Chalk up another victory for the rebuilding movement again Saturday night. In the eighth inning, Darnell Sweeney hit a solo home run to end Miami’s shutout bid. After Cesar Hernandez singled, Andres Blanco tied the game with an RBI double. In the ninth inning, Aaron Altherr broke the tie with his second home run since being recalled, and Darin Ruf provided an insurance run with a solo shot of his own. Ken Giles picked up his 9th save since taking over the closer’s role.
Lehigh Valley (56-71) beat the Pawtucket Red Sox 2-0. Alec Asher (2-0, 2.08) tossed seven shutout innings. He gave up five hits, zero walks, and struck out three. The IronPigs scored the game’s only runs in the seventh inning. Brian Bogusevic led off with a single and Erik Kratz doubled him over to third. Russ Canzler broke the scoreless deadlock with an RBI single and Tommy Joseph grounded into a double play while the second run scored.
- Brian Bosusevic (.299) went 2-4 with a run scored.
- Kelly Dugan (.208)went 0-3 with 2 K.
- Tommy Joseph (.127) went 0-4.
Reading (72-53) lost to the New Britain Rock Cats 8-2. Ethan Martin (3.73) went 5.2 shutout innings. He gave up three hits and two walks while striking out five. He was lifted in the sixth with a runner on base. Ryan O’Sullivan (1-1, 2.05) stranded the runner, but caved in the eighth inning when he was charged with three runs. One of those was an inherited runner that Tom Windle (4.40) allowed to score. Stephen Shackleford (3.28) came on in the ninth in a non-save situation and got torched for five runs. Hoby Milner (3.35) was summoned to get the last out.
The Reading offensive was held to just four singles through the first eight innings. A triple by J.P. Crawford and two-run home run by Brock Stassi in the ninth accounted for their two runs.
- Nick Williams (.342) went 0-2 and was ejected after being called out on strikes.
- J.P. Crawford (.259) went 2-4 with a run scored and triple..
- Brock Stassi (.309) went 1-4 with a run scored, HR (12), and 2 RBI.
- Andrew Knapp (.392) went 0-4.
- Destin Hood (.281) went 0-4 with 3 K.
- Martin picked a runner off first.
Clearwater (71-55) lost to the Brevard County Manatees 5-1. Victor Arano (4-12, 4.89) pitched well over seven innings. He was effective with his low 90s fastball giving up three runs as he scattered eighth hits over seven innings. He walked one and struck out four. His downfall was back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning, the second one on a 0-2 pitch. Miguel Nunez (3.31) had a scoreless string of 19 innings broken when he gave up two runs in the ninth.
The Threshers couldn’t cash in completely in the fifth when they got their first two men on base. Jumping on first pitches, Derek Campbell singled and Jessie Valentin doubled. Carlos Tocci also swung first-pitch fastball and scorched a line drive to the shortstop. Dylan Cozens’ RBI ground out produced their only run.
- Jessie Valentin (.228) went 1-4 with a double and a walk.
- Carlos Tocci (.261) went 1-5 with 2 K.
- Dylan Cozens (.287) went 1-4 with an RBI.
- Rhys Hoskins (.300) went 0-4.
- Andrew Pullin (.252) went 1-3 with a walk.
- Willians Astudillo (.331) went 1-3 with a HBP.
- Aaron Brown (.258) went 0-2 with 2 HBP.
- Astudillo threw out a base stealer.
- Outfield assists – Tocci (or Pullin) at third, Cozens at home.
Five batters were hit by pitched balls in the game – two Manatees and three Threshers. Aaron Brown, who was hit twice tonight, showed great restraint as he took his base. He had a verbal exchange with the Manatee pitcher on his way to first and was visibly upset. Brown was one of two Threshers hit by pitched balls on Friday night by the Manatees. In all, eight batters have been hit (five Threshers).
