Clearwater (67-51) beat the Tampa Yankees 6-4. Mark Leiter (2.12) had an uneven start. He threw 62 strikes among his 84 pitches (73.8%). He pitched six innings. He walked none and struck out seven. But he gave up nine hits, some of them hit very hard. He uncorked a couple wild pitches. He gave up four runs. But the Threshers outscored his mistakes and the bullpen kept the Yankees off the board down the stretch. Jesen Therrien (5-0, 1.16) picked up the win and Miguel Nunez (3.18) earned his 5th save.
Leiter’s first mistake came on an off speed pitch he left over the plate that resulted in a two-run homer run that gave the Yankees a two run lead in the second inning. The offense rallied to take the lead on an RBI single by Willians Astudillo, a sac fly by Mitch Walding, and an RBI single by Derek Campbell.
Leiter had pitched effectively in the third through fifth innings and started the sixth with the lead and a pitch count of 69. He gave up a hard drive into the right center field gap that the batter dogged into a single. After a strike out, the Yankees got back-to-back RBI doubles into the gaps to re-take the lead.
Aaron Brown knotted the score in the bottom of the inning with a blast over the right field wall. The Threshers scored in each of the next two innings without a hit playing into the scoring. In the seventh, Malquin Canelo walked and reached third on an errant throw to second when he was picked off first. He scored on a Carlos Tocci’s ground out. In the eighth, they loaded the bases on a walk, fielding error, and hit batter. Campbell’s sac fly plated their final run.
- Malquin Canelo (.238) went 0-3 with a run scored and 2 walks.
- Carlos Tocci (.272) went 0-5 with an RBI.
- Andrew Pullin (.256) went 2-3 with a run scored, triple, and walk.
- Rhys Hoskins (.310) went 0-3 with a walk.
- Dylan Cozens (.275) DNP.
- League leading hitter, Willians Astudillo (.330) went 2-3 with a run scored and a walk. He was removed for a pinch runner, and the runner scored, too.
- Chace Numata (.266) went 1-4 with an RBI.
- Aaron Brown (.246) went 2-4 with a HR (9) and RBI.
- Derek Campbell went 1-3 with 2 RBI.
- Canelo (6) and Mitch Walding (3) stole bases.
- Leiter picked a runner off first.
- Pullin had a 9-pitch at bat. He was more patient than I’ve seen him this season.
- Astudillo walked on a 3-2 pitch. He started to first base on the 3-1 pitch, meaning he took rather than swung at a close pitch. That’s big news.
Lehigh Valley (53-66) lost to the Syracuse Chiefs 11-2. Jesse Biddle (2-3, 5.91) threw two wild pitches, hit a batter, issued three walks, and gave up nine hits in 3.2 innings. Chris Leroux was just as bad in his two innings. Chase d’Arnaud, Tyler Pastornicky, and Brian Bogusevic had two hits each.
Reading (67-50) beat the Harrisburg Senators 3-0. Nick Pivetta (1-3, 6.16) opened the game by striking out the side. Mike Drago reported that he “touched 99 once and 97 several times in the inning. Showed wicked curve, too”. Pivetta went on to shutout the Senators for 5.2 innings on three hits. He walked one and struck out eight. Ryan O’Sullivan, Tom Windle, and Stephen Shackleford no-hit the Senators the rest of the way. Shack picked up his 26th save. Pivetta was facing his former team for the first time since he was dealt to the Phillies in the Papelbon trade.
The Phils scored in the fourth on an RBI single by Destin Hood, in the seventh on an RBI single by Nick Williams, and on a solo home run by Andrew Knapp in the eighth.
- Nick Williams (.415) 2-4 with an RBI.
- J.P. Crawford (.253) went 0-3 with a walk.
- Cam Perkins (.264) went 1-4.
- Brock Stassi (.308) went 1-4 with a run scored.
- Andrew Knapp (.411) went 2-3 with a run scored, HR (7), RBI and walk.
- Destin Hood (.295) went 1-4 with an RBI.
- Harold Martinez (.308) went 0-3 with a walk.
Lakewood (60-54) No game scheduled.
