Clearwater (66-51) beat the Lakeland Flying Tigers 10-5. Matt Imhof (3.73) turned in a poor outing. He he gave up five runs on eight hits and two walks including two home runs. He left with one out in the fifth inning, one run in, and the bases loaded. Alexis Rivero (1-2, 4.30), who has had some difficulties of his own since his call-up from Lakewood, came in and induced a double play to strand the three base runners and end the inning. He contributed two more scoreless innings and positioned himself for the win before turning the game over to Ethan Stewart (0.87) for the final two innings.
The Threshers scored single runs in the second and third innings to tie and take an early lead on a fielder’s choice by Chace Numata and an RBI single by Rhys Hoskins. After falling behind 4-2 in the fourth, the Threshers took control in the top of the fifth. Carlos Tocci led off with a bunt single. Andrew Pullin was hit by a pitch. Hoskins stroked an RBI double. Dylan Cozens tied the game on a ground out. Derek Campbell’s RBI single gave the Threshers the lead. Chace Numata extended the lead when he scored on an errant pickoff throw at third base.
The Tigers closed to within 6-5 with a run in the bottom of the inning. But the Threshers restored their two-run lead in the sixth inning on a two-out, RBI triple off the right field wall by Rhys Hoskins. They continued to tack on runs with RBI base hits by Jessie Valentin, Malquin Canelo, and Tocci in the seventh inning.
- Malquin Canelo (.242) went 2-6 with an RBI.
- Carlos Tocci (.279) went 2-5 with 2 runs scored, a double, and RBI.
- Andrew Pullin (.253) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored and a HBP.
- Rhys Hoskins (.315) went 4-5 with 2 runs scoredm, a double, triple, and 3 RBI.
- Dylan Cozens (.275) went 0-5 with an RBI and 2 K.
- Willians Astudillo (.327) went 3-4 with a run scored and a walk.
- Derek Campbel went 2-3 with a run scored, RBI, and walk.
Lehigh Valley (53-65) lost to the Syracuse Chiefs 9-5. Anthony Vasquez (7-5, 4.45) was hit around and took the loss, giving up seven runs in 3.2 innings. The bullpen shut down the Chiefs except for two unearned runs following a Tyler Pastornicky error. The Pigs connected for 14 hits, but couldn’t overcome the early Chiefs’ lead.
- Chase d’Arnaud (.286) went 2-5 with an RBI.
- Brian Bogusevic (.292) went 1-4 with a HR (9), walk, and 3 RBI.
- Aaron Altherr (.292) went 0-4.
- Kelly Dugan went 1-4 with an RBI.
- Pastornicky went 4-5 with 2 runs scored and 2 doubles.
- Logan Moore (.287) went 3-4 with a run scored and a double.
Reading (66-50) came from behind twice early to beat the Harrisburg Senators 8-4. Joely Rodriguez pitched five innings and gave up three runs on five hits and one walk. Reinier Roibal picked up the win with two shutout innings. Edubray Ramos followed with his own shutout inning. Jimmy Cordero walked one and struck out two in the ninth. He gave up an unearned run on defensive indifference and a throwing error by J.P.
Trailing 1-0, the Phils took a 2-1 lead on four consecutive singles to open the third inning. Brock Stassi’s two-run single drove in the runs. The Phils tied the game at three in the fifth inning when Angelo Mora scored on a wild pitch. They finally took the lead for good in the sixth on J.P. Crawford’s home run. They added two more runs on a fielding error and Rene Garcia’s RBI single. The Phils tacked on two more runs in the eighth on Art Charles’ two-run home run.
- Andrew Knapp had the night off, Reading still managed a 13-hit attack.
- Williams (.405) 1-5 with a run scored.
- Crawford (.256) went 2-3 with 2 runs scored, a walk, HR (5), and RBI.
- Perkins (.264) went 1-4.
- Brock Stassi (.309) went 2-4 with 2 RBI (76).
- Martinez (.313) went 1-4 with a run scored.
- Rene Garcia (.314) went 2-4 with an RBI.
- Angelo Mora (.321) went 3-4 with 2 runs scored, and a double.
- Art Charles went 1-1 as a pinch hitter and hit a HR (8) and drove in 2 RBI (41).
- Crawford stole his third base.
Lakewood (60-54) beat the Greensboro Grasshoppers 7-2. The BlueClaws used a seven-run third inning and the shutdown pitching of Elniery Garcia to defeat the Hoppers.
The Claws first run scored on a throwing error on a fielder’s choice during Emmanuel Marrero’s at bat. Scott Kingery drove in a run with an RBI single, and Kyle Martin contributed a sac fly. They broke the game open on back-to-back, two-run base hits by Cord Sandberg and Deivi Grullon.
Meanwhile, Garcia (7-9, 3.14) was holding the Grasshoppers at bay. He allowed one run on three hits and a walk. He struck out four. Three relievers held them to one run over the final three innings. John Zgardowski (3.50) walked a batter in his shutout inning. Manny Martinez (2.84) pitched a perfect eighth. And Scott Harris (4.78) gave up a run on two hits in the ninth.
- Herlis Rodriguez (.305) went 2-3 with a run scored and a walk.
