Reading (80-61) opened their best-of-five series against the Bowie Baysox with a 3-1 victory at First Energy Stadium. Zach Eflin earned the win as he and two relievers kept the Baysox off the board until there were two outs in the ninth inning. Eflin tossed six shutout innings and left after the Sox opened the seventh inning with a single off his leg into foul territory. He allowed five hits, struck out five, and walked none.
Edubray Ramos entered the game with a runner on first base and set the Sox down in order, recording two strike outs. Jimmy Cordero pitched the final two innings to earn the save. He threw a 1-2-3 eighth inning, and struck out two batters in each inning. But the Sox didn’t go quietly, loading the bases with two out in the ninth. After Cordero wild pitched a run home, he recorded his fourth strike out to end the game.
Reading managed base runners in each of the first three innings. But didn’t score until Brock Stassi led off the fourth with a solo home run. The Phils continued to put men on base each inning until the seventh inning when Art Charles led off with a solo home run. Angelo Mora followed with a double and eventually scored on Andrew Knapp’s sacrifice fly. The Phils had loaded the bases with no outs but managed only the one additional run. It turned out to be enough.
The Phils started the game ragged on defense. Eflin’s pitch count was inflated by their shaky first inning. A pop up was allowed to drop down the left field line. Fortunately it landed foul. The batter eventually reached on a single to put two runners on base. Later in the inning, Angelo Mora mis-handled a throw from the outfield and the Sox runners both advanced. Eflin pitched out of the jam and the Phils’ nerves seemed to settle down.
- The Phils collected 10 hits, 3 XBH – a double and 2 HR.
- Nick Williams went 2-4 and made several good catches.
- J.P. Crawford went 1-3 with a walk.
- Andrew Knapp went 0-3 with a sac fly.
- Brock Stassi went 1-3 with a solo HR.
- Cam Perkins went 2-4.
- Dylan Cozens went 1-4.
- Harold Martinez went 0-4 with 2 K.
- DH Art Charles went 1-3 with a solo HR and 2 K.
- Angelo Mora went 2-3 with a run scored and a double.
Game Two will be at First Energy Stadium on Wednesday at 7:05 PM. Ethan Martin (3-1 in 5 starts) v. Nick Additon (3-2 in 6 starts at AA after 21 appearances at AAA in the PCL for Milwaukee, 9 years in the minors).
Game Three will be Jake Thompson v. TBD in Bowie, MD on Thursday (6:35 PM).
Starters for games four on Friday (7:05 PM) and five on Saturday (6:05 PM) are 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.
Williamsport (46-30) Finished first in their division with the best overall league record. Eliminated in best-of-three divisional series 2-1 by the West Virginia Black Bears.
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.
- Phillies placed SS Cesar Hernandez on the 60-day DL. Dislocated left thumb.
- Phillies selected the contract of 2B Chase d’Arnaud from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.