Clearwater (68-53) beat the Dunedin Blue Jays 6-3. It was Pinto Night again for the Threshers. Ricardo Pinto (7-2, 2.50) breezed through the Jays line up most of the night. The Jays got their first two batters on in the first inning, but Pinto pitched out of the trouble. He scattered four more base runners into the seventh inning. He was relieved after a lead off walk and two strike outs. His line – 6.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 6 K. Jesen Therrien (1.80) recorded a strike out to retire the side and strand the base runner. Therrien continued into the eighth where he had mixed results – a single, walk, and 2 doubles while striking out the side. His line – 1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. Miguel Nunez (3.14) provided some excitement while notching his sixth save. After two quick outs, he loaded the bases on two walks and a hit batter. He ended the game with his second strike out.
The Threshers provided Pinto with an early three run lead. Rhys Hoskins opened the second with his 6th home run. Later in the inning, Mitch Walding stroked an RBI double, and Aaron Brown scored on a passed ball. The Threshers added single runs in the final three innings on Walding’s second RBI double, Dylan Cozens’ RBI triple, and Carlos Tocci’s RBI single.
- Carlos Tocci (.265) went 1-5 with an RBI.
- Andrew Pullin (.252) went 0-4.
- Five Threshers had 2 hits each.
- Rhys Hoskins (.306) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, a HR (6), and RBI.
- Dylan Cozens (.278) went 2-4 with a triple and RBI (44).
- Willians Astudillo (3.29) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored.
- Aaron Brown (.248) went 2-4 with a run scored and 2 K.
- Mitch Walding went 2-3 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI.
- Walding stole his 4th base.
- Canelo (3), Cozens (5), and Tocci (8) were all caught stealing.
Lehigh Valley (54-69) No game scheduled.
- Brian Bosusevic (.293)
- Aaron Altherr (.294)
- Kelly Dugan (.220)
- Tommy Joseph (.136)
- Logan Moore (.287)
Reading (70-51) beat the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 8-1 for their 16th win in their last 19 games. Joely Rodriguez (5-2, 4.47) held the Cats to a seventh innings, solo home run. He scattered four hits and a walk over seven innings while striking out five. Tom Windle (4.47) followed with two shutout innings.
The Phils had rushed out to an early lead with three runs in the second and two runs in the third. In the second, the scored on Destin Hood’s RBI double, Harold Martinez RBI ground out, and a wild pitch. An RBI double by Andrew Knapp and a bases loaded walk by Angelo Mora accounted for the runs in the third. The put up another crooked number in the eighth on RBI singles by Hood, Mora, and KC Serna.
- Nick Williams (.345) went 0-5 with 2 K.
- J.P. Crawford (.253) went 1-4 with a run scored, double, and walk.
- Cam Perkins (.257) went 0-4 with a run scored and a HBP.
- Brock Stassi (.307) went 2-3 with 2 runs scored and a walk.
- Andrew Knapp (.406) went 2-3 with 2 runs scored, a double, walk, and RBI.
- Destin Hood (.284) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, a double, 2 RBI and 2 K..
- Angelo Mora (.328) went 1-2 with 2 walks and 2 RBI.
- Harold Martinez (.303) went 1-4 with an RBI and 2 K.
Lakewood (61-57) lost to the Delmarva Shorebirds 6-2. Ranfi Casimiro (7-7, 3.45) gave up six runs in three innings on nine hits. Manny Martinez (2.60), Jason Zgardowski (3.15), and Calvin Rayburn (3.51) no-hit the Shorebirds over the remaining six innings, striking out seven. The BlueClaws scored two late runs on an RBI single by Jiandido Tromp and a force out by Deivi Grullon.
- Herlis Rodriguez (.302) went 1-4 with a walk.
- Drew Stankiewicz (.240) went 1-4 with walk and 2 K.
- Scott Kingery (.264) went 2-4 with a run scored.
- Kyle Martin (.289) DNP
- Cord Sandberg (.255) went 0-3 with 2 K.
- Tromp and Joel Fisher had 2 hits each.
- Tromp threw out a runner at home.
Williamsport (35-21) All Star Break.
- Zachary Coppola (.298)
- Mark Laird (.280)
- Josh Tobias (.314)
- Jose Pujols (.242)
- Venn Biter (.275)
- Jan Hernandez (.212)
- Jesus Posso (.264)
- Austin Bossart (.367)
GCL Phillies (29-18) split a pair of games with the GCL Astros. They won the continuation of a suspended game from August 1st, 5-3; and lost the seven inning, second game, 5-2.
Game One had been suspended with the Astros batting, one out, and a one ball count with Felix Paulino on the mound. He had given up one hit, been charged with an unearned run, and struck out three in the first 2.1 innings. Lewis Alezones took over today with a 5-0 lead. He was effectively wild. He allowed one run on two hits while walking four and throwing a wild pitch. He struck out four in 4.2 innings. He benefited from a caught stealing and three double plays.
The Phillies had scored five runs in the first inning 17 days ago. “C” Randolph had gotten the rally started with a two out single and stole second. He scored on Tommy Joseph’s RBI double. Edgar Cabral followed with an RBI single. Luis Encarnacion reached on an infield single (I had originally scored this an E6). Yunior Reyes followed with an RBI single. Jesus Alastre’s two-run single closed out their scoring.
- Arquimedes Gamboa (I think they’re calling him Gumby) went 0-5 with 4 K.
- “C” Randolph went 4-5 with a run scored and a double.
- Luis Encarnacion went 2-5
- Yunior Reyes went 2-4
- Greg Pickett went 1-1 with 2 walks.
