Will Morris teased Threshers’ fans with a perfect game into the sixth inning. He walked two batters with two out in the inning and took his no-no into the seventh. A one-out HR ended both the no-hitter and the shutout. He completed the inning and turned the final two innings over to the bullpen. He finished with a combined two-hitter.
Bailey Falter tossed six shutout innings for Williamsport. He struck out ten and walked one, but didn’t figure in the decision.
Offensively, Rhys hit another home run, his 27th.
And, Jhailyn crushed anotherbomb to left center. He doesn’t hit any cheap or wind-aided home runs. He now has 6 in 20 games. His first 20 games as a professional. He didn’t take a pro at bat last summer after being drafted. His six home runs have come in 77 at bats. He makes loud contact. The kind that stops conversations mid-sentence. And, he’s only 17 (doesn’t turn 18 until November). Imagine his development as he refines his swing and improves his already advanced approach at the plate. Imagine. Shh! I’m still imagining.
Lehigh Valley (59-40) Beat Louisville, 7-3. Adam Morgan (3-1, 3.82) pitched well. He gave up three runs on eight hits. He struck out five and walked none. He needed only 74 pitches to complete seven innings. Brock Stassi went 3-3 and hit his 7th home run. Sweeney (6) and Ruf (10) also hit home runs.
- #1 Crawford (.264) went 0-4 with a BB and SB (6).
- #2 Thompson (9-5, 2.29) – DNP.
- #3 Williams (.289) went 1-5.
- #4 Appel – DL, season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur.
- #9 Knapp (.270) DNP.
- #13 Eflin (5-2, 2.90) – promoted to Philadelphia.
- #17 Cordero – DL shoulder, rehabbing in the FSL with Clearwater.
- #23 Sweeney (.232) went 2-5 with a HR (6) and RBI (23).
- #26 Asher – Restricted List.
- #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.
- #30 Lively (4-3, 3.63) – DNP.
Reading (66-32) Lost to Hartford, 9-5. Tom Eshelman (2-1, 6.75) got rocked to the tune of 8 runs (7 ER) and 11 hits in 3.2 innings. He threw 70 pitches – 52 strikes and 18 balls. Rhys Hoskins hit his 27th home run and drove in 2 runs. Dylan Cozens didn’t play for the second straight game but entered as a pinch hitter. He drew a walk and was replaced with a pinch runner (Anthony Vasquez). Sounds like DC has an undisclosed injury or other ailment. He represented the run before the tying run when he was replaced (9-5, bases loaded). And, he’s at least an average base runner. He was replaced by a pitcher! Hmm.
- #6 Alfaro (.291) went 0-4.
- #7 Quinn (.288) DL, oblique, rehabbing at the Complex in Clearwater.
- #10 Pinto – (3-4, 4.63) – DNP.
- #15 Eshelman (2-0, 5.94) – DNP.
- #18 Pivetta – (8-4, 3.14) – DNP.
- #19 Hoskins (.281)went 2-4 with a HR (27), 2 RBI (86).
- #22 Cozens (.286) 0-0 as a PH with a BB.
- #27 Brown (.225) DL, retroactive to 7/10, wrist.
Clearwater (57-39) Beat Fort Myers, 3-2 and pulled into a first place tie with Dunedin. Will Morris (6-2, 3.06) last pitched at Bright House when he threw four innings as part of a combined no-hitter with Drew Anderson and Victor Arano. Morris was at it again. He retired the first 17 batters he faced before issuing back-to-back walks in the sixth. He lost the no-no on a one-out home run in the seventh.
The Threshers’ opportunistic offense scratched three runs. Scott Kingery doubled off the left center field wall with two outs in the first. After Mitch Walding (.283) walked, Chace Numata (.299) brought him home with a line drive single to left. Walding was ruled out at third, trying to move up behind the throw to the plate. This probably played a part in events later in the game.
In the fifth inning, the Threshers had runners on the corners with two outs. Carlos Tocci had walked and alertly took third on a bloop single to right center by Malquin Canelo. When Canelo stole second, the throw went into center field and Tocci scored. Walding then doubled home Canelo.
