Kelly Dugan made his first AAA start. Aaron Nola picked up his second major league win. Two of the new pitchers made their organizational debuts.
Lehigh Valley (48-60) came back from an early 4-0 deficit to beat the Norfolk Tides 8-4. Anthony Vasquez was replaced after a 4-run, 48-pitch first inning. Chris Leroux got the win with six, 4-hit innings. Adam Loewen recorded a 5-out save (9) after Seth Rosin was given a quick hook.
The IronPigs bolstered their 6-hit attack with 9 walks. Kelly Dugan went 0-2 with 2 walks. Aaron Altherr (.301) went 1-5. Chase d’Arnaud went 1-3 with 2 walks and an RBI. Tyler Henson went 2-5 with a double and 2 RBI. Chris McGuinness went 1-3 with a double, SF, and 3 RBI. d’Arnaud stole his 22nd base.
Reading (57-50) lost to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 9-7. Nick Pivetta had an inauspicious debut – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, P/S of 92/45. I hope it was just nerves with a new team/org. Jimmy Cordero had an equally terrible debut – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, P/S of 17/10. Pivetta pitched to two batters in the sixth and Cordero allowed both inherited runners to score. Tom Windle pitched one, one-hit inning. Hoby Milner pitched a perfect inning.
The Phils got as close as 5-3, and rallied in the ninth to close to the final score. They had 12 hits, 5 XBH. Angelo Mora (.314) led off and went 1-5 with a HR (1)RBI). J.P. Crawford (.256) went 1-5. Cam Perkins (.261) went 0-5. Brock Stassi (.311) went 1-4 with a double and walk. Andrew Knapp (.346) went 3-4 with a double and RBI. Destin Hood (.300) went 4-4 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI. Harold Martinez (.307) went 1-4.
Clearwater (60-47) lost to the St. Lucie Mets 6-0. David Whitehead (7-9, 4.24) struggled – 3.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 2 WP, 2 HBP. Cody Forsythe allowed an inherited runner to score and gave up an ER in his 2.1 innings. Alexis Rivero left the game after facing 3 batters. He fielded a ball off his chest to record the second out of the inning. Miguel Nunez came in to retire the final 4 Mets’ batters.
The Threshers offensive attack consisted of 5 singles and a double. Chace Numata (.284) went 1-4. Rhys Hoskins (.302) went 1-3. Dylan Cozens (.282) went 1-4. Mitch Walding went 2-3 with a double. Wilson Garcia (.385) replaced Hoskins as a defensive replacement in the bottom of the sixth and went 1-1. The Mets announcers did not go into any reason why. Hoskins had ended the top of the inning with a fly ball to center.
Lakewood (52-51) lost their fifth consecutive game by a score of 4-0 to the West Virginia Power. Shane Watson pitched well enough to keep them in the game for six innings. His line – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP. Scott Harris was less effective in his two innings – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K.
The BlueClaws also had a weak 5 single, 1 double attack. Herlis Rodriguez (.293) went 1-4. Cord Sandberg (.254) went 0-4. Scott Kingery (.267) went 1-3 with a walk. Kyle Martin (.333) went 0-4. Emmanuel Marrero had 2 hits.
Williamsport (26-15) rallied with three runs in the bottom of the ninth but came up short to the Vermont Lake Monsters 4-3. Manager Pat Borders (6th inning) and Pitching Coach Les Lancaster (5th inning) were both ejected from the game. Wanna bet the 10 walks the Crosscutters issued had something to do with that? Tyler Gilbert was charged with 3 unearned runs in 4.1 innings – 3 hits, 1 walk, 4 K. Sutter McLoughlin allowed 2 inherited runners to score plus one unearned run of his own. Back-to-back walks figured prominently, Lancaster was ejected after the second walk. Feliberto Sanchez, who had been pitching real well for an extended period, pitched one inning and two batters. He walked 5 and struck out three. Borders had been ejected after the base had been loaded in the sixth. Skylar Hunter and Luis Morales mopped up.
The Cutters also had an impotent offense – 4 singles and a double. They were only able to earn one walk (vs. the 10 issued to the Monsters). Zachary Coppola (.305) went 0-4. Mark Laird (.283) went 2-3. Jose Pujols (.279) went 1-4 with 3 K. Jesus Posso (.254) went 1-4 with a double and 2 RBI.
GCL Phillies (21-12) Game suspended with one out in the top of the third, 5-1 Phillies. Felix Paulino allowed 1 unearned run and struck out 3 in 2.1 innings. Cornelius Randolph and Tommy Joseph had 2 hits each. Joseph had a double on a line drive to left. Randolph grounded a two-strike single back through the box in his first at bat, and stroked a ground single to right through the 3/4 hole in his second at bat. This was the second time in less than a week I saw the lights turned on for a game at the Complex. The game will be completed the next time the teams meet (August 17,18).
DSL Phillies (31-23) beat the DSL Athletics 3-2.
VSL Phillies (28-38) beat the VSL Rays 7-1. Six different Phillies had 2 hits. Four pitchers 4-hit the Rays. Orestes Melendez (4-3, 3.00) went five innings with 4 K.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- RF Kelly Dugan assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
- RHP Alec Asher assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- Reading Fightin Phils activated RHP Reinier Roibal from the 7-day disabled list.