It appears that the Phillies may be finished signing 2016 draft picks. Todd Zolecki reported that “The Phillies have signed 29 of 40 players selected in the 2016 Draft. They will exceed the allotted $13,405,200 in their bonus pool but by no more than five percent.”
Matt Gelb followed with “Mildly interesting: Ownership approved Phillies to spend above amateur draft pool. They went about 3% over and were taxed 75% on overage.”
Lehigh Valley (49-37) Beat Scranton, 4-3 in 10 innings on J.P. Crawford’s first home run since his promotion to AAA. Anthony Vasquez settled down after allowing 3 runs on 2 HR in the first inning. Edward Mujica eventually got his 22nd save. Crawford, Andrew Knapp, and Cameron Perkins (.281) had 2 hits apiece. Perkins stop a 5-42 slide that saw his average plummet to .278.
- #1 Crawford (.242) went 2-5 with a HR (1) and RBI (13).
- #2 Thompson (6-5, 2.76) – DNP.
- #3 Williams (.289) went 1-4 with a SF and RBI (41).
- #4 Appel – DL, season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur.
- #9 Knapp (.261) went 2-4 with a double and BB.
- #13 Eflin (5-2, 2.90) – promoted to Philadelphia.
- #17 Cordero – DL, rehabbing at the Complex in Clearwater.
- #23 Sweeney (.225) DNP.
- #26 Asher – Restricted List.
- #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.
- #30 Lively (3-2, 3.86) – DNP.
Reading (61-24) Beat Richmond, 9-7. Rhys Hoskins’ 2 home runs and 6 RBI carried the Fightin’ Phils to the victory. His second 3-run HR broke a 6-6 tie in the seventh inning. Hoskins had 3 of the Phils’ 7 hits. Dylan Cozens contributed 2 RBI. Jorge Alfaro drew 3 BB. All Star Ricardo Pinto gave up 6 runs (4 ER). Joely Rodriguez (6-0, 2.17) blew his second save before being awarded the win. Hoby Milner (1.78) earned his 4th save.
- #6 Alfaro (.292) went 1-2 with an RBI (45) and 3 BB.
- #7 Quinn (.288) DL, oblique, rehabbing at the Complex in Clearwater.
- #10 Pinto – (3-3, 4.32) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K.
- #15 Eshelman (1-0, 5.40) – DNP.
- #18 Pivetta – (7-4, 3.31) – DNP.
- #19 Hoskins (.287) went 3-5 with 2 HR (24) and 6 RBI (75).
- #22 Cozens (.284) went 1-5 with 2 RBI (72).
- #27 Brown (.229) DNP.
Clearwater (46-35) Walked all over Lakeland, 6-1. The Threshers were held in check for five innings. They didn’t get their first hit until Scott Kingery’s double in the fourth inning. One other runner reached base when Mitch Walding was hit by a pitched ball in the fifth inning.
The Threshers finally broke through when Lakeland’s starter Matt Hall could no longer control his devastating curve ball. He walked the bases loaded in the sixth and was relieved with one out and a 1-0 lead. His replacement, Confessor Lara, walked in the tying run before getting out of the inning.
Lakeland tried a new pitcher to start the seventh. Jairo Labourt loaded the bases with two walks and a hit batter. He walked in the go ahead run before leaving, and was ejected for something he said to the home plate umpire as he left the diamond. The next pitcher ended the parade of free passes temporarily, but did allow a bases-clearing double by Carlos Tocci and an RBI double by Zach Green.
Will Morris (3.40) drew the start for the Threshers. He pitched well, holding the Tigers to one run on five hits and a walk over six innings. Victor Arano (2-1, 2.87) got the win but allowed 4 hits in his 2 innings. Ulises Joaquin pitched the final inning allowing 2 base runners and balking them into scoring position before recording the final out.
It was an odd game in that the Tigers out hit the Threshers 10-3 while being outscored 6-1. All three Threshers’ hits were doubles. The Threshers drew 8 walks and 3 hit batters. The Tigers drew only two walks.
Morris pitched a good game. It was only his second start in 7 weeks. He faced the minimum through the first three innings. The only base runner was a 4-pitch walk who was erased by a double play. Morris breezed through the first three innings throwing only 29 pitches. He gave up his first hit with one out in the fourth. It came as the culmination of a 10-pitch at bat.
Morris pitched around two two-single innings in the fourth and fifth. The only serious threat he faced was a lead off triple in the sixth. Manager Legg opted to play the infield back (in a 0-0 game?) and the run came home on the first of three easy ground outs that Morris induced.
Morris’ line was 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 87 pitches/53 strikes. His fastball sat 88-91 mph, yet in the sixth he touched 92 three times and 93 once.
- #11 Kingery (.293) went 1-4 with a double an a BB.
- #12 Canelo (.246) went 0-4 with a BB, RBI (33) and 3 K.
- #14 Tocci (.270) went 1-3 with a double, BB, and 3 RBI (31).
- #15 Eshelman (4-2, 3.54) was promoted to Reading.
- #20 Tirado – assigned to Lakewood.
- #21 Garcia (6-2, 1.97) – placed on the 7-day DL retroactive to 6/28.
Lakewood (34-48) lost to Delmarva, 14-2. Infielder Luis Espiritu was the most effective pitcher last night. He allowed no runs nor did he allow inherited runners to score. Damek Tomscha and Brendon Hayden had 2 hits apiece.
- #5 Randolph – DL, shoulder, rehabbing in GCL games in Clearwater.
- #8 Kilome (1-7, 5.23) – DNP.
- #20 Tirado – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 85 pitches/52 strikes.
- #24 Pujols (.235) went 1-4 with a HR (16), RBI (48), and K.
- #29 Grullon (.241) DNP.
Williamsport (10-9) Lost to Connecticutt, 6-4. Ranger Suarez was effective in his five innings, holding the Tigers to 1 unearned run on 2 hits. The bullpen lost the game, giving up 5 runs in the seventh and eighth innings.
- #16 Medina (2-0, 0.00) – DNP.
GCL Phillies (7-2) Beat the GCL Pirates, 5-3 in 12 innings. Mickey Moniak and “C” Randolph didn’t make the trip. In their absence, three catchers provided the offense. Rodolfo Duran went 1-3 and lowered his average to .385. Nerluis Martinez replaced him and went 1-2 with a walk, raising his average to .438. His single in the 12th broke the tie. DH Lenin Rodriguez went 3-5 with a walk. He provided an insurance run with an RBI double in the 12th.
Danny Zardon had 2 hits and 2 RBI. Jhailyn Ortiz also had 2 hits including his second career home run.
- #? Mickey Moniak (.294) DNP.
- #25 Jhailyn Ortiz (.308) went 2-6 with a HR (2) and RBI (8).
DSL Phillies (9-18) were shutout on 3 hits by the DSL Rays1, 7-0.
- Dixon Gutierrez (.323) went 0-3 with a BB.
- Keudy Bocio (.238) went 1-2 with 2 BB.
- Jonathan Guzman (.305) went 1-4.
DSL Phillies2 (12-13) Lost to the DSL Rangers2, 5-2.
- Leonel Aponte (2-2, 3.16) DNP.
- Carlos Oropeza (.232) went 0-0.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.