The two hottest teams in the organization won again behind strong pitching performances by Seranthony Dominguez for Lakewood and Mauricio Llovera for the GCL Phillies. JoJo Romero pitched a strong six innings for Williamsport but the Crosscutters were unable to take advantage. The most dramatic offensive highlight was Josh Stephen’s two-run home run that provided the late inning runs the Phillies needed to extend their winning streak to seven games.
Lehigh Valley (78-55) Lost to Pawtucket, 4-3. David Buchanan (8-9, 4.23) Gave up all four of the Bisons runs in 5.0 ineffective innings. Colton Murray (3.06) loaded the bases with one out in the sixth, and was relieved by Joely Rodriguez (3.77) who stranded all three runners with an inning-ending double play, and retired seven batters in 2.2 innings. Unfortunately the IronPigs couldn’t make up all of the three run deficit.
Andrew Knapp and Cameron Perkins each had two hits including a double. Cody Asche hit a 2-run HR (5) in the seventh. Brock had the other RBI on a one-out single in the fourth.
- #1 Crawford (.255) went 1-5
- #3 Williams (.265) DNP
- #5 Thompson (11-5, 2.29) – promoted to Philadelphia.
- #11 Appel – DL, season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur.
- #12 Knapp (.261) went 2-4 with a double
- #18 Pivetta DNP
- #24 Lively (9-5, 3.29) DNP
- #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.
Reading (83-48) Lost to New Hampshire, 5-2. Tom Eshelman looks like he’s still trying to find his equilibrium in Reading. He walked 3 batters in 5.0 innings (the third time this season he surpassed 2 BB in a game). His metrics are all above those that got him promoted from Clearwater to AA. Last night he gave up 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits and only struck out one. Joe DeNato (3.86) retired 4 of the 5 batters he faced and walked one. Alexis Rivero (4.61) gave up 2 runs after not allowing a run in his previous appearances. He struck out 3 in 2.2 innings.
Reading was ineffective at the plate most of the night. They were retired in order in 6 of the first 8 innings. The bats finally woke up too late in the ninth. They got 4 of their 7 hits and scored both their runs on Rhys Hoskins’ 36th home run.
Andrew Pullin (.346) had 2 hits in 4 AB. Scott Kingery stole his 3rd base. Mitch Walding had a double in 4 AB and is hitting a respectable .280.
Phils’ batters struck out 14 times.
- #4 Alfaro (.279) DNP
- #7 Cozens (.279) went 0-4
- #8 Quinn (.284) went 1-3 with a BB
- #13 Hoskins (.278) went 1-4 with a HR (36) and 2 RBI (109)
- #14 Kingery (.257) went 1-4
- #16 Pinto – (5-6, 4.20) DNP
- #18 Pivetta – (11-6, 3.41) – promoted to Lehigh Valley
- #19 Eshelman (4-3, 4.75) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
- #26 Cordero – (0-1, 3.48) DNP
Clearwater (76-53) Lost to Daytona, 11-4. Luke Leftwich (3-4, 5.01) and Austin Davis (5.56) combined to give up 5 earned runs, the defense gave up 6 unearned runs. The Threshers are 3.0 games behind the Blue Jays and 1.5 games behind Daytona. Their elimination number is seven. Of their remaining 9 games, they play 2 more in Daytona and finish with 4 against Dunedin. They still control their own destiny, but just barely.
Zach Coppola, Chace Numata, and Jiandido Tromp had 2 hits apiece. Tromp 3 RBI, the other run scored on a DP with the bases loaded. bright spot: the GCL’s Raul Rivas pinch hit for Aaron Brown in the ninth and singled. It was his second hit in as many at bats and raised his average to 2.000. (For reference, see Larry Andersen who reasoned that if he was batting 1.000 after getting a hit in his first AB with the Astros in 1988, then when he got his second hit in his second AB later in the season his average should be 2.000.)
- #20 Garcia (11-3, 2.85) 7DNP
- #22 Canelo (.248) went 0-4
- #23 Tocci (.279) went 0-5
Lakewood (67-63) Beat West Virginia, 4-2. Time to break up the BlueClaws? That’s nine wins in a row and 12 out of their last 13. Sir Anthony shut down the Power for six innings and the BlueClaws built a 4-0 lead that the bull pen was able to protect.
