five and walked two. Manny Martinez and Joey DeNato each threw a scoreless inning in relief.
Drew Stankiewicz (.265) went 3-4 with a double and a walk. Scott Kingery (.259) went 1-4 with a walk and his first stolen base. Kyle Martin (.378) went 1-5 with a double and 3 RBI. Damek Tomscha (.270) went 3-5 with 2 RBI. Cord Sandberg (.269) went 4-4 with a triple and 2 RBI. Tomscha and Sandberg each scored 3 runs. And, Jiandido Tromp hit his first TWO home runs of the season and went 3-5 with a double and SEVEN RBI. Don’t get excited, he’s hitting .177.
Williamsport (21-8) beat the Mahoning Valley Scrappers 1-0. Luke Leftwich pitched five three-hit, shut out innings. He walked one and struck out three. Kenny Koplove pitched two, one-hit innings. Anthony Sequeira pitched two perfect innings and picked up his second save. The Cutters managed 5 hits. Zachary Coppola (.320) went 2-4 with the game winning RBI.
GCL Phillies (18-6) No game scheduled. Currently in first place by 3.5 games in the Northwest Division.
DSL Phillies (24-18) No game scheduled. Currently in second place, 4.0 games behind the DSL Astros Blue.
VSL Phillies (23-31) No game scheduled. Currently in third place, 11.5 games behind the VSL Rays.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- No transactions.
- Weather permitting, I hope to put eyes on Randolph, Williams, Arauz, Pickett, Encarnacion, and with a little scheduling luck Falter.