Clearwater (77-57) split a double header with the Daytona Tortugas, winning 3-2 and losing 3-0. Victor Arano and Matt Imhof got the starts. Ricardo Pinto was pushed back to Thursday in Dunedin. That could make him available for game two in the first round of the playoffs.
Game one went eight innings. Arano started and pitched out of minor jams in the second and third before wriggling out of a lead off triple in the fourth. The Tortugas finally got to him with a game-tying, two-run home run in the fifth. Alberto Tirado pitched around two walks in two hitless innings. Jesen Therrien picked up his third save with two strike outs in a perfect eighth. The Threshers missed a bigger inning when they scored a run on a bases loaded double play in the first. Rhys Hoskins provided a two-run lead with a solo home run (8) in the fourth. Malquin Canelo provided the game winner on a solo home run (2) in the eighth.
Game two saw both pitching staffs toss three-hitters. The Tortugas made better use of their hits as they opened up a 2-0 lead on a two-out, two-run home run in the first inning. Imhof gave up an unearned run in the third. He went three innings and struck out four. Yacksel Rios struck out three in two, one-hit innings. Miguel Nunez pitched a 1-2-3 seventh. The Threshers had three base runners in the first six innings – an Aaron Brown single; and a single and walk by Mitch Walding. Brown was cut down trying to stretch his hit to a double, and Walding was erased once on a double play. Still, they brought the tying run to the plate in the seventh after a double by pinch hitter Jessie Valentin and a walk to Rhys Hoskins with one out. But the rally never materialized.
Both teams have off days on Wednesday, then complete their seasons with a four-game series with a division opponent.
Lehigh Valley (62-76) lost to the Pawtucket Red Sox 10-2. Miguel Gonzalez made his first appearance against players older than the boys he faced during his GCL rehab and was smacked around like the new kid on the block. After an easy first inning, he gave up five runs in the second inning. He was pulled after the third, and 74 pitches. Jason Berken fared no better, giving up four runs in one inning. Joey DeNato made his AAA debut and gave up one run in two innings. He struck out three. Seth Rosin threw a perfect eighth. Ken Roberts made his IronPigs debut with a one-hit ninth. Tyler Pastornicky had two of the ‘Pigs four hits including a solo home run (1).
- LF Kelly Dugan (.215) went 1-2 with a HBP.
- 1B Tommy Joseph (.176) went 0-4.
- C Gabriel Lino (.213) went 0-3 with 3 K.
Reading (78-57) lost to the Binghamton Mets 7-6. Ben Lively gave up four runs in 5.1 innings. Reinier Roibal allowed three inherited runners to score and gave up the tying run on his own. Edubray Ramos gave up three hits in two innings. Stephen Shackleford entered in a non-save situation and gave up the go-ahead runs.
KC Serna and Destin Hood were two of five players to collect two hits. Each also picked up an RBI. Andrew Knapp and Dylan Cozens both homered as the Phils built an early 4-1 lead. They tied the game on Serna’s RBI single in the sixth, but fell short with a run in the ninth.
- J.P. Crawford (.272) went 2-5 with 2 runs scored.
- Andrew Knapp (.368) went 2-5 with a run scored, HR (11), and 3 RBI.
- Dylan Cozens went 1-3 with a walk and solo HR (3).
- Angelo Mora (.351) went 2-4 with a run scored and double.
Lakewood (70-62) beat the Greensboro Grasshoppers 9-0. Jairo Munoz was the beneficiary of the BlueClaws 16-hit attack. He struck out five and allowed three hits in six innings. Zach Morris picked up his first save with three shutout innings. He struck out six. Six ‘Claws had a multi-hit game. Drew Stankiewicz had three hits.
- Herlis Rodriguez (.297) went 1-4 with a run scored, SF, and RBI.
- Scott Kingery (.252) went 1-4 with a sac and a walk.
- Deivi Grullon (.216) went 0-4 with a run scored and 2 walks.
- Damek Tomscha (.280) went 2-6 with a run scored, double, and 2 RBI.
- Kyle Martin (.270) went 2-5 with 2 runs scored and a double.
- Cord Sandberg (.256) went 3-5 with 2 runs scored, a double, HR (4), and 4 RBI.
- H-Rod stole his 16th base.
Williamsport (44-26) lost to the Auburn Doubledays 8-4. Jose Taveras went four innings and gave up five runs. Andrew Godail gave up a run in two innings but struck out three. Anthony Sequeira was charged with two unearned runs. Ismael Cabrera made his Williamsport debut and walked a batter in one shutout inning.
- Josh Tobias (.318) DNP.
- Jesus Posso went 2-4 with a run scored and double.
- Brendon Hayden (.314) went 2-4 with a run scored and a double.
- Jan Hernandez (.221) went 1-3 with a run scored, double, and a walk.
- Taveras hit Auburn leadoff hitter, Victor Robles all three times he faced him.
GCL Phillies (36-24) Season completed. Finished in second place in Northwest Division, 4.0 games behind the GCL Blue Jays. They had the fourth best record in the GCL. Unfortunately, they finished 8-10 over the last three weeks while the Blue Jays finished 14-4 over the same span.
- “C” Randolph led the team with a .302 AVG, 52 H, 34 runs, 15 doubles, 3 triples, 32 BB/32 K, .425 OBP, .442 SLG, .866 OPS
- Luis Encarnacion led with 52 H, 4 HR, 36 RBI.
- Felix Paulino was tied with 5 wins and led with 46 K, 2.34 ERA, 0.92 WHIP.
- Paulino 46 K/5 BB in 50.0 IP, Bailey Falter 25 K/3 BB in 28.2 IP
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 22 K, 35 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 –
- Philadelphia Phillies recalled Dalier Hinojosa from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- Philadelphia Phillies selected the contract of Erik Kratz from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- Philadelphia Phillies selected the contract of Colton Murray from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- Philadelphia Phillies transferred RHP Chad Billingsley from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list. Right flexor strain.
- Lehigh Valley IronPigs activated RHP Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez from the 7-day disabled list.