The Phillies placed Aaron Nola on the DL. Lehigh’s starter, Phil Klien was called up to start in his place and they had to scramble to find a starter. They called up a relief pitcher from Reading. They lost and are tied with Scranton for the division lead.
Reading treated their fans to a power surge, courtesy of Dylan Cozens, Rhys Hoskins, and Jake Fox. They coasted to victory over Bowie.
Clearwater’s Brandon Leibrandt made his season debut after spending the season on the DL in a loss to Dunedin.
Lakewood dropped a doubleheader scoring 1 run in each game. Jose Pujols had their RBI in each game (and no strike outs).
The GCL Phillies raised their record to an organization best .706 winning percentage.
Lehigh Valley (68-43) Lost to Scranton, 7-0, and fell back into a tie for first place with the RailRiders. A couple of recent Reading call-ups gave up all 7 runs in the first five innings. Phil Klein had been scheduled to start but was promoted to pitch in Aaron Nola’s spot when the latter was put on the DL. Murray, Araujo, and Hinojosa one-hit Scranton over the final four innings. However, who pitched for Scranton was probably moot since the IronPigs were held to 2 hits – by Sweeney and Perkins. Knapp had 2 passed balls (13), but they may have been due to his unfamiliarity with Joely Rodriguez who was making his first appearance after being called up on 8/2.
- #1 Crawford (.255) went 0-2 with 2 BB and a SB (7).
- #3 Williams (.282) went 0-4.
- #5 Thompson (11-5, 2.29) – DNP.
- #11 Appel – DL, season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur.
- #12 Knapp (.266) went 0-4 with 3 K. (for the second straight night)
- #24 Lively (6-4, 3.50) – DNP.
- #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.
Reading (73-37) Beat Bowie, 13-0. Tom Eshelman came off the DL and shutout the Baysox for six innings. Mario Hollands (5.03) and Victor Arano (0.00) completed the shutout. The Phils put together a 17 hit attack. Cozens had 4 hits, KC Serna (.303) 3 hits, and Andrew Pullin (.370), Rhys Hoskins, and Osmel Aguila (.237) had 2 hits each. Cozens was a one-man wrecking crew with 3 HR and 7 RBI. Hoskins and Jake Fox (.257) each hit a solo HR. Cozens fourth hit was a triple his final AB. He also managed to steal a base the one time he made an out on a fielder’s choice.
- #4 Alfaro (.288) went 1-4 with a BB and RBI (55).
- #7 Cozens (.282) went 4-5 with a triple, 3 HR (30), and 7 RBI (96).
- #8 Quinn (.288) DL, oblique, rehabbing with the GCL Phillies.
- #13 Hoskins (.282) went 2-3 with a BB, HR (31), RBI (96), and SB (18).
- #14 Kingery (.289) went 1-5 with a BB, RBI, SB.
- #16 Pinto – (4-4, 4.46) – DNP.
- #18 Pivetta – (10-6, 3.55) – DNP.
- #19 Eshelman (3-2, 5.60) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K.
- #26 Cordero – (13.50) – DNP.
Clearwater (63-44) Lost to Dunedin. 7-2. Brandon Leibrandt (0-1, 7.20) made his first start of the season. He lasted 5 innings and threw 84 pitches. He gave up 4 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks. The killing blow was probably the 2-out, 2-run HR he gave up in the third. The 3 runs Tom Windle (5.63) gave up in the seventh probably put the game out of reach.
Mitch Walding (.280), Joaquin Tromp (.233), and Malquin Canelo (.250) had 2 hits each. Herlis Rodriguez (.209) and Chace Numata (.304) each had an RBI.
The Threshers are one game behind Dunedin in the second half. There are about 30 games left and the Threshers could find themselves with the best overall record in the FSL but out of the playoffs with two second place finishes.
- #20 Garcia (9-3, 2.72)
- #22 Canelo (.250) went 2-4 with a double.
- #23 Tocci (.273) went 0-5.
Lakewood (50-57) Was swept by Greensboro, 3-1 and 4-1. They took leads in both games but fell behind in the bottom half of the inning in both games.
Game One: Seranthony (2-2, 5.06) had faced the minimum when the BlueClaws handed him a 1-0 lead in the fourth. He gave up a 2-run HR with the game tied and one out. Two batters later Austin Davis (0.00) was brought in. He faced 7 batters in 2.1 innings and struck out 6 of them. Damek Tomscah (.308) and Deivi Grullon (.249) had 2 hits apiece. Jose Pujols had their lone RBI.
- #6 Randolph (.240) went 0-3.
- #27 Pujols (.224) went 1-3 with with a double and RBI (66).
Game Two: Franklyn Kilome settled down after a 4-run first inning (3 ER). He struck out 6 in 4 innings. He struck out three in his last inning. Jake Waguespack (3.68) struck out 3 in the remaining 2 innings. Grenny Cumana (.294) had 2 hits. “C” Randolph reached base 4 times with a single and 3 walks. Jose Pujols drove in their only run again, with a first inning double. He didn’t strike out in either game.
