Five more close games. A 4-1 win and a 4-1 loss, a 2-0 victory, and two one-run losses. The Clearwater loss was a little exasperating, but exciting nonetheless. They are frustrating to watch when they go into an offensive lull for extended periods, but frustrating to play against because they never give up. They rallied in the bottom of the ninth and eleventh innings to extend the game, and were threatening again in the thirteenth before succumbing to the other team. More on the game below the fold.
Lehigh Valley (63-78) beat the Syracuse Chiefs 4-1. Sean O’Sullivan gave up an unearned run in six innings. Nefi Ogando allowed two hits in two innings. Dustin McGowan picked up his 15th save. The IronPigs took an early lead on Logan Moore’s RBI single in the second inning. The Chiefs tied the game in the top of the fourth, but Tommy Joseph put the Pigs in front for good with his third homer run, a solo shot in the bottom of the fourth. Russ Canzler stretched the lead to three runs with a two-run home run (10) in the fifth.
- LF Kelly Dugan (.229) went 2-3 with a run scored and HBP.
- 1B Tommy Joseph (.188) went 2-4 with a run scored, HR (3), and RBI.
- C Logan Moore (.282) went 2-4 with an RBI.
- Brian Pointer pinch hit, and although he didn’t put the ball in play, he did not strike out. He drew a walk.
Reading (79-59) lost to the Richmond Flying Squirrels 5-4. Zach Eflin gave up four runs on six hits in six innings while striking out five. The Phils rallied to tie the game in the seventh on Rene Garcia’s two-run single. But, Edubray Ramos walked the first batter he faced in the bottom of the inning, and couldn’t prevent the Squirrels from “small balling” him around to score. Tom Windle pitched a shutout inning. The Phils scored in the first on a fielding error, and in the fourth on Harold Martinez’ sac fly.
- J.P. Crawford (.263) went 0-5.
- Andrew Knapp (.364) DNP, again.
- Dylan Cozens went 2-4.
- Angelo Mora (.336) went 1-4 with a run scored and 3 K.
- Zach Eflin went 1-2.
Clearwater (77-58) lost to the Dunedin Blue Jays 7-6 in 13 innings. The Threshers built a 4-0 lead in four innings, then fell behind 5-4 in the eighth. They tied the game in the bottom of the ninth, fell behind in the eleventh, tied the game again, fell behind in the thirteenth, and finally ran out of comebacks.
John Richy started and pitched well through the first five innings when he held the Jays to three hits. His only blemish had been a solo home run to lead off the fifth. He had thrown 65 pitches, struck out six, and walked none. He seemed to have the game well in hand, although none of the 44 pitches that registered on the scoreboard radar gun had touched 90 mph.
Richy mixed three doubles among the two outs he recorded in the sixth inning. The doubles were rocketed off the walls in right center and dead center. He left with a one-run lead and a runner on second base. He had reached 80 pitches (57 strikes). He had recorded his seventh strike out and his fastball had been 86-89 mph.
Jesen Therrien relieved and blew his third save of the season. The runner who scored was the sixth of twelve he has allowed to score this season for a 50% strand rate. He finished by retiring five consecutive batters. He was relieved with one out in the eighth by Miguel Nunez to set up a righty-righty match up. (I know, they’re both right handed.) Anyway, Nunez gave up a go-ahead home run to the first batter he faced.
Nunez pitched through the ninth without further damage. When the Threshers tied the game, Ulises Joaquin came out to throw a 1-2-3 tenth. Alberto Tirado took us on a journey in his two innings. He didn’t allow a hit, but gave up an unearned run when he walked in a runner after his own throwing error on a force attempt. In all he walked five batters and struck out two.
Yacksel Rios came in for the thirteenth and got two quick outs. A couple of seeing eye hits and a walk loaded the bases. The eventual winning run scored on a passed ball by Chace Numata. He expected the ball low, but the ball sailed up and in and he got leather on it. It was a bad pitch, but probably should have been caught.
The Threshers built their early lead on an RBI double play in the second inning by Malquin Canelo (with runners on first and third, Canelo grounded out to second, the runner on third crossed the plate, and the runner on first was thrown out trying to make it to third). Carlos Tocci’s RBI double accounted for the second run in the third. Canelo struck again with a two-run home run (3) in the fourth. He jerked the ball into the visitors bullpen on the berm side, towards left center field.
