The Phillies’ rebuilding movement took another positive step Sunday afternoon when Aaron Nola (4-1, 3.59) pitched a three-hit shutout for eight innings. He walked two and struck out six. Half of his six strike outs came in the seventh and eighth innings. Nola threw 100 pitches, 64 for strikes. He turned the game over to Ken Giles (1.63) who struck out one and threw 6 strikes in the nine pitches he needed to claim his 10th save. Recently promoted Aaron Altherr provided the only run Nola would need on a sacrifice fly in the third inning. Back-up catcher Cameron Rupp was given a rare start and provided an insurance run with his fifth home run, a solo shot in the seventh inning. Recently acquired Darnell Sweeney started in center field and provided a strike out and three walks in four at bats.
Lehigh Valley (57-71) beat the Pawtucket Red Sox 4-2 in ten innings. Seve Gonzalez (4.40) failed to come up with a shutdown inning when the IronPigs provided him with a two run lead in the third inning. He gave up a two-run homer run among the four hits he allowed in five innings. Chris Leroux (3.10) threw three no-hit innings. Nefi Ogando (2-2, 3.52) picked up the win with a shutout inning and Dustin McGowan (12 saves, 4.41) picked up his second save in as many games. Chase d’Arnaud provided the early lead with a two run home run (5) in the third inning. The go ahead runs scored on a throwing error on a double attempt after the Sox walked the bases loaded in the tenth inning.
- Brian Bosusevic (.295) went 0-5 with an RBI and 2 K.
- Kelly Dugan (.208)went 1-5 with 2 K.
- Tommy Joseph (.142) went 2-4 with a walk.
Reading (72-54) lost to the New Britain Rock Cats 7-5. Joely Rodriguez (5-3, 4.96) gave up six runs (5 ER) in 4.2 innings. Reinier Roibal (1.66) gave up an unearned run with an errant throw on a sacrifice bunt. Jimmy Cordero and Edubray Ramos mopped up.
Trailing 7-1, the Phils rallied but fell short. They had scored a run in the second inning on Brodie Greene’s RBI double. Their best opportunity to climb back in the game came in the sixth inning after Andrew Knapp’s solo home run (9) and a walk to Breene with the bases loaded. Pinch-hitter Angelo Mora struck out to end the rally. The Phils would manage two more runs in the seventh on Destin Hood’s two-run double, but would go down in order in the final two innings.
- Nick Williams (.333) went 1-5 with 2 K.
- J.P. Crawford (.258) went 1-5.
- Andrew Knapp (.392) went 1-5 with 2 runs scored, a HR (9), and RBI.
- Brock Stassi (.309) went 1-3 with 2 runs scored, a double and walk.
- Destin Hood (.285) went 2-4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI.
- Brodie Greene had 2 RBI.
- Crawford stole his 6th base.
- Rodriguez picked off two runners at first.
Clearwater (72-55) beat the Daytona Tortugas 10-6 in what will likely be the first-round match-up in the FSL playoffs. Before the game, Threshers’ lead announcer Kirsten Kirbach predicted that Matt Imhof (4.00) would last 4.1 innings and give up four runs. Imhof’s contribution – 4.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K. Harold Guerrero (2-2, 3.40) came in and gave up a home run,but kept the Tortuga’s quiet until the Threshers’ bats finally came alive. Alexis Rivero (3.27) pitched two innings for his third save. He struck out the side in the eighth, but gave up a solo home run in the ninth.
The Threshers offense put forth another lack luster performance for five innings. They managed three base runners on two singles and a walk. Two of these runners were erase on double plays. They looked so lethargic that I was prepared to go into the suite and watch Nola pitch against the Marlins.
But Wilson Garcia led off the sixth with a double. Derek Campbell followed with a triple into and out of the center fielder’s glove. (Yeah, a triple on a ball that should have been caught. Home score keepers, eh?) Malquin Canelo walked and Carlos Tocci reached on a ball through the third baseman’s legs. It was correctly scored an error, but the description in the Recap is not the play I saw. Anyway, Rhys Hoskins followed with a two-run double. Andrew Pullin’s wind aided, two-run home runthat barely cleared the right field wall concluded the six run inning.
The Threshers added four in the eighth. Dylan Cozens, who strked a couple of hard hit line drives that infielders were able to catch, was hit by a pitch and stole second. He scored on Hoskins’ RBI single. Pullin followed with a no-doubt-about-it, two-run home run off the fair pole screen. Willians Astudillo doubled and scored on Wilson Garcia’s RBI single.
- Carlos Tocci (.256) went 0-4 with a run scored.
- Dylan Cozens (.285) went 0-3 with a run scored.
- Rhys Hoskins (.304) went 2-4 with 2 runs cored, a double, 3 RBI and 2 K.
- Andrew Pullin (.259) went 4-4 with 2 runs scored, 2 HR (14), and 4 RBI (70).
- Willians Astudillo (.331) went 1-4 with a run scored and a double.
- Wilson garia had 2 hits, a run scored, a double, and an RBI.
- Derek Campbell had 3 hits with a run scored, triple, and RBI.
- Cozens stole his 18th base.
- Cozens picked up another outfield assist (his 5th, tying Aaron Brown and Chase Harris. Pullin leads the team with 10)).
The Threshers now sport a few FSL league leaders –
- Astudillo’s .331 batting average is first by .014 points.
- Pullin took over the league lead with his 14th home run.
- Pullin is third with 70 RBI (the leader has 75).
- Brandon Leibrandt is first with a 1.03 WHIP.
- Leibrandt is second with a .227 average against.
- Ulises Joaquin is third with 15 saves.
- Outfield assists – Tocci (or Pullin) at third, Cozens at home.
Lakewood (63-61) lost to the West Virginia Power 3-2 in a walkoff. Ranfi Casimiro (3.36) gave up only one run in six innings. He gave up five hits and a walk while striking out three. Joey DeNato (1.28) contributed two no-hit innings, striking out two. Matt Hockenberry (4-4, 2.58) blew the save (3) and took the loss.
The BlueClaws could only manage four hits, but did work five walks.
- Scott Kingery (.263) went 1-3 with 2 walks.
- Drew Stankiewicz (.250) went 1-3 with 2 walks.
- Herlis Rodriguez (.296) went 0-4 with 2 K.
- Cord Sandberg (.256) went 0-3 with an RBI.
Williamsport (39-22) held on to beat the Auburn Doubledays 9-8. Mitch Gueller (8-1, 2.15) gave up four runs on eight hits in five innings. Feliberto Sanchez (4.33) gave up two more in one inning. Jacob Waguespack (still 0.00) gave up two unearned runs in two innings. Robert Tasin (2.25) picked up his 13th save.
The Cutters scored all nine runs in the first five innings. Their 18-hit attack opened up a 9-1 lead before Auburn began chipping away with a 15-hit attack of their own. Every Cutter starter had at least one hit, seven had multi-hit games.
- Mark Laird (.286) went 2-6 with a run scored and 2 RBI.
- Carlos Duran (.257) went 3-5 with a run scored, a double, and RBI.
- Josh Tobias (.316) went 2-4 with a run scored and 2 K.
- Jose Pujols (.245) went 2-5 with a run scored, 2 RBI, and 2 K.
- Venn Biter (.280) went 1-3 with a run scored and RBI.
- Austin Bossart (3.62) went 3-5 with 2 runs scored and an RBI.
GCL Phillies (32-20) No game scheduled.
- Jonathan Arauz (.252)
- “C” Randolph (.297)
- Luis Encarnacion (.278)
- Lucas Williams (.268)
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) Season completed. Finished 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 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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