All five affiliates were involved in close games last night – four one-run games and one two-run game, that resulted in three wins and two losses. The Clearwater win was much closer than it had to be thanks to a three-run ninth inning surrendered by their closer, Ulises Joaquin. The tying and winning runs were on base before he was able to record the final out of the game. Way more excitement than I needed. More on the game below the fold.
Lehigh Valley (62-78) lost to the Syracuse Chiefs 2-1. Both offenses were held scoreless for the first seven innings. David Buchanan and Ken Roberts combined to shutout the Chief through seven innings. In the eighth inning, the first batter reliever Seth Rosin retired, did so on a sac fly after Rosin had loaded the bases. He gave up the go-ahead run in the ninth on a two-out walk, stolen base, and Chase d’Arnaud’s 21st error. Russ Canzler went 2-4 and drove in the IronPigs only run.
- Buchanan struck out 7 in 6.0 innings.
- LF Kelly Dugan (.217) went 1-3.
- 1B Tommy Joseph (.180) went 1-4.
- C Gabriel Lino (.214) went 1-4.
Reading (79-58) beat the Binghamton Mets 2-1. The offenses started slow again. The Mets finally broke through with a run in the top of the sixth. The Phils responded with two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Pitchers ruled the night. The Mets staff gave up three hits and two walks; the Phils two hits and two walks. Ethan Martin no-hit the Mets for five innings and struck out five innings. Ryan O’Sullivan gave up a solo home run and struck out four in two innings. Reinier Roibal pitched one, no-hit inning. Stephen Shackleford gave up the only other hit and notched his 29th save. Harold Martinez provided the offense with a two-out, two-run single in the seventh that followed a two-out single by Dylan Cozens, a two-out walk by Angelo Mora, and a wild pitch..
- J.P. Crawford (.267) went 0-3 with a walk and K.
- Andrew Knapp (.364) DNP.
- Dylan Cozens went 1-3 with a run scored.
- Angelo Mora (.347) went 0-2 with a run scored and a walk.
- C Rene Garcia had the third hit
Clearwater (77-57) mounted a 15-hit attack against the Dunedin Blue Jays and won 9-8. The Threshers rushed out to a 4-0 lead before taking the field. Ricardo Pinto was the beneficiary of the early outburst and avoided the first inning troubles that have plagued him this season. However, he ran several deep counts and only struck out two batters on five innings. Both unusual for the right hander.
Pinto gave up a two-run home run in the third inning. After Carlos Tocci hit a two-out, solo home run (2) in the fourth, Pinto gave up three runs in the fifth to tie the game including another two-run home run. This was Pinto’s first two home run game of the season. He had allowed only one in his previous eight games. Still, when Jessie Valentin stroked an RBI double in the sixth, Pinto remained the pitcher of record.
The Threshers had scored in the first on Aaron Brown’s RBI single, Rhys Hoskins’ RBI ground out, Chace Numata’s RBI single, and Mitch Walding’s RBI double. After Tocci’s home run, the Threshers added a run in the eighth on Hoskins’ RBI single. They tacked on two more important runs in the ninth on Derek Campbell’s sac fly and Valentin’s fielder’s choice.
Cody Forsythe followed Pinto with a shutout inning. Alexis Rivero tossed two more shutout innings and turned the game over to Ulises Joaquin in a non-save situation, 9-5. The extra runs came in handy as Joaquin struggled through the ninth. He started with a lead off home run. Malquin Canelo committed a fielding error, and Joaquin gave up a single before recording an out on a force at second. He retired the next batter on a strike out, but defensive indifference allowed the runner to move to second. A single broought the Jays within one. A walk moved the tying run into scoring position and put the winning run on base. Joaquin jumped out in front 0-2 on off-speed pitches. He continued to avoid using his fastball, putting pitches in the dirt until he got the batter to strike out swinging. Whew!
Although it is irrelevant since the playoff pairings are set, the Threshers are one game closer to winning the second half. Two more wins (or Daytona losses) will secure that feat.
- Jessie Valentin (.279) went 2-6 with a run scored, 2 doubles, and 2 RBI.
- Carlos Tocci (.256) went 2-5 with 2 runs scored, a walk, HR (2), and RBI.
- Aaron Brown (.255) went 1-3 with 2 walks and an RBI.
- Rhys Hoskins (.315) went 3-5 with a run scored and 2 RBI.
- Wilians Astudillo (.319) went 0-5. He has the league-leading AVG, .007 ahead of the second place player.
- Mitch Walding, Chace Numata, and Malquin Canelo had 2 hits each.
Lakewood (71-63) raced out to a 6-1 lead with two-run innings in the third, fourth, and fifth; then held on to beat the Greensboro Grasshoppers 7-5. Will Morris (7-0, 1.64) pitched into the eighth inning. He was charged with three runs on six hits, NO walks, and five strike outs in 7.2 innings. Manny Martinez came on to get the third out, but not before allowing an inherited runner to score on the three-run home run he gave up. Matt Hockenberry picked up his 19th save. Every starter except Cord Sandberg had a hit. Six BlueClaws had multiple hits as part of their 15-hit attack.
- Herlis Rodriguez (.294) went 1-4 with a double and sacrifice.
- Drew Stankiewicz (.280) went 2-5 with 2 runs scored.
- Scott Kingery (.257) went 2-4 with a run scored, double, walk, and RBI.
- Deivi Grullon (.224) went 3-5 with a run scored, 2 doubles, 2 RBI, and 2 K.
- Damek Tomscha (.283) went 2-3 with a run scored and a walk.
- Kyle Martin (.277) went 2-4 with a run scored, HR (5) and 3 RBI.
- Cord Sandberg (.254) went 0-4.
- Jiandido Tromp hit a solo HR (8), and Joel Fisher had 2 hits and a double.
Williamsport (44-28) lost to the West Virginia Power 2-1. Alejandro Arteaga gave up two runs on seven hits in five innings. Unfortunately, two runs were too many as the Crosscutters continued their recent swoon. Since their seven game winning streak ended on August 26th, the Cutters have lost six of their last eight games. Following Arteaga’s effort, Ismael Cabrera and Skylar Hunter combined to pitch three shutout innings. Josh Tobias provided their only run on a solo home run in the first inning. Tobias, Venn Biter, and Mark Laird accounted for all seven hits.
- Josh Tobias (.320) went 3-4 with his 4th home run..
- Brendon Hayden (.298) went 0-4.
- Venn Biter (.271) went 2-4.
- Mark Laird (.290) went 2-3.
- Tobias stole his 12th base.
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 –
- Lehigh Valley IronPigs placed LHP Jesse Biddle on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to August 29, 2015. left shoulder strain.
- How about we keep the harsh comments to ourselves on this one and just focus on all the good things going on in the organization. I’m tired of seeing the same old stuff some people feel compelled to write about this kid. If you want to bash him take it to the Phillies’ site. They don’t moderate, you can say what you want over there.
- Here’s four articles about our prospects from the Phillies’ site by Paul Hagen
- Randolph’s move to pro ball impressing Phils
- Unheralded Astudillo on rise in Phils’ system
- Phillies Pipeline: 4 Clearwater hitters to watch
- For Phils, no shortage of future talent at short