Clearwater (79-58) faced elimination Wednesday night against the Daytona Tortugas, and came away 2-1 losers. John Richy put together a strong outing but came up short as the Tortugas scored an unearned run in the seventh to earn the victory.
The Tortugas struck out first with a solo home run in the top of the fourth. It was the only hard hit ball that Richy surrendered all evening. But, the Threshers struck back with Rhys Hoskins’ solo home run in the bottom of the inning.
Richy pitched into the top of the seventh. He had allowed only the home run, a ground single, and an infield single to that point. He gave up a lead off walk in the seventh but teamed up with Chace Numata on a strike-em-out-throw-em-out double play. After a couple of infield singles, Richy was lifted. Alexis Rivero came on and induced an inning ground ball to third, but Mitch Walding’s throw sailed off Hoskins’ glove at first and the Tortugas snuck into the lead. ( I and the broadcasters thought it was Walding’s error, but it wasn’t until 2:57 AM when I proofed against the official box score that I found out the error was charged to Hoskins.)
In the inning-and-a-third that Rivero pitched, he struck out three and walked one. He picked that runner off first to end the eighth. Miguel Nunez struck out two in the ninth.
The Threshers put together a little more offense, but were unable to push a run across except for Hoskins’ bomb. They opened their half of the first inning with back-to-back singles but were unable to score. Their lead off batter reached in the fourth, but was erased on a double play just before Hoskins’ blast. Another lead off single was stranded in the fifth. The also got two-out runners in the seventh and eighth on a walk and hit batter. A two-out single and walk provided their last chance in the ninth, but a pinch hitter took a called strike three to end the game.
Carlos Tocci went 2-3 and was HBP. Willians Astudillo went 2-4. Malquin Canelo struck out in all three of his at bats. Walding struck out twice. Chace Numata walked twice and threw out a potential base stealer. Hoskins home run went into the bull pens in left field. It was a no doubt about it shot. As soon as I heard the contact, I “knew” it was jacked.
These were two evenly matched teams. Both teams received good pitching and struggled to bunch hits. The Threshers were a little sloppier on defense. And, the Tortugas were able to take advantage of their few opportunities, creating a couple runs where the Threshers could only score one run on a home run in the two games.
Good season. See you next year.
Reading (80-61) rode an 18-hit attack to a 9-4 victory in game one of their best of five series against the Binghamton Mets. Zach Eflin pitched seven strong innings to earn the victory. Eflin gave up two runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out four.
Reading jumped out to a four run lead in the top of the first on Brock Stassi’s RBI double, Dylan Cozens’ two-run double with two out, and Harold Martinez’ RBI single.
After the Mets got a run back on a second inning, solo home run, the Phils broke the game open in the fifth on Stassi’s three-run home run. They tacked on two ore runs in the sixth on Cam Perkins’ sacrifice fly and Cozens’ RBI double.
Eflin allowed a second run in the seventh on three consecutive singles. Tom Windle came on in the eighth and faced faced three batters without recording an out (walk, wild pitch, infield error, single). He left with a run across and two men on base. Edubray Ramos limited the damage to an additional run while recording strike outs on two of three outs. Both runs in the inning were unearned. Jimmy Cordero pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.
Every Phils’ position player had at least two hits except cam Perkins who went 1-4 with a sac fly.
Nick Williams led off and went 2-6. J.P.Crawford set the table going 3-4 with 2 walks and 3 runs scored. Andrew Knapp continued where he left off in the regular season going 3-6 with 3 runs scored and a double.
Brock Stassi continued producing runs going 2-2 with a double, home run, 3 walks, 2 runs scored, and 4 RBI. Dylan Cozens continued to rake at AA going 2-5 with a run scored, 2 doubles, and 3 RBI.
Harold Martinez chipped in with 3 hits and Angelo Mora contributed two.
Game two Thursday. Jake Thompson (5-1, 1.80 in 7 starts for Reading) v. Robert Gsellman (7-7, 3.51 in 16 AA starts)
Williamsport (46-30) was rained out. Game one of the best of three series was rescheduled for Thursday at West Virginia Black Bears. RHP Alejandro Arteaga v. RHP Dario Agrazal.
Lehigh Valley (63-81) finished fifth in their division.
Lakewood (73-65) Season completed. Finished in the second place in their division (2nd half). Third best overall record in their division, fourth best in the league.
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 –
- Brian Pointer was assigned to the Reading Phils from the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- Nick Pivetta assigned to GCL Phillies from Reading Fightin Phils.