The Manatees’ seventh inning featured one run, four hits, and two base runners cut down on the base paths. Arano came out to pitch in the seventh inning for only the fourth time in 21 starts. He began the inning with a couple of ground ball singles. After a fly out, a soft line drive landed in left center. A run scored, but Tocci (or Pullin) threw the trailer out at third. The batter took second on the throw. The next batter hit a ground singled to right. Cozens charged the ball and gunned the runner out at the plate. Sorry for the confusion on the first assist. The scorer had listed it as Pullin. (I thought it was Tocci, one broadcaster announced Tocci, the othr Pullin. The official scorer originally thought it was Tocci but listed it as Pullin. Before I left the stadium, it was changed to Tocci. As I checked while proofing this report, I see they changed it back to Pullin. Whatever, the Threshers threw two runners out on the base paths and kept the score close.)
Lakewood (63-60) lost to the West Virginia Power 4-2. Tyler Viza took one for the team again. He pitched an eight inning complete game and held the Power to ONE earned run. He gave up six hits, walked NONE, and struck out four. In addition to two fielding errors, Viza was victimized by an inside-the-park home run on a ground ball that went into the Lakewood bullpen that our fielder thought was dead, but the umpire ruled it live.
The BlueClaws tried a new line up tonight, but couldn’t outscore their defensive lapses.
- Cord Sandberg (.258) went 1-4 with a run scored and a double.
- Drew Stankiewicz (.248) went 2-4 with a run scored and a triple.
- Scott Kingery (.2626) went 0-3.
- Herlis Rodriguez (.299) went 1-4 with an RBI.
- Hitters 5 thru 9 went a collective 0-15.
- Kingery stole his 8th base.
Williamsport (38-22) beat the Auburn Doubledays 9-3. Alejandro Arteaga (2.63) threw a solid six innings giving up two runs (1 ER) on six hits. Kenny Koplove (2-2, 4.82) threw a shutout inning and was fortunate to be on the mound when the Cutters’ offense came alive.
The Cutters scored all nine runs after the fifth inning. Their 12-hit attack and some Auburn errors (only four runs were earned) led to their come-from-behind victory.
- Venn Biter (.290) went 2-5 with 3 runs scored, a double, and RBI.
- Josh Tobias (.313) went 1-5 with an RBI.
- Jose Pujols (.241) went 2-5 with 2 runs scored and an RBI.
- Jan Hernandez (.217) went 3-5 with a run scored, double, triple, and 2 RBI.
- Pujols and Biter had OF assists.
GCL Phillies (32-20) lost to the GCL Blue Jays 3-1. Miguel Gonzalez pitched three innings and looked good. He gave up two hits and struck out two. He walked one, but induced at least three soft come backers to the mound. I would expect to see him in Philadelphia on September 1st. Carlos Indriago took the loss after giving up two runs in the fourth.
The Phillies couldn’t generate any offense. Jonathan Arauz had two hits and walk, Scott Tomassetti was HBP. The Jays contributed three errors, but the Philies couldn’t take advantage of the gifts. Lucas Williams went 0-4 with 4 Ks. It was a difficult game to watch, especially in the Philly-like humidity before noon. I spent most of the later innings talking to NYPhilsfan and his wife.
- Jonathan Arauz (.252) went 2-3 with a double and a walk.
- “C” Randolph (.297) went 0-4 with an RBI.
- Luis Encarnacion (.278) went 0-4 with 2 K.
- Lucas Williams (.268) went 0-4 with 4 K.
- Bryan Martelo had an OF assist at second base.
The lost wasn’t a back-breaker. The Phillies still hold their playoff hopes in their own hands.
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 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 34 18 — —
- GCL Phillies 32 20 2.0 7
DSL Phillies (40-32) came from behind to beat the DSL Royals 6-4 in a rain-shortened, seven inning game. They finished the season tied for second place, three games back.
- AVG – Henry Santana .278
- OBP – Daniel Brito .421
- SLG – Santana .411
- OPS – Brito .728, Santana .725
- Edgar Gacia – 71 G, 255 AB, 47 R, 68 H, 14 doubles, 4 triples, 24 SB
- Nerluis Martinez – 5 HR
- RBI – Garcia and Ronaldo Marrero 28, Maftinez 27, Santana 26
- Brito 35 K, 22 BB
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 –
- Lehigh Valley IronPigs activated RHP Sean O’Sullivan from the temporarily inactive list.