The big news out of Florida is a possible injury suffered by Cornelius Randolph. The Phillies first round pick was helped from the field after a collision at second base in the first game of a double header against the GCL Blue Jays.
With the game tied 3-3, Randolph walked with one out in the seventh. Luis Encarnacion grounded to short and Randolph reached second safely with a hard slide into the fielder at the bag. One pitch later he limped from the field with assistance. He did not dress for the second game although he was seen walking around the Complex.
Clearwater (56-42) lost to the Jupiter Hammerheads 3-2 in 10 innings. Brandon Leibrandt allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk. Yacksel Rios pitched 2 one-hit innings. Ulises Joaquin gave up a solo HR in the tenth for the loss.
Leibrandt had one of those nights that makes me scratch my head and wonder how he does it. His fastball runs in the mid-to-high 80s. He faced 25 batters and threw 9 first pitch strikes. He threw almost as many balls as strikes through the first 6 innings (39 strikes/34 balls). He gave up 3 hits, 2 solo home runs, and a double that Aaron brown almost caught down the left field line. Then he comes out in the seventh and throws 9 strikes in 12 pitches, hits 90 MPH for the first time on his second to last pitch, and uses it to set up a 77 MPH curve ball for an inning ending strike out swinging.
The Threshers faced Miami’s #4 prospect, LHP Jarlin Garcia. They signed him as a teenager in 2010, and left him unprotected during last year’s Rule 5 Draft. He held the Threshers to 5 hits in 7 innings. Left-handed batters Dylan Cozens and Aaron Brown didn’t seem to have any problem with him, though. Brown drove a ball to right for a game-tying HR in the third. Cozens hit 3 line drives off him for a single, double, and line drive out to short. Later Cozens got a third line drive hit off a left-handed reliever, a single that the right fielder played into a triple by whiffing on the ball when he charged it.
Carlos Tocci (.299) went 1-4 with a double. Andrew Pullin had the night off. Rhys Hoskins (.277) went 0-4. Dylan Cozens (.270) went 3-4 with a double and triple. Willians Astudillo (.308) went 0-4. Aaron Brown (.247) went 1-4 with a HR (7), stolen base, and 2 RBI.
Lehigh Valley (44-55) lost to the Toledo Mud Hens 7-6 when their ninth inning rally fell short. Sean O’Sullivan gave up 3 runs in the second inning, but kept the Hens off the board otherwise. He pitched 7 innings and gave up 7 hits, walked none, and struck out six. Nefi Ogando suffered the loss with a 4-run eighth.
The IronPigs fought back to tie the game at three and rallied again to get the tying run on second with nobody out in the ninth, but couldn’t get the run across. Aaron Altherr (.312) went 2-4 with a double, HR (5), and an RBI. Gabriel Lino (.259) and Erik Kratz had 2-hit games, and Jordan Danks had 2 RBI.
Reading (53-45) lost to the New Britain Rock Cats 7-2. Colin Kleven was charged with 7 runs in 4.1 innings on 7 hits and 2 walks. Ryan O’Sullivan allowed 2 inherited runners to score. Hoby Milner struck out 4 in two, one-hit innings. Kelly Dugan (.324) was back leading off and went 1-3. Brock Stassi (.313) went 2-3 with a HR (9) and RBI (62). Andrew Knapp (.338) went 1-4 with a double.
Lakewood (49-46) lost to the West Virginia Power 5-1. Austin Davis got rocked for 4 runs in the second inning and they held up. He lasted 5 innings and gave up 6 hits and a walk. Jairo Munoz pitched 2 shutout innings. Herlis Rodriguez (.298) went 0-2 with 2 walks. Scott Kingery (.265) 3-4. Kyle Martin (.356) went 1-4.
Williamsport (22-11) beat the Hudson Valley Renegades 8-3. Jose Taveras (4-1, 2.17) gave up 2 runs on 6 hits in 5 innings while striking out six. Josh Tobias (.298) went 3-5 with a triple, HR (2), and 2 RBI. Jose Pujols (.297) went 3-5 with an RBI. Brendon Hayden (.326) went 2-4 with a walk. Zachary Coppola (.322) went 1-4. Mark Laird (.250) went 2-3 with a walk. Gregori Rivero hit his second HR, a grand slam, to cap a 5-run seventh.
GCL Phillies (20-8) dropped two games to the GCL Blue Jays, 6-3 and 8-2. Cornelius Randolph left the first game limping, one pitch after a hard take-out slide at second base. He did not suit up for the second game. A bunch of young pitchers didn’t pitch well. Lucas Williams (.294) went 3-6 across both games.
DSL Phillies (26-20) beat the DSL Rays 4-3. C Nerlius Martinez (.297) hit his 5th HR.
VSL Phillies (23-35) lost to the VSL Tigers 5-0.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- Lehigh Valley IronPigs placed RHP Chris Leroux on the temporarily inactive list.
- Lehigh Valley IronPigs placed 3B Russ Canzler on the 7-day disabled list.
- SS KC Serna assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
- Logan Moore assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
- Angelo Mora assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers.
- Chase Harris assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Clearwater Threshers.
- Luis Espiritu, Jr. assigned to Clearwater Threshers from GCL Phillies.