Clearwater (73-56) lost to the Daytona Tortugas 2-0. John Richy pitched well in his Clearwater debut. In seven innings, he allowed only six base runners on four hits, a walk, and a hit batter. He struck out three. The only trouble he seemed to have was on the two errors he committed on pickoff throws to first. Let’s hope that is something that will get better as he gains familiarity with Rhys Hoskins at first. He showed a high 80s fastball and looked good overall. Yacksel Rios didn’t. He allowd the first batters to reach in both of his innings and couldn’t prevent them from scoring. A game that moved along at a decent pace bogged down with Rios on the mound. He gave up two hits and a walk. The only stolen base came with him on the mound.
The Threshers got three singles. With five walks and a hit batter they were able to get the leadoff runner on base in six of the first eight inning. They got a runner into scoring position in five of those innings, three time with one out but were unable to get the next hit to score a run. Malquin Canelo was caught stealing twice, by a lot.
(We’ve got company from out of state. These reports will probably get even sketchier for the next week or so. Sorry if these are hard to follow, I wrote most after some wine and a political discussion with my daughter that lasted til early morning. Amazing how much our views are alike, until you get to the point where she thinks things can change and I know they won’t. The GCL report was written earlier.)
Lehigh Valley (59-71) beat the Buffalo Bisons 9-3. Sean O’Sullivan went seven innings for the win. He gave up three runs on eight hits.
- Brian Bosusevic went 2-3 with a HR (12) and 2 RBI.
- Kelly Dugan (.222)went 2-4 with a double and 2 RBI.
- Tommy Joseph (.165) went 4-5 with a double and 2 RBI.
Reading (73-55) lost to the Altoona Curve 3-2. Zach Eflin went seven innings. He gave up an unearned run on six hits and five strike outs. Ryan O’Sullivan blew the save and took the loss.
- Andrew Knapp (.380) went 1-3.
- Brock Stassi (.311) went 1-4.
- Destin Hood went 2-4 with a double and RBI.
Lakewood (64-61) beat the Hagerstown Suns 6-3. Austin Davis gave up three runs in five innings, Matt Hockenberry picked up his 15th save.
- Drew Stankiewicz went 2-4 with a double and RBI.
- Cord Sandberg went 2-3 with 2 runs scored, a double and 2 RBI.
Williamsport (41-22) beat the State College Spikes 2-1. All the runs were scored in the first inning. Tyler Gilbert gave up one run in six innings on four hits. Robert Tasin got his 15th save. Jose Pujols drove in both first inning runs.
- Mark Laird went 1-2.
- Jose Pujols went 2-3 with a HR (3) and 2 RBI.
GCL Phillies (33-23) dropped both games of a double header against the GCL Yankees1, 3-2 and 5-1. They were two-hit in each game. In order to make the playoffs, they have to win their remaining four games and hope that the GCL Blue Jays lose five in a row (only two of which are against the Phillies).
Game One. Felix Paulino (5-4, 2.34) pitched a solid six innings. He gave up one earned run on four hits, zero walks, and four strike outs. Unfortunately, two error in the fourth inning led to two unearned runs. Newcomer, Tyler “Ryne” Frankoff retired the Yankees in the seventh on a strike out and two come backers.
The Yankees took a one-hitter into the bottom of the seventh. The Phillies loaded the bases with two out and scored two runs on Yunior Reyes two-run double. But, Rudolfo Duran’s bid for a game-winning hit was run down in left center field on a spectacular diving catch.
Game Two. Nick Fanti coasted through his first two innings with a single base runner in each inning. After two singles to start the third inning, a balk moved both base runners into scoring position. A ground out scored one run and an infield single in-and-out of Luis Encarnacion’s glove scored a second run. (Whining Alert: I guess it was ruled a hit because the fielder had to move several steps to his right, but it was in his glove for crying out loud. And he dropped it. Come on, already. Rant over.) Anyway, Fanti was touched for two more runs before Victor Delgado (4.84) came in to get an inning-ending double play. He went 2.2 perfect innings and struck out three. Stephen Inch made his 2015 debut and gave up one run on two hits. Gandy Stubblefield (3.44) stuck out two in his one inning.
Greg Pickett provided the offense with his first professional home run.
Today was the first time I saw Fanti. He has a nice, easy, rhythmic delivery. Very little strain on his arm. He displayed an upper 80s fastball (88-89).
In 14 innings, the Threshers managed 3 runs on 4 hits and 7 walks.
- Jose Antequeara (.256) went 0-6.
- Jonathan Arauz (.256) went 0-3.
- “C” Randolph (.305) went 1-4 with a run scored and 2 walks.
- Luis Encarnacion (.272) went 0-4 with a run scored and 2 walks.
- Lucas Williams (.267) went 0-5 with a walk.
- Scott Tomassetti (.263) went 0-3.
- Brian Martelo (.224) went 0-3 with 2 walks and a HBP.
- Yunior Reyes (.205) went 1-6 with a double and 2 RBI.
- Rudolfo Duran (.188) went 0-3.
- Arquimedes Gamboa (.198) went 0-3.
- Edgar Cabral (.295) went 1-3 with a double
- Greg Pickett (.167) went 1-3 with a run scored, HR (1), and RBI.
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.
Extra Innings –
- GCL Phillies released Tanner Kiest.
- Clearwater Threshers sent RHP Steven Inch on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies.
- Reading Fightin Phils placed LF Cam Perkins on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to August 23, 2015. back strain.
- GCL Phillies released Lewis Alezones.