Clearwater (65-51) beat the Lakeland Flying Tigers 4-1. The Threshers jumped out to a 2-0 lead on Dylan Cozens’ two-run triple in the first inning. Ricardo Pinto made those runs hold up. Pinto gave back a run in the bottom of the first, but didn’t allow a hit or a walk after the first inning. The only runner to reach base during Pinto’s second through seventh innings did so on a fielding error. Still nursing a 2-1 lead, Alberto Tirado took the mound in the eighth. He allowed a single but ended the inning with a pick off. The Threshers provided some breathing room for Ulises Joaquin in the ninth, and he pitched around a one-out single to earn his 15th save.
The Threshers scored first, again. Malquin Canelo singled to open the game. With one out, he was erased on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Andrew Pullin. Rhys Hoskins walked, and Dylan drove both runners home with a triple over the head of Tigers’ centerfielder, Jiwan James. After the Tigers’ one run response in the bottom of the inning, the score remained the same until the ninth. Chace Numata doubled with one out. Jessie Valentin reached on a strike out/passed ball. Canelo drove Numata home with a single to left. Valentin scored on Carlos Tocci’s single to right.
- Malquin Canelo (.239) went 3-5 with an RBI.
- Carlos Tocci (.276) went 1-5 with an RBI.
- Rhys Hoskins (.300) went 0-3 with walk and 2 K.
- Dylan Cozens (.280) went 1-4 with a triple and 2 RBI.
Lehigh Valley (53-64) lost to the Syracuse Chiefs 4-1. Sean O’Sullivan (1-2, 4.97) pitched a perfect game for five innings. Unfortunately, those innings were the first and third through sixth. O’Sullivan got rocked in the second, and the IronPigs could recover. Aaron Altherr (.298) went 2-3 with a double and a walk.
Reading (65-50) overcame a six run deficit to beat the Harrisburg Senators 11-8. Ben Lively (4.17) gave up six runs on nine hits in four innings. He walked one and struck out six. Ethan Martin (5.04) gave up a run in two innings on two hits and two walks. Tom Windle (4-5, 4.62) gave up an unearned run when an Angelo Mora extended the seventh innng. He got the win when the offense exploded in the bottom of the inning. Ryan O’Sullivan didn’t hurt the cause in his one inning, and Stephen Shackleford picked up his franchise record 25th save.
The Phils survived the Senators 16-hit attack with eleven hits of their own plus eight walks. Finding themselves behind 6-0 early, they began chipping away with Harold Martinez’ sac fly in the fourth and Nick Williams’ two-run home run in the fifth. After giving two runs back, the Phils entered the bottom of the seventh trailing 8-3. Brodie Greene started the rally by reaching base on an error. Pinch-hitter Art Charles struck out, and Nick Williams stroked an RBI double. Mora followed with a “rally-killing” two-run home run. Cam Perkins and Brock Stassi worked a couple walks. Andrew Knapp grounded an RBI single to right and took second on a throwing error. Martinez’ two-run single gave the Phils’ a one run lead. Brian Pointer’s RBI triple and Greene’s RBI double closed out the scoring in the eight-run inning. O’Sullivan and Shackleford did the rest.
- Williams (.438) 2-5 with 2 runs scored, a double, home run (3), and 3 RBI.
- Mora (.286) went 1-5 with a home run (2) and 2 RBI.
- Perkins (.264) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored and an RBI.
- Brock Stassi (.307) went 0-2 with 3 walks.
- Knapp (.406) went 2-4 with a walk and RBI.
- Martinez (.314) went 2-4 with a SF and 3 RBI.
- Pointer (.235) went 1-5 with a triple, RBI, and 3 K.
- Greene (.258) went 1-2 with a double, 2 walks, and an RBI.
- Pointer had 2 outfield assists one runner thrown out at home, another at second.
J.P. Crawford did not play. He sat out a one-game suspension for bumping the home plate umpire during an altercation Friday night. He was ejected from that game for arguing a strike call.
Lakewood (59-54) beat the Greensboro Grasshoppers 6-1. Austin Davis (3-4, 3.03) held the Grasshoppers to one run on six hits and two walks in six innings. Joey DeNato (1.41)went three innings for his 8th save.
The BlueClaws tallied three of their runs and nine of their 14 hits off Tyler Kolek, the Miami Marlins first round pick (2nd overall) in the 2014 draft.
- Helis Rodriguez (.303) went 1-4 with a HR (10), walk, and RBI.
- Scott Kingery (.260) went 3-5.
- Kyle Martin (.302) went 2-4 with a double and RBI.
- Damek Tomscha (.272) went 3-4 with an RBI.
- Cord Sandberg (.257) went 1-4.
- Davis and DeNato each picked a runner off first base.
Williamsport (32-19) beat the West Virginia Black Bears 5-2. Jose Taveras (5-2, 2.93)weathered a first inning storm where he gave up two runs and threw a lot of pitches (over 30 I think), and recovered to last five innings and qualify for the win. He gave up five hits and struck out seven. Skylar Hunter (one, one-hit inning), Feliberto Sanchez (four Ks in two, one-hit innings), and Robert Tasin (10th save) preserved the win.
The Cutters fought back with two-runs each in the second and fourth innings. A single run in the fifth closed out the scoring.
- Zachary Coppola (.302) went 0-4.
- Mark Laird (.289) went 1-4.
- Josh Tobias (.307) went 0-4.
- Jesus Posso (.267) went 3-4 with 3 runs scored, a double, HR (5), and RBI.
- Venn Biter (.276) went 2-4 with a double.
- Jan Hernandez (.218) went 1-2 with a double, walk, and RBI.
- Austin Bossart (.355) went 1-3 with 2 RBI.
- Biter (7) and Hernandez (5) successfully stole bases.
GCL Phillies (26-14) lost to the GCL Yankees1, 7-1. Bailey Falter (1-1, 3.60) gave up three first inning runs but kept the Yankees off the board in the next two innings. Will Stewart and Zach Morris allowed 4 more runs over the remaining five innings.
- Jose Antequera (.280) went 0-4.
- Jonathan Arauz (.275) went 0-4.
- “C” Randolph (.292) went 2-4 with a run scored and double.
- Tommy Joseph went 1-3 with a walk.
- Luis Encarnacion (.298) went 2-4.
- Juan Luis had the lone RBI on a ground out
- Luke Williams (.296) went 1-3.
- Greg Picket went 1-3 with a double.
DSL Phillies (33-29) lost to the DSL Royals 3-2. Daniel Brito (.269) went 3-5 with a double. Henry Santana (.234) went 3-4 with a triple.
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 Velis 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 –
- Reading SS JP Crawford served a one-game suspension Tuesday night for bumping an umpire in Friday’s game while arguing a strike call (for which he was ejected).
- 2B Devin Lohman assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- 2B Tyler Pastornicky assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- Reading Fightin Phils placed LHP Hoby Milner on the temporarily inactive list.
- Chase Utley Clears Waivers