- Randolph stole 2 bases. He got a huge jump on a steal of third. Some friends have been worried that he hasn’t pulled the ball. Two of his hits went to RF (one down the line). Another went to center. Hi9s double was crushed into the LCF gap.
- Pickett’s single was a line drive over the infield into right. He’s patient at the plate, not swinging at non-strikes. He’s looking more comfortable. That said, he broke in on a triple hit over his head. I don’t know if he could have made the catch, but …
- Randolph caught the final out a fly ball in foul territory. He was playing a normal left field and had to cover a lot of ground just to get to the foul line. The game was on Roberts Field. He made the catch just before the reaching the “out of bounds” area in foul territory, for those familiar with the Complex.
In Game Two, the Phillies scored first again on Juan Luis’ RBI triple in the second inning. Carlos Indriago (2-1, 2.25) had pitched well through the first two innings. However, after being staked to a 1-0 lead, Indriago was greeted with five consecutive hits to open the third inning. A sac fly and another hit closed out the scoring in the five run inning. Zach Morris came in to record a strike out for the third out. Morris (2.84) struck out two more to start the fourth. Tanner Kiest (4.24) and Will Stewart (5.65) closed out the no-hit performance by the bullpen.
The Phillies scored a run in the bottom of the seventh on Juan Luis’ second triple leading off the inning. He scored on a double play. The Phillies only collected three hits in the game.
- Arquimedes Gamboa (.203) went 0-3 with 2 K.
- Jonathan Arauz (.250) went 0-3.
- DH “C” Randolph (.309) went 1-2 with a walk.
- Luis Encarnacion (.296) went 0-2 with a run scored and a walk.
- Lucas Williams (.289) went 0-3.
- Juan Luis (.266) went 2-3 with a run scored, 2 triples, and an RBI.
- Bryan Martelo went 0-1 with 2 walks.
- The field umpire called an infield fly on a pop up. The shortstop intentionally let it land on the infield dirt. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before.
There is no wild card, only the four division winners qualify for the playoffs.
- GCL Blue Jays 31 15 — —
- GCL Phillies 29 18 2.5 12
- GCL Pirates 26 19 4.5 10
- GCL Yankees1 15 28 14.5 2
DSL Phillies (37-30) beat the second place DSL Indians 6-2.
- Daniel Brito (.280) went 2-5.
- Ronaldo Marrero (.265) went 2-3 with a double and 2 RBI.
- Geury Ortiz (4-4, 2.33) struck out 8 in six, one-run innings for the win
The Phillies have five games remaining (one more against the Indians and two against the Astros). They have been eliminated from the Wild Card. They are in a two-way tie for second, 3.0 games behind the first place Astros.
- DSL Astros Blue 41 26 —
- DSL Indians 37 30 3.0
- DSL Phillies 37 30 3.0
- DSL Rays 36 31 5.0
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.
- Jimenez was second on the team with three HR.
- Lenin Rodriguez led the team with four HR.
- Sergio Velis (4-2, 1.33) was their best pitcher – 74.2 IP, 50 H, 14 BB, 59 K, 0.86 WHIP.
Here’s the affiliated scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- No transactions, but I’ve been paying attention to some of our hitters. Here are a few observations.
- Gamboa – Slightly open stance. Hands about shoulder high within the frame of his body. A little waggle but quiet at load. Nice, short, compact swing.
- Arauz – Almost a carbon copy of Gamboa. A little less waggle. similar swing, but generates more power. His lower body looks extremely well-built for a kid who jus turned 17.
- Randolph – Stance a little more open than Gamboa and Arauz. Looks to be closer to the plate because of the placement of his back foot. He does a modified version of the Thome/Howard bat thing, but not as long. His hands are also well placed at his shoulder and with in his frame. Very little waggle, quiet load. I’ve seen quieter by statues and my wife’s cousin’s kid. (He should be on the draft radar soon. He’ll be a HS Junior.) The adjustments he makes from pitch to pitch are more noticeable than any that other batters may make. He swings with authority early in the count, but I’m sure he intentionally shortens his swing with two strikes without choking up on the bat.
- Pickett – Starts his hands around neck high, drops them down to shoulder high within his frame at his load. I haven’t seen enough of his swings, but I think I see a dip in his shoulder or hip during his swing (or something, I can’t put my finger on it yet). He appears more confident recently. He is patient waiting for his pitch. Apparently he has a good idea of the strike zone. He was suffering from concussion symptoms earlier, so that would explain his slow start.
- Williams – I haven’t see enough of him. He looks like a good hitter similar to Randolph. All business once he’s in the on deck circle. Looks like a similar professional approach. His stance seems a little more erect than most, but i need to see more. I can’t argue with his results though.
- Antequera – He holds his hands helmet high and has a lot of waggle. I think this leads to some of the inconsistency in his contact, which is hard at times. It belies his short frame. He has a stockier body than some of the little, big swinging, middle infielders who have come through the GCL in the past couple years. He generates better power than those kids who consistently showed warning track power.
- Encarnacion – Has really improved since last year. He still has “trouble with the curve” when he swings at it, but has really cut down on the number of times he chases it. He doesn’t have as much extraneous movement as he used to. He has a powerful swing and really powers the ball when he gets his arms extended. What I don’t like is where he starts his hands – helmet high. They are still up there when he quiets down after his load. I guess maybe it helps him generate bat speed, but it seems to create a big, loopy swing sometimes. I remember Coach Cacciatore working on getting batters hands down last year. I’m surprised Encarnacion has been able to progress with his hands up so high.