Bailey “falters” in GCL outing. Sorry, this phrase germinated on June 9th when the Phillies made Bailey Falter their fifth round selection in the Amateur Draft. The seed sprouted today when Falter had a shaky start against the GCL Yankees2. This was the left-handed pitcher’s second start. In two previous appearances, Falter had held the opposition to one unearned run on three hits and a walk while striking out eight. The lanky pitcher is listed at 6’4 and 175 lbs. He has long limbs but throws the ball from a tight, compact release that belies his build. It looks more toward over the top than three-quarters. He throws all his pitches from the same arm slot. Today he pitched three batters into the third inning before being relieved. He got a few of his pitches “up” and the Yankees hitters barreled them. Still, he struck out four of the six outs he recorded, all swinging.
Clearwater (54-41) beat the Lakeland Flying Tigers 5-3. Matt Imhof was lifted after three innings. He had allowed three runs on 5 hits and 2 walks. No explanation on the reason for the short outing. Cody Forsythe pitched three no-hit innings and earned the win. Miguel Nunez threw three shutout innings for his second save.
Before he could throw a pitch, the Threshers staked Imhof to a 3-0 lead on an RBI single by Rhys Hoskins and a two-run double by Willians Astudillo. Imhof squandered that early largesse by the time he was removed from the game. Mitch Walding restored the lead in the top of the fourth inning with a solo home run. A Chase Haris RBI single in the fifth inning extended the lead to two runs. The bullpen preserved that differential for the remainder of the game.
Even though Carlos Tocci was given the night off, the Threshers mounted a 12-hit attack. Chase Harris (.271) went 3-5 with an RBI. Andrew Pullin (.266) went 2-4 with a double and a walk. Rhys Hoskins (.267) went 1-4 with an RBI and a walk. Aaron Brown (.244) went 1-4 with a double. Willians Astudillo (.311) went 2-4 with a double and 2 RBI. Mitch Walding went 1-4 with the go-ahead HR, RBI, and 3 K. Harris stole his 15th base (in 21 attempts).
With Dylan Cozens making rehab appearances in the GCL, Harris is making a case for keeping him at this level when Cozens returns. Among Harris, Tocci, Pullin, and Brown there is no easy selection for a return to Lakewood (for me, anyway). Although, I guess most of you would nominate Harris. I see them every home game, and it’s not that clear cut. I hope that the outfield positions in AAA and AA shake up and one or more of the Clearwater outfielders moves up. The obvious candidates would be Brown and Pullin, I guess.
Lehigh Valley (42-54) lost to the Toledo Mud Hens 5-1. Jason Berken gave up 4 runs (2 ER) on 6 hits and a walk in six innings. Nefi Ogando and Cesar Jimenez each threw one, one-hit inning in relief. Tyler Knigge gave up a run on 3 hits in the ninth. Aaron Altherr (.283) went 1-5. Gabriel Lino (.257) went 0-3 with a walk. Tyler Henson went 3-5. Jordan Danks drove in their only run.
Reading (52-43) beat the Bowie Baysox 8-5. Mark Leiter battled through the early innings before retiring the Baysox in order in the fourth and fifth innings. Ethan Stewart was ineffective in two-thirds of an inning and was quickly pulled in favor of Joely Rodriguez. He cleaned up Stewart’s mess but gave up a couple runs of his own before turning the game over to Stephen Shackleford who recorded his 21st save.
Kelly Dugan (.326) led off and went 1-4 with an RBI. J.P. Crawford (.261) went 0-3 with 2 walks. The Phils mounted another 11 hit attack. Cam Perkins, Brock Stassi, and Brian Pointer had 2 hits each. Andrew Knapp (.338) went 3-5 with a double and 4 RBI.
Lakewood (48-45) beat the Rome Braves 4-0 in 11 innings. Tyler Viza scattered 6 hits and a walk over seven shutout innings. Calvin Rayburn and Matt Hockenberry threw two shutout innings apiece. Hocktimus Prime got the win.
