Lehigh Valley (35-29) Beat Gwinnett, 7-6 with a 5-run ninth inning. The IronPigs overcame a 6-2 deficit on a 2-run double by Darin Ruf, and a bases-clearing, walkoff double by Brock Stassi. Those were the only 2 hits during the rally as Braves’ pitchers hit a batter and issued 4 walks in the inning.
David Buchanan (4.91) started and gave up four runs in 5.1 innings. Mario Hollands (3.00) surrendered 2 more runs in the eighth. Frank Herrmann (2-1, 3.86), who probably thought he entered in mop up duty, pitched a clean inning and got the win.
Taylor Featherston (2-4, .283) started the rally by getting HBP with one out. Ruf’s 2 RBI give him 25, Stassi’s 3 give him 21. Cameron Perkins (.316) had 3 hits, a double, RBI (25), SB (4), and outfield assist at home (Perkins-Crawford-Knapp).
- #1 Crawford (.169) went 1-4 with a BB, RBI (6), and SB (2).
- #2 Thompson (5-5, 3.42) – DNP
- #3 Williams (.284) went 1-2 with a double and 3 BB.
- #4 Appel – DL, shoulder strain.
- #9 Knapp (.263) went 0-3 with 2 BB and 2 PB (9).
- #13 Eflin (5-2, 2.90) – promoted to Philadelphia.
- #17 Cordero – DL.
- #23 Sweeney (.231) went 0-3 with 3 K.
- #26 Asher – DL, shin fracture.
- #28 Ramos (0.48) – DNP.
- #30 Lively (3-0, 2.09) – DNP.
Reading (46-19) Beat Hartford, 8-6. Okay, first things first. Roman Quinn started the game in LF and led off. He went 0-1 with a leadoff walk in the fourth inning. he went from first to third on a single to RF. He scored on another single. He had one put out. Two other balls were hit his way, both singles. He was lifted when his spot came to bat a second time in the fourth. As he passed passed people on the way to the clubhouse he didn’t look happy, but he was not limping. This was his first game action in ten days, maybe he was lifted on the side of caution?
Ricardo Pinto gave up 4 runs in 6.0 innings. Windle, Roibal, and Milner (.069) got holds. Miguel Nunez (2.00) got his 8th save. Rhys Hoskins was a one-man wrecking ball with 2 doubles, a home run, and 6 RBI.
- #6 Alfaro (.311) went 1-4 with an RBI (34).
- #7 Quinn (.288) went 0-1 with a BB and was replaced in the fourth inning.
- #10 Pinto – (2-2, 4.25) – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HBP.
- #18 Pivetta – (6-4, 3.67) – DNP.
- #19 Hoskins (.286) went 3-4 with 2 doubles, a HR (17), BB, and 6 RBI (52).
- #22 Cozens (.290) went 1-4 with a BB.
- #28 Brown (.236) went 0-3.
Clearwater (37-26) Beat Charlotte, 2-1. Closed to within 2.5 games of first place Tampa with 5 to play. Ranfi Casimiro (6-4, 3.60) pitched a gem in his 7.0 shutout innings. He gave up 4 hits and walked none. He only struck out one, but he only needed 71 pitches, 48 for strikes. Casimiro threw 17 first pitch strikes to 25 batters, and ran zero 3-ball counts. Only one of the four hits he allowed was hard hit, a double to the RCF gap. His only free pass was a hit batter in the fourth, but it came after the second and third Threshers’ batters were hit by pitched balls in the bottom of the third. (I don’t advocate intentionally throwing at batters, but Threshers’ batters have been hit a league leading 42 times and Threshers’ pitchers have hit a league low 12 opposing batters.)