- #6 Randolph (.246) went 1-1 with 3 BB.
- #9 Kilome (3-8, 4.32)- 4.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. (80 pitches)
- #27 Pujols (.225) went 1-3 with a double and RBI (67).
- #29 Edgar Garcia – DNP
- #30 Tirado (3-1, 4.72) – DNP
Williamsport (27-18) Lost to Staten Island, 4-1. Bailey Falter (1-5, 3.46) gave up 4 runs on 7 hits in 6 innings. According to Mitch Rupert in a story for the Williamsport SunGazette, Falter pitched well but for a 10 pitch stretch in the 6th inning. John Hennigan (2.57) struck out 4 in 2 scoreless innings. Kenny Koplove (2.65) struck out 3 in one inning. Chandler Hall’s first HR accounted for the Cutters only run. Hall played in place of Arquimedes Gamboa who was given the day off after being helped off the field Tuesday night. No timetable for return to line up at this point.
- #17 Medina (4-1, 1.66) – DNP.
- #25 Romero – DNP.
GCL Phillies (24-10) Beat the GCL Braves, 4-3 in a rain-shortened game. Will Stewart (5.81) gave up 3 runs in 5 innings on 4 hits and a walk. He pitched well enough and showed some moxy after some bad outcomes.
- After a 1-out, 2-run home run in the second, Stewart struck out the next two batters.
- After a 1-out single brought home the Braves third run in the third, he recorded his third K and a fly out to end the inning.
- He got an inning ending ground out in the fourth after a two-out HBP and a fielding error.
- And, he picked a runner off first to end the fifth after the batter reached on a 2-out fielding error.
Stewart’s FB had a tic more velo today, he sat 88-90, and touched 91 mph.
Jhailyn Ortiz made a throw to home on the Braves’ third run that caught my eye. He charged a ground ball to right and fired the ball to the plate. I didn’t think he had a prayer, but the ball reached Nerluis Martinez on the fly and was only a little off line. A perfect throw would have had the runner. But, it was the first time I saw him make that type of throw. Later on a similar play he made a more accurate throw and cut down the potential go-ahead run at the plate. Steals bases and has an arm, too! WooHoo!
Ben Pelletier (.273) and Raul Rivas (.225) had 2 hits apiece. Daniel Brito, Mickey Moniak, and Rivas each had an RBI. Pelletier scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch with one out and the bases loaded. The game was stopped and eventually called with the Phillies leading.
The Blue Jays won again, so the Phillies are still 4 games back with the second best record in the GCL. Oh well.
Okay, here’s a scoop. I asked Kevin Gowdy if he was going to pitch again this summer. After he skipped his last start, I wondered if the Phillies had decided to shut him down after 8.0 GCL innings and his high school work load. Or maybe, they just wanted to skip a start so he could pitch deeper into the summer. Anyway, he said, “Yes.” and further volunteered that he had a slight strain of his thigh. He said it’s not serious. The missed start was a precaution, and he expects to pitch again, soon. Come to think of it, I noticed a wrap on his thigh during Tuesday’s game.
- #2 Moniak (.327) went 1-3 with a double and RBI.
- #10 Gowdy (0-1, 4.50) – DNP.
- #15 Stobbe (.244) went 0-3.
- #21 Jhailyn Ortiz (.280) went 0-2 with a BB.
- Stephen (.288) DNP.
- Miller (0-0, 4.15) – DNP.
- Andrew Brown (0-0, 2.19) – DNP.
- Stewart (1-2, 5.91) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 1 Balk, 1 HBP.
- Fanti (4-0, 1.38) – DNP.
- Sixto Sanchez (3-0, 0.67) – DNP.
DSL Phillies (22-29) Lost to the DSL Dodgers2, 7-6.
- Jonathan Guzman (.302) went 1-5.
- Keudy Bocio (.227) DNP.
- Simon Muzziotti (.247) went 1-5.
- Dixon Gutierrez (.274) went 1-3 with 2 BB and an RBI.
DSL Phillies2 (30-21) Beat the DSL Red Sox2, 8-0. Three pitchers pitched three shutout innings apiece and held the Sox to 3 total hits.
- Leonel Aponte (2-4, 3.09) – DNP.
- Carlos Oropeza (.189) went 0-5.
- Rafael Marchan (.343) went 2-3 with 3 RBI (23).
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
- 8/3 – Phillies placed RHP Aaron Nola on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 29, 2016. Strained right elbow.
- 8/3 – Phillies placed RHP Jeanmar Gomez on the paternity list.
- 8/3 – Phillies recalled RHP Phil Klein from Lehigh Valley.
- 8/3 – Phillies recalled Michael Mariot from Lehigh Valley.
- 8/3 – RHP Gregory Infante assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading.
- 8/3 – Reading activated RHP Tom Eshelman from the 7-day disabled list.
- 8/3 – Clearwater activated RHP Jairo Munoz from the 7-day disabled list.
- Organization Rosters are up to date.