The big story today isn’t an individual performance, but rather a team performance. The Lakewood BlueClaws lead their division by 3.0 games in the second half, and with last night’s win have a winning record for the first time this season. As recently as seven weeks ago, they were still 14 games below .500 for the season. Jan Hernandez hit 2 home runs in Tuesday’s game.
Also, the GCL Phillies are tied with the Blue Jays for first place and begin a home-and-home series with them today. They finish the season against the Jays with another home-and-home next week.
Individually, Ben Lively pitched kinda good last night for Lehigh Valley. Brandon Leibrandt and three relievers pitched a shutout for Clearwater. And, Bailey Faltr laid the foundation for Williamsport.
Lehigh Valley (77-53) Beat Scranton, 8-0. Ben Lively was pulled after six, one-hit innings. He had a 2-0 lead and had thrown 48 pitches. FORTY-EIGHT PITCHES! Thirty-seven were strikes – 1 K, 12 GO, and 5 FO. Average of 8 pitches per inning. Manager Brundage said before the game that Lively would be on an innings count the rest of the way. His 159.2 IP are a career-high.
Four relievers preserved the shutout, giving up 5 hits in three innings and throwing 64 pitches.
Every IronPigs player had a hit, Nick Williams, Brock Stassi, and Jesse Valentin had 2 each. Cody Asche, Andrew Knapp, and Valentin had 2 RBI each. Valentin hit his 2nd HR.
- #1 Crawford (.254) went 1-4 with a SF and RBI (27)
- #3 Williams (.266) went 2-5 with a double
- #5 Thompson (11-5, 2.29) – promoted to Philadelphia.
- #11 Appel – DL, season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur.
- #12 Knapp (.262) went 1-3 with a double and 2 RBI (41)
- #18 Pivetta DNP
- #24 Lively (9-5, 3.29) 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 48 pitches/37 strikes
- #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.
Reading (82-46) Lost to Akron, 4-1. Mark Leiter (6-3, 3.55) gave up 4 runs (3 ER) on 8 hits and a walk. He struck out five in 5.2 innings. Andrew Pullin (.345) and Scott Kingery had 2 hits apiece. Kingery had the only RBI.
- #4 Alfaro (.279) went 0-4
- #7 Cozens (.286) went 1-4
- #8 Quinn (.277) went 0-4
- #13 Hoskins (.278) went 1-3 with a BB
- #14 Kingery (.267) went 2-3 with an RBI (15)
- #16 Pinto – (5-5, 4.09) – DNP
- #18 Pivetta – (11-6, 3.41) – promoted to Lehigh Valley
- #19 Eshelman (4-3, 4.75) – DNP
- #26 Cordero – (0-1, 3.68) -DNP
Clearwater (75-51) Beat Brevard County, 3-0. Brandon Leibrandt (3-1, 1.71) pitched 5.0 innings of 2-hit, shutout ball – 3 BB, 6 K, and a pickoff. Yacksel Rios (6.57) started w/3 balls, then threw 15 of 20 strikes. His FB was 94-97 mph. He retired all six batter he faced, including 3 strike outs. His last pitch was 97 mph for his 3rd K. Tom Windle (4.26) followed with a solid inning. He threw a mid-90s FB and touched 97 mph on his one strike out. Matt Hockenberry racked up his seventh save.
Both teams were held to 4 hits, but the Threshers bunched 3 plus a HR in their 3-run fourth. Carlos Tocci led off the inning with a single and moved up on a wild pitch. Josh Tobias “broke the seasl” of the scoreless game with a two-out, RBI single. Kyle Martin followed with a 2-run bomb, against the wind to the back fence in right field. The HR was his 18th this season. The two RBI give him 76.
In contrast to his pitching results, Leibrandt looked a little off in the early innings tonight. He threw 84 pitches/54 strikes in five innings. He ran four, 3-ball counts, but threw 14 of 19 first pitch strikes (73.7%). He walked more than 2 batters for the first time this season but only the second time in his career. (He walked 3 in his last game in 2015 before going on the DL). Seventeen of his 54 strikes were swing-and-miss (31.5%). His FB was 86-90 mph and sat 87-89 mph. All six of his K came swinging on 2 FB, 3 CH, and a SL.
- #20 Garcia (10-3, 2.55) DNP
- #22 Canelo (.245) went 0-3
- #23 Tocci (.279) went 1-4
Lakewood (64-63) Beat Greensboro, 6-1, to win their 6th in a row and 9th in their last ten games. It is the first time this season that the BlueClaws have had a winning record. They started the season 4-16, were a season high 15 games below .500 at 20-35 on June 4th, and were still 14 games below .500 at 33-47 on July 3rd. Their 35-23 second half has them in first place by 3.0 games with 12 games remaining.
