GCL Phillies (34-23) were officially eliminated from the playoffs before the first pitch of their game against the Pirates when the Blue Jays won the first game of a double header versus the Yankees1 this morning.
Bailey Falter (3.45) pitched five solid innings in his start against the Pirates. He allowed lead off singles in each of the first three innings and pitched out of the difficulty all three times. Those were the only three base runners Falter allowed. He struck out three and induced eight ground ball outs. Falter picked a runner off first and benefited from a caught stealing as he faced one batter over the minimum in his five innings. He showed a mid-80s fastball, almost all at 86, touching 87 on a couple occasions. He has a smooth, easy delivery. He has long arms that should play in his favor if the Phillies decide to break down his delivery in favor of a closer to over the top approach. He has a lean build that should easily add weight and velocity as he matures.
Zach Morris (5-1, 2.16) tossed three, one-hit innings. Ismael Cabrera (0.60) picked up his third save.
The Phillies struggled with two hits through the first five innings until Greg Pickett doubled to lead off the sixth. Three fielder’s choices later (Pickett jarred the ball loose on an attempted tag at third), the Phillies finally scored on Luis Encarnacion’s line drive single to right.
- “C” Randolph (.298) went 0-4.
- Luis Encarnacion (.279) went 2-3 with an RBI.
- Lucas Williams (.279) went 2-3.
- Greg Pickett (.173) went 1-3 with a double.
- Juan Luis (11) and Williams (8) stole bases.
- Williams committed two throwing errors.
Lehigh Valley (59-72) lost to the Buffalo Bisons 4-2. Anthony Vasquez couldn’t hold onto an early 2-0 lead. He gave up five hits and four walks in 6.2 innings.
- Brian Bosusevic went 0-1 with 3 walks.
- Kelly Dugan (.212)went 0-4.
- Tommy Joseph (.168) went 1-4.
Reading (74-55) beat the Altoona Curve 8-6 in 10 innings. Jake Thompson tossed six strong innings. He gave up one run on six hits while striking out seven. The Phils took a 6-2 lead into the ninth. Stephen Shackleford came on in a non-save situation and gave up four runs. Edubray Ramos relieved and got the remaining two outs to preserve the tie. Bases loaded walks by Angelo Mora and KC Serna in the tenth made a winner of Ramos. Reinier Roibal notched his first save.
- KC Serna started at SS and went 4-5 with 2 runs scored, 2 doubles, a BB, and an RBI.
- Andrew Knapp (.378) went 2-6.
- Brock Stassi (.309) went 0-2 with 2 walks and an RBI.
- Destin Hood went 2-4 with a triple, HR (9), a walk, and 5 RBI.
Clearwater (73-56) No game scheduled.
Lakewood (65-61) beat the Hagerstown Suns 7-6. Elniery Garcia couldn’t hold onto two early leads. John Zgardowski earned the win and Joey DeNato picked up his 10th save. Damek Tomscha broke the tie with his fifth home run in the eighth inning.
- Damek Tomscha went 2-3 with 2 runs scored, a double HR (5), walk, and 2 RBI.
- Kyle Martin went 1-4 with a run scored, triple, and 3 RBI.
- DeNato picked a runner off first base.
Williamsport (42-22) beat the State College Spikes 8-4. Jose Taveras gave up Three runs in six innings on five hits, striking out five. The Cutters took the lead for good in the third inning.
- Zach Coppola went 3-5.
- Josh Tobias went 2-3 with a double, triple, and 2 walks.
- Jose Pujols went 2-5 with a double, HR (4) and 2 RBI.
- Brendon Hayden went 2-5 with a double and 2 RBI.
- Carlos Duran went 3-4 with 2 doubles and 2 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 –
- I missed Pickett’s HR on Tuesday. One of the pitcher’s told me it was absolutely crushed to left. Pickett made a lot of hard contact today. His double bounced off the wall in left. He pulled one into the wind in right center in his first at bat.
- John Mayberry was released by the White Sox.