Jesmuel Valentin made his 2015 debut with the Threshers in the second game of double header against the St. Lucie Mets.
Ben Revere was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for 2 minor league pitchers. RHP Jimmy Cordero split time as a reliever at the Jays Advanced A and AA clubs in Dunedin and New Hampshire. The 6’3, 215 lb., 23-year old has seen his peripherals dip a little with the advancement to the higher level. RHP Albert Tirado has spent all season as a reliever in Dunedin where he is three years younger than the league average. The 6’0, 180 lb., 20-year old is striking out a batter an inning, but needs to lower his 5.1/9 walk rate. Tirado was rated the #76 prospect in the 2014 pre-season rankings.
And, it looks like have decided to go in a different direction than a lot of us wanted. They have recalled RHP David Buchanan, RHP Dalier Hinojosa, and OF Jordan Danks from Lehigh Valley. Danks? Why not Altheer? They both play center field. Geez!
GCL Phillies (21-12) edged the GCL Astros 17-2. This game wasn’t as close as the score would indicate. The Phillies broke open a 2-0 game with a 10-run 5th inning. They unleashed a 17-hit attack and supplemented it with 8 walks and a hit batter. The Astros also chipped in with 2 fielding errors, 3 wild pitches, and a fielder’s choice that failed to produce an out. The Astros best defense was the 4 double plays the Phillies hit into to thwart their own offense.
The Phillies produced seven, 2-out RBIs. They stranded only 4 runners with 2 out. They were 8-21 with runners in scoring position. And 15 of their 17 runs were driven in. Conversely, both Astros’ runs were unearned. I hope they hit this well at home tomorrow morning.
Lewis Alezones pitched 4.0 solid, 2-hit innings. He issued no walks and struck out three. Of course, since he only pitched four innings, he can’t get the win. But Will Stewart would get the win with 2 unearned runs on 1 hit and three walks. The 2 runs he allowed to score came with 2 out on an errant throw by the shortstop. But he walked both runners and wild pitched them over to second and third. (This is one example why W-L record is not a good indicator of a pitcher’s success, especially in the minor leagues.) Stewart did strike out 3 batters in his 2 innings. Tanner Kiest gave up a hit and 2 walks in 2 innings, also striking out three. Victor Delgado rebounded from his recent struggles with a 1-2-3 ninth.
I wasn’t at the game, but C Rodolfo Duran was lifted after Stewart’s wild pitch. Prior to that Duran had commited a throwing error and been charged with 2 passed balls. So, I don’t know if the change was due to injury or for defense.
Arquimedes Gamboa led off and raised his average to .200 with a 2-5 that included 3 runs scored, a walk, and 2 RBI. Jonathan Arauz (.284) went 3-4 with 2 doubles, 2 walks, and 2 RBI. Cornelius Randolph (.280) started in left field and played 6 innings before being replaced by a pinch hitter in the 7th. Randolph went 1-3 with a walk and RBI. Yunior Reyes, who came on for Randolph, went 2-2 with a triple and 2 RBI. Tommy Joseph started at first and went 2-2. He was replaced by Luis Encarnacion (.260) in the fourth. He went 2-3 with 5 RBI. Lucas Williams (.265) went 2-6 with an RBI.
Lehigh Valley (47-60) lost to the Norfolk Tides 10-6. Each of the IronPigs’ pitchers was assaulted by the Tides’ batters. Nefi Ogando blew a save and took the loss. The Lehigh batters had provided the team with leads of 1-0, 4-3, and 6-4. Ogando entered in the 6th inning and was able to strand an inherited runner. But, he couldn’t hold the lead as he remained in for the seventh. Recent call-up, Colton Murray, pitched the ninth inning and gave up a run on 2 hits and struck out one batter.
The Pigs 12-hit attack included 2 doubles and 10 singles. Aaron Altherr (.305) went 3-5 with a double. Chase d’Arnaud also went 3-5 with a double. Six different batters had an RBI – Henson, Bogusevic, Phelps, McGuinness, C Eric Kratz, and DH Lino. Four different Pigs stole 5 bases – d’Arnaud (2), Bogusevic, Altherr, and Serna.
Reading (57-49) beat the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 5-3. Joely Rodriguez allowed 2 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks in 6.1 innings. Ryan O’Sullivan stranded the one runner he inherited but gave up an unearned run in his 1.2 innings. Stephen Shackleford picked up his 23rd save.
The Phils overcame an early lead to take a 5-1 lead in the fourth. Their nine hits included 3 doubles and 6 singles. Kelly Dugan (.315) went 1-3 with a walk, HBP, and RBI. J.P. Crawford (.255) went 0-4 with an RBI and 2 K. Cam Perkins (.265) went 1-5 with a double and RBI. Andrew Knapp (.330) went 2-4 with a double. Harold Martinez (.309) went 2-4 with a double and RBI. Angelo Mora (.333) went 2-3 with a walk and RBI. Perkins recorded an outfield assist on a play at the plate.
Clearwater (60-46) split a double header with the St. Lucie Mets, 4-3 and 6-2 (L).
