GCL Phillies (26-13) beat the GCL Yankees1 9-7 in a very exciting ten inning game. The game featured six comebacks and six lead changes. The Yankees took the lead in three different innings, and the Phillies came back to tie or go ahead in the bottom halves of all three innings. The last rally occured after the Phillies blew a 2-run lead in the top of the ninth. They came back to tie and threatened to win in regulation before Tommy Joseph’s two-run bomb settled the issue for good in the tenth inning.
Adonis Medina settled down after a first innng that ended with a runner thrown out at third in a vain attempt to go from first to third on a single to center. He induced a lot of soft contact over the next three innings including three ground balls back to the mound. The only base runner during these innings was via a walk, and he was picked off first. Medina started leaving pitches up a bit in the fifth and the Yankees started making some solid contact. They scored three runs on four singles while taking advantage of a balk and a fielding error in right field. Medina’s pickoff prevented there being any further damage. Medina’s fastball was in the low 90s, T94.
Tanner Kiest came on for the sixth inning. He got two quick outs and gave up a single. Two stolen bases and a wild pitch tied the game. A walk, wild pitch, walk, wild pitch, and stolen base got runners to second and third. Kiest’s second strike out ended the inning. Kiest’s fastball was 91-93.
Victor Delgado tossed two perfect innings and recorded two strike outs.
Horace Stubblefield came on to wrap up the save. He started with a walk and strike out then gave up a home run to tie the game. The umpire continued to squeeze after Gandy got his second strike out. Two more walks and two stolen bases put runners on the corners with two out. A slow roller to third baseman Lucas Williams allowed the go ahead run to score as his hurried throw pulled Tommy Joseph off the bag. The inning ended on a questionable attempt of third.
The Phillies connected for three singles in the second and four singles in the third to score one run in each inning on Williams fielder’s choice and Luis Encarnacion’s single.
After falling behind in the third, Cornelius “C” Randolph opened the home half with a bunt single. He moved to second on a ground out to third, and took third on a fly out to right. He scored the tying run on Encarnacion’s line drive single to right.
The Yankees took the lead back in the sixth inning and the Phillies responded in the bottom of the inning. Williams and Bryan Martelo opened the inning with walks and took an extra base on a passed ball. “Arky” Gamboa drove both in with a triple over the center fielder’s head and the Phillies had the lead back. He scored on Jonathan Arauz’ ground out.
The Phillies came to bat in the ninth trailing 7-6. With one out, Encarnacion collected his fifth hit. Yunior Reyes followed with a single. After a pitching change and wild pitch, Williams walked to load the bases. One out later, Gamboa walked to force in the tying run.
“C” Randolph led off the tenth. He worked the count and finally stroked a line drive double to center field. TJ followed with the game winning home run. I wish you could have seen both at bats. “C” has a nice approach at the plate. You can see him making adjustments as the count changes. He took a full cut at the first fastball he thought he could handle. He laid off pitches he didn’t like. With two strikes (I think the count was 2-2), he leveled off on a pitch that he drove to the right side of center. TJ took an off speed pitch on the first that the pitcher hung outside the strike zone. (I remarked to my friend Ross, that if he hung one in the strike zone, we could leave before the rain started.) TJ waited patiently and when the pitcher did hang a change up out over the plate, he deposited the mistake in the trees behind the left field fence.
Arky Gamboa (.224) went 2-5 with a triple, walk, and 3 RBI. Jonathan Arauz (.284) returned to the line up and went 2-6 with an RBI. “C” Randolph (.284) went 3-5 with a double, 2 runs scored, and a walk. Tommy Joseph went 2-5 with a HR (3), walk, and 2 RBI. Luis Encarnacion (.291) went 5-5 with 2 runs scored, a double, and 2 RBI.
Lehigh Valley (53-63) No game scheduled.
Reading (64-50) No game scheduled.
Clearwater (64-51) fell behind in the sixth inning but rallied for two runs in the eighth on their way to a 5-3 victory over the Lakeland Flying Tigers. Victor Arano (4.49) pitched a solid six innings. He gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks. Jesen Therrien (4-0, 1.19) pitched into the ninth before turning turning it over to Miguel Nunez (3.29) with two on and two out. Nunez retired one batter for his fourth save. Therrien got the win.
The Threshers got on the board first on Rhys Hoskins fifth home run in the second. They extended their lead to 2-0 in the fifth when Dylan Cozens scored on Wilson Garcia’s sac fly. They tied the game in the eighth when Jessie Valentin scored on a wild pitch with the bases loaded. Malquin Canelo scored the go ahead run on Rhys Hoskins single. Willians Astudillo was thrown out at home on the play. Mitch Walding scored an insurance run in the ninth on Canelo’s sac fly.
