Clearwater (62-49) won a pitchers’ duel against the Lakeland Flying Tigers 4-0. Matt Imhof made due with the one run he was provided in the fourth inning until he turned the game over to Jessen Therrien for two innings. When Ulises Joaquin took over in the ninth, the Threshers had broken the game open with a 3-run eighth. The win, coupled with Daytona’s loss, pushed Clearwater back into first place in the second half.
The enigma that is Matt Imhof confounded the Tigers for six innings. Of the 60 pitches that were measured by the stadium radar gun, 54 were fastballs. most fell into the 87-89 range. Four came in at 86, and SIX were measured at 90. Imhof threw 79 total pitches, 49 were strikes. He struck out a season high 7 batters, 6 went down swinging. Five of those were on fastballs.
Imhof was victimized in the first by a fielding error behind him. He didn’t let it bother him and recorded the third out by striking out the clean up batter on a 90 mph fastball. Imhof breezed though the second with two strike outs. He issued a leadoff walk in the third but got out of the inning with his fifth strike out and a fly ball after the Tigers sacrificed the runner over to second.
Imhof gave up his first hit to leadoff the fourth. It was an infield hit that Walding fielded behind the bag but couldn’t get enough on the throw from foul territory to get the batter at first. Imhof eased out of that with a pop up and a double play. The Tigers got their second runner into scoring position in the fifth with a one out line drive single to left and a two out bloop single to right. But Imhof struck out Jiwan James for his 6th K to end the threat. Imhof issued a one-out walk in the sixth, but once again tamed the Tigers. He puctuated this final out of his night with another 90 mph fastball for his season high 7th K.
Tiger’s pitcher Brennan Smith kept the Threshers in check for most of his seven innings. Malquin Canelo opened with an infield single to the shortstop, but the Threshers went quietly from then on until the fourth. Their only other base runner was Derek Campbell who was HBP in the third.
Andrew Pullin opened the fourth with a fly ball into the LCF gap. Rhys Hoskins followed with a ground single to left. The fielder missed the scoop and Pullin was able to score. One out later Willians Astudillo grounded a single to right. Two ground balls to the first baseman ended the hope of adding an additional run. Imhof and Therrien made the single run hold up as the offense was held to Campbell’s second HBP in the fifth and Mitch Walding’s double of the top of the LF wall in the seventh.
Aaron Brown opened the eighth with a line single to right, and the Tigers decided to pull their starter. Pullin sacrificed Brown to second, and the Tigers chose to intentionally walk Hoskins. Dylan defeated the strategy with a ground single to right that scored Brown and allowed Hoskins to take third. Willians Astudillo executed a textbook hit-and-run scoring Hoskins and sending Cozens to third. Chace Numata drove in the final run with a sac fly.
Malquin Canelo (.238) went 1-4. Aaron Brown (.243) went 1-3 with a BB. Andrew Pullin (.254) went 1-3 with a double. Rhys Hoskins (.303) went 1-3 with a BB. Dylan Cozens (.277) went 1-4 with an RBI (37). Willians Astudillo (.313) went 2-4 with an RBI (47).
Lehigh Valley (51-62) lost to the Toledo Mud Hens 1-0. Anthony Vasquez (7-4, 3.87) was the hard luck loser. He pitched a complete game, going eight innings. He gave up the lone run on 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out nine. The IronPigs managed only 4 hits and 2 walks of their own. With the stellar pitching performances, the game was completed in a paltry 2 hours and 2 minutes.
Aaron Altherr (.299) went 0-4. Kelly Dugan (.261) went 1-3. Brian Bogusevic (.288) went 1-4 with a double. Gabriel Lino and KC Serna had the other two hits. Erik Kratz had both walks. Dugan threw a runner out at home.
Reading (61-50) beat the Trenton Thunder 8-1. Joely Rodriguez (4-2, 5.01) threw a one-hitter for his five innings, walking none, and striking out four. Hoby Milner struck out 3 in his two innings, but gave up the Thunder’s only run on 3 hits. Tom Windle pitched a shutout eighth, and Ethan Martin threw a perfect ninth. The offense kicked in with a 13-hit, 3 walk attack.
Nick Williams struggled and went 1-4 with 2 runs scored, a double, and a walk. He watched his average plummet to .538. J.P. Crawford (.259) came alive and went 3-5 with a double and 4 RBI. Andrew Knapp (.385) continued to rake and went 3-4 BB and RBI (34). Destin Hood (.303) went 1-4 with 2 RBI (36). Harold Martinez (.308) went 2-4 with a double. Crawford commited his 13th error, 19th across two levels.
Lakewood (55-53) lost to the Hickory Crawdads 3-2. Elniery Garcia (6-9, 3.23) gave up 3 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks in 6.0 innings. Jairo Munoz struck out 3 in two innings. Herlis Rodriguez (.299) went 2-3 with a double and RBI. Scott Kingery (.255) went 1-4. Kyle Martin (.305) went 0-4. Cord Sandberg (.260) went 2-4. Emmanuel Marrero had 2 hits.
Williamsport (29-17) beat the Auburn Doubledays 5-3. Mitch Gueller threw 100 pitches in 6.0 innings of shutout ball. He gave up 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out five. Robert Tasin preserved the save (9) with a perfect ninth.
Zachary Coppola (.307) went 0-4 with a BB. Mark Laird (.303) went 2-5. Josh Tobias (.311) went 3-5 with 2 doubles. Jose Pujols (.273) went 2-5 with a triple and 2 RBI. Jesus Posso went 1-5 with 2 RBI. Brendon Hayden was out of the line up for the third straight game with an infection in his left eye.
GCL Phillies (24-13) beat the GCL Yankees2, 6-1. Carlos Indriago (1-0, 1.11) threw six two-hit innings at the Yankees. He allowed a run in the first on two singles and a ground out, then shut the Yankees down the rest of the way. Only two more of his batters reached base on a walk and an error by third baseman Tommy Joseph. Edgar Garcia came on in the seventh and continued the beat down allowing only one of the 10 batters he face to reach base on a walk, for the three-inning save (1).
Tommy Joseph started at third and went 0-2. Lucas Williams (.321) replaced Joseph and went 2-2 with a double and 2 RBI. Jose Antequera (.289) went 2-4 with a double, RBI and 3 runs scored. Cornelius Randolph (.269) went 0-4 and was robbed on at least one at bat by a great catch in the outfield in the gap. Bryan Martelo crushed his second HR of the year to right center. The flags were limp so the wind didn’t play a factor.
So far, small sample and all, in addition to all the other things that are going the Phillies’ way, Lucas Williams looks like a ball player. Just sayin’.
Steven Inch threw on an adjoining field. Coaches Compton and Sweeney went over to watch. A few pitchers went to shag. The batters were Roman Quinn, Ben Pelletier, and Reggie Wilson.
Afterwards, Coach Compton watched as OF Juan Luis went through some running drills.
DSL Phillies (32-26) lost to the DSL Indians 6-2. Lenin Rodriguez hit his 4th home run.
VSL Phillies (29-40) lost to the VSL Rays 4-3 in 10 innings.
Here’s the affiliated scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- Philadelphia Phillies optioned Jordan Danks to Lehigh Valley IronPigs, to make room for Chase Utley.
- Philadelphia Phillies optioned Dalier Hinojosa to Lehigh Valley IronPigs to make room for Adam Loewen.
- Lakewood BlueClaws activated 2B Drew Stankiewicz from the 7-day disabled list.
- William Cuicas assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Lakewood BlueClaws.