So, after the Threshers’ game, I was talking to Charlie about Cornelius Randolph. Yeah, I call him Charlie. Charlie Manuel, that is. So, where was I? Oh, I was talking to Charlie about the Phillies’ first round pick Cornelius “C” Randolph.
But first, you see, when you attend a Threshers’ game, they give out Wawa coupons at the end of the game depending on the result – a dollar off a Classic hoagie after a win, a free coffee after an extra inning game, and a free 99 cent drink on random days. Well, after Friday’s game, they handed out the free 99 cent drink coupons. So, my wife and I decided to go to Wawa to cash in some of the coupons we had accumulated over the past couple weeks. We’re in Wawa and who should come in but none other than former Phillies’ manager and current adviser to the GM, Charles Manuel.
Now, my wife was a minor celebrity in her profession back in Delaware County, but I was floored when Charlie says to her, “Hi, just coming from the game?”. After they exchange pleasantries, I clumsily interject, “Hi, Charlie, how you doin’?”. Classic. We exchange a few more pleasantries and then go about our separate ways.
After my wife fills me in on her earlier encounter with the last Phillies’ manager to win a world series during the game, I stall at the register to talk to him again. By now, I have pieced together in my mind what is going on. His purchase indicates he’s probably staying at a local hotel. He hasn’t been here in 4-6 weeks. He’s in town to look at some of our young GCL and FSL hitters. So, I take the opportunity to engage him on the topic I mentioned at the top of this brief story – Cornelius “C” Randolph.
Imagine this clever enjoinder, “So, Charlie, have you seen Randolph?” (Of course he has! But I’m setting the table for the main course.) His reply was a slightly uncomfortable, “Yeah”. I quickly countered with, “He sure looks like a good hitter, doesn’t he?”. (I don’t want to sound like some sort of fanatic who thinks all our prospects are great, so “good” was the correct choice of words.) His reply was more comfortable now. (He must sense we are equals in our ability to assess a hitter’s abilities) “Yeah, and he’s only 18”. Oh, crap! I’ve lost control of this ambush interview. My next question was to be in reference to his only having recently graduated from high school. Charlie has cut me off at the pass with this age reference. I am doomed. We exchange a couple more irrelevant lines before I grudgingly allow this gracious man to escape my feeble attempt to extract anything worth reporting other than this sorry exchange with a rookie “reporter”.
On the baseball front, only the Williamsport and DSL teams won.
Clearwater (67-52) lost to the Tampa Yankees 5-1. Yacksel Rios (5-3, 3.03) came out firing. He retired the first 11 Yankees he faced on 30 pitches, 25 strikes. Then the wheels came off. He only retired one of the next ten batters he faced. He gave up five runs on eight hits, walked one and struck out one. Rios escaped the fourth on a chop to Rhys Hoskins at first. The only out recorded in the fifth while he was still on the mound was courtesy of a caught stealing by catcher Willians Astudillo. The radar gun was unreliable again, only reporting velo on 27 of his 65 pitches (49 strikes). He throws a fastball, slider, and curve and is most comfortable with his slider. He is also more comfortable in a reliever’s role. His fastball was low 90s, touching 94 once and 95 once.
Harold Guerrero (3.00) stranded the runner he inherited while getting out of the fifth. He pitched another inning allowing a hit but no walks.
Alberto Tirado (3.07) pitched two shutout innings allowing two hits and a walk while striking out two.
Ethan Stewart mopped up with a walk and infield hit in one inning.
The Yankees are desperate for wins. They need to win the division to qualify for the playoffs. If Clearwater wins the second half, it is unlikely that Tampa will be able to overtake Daytona for the next best overall record to qualify for the playoffs.
Andrew Pullin gave Rios and the Threshers a 1-0 lead with a solo home run in the first inning. But Yankees’ starting pitcher Jonathan Holder (6-3, 2.44) held the Threshers to three hits and two walks in his six innings. He struck out six. Two relievers no hit the Threshers over the final three innings.
- Malquin Canelo (.238) went 1-4 with 2 K.
- Aaron Brown (.244) went 0-3 with a walk.
- Carlos Tocci (.272) DNP.
- Andrew Pullin (.256) went 1-4 with a HR (12)- tied for the league lead.
- Rhys Hoskins (.302) went 0-4.
- Dylan Cozens (.275) went 1-4.
- League leading hitter, Willians Astudillo (.327) went 0-3.
Lehigh Valley (53-67) lost to the Pawtucket Red Sox 7-6 in ten innings. The IronPigs scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to extend the game, but lost in the first extra frame. Alec Asher (2.84) scattered ten hits in his six innings, only allowing three runs (two earned). Colton Murray (3.21) tossed another shutout outing. Nefi Ogando (3.92) gave up three important runs in the top of the ninth. Seth Rosin (4-2, 3.57) gave up the game losing run.
Kelly Dugan hit his first AAA home run to tie the score at one in the second inning. Tyler Henson pulled the Pigs within one at 3-2 with an RBI ground out in the eighth. After Ogando dug a 6-2 deficit, the Pigs score four runs in the ninth on a bases loaded, ground out by Dugan, Tommy Joseph RBI double, and two-run single by Jordan Danks.
- Aaron Altherr (.286) interrupted his August swoon with a 1-4 with double and a walk
- Kelly Dugan (.220) went 1-4 with 2 runs scored, a HR (1), and 2 RBI.
- Tommy Joseph returned at first base and went 1-4 with a double and RBI.
- Jordan Danks had 2 hits and 2 RBI
- Logan Moore (.286) went 1-4 with a double.