Carlos Tocci (.278) went 1-5 with 3 K. Willians Astudillo (.322) went 1-3 with a walk. Rhys Hoskins (.306) went 2-4 with a HR (5) and 2 RBI. Dylan Cozens (.280) went 1-2 with 2 walks. Aaron Brown (.246) went 2-4. Wilson Garcia (.375) went 1-3 with a double and RBI. Mitch Walding (.216) went 2-4. Cozens stole his 14th base.
Lakewood (58-54) beat the Greensboro Grasshoppers 5-4 in 12 innings. The BlueClaws scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game and ultimately send the game into extra innings. The Claws rallied again for three runs in the twelfth after the Hoppers took a two-run lead in the top of the inning.
Ranfi Casimiro (3.07) allowed two runs in seven innings on four hits and three walks. He struck out seven. Jairo Munoz (2.63) allowed three base runners in three shutout innings. Calvin Ratburn (5-1, 3.23) pitched two innings and picked up the win although he gave up two runs in the top of the twelfth.
Lakewood fell behind 2-0 and rallied to tie in the seventh on an RBI double by Chase Harris and RBI single by Herlis Rodriguez. The BlueClaws rallied again in the bottom of the twelfth on Rodriguez’ two-run triple. The Claws won on Scott Kingery’s walkoff, RBI single.
Helis Rodriguez (.303) went 3-6 with a triple and 3 RBI. Scott Kingery (.250) went 2-6 with a double and RBI. Kyle Martin (.298) went 1-3 with a double and two walks. Cord Sandberg (.257) went 1-5. Chase Harris went 3-5 with a double and RBI.
Jiandido Tromp stole his 9th base, H-Rod his 13th.
Williamsport (31-19) beat the West Virginia Black Bears 3-2 in 11 innings. Franklyn Kilome (1.74) gave up one hit, two walks, and hit a batter in five shutout innings. With the help of a caught stealing and a double play, he was never in any trouble. Apparently he is still on a post-injury count as he was lifted having only thrown 66 pitches.
Andrew Godail (3.12) pitched two-thirds of an inning and hit a batter. He was charged with a run when Anthony Sequeria (2.25) came in, allowed the inherited runner to score, and blew the save. He pitched 2.1 innings. Robert Tasin (1.50) threw one no-hit inning. Sutter McLoughlin (2-0, 5.14) got the win with two perfect innings while striking out three.
Williamsport tied the game in the bottom of the ninth when Zack Coppola reached base on a fielding error while Carlos Duran scored. The Cutters won on Jan Hernandez’ walkoff home run to lead off the eleventh.
Zachary Coppola (.310) went 1-3 with 2 walks. Mark Laird (.290) went 1-4 with a walk. Josh Tobias (.315) went 1-5with an RBI (22). Venn Biter (.269) went 2-5. Jan Hernandez (.214) went 2-5 with a double, HR (8), and RBI (21). Austin Bossart (.356) went 1-3. The Crosscutters stole six bases on six attempts – Laird (9), Hernandez 2 (4), Coppola 2 (16), and Biter (6). Sequeira picked a runner off first base.
DSL Phillies (33-28) lost to the DSL Royals 6-5. Luis Loriano hit his first home run
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.
Here’s the affiliated scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- Texas Rangers traded 2B Tyler Pastornicky to Philadelphia Phillies for cash.
- Chase Utley was placed on revocable waivers. MLBTR story here.
- If you read the GCL story, you may have noticed that I referred to him as “C”. I finally spoke to him and he has been called “C” since little league. So that settles that.
- MAG threw a simulated inning (20 pitches) to Roman Quinn, Ben Pelletier, and Reggie Wilson. Quinn bounced one off the warning track in dead center.
- I had a nice conversation with Tim Zier. He’s recovering from ACL surgery. I overheard him discussing his hitting strategy with Sam McWilliams. So I tossed in my two cents.
- I talked to Bailey Falter. He was keeping the book today. Means he’s pitching tomorrow. In Tampa. I liked what I saw the first time I saw him, and he’s pitched better away from the Complex. I’m going to try and make it over for the game.
- I had a brief exchange with Quinn. He said he’s feeling great. I don’t have the hear to ask him when he’s going to play. He looks “hitter-ish” walking around with a bat in his hands. But, I think the reality of his situation is this – if he doesn’t get rehab at bats in the GCL (or with the Threshers), he’s not likely to return to Reading this season.