The Threshers scored in the first when Carlos Tocci beat out an infield single deep into the hole at short. He scored on Andrew Pullin’s 15th RBI on a double off the CF wall. They scored their second run when Scott Kingery led off the third with a HBP. He advanced to second on a WP. He moved to third on Kyle Martin’s ground out to the shortstop up the middle. Zach Green was HBP for a second time, putting runners on the corners. Kingery scored on a fly ball to shallow center, converting Mitch Walding’s F8 to SF8. Chace Numata (.269) went 3-3 with a double.
- #11 Kingery (.268) went 1-3 with a SB (15).
- #12 Canelo (.231) went 1-4 and committed a throwing error (15).
- #14 Tocci (.246) went 1-4, and made a diving catch in right center field to retire the leadoff batter in the 9th.
- #15 Eshelman (4-2, 3.54) – DNP.
- #20 Tirado – assigned to XST.
- #21 Garcia (6-2, 1.97) – DNP.
Casimiro only threw 71 pitches in 7.0 innings. He threw double digit pitches in only 3 innings (15, 12, 10). He threw 9 pitches twice, and 8 twice. Twenty-one of the batters he faced were disposed of in 4 pitches or less. This type of efficiency presents a unique sample to draw from.
Of the 48 strikes he threw –
- 19 were put in play to record 20 outs,
- 4 were base hits (the LD 2B, 2 texas league singles, and a swinging bunt),
- 12 foul balls,
- 9 called strikes, and
- 4 swings and misses (1 for a K on an 82 mph SL or CH).
Casimiro didn’t throw a FB over 90 in the first inning (9 pitches). He threw 44 FB at 87-91, t92 mph. Only 17 were above 89 mph. While he only struck out 1 batter, Casimiro recorded 15 outs on ground balls, 4 fly outs, and a pop up. Three of the last four outs he got were on fly balls, to the track. That may have had something to do with his being lifted after only 71 pitches.
Will Morris got two ground balls and a pop up in his one inning.
Ulises Joaquin got his 5th save with a little bit of drama. After Tocci’s diving catch, the next batter lined a double to RF. Canelo’s throwing error put runners on the corners. A single to left brought home Bradenton’s only run and left runners on the corners again. Joaquin bore down and got the final two outs on swinging strike outs.
Kyle Martin left the game after flying out to RF in the first. He seemed to run well to first base. Maybe he tweaked something on the swing? Oblique? Just guessing. I hope to know more tomorrow.
Lakewood (26-38) Beat division-leading Hagerstown, 9-3. Harold Arauz (3-4, 3.38) gave up 2 runs in 5.0 innings on 3 hits, 3 walks, and 3 WP. He struck out 4 batters. Leadoff batter Zach Coppola (.379) went 2-5 with 2 RBI. Jiandido Tromp, Damek Tomscha, Jay Hernandez, Brendon Hatden, and Carlos Duran had 2-hit games. Duran had 3 RBI.
- #8 Kilome – DNP.
- #24 Pujols (.235) DNP.
- #29 Grullon (.233) went 1-4 with 2 BB and an RBI (15).
Looks like the DSL teams are steal crazy. Through nine games the DSL Phillies have stolen 22 bases in 36 attempts. The DSL Phillies2 have stolen 15 bases in 24 attempts.
DSL Phillies (2-7) Lost to the DSL Dodgers2, 6-3.
- Dixon Gutierrez (.344) went 0-4
- Keudy Bocio (.167) went 1-2 with a double, 2 BB, and RBI.
- Jonathan Guzman (.270) went 0-3.
- Jean Carlos Valdez – DNP.
- Jesus De Los Santos – DNP.
DSL Phillies2 (3-6) Beat the DSL Rays2, 4-3.
- Luis Ramirez – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2nd save.
- Leonel Aponte (0-1, 2.08) – DNP.
- Carlos Oropeza (.188) went 0-3 with a BB.
- Rafael Marchan (.143) DNP.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
- 6/14 – Anthony Vasquez assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading .
- 6/14 – Phillies selected the contract of RHP Zach Eflin from Lehigh Valley.
- Organization Rosters are up to date.