It was Nola Night in Philadelphia. The Phillies drew 28,703 people to the game to watch Aaron Nola make his long-awaited debut in a Phillies uniform. They even sponsored a “two-fer” ticket special – two tickets for $27.00. Nola’s number is 27. Pretty clever, eh? I’m surprised they didn’t try to boost receipts by issuing him a higher number.
Nola was impressive in his first major league start. He held the Rays to five hits and struck out six batters. He completed six innings and threw 88 pitches, 59 for strikes. Nola appeared to tire in the sixth when he went deeper in counts and walked his only batter.
Nola’s only blemish was a solo home run by the Rays starting pitcher, Nathan Karns on the first pitch of the third inning. It was one of the few pitches he got up in the early innings and was in where even a pitcher can drive it.
Nola’s fastball was 92-93, T94 early and settled in to a consistent 91-93 through his later innings. However, I was watching this with friends in a “Rays bar”, so I wasn’t charting or paying as close attention to every single pitch as I normally would. It looked like he kept most of his pitches down, and it was only when he elevated them that the Rays were able to put balls in play.
Lately, we’ve been discussing whether Nola is a #2 or #3. Well, Tuesday night he got to experience life as a #2 on the Phillies’ roster – quality start, no run support.
Clearwater (55-41) beat the Lakeland Flying Tigers 10-5. David Whitehead benefitted from the Threshers 15-hit attack. He pitched 5.2 ininngs and allowed 6 hits and 3 walks. He left with the bases loaded. Yacksel Rios relieved and allowed one of three inherited runners to score (when he hit the first batter he faced) before pitching 2.1 innings and allowing an unearned run to score (set up by his wild pitch) on a passed ball. Harold Guerrero allowed a run to score (on a bases loaded walk) in a shaky ninth inning..
Carlos Tocci (.297) went 3-5 with a double and RBI. Andrew Pullin (.271) went 3-5 with a HR (10) and 2 RBI. Rhys Hoskins (.280) went 2-3 with a double, and 2 walks. Willians Astudillo (.313) went 2-4 with 2 RBI. Chace Numata (.284) went 1-4 with a triple and 3 RBI. Angelo Mora (.305) went 3-4 with a triple and 2 RBI in his first game back from the Pan Am Games.
The Threshers are a season high 14 games over .500 again. They return home for a four-game series against the Jupiter Hammerheads Wednesday.
Lehigh Valley (43-54) beat the Toledo Mud Hens 5-1. Anthony Vasquez allowed one run on five hits and a walk in six innings. Juan Gutierrez and Adam Loewen combined to throw three perfect innings. Aaron Altherr (.297) went 2-4 with an RBI. Erik Kratz made his first start and went 3-4 with 2 doubles and an RBI. Chase d’Arnaud went 2-4 with a double HR (3) and 3 RBI. Altherr stole his 5th base, Bogusevic his 14th.
Reading (53-43) beat the Bowie Baysox 6-4. The Phils built an early 3-0 lead only to see it become a 4-3 deficit before rallying to tie and then win the game. Ethan Martin gave up 4 runs in five innings on 8 hits. Hoby Milner restored order with two, two-hit innings. Colton Murray picked up the win with two perfect innings. All three pitchers walked none and struck out 3 batters each.
Kelly Dugan (.316) led off again and went 0-4 with a walk. J.P. Crawford (.266) went 2-4 with a double, HR (4), walk, and RBI. Cam Perkins (.266) went 1-2 with an RBI. Brian Pointer (.245) went 1-3 with an RBI. Andrew Knapp (.348) went 2-4 with a double and RBI. Art Charles (.244) went 1-2 with a HR (7) 2 walks, and an RBI.
Lakewood (48-45) No game scheduled.
Williamsport (21-10) lost to the Hudson Valley Renegades 7-6 in 12 innings. Feliberto Sanchez pitched two shutout innings before giving up a leadoff home run in the twelfth inning. Brendon Hayden (.318) went 2-5 with 2 doubles, a walk, and RBI. Josh Tobias (.289) went 1-5 with an RBI. Jan (pronounced John) Hernandez(.275) went 4-5 with a HR (6) and 3 RBI.
GCL Phillies (20-6) beat the GCL Yankees2, 3-0. Phillies’ pitchers held the Yankees to three singles. Starter Ranger Suarez (3-0, 0.65) allowed two hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out five. Carlos Indriago (1.35) walked one in two innings. Horace Stubblefield (S 4, 0.00) allowed one hit in one inning.
The Phillies only managed five hits and one RBI. Juan Luis (.266) went 1-1 with 2 walks and a stolen base (9). Jonathan Arauz (.289) went 0-3 with a walk. Cornelius Randolph (.291) went 1-4. Dylan Cozens went 1-4 with a double and RBI. Lucas Williams (.250) went 2-3 with a walk. Arquimedes Gamboa stole his 5th base. Luis, Yunior Reyes, and Williams were each caught stealing.
DSL Phillies (25-19) lost to the DSL Athletics on Monday. They beat the Athletics 4-3 in 11 innings on Tuesday. Alexi Feliz (.364)went 2-6 and singled in the winning run in the walkoff win.
VSL Phillies (23-33) lost to the VSL Rays 3-2. The Phillies held the Rays to just 2 hits and issued 3 walks. Two of the three runs were unearned. Starter Freddy Zorilla (1.88) went 3.2 scoreless, one-hit innings striking out eight.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- Clearwater Threshers activated 2B Angelo Mora from the temporarily inactive list. Mora is returning from the Pan-Am games.
- Luis Espiritu, Jr. assigned to GCL Phillies from Clearwater Threshers.
- Williamsport Crosscutters released LHP Juan Figueroa.
- Sutter McLoughlin assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
- Jacob Waguespack assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
- RHP Lewis Alezones assigned to GCL Phillies from Williamsport Crosscutters.
And so it begins … A couple GCL pitchers have forced their way up to Williamsport. This caused the release of one pitcher and the demotion of another. As these promotions continue, sooner or later, the dominoes will start forcing decisions at the middle and upper levels of the organization.