Aaron Altherr started for the Philadelphia Phillies in left field last night and collected his first major league hit, home run, and RBI. He doubled in his first at bat and drove in his first run in the first inning off Mark Buehrle. He lined a two-run home run to left in the fifth inning off reliever Bo Schultz . He finished 2 for 3 with a walk, run scored, double, home run, and three RBI.
Clearwater (70-53) beat the Dunedin Blue Jays 6-2. The Threshers gave Mark Leiter (5-1, 2.18) an early lead and he held the Jays to two runs on six hits in six innings. He struck out five. Alexis Rivero (3.15) earned his second save with three no-hit innings. He walked one and struck out five, the fourth straight game that Threshers’ pitching reached double digit strike outs.
The Threshers amassed twelve hits on their way to their 70th victory. The team managed to post a 49-89 record during the torturous 2014 campaign.
The Threshers jumped out in front in the first inning on Rhys Hoskins’ RBI double and Andrew Pullin’s RBI single. They extended the lead in the third on RBI singles by Andrew Pullin and Aaron Brown. An RBI single by Mitch Walding and sacrifice fly by Jessie Valentin in the eighth rounded out the scoring.
- Jessie Valentin (.200) went 1-4 with a run scored and RBI.
- Carlos Tocci (.267) did not start and went 0-1 after entering as a pinch runner.
- Dylan Cozens (.286) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored and a walk.
- Rhys Hoskins (.307) went 1-5 with a run scored, double, RBI, and 2 K.
- Andrew Pullin (.255) went 2-3 with a walk and 2 RBI (65).
- Aaron Brown (.257) went 2-3 with a walk and RBI.
- Cozens stole his 16th base.
- Willians Astudillo (.331) DNP.
Lehigh Valley (55-70) lost to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 2-1. Anthony Vasquez (7-6, 4.22) gave up two runs (1 ER) as the “Altherr-less” IronPigs couldn’t muster enough run support for his five-hit outing. Brian Bogusevic drove in their only run with a home run in the second inning.
- Brian Bosusevic (.297) went 2-4 with his 11th HR.
- Kelly Dugan (.212) went 0-3 with 2 K.
- Tommy Joseph (.126) went 0-3 with a walk.
- Kratz and d’Arnaud had 2 hits each
- d’Arnaud commited his 19th error.
- Vasquez picked a runner off first.
- Aaron Judge went 2-3 with a walk and his 7th HR.
Reading (72-51) beat the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 12-6. Zach Eflin (7-6, 3.56) gave up four runs on six hits in six innings. All four runs scored on three Cat’s home runs. Jimmy Cordero (3.27) pitched two innings and gave up a run on a home run in the eighth. Hoby Milner (3.47) gave up another run in the ninth.
Seven Phils’ batters amassed 17 hits. Five Phils had three-hit games. Destin Hood hit two home runs and drove in six runs. Brock Stassi had three RBI to add to his team leading total of 81.
- Nick Williams (.373) went 3-5 with 3 runs scored and a double.
- Angelo Mora (.361) went 3-5 with 2 runs scored, a double, and 2 K.
- J.P. Crawford (.255) went 3-5 with 2 runs scored and an RBI.
- Cam Perkins (.254) DNP.
- Andrew Knapp (.409) DNP.
- Brock Stassi (.309) went 1-2 with 2 runs scored, a double, walk, and 3 RBI (81).
- Destin Hood (.290) went 3-5 with 3 runs scored, a double, 2 HR (8), 6 RBI, and 2 K.
- Rene Garcia (.324)went 3-5 with a double and 2 RBI.
- Harold Martinez (.302) DNP.
- KC Serna stole his 7th base, Crawford his 4th.
- Stassi had 2 sacrifice flies.
Lakewood (62-58) beat the Delmarva Shorebirds 6-1. Elniery Garcia (8-9, 3.05) held the Birds to one run on five hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out three. Joey DeNato (1.32) picked up his ninth save. He tossed three, one-hit innings and struck out four.
