The organization’s two remaining playoff teams received excellent starting pitching and won their respective games. Both are one win away from the championship series at their levels. Jake Thompson, who was a part of the Colebert Hamels’ trade, threw a complete, game shutout for Reading against the Binghamton Mets. Franklyn Kilome tossed five shutout innings to lead the way in Williamsport’s victory over the West Virginia Black Bears. Both teams can clinch in their home parks tomorrow.
Reading (80-61) defeated the Binghamton Mets 3-0 behind Jake Thompson’s three-hitter to take a 2-0 lead in their best of five series. Thompson walked one and struck out eight. He racked up a few short-pitch innings and was able to complete the game throwing 108 pitches.
Thompson gave up a one-out single in the third, but ended the inning with a fly out after a sacrifice bunt moved the runner to second. The Mets opened the fourth with a lead off double and Thompson responded by retiring 15 Mets’ batters in a row. He took a two-hitter into the ninth. A one-out double and a two-out walk brought the tying run to the plate, but Thompson quickly got ahead of the next batter before recording a backwards K for the final out.
Cam Perkins drove Brock Stassi across with the Phils’ first run on an RBI single in the second inning. He was thrown out at home later in the inning. Perkins drove J.P. Crawford home with their second run on an RBI single in the third inning. Nick Williams closed out the scoring with a home run just inside the right field fair pole in the sixth inning.
The Phils’ explosive offense collected ten hits, three walks and left the bases loaded twice. Perkins went 3-4 with a double to go with his 2 RBI. Williams went 2-5. Crawford, Andrew Knapp, Stassi, Harold Martinez, and Angelo Mora each chipped in with a hit. Dylan Cozens was walked twice, once intentionally. Knapp worked the other walk.
Game three is on Saturday at 7:05 pm at First Energy Stadium. RHP Ben Lively v. RHP Gabriel Ynoa. Fans holding tickets to Game Three/Game A will now be able to use their tickets for Saturday’s game between the Fightins and B-Mets per press release on Reading’s web page.
Williamsport (46-30) forced a deciding game three in their series with a 3-1 victory over the West Virginia Black Bears. Franklyn Kilome turned in five shutout innings. He held the Bears to two hits, three walks and struck out six. Skylar Hunter walked a tight rope in the sixth when he walked one and gave up three hits. Fortunately, he limited the damage to a single run. Anthony Sequeira struck out three of the five outs he recorded. And, Robert Tasin picked up the four-out save.
Kilome’s night was eventually cut short by the 26 pitches he threw in the first inning. He threw 83 through five innings. He was 91-93, T94 early when he threw predominantly fastballs. Mitch Rupert reported that Kilome looked out of sync early, but a strike out to end the second inning seemed to get his juices flowing. The Bears inflated his pitch count fouling off pitches, but Kilome countered with a nasty curve ball. Rupert got the following quote from Kilome, “Today my curveball was great. Beautiful. This is the first time I’ve thrown the breaking ball like that. It was good.”
Austin Bossart drove in the Cutters’ first runs with a two-run home run in the fourth, his second of the year. Mark Laird scored their third run on Venn Biter’s RBI double in the fifth.
The Cutters collected eight hits. Laird and Carlos Duran had two hits each. Biter, Josh Tobias, Bossart, and Cuicas had one each. They had three XBH, Bossarts’ HR, and doubles by Biter and Tobias. Williamsport went 0-9 with runners in scoring position.
Game three of the best of three series will be played on Saturday at noon at Susquehanna Bank Park. RHP Mitch Gueller v. TBD.
Lehigh Valley (63-81) Finished fifth in their division.
Clearwater (79-58) Finished first in their division both halves. Best overall league record. Eliminated in best-of-three divisional series 2-0 by Daytona Tortugas.
Lakewood (73-65) 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) Finished in second place, four games back.
DSL Phillies (40-32) Finished tied for second place, three games back.
VSL Phillies (30-40) Finished tied for third in a four team league.
Here’s the affiliated scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- No player transactions, but a couple interesting posts over on BA.
- 2015 Minor League All-Star Teams by Class as selected by Baseball America. Several Phillies were selected – Nick Williams, Aaron Nola, Carlos Tocci, Rhys Hoskins, and Josh Tobias.
- 2015 Organization Standings. The Phillies six domestic teams (AAA thru GCL) posted the fourth best combined winning percentage this season.
And finally, Romus, you mentioned in another thread that you would value my observations on Rhys Hoskins because you estimated that I saw about 200 of his at bats. Well, I actually saw quite a bit less, 140 maybe between home games and Dunedin. But here goes.
I was happy when Hoskins was promoted. We needed his bat to balance the line up after Andrew Knapp was promoted. Otherwise, Dylan Cozens would have been isolated and alone in the middle of the line up. And he put up good numbers, if a person just went by the box scores. Personally, I was a little disappointed because he hit better on the road than he did at Bright House Field. So, while he “looked good”, his production at home was just okay. I think he hit .250-.260 with a couple HRs at home.
However, he makes hard contact, doesn’t strike out too much, and isn’t adverse to taking a walk. He doesn’t swing at the pitcher’s pitch just because the count is in his favor. It’s possible that his low home numbers are just SSS and would normalize with more at bats. But because of his home field production, I didn’t really understand why he was so valued here. He’s just a first baseman. I would have expected more. That said, I have two observations where I was impressed with him.
The first occurred in his final game. The home run he hit was an eye opener. I assume he was sitting “dead red” and got the fastball he was looking for (yes, it was a fastball). I hadn’t heard a ball hit that hard since Cozens hit what I referred as a “Jim Thomian” shot out toward Route 19. It wasn’t as towering as Cozens’, but more on a line. It was only his third HR at home, and came at an important time in the game.
The second occurred during the last series of the regular season. Against Dunedin, he pulled a single through the hole his first at bat. His second at bat, Dickie Joe Thon and the third baseman pinched in closer together, and Hoskins pulled a second single through the smaller hole. After an out in his third at bat, the Blue Jays went into a full shift for his fourth at bat, three infielders on the left side of the infield, just to take away a single. Well, Hoskins guided the first pitch that was out over the plate through the spot where a second baseman would normally stand. I know it’s not the drive over the wall we would like to see from one of our big guys, but I was really impressed with that at bat.
And Hoskins plays good defense at first. His presence manning the position helped cut down on infield errors. Zack Green was a converted third baseman, but presented a big target. When he went on the DL, we had a collection of middle infielders and Willians Astudillo try the position.
I placed Hoskins in the top 20 that I submitted to Mike Drago for the Reading Eagle’s end of season poll. I don’t know if that is a completely defensible position when you consider that some of the better pitchers in the FSL would have been promoted to AA by the time he arrived. But, he did hit well on the road in a league that is considered a “pitchers’ league”.
I’m looking forward to seeing how he performs next season whether he starts at Clearwater or Reading.