Kevin Gowdy made his professional debut. Video below. Aaron Altherr went 0-2 in his second rehab appearance. Jimmy Cordero made his second appearance in one inning of work. And Shane Watson pitched one heck of a game.
Lehigh Valley (52-38) Beat Buffalo, 9-1. The game was called with one out in the bottom of the ninth due to rain. The IronPigs’ pitchers held the Bisons to 4 hits. James Russel (3-5, 4.11) pitched six, 2-hit innings. Phil Klein (1.54) struck out 3 in two, one-hit innings. Michael Mariot (2.84) had given up a HR, and was on the mound when the game was called.
Every player in the line up had a hit. Six guys had 2 hits. Taylor Featherston (11), J.P. Crawford (2), and Cameron Perkins (6) hit home runs. Featherston (29) and Crawford (16) had 3 RBI each.
- #1 Crawford (.269) went 2-5 with a double, HR (2), and 3 RBI (16).
- #2 Thompson (7-5, 2.58) – DNP.
- #3 Williams (.285) went 2-5 with a triple.
- #4 Appel – DL, season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur.
- #9 Knapp (.264) went 1-5 with an RB! (32).
- #13 Eflin (5-2, 2.90) – promoted to Philadelphia.
- #17 Cordero – DL, rehabbing in the GCL.
- #23 Sweeney (.231) went 2-4 with a double.
- #26 Asher – Restricted List.
- #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.
- #30 Lively (4-2, 3.45) – DNP.
Reading (62-27) Lost to Bowie, 7-2. John Richy (2-3, 5.82) went 5.2 innings but took the loss when defense and the bullpen let him down. Joely Rodriguez (2.23) blew his third save when he entered a bases loaded situation and gave up a 2-run single. Gregory Infante (2.43) also allowed an inherited runner to score an inning later. Jorge Alfaro had a two of the Phils’ 4 hits. Jake Fox had 2 RBI (52).
- #6 Alfaro (.293) went 2-3 with a BB.
- #7 Quinn (.288) DL, oblique, rehabbing at the Complex in Clearwater.
- #10 Pinto – (3-3, 4.32) – placed on Temporary Inactive List for Futures Game.
- #15 Eshelman (2-0, 5.94) – DNP.
- #18 Pivetta – (7-4, 3.31) – DNP.
- #19 Hoskins (.282) went 0-3 with a BB.
- #22 Cozens (.286) placed on TIL for Futures Game.
- #27 Brown (.225) DNP.
Clearwater (48-37) Beat St. Lucie, 4-3 in a walk off. Shane Watson pitched his best game of the season. Unfortunately the bullpen duo of Jesen Therrien and Ulises Joaquin combined to blow a 3 run lead. Fortunately, Derek Campbell led off the ninth with his second home run of the game for the win. I had moved down to my seats behind home plate. With the crack of the bat, we were out of our seats, celebrating as the ball sailed majestically deep into the Tiki Terrace (the left field bleachers).
Watson tossed seven shutout innings. He allowed 4 singles and 2 walks. He was backed up by 2 double plays. In fact, he recorded 13 of the first 18 outs via ground balls. For the night, Watson struck out three, induced 3 infield pop ups, and allowed 2 fly outs to LF. He worked around 3 lead off base runners, and never had more than one base runner in any inning, never pitched to more than 4 batters in an inning. Runners reached second twice, but with two outs on both occasions.
Watson’s line was 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 94 pitches/54 strikes, FB 91-94 mph. He threw first pitch strikes to 17 of 25 batters (68%). He threw more than 15 pitches in one inning when he threw 20 in the third.
Watson did face six, 3-ball counts. But, he only walked two, gave up one single, and got a ground out and 2 pop ups on the other three.
Watson threw 65 pitches above 90 mph – 11 at 94, 23 at 93, 17 at 92, and 14 at 91. His fastballs accounted for 40 of his 54 strikes. He got 14 ground balls (16 outs) on fastballs. All 4 singles came on fastballs. Ten of 13 foul balls came on fastballs. Eight of 15 called strikes and 5 of 6 swings and misses came on fastballs. His two swinging Ks came on pitches at 82 and 93 mph. He got a K looking on a 79 mph curve.
Watson seemed to get stronger in his later innings. He threw 21 FB in the 6th and 7th innings. Thirteen of those FB were 93 (8) or 94 (5) mph.
It’s a shame he didn’t get the win. he left with the score 3-0. Therrien pitched 0.1 inning and gave up a run on 2 hits and a walk. Let’s give him a hold. Joaquin came in with the bases loaded and escaped without further damage. However, 3 hits in the ninth tied the score. We’ll give him a blown save, but he’ll get the win after Campbell’s heroics.
The Threshers got a runner on base in each of the first 4 innings without posing a threat. Finally, with two out in the fifth, 4 consecutive singles by Canelo, Tocci, Green and Numata pushed two runs across. Campbell’s solo HR in the sixth pushed the advantage out to three. Campbell (.333) always seems to contribute when he is inserted into the line up. Tonight, he went 3-4 with 2 HR (6) and 2 RBI (16). Zach Green contributed his “tied for the league” leading 51st RBI.
- #11 Kingery (.285) went 0-3 with a BB.
- #12 Canelo (.247) went 2-4.
