Clearwater (63-51) dropped the rubber game of their series with the Tampa Yankees 7-6. David Whitehead (7-10, 4.48) was spotted an early 4-0 lead but was unable to maintain it. He pitches four innings and allowed five runs on seven hits and three walks. He struck out four.
Whitehead pitched to two batters in the fifth. He walked both of them. Alexis Rivero (5.25) came in to “put out the fire” (with gasoline I suppose). First he made sure to throw a wild pitch to move both runners into scoring position. After a pop up, he hit a batter to load the bases. A ground out to first allowed one of the inherited runners to score. He walked the bases loaded again before getting out of the inning. So far, I fail to see what warranted his promotion from Lakewood. Alberto Tirado (3.22) and Harold Guerrero (3.15) each pitched an inning, and each allowed a run.
The Threshers scored in the first inning on Dylan Cozens’ sacrifice fly. They added three more in the second on a wild pitch and Jessie Valentin two-run double. After they pitchers finished digging a three-run hole, the Threshers scored two runs in the ninth on a Carlos Tocci sac fly and a fielding error on a Rhys Hoskins batted ball. They were still threatening with the bases loaded when the final out was recorded.
Valentin led off and went 3-4 with a run scored, double, walk, and two RBI. Tocci (.280) went 2-4 with an RBI. Cozens (.278) went 1-4 with an RBI. Willians Astudillo (.322) went 3-4. Brown stole his seventh base, Tocci was caught stealing for the seventh time.
Lehigh Valley (53-63) shutout the Columbus Clippers for the second consecutive day, 9-0. Jerad Eickhoff (2-0, 0.64) threw eight shutout innings. He allowed five hits and a walk while striking out four. Dustin McGowan (4.80) finished up with a two-hit ninth.
The IronPigs provided a lot of support with a 14-hit attack, seven walks, and a hit batter. They didn’t score during the first three innings, but broke the game open with a seven run fourth that featured two of their three home runs. Eight of the nine starters produced at least one hit, five ‘Pigs had multi-hit games.
Tyler Henson had the distinction of going hitless in all five of his at bats but did drive in a run. Chase d’Arnaud (.283) went 2-5 with a HR (4), walk, and RBI. Brian Bogusevic (.293) went 2-5. Aaron Altherr (.292) went 2-5 with a HR (8) and 3 RBI. Kelly Dugan (.243) went 1-4 with a HBP. Erik Kratz went 3-3 with a HR (3), 2 walks, and 3 RBI. Jordan Danks went 2-5 with a double.
Reading (64-50) beat the New Britain Rock Cats 4-1. Jake Thompson (2-0, 1.29) pitched a seven, three-hit innings. He allowed one run on a solo home run, walked three, struck out three, and picked off a base runner. Jimmy Cordero (3.45) tossed a one-hit eighth. Stephen Shackleford walked one batter, hit another, and struck out two while locking down his 24th save.
The Phils built up a 4-0 lead and their pitching made it stand up. Four players were responsible for their nine hits and they hit two home runs.
Nick Williams (.444) went 2-4 with a triple. J.P. Crawford (.251) went 1-4 with a double and RBI. Andrew Knapp (.403) went 3-4 with with a HR (6) and RBI (40). Harold Martinez (.311) went 3-3 with a HR (4) and RBI.
Lakewood (57-54) lost to the Hickory Crawdads 1-0. The hard-luck loser was Tyler Viza (4-7, 3.53), who showed a lot of grit during his 3-17 campaign last season. Viza pitched eight full innings, giving up just one run. He allowed four hits, walked none, and struck out seven. The run he was charged with scored on a double steal.
Viza retired the first six batters he faced. He stranded a leadoff single in the third with two strike outs and a fly out. A leadoff single and a one-out single put runners on the corners in the fourth. Deivi Grullon gunned down the runner trying to steal second, but the eventual winning run crossed the plate before a return throw. Viza retired the next ten batters before a leadoff triple in the eighth. Viza responded with a strike out and two outs that didn’t leave the infield, stranding the runner at third. He gave way to Matt Hockenberry (2.16) who pitched a perfect ninth.
The BlueClaws’ impotent attack consisted of five hits and four walks. Chase Harris led the way from the leadoff position, going 2-3 with a walk. Kyle Martin (.297) went 1-4 with a double. Cord Sandberg (.258) went 1-4. Joel Fisher went 1-3 with a double. Herlis Rodriguez (.299) and Scott Kingery (.248) had the day off. Damek Tomscha (.268), Jiandido Tromp, and Emmanuel Marrero chipped in with walks.
Williamsport (30-19) lost to the West Virginia Black Bears 2-1. Alejandro Arteaga (2.90) allowed one run in 5.2 innings on 3 hits, one walk, and a hit batter. He struck out one. Arteaga tip-toed through a first inning where he walked a batter, watched C Gregori Rivero throw the runner out on a steal attempt, hit a batter, saw a succesful steal of second, and still escaped without allowing a run. Arteaga retired 15 batters in a row into the sixth inning when he gave up the first of three successive two-out singles to end his no-no bid.
Jacob Waguespack (0.00, 7 appearances, 10.2 IP) entered the game with a run in and runners on first and second. He stranded both runners but not before wild pitching them into scoring position. J-Dub remained in the game to pitch a perfect seventh. Kenny Koplove (1-2, 5.63) entered the tie game in the eighth. He gave up a leadoff home run in the ninth and took the loss when the Cutters couldn’t convert a leadoff single in the bottom of the innng.
Zachary Coppola and Josh Tobias provided a first-inning run, but that one run didn’t hold up. Coppola (.309) went 2-4. Tobias (.319) returned to the line up and went 3-4 with a double and RBI. Jesus Posso (.247) went 2-3 with a double and a walk. Tobias stole his 5th base. Jan Hernandez was picked off first but was able to execute a sacrifice bunt in the ninth.
GCL Phillies (26-13) No game scheduled. First place in the Northwest Division, 1.0 game ahead of the 24-13 GCL Pirates.
DSL Phillies (33-27) No game scheduled. Third place in the Boca Chica Northwest Division, 3.0 games behind the DSL Astros Blue.
VSL Phillies (30-40) Season completed. Finished tied for third with the VSL Cubs in a four team league. Their leading hitter was Enger Jimenez – .307, 36 R, 33 RBI, 15 SB. He was second on the team with three HR. Lenin Rodriguez led the team with four. Sergio was probably their best pitcher – 4-2, 1.33, 74.2 IP, 50 H, 14 BB, 59 K, 0.86 WHIP.
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