The Threshers tied the game in the bottom of the ninth with two out and runners on first and second. Willians Astudillo put the ball in play, and the second baseman couldn’t handle the ball. As it rolled into shallow right field, the tying run scored. They rallied again after Tirado’s nightmare eleventh inning on Canelo’s one-out, RBI triple – his fourth RBI.
Mitch Walding doubled with one out in the thirteenth, but the Threshers couldn’t drive him home. Earlier in the game, Walding had tripled high off the left field wall to lead off the seventh. Their inability to score this run turned out to be critical.
Malquin Canelo is a pretty good shortstop. While I haven’t been sold on his hitting, he does play very solid defense. He made two plays tonight that caught my eye. The first was a ground ball deep in the hole. Canelo ranged to his right, backhanded the ball, and threw to first in one motion. Not one of those jump throws, but one where he turned and threw with his momentum taking him away from first base. And the throw was right on the money. Rhys Hoskins didn’t have to scoop the throw, or move up/down the line. He caught the ball like it was a routine throw, shoulder high, no demonstrative stretch, with plenty of time. I’ve seen second baseman make less accurate throws on balls hit right at them. Heck of a play. Best play by a shortstop I’ve seen this season. The second play was more routine, a tag play at home on a hard hit ball hit a little to his left with the infield in (runners on second and third, one out). Not a web gem, but the ball was hit to his wrong side, and the runner broke on contact. His throw was accurate and hard. In fact both throws were hard. The one to Hoskins wasn’t a frozen rope, but it wasn’t a moon shot either. I was surprised how much he got on it. Color me impressed.
- Jessie Valentin (.264) went 0-6.
- Carlos Tocci (.257) went 2-6 with a double, and RBI.
- Aaron Brown (.256) went 2-6. With runners on first and second and one out in the twelfth, he absolutey scorched a line drive that was ticketed for the right field corner and a walkoff double. The first baseman made a leaping catch and recovered in time to double the runner off first.
- Rhys Hoskins (.312) went 1-5 with a walk.
- Wilians Astudillo (.317) entered as a pinch hitter for the DH and went 0-3.
- Mitch Walding went 3-5 with 2 runs scored, a double, triple, and walk.
- And, Malquin Canelo (.249) went 2-6 with a run scored, triple, HR (3), and 4 RBI.
- The Threshers were 1-17 with runners in scoring position. Ouch!
- If you listen to the game tomorrow, you may hear me. I have been relocated due to a large volume of suite sales, and have been invited into the broadcast booth. It was hinted they may interview me since I am their only beat reporter. So if you tune in, and hear a monotone, Philadelphia accent, it might be me.
Lakewood (71-64) lost to the Delmarva Shorebirds 4-1. Tyler Viza gave up four runs in the seventh inning. The BlueClaws scored their only run on Damek Tomscha’s double play ball.
- Herlis Rodriguez (.296) went 2-4.
- Drew Stankiewicz (.281) went 1-3 with a run scored.
- Scott Kingery (.257) went 1-4 with 2 K.
- Deivi Grullon (.225) went 1-4 with 2 K.
- Damek Tomscha (.280) went 0-4.
- Kyle Martin (.274) went 0-3 with 2 K.
- Cord Sandberg (.254) went 1-3 with a double.
- Sandberg picked up an outfield assist when he doubled a runner off first.
Williamsport (45-28) beat the West Virginia Power 2-0. Mitch Gueller threw five shutoout innings. Robert Tasin picked up his 16th save. Venn Biter drove in the first run in the second on a ground out. Josh Tobias provided some breathing room with an RBI double in the eighth.
- Josh Tobias (.320) went 3-4 with his 4th home run..
- Brendon Hayden (.297) went 1-4.
- Venn Biter (.270) went 1-4 with a double, RBI, and 2 K.
- Mark Laird (.285) went 0-3 with a walk.
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 –
- Phillies transferred LHP Elvis Araujo from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list. Strained left groin.
- Philadelphia Phillies selected the contract of Brian Bogusevic from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- Brian Pointer assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
- Mark Leiter assigned to GCL Phillies from Clearwater Threshers.
- Clearwater Threshers activated LHP Harold Guerrero from the temporarily inactive list.