Reading (80-61) dropped the second game of their best-of-five series against the Bowie Baysox 10-3. Ethan Martin and Joely Rodriguez were ineffective giving up eight runs in the first four innings. When they weren’t walking batters (eight in 3.2 innings), they were getting hit hard (eight hits, 3 doubles and 2 triples). The series moves to Bowie for the deciding three games.
Hoby Milner entered in the fourth inning and retired all ten batters he faced. Tom Windle face four batters in the eighth. He walked one and struck out two. Ryan O’Sullivan gave up two runs in the ninth when he got himself into trouble hitting the second batter he faced. I would like to think that it was a “purpose” pitch since Andrew Knapp was hit by a pitch earlier in the game, but I’m not sure. Circumstances seem to indicate otherwise. (I’m not in favor of intentionally hitting a batter: but Knapp was hit by a nine-year, minor league pitcher who exhibited spectacular control through seven innings, walking none and giving up four hits – one being Knapp’s home run in his previous at bat. THAT one sounds intentional.)
After Martin gave up a run in the first, the Phils tied the score in the bottom of the inning. NIck Williams reached on an error and went to third on J.P. Crawford’s double. He scored on Knapp’s sacrifice fly. When Milner entered the game to get the final out of the fourth inning, the Phils were trailing 8-1. Knapp led off the bottom of the fourth with a home run. Brock Stassi followed with a single, but the Phil’s only other base runner until the eighth inning was when Knapp was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning. Crawford closed out the scoring for Reading with an RBI single in the eighth.
I was a little surprised at the Reading line up. The switch-hitting Angelo Mora has exceptional splits against left-handed batters.
- The Phils collected 6 hits, 3 XBH – 2 doubles and a HR.
- J.P. Crawford went 2-4 with a double and RBI.
- Andrew Knapp went 1-3 with a HR, SF, HBP, and 2 RBI.
- Joely Rodriguez allowed 2 inherited runners to score.
- Hoby Milner stranded 2 inherited runners.
- Dylan Cozens threw out a runner at home.
- C Rene Garcia allowed a PB that scored a run.
Game Three will be Jake Thompson (5-1, 1.80 in 7 starts at Reading) v. Chris Lee (4-2, 3.08 in 7 starts at AA; progressed from Full-A through Advanced-A to AA this season) in Bowie, MD on Thursday (6:35 PM).
Game Four will be TBD v. David Hess (1-1, 4.50 in 2 starts at AA; 9-4, 3.58 in 25 starts at Advanced-A) on Friday (7:05 PM)
Starters for game five, if necessary, are TBD on Saturday (6:05 PM).
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.