Three wins by Reading, Clearwater, and Lakewood. Two losses, one a blowout and the other a walk-off. The pitching staffs for the three winning teams issued just one walk, and Williamsport’s starter issued one walk in six innings. David Whitehead pitched well for the second start in a row, Rhys Hoskins put on a singles clinic, and Aaron Brown drove in three runs. More on the game below the fold.
Lehigh Valley (63-79) lost to the Rochester Red Wings 13-1. Anthony Vasquez and Jason Berken gave up 13 runs on 17 hits. Joey DeNato got the final four outs without giving up a hit or run. The IronPigs managed five hits. Jordan Danks had two of them.
- LF Kelly Dugan (.230) went 1-4.
- 1B Tommy Joseph (.184) went 0-4.
- C Logan Moore (.276) went 0-3.
- RF Brian Pointer went 0-3 with 2 K.
- Vasquez picked two runners off first. Imagine what may have happened if he hadn’t.
Reading (80-59) beat the Richmond Flying Squirrels 2-0. Jake Thompson tossed six shutout innings. He gave up four hits and struck out seven. Jimmy Cordero pitched the final three innings, allowing one hit and striking out six. He picked up his second save. Neither pitcher issued a walk. The Phils only collected five hits, too. They converted two walks and Rene Garcia’s RBI single into a run in the first inning. They tacked on an insurance run in the seventh on a single, walk, sacrifice, and Art Charles’ ground out.
- J.P. Crawford (.263) DNP.
- Andrew Knapp (.357) went 0-4 with 2 K.
- Dylan Cozens went 1-3 with a walk.
- Angelo Mora (.336) went 1-3 with a run scored and walk.
- Rene Garcia went 3-4 with a run scored and RBI.
Clearwater (78-58) David Whitehead survived a 27-pitch first inning as well as a one-out, RBI double to go on and beat the Dunedin Blue Jays 6-1. Whitehead pitched well over the next few innings until a 24-pitch fifth inning cut his evening short. In all, Whitehead threw 90 pitches and had a strike/ball of 61/29. He allowed just the one run and six hits. He struck out three and walked one. Whitehead’s low 90s fastball was in the 90-92 mph range. But, he touched 94 once and 93 twice. (The scoreboard gun was erratic again, only 50 pitches registered.)
Whitehead was lifted with a 6-1 lead. Cody Forsythe and Alexis Rivero came in to throw four innings of shutout ball. Forsythe retired all six batter he faced in his two innings, recording three strike outs. Rivero struck out two in the eighth inning and got three easy ground balls to the right side to end the game.
After spotting the Blue Jays a quick 1-0 lead, the Threshers jumped all over their inexperienced starter. He was recently promoted from the GCL and was making his first start at the Advanced A level. The first four Threshers reached base on their way to a three-run inning. They scored their first run when the right fielder mishandled Andrew Pullin’s line drive single. Rhys Hoskins followed with an RBI single through the hole on the left side. The third run scored on Aaron Brown’s ground out.
They Threshers added a run in the third on a sinking, line drive, RBI single by Mitch Walding. They stretched their lead out to a comfortable margin in the fourth. Carlos Tocci worked a one-out walk. When Andrew Pullin singled to center, Tocci raced to third beating the throw. Pullin took second on the play. One out later, Aaron Brown lined a two-run single to center.
The Threshers rode their strong pitching to the victory. Early in the game, Hoskins had reached base with a lead off single. With Brown at the plate, Hoskins broke for second on a 3-0 pitch. Brown lined a single to left, and Hoskins never broke stride on his way to third. Impressive for a big guy.
More Hoskins. He singled through the hole his first at bat, just out of reach of the shortstop Dickie Joe Thon (yes, Dickie’s son). His next at bat, Thon moved over further into the hole and Hoskins pulled the ball through what little hole was left. In his final at bat, the Jays employed a full-blown shift with three fielders on the left side. Hoskins smacked a ground single to right, through the spot normally covered by the second baseman. Pretty cool.
Mitch Walding looks more confident of late. He has been hitting well lately, I think he raised his average 25 points in the past five weeks. But it’s not just a matter aof a few balls dropping in or squirting through. He has been barreling up in a lot of his at bats. He’s making much harder contact than he was two-three months ago.
Malquin Canelo celebrated his 21st birthday with a single in his final at bat.
C Willians Astudillo was replaced by Wilson Garcia in the seventh. Coach’s decision.
- Jessie Valentin (.274) went 2-4 with a run scored, double, and a walk.
- Carlos Tocci (.258) went 1-3 with 2 runs scored and a walk.
- Andrew Pillin (.259) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored.
- Aaron Brown (.258) went 2-4 with 3 RBI.
- Rhys Hoskins (.320) went 3-4 with a run scored and RBI.
- Wilians Astudillo (.314) went 0-3.
- Mitch Walding (.235) went 1-3 with a walk and RBI.
- Malquin Canelo (.249) went 2-6 with a run scored, triple, HR (3), and 4 RBI.
- I hope you listened to the game. While I was in the booth, I opted not to provide color when asked. Instead, I charted as I normally do and took notes. I did provide info to Ms. Karbach on a couple occasions, but tried to remain quiet unless spoken to. It was an interesting experience getting to see how a broadcast is put together. I am amazed how Ms. Karbach can provide the information she does during the game without the support staff I imagine that larger operations have. I very much appreciate that she and PR Director Rob Stretch afforded me the opportunity to “peak behind the curtain”.
Lakewood (72-64) beat the Delmarva Shorebirds 6-1. Ranfi Casimiro went seven innings allowing one run. He gave up five hits and struck out four. Manny Martinez and Matt Hockenberry each threw a scoreless inning in relief. The three pitchers combined to issue no walks. Kyle Martin drove in the BlueClaws first run with an RBI double in the fourth inning. They picked up their second run on an RBI double by Damek Tomscha in the sixth. The ‘Claws tacked on an unearned run in the seventh on Derek Campbell’s double play ball with the bases loaded. They finally broke the game open in the eighth on a bases loaded wild pitch and Andrew Amaro’s two-run double.
- Herlis Rodriguez (.295) went 1-4 with a walk.
- Scott Kingery (.254) went 0-3 with a run scored and walk.
- Deivi Grullon (.222) went 0-4 with a run scored.
- Damek Tomscha (.280) went 1-3 with a run scored, double, HBP, and RBI.
- Kyle Martin (.278) went 2-4 with a double, RBI, and 2 K.
- Cord Sandberg (.254) went 1-4 with a run scored.
- Kingery stole his 11th base.
Williamsport (45-29) lost to the State College Spikes 2-1 in ten innings. Luke Leftwich Pitched six innings and gave up one run on seven hits and a walk. Sutter McLoughlin and Ismael Cabrera combined for three shutout innings. Jaco Waguespack loaded the bases with one out before giving up a walk off single. Dylan Bosheers gave the Cutters their only lead on a sac fly in the fourth inning.
- Josh Tobias (.320) DNP.
- Brendon Hayden (.297) DNP.
- Venn Biter (.269) went 1-5 with a triple and 2 K.
- Mark Laird (.284) went 1-4 with a walk.
GCL Phillies (36-24) Season completed. Finished in second place, four games back.
DSL Phillies (40-32) Season completed. Finished tied for second place, three games back.
VSL Phillies (30-40) Season completed. Finished tied for third in a four team league.
Here’s the affiliated scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- Reading Fightin Phils activated LF Cam Perkins from the 7-day disabled list.