Morris had an interesting game. His line was 7.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR. He threw 90 pitches/56 strikes, 34 balls. He was efficient, throwing more than 15 pitches in only one inning. His pitches by inning – 12, 14, 9, 6, 15, 22, 12. He pitched behind batters at a higher ratio than is normally prudent – 12 of 24 (50%) first pitch strikes. He threw as many balls in his last two innings (17) as he did in his first five innings. He ran four, three-ball counts – two in the first five innings that both resulted in outs, and two in the sixth that became walks.
Morris throws several pitches (FB, SL, CB, CH, and cutter). It looks like his FB was sitting 90-92 (mostly 90-91) while touching 93 mph. His out pitch was a slider (I guess). He got 4 swinging strike outs on pitches of 82, 82, 82, and 82 mph. In all he induced 11 swings and misses. He got his fifth strike out looking at a 75 mph curve ball.
Tom Windle made a rehab appearance in the eighth. He was lifted after going walk, pop up, walk. Ulises Joaquin came on in relief. He got a pop up to first baseman Derek Campbell in foul territory. Campbell fell into the stands after making the catch, and both runners moved up, by rule. The next batter singled to left, and Jinadio Tromp threw out the tying run at the plate.
Jimmy Cordero retired the Miracle in order for his first save. I didn’t realize it was Cordero so I didn’t pay attention to his pitch velocity. Sorry.
One tough son-of-a-gun. Tocci fouled a ball off his right leg during his first at bat. He fell to the ground in obvious pain, grabbing his right knee. He writhed in pain for a minute or so as Coach Legg and the trainer attended to him. He got up and limped around as he walked off the pain. After another minute or so, he donned his helmet and resumed his at bat. No way did I expect him to remain in the game when he hit the ground. He’s a tough kid. Real tough kid.
To frame or not to frame. On Canelo’s steal with Walding at the plate, the catcher opted to frame the first pitch of the at bat while Canelo was breaking for second. It was a close pitch, but not worth conceding the base so early in the count (it was ruled a ball). The catcher belatedly threw wildly to second in an effort to get Canelo. The play led to two runs as Tocci scored when the throw went into center field and Canelo scored on Waldings double later in the at bat. Note that Canelo was thrown out stealing later in the game.
I mentioned earlier that Walding was thrown out at third advancing on a throw to the plate. it was a heads up move since the third baseman had wandered too far from the bag. I thought he was safe. Walding and Coach Legg looked like they thought so too based on their body language. The base umpire made the call and wasn’t really in good enough position to make an accurate call.
Fast forward to the eighth inning. The left-handed Walding is at the plate, and checks his swing on a ball in the dirt. No call from the home plate umpire, so the catcher requests an appeal. The first base umpire emphatically rules a strike, the third strike. Walding says something and is ejected as he walks back to the dugout. This is the same umpire who made the call at third. In this case, he has Walding’s body in the way when he discerns that the bat went through the strike zone. This is almost as ridiculous as when the umpire rules on an appeal of a check swing when there is a runner on first and the umpire is stationed between the mound and second base to cover two bases poorly rather than one base well. Gotta have more umpires if the integrity of the game is important at all levels.
Kyle Martin wasn’t in the line up. Kingery was the DH. So, when Walding was ejected, Derek Campbell moved from first to third, Herlis Rodriguez moved from RF to first, and Cord Sandberg entered the game to play RF. Interesting.
- #11 Kingery (.293) went 1-4 with a double.
- #12 Canelo (.248) went 1-3 with a BB.
- #14 Tocci (.277) went 1-3 with a BB.
- #15 Eshelman (4-2, 3.54) was promoted to Reading.
- #20 Tirado – assigned to Lakewood.
- #21 Garcia (8-2, 2.50) – DNP.
Lakewood (45-51) Beat Kannapolis, 4-2. Jose Taveras (4-7, 3.82) went eight innings and struck out ten. Josh Tobias had 2 hits. Damek Tomscha had 2 RBI. Zach Coppola (.324) went 1-2 with 2 walks and a SB (11) from the lead off position.
- #5 Randolph (.250) went 0-4.
