Be sure to read to the bottom of the report. There’s a link to an interview that should be of interest.
GCL Phillies (20-12) lost to the GCL Tigers 1-0 in 10 innings for their 6th straight loss. They are winless since coach Roly de Armas returned from the Pan Am games. Sam McWilliams rebounded from 2 losses (where he gave up 9 ER in 6.1 innings) with a solid 6.0 innings. He gave up 5 hits, a walk, and struck out four. Two of his early base runners were erased by Edgar Cabral on steal attempts. McWilliams was in and around the strike zone, needing only 66 pitches to complete his six innings. His fastball was 88-91, touching 92 on several pitches.
Ismael Cabrera pitched one inning. He registered 2 quick outs and was set to retire the Tigers in order when a routine ground ball to second was booted. Cabrera hit the next batter, before ending the inning with a fly to center. The error cost him 6 additional pitches, 18 total for the inning. Cabrera started out 94-95-95-94 before settling in at 92-93 the rest of the inning on his fastball.
Zach Morris came in and retired his first 5 batters before a two-out walk in the ninth. He extended the inning with his throwing error on a come backer. The Tigers finally pushed a run across in the tenth on a leadoff single, sacrifice, two-out single. I only charted Morris’ first two innings. He threw 26 pitches. For a big guy, his fastball is only 87-89. He threw 4 89 MPH pitches, 3 for balls. All three balls were part of a 6-pitch walk in the ninth.
Cornelius Randolph started in left field and was replaced after 4 innings. Tommy Joseph started at first and was lifted after 2 innings. We all checked twitter to see if he had been traded (haha). CF Juan Luis left the game in the second inning after a collision at second on a successful steal attempt. His replacement Jesus Alastre collapsed in a heap rounding second on his way to third on an errant pickoff attempt at first. After several minutes, he walked it off and remained in the game. Although he looked slower on the bases.
Again the Phillies managed only 5 hits and a walk. They got runners into scoring position in 4 innings but couldn’t come up with the hit that would have ended the game in regulation.
Cornelius Randolph (.278) went 0-2 with a K looking on a pitch that, from my vantage point behind the cage, was off the plate by six inches. Greg Pickett and Lucas Williams each went 1-4. Pickett was rung up twice on pitches similar to the one that got Randolph. I don’t think the ump likes lefties. Jose Antequera (.274) went 2-4 with a double.
Lehigh Valley (47-59) lost to the Scranton RailRiders 3-2. Cesar Jimenez gave up 3 runs in 3.0 innings and suffered the eventual loss. Adam Loewen struck out 4 in 2.0 scoreless, hitless innings. He only allowed on ball put into play as he picked off his only base runner who had reached on a walk. Loewen struck out the side in the ninth. Tyler Henson had 3 of the IronPigs 5 hits. He went 3-5 with 2 doubles and an RBI. Aaron Altherr (.294) went 0-3 with a walk and 2 K.
Reading (56-49) lost to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 4-0. Mark Leiter turned in a quality start but still took the loss. He pitched 7.0 innings and gave up 3 runs (2 ER) on 6 hits and a walk. He struck out nine. Edubray Ramos gave up a run on 3 hits in 1.0 inning of relief, but struck out two.
Kelly Dugan (.315) was back in the leadoff spot. He went 1-4 with 3 K. leadoff spot. J.P. Crawford (.261) went 1-3 with a walk. Cam Perkins (.266) went 2-4. Brock Stassi (.316) went 1-3 with a double and a walk. Brian Pointer went 0-4 with 4 K. Harold Martinez (.304) went 1-3. Pointer had an outfield assist.
Clearwater (59-45) rained out in St. Lucie. Double header against the Mets tomorrow starting at 4:05PM: Ricardo Pinto starts game one; Matt Imhof starts game two.
Lakewood (52-49) lost to the West Virginia Power 7-4. Austin Davis (2-4, 3.18) gave up 5 runs (4 ER) in 5.0 innings on 6 hits and a walk. He struck out six and gave up a 2-run HR. Jason Zgardowski and Manny Martinez got nicked for a run each. Joey DeNato pitched a scoreless eighth.
Chase Harris finally showed some of the offense he displayed in Clearwater going 2-3 and scoring 2 runs. Emmanuel Marrero went 2-4 and scored a run. Herlis Rodriguez (.294) went 1-5. Scott Kingery (.266) went 1-5 with an RBI. Kyle Martin (.352) went 1-4 with an RBI. Cord Sandberg (.257) went 1-4.
Williamsport (25-14) lost to the Lowell Spinners 5-2. Jose Taveras (2-2, 2.62) gave up 3 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks in 5.1 innings. Jacob Waguespack (0.00) allowed 1 of 2 inherited runners to score on a sacrifice fly and struck out 4 in 2.2 innings. Anthony Sequeira (1.37) gave up 2 runs in 1.0 inning. Mark Laird (.275) went 2-4 with 2 RBI. Josh Tobias (.302) went 1-3. Jose Pujols (.281) went 2-4. Brendon Hayden (.320) went 1-4.
DSL Phillies (29-23) beat the DSL Royals 4-3. Geury Ortiz (2-3, 2.65) survived 8 hits and 3 runs over 7.1 innings. Jose Nin stranded a runner and picked up his second save. Henry Santana drove in 3 runs. Edwin Rodriguez went 3-4.
VSL Phillies (27-37) lost to the VSL Cubs 4-2. Abdullah Aris pitched 4.0 shutout innings in relief. Wilman Silva hit his first home run.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- The Phillies activated RHP Aaron Harang from the 15-day disabled list. He started and beat the Atlanta Braves. Dang!
- Papelbon got his first save for Washington in a 1-0 win. Giles got his second consecutive save in the 4-1 win over the Braves.
- Lehigh Valley IronPigs placed RHP Severino Gonzalez on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to July 28, 2015. right bicep strain
- Lehigh Valley IronPigs sent C Tommy Joseph on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies.
- RHP Chris Leroux assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
- Luis Espiritu, Jr. assigned to GCL Phillies from Clearwater Threshers.
- Jesmuel Valentin assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Williamsport Crosscutters. I don’t know if this is a paper move any more. With the move of Espiritu back to the GCL, the Threshers have 25 players on their roster. I haven’t seen Valentin working out at the Comlex or with the Threshers. If he has been, it was a better kept secret than any of the MLB trades that were reported early by electronic media only to be retracted.
- On the Threshers’ Home Page, Kirsten Karbach interviewed Josh Norris from Baseball America. Only a bit over 4 minutes; but he talks about Tocci, Pinto, and 3 of the Rangers prospects including Williams and Alfaro. Link.