Lehigh Valley lost but Phil Klein pitched well again.
Reading was two-hit.
Clearwater won at Dunedin.
Lakewood won as Franklyn Kilome pitched up to everyone’s expectations Sunday.
Williamsport dropped a close one.
And, the GCL Phillies began the organization’s playoff run with a victory over the GCL Braves in the one-game semifinal series.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Lehigh Valley (84-58) Lost to Rochester, 5-4. Phil Klein (1.52) had another quality start. He pitched 6.0 innings giving up one run on six hits and three walks. He struck out five. He was in line for the victory, but Jimmy Cordero was unable to preserve the save. To add further insult, Edward Mujica earned his 26th save for Rochester.
Cameron Perkins, Cody Asche, and Darnell Sweeney had two hits apiece for the IronPigs. Nick Williams was the only prospect in the line up and went 0-4 with an RBI.
- #1 Crawford (.245) DNP
- #3 Williams (.258) went 0-4 with an RBI (64)
- #5 Thompson (11-5, 2.29) – promoted to Philadelphia.
- #11 Appel – DL, season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur.
- #12 Knapp (.264) DNP
- #18 Pivetta (1-2, 2.55) DNP
- #24 Lively (10-5, 3.06) DNP
- #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.
Reading (88-52) Lost to Trenton, 4-0. They were held to two hits by Thunder pitchers. John Richy (4-4, 5.11) was responsible for all the Thunder’s runs and base runners. Tom Windle (5.68) struck out four of the six batter he faced in relief. Dylan Cozens and Rhys Hoskins were in the line up but went a combined 1-6 with Cozens striking out in all three of his plate appearances.
- #4 Alfaro (.288) DNP
- #7 Cozens (.275) went 0-3 with 3 K
- #8 Quinn (.282) placed on the 7-day disabled list. Concussion.
- #13 Hoskins (.278) went 1-3
- #14 Kingery (.260) DNP
- #16 Pinto – (7-6, 4.10) DNP
- #18 Pivetta – (11-6, 3.41) promoted to Lehigh Valley
- #19 Eshelman (5-5, 5.14) DNP
- #26 Cordero – (1-1, 3.46) promoted to Lehigh Valley
Clearwater (82-54) Beat Dunedin, 9-6. The Blue Jays committed four errors in the first three innings leading to three unearned runs as the Threshers opened an early 5-0 lead.
Brandon Leibrandt (2.25) held Dunedin to three runs on seven hits and a walk in six innings. He struck out two and picked of the one batter he walked. Austin Davis earned his first save striking out two of the three batters he faced.
Zach Coppola and Josh Tobias had three hits each at the top of the order. Tobias hit a two-run home run (2) to right field that towered over the right field fence. Austin Bossart and Drew Stankiewicz had two hits apiece. Bossart also had three RBI.
The Threshers collected 12 hits. Herlis Ramirez gunned out a base runner trying to go from first to third on a single.
The Threshers gave out team photos Saturday night as part of Fan Appreciation Night. Upon close inspection, a friend noticed that Chace Numata had his right eye closed in the photo. Later I teased the Threshers’ PR guy (Rob) that they published a photo with a player’s eye closed. He told me that he went through all the proofs and was discouraged that all or most of the players had an eye closed in every proof. He selected the one that had the most open eyes and sent the proof off to be printed. Overnight, he realized that every closed eye was the right eye. And it dawned on him that the players had performed a quiet homage to their injured team mate, Matt Imhof who lost his right eye in a training injury earlier this season. Sunday, I was getting Numata’s autograph and commented that I saw what they had done in the photo. Numata glanced up with the sly look and smile that confirmed Rob’s observation. Pretty cool, eh?
- #20 Garcia (11-3, 2.85) DNP
- #22 Canelo (.246) DNP
- #23 Tocci (.284) DNP
Lakewood (73-65) Continues to kick butt and take names as they beat Greensboro, 3-0. Franklyn Kilome was Sunday’s pitching hero. He threw 79 pitches during his six shutout innings. He gave up just two hits, walked NONE, and struck out ten. He didn’t get the win, though. That went to Zach Morris (8-3, 2.57). Sutter McLoughlin (2.51) notched his 14th save. Mark Laird had two of the BlueClaws six hits. Jan Hernandez had served the big blow, a two-out, bases-loaded triple in the eighth inning.
