Jerad Eickhoff made his major league debut a memorable night. The big, right-handed pitcher struck out five in six innings of five-hit ball. He walked one and threw 52 strikes among his 75 pitches. Eickhoff also was a force at the plate. He failed to move a runner with a bunt during his first at bat and completed the at bat with a strike out. But it was his second at bat that set the tone for the night. With two runs in and runners on second and third, the Marlins opted to intentionally walk Cameron Rupp to get to Eickhoff. He stroked the first pitch through the left side for a two-run single. The 4-0 lead helped the Phillies cruise to a 7-0 victory. Although he is still looking for his first sacrifice bunt, Eickhoff bunted into a force out in his third at bat, the young pitcher has notched three Major League firsts – win, hit, and RBI.
Elsewhere in the organization, The GCL Phillies won to pull within a game of the division lead.
GCL Phillies (32-19) beat the GCL Blue Jays 8-4. In an important game for both teams as they begin the stretch run, Adonis Medina (3-1, 2.43) battled through five shutout innings. Zach Morris (2.45) followed with three, one-hit innings, striking out four. Tanner Kiest (4.67) stumbled through the top of the ninth only retiring one batter while walking two and launching three wild pitches. He left with a run in and the bases loaded, and Ismael Cabrera (0.64) allowed three inherited, albeit unearned, runners to score. He began with a run-scoring wild pitch before trading a run for an out on a ground ball. An RBI single made sure that all three inherited runners scored.
The Phillies took advantage of every mistake the Jays made in the first five innings to build an eight run lead. The Phillies only had eight hits, but they worked seven walks and a hit batter. Jays pitching threw four wild pitches.
The Phillies went ahead with two runs in the second inning. Greg Pickett drove in their first run on a line drive, RBI single to right. A wild pitch brought in Juan Luis with the second run. They appeared to break the game open with three runs in the third on Juan Luis RBI single, Lucas Williams walk, and Scott Tomassetti sac fly. They tacked on two runs in the fourth on one hit. Jonathan Arauz walked and scored on Cornelius Randolph’s RBI double over the center fielder’s head. “C” advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on another wild pitch. The Jays’ fourth wild pitch figured into the Phillies’ final run in the fifth inning. Tomassetti double to right. After Pickett was drilled in the back with a pitch, a wild pitch move Tomassetti over to third where he could easily score on Arauz’ single to left.
- Jonathan Arauz (.243) went 1-4 with a run scored, walk, and RBI.
- “C” Randolph (.305) went 1-3 with 2 runs scored, a double, 2 walks, and an RBI.
- Luis Encarnacion (.285) went 1-5 with a run scored.
- Edgar Cabral (.280) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored.
- Lucas Williams (.280) went 0-3 with walk and RBI.
- Juan Luis (.264) went 1-2 with a run scored, walk, and RBI.
- Scott Tomassetti (.284) went 1-3 with a run scored, double, RBI.and 2 K.
- Greg Pickett went 1-1 with 2 walks, an HBP, and an RBI.
There is no wild card, only the four division winners qualify for the playoffs. The Phillies have the third best record in the GCL and as things stand today would miss the playoffs. They won a crucial game against the Blue Jays today and can tie for the division lead with another win tomorrow in Dunedin. They play back-to-back double headers against the cellar dwelling Yankees1 Monday and Tuesday of next week. After a home-and-home series with the Pirates they finish with another crucial home-and-home series with the division leading Blue Jays.
- GCL Blue Jays 33 18 — —
- GCL Phillies 32 19 1.0 9
- GCL Pirates 27 25 6.5 3
Lehigh Valley (55-71) posted a come-from-ahead loss against the Pawtucket Red Sox 7-3. The IronPigs provided Jesse Biddle (2-3, 5.85) with an early 3-0 lead. Biddle after a lead off single in the sixth with a 3-2 lead. He had given up eight hits and two walks while striking out three batters. Jason Berken (5-8, 4.11) came in and couldn’t miss enough bats as he blew the save and surrendered the lead in a five-run inning. Murray and Rosin mopped up the last two innings.
The IronPigs scored three runs on three hits in the first two innings, including Kelly Dugan’s second AAA home run, off The Sox Rick Porcello. Porcello went 5.2 innings, but the Pigs only managed two more hits, both off relievers.
- Brian Bosusevic (.297) went 1-4 with an RBI.
- Kelly Dugan (.217)went 1-3 with a HR (2) and 2 K.
- Tommy Joseph (.133) went 1-3.
