Reading (80-61) emerged victorious from the pivotal third game of their best-of-five series against the Bowie Baysox 9-3. Jake Thompson limited the Sox to one run in seven plus innings on four hits and three walks while striking out five. Meanwhile, the Phils’ offense piled on with nine runs on 12 hits and six walks. Their five-run, sixth inning lasted so long that Thompson went to the bullpen to warm up to keep loose. Coincidentally, he gave up his only run in the bottom of the inning.
Jake Thompson twirled a dominant performance against Bowie. During his first four innings, the only base runners he allowed were a two-out walk in the second inning and a strike out wild pitch to lead off the fourth that was wiped out on a double play. With a comfortable 4-0 lead in the fifth, Thompson finally allowed a base hit. He went on to issue a walk but recorded his fourth and fifth strike outs in the inning. After the long rally in the sixth inning, Thompson yielded a run on a one-out, ground-rule double and a two-out single. He bounced back with a 1-2-3 seventh inning.
Thompson answered the bell for the eighth, but after single and a walk, he gave way to Reinier Roibal. The reliever made quick work of the rally with a pop up to Andrew Knapp and a double play. Stephen Shackleford replaced Roibal for the ninth and was greeted with a lead off home run. A single and ground out moved a runner into scoring position with two outs, and the Sox scored an unearned run on a throwing error before the final out was recorded.
The Phils put pressure on Bowie from the outset, getting a runner into scoring position in the first inning but not scoring. They were retired in order in the second inning, but scored in each of the next four innings. J.P. Crawford broke the scoreless tie with a sacrifice fly in the third. Harold Martinez’ two-run double in the fourth pushed the lead to 3-0. Nick Williams led off the fifth with a solo home run and the Phils loaded the bases but couldn’t break the game open. That came in the sixth inning when the Phils scored five runs. The Baysox needed three pitchers to get through the inning. The Phils were relentless with an RBI single by Williams, a two-run double by Knapp, an RBI ground out by Brock Stassi, and a sacrifice fly by Angelo Mora.
- The Phils collected 12 hits, 3 XBH – 2 doubles and a HR.
- Nick Williams went 2-6 with 2 runs scored, a HR, 2 RBI, and 2 K.
- J.P. Crawford went 2-3 with a run scored, double, SF, walk, and RBI.
- Andrew Knapp went 1-4 with a run scored, double,walk, and 2 RBI.
- Brock Stassi went 1-5 with an RBI.
- Cam Perkins went 1-3 with a runs cored and a walk.
- PH/LF Brian Pointer went 1-1. (I think they put him in just for Brad.)
- Dylan Cozens went 1-3 with a run scored and 2 walks.
- Harold Martinez went 2-4 with a run scored, double, walk, and 2 RBI.
- Angelo Mora chipped in with a SF, and KC Serna had a hit and 2 runs scored.
- Jake Thompson threw 97 pitches, 65 strikes.
- Thompson had 11 GO to 3 FO.
- Reinier Roibal stranded 2 inherited runners.
Game Four – the Reading site still lists TBD as the Phils’ starter tomorrow, but it will likely be Ben Lively 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.
- With only one or two more Box Score Reports remaining in the season, you’re probably wondering what comes next:
- I will continue the weekly Open Discussion for all non-prospect discussion.
- I think I’ll continue the weekly Prospect Discussion I tried this week.
- I’ll start covering the Fall Instructs the week of the 28th, and I’ll post the most current roster and schedule next week.
- I’m going to update the current Prospect Pages as best as I can. I have already updated and moved Kenny Giles to The Graduated, and Austin Wright and Zach Collier to The Departed. If all goes well with that, I’ll add new Prospect Pages.
- Someone asked about the support system the organization has in place for new, young players. I have an upcoming interview and story coming on that.
- I’ll have to dig up the Sleepers and Break Out players data and see how we fared. I’ll put out some sort of story on that. Note to readers: I was one of only two who picked Andrew Knapp for a break out season. But, just so you don’t think I’m going to hurt my arm patting myself on the back, Chase Harris was my sleeper pick.
- I’ll probably do a weekly report on the AFL like I did last year. But with all the good players we’re sending this year, I’m fighting the impulse to do a daily.
- No such problem with the Winter Leagues. Weekly will be enough.
- Trying to trick my wife into a trip to Nashville to visit the Opry … December 7th-10th.
- And some time after the Rule Five Draft but before Pitchers and Catchers, I’ll start our Reader Top 30. Just 30. No more than 30. We may have more worthy prospects this year that a run out to 50 wouldn’t be as silly as last year, but I’m not as worried for the fate of the site as I was last year.
- Fun Fact: This past Monday night there was no need for a Box Score Report. That was the first night since April 9th where I did not post a report – 158 days.