The BlueClaws were held to one hit through the first 10 innings. Toussaint pitched a no-hitter for six innings with eight strike outs before turning the game over to his bullpen. Scott Kingery hit a tie-breaking, three-run home run in the eleventh. Kyle Martin followed with a solo home run of his own.
Scott Kingery (.256) went 1-5 with a HR (2) and 3 RBI. Kyle Martin (.368) went 1-5 with a HR 1 RBI. Cord Sandberg (.267) had the other hit and went 1-5. Damek Tomscha went 0-5 with 4 K. and Jiandido Tromp returned to earth with an 0-3 with a walk and 3 K.
Williamsport (21-9) lost to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers 12-4. The Cutters pitchers were abused by the Scrappers all night. Josh Tobias (.296) went 3-4 with a double.
GCL Phillies (19-6) came from behind to beat the GCL Yankees2, 7-5. Bailey Falter lasted 2.0 innings plus 3 batters into the third. He allowed 5 runs on 8 hits including 2 long home runs to the Yankees’ Kevin Cornelius (4 RBI). He struck out four and left with a runner on base. Jacob Waguespack stranded the inherited a runner in his one inning. Tanner Kiest pitched three shutout innings. Zach Morris pitched two one-hit innings. Sutter McLoughlin struck out two while picking up his fourth save.
Falter had an upper 80s fastball, 87-89. Kiest’s fastball was low 90s, 91-93. Morris’s fastball was upper 80s, 88-89. McLoughlin’s fastball was low 90’s, 91.
The Phillies found themselves in an early 5-0 hole and began chipping away at that deficit in the bottom of the third. Juan Luis singled, stole second, and scored on Cornelius Randolph’s double to the RCF gap. They struck for two more in the fifth. Arquimedes Gamboa reached on an infielf single and Luis doubled to the track in right field. With two out, the Yankees appeared to pitch around Randolph to load the bases. Dylan Cozens made them pay with a hard ground single up the middle that drove in two runs and almost decapitated the pitcher.
The score stayed 5-3 until the eighth. Bryan Martelo opened the inning with a double down the left field line. Edgar Cabral patiently accepted a walk. Jose Antequera sacrificed but reached when the throw pulled the fielder off the bag at first. Gamboa pulled the Phillies within one with a hard ground ball to first and almost beat the pitcher to the bag. Luis completed the come back with a blast that cleared the right field wall.
Leadoff hitter, Juan Luis (.254) went 3-5 with a double, home run, stolen base, and 3 RBI. Jonathan Arauz (.300) went 3-5. Randolph (.293) went 1-3 with a double, 2 walks, and an RBI. Cozens went 1-5 with 2 RBI and 3 K.
Gamboa at short and Arauz at second pulled off a few nice fielding plays.
DSL Phillies (24-18) played DSL Athletics. Score not posted by the time this story was published.
VSL Phillies (23-32) lost to the VSL Rays 5-4. Enger Jimenez (.311) went 3-5 with a double and 2 RBI.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- Lehigh Valley IronPigs activated LF Brian Bogusevic from the temporarily inactive list.
- C Logan Moore assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- C Erik Kratz assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- Lehigh Valley IronPigs released LF Ethan Chapman.
- Reading Fightin Phils activated RHP Mark Leiter from the temporarily inactive list.
- RHP Chad Billingsley placed on 15-day DL. Diagnosed with mild flexor tendinitis. There was no structural damage found.
- RHP David Buchanan optioned to Triple-A.
- Tuesday, the Phillies will select the contract of RHP Aaron Nola and activate RHP Jerome Williams from 15-day DL.
- Maikel Franco left the game with soreness in his right elbow.
- Phillies have directed Cody Forsythe to throw his slider more instead of his change up in specific situations. His slider is his third best pitch. This explains the drop off in his performance from last season.