Reading (72-52) lost to the New Britain Rock Cats 6-0. Jake Thompson (3-1, 2.08) tossed six, four-hit innings. He walked three and struck out seven. Tom Windle (4.42) was victimized by a Harold Martinez’ throwing error (after he issued a one-out walk) for an unearned run in the seventh. Edubray Ramos (4.30) combined that classic mix of hittable and wild as he gave up three runs in two-thirds of an inning on a hit batter, walk, and two doubles. Hoby Milner (3.38) came in to strand a runner and pitch a one-walk ninth.
The Reading offensive juggernaught was held to three hits, although the worked four walks.
- Nick Williams (.352) went 0-4 with 2 K.
- J.P. Crawford (.255) went 1-4.
- Cam Perkins (.251) went 0-4.
- Brock Stassi (.309) went 1-3 with a double and a walk.
- Andrew Knapp (.401) went 0-3 with a walk
- Destin Hood (.286) went 0-4 with 2 K.
- Harold Martinez (.301) went 1-4.
- Angelo Mora (.361) DNP
- Crawford stole his 5th base.
- Williams picked up an outfield assist.
- Thompson picked off a base runner.
Clearwater (71-54) lost to the Brevard County Manatees 6-5. David Whitehead (7-11, 4.73) struggled, giving up six runs in five innings on seven hits and four walks. He hit a batter, threw four wild pitches, and struck out six. Cody Forsythe (4.09) struck out three in two shutout innings. Alberto Tirado (2.86) struck out three and walked one in two shutout innings.
Trailing 3-0, the Threshers got a run back in the second on Malquin Canelo’s RBI double. After falling behind 6-1, they got a run back on Andrew Pullin’s RBI ground out. They pulled within one run in the fourth on a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt, Carlos Tocci’s sacrifice fly, and Dylan Cozens’ RBI ground out. However, they only managed three base runners the rest of the way on three singles. Two were cut down on a caught stealing and a double play.
- Jessie Valentin (.226) went 1-3 with a run scored and a walk.
- Carlos Tocci (.262) went 1-4 with an RBI.
- Dylan Cozens (.287) went 2-4 with a run scored and RBI.
- Rhys Hoskins (.306) went 0-4 with 2 K.
- Andrew Pullin (.252) went 0-4.
- Aaron Brown (.259) went 1-3 with a run scored.
- Chace Numata (.274) went 1-3.
- Cozens stole his 17th base, Valentin was caught stealing.
Lakewood (63-59) lost to the West Virginia Power 7-4. All the scoring after the fifth inning. Will Morris (1.59) threw five, four-hit innings. Jason Zgardowski (3.64) gave up three runs in two innings, but was taken off the hook when the Claws scored four in the eighth. Calvin Raybirn (5-2, 4.32) blew the save and took the loss when he was charged with all four runs in the bottom of the eighth. Scott Harris (4.84) didn’t help any, allowing all three inherited runners to score.
The BlueClaws had tied the game in the top of the eighth on Jiandido Tromp’s (7) three-run home run and took the lead on Deivi Grullon’s (6) solo home run.
- Herlis Rodriguez (.299) went 1-4 with a walk.
- Drew Stankiewicz (.241) went 1-5.
- Scott Kingery (.266) went 2-4 with a run scored.
- Kyle Martin (.276) went 0-4 with 2 K.
- Damek Tomscha (.272) went 2-4 with a run scored.
- Cord Sandberg (.258) went 0-4.
- Jiandido Tromp (.208) went 1-3 with run scored, HR (7), walk, and 3 RBI (37).
- Deivi Grullon (.201) went 1-4 with a run scored, HR (6), RBI, and 2 K.
- Stankiewicz (3) and Kingery (7) stole bases.
Williamsport (37-22) beat the Auburn Doubledays 3-1. Franklyn Kilome (3-2, 2.40) was more like his old self, going six innings. He gave up one run on eight hits (three of the infield variety), a walk, and struck out three. He threw 85 pitches, 59 strikes. Skylar Hunter, Anthony Sequeira, and Robert Tasin combined to throw three, one-hit innings and striking out five. Tasin notched his 12th save.
The Cutters managed only five hits. But the bunched four of them, including Mark Laird’s RBI single and Josh Tobias’ two-run double, in their three run third inning. Their pitcher’s made the runs hold up. Auburn pitching struck out ten Cutters.
- Zachary Coppola (.298) DNP
- Mark Laird (.284) went 2-4 with a run scored and RBI.
- Josh Tobias (.316) went 1-4 with a double, 2 RBI, and 2 K
- Brendon Hayden (.319) DNP
- Jose Pujols (.237) went 0-4 with 3 K..
- Venn Biter (.275) DNP.
- Jan Hernandez (.207) went 0-3 with 2 K.
- Austin Bossart (.350) went 1-3 with a run scored.
- Bossart threw out a base stealer.
DSL Phillies (39-32) beat the DSL Royals 5-3. Final game of their season tomorrow.
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.
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