Clearwater (60-48) was shutout 8-0 by Lakeland Flying Tigers on 2 hits. The loss was their 4th in a row, and they have now dropped out of first place for the first time this half. They are curently a half game behind the Daytona Tortugas, 2 games in the loss column.
Brandon Leibrandt (7-3, 3.11) threw 87 pitches, 50 strikes. He lasted only 4.1 innings. He was charged with 4 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks (a career high). He struck out two. Leibrandt throws a fastball, change, slider, and curve. His FB was 86-87, T88.
Harold Guerrero pitched 1.2 innings. He allowed one of two inherited runners to score (on a wild pitch), and gave up 2 runs on 2 walks and 2 hits. Guerrero has struck out 31 in 33.1 innings. However, he has also walked 31 batters.
Before the game, Manager Greg Legg took responsibility for Alexis Rivero’s slow start at Clearwater. He stated that he would use him in lower leverage situations until he gets comfortable. So, he brought Rivero into a game where they trailed 6-0. He responded with 4 strike outs in 2 innings. Unfortunately, in this low leverage situation, Rivero gave up a long, 2-run HR (to the track behind the berm in right center field), 2 hits and a walk.
Ulises Joaquin struck out the side in the ninth.
Malquin Canelo doubled with one out in the first inning. Mitch Walding doubled with two out in the eighth inning. In between, Dylan Cozens was hit by a pitch to lead off the fifth and stole a base. Aaron Brown crushed a ball in the 8th that Jiwan James leapt and caught against the right field wall. End of offensive highlights. The lowlights – 11 Ks and 0 BB. The Tigers starter (Kevin Ziomek) had all 11 Ks. He pitched 8 innings. At one point he struck out 6 batters in a row. When Leibrandt had thrown 60 pitches thru 3 innings, Ziomek had only thrown 30 thru the same 3 innings.
Listen to Legger in this pre-game interview. He discusses Malquin Canelo, Jesmuel Valentin, Wilson Garcia, Alexis Rivero, Alberto Tirado.
Lehigh Valley (50-61) beat the Toledo Mud Hens 5-1. New guy, Jerad Eickhoff made his first start and won. He went 6.0 innings, gave up 1 run on 6 hits and 1 walk. He struck out seven. He threw 97 pitches, 64 strikes. Dustin McGowan struck out 2 of the 5 batters he faced in 1.2 innings for his 8th save.
Aaron Altherr (.299) went 1-4 with a HR (7), walk, and RBI. Brian Bogusevic (.290) went 3-5 triple, HR (7), and RBI. Kelly Dugan went 1-5 with an RBI. Erik Kratz went 1-3 with 2 BB.
Reading (59-50) beat the Trenton Thunder 7-1. New guy, Jake Thompson made his first start and won. He went 7.0 innings and gave up 1 run on 6 hits. Jimmy Cordero, in his 2nd appearance, struck out 2 in 1 inning of relief. Edubray Ramos got a walk and strike out in 1 inning.
The Phils collected 15 hits. Another new guy, Nick Williams started and led off. He went 2-5. J.P. Crawford (.254) went 1-5. Chase Utley went 1-4. Brock Stassi (.308) went 2-5 with an RBI (69). Andrew Knapp (.372) went 3-4 with 2 doubles, a BB, and 3 RBI (30). Cam Perkins (.266) went 2-5 with an RBI. Destin Hood (.307) went 2-4 with a HR (6) and 2 RBI. Williams had an outfield assist at second.
Lakewood (55-51) beat the Greensboro Grasshoppers 2-1. Ranfi Casimiro (7-6, 3.10) gave up 1 run on 3 hits, striking out 4 in 6 innings. Manny Martinez and Scott Harris each pitched a perfect inning. Matt Hockenberry loaded the bases in the ninth before wrapping up his 12th save.
Cord Sandberg (.257) went 0-4. Herlis Rodriguez (.294) went 1-4. Scott Kingery (.257) went 2-4. Damek Tomscha (.268) went 1-4 with a double and an RBI. Chase Harris went 1-3 with an RBI.
Williamsport (28-16) lost to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers 10-5. Franklyn Kilome (2-1, 2.08) gave up the first 3 runs (2 ER) on 5 hits and 2 walks in 3.0 innings (65 pitches/39 strikes). Three relievers gave up runs to further bury Kilome and the team. The crosscutters used 6 hits and 5 walks to stay in the game until a 3-run 8th by the Scrappers sealed the game.
Zachary Coppola (.313) got the day off. Mark Laird (.292) led off and went 1-3 with 2 BB. Andrew Amaro went 2-5 with 2 RBI. Josh Tobias (.312) went 1-4 and 2 RBI. Jose Pujols (.269) went 0-4 with 2 K. Brendon Hayden (.322) got the day off. Jan Hernandez (.216) went 0-4. Austin Bossart (.364) went 1-2 and reached twice on HBP. The Cutters had 3 runners thrown out on the base paths, 2 at home.
GCL Phillies (22-13) split a double header with the GCL Braves, losing 5-4 in 8 innings and winning 3-1.
Game One. Nick Fanti came on in relief and stranded 2 inherited runners. He pitched a total of 2.1 innings and struck out five. Ismael Cabrera (1-2, 0.96) gave up a walk-off HR in the bottom of the eighth. Arquimedes Gamboa went 3-4 with a BB and RBI. Jonathan Arauz (.290) went 2-5. Cornelius Randolph (.277) went 0-1 with 2 BB and a HBP. Tommy Joseph went 1-2 with a BB and RBI. Lucas Williams (.288) went 2-3 with a BB.
Game Two. Bailey Falter (2.65) pitched 4 innings, gave up 2 hits, walked none, and struck out three. Lewis Alezones (1-0, 1.50) picked up his first win with 1 run on 2 hits in 2 innings. Gandy Stubblefield picked up his 5th save with 2 Ks in 1 inning. Arauz (.282) went 0-3 with 2 K (4 K in both games). Randolph (.281) went 1-2 with a double (10) and HBP (that’s twice for the day). Tommy Joseph went 1-2 with a BB, HR (1), and 2 RBI.
DSL Phillies (31-25) lost to the DSL Rays 9-3.
VSL Phillies (29-39) lost to the VSL Cubs 7-2. Enger Jimenez (.305) went 3-4.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- Philadelphia Phillies sent 2B Chase Utley on a rehab assignment to Reading Fightin Phils.
- RHP Jake Thompson assigned to Reading Fightin Phils.
- OF Nick Williams assigned to Reading Fightin Phils.
- Clearwater Threshers placed LHP Cody Forsythe on the temporarily inactive list.
- RHP Alberto Tirado assigned to Clearwater Threshers.
- Traded 3B Gustavo Pierre (REA) to Toronto Blue Jays.
- The Detroit Tigers released GM Dave Dombrowski from the remainder of his contract.