Not a good night for teams above the Rookie League. Only the GCL Phillies were able to post a win yesterday. Both Dominican teams were rained out.
It was Sanchez Day at the Complex, and he didn’t disappoint.
Elsewhere, Roman Quinn garnered three outfield assists, Mitch Walding hit his second “waldinger”, Chace Numata raised his average to .316 with a couple hits, Jiandido Tromp hit his seventh home run, Jose Pujols hit his 22nd home run, and the GCL Phillies ended preserved their win over the Yankees with a routine 8-2-5 double play.
Lehigh Valley (71-48) Lost to Indianapolis, 6-0. Ben Lively allowed only 3 runs in his six innings, but the IronPigs were shutout and held to 3 hits by Cameron Perkins (.290), Jesse Valentin (.233), and PH David Lough (.265) each contributed a single. Andrew Knapp committed a PB (15) but also picked a runner off first base and participated in a strike-em-out-throw-em-out double play.
- #1 Crawford (.258) DNP.
- #3 Williams (.278) went 0-4.
- #5 Thompson (11-5, 2.29) – promoted to Philadelphia.
- #11 Appel – DL, season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur.
- #12 Knapp (.263) went 0-3.
- #24 Lively (7-5, 3.42) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K.
- #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.
Reading (77-40) Lost to Altoona, 7-2. Mark Leiter (5-2, 3.66) gave up 5 runs (4 ER) on 9 hits and 4 walks while striking out six. Jimmy Cordero pitched an effective inning in relief. Mitch Walding (.333) had 2 hits including a solo HR (2), and both Phils’ RBI (4). Dylan Cozens also had 2 hits.
Roman Quinn recorded THREE outfield assists, playing RF he – doubled a runner off first base on a fly out, threw out a runner at the plate trying to score from second on a single, and threw out a batter trying to stretch a single into a double.
Jorge Alfaro threw out both runners who attempted to steal second.
- #4 Alfaro (.287) went 0-4 with 3 K.
- #7 Cozens (.292) went 2-4 with a double.
- #8 Quinn (.290) went 1-3 with a BB and SB (27).
- #13 Hoskins (.282) went 1-4.
- #14 Kingery (.265) went 0-4.
- #16 Pinto – (4-4, 4.18) – DNP.
- #18 Pivetta – (11-6, 3.41) – DNP.
- #19 Eshelman (4-2, 5.01) – DNP.
- #26 Cordero – (0-1, 4.50) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K.
Clearwater (68-47) Lost to Lakeland, 5-3. Luke Leftwich (5.54) gave up 3 runs (2 ER) on 5 hits and a walk in 5.2 innings. After the Threshers came back to tie, Tom Windle (0-1, 5.40) gave up 2 runs in 1.2 innings.
Chace Numata (.316) had a two-hit game and an RBI (27). June 23rd call up, Jiandido Tromp (.235) hit his 7th HR and picked up his 19th and 20th RBI. Numata also picked a runner off first base.
- #20 Garcia (9-3, 2.72) – off the 7-day DL and will pitch Saturday.
- #22 Canelo (.252) DNP.
- #23 Tocci (.282) went 1-5 with a double.
Lakewood (55-61) Lost to Kannapolis, 6-3. Tyler Gilbert (6-8, 3.84) lasted 3.2 innings, giving up 11 hits and 6 runs. Edgar Garcia (2.74) struck out 4 in 3.1 no-hit innings. Jake Waguespack struck out 2 in one scoreless inning.
Jose Pujols had 2 hits including his 22nd HR. Emmanuel Marrero (.235) also had 2 hits.
The Intimidators were 3-3 stealing bases with Deivi Grullon behind the plate.
- #6 Randolph (.253) went 0-4 with an RBI (15).
- #9 Kilome (4-8, 4.14)- DNP.
- #27 Pujols (.239) went 2-4 with a double, HR (22), and RBI (73).
- #29 Edgar Garcia – 3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K.
- #30 Tirado (3-1, 4.72) – DNP.
Williamsport (30-23) Lost to Mahining Valley 4-2. JoJo Romero (1-1, 2.51) gave up 4 runs (3 ER) in five innings. Blake Quinn (1.21) struck out 5 in three innings of one hit relief. The Crosscutters managed only 3 hits. Might be a little hangover from last night’s double header that ended well after midnight. They didn’t get their first hit until the eighth inning.
- #17 Medina (4-2, 2.23) – DNP.
- #25 Romero (1-1, 2.51) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K.
GCL Phillies (30-12) Beat the GCL Yankees West, 2-1. Sixto Sanchez held yet another without a run at the start of a game. For the fifth consecutive game, Sanchez held an opponent scoreless. And as hard as it is to say, I have seen him more dominant. Even so, he was in control through all five innings.
He opened with a 96 mph fastball, and eventually struck out the lead off batter. He gave up an infield hit up the middle that barely made it to the outfield grass. After a fly out to CF Mickey Moniak, he walked the clean up batter. The runner on second tried to swipe third on a pitch in the dirt. C Nerluis Martinez threw him out.
Sanchez grabbed control in the second, inducing three ground balls to third baseman, Raul Rivas.
