Reading (80-61) was thumped in Game Four of the ELCS by the Bowie Batsox 9-1. Ben Lively was ruffed up for seven runs in six-plus innings. He gave up seven hits and four walks and faced three batters in the seventh before he was relieved. The Phils were held to four hits and Baysox’ pitchers walked only one. With the series tied, the deciding game will be played on Saturday at 6:05 PM.
Lively gave up three runs in the first inning. He loaded the bases with one out on two walks and a single. A double and sac fly put the Phils in a 3-0 hole. Lively retired nine of ten batters through the next three innings. He gave up another run in the fifth and benefited from an outfield assist by Cam Perkins or the damage might have been worse.
Lively was asked to start the seventh and loaded the bases without retiring a batter. Ryan O’Sullivan came in and allowed all three inherited runners to score. After recording only two outs, he was replaced with Tom Windle.
Windle was able to bring the seventh to an end without further damage but gave up two runs in the eighth.
The Phils scored their only run on a wild pitch in the fourth inning.
There was some late excitement when Lively hit a batter in the helmet in the seventh inning. It came with the score 4-0 and two Sox already on base. It was the last batter Lively faced. Bowie’s bench and bullpen emptied, but there were no warnings or ejections. I can’t believe that they thought that the HBP was intentional. But, in the ninth with the score 9-1, Brock Stassi was hit. Again no ejection. Can’t tell me that this one wasn’t intentional. Funny how relievers and American League starters are so willing to hit batters when they don’t have to worry about ever stepping into a batter’s box.
The key inning was the first. The Phils got their first two men on base but couldn’t score. The Sox loaded the bases without a ball leaving the infield and then scored three runs. The team that has scored first has won in all four series’ games.
- I didn’t realize that Bowie was pronounced Boo-wie. Seriously. I have been listening to their announcers and commercials for four nights now, I always thought it was a long “O”, like a bow on a gift box or throw.
- The Phils had 7 base runners – 4 singles, a walk, HBP, and fielding error..
- Dylan Cozens had 2 of their 4 hits.
- Nick Williams and KC Serna had the other hits.
- Perkins walked and scored their only run.
- Phils’ batters struck out 12 times.
- Stassi, Perkins, Pointer, Cozens, and Martinez struck out twice each.
- Lively threw 92 pitches, 55 strikes.
Starters for game five haven’t been posted yet.
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.