GCL Phillies (36-24) closed out their season with a 5-0 victory over the GCL Blue Jays. Jorge Alfaro started as the designated hitter after playing the field in short, three-inning stints the previous two games. He drove an RBI double deep into the left center field gap. Halfway to second base, he began limping, signalling to the bench, and pointing to his thigh. He immediately walked off the field and was replaced with a pinch runner. He did not appear to receive any treatment by the trainer and milled about for a couple innings. He even signed a few autographs before leaving with the trainer around the third inning.
Cornelius Randolph was not in the line up again. He hasn’t been on the field since the seventh inning of Thursday’s game when he gave way to a defensive replacement in the bottom of the inning. Randolph had tripled and scored on a sac fly before leaving the game. I spoke with “C” as he and Reggie Wilson walked to the team bus. He has been kept out of the line up as a precaution. His shoulder was a little tender after the slide at the end of that triple. He feels fine and will be ready for Instructs next month.
Wilson said he was signed to a 2016 contract because the Phillies had 10 outfielders at the Complex when he was drafted. I would assume the same applied to Ben Pelletier. By the time they signed and the roster for Williamsport was set, there were still six outfielders in Clearwater (Alastre, Luis, Martelo, Pickett, Randolph, and Reyes) and not enough innings or at bats to go around.
Carlos Indriago started and threw six shutout innings. He gave up six hits and struck out four. Nick Fanti followed with two solid innings, no runs and two strike outs. Ismael Cabrera pitched the ninth and struck out two.
The Phillies jumped out to a two run lead in the first inning. Alfaro’s RBI double brought in the first run. Scott Tomassetti followed with an RBI single. The game remained close until the eighth when they scored three runs. They loaded the bases and scored on Edgar Cabral’s RBI single, Lucas Williams’ walk, and Greg Pickett’s RBI single.
- Jorge Alfaro went 1-1 with an RBI.
- “C” Randolph (.302) DNP.
- Lucas Williams (.288) went 0-2 with 2 walks and an RBI.
- Gregg Pickett went 1-3 with a walk and an RBI.
- The Phillies were successful on four of four steal attempts – Gamboa 2 (8), Arauz (2), and Williams (9).
Lehigh Valley (60-75) lost to the Syracuse Chiefs 2-1. David Buchanan gave up two runs in the seventh inning and took the loss. The IronPigs could only manage three base runners on three singles Buchanan had one of them.
- Kelly Dugan (.206) went 0-3 with an RBI.
- Tommy Joseph (.176) went 0-3.
Reading (76-56) lost to Bowie Baysox 6-2. Nick Pivetta suffered through a rough night and was lifted after five batters in the third. Hoby Milner, Ryan O’Sullivan, and Tom Windle then tossed seven shutout innings. Destin Hood connected on a solo home run (10) in the second. Rene Garcia singled in a run in the fourth.
- J.P. Crawford (.270) went 2-5.
- Andrew Knapp (.378) went 1-4 with a double.
- Dylan Cozens went 2-3 with walk.
- Crawford stole his 7th base.
- LF KC Serna threw out a runner at home.
Clearwater (75-56) played to a 4-4 tie with Brevard County Manatees in a rain-shortened five inning game. Mark Leiter tossed three innings and gave up four runs (3 ER). Cody Forsythe threw two shutout innings. The Threshers scored a single run in the first on Rhys Hoskins’ RBI single. They built a two-run lead with three runs in the second on Derek Campbell’s RBI single, a throwing error, and Jessie Valentin’s RBI double.
- Rhys Hoskins (.312) went 2-3 with an RBI.
- Campbell and Valentin each had two hits, a run scored, a double, and an RBI.
- Aaron Brown picked up an outfield assist after a catch that led to a rundown and putout at home.
Lakewood (67-62) beat the Greesnboro Grasshoppers 2-1. Tyler Viza finally got enough run support to claim his career high fifth win of the season and lowered his ERA to 3.28. He pitched seven, five-hit innings. Viza gave up one run, walked none, and struck out six. Manny Martinez and Matt Hockenberry each tossed a shutout inning. Hockenberry picked up his 17th save. Damek Tomscha provided all the offense Viza needed with a two-run home run (6) in the sixth inning.
- Kyle Martin and Cord Sandberg went 0-4.
- Herlis Rodriguez picked up an outfield assist.
Williamsport (43-24) beat the Batavia Muckdogs 7-3. Mitch Gueller needed 88 pitches to complete five innings. He gave up a three-run home run to account for all the Muckdogs’ runs. The bullpen provided four shutout innings. Brendon Hayden hit his third home run of the season.
- Brendon Hayden (.320) went 3-4 with 2 runs scored, a double, HR (3), walk, and 3 RBI.
- Josh Tobias (.322) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, a double, walk, and RBI.
- Austin Bossart (.345) went 2-5.
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, Martinez 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 –
- Joey DeNato assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Lakewood BlueClaws.
- Victor Delgado assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from GCL Phillies.
Zach Morris assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from GCL Phillies.
Lakewood BlueClaws placed LHP Scott Harris on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to August 28, 2015.