Dylan Cozens returned to the Threshers’ line up on Wednesday. He was the DH and batted fifth behind Rhys Hoskins. It looked like Jupiter’s game plan was to feed Cozens a steady diet of off-speed pitches. He struck out his first two at bats on pitches that broke low and away. In his third at bat, he jumped on a first pitch fast ball and grounded out sharply to third. Jupiter finally made a mistake and Cozens made them pay with a tape measure shot to right in the eighth inning.
Ethan Stewart was added to the Clearwater roster from Reading. The Threshers had been carrying 24 on their roster anticipating Cozens’ return, however a cooresponding move must have been made prior to the game since they currently have 26 players on their roster 13 pitchers and 13 position players.
Clearwater (56-41) beat the Jupiter Hammerheads 5-4 in 11 innings. Victor Arano pitched well until he was lifted in the seventh with one out and runners on the corners. Arano scattered 7 hits and a walk and gave up 2 runs early in the game. Jesen Therrien stranded Arano’s two runners but blew the save in the 8th inning. When Alexis Rivero came out to pitch the ninth, he had a one run lead and came within one pitch of his first save. He had struck out his first two batters and had an 0-2 count on a .200 hitter. However, he gave up a dramatic home run into the Tiki Terrace and the game went to extra innings. Miguel Nunez threw a perfect inning and was the pitcher of record when the Threshers won in a walk off in the 11th inning.
The Threshers took an early lead in the first. Carlos Tocci lined a ball into left field toward the line and hustled into second ahead of the throw to earn a double. He advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Andrew Pullin’s ground out to second.
After falling behind 2-1, they opened the fifth inning with singles by Mitch Walding and Angelo Mora. Malquin Canelo attempted to sacrifice the runners into scoring position, but the Hammerheads blew the coverage and Canelo had a single and the Threshers had the bases loaded. Walding scored on a wild pitch and Mora scored on another Pullin ground out to give the Threshers the lead.
After Therrien blew the save in the eighth inning, Dylan Cozens launched a go ahead home run to the top of the berm in right center field. The ball landed on the walkway that borders the berms and outfield bleachers and bounced over the back fence into Thome Pond.
After Rivero blew his save, the Threshers won in the 11th when Aaron Brown led off with a double and scored on Mitch Walding’s line drive single to center.
Carlos Tocci (.301) went 2-5 with 2 doubles. Andrew Pullin (.267) went 0-5 with 2 RBI. Rhys Hoskins (.289) went 2-4 with a walk. Dylan Cozens (.263) went 1-5 with a HR (4) and RBI. Willians Astudillo (.313) went 1-4 with a walk. Aaron Brown (.247) went 2-5 with a double. Mitch Walding went 2-5 with the game-winning RBI.
Miscellaneous stuff: Tocci’s first double was a by product of hustle, his second was driven into the gap between right and center. Arano was unfortunate that the first two runs scored on defensive plays that could (should?) have been made and weren’t. Walding made a spectacular bare-handed grab and throw charging a bunt. Canelo made a couple sharp plays and throws at short. Mora made an over the shoulder backhand grab of a soft liner in shallow center. Brown lined a bunt past the pitcher for a hit. Yes, lined. A line drive bunt that landed behind the mound. He reached first without a throw. Arano threw 99 pitches, 67 strikes. No velo, the radar gun was flaky again.
The Threshers are a season high 15 games over .500.
Lehigh Valley (44-54) beat the Toledo Mud Hens 7-4. Jesse Biddle (2-0) pitched well for 5.2 shutout innings. He had allowed 3 hits and a walk while striking out five including two strike outs to start the sixth inning. Then Biddle hit a stretch where he gave up a run on a walk, single, walk, and walk. Biddle exited and Cesar Jimenez came on to end the threat and strand three inherited runners. Dustin McGowan wasn’t as fortunate as he gave up three runs in his two innings. Adam Loewen threw a perfect ninth for this 8th save.
The IronPigs mustered a 12-hit attack and built a 7-0 lead by the fifth inning. Aaron Altherr (.305) went 2-4 with a walk and 2 RBI. Brian Bogusevic (.306) went 3-5 with a double. Russ Canzler (.276) went 2-3 with 2 RBI. Gabriel Lino (.259) went 1-3 with a walk and RBI.
Reading (53-44) lost to the Bowie Baysox 6-4. Zach Eflin allowed 6 runs (4 ER) on 9 hits in 4.1 innings. He walked none and struck out three. Tom Windle relieved and allowed both inherited runners to score in a 5-run fifth. Edubray Ramos pitched two, one-hit innings.
The Phils scored 3 runs in the top of the first on a Brock Stassi 2-run double (61 RBI) and an error. They added a 4th run later in the game on a Rene Garcia SF.
J.P. Crawford (.266) went 1-4. Kelly Dugan (.324), back in the 3-hole, went 2-3 with a double and a walk. Stassi (.310) went 1-4 with a double and 2 RBI. Garcia (.318) went 1-3 with a SF and RBI. Destin Hood (.297) went 2-4.
Lakewood (49-45) beat the West Virginia Power 4-0. Ranfi Casimiro went 7.2 innings and allowed 3 hits, 2 walks, and a HBP while striking out six. Joey DeNato inherited and stranded 3 runners in the 8th. He went on to pick up his 6th save.
H-Rod (.300) went 1-4 with a HR (8) and RBI. Kyle Martin (.361) went 0-2 with a walk and HBP. Cord Sandberg (.267) went 1-4. Jiandido Tromp (.180) went 2-3 with a double and RBI. Deivi Grullon (.201) went 1-3 with a triple and RBI. Gustavo Martinez went 1-2 with a SF and RBI.
Williamsport (21-11) lost to the Hudson Valley Renegades 5-3 when their bullpen couldn’t protect a 3-2 lead. Franklyn Kilome returned from his strained rib cage injury and was eased back into the rotation. He threw 43 pitches in 3 innings of work. He allowed 4 hits and struck out three. His ERA over 4 starts and 19.2 innings is 0.46. Kenny Koplove gave up 2 runs in the middle 3 innings. Andrew Godail blew the save and took the loss.
Zachary Coppola (.326) went 1-4. Mark Laird (.233) went 2-3 with an RBI. Jose Pujols (.278) went 2-4 with a double. Brendon Hayden (.319) went 1-3 with a double, walk, and RBI.
GCL Phillies (20-6) suspended leading 1-0 after the top of the first. Cornelius Randolph drove in the first inning run. Adonis Medina only threw a couple pitches before the game was suspended.
DSL Phillies (25-20) played the DSL Rays and their box score hadn’t posted by the time I published this report.
VSL Phillies (23-34) lost to the VSL Tigers 3-2.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- Lehigh Valley IronPigs activated RHP Chris Leroux from the temporarily inactive list.
- Ethan Stewart assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Reading Fightin Phils.
- Reading Fightin Phils activated RHP Zach Eflin from the temporarily inactive list.
- Reading Fightin Phils placed C Logan Moore on the temporarily inactive list.
- Clearwater Threshers activated RF Dylan Cozens from the 7-day disabled list.
- The Mariners have acquired Triple-A reliever Tyler Knigge from the Phillies in exchange for cash, Jake Kaplan of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports on Twitter.