- Scott Kingery (.265) went 2-4 with a walk and RBI.
- Kyle Martin (.297) went 0-3 with a SF and RBI.
- Cord Sandberg (.257) went 1-4 with a run scored, double, and two RBI.
- Deivi Grullon went 2-4 with a run scored and 2 RBI.
Williamsport (33-19) beat the Staten Island Yankees 4-1. The Cutters scored single runs in second, third, and fourth innings and Mitch Gueller (7-1, 1.84) held the Yankees to one run on his way to his seventh victory. Gueller allowed five hits and three walks. Jacob Waguespack earned his first save with two shutout innings, allowing one walk and striking out three.
The Cutters built their lead on Jose Pujols’ second inning home run; Andrew Amaro’s third inning, RBI single; Jesus Posso’s fourth inning, RBI single; and Josh Tobias’ RBI single in the seventh.
- Zachary Coppola (.302) went 1-3 with a walk.
- Josh Tobias (.306) went 1-4 with an RBI.
- Jose Pujols (.257) went 1-3 with a walk, HR (1), run scored, and RBI.
- Venn Biter (.275) went 1-4 with a run scored.
- Jesus Posso (.266) went 1-4 with an RBI.
- William Cuicas went 2-4 with a double and two runs scored.
- Tobias (6) and Coppola (17) successfully stole bases. Coppola was picked off.
GCL Phillies (28-14) beat the GCL Pirates 4-2. The Phillies jumped out to a four run lead in the top of the first, and starter Carlos Indriago (2-0, 0.92) and a trio of relievers held the Pirates to one earned and one unearned run on their way to their 27th victory. With 18 games remaining. the Phillies are in first place in their division.
- GCL Phillies 28 14 .667 — —
- GCL Blue Jays 26 15 .634 1.5 18
- GCL Pirates 25 17 .595 3.0 16
- GCL Yankees1 14 24 .368 12.0 6
The Phillies got a one-out, infield single by Jose Antequera in the first inning. Antequera stole second and took third on anerrant throw during Cornelius Randolph’s at bat. He scored when “C” grounded a single to center. One out later, Randolph stole his third base of the season. Edgar Cabral followed with an RBI single to to left and took second on the throw. Luis Encarnacion brought Cabral home with a single to left. He move into scoring position when Lucas Williams drew a walk. Both runners advanced when Greg Pickett reached base on a strike out/wild pitch. Yunior Reyes waited out a walk to force in the fourth run of the inning.
Carlos Indriago qualified for the win with five shutout innings. He gave up three hits and walked one batter. He recorded three strike outs. Lewis Alezones (1.64) gave up a single an two walks in his one inning. He unleashed three wild pitches during the inning allowing a run to score that otherwise would not have. Nick Fanti (2.00) tossed two innings but was victimized by a throwing error by antequera for an unearned run. Ismael Cabrera picked up his first save, but had to pitch around a fileding error by Reyes in the process.
- The Phillies scored three of their four runs with two outs.
- Jose Antequera (.286) went 2-5 with a run scored.
- “C” Randolph (.292) went 1-5 with a run scored and RBI.
- Tommy Joseph went 1-4 with a double and walk.
- Edgar Cabral (.266) went 2-4 with a run scored and RBI.
- Luis Encarnacion (.296) went 1-4 with a run scored and RBI.
- Luke Williams (.288) went 0-2 with 2 walks.
- Yunior Reyes went 0-1 with a HBP, RBI, and 2 walks.
- Stolen bases: Antequera (14), Randolph (3), and Williams (6).
- The Pirates’ Victor Fernandez stole three bases against Phillies catchers.
DSL Phillies (34-29) beat the DSL Athletics 1-0 in ten innings. The Phillies amassed four hits, the A’s two. Daniel Brito (.270) went 1-3 with a walk. Emmanuel Garcia (.268) went 1-4. Henry Santana (.243) went 2-4 with a HR (1). Jhon Nunez (4.09) pitched a one-hitter through five innings but also walked five and struck out five. Yonathan Trinindad (1-2, 3.73) picked up his first win with one hit and a walk in three innings. Steiner Carmona (1.61) notched his 6th save with a perfect ninth inning.
Three Phillies were caught stealing – Marrero (11), Romero (7), and Brito (9). Trinidad faced the minimum in his three innings as both batters who reached base were gunned down stealing by Robert Paulino.
The Phillies have nine games remaining. They have been eliminated from the Wild Card. They are tied for third, four games behind the first place team.
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 –
- Philadelphia Phillies selected the contract of Cesar Jimenez from Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Jimenez has been designated for assignment and outrighted three times in three seasons by Philadelphia, most recently in April. He has a 2.67 ERA and 20 strikeouts over 33 2/3 IP with the Phillies since 2013, including two-thirds of an inning this season.
- Philadelphia Phillies optioned David Buchanan to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- Luis Morales assigned to GCL Phillies from Williamsport Crosscutters.
- Per MLB Trade Rumors, the Phillies and Giants are discussing a trade that would send Chase Utley to San Francisco, FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi reports (on Twitter). The two teams are discussing specific names of prospects, which is an indication that the talks are at least fairly advanced.