- #6 Randolph (.273) sent 1-3 with a double and BB
- #9 Kilome (4-8, 3.85) – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K
- #27 Pujols (.242) went 1-3 with a BB
- #29 Edgar Garcia (4-1, 2.85) DNP
- #30 Tirado (7-1, 3.23) DNP
Williamsport (39-35) Lost to State College, 3-2. Bailey Falter (3.17) pitched five innings. He gave up two runs on six hits and a walk. He struck out five. Tyler Hallead (4.91) gave up one run in three innings. Unfortunately it was the winning run. Enmanuel Garcia got three hits from the lead off position. He walked, doubled, and homered (6).
- #17 Medina (5-3, 2.92) DNP
- #25 Romero (2-2, 2.56) DNP
GCL Phillies (43-15, 1-0) Beat the GCL Braves in the one-game semi-final, 4-3. The game wasn’t as close as the final score would indicate.
Sixto Sanchez allowed only four hits in the longest outing of his career, seven innings. He only struck out four, but he walked NONE, and was able to keep his pitch count down. I checked after six innings and he had only thrown 58 pitches. He needed only ten pitches to navigate the seventh inning. Randy Alcantara breezed through the eighth with two strike outs and a pop up in foul territory. Tyler Frohwirth got into a little trouble securing the save in the ninth. With two runners on base, he did get a strike out on a dizzying off-speed pitch that had the batter spinning around in the box. But he got a pitch up to the next batter that barely cleared the wall in left. It looked to me that it hit ricocheted off the top of the fence. Jose Nin came in to get the final two outs.
The Phillies staked Sanchez to an early lead. With two out in the first inning, Mickey Moniak reached base when he was grazed on the arm as he backed away from an inside pitch. Danny Zardon followed with a bomb deep into the bull pens.
The Braves went to their bull pen to start the fifth inning. Daniel Brito greeted the pitcher with a single to lead off the inning. Josh Stephen followed with another base hit. Moniak provided the third consecutive no-out hit with an RBI double. After a pop out, Malvin Matos singled to center to bring home the Phillies’ fourth run.
Brito and Stephen each had two singles and each scored a run. Moniak and Zardon also scored as the top four guys in the Phillies line up each crossed the plate. The 3-4-5 hitters (Moniak-Zardon-Matos) drove in all four runs. In fact all seven hits came from the top five in the batting order.
- Daniel Brito went 2-4 with a run scored
- Josh Stephen went 2-4 with a run scored
- Mickey Moniak went 1-3 with a run scored, double, HBP, and RBI
- Danny Zardon went 1-4 with a run scored, HR, and 2 RBI
- Malvin Matos went 1-2 with 2 BB and an RBI
- Jhailyn Ortiz went 0-4 with 3 K
- Jose Antequera went 0-3 with a BB and SB
- Cole Stobbe went 0-4 with 2 K
- Rodolfo Duran went 0-2 with a BB and 2 K
- Nerluis Martinez went 0-1
Every starter struck out at least once except Mickey Moniak.
Every active player on the roster was suited up and available, even the bat/ball boy and those stationed in the stands to chart pitches and retrieve foul balls, EXCEPT tomorrow’s starter Mauricio Llovera. Kevin Gowdy was in uniform and available, too. Even Tuesday’s starter, Nick Fanti was dressed and available on Sunday.
The Phillies go on the road tomorrow to play the GCL Cardinals in Jupiter in game one of the finals. They will return to play Tuesday at noon, IN BRIGHT HOUSE FIELD. (The audio for Tuesday’s game may be broadcast over MiLB by the Threshers’ Kirsten Karbach. I will let you know if they work out the logistics.)
And, now some pictures. Mostly before the game.
And these from friend and photographer, Joe Kuhn.