Reading (67-51) lost to the Trenton Thunder 2-1. Zach Eflin (3.43) became engaged in a opitchers’ duel with his Thunder counterpart. Eflin pitched seven shutout innings allowing six hits and a walk. Edubray Ramos (0-1, 2.84) came in and got three ground balls to second in the eighth. After Brock Stassi provided the Phils with the lead in the top of the ninth, Ramos loaded the bases with one out in the ninth on a walk (GRRR!), single, and intentional walk. Ryan O’Sullivan (1.54) came in and gave up a two-run single to earn a blown save.
- Nick Williams (.378) 0-4 with 2 K.
- J.P. Crawford (.254) went 1-3 with a walk.
- Cam Perkins (.263) went 1-4 with a run scored.
- Brock Stassi (.308) went 1-4 with a double and RBI (77).
- Andrew Knapp (.410) went 1-3 with a walk and 2 K.
- Destin Hood (.290) went 0-4.
- Harold Martinez (.304) went 0-3 with 2 K.
- Brodie Greene (.263) went 2-3 with a double.
Lakewood (60-55) lost to the Delmarva Shorebirds 8-2. Shane Watson (1-4, 4.28) gave up four runs in five innings. Calvin Rayburn (3.60) followed with another four (2 ER) in one inning. Jason Zgardowski (3.32) and Matt Hockenberry (2.11) finally stopped the bleeding, but the BlueClaws couldn’t overcome the early, large deficit.
- Herlis Rodriguez (.305) went 1-4 with an RBI.
- Scott Kingery (.259) went 0-4.
- Kyle Martin (.296) went 1-4 with a solo HR (3) and 2 K.
- Cord Sandberg (.257) went 1-3.
- Deivi Grullon (.197) went 0-2 with a run scored and a walk.
Williamsport (35-19) beat the Staten Island Yankees 7-6. Luke Leftwich (3.34) gave up four early runs (2 ER). Denton Keys (5.04) and Skylar Hunter (4.44) tossed a combined four shutout innings, while the Cutters fought their way into the lead. Robert Tasin came in and weathered a rocky ninth for his 11th save. He struck out two in the inning.
The Cutters scored first on a fielding error and Luis Espiritu sac fly to take a 2-0 lead in the second. They entered the eighth trailing 4-2. Josh Tobias three-run home run put the Cutters in the lead. Two batters later, Jesus Posso’s two-run home run stretched their margin to 7-4. The insurance runs came in handy as the Yankees mounted a two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth and fell short.
- Zachary Coppola (.302) DNP.
- Lead off hitter, Carlos Duran (.211) went 1-5 with a run scored and double.
- Venn Biter (.279) went 1-4 with a run scored, double, and walk.
- Josh Tobias (.317) went 2-5 with a run scored, HR (3), and 3 RBI.
- Jose Pujols (.246) went 0-3 with a run scored and a walk.
- Jesus Posso (.282) went 3-3 with 2 runs scored, a walk, HR (6), and 2 RBI.
- Jan Hernandez (.216) went 1-4 with a double.
- Austin Bossart (.369) went 2-4 with 2 doubles and an RBI.
GCL Phillies (28-16) lost to the GCL Tigers 6-2. The Phillies scored two early runs with Miguel Gonzalez throwing two innings in a rehab start. However, Felix Paulino (4-3, 2.78) did not respond well in the long reliever role and gave up six runs (3 ER) on eight hits in 4.2 innings. Zach Morris (3.06) stranded two inherited runners and finished with 1.1 innings of shutout relief.
The loss dropped the Phillies out of first place.
- GCL Blue Jays 28 15 .651 — —
- GCL Phillies 28 16 .636 0.5 17
- GCL Pirates 26 18 .591 2.5 15
- GCL Yankees1 14 26 .350 12.5 7
Gonzalez gave up 3 hits and a walk against the Tigers’ mostly teenage line up in his first rehab appearance.
The Phillies scored their runs in the first two innings. “C” Randolph walked with out and eventually scored on a wild pitch (from second if the Recap can be believed) in the first inning. Jose Antequera’s RBI single drove home Scott Tomassetti in the second.
- Arquimedes Gamboa (.213) went 1-3 with a walk and 2 K.
- Jonathan Arauz (.266) went 0-4.
- “C” Randolph (.290) went 1-3 with a run scored, double, and walk.
- Luis Encarnacion (.296) went 1-3.
- Luke Williams (.289) DNP.
- Greg Pickett went 0-3 with 3 K.
- Jose Antequera (.297) went 2-3 with an RBI.
- Randolph showed off his arm, throwing out a runner at home.
DSL Phillies (36-29) beat the DSL Rays 14-3. The Phillies a 17-hit attack that included five doubles and six walks.
- Daniel Brito (.279) went 3-5.
- Emmanuel Garcia (.271) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, a walk, and 2 RBI.
- Henry Santana (.252) went 3-5 with a run scored, double, and 3 RBI.
- Luis Liriano (.208) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, a walk, and an RBI.
- Jan Guerrero (.229) went 3-3, with 4 runs scored, 2 doubles, 2 walks, and an RBI.
- Randy Alcantara (7-2, 2.44) picked up the win – 7.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K.
The Phillies have seven games remaining. They have been eliminated from the Wild Card. They are in a two-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 –
- Lehigh Valley IronPigs activated C Tommy Joseph from the 7-day disabled list.
- Lehigh Valley IronPigs sent RHP Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies.
- Lehigh Valley IronPigs released 1B Chris McGuiness.