- Herlis Rodriguez (.305)
- Scott Kingery (.265)
- Kyle Martin (.297)
- Cord Sandberg (.257)
- Deivi Grullon (.199)
- Hits: Rodriguez – 106, Sandberg – 105
- Doubles: Tomscha – 25, Sandberg – 20
- Triples: Rodriguez – 4
- HR: Rodriguez – 10, Tromp – 6
- RBI: Rodriguez – 55, Sandberg – 43
- Walks: Tomscha – 32
- Strike outs: Tromp – 101, Grullon – 82
- Stolen bases: Rodriguez – 14/16
- Wins: Casimiro and Garcia – 7
- ERA: DeNato – 1.41
- Strike outs: Viza – 81
- Saves: Hockenberry – 13, DeNato – 8
Williamsport (34-19) beat the Staten Island Yankees 4-1. Tyler Gilbert (3-2, 2.53) contributed five solid innings. He allowed two runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out seven. Kenny Koplove (5.40) struck out two in one inning of relief. Anthony Sequeira (2.16) tossed a shutout inning. Sutter McLoughlin (5.00) gave up a meaningless run over the last two innings.
The Cutters scored four runs in the third on two-run singles by Venn Biter and Josh Tobias. They put up another crooked number when they scored three runs in the seventh on Jesus Posso’s RBI single, Jan Hernandez’ ground out, and Austin Bossart’s RBI single.
- Zachary Coppola (.302) DNP.
- Lead off hitter, Carlos Duran went 1-3 with a run scored and 2 walks.
- Venn Biter (.280) went 2-5 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI.
- Josh Tobias (.315) went 3-5 with a run scored, double, and 2 RBI.
- Jose Pujols (.250) went 0-5.
- Jesus Posso (.263) went 1-5 with a run scored and an RBI.
- Jan Hernandez (.215) went 0-2 with an RBI and 2 walks.
- Austin Bossart (.363) went 2-4 with an RBI.
- Dylan Bosheers went 2-4 with a run scored.
GCL Phillies (28-15) lost to the GCL Pirates 7-3. The Phillies fell behind by four runs after three innings, rallied to within one run, and watched the Pirates pull away again. The Phillies remain in first place but division tightened when the Blue Jays and Pirates each picked up a game.
- GCL Phillies 28 15 .667 — —
- GCL Blue Jays 27 15 .634 0.5 18
- GCL Pirates 26 17 .595 2.0 16
- GCL Yankees1 14 25 .368 12.0 5
Edgar Garcia (1-2, 3.38) struck four and walked none in three innings, but gave up four runs on eight hits. The bullpen and defense gave up three more runs until Tanner Kiest came on to pitch a perfect ninth inning.
The Phillies scored all three of their runs in the third inning on Jonathan Arauz’ RBI single, “C” Randolph’s RBI triple to center, and Tommy Joseph’s RBI single. The Phillies could only manage a walk and three singles over the next six innings, and never more than one base runner in an inning.
- Jonathan Arauz (.274) went 1-4 with a run scored and RBI.
- “C” Randolph (.289) went 1-3 with a run scored, triple, walk, and RBI.
- Tommy Joseph went 2-4 with an RBI.
- Luis Encarnacion (.295) went 1-4.
- Luke Williams (.289) went 1-3 with a walk.
- Yunior Reyes went 0-1 with a HBP, RBI, and 2 walks.
- Randolph stole his 4th base (in 5 attempts), Williams his 7th (in 8).
DSL Phillies (35-29) beat the DSL Athletics 7-3.
The Phillies have eight games remaining. They have been eliminated from the Wild Card. They are in a three-way tie for second, three 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 –
- MLB Trade Rumors repeated a report that the Giants made an offer for Utley. The Zolecki report hints there are other offers but doesn’t really say anything.
- Reading Fightin Phils placed RHP Ben Lively on the 7-day disabled list.
- Reading Fightin Phils activated LHP Hoby Milner from the temporarily inactive list.
DSL Phillies released RHP Yonathan Gonzalez.
- P Yeral Gomez assigned to DSL Phillies.
- DSL Phillies placed RHP Argenis Castro on the restricted list.