Game One. The Threshers held on to beat the St. Lucie Mets 4-3. Ricardo Pinto (4-2, 3.33) pitched well through his 5.2 innings. He was charged with 2 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 4 Mets, including the side in the 4th inning. He left with 2 out and runners on first and second. Ulises Joaquin came on to give up a single to the first batter to allow the obligatory inherited runner to score. Joaquin escaped the inning without allowing the other runner to score. He remained in the game to allow another run and pick up his 14th save.
Aaron Brown (.243) started the scoring with a 2-run HR (8). He went 1-3. Carlos Tocci (.305) went 0-4. Andrew Pullin (.262) went 0-3 with 3 K. Rhys Hoskins (.290) went 1-3 with a double. Dylan Cozens (.286) went 1-3. Chace Numata (.285) went 1-2 with a walk. The Threshers scored their 3rd and 4th runs on a bases loaded wild pitch in the fourth inning.
Game Two. Matt Imhof retired the first 8 Mets he faced. The Mets’ announcers were incredulous at how a pitcher, who barely reached 87 with his fastball and who had thrown 16 strikes to 14 ball in 30 pitches, could be so dominant against the Mets’ batters. The ninth batter grounded sharply to third and it went through the fielders’ legs into left field. Big error. A walk and a single brought home the games’ first run. The next batter launched a 3-run, no-doubt-about-it HR tostretch the lead to 4-0. Two singles and a walk ended Imhof’s night, but not his final line. Ethan Stewart came on to get the final out. (I can’t think of a worse choice to bring into a bases loaded situation.) Well, Stewart walked in the Mets’ fifth run. Then he gave up a ground single to second to plate their sixth run. He finally escaped the inning with another ground ball and pitched a one-hit fourth. But he was able to keep his ERA clean at 0.00. Alexis pitched the fifth and recorded a 1-2-3 inning in a low leverage situation. Harold Guerrero gave up a walk in his one inning.
The Threshers came right back to score 2 runs in the fourth, but couldn’t mount another comeback in the remaining innings. All 6 of their hits were singles. Carlos Tocci (.310) went 2-4. Rhys Hoskins (.302) went 2-2 with a walk. Dylan Cozens (.283) went 0-3. Willians Astudillo went 1-2 with a HBP and 2 RBI.
Lakewood (52-50) lost to the West Virginia Power 9-2. Five BlueClaws’ pitchers were abused for 18 hits and 6 walks. Elniery Garcia took the loss but had only given up 1 run in 3 innings when he was lifted.
Lakewood didn’t get their first base runner until a walk in the fifth. They got their first hit in the 7th inning when they bundled three singles with a throwing error to score their 2 runs without benefit of an RBI. Herlis Rodriguez (.293) went 1-4. Cord Sandberg (.257) went 1-4. Scott Kingery (.266) went 1-4. Kyle Martin (.344) went 0-3 with a walk. Chase Harris went 1-2 with a sacrifice.
Williamsport (26-14) came from behind to beat the Vermont Lake Monsters 6-3. Mitch Gueller (2.21) gave up 2 runs (1 ER) on 5 hits and 3 walks in 5 innngs. He struck out five. Denton Keys gave up a solo HR in his one inning. Andrew Godail pitched 2 shutout innings for the win. Robert Tasin (1.69) earned his 8th save.
Zachary Coppola (.316) went 1-4 with a double, walk, and RBI. Mark Laird (.281) went 2-5 with 2 RBI. Josh Tobias (.297) went 1-5. Jose Pujols (.280) went 1-4 with a double. Brendon Hayden (.336) went 3-4. Austin Bossart (.367) went 1-3 with a double and RBI.
Vermont’s leadoff batter has an interesting name – Skye Bolt.
DSL Phillies (29-23) beat the DSL Athletics 3-0 in a game called after 6.5 innings. Jhon Nunez and Anderson Nunez combined to throw a 6 inning, 4-hitter. And, no, they are not related.
VSL Phillies (27-38) lost to the VSL Rays 10-2. Lenin Rodriguez (.254) went 2-3 with a walk, HR (3), and 2 RBI. Enger Jimenez (.291) went 2-3 with a double, triple, and walk.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- Phillies traded Ben Revere to the Toronto Blue Jays for RHPs Jimmy Cordero and Alberto Tirado.
- Philadelphia Phillies recalled David Buchanan from Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Started against the Braves. Pitched into the 8th inning. Got the win. What’s going on here? 11-2 since the All Star break. 2.5 game lead over the Marlins. Eight teams within 7.5 games of the Phillies, ALL sellers at the deadline. How comfortable are you about getting 1:1 in next year’s draft?
- Philadelphia Phillies recalled RHP Dalier Hinojosa from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- Philadelphia Phillies recalled Jordan Danks from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- Colton Murray assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
- Philadelphia Phillies optioned Jerad Eickhoff to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- Philadelphia Phillies sent Seth Rosin outright to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- Philadelphia Phillies optioned Jorge Alfaro to Reading Fightin Phils.
- RHP Jimmy Cordero assigned to Reading Fightin Phils.
- Luis Espiritu, Jr. assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.