The Phillies completed their first move as they approach the trade deadline. They have traded popular closer Jonathan Papelbon to the Washington Nationals for RHP Nick Pivetta. The Phillies kicked in $4.5M this season to offset part of Papelbon’s salary. Papelbon negotiated a guranteed $11M for the 2016 season, however $3M will be deferred to 2017. Papelbon has been assured that he will be the closer. Here’s a report on Pivetta from the Washington Post on July 24th.
Lehigh Valley (47-57) lost to the Scranton RailRiders 5-3. Jesse Biddle gave up 2 runs (1 ER) on 1 hit and 5 walks in 5 innings. He struck out four. Cesar Jimenez blew the save in two-thirds of an inning. Nefi Ogando came in to strand 2 runners and pitch shutout ball the rest of the way. Aaron Altherr (.308) went 2-3 with a walk and RBI. Brian Bogusevic and Chris McGuinness also had multi-hit games.
Reading (55-48) beat the Erie SeaWolves 4-3 in a walkoff. Chris Leroux gave up 2 runs over 7 innings. Colton Murray (6-1, 2.52) came in to pick up the win when Kelly Dugan drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. Dugan (.321) went 1-4 with a walk and RBI. Cam Perkins (.263) went 0-2 with 2 walks. Brock Stassi (.318) went 2-4 with 2 doubles. Andrew Knapp (.326) went 1-3 with a double, walk, and 2 RBI.
Clearwater (58-45) split a double header with the Bradenton Marauders.
Game One. 4-1 win. Victor Arano gave up 1 unearned run in 6 innings. Ulises Joaquin picked up his 13th save. Carlos Tocci (.310) went 2-4. Malquin Canelo went 2-2 with a sacrifice, SF, and RBI. Andrew Pullin (.267) went 1-4 with a double and RBI. Rhys Hoskins (.298) went 1-3 with a double, walk, and RBI.
Game Two. 2-1 loss. Yacksel Rios pitched five, three-hit innings giving up a first inning run. He struck out five. Alexis Rivero came in and continued to show inconsistency putting batters away in high-leverage situations at this level. He has blown 2 of 3 save opportunities but has walked one and struck out nine 6.1 innings. He has given up 8 hits and 5 ER for a 7.11 ERA. Carlos Tocci (.310) went 1-3. Malquin Canelo went 1-3 with an RBI. Dylan Cozens (.275) went 1-2 with a walk.
Lakewood (52-48) lost to the Kannapolis Intimidators 3-1. Ranfi Casimiro gave up 3 runs (2 ER) on 7 hits and 3 walks in 6.2 innings. Scott Kingery (.269) went 1-4 with an RBI. Kyle Martin (.350) went 0-4. Herlis Rodriguez (.296) went 2-3 with a walk.
Williamsport (25-12) beat the Lowell Spinners 6-5. Sutter McLoughlin gor his first win with 1.1 perfect innings. He struck out all 4 batters he faced. Robert Tasin picked up his 7th save. Zachary Coppola (.330) went 1-3. Gregori Rivero went 1-3 with a HR (3) and 2 RBI.
GCL Phillies (20-10) dropped two games to the GCL Pirates by identical 4-3 scores although by different scripts. They fell behind in the first game 4-0 and came up short. They took a 3-0 lead into the 7th in the 2nd game and failed to get an out.
Game One. Felix Paulino took the loss. He gave up a run Monday before the game was suspended. Adonis Medina took over Tuesday and gave up 3 runs in 6 innings. Nck Fanti struck out 3 in 2 one-hit innings. Juan Luis (.300) went 2-3 with 2 doubles and an RBI. Lucas Williams (.278) went 0-2 with 2 walks. Jonathan Arauz (.286) went 1-5.
Game Two. The Phillies made the most of their 3 hits. They converted a double by DH Cornelius Randolph and home runs by Edgar Cabral and Bryan Martelo in the fourth to take a 3-0 lead. Carlos Indriago pitched a one-hitter in his 5 innings. Horace Stubblefield stuck out 2 in a perfect 6th. However, he couldn’t record an out in the seventh. An inning-opening walk and back-to-back singles started the scoring. A three-run HR sealed the walkoff victory for the Pirates. Randolph (.298) went 1-3 with a double. Cabral (.278) went 1-3 with a HR (2) and 2 RBI. Martelo (.290) went 1-3 with a HR (1) and RBI.
Stubblefield went into the game with an ERA of 0.00 in 10 IP. He had given up 5 hits, 2 walks, and struck out twelve. He had 4 saves in as many opportunities before today.
DSL Phillies (27-23) lost to the DSL Astros Blue 9-0.
VSL Phillies (26-36) beat the VSL Tigers 8-0. Miguelangel Bastidas (4-4, 2.75) pitched a one-hitter through six innings.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- Traded RHP Jonathan Papelbon and $4.5M to Washington Nationals for RHP Nick Pivetta.
- Chris Leroux assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- VSL Phillies activated RF Juan Avila from the 7-day disabled list.
- Jesmuel Valentin assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Clearwater Threshers. This may be a paper move. Mitch Rupert tweeted that Valentin isn’t expected to report. However, the Williamsport roster currently stands at 31 players and only 30 players are permitted.