The BlueClaws struck first with four runs in the first inning. Damek Tomscha cleared the bases with a bases loaded double and Jiandido Tromp’s sacrifice fly. They added two more runs in the seventh on RBI singles by Kyle Martin and Cord Sandberg.
- Herlis Rodriguez (.298) went 0-4 with a run scored, walk, and 3 K.
- Drew Stankiewicz (.250) went 2-3 with a run scored and walk.
- Scott Kingery (.260) went 0-3 with 2 runs scored and a HBP.
- Kyle Martin (.287) went 2-4 with a run scored, double, and RBI.
- Damek Tomscha (.269) went 1-3 with a run scored, double, walk, and 3 RBI.
- Cord Sandberg (.258) went 2-4 with an RBI.
- Jiandido Tromp (.203) went 3-3 with an RBI.
- Joel Fisher struck out 3 times.
- Tromp and Martin were picked off base.
- Garcia and DeNato picked runners off first.
Williamsport (35-22) was shutout by the State College Spikes 5-0. Tyler Gilbert (3-3, 3.00) took the loss. He gave up three runs in four innings on seven hits. Denton Keys (4.59) was touched for two unearned runs in three innings and struck out three. Sutter McLoughlin (4.50) finished up with a one-hit eighth inning.
The Cutters managed only four base runners on four singles. Two of them were caught stealing.
- Zachary Coppola (.297) went 1-4.
- Mark Laird (.272) went 0-4 with 2 K.
- Josh Tobias (.309) went 0-3 with 2 K.
- Jesus Posso (.258) went 0-3.
- Venn Biter (.269) went 0-3.
- Jose Pujols (.242)DNP.
- Jan Hernandez (.208) went 0-3.
- Carlos Duran went 2-3.
- Austin Bossart (.355) went 0-3.
- Coppola and William Cuicas were caught stealing.
- Duran had an outfield assist, throwing out a runner at third.
GCL Phillies (30-19) lost to the GCL Braves 3-2. Bailey Falter (1-2, 4.18) gave up three runs and four hits in the first inning. Falter retired the Braves in order the next two innings and retired nine batters in a row at one point before giving up a one out single in the fourth. One strike out later, he was relieved by Nick Fanti (1.35) who two-hit the Braves in 3.1 shutout innings. Gandy Stubblefield pitched a one-walk eighth inning.
The Phillies scored two runs in the third inning on a wild pitch and RBI single by Luis Encarnacion.
- Jose Antequera (.276) went 0-4.
- Arquimedes Gamboa (.197) went 0-4.
- Jonathan Arauz (.245) DNP.
- “C” Randolph (.308) went 2-3 with a walk.
- Luis Encarnacion (.295) went 1-4 with an RBI.
- Edgar Cabral (.273) went 1-4.
- Lucas Williams (.287) went 1-2 with a walk.
- Greg Pickett DNP.
- Randolph and Williams were both caught stealing for the second time.
- Fanti picked off a base runner.
- Cabral threw out a base runner.
There is no wild card, only the four division winners qualify for the playoffs.
- GCL Blue Jays 32 17 — —
- GCL Phillies 30 19 2.0 10
- GCL Pirates 27 22 5.0 7
- GCL Yankees1 18 28 13.5 1
DSL Phillies (37-32) lost to the division leading DSL Astros Blue 15-3.
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 –
- Chase Utley has been traded to the Dodgers for 2 minor leaguers. The Dodgers are also receiving $4M in cash.
- The Phillies received AAA infielder/outfielder Darnell Sweeney and Advanced A RHP John Richy (the Dodgers 13th and 29th ranked prospects). The Dodgers may receive as much as $4M of the roughly $6M owed Utley.
- Per MLB Trade Rumors, Sweeney will take Utley’s roster spot.
- Lehigh Valley IronPigs activated RHP Jason Berken from the temporarily inactive list.
- Lehigh Valley IronPigs placed RHP Sean O’Sullivan on the temporarily inactive list.
- Williamsport Crosscutters placed C Gregori Rivero on the 7-day disabled list.
- C Greg Brodzinski assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.