- #14 Tocci (.270) went 1-4.
- #15 Eshelman (4-2, 3.54) was promoted to Reading.
- #20 Tirado – assigned to Lakewood.
- #21 Garcia (7-2, 2.49) – DNP.
Lakewood (38-48) Swept a double header from West Virginia, 4-0 and 2-1 in 12 innings.
Game One: Edgar Garcia (3-0, 1.04) and Sutter McLoughlin (2.55) combined to one-hit the Power in a seven inning game. Carlos Duran hit his 1st HR.
- #5 Randolph (.218) went 0-2 with a BB.
- #8 Kilome (2-7, 4.97) – DNP.
- #20 Tirado – DNP.
- #24 Pujols (.238) went 1-3 with a double and RBI (50).
- #29 Grullon (.238) went 0-2.
Game Two: Tyler Gilbert (3.89) pitched eight innings of 4-hit ball allowing 1 ER. He struck out six. Jacob Waguespack (4.10) and Skylar Hunter (1-1, 4.80) pitched two shutout innings each. Hunter struck out three and got the win. Damek Tomscha (.280) went 3-5 with a double and RBI. He was at the plate when the winning run scored on a wild pitch. Josh Tobias (.301) went 2-6 with a double.
- #5 Randolph (.218) DNP.
- #8 Kilome (2-7, 4.97) – DNP.
- #20 Tirado – DNP.
- #24 Pujols (.234) went 0-5 with 3 K.
- #29 Grullon (.235) entered as a PH and went 0-2 with 2 K.
Williamsport (10-12) Lost to Aberdeen, 5-2. Julian Garcia (0-1, 3.38) went 4 innings and gave up 2 ER on 5 hits. Trevor Bettencourt debuted with 2 K in one inning. The Crosscutters managed only 4 hits, and needed 2 Aberdeen errors to score two runs in the ninth.
- #16 Medina (2-0, 0.00) – DNP.
GCL Phillies (10-3) Lost to the GCL Tigers West, 1-0. Kevin Gowdy made his debut and pitched two innings. He was charged with an unearned run. An error by the first baseman led to the run that held up for the Tigers. Will Stewart followed with five, 4-hit innings and 4 K. Jimmy Cordero struck out two in a rehab inning. Cordero’s FB was 93-95 mph.
The Phillies managed just 3 hits. Josh Stephen had a couple line drive singles. Aaron Altherr played a few innings in RF and went 0-2 with a ground out to third and a strike out looking.
I reported on Twitter that Gowdy’s FB was 92-93 mph. Chris “Stats” King tweeted that Gowdy’s FB was 90-92 mph. I was asked over Twitter about the discrepancy. I shot video during Gowdy’s first inning. I watched the Phillies’ radar gun during his second inning. I glanced at the pitcher’s chart and saw 92s and 93s logged during Gowdy’s first inning. Chris is the official scorer and sat about 30 feet above the Phillies’ gun. The difference in readings could be from the different angles, or more likely differences in the radar guns. So, let’s say with some measure of confidence that Gowdy sits low 90’s touching 93 mph.
- #? Mickey Moniak (.345) went 0-4.
- #? Kevin Gowdy (0-1, 0.00) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K.
- #? Cole Stobbe (.136) went 0-2.
- #25 Jhailyn Ortiz (.277) went 0-3.
- #? Josh Stephen (.308) went 2-3.
- #?Justin Miller (0-0, 5.40) – DNP.
- #? Aaron Brown (0-0, 1.50) – DNP.
- #? Will Stewart (0-1, 2.57) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K.
- #? Nick Fanti (1-0, 1.42) – DNP
Video of Gowdys second batter, an error by the first baseman.
Triple that scores the runner who reached on the error. Pitch got too much of the plate.
Gowdy records his second strike out.
DSL Phillies (12-19) Lost to the DSL Astros Blue, 8-7. Simon Muzziotti (.288), the Red Sox prospect the Phillies signed after he was declared a FA by MLB, went 0-6 in his debut in a Phillies’ uniform.
- Dixon Gutierrez (.330) went 1-4 with a BB.
- Keudy Bocio (.226) went 1-5 with a BB and 3 K.
- Jonathan Guzman (.288) went 1-5 with a SF and RBI.
DSL Phillies2 (14-15) Beat the DSL Red Sox2, 3-2.
- Leonel Aponte (2-2, 2.56) – DNP.
- Carlos Oropeza (.233)went 0-2 with a BB.
- Rafael Marchan (.241) went 1-4 with a double and RBI.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
- 7/10 – OF Mark Laird to join Cutters on rehab assignment from Lakewood Sunday.
- 7/9 – RHP John Richy assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers.
- 7/9 – Reading Fightin Phils activated RHP Nick Pivetta from the 7-day disabled list.
- 7/9 – Reading Fightin Phils placed RF Dylan Cozens on the temporarily inactive list.
- 7/9 – Reading Fightin Phils placed RHP Ricardo Pinto on the temporarily inactive list.
- 7/9 – IF Evan Rogers assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
- 7/9 – OF Simon Muzziotti assigned to DSL Phillies.
- Organization Rosters are up to date.
- $190,160 remains available for over slot payments
2016 Draft Tracker is up to date.