Lehigh Valley (32-26) Beat Gwinnett, 11-6. James Russell was lifted in the fifth inning having allowed three runs, but striking out six. Michael Mariot stranded two runners, but gave up two runs of his own in his 1.2 innings. So, of course, Mariot gets the win. The IronPigs pounded out 15 hits. Featherston, Williams, Knapp, and Perkins had three hits each. Ruf had two. Featherston hit his 8th home run. He had three RBI, Williams had two, and Perkins had two. Perkins is back over .300 (.308).
- #1 Crawford (.169) went 0-51-4 with a BB.
- #2 Thompson (4-5, 3.82) – DNP.
- #3 Williams (.293) went 3-4 with a double, SF, 2 RBI (30), and SB (5).
- #4 Appel – DL, shoulder strain.
- #9 Knapp (.270) went 3-5 with an RBI (24).
- #13 Eflin – DNP.
- #17 Cordero – DL.
- #23 Sweeney (.239) DNP
- #26 Asher – DL, lower calf contusion.
- #28 Ramos (0.54) – DNP.
- #30 Lively – DNP.
Reading (40-19) Beat Akron, 11-1. Nick Pivetta allowed one run thru five innings, but threw 99 pitches. He struck out five. The Phils took command with a seven-run fifth inning. Harold Martinez’ two-run double put the Phils up 2-1. Jorge Alfaro’s three-run home run put them up 5-1. Dylan Cozens and Rhys Hoskins followed with solo home runs. Jesse Valentin (.277) had four hits. Cuban Osmel Aguila went 0-4 with a BB and 2 K.
- #6 Alfaro (.324) went 2-4 with a HR (5), SF, and 4 RBI (31).
- #7 Quinn DNP. per manager (below) he has tightness in his hamstring.
- #10 Pinto – DNP.
- #18 Pivetta – (6-4, 4.05) 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 99 pitches/68 strikes.
- #19 Hoskins (.258) went 3-5 with a double, HR (13), and 2 RBI (40).
- #22 Cozens (.282) went 2-4 with a HR (16), BB, and RBI (46).
- #28 Brown (.240) DNP.
Clearwater (32-24) Lost to Tampa, 2-1. Yacksel Rios made his first start after four appearances out of the bullpen for the Threshers. He was on a 75-80 pitch limit or five innings, whichever came first. Rios breezed thru the first four innings on 53 pitches, two hits and a walk.
Rios looked sharper in the fifth, his curve was snapping off better, and his fastball was still 94-95 mph, mostly 95 mph. He struck out the first batter in the fifth on three pitches, the third a 95 mph FB the batter couldn’t touch. He got the second batter on a 1-2 pop up to first base in foul territory, but the AB lasted seven pitches as the batter fouled off four to extend the AB.
Rios committed his biggest mistake of the inning when he walked the next batter in a seven-pitch AB that included three more foul balls. This was the nine-hole hitter, a backup catcher with a .219 average and only 2 walks on the season. The next batter crushed a 1-1 change up onto the left field berm for a 2-0 lead. Up until the walk, Rios looked sharp.
Rios went 5.0 IP with 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K. He threw 79 pitches/48 strikes. His FB was 93-95, t97 mph. (He threw 10 at 93, 14 at 94, and 16 at 95 mph.) He hit 95 mph, 5 times in his fifth inning. All three of his Ks were swinging – 2 at 95 mph FB and one at an 89 mph SL(?). He induced 4 other s&m at 95, 86, 94, and 85 mph.
Rios pitched well. He seemed to get stronger and more confident as the game went on. His pitch sequence on the first batter in the fifth was neat – first pitch CB for a called strike, 85 mph change up for a swinging strike, and a 95 mph heater for a swinging K. Three batter later he was looking at a 2-0 hole after his only 2 mistakes of the night.
Unfortunately, the Threshers have had trouble scoring runs and coming from behind. A fatal combination.
The Threshers put runners on base in every inning and had runners in scoring position in four innings. They couldn’t muster anything more than Kyle Martin’s sacrifice fly. Kingery was caught stealing second in the first. Green was stranded after a one-out double in the second. A double play erased Gabriel Lino after a lead off single in the third. Canelo wasn’t advanced after a lead off single in the fourth. Canelo popped out with the bases loaded in the fifth. In the seventh, with a runner on third, Canelo bunted for a base hit to score the run, but pushed it too close to the pitcher. Pullin walked with one out in the eighth and was stranded. Martin led off the ninth with a single but was erased on a game-ending double play by Derek Campbell. Campbell was almost a hero three pitches earlier when he drove a ball deep to left that curled foul.