- #8 Kilome (3-7, 4.46) – DNP.
- #20 Tirado (1-1, 5.55)- DNP.
- #24 Pujols (.229) went 1-4 with an RBI (57) and 2 K.
- #29 Grullon (.237) went 0-2 with a BB.
Williamsport (19-14) Beat Batavia, 1-0 in 10 innings. Bailey Falter (3.21) allowed 3 hits and a walk in six innings. He struck out ten. Scott Harris (0.75) allowed one hit in 1.2 innings. Will Hibbs (1-1, 0.63) got the win retiring all seven batters he faced, striking out three. Mark Laird had 2 of the Cutters 3 hits. The winning run scored on a wild pitch after the Cutters loaded the bases on a hit batter and 2 walks.
- #16 Medina (3-0, 1.35) – DNP.
GCL Phillies (16-7) Beat the GCL Pirates, 10-6. Kevin Gowdy faced off against one of the Pirates top picks, RHP Travis MacGregor. He’s a local kid who the Pirates selected in the second round. Tarpon Springs is just a few miles north of Clearwater. The combination of top picks and local kid brought a larger than usual crowd to the Complex. Both pitchers put up similar lines with neither figuring in the decision.
Gowdy gave up a lead off triple to start the game, but remained poised throughout his three innings. He gave up a couple runs, but struck out three. The good news is that his fastball had a tic more velocity than his first appearance when he was reported to be 90-92. Today, he was 90-93 mph. He sat 92-93 for the most part and touched 94 mph. That’s encouraging.
Jan Hernandez started his rehab and went 1-2 with an RBI and a nice reaction play on a line drive.
Mickey Moniak had 2 hits, an infield single into the 5-6 hole and a line drive single to right.
Jhailyn crushed another home run to left center that one-hopped into the half-field in front of Bright House. Second time he did that this week. maybe it’s not a big deal. He had 2 hits and 2 walks. AND a straight steal of second. His second steal of the season. Dude is crazy fast. Okay, just kidding about the crazy fast part.
Josh Stephen had 2 RBI.
Edwin Rodriguez had 2 hits and 2 RBI. He crushed a two-run HR over the right field fence.
Lenin Rodriguez had 2 hits after replacing the starting catcher.
Sorry, no pictures or video. I had trouble getting proper focus in the drenching humidity and there were a lot of folks around the cage. Nothing I took came out clear enough to post.
- #? Mickey Moniak (.324) went 2-5 with an RBI (16).
- #? Kevin Gowdy (0-1, 4.50) – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K.
- #? Cole Stobbe (.296) went 0-3 with a BB.
- #25 Jhailyn Ortiz (.312) went 2-3 with a BB, HR (6) and RBI (17).
- #? Josh Stephen (.286) went 1-4 with a double and 2 RBI (14).
- #?Justin Miller (0-0, 4.15) – DNP.
- #? Andrew Brown (0-0, 2.70) – DNP.
- #? Will Stewart (1-1, 4.76) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB.
- #? Nick Fanti (2-0, 1.19) – DNP.
DSL Phillies (16-24) Beat the DSL Red Sox1, 2-0. Sandro Rosario (2.91) 4-hit the Rays over 6 innings. Alfredo Benitez (1-3, 2.86) retired all nine batters he faced and got the win.
- Jonathan Guzman (.284) went 1-3 with a BB.
- Keudy Bocio (.210) went 0-3 with a sac and SB (19).
- Simon Muzziotti (.269) went 1-3 with a walk.
- Dixon Gutierrez (.295) went 0-4.
DSL Phillies2 (22-17) Lost to the DSL Rays2, 3-2.
- Leonel Aponte (2-4, 3.02) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K.
- Carlos Oropeza (.198) DNP.
- Rafael Marchan (.362) went 0-4.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
- 7/21 – Phillies sent OF Aaron Altherr on a rehab assignment to Reading.
- 7/21 – Tom Windle assigned to Clearwater from Reading.
- 7/21 – Lakewood sent 3B Jan Hernandez on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies.
- 7/21 – Rafael Carvajal assigned to DSL Phillies2 from DSL Phillies.
- Organization Rosters are up to date.