Harold Arauz (4-6, 3.45) went 6.0 innings (plus two batters) and held the Grasshoppers to one run on four hits. He walked NONE and struck out seven. Edgar Garcia picked up the three-inning save (2).
Cornelius Randolph, Deivi Grullon, Jan Hernandez, and Grenny Cumana had 2 hits each. Hernandez hit 2 HR (9) and had 3 RBI (25).
- #6 Randolph (.279) went 2-4 with 1 RBI (23)
- #9 Kilome (4-8, 4.14) DNP
- #27 Pujols (.246) went 1-4
- #29 Edgar Garcia (4-1, 2.63) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
- #30 Tirado (5-1, 3.75) DNP
Williamsport (33-29) Beat West Virginia, 4-3. Bailey Falter (2.96) pitched 5.0 innings and gave up 6 hits and a walk. He struck out four and left with a 2-0 lead. The bull pen blew the save opportunity. Two different relievers allowed an inherited runner to score.
Darick Hall and Juan Luis had 3 hits apiece. Jesus Alastre had 2 hits. Hall, Alastre, David Martinelli, and Luke Williams each drove in a run.
- #17 Medina (4-2, 2.23) DNP
- #25 Romero (2-1, 2.60) DNP
GCL Phillies (38-14) Beat the GCL Pirates, 7-4. They are tied with the Blue Jays for first, but trail in winning percentage .740 to .731 (the first tie-breaker is Win%). They play the Jays today at the Complex and Thursday in Dunedin. Important games for both teams.
Alec Asher pitched a rehab inning to start the game. He gave up an unearned run on a soft single to right, an errant throw on a steal, and an infield out. He struck out one, and his FB was 89-90 mph.
The Phillies quickly erased the deficit in the bottom of the inning. Josh Stephen lined a single to center to start the inning and the next two batters walked (Jose Antequera and Mickey Moniak). Danny Zardon cleared the bases with a triple down the right filed line. He scored on a ground out.
In the fourth inning, Lenin Rodriguez crushed a 3-0 pitch deep to left field to extend their lead to 5-1.
Luis Carrasco had replaced Asher and was sailing along smoothly. He was throwing his FB 91-94 mph and touched 95 and 96 mph. He ran into difficulty in the sixth, giving up 3 runs without a ball leaving the infield. The lead off batter reached on a soft, infield single that died on the grass between the mound and shortstop. The next batter walked. Both runners advanced on what has become the required balk call during these games. The next batter drove in a run on another squibbed hit that died before it reached Cole Stobbe at short. The next batter (Carrasco’s last) reached on a catcher’s interference (the play was a 4-3 putout). However, on an incorrect ruling by the umpire that went unquestioned, the batter was awarded first base and the base runners were allowed to advance and a run scored.
Carrasco’s line was – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K.
Justin Miller entered the game and got a ground ball that resulted in a force and a run scored. Miller remained in the game and pitched well until Geury Ortiz relieved in the eighth. Ortiz kept the Pirates off the board and Tyler Frohwirth came in to retire the Pirates in a 1-2-3 ninth.
The Phillies stretched their lead from 5-4 to 7-4 in the seventh inning on Josh Stephen’s RBI single and Jose Antequera’s RBI double.
Kevin Gowdy threw from a mound on an adjacent field. He was watched by Charley Kerfeld and Ray Burris. He looks fine. When pitchers throw from a mound in plain sight of scouts and such, it is usually an indication that he is about ready for game action. So, he may pitch again this season.
- #2 Moniak (.289) went 0-3 with a BB
- #10 Gowdy (0-1, 4.50) DNP
- #15 Stobbe (.260) went 0-3 with a BB
- #21 Jhailyn Ortiz (.237) DNP
- Stephen (.277) went 2-4 with an RBI (24)
- Miller (0-0, 1.50) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
- Andrew Brown (0-0, 1.56) DNP
- Stewart (2-2, 4.35) – DNP
- Fanti (7-0, 1.51) DNP
- Sixto Sanchez (4-0, 0.56) DNP
DSL Phillies (28-37) Lost two games to the DSL Red Sox1, 4-2 and 5-0.
- Jonathan Guzman (.295)
- Keudy Bocio (.225)
- Simon Muzziotti (.256)
- Dixon Gutierrez (.257)
DSL Phillies2 (40-27) Beat the DSL Rangers2, 3-2.
- Leonel Aponte (2-4, 2.83) DNP
- Rafael Marchan (.339) DNP
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
- 8/22 – Lehigh Valley released LF David Lough.
- 8/23 – Lakewood placed LHP Zach Morris on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to August 20, 2016. Left elbow sprain.
- 8/23 – Blake Quinn assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport.
- 8/23 – Phillies sent RHP Alec Asher on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies.
- Organization Rosters are up to date.