Seranthony Dominguez (4-2, 2.76) limited the Power to 4 hits and 2 walks. He struck out five. Jacob Waguespack (3.67) allowed the two runs that let the Power back into the game. Grant Dyer (2.95) came in to record a 6-out save, his second.
Lakewood built their lead with Grenny Cumana’s RBI-single in the second, Jose Pujols’ and Damek Tomscha’s RBI singles in the third, and Edgar Cabral’s solo HR (1) in the fourth.
Mark Laird had 2 hits, a walk, a SB (3) and a run scored. Damek Tomscha had 2 hits a run scored and an RBI.
- #6 Randolph (.280 went 0-3 with a HBP and run scored
- #9 Kilome (4-8, 4.14) DNP
- #27 Pujols (.246) went 1-3 with a BB and RBI (79)
- #29 Edgar Garcia (4-1, 2.63) DNP
- #30 Tirado (5-1, 3.75) DNP
Williamsport (33-32) Lost to Brooklyn, 1-0. JoJo Romero tossed 6.0, one-run innings, but the one run he gave up was more than the Crosscutters could handle. Darick Hall and Brett Barbier had 2 hits apiece. Hall’s double was their only XBH.
Reported by Mitch Rupert: “The Williamsport Crosscutters extended their player development contract with the Phillies tonight for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.”
- #17 Medina (4-3, 2.91) DNP
- #25 Romero (2-2, 2.43) 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
GCL Phillies (41-14, .745) Beat the GCL Tigers West, 3-2. Alec Asher pitched 2 rehab innings to start the game. He pitched two scoreless innings before turning the game over to Mauricio Llovera (4-0, 1.87). The stocky right-hander allowed just one run on 3 hits. He struck out 7 and walked NONE.
Luis Gonzalez (4-1, 4.40) pitched 1-2-3 eighth inning. Jose Nin (1.08) came in to nail down his 7th save. He allowed a run on 3 hits before a visit by coach Mercado. He finished the inning with a double play an a fly out to right.
The Phillies managed only 6 hits and struck out 12 times. they tied the game at one in the fifth inning on a wild pitch. The game remained tied until Josh Stephen launched a towering shot to right field. He hit the Tigers bus on the fly. For those of you familiar with Ashburn Field at the Complex, the bus was hidden behind the few trees behind the fence close to the batter’s eye in center. For some reason the driver decided to pull even with the flag pole in right. Afterward, the driver backed up before Moniak came to the plate.
Daniel Brito (.291) returned to the line up today after 3 days off. He went 1-4. Rodolfo Duran (.319) tripled off the Tigers’ starter in the fifth and eventually scored on a wild pitch.
It was a very efficiently played game. It was over in just over 2 hours. The Phillies are 20-4 in the month of August.
- #2 Moniak (.282) went 0-4 as the DH
- #10 Gowdy (0-1, 4.50) DNP
- #15 Stobbe (.254) went 0-3
- #21 Jhailyn Ortiz (.236) DNP, again. It occurred to me when he was out of the line up for the second game in a row that he may have suffered a bruise of some sort Wednesday when he slid awkwardly, head first into third. He landed hard on his chest. Nothing serious, he was in uniform, but this would explain a second day of rest.
- Stephen (.267) went 1-4 with a HR (2) and 2 RBI (26)
- Miller (0-0, 1.50) DNP
- Andrew Brown (0-0, 2.75) DNP
- Stewart (2-2, 4.35) DNP
- Fanti (7-0, 1.51) DNP
- Sixto Sanchez (5-0, 0.50) DNP
Here are a couple photos from the Win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday.
All photos courtesy of Joe Kuhn.
DSL Phillies (28-40) Postponed, rain again.
- Jonathan Guzman (.295)
- Keudy Bocio (.225)
- Simon Muzziotti (.256)
- Dixon Gutierrez (.257)
DSL Phillies2 (42-28) Lost to the DSL Red Sox2, 6-3.
- Leonel Aponte (2-4, 2.77) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
- Rafael Marchan (.333) went 0-3 with an RBI (34)
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
- 8/26 – Phillies recalled Jorge Alfaro from Reading.
- 8/26 – Reading activated C Joel Fisher from the 7-day DL.
- Organization Rosters are up to date.