Prior to the third inning a Topps photographer (who I thought worked for the Yankees due to the color shirt he was wearing) was on the field taking photos of Sanchez. When the inning started he retreated down the left field line and took more photos during the inning. Sanchez obliged by striking out the first two batters on 97 mph fastballs – one looking, one swinging. A fly out to LF Ben Pelletier ended the inning.
The Yankees opened the fourth with an “excuse me” oppo field single to RF Jhailyn Ortiz. Sanchez got a strike out looking at a 95 mph fastball and a double play ground ball to end the threat.
Sanchez started the fifth with his 5th strike out, swinging at a 97 mph fastball. After a single to right, he retired the next two batters on a fly ball to Moniak and a soft ground ball to 1B Edwin Rodriguez at the bag.
That was all for Sanchez. He threw 56 pitches in his five innings. His FB was 93-96 and sat 95-96, touching 97 mph several times. He throws an off speed pitch at 80 mph that drops about a foot and breaks to his glove side. He had similar movement on a pitch that he throws at 84 mph.
Sanchez left the game with a 2-0 lead. Kale Fultz entered in relief.
The Yankees opened the sixth inning with a triple toward the right field corner. Ortiz over ran the ball as it bounced off the fence away from him. Not sure if the runner got the extra base on the bounce. I have noticed that this is the one weakness I have noted in Ortiz’ defense. He tends to over run balls that bounce that he’s trying to cut off to his right or left. More an error of commission than an error of omission.
The defense conceded the run when Fultz got a ground out to Rivas. After a single, Rivas started a 5-4-3 double play. Fultz’ FB was upper 80’s touching 90 mph.
Andrew Brown pitched the next two innings. A single, sacrifice, and single put runners on the corners with one out. Martinez threw out the first base runner on an attempted steal as the Yankees ran themselves out of the inning. A ground out to SS Cole Stobbe brough the seventh inning to an end.
Brown sandwiched a ground out to 2B Daniel Brito with strike outs in an easy eighth inning. His FB was in the upper 80s.
Jose Nin came in to wrap up the save. Nin has been very effective, having not allowed a run in his 10 GCL appearances (11.2 innings, 4 saves). So of course, he walks the first batter and gives up a single to the second.
And then things got interesting. With the infielders playing a “tweener” defense (something between something I recognized and something I didn’t), Nin got a chopper to Rivas who was playing a step or two behind third base. He jumped and snagged the ball and threw home to a chorus of “HOME!” from the dugout.
Now we have runners on first and second with one out. The next batter lined a single to Moniak who charged the ball and threw to the plate. Martinez caught the ball, applied the tag, and fired to Rivas at third, who tagged out the trailing runner to complete the double play, end the inning, and end the game.
All three outs in the ninth inning were the result of tag plays – one at third base and two at home.
Nin fastball was 93-95, touching 96 mph. I would have expected less harder contact since he was following two pitchers with less velocity.
The Phillies scored in the first inning. Daniel Brito () hit a ground ball past the first baseman down the right field line for a double. He advanced on a passed ball and scored on a Cole Stobbe ground out.
They scored again in the fifth. Brito figured in the scoring this time too. DH Lenin Rodriguez doubled into the left center field gap. He moved to third on Rivas ground out to short and scored on Brito’s ground out to second.
Some random observances –
Moniak lined a single to center in the first after Stobbe’s ground out. He advanced to third on a hit-and-run with Ortiz at the plate on a 3-1 count.
Ortiz line out to second base and ran the play out to the bag.
On the pitch before Rodriguez doubled, he was assessed a strike on a check swing. He “duh” slapped the top of his helmet for offering at the pitch, then hit a double into the gap.
Stobbe smoked a double toward the left field corner in the fifth after Brito’s RBI ground out.
Ray Burris was on the bench and made all the coaching visits to the mound.
- #2 Moniak (.298) went 1-4.
- #10 Gowdy (0-1, 4.50) – DNP.
- #15 Stobbe (.231) went 1-4 with a double and RBI.
- #21 Jhailyn Ortiz (.272) went 2-4 with a double.
- Stephen (.286) DNP.
- Miller (0-0, 2.25) – DNP.
- Andrew Brown (0-0, 1.56) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K.
- Stewart (1-2, 5.91) – DNP.
- Fanti (5-0, 1.43) – DNP.
- Sixto Sanchez (4-0, 0.42) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K.
DSL Phillies (24-32) Cancelled, rain.
- Jonathan Guzman (.308)
- Keudy Bocio (.226)
- Simon Muzziotti (.256)
- Dixon Gutierrez (.267)
DSL Phillies2 (35-23) Beat the DSL Rangers2, 6-5 in a 12 inning walk off.
- Leonel Aponte (2-4, 3.02) – DNP.
- Rafael Marchan (.348) went 2-6 with 2 RBI (21).
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
- 8/12 – Phillies activated RF Peter Bourjos from the 15-day disabled list.
- 8/12 – Phillies optioned Cody Asche to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- 8/12 – Phillies claimed LHP Patrick Schuster off waivers from Oakland Athletics.
- 8/12 – Phillies optioned Patrick Schuster to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- 8/12 – RHP Nick Pivetta assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
- 8/12 – RHP John Richy assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers.
- 8/12 – Clearwater Threshers activated LHP Elniery Garcia from the 7-day disabled list.
- 8/12 – Herlis Rodriguez assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lakewood BlueClaws.
- Organization Rosters are up to date.