Even when they did score it was a cluster-flop. They opened the sixth with a walk and a single. After a FC erased the lead runner, an infield single loaded the bases for a second time in the game. This time with only one out. Martin pushed one run in with his SF. The inning ended when Walding was picked off first. He tried to draw a run down for Zach Green on third, but the Yankees were alert and caught Green at the plate. I don’t think this was a designed play, but you never know.
Manager Greg Legg pulled out all the stops in a very important game in the first half division race. A loss would drop the Threshers to 4.5 games behind the Yankees with 12 to play. Legg used Chace Numata as a pinch runner for Lino, and batted Campbell for Cord Sandberg. These are moves that rarely are made in most games at this level. I rarely see pinch anything down here. There was a little more attention to situational relief – DeNato was left in to pitch to a LH batter leading off the seventh (he struck him out) before Hockenberry was brought in to retire 2 RH batters (he struck out one). Ulises Joaquin dominated the six batter he faced – 2 ground outs, a pop up and 3 K. There were a lot more attempted sacrifice bunts attempted (only one was successful). It had the feel of a game with playoff implications. Maybe the pickoff was a planned play.
- #11 Kingery (.265) went 1-3 with a BB.
- #12 Canelo (.225) went 1-4.
- #14 Tocci (.246) went 0-3 with a BB.
- #15 Eshelman (3.54) – DNP.
- #20 Tirado – assigned to XST.
- #21 Garcia DNP.
Lakewood (22-35) Beat Lexington, 2-0. Luke Leftwich (5-3, 2.43) pitched eight innings of shutout ball. He gave up five hits and no walks. He struck out eight. Edgar Garcia picked up his first save. The BlueClaws made the most of their three hits. Josh Tobias’ SF plated Jiandido Tromp who had tripled in the first. And Deivi Grullon’s RBI double scored Jan Hernandez who reached on an error in the eighth.
- #5 Randolph DL, shoulder.
- #8 Kilome – DNP.
- #24 Pujols (.243) – went 0-3 with a K.
- #29 Grullon (.228) – went 1-3 with a double and RBI (9).
The DSL rosters contain no ranked prospects. However, they do contain a lot of recently signed young players. Since July 2015, sixteen international signings were significant enough that I saw notices or articles about the transactions. Fifteen of those players are on the DSL rosters. The 16th,Jhailyn Ortiz, is still in XST and expected to play in the GCL. I’ll treat the 15 players as “prospects” until they or others convince us otherwise. I’ll list them below, but will wait until the SSS is not such an extreme SSS before posting stats. The information below contains Position when signed, Name, Signing date, and Country.
DSL1 (0-3) Lost to DSL Astros Blue, 8-7. They rallied from an early 7-0 deficit to make it close. 17-year old, Dixon Gutirrez went 3-4 with a double and is hitting .700 (7 for 10) after 3 games.
- SS, Keudy Bocio went 3-4 with a triple, RBI, and BB.
- SS, Jonathan Guzman went 0-5.
- LHP, Manuel Silva – DNP.
- RHP, Jean Carlos Valdez – DNP.
- C, Ismael Rosado went 0-2 with 2 BB.
- RHP, Jesus De Los Santos – DNP.
- 3B, Leonardo Colagrossi- DNP.
- OF, Jose Estrada – DNP.
- LHP, Roimy Mendoza – DNP.
- OF, Juan Carlos Smith – DNP.
DSL2 (0-2) Postponed: Rain.
- RHP, Luis Ramirez, 10/16/2015, Venezuela
- RHP, Leonel Aponte, 11/19/2015, Venezuela
- LHP, Jose Jimenez, 1/26/2016, Dominican Republic
- C, Carlos Oropeza, 1/28/2016, Venezuela
- SS, Rafael Marchan, 7/3/2015, Venezuela ($200K signing, has already been moved to catcher)
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
- 6/7 – Phillies sent David Lough outright to Lehigh Valley.
- 6/7 – Osmel Aguila assigned to Reading from Clearwater.
- 6/7 – John Richy assigned to Clearwater from Reading.
- 6/7 – Samuel Hiciano assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport.
- 6/7 – Scott Harris assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood.
- 6/7 – Jacob Waguespack assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport.
- Organization Rosters are up to date.