Tough day for the organization’s teams in their playoff games.
Lakewood posted the only win. Alberto Tirado reverted back to his old self a little but limited the damage to a single run. The BlueClaws mounted a 12-hit attack to beat Hagerstown at home.
Lehigh and Reading both lost behind pretty decent pitching from Ben Lively and Mark Leiter. Lehigh was shut out, and Reading was held to two runs.
And, the GCL Phillies lost the deciding game of the GCL championship series. kyle Young provided another outstanding start for the organization today.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
GCL Phillies (43-15, 2-2) lost 4-2 and dropped the series to the GCL Cardinals, two games to one.
Kyle Young got the start and pitched a season-high 5.0 innings. He pitched well, keeping his fastball down and yielding a lot of soft contact. His FB was 87-90 mph with downward movement. He shattered a bat and struck out four. He gave up his only run in the fourth on back-to-back walks with two out and a ground single up the middle. Young finished strong picking up his second strike out to end the fourth and notching two more in the fifth inning. His line – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP. He left with a 2-1 lead.
Luis Carrasco entered in the sixth and immediately started in a hole when he hit the first batter. Things deteriorated as he threw a wild pitch and a single that put runners on the corners. The tying run scored on a force out at second. A walk moved the go-ahead run into scoring position. Another walk set the stage for the final implosion. The next batter grounded back to Carrasco who turned and threw to Cole Stobbe to start an inning-ending double play. Either the play was slow in developing or the runner on first got a real good jump, because his Utley-like slide took out Stobbe and his throw was wild to first. Run scored and a stolen base and single added an insurance run.
Jordan Kurokawa pitched two clean innings. Tyler Frohwirth pitched a hitless ninth.
The Phillies opened the scoring with 2 runs in the first inning. Daniel Brito singled on the first pitch of the inning. Josh Stephen singled on the second pitch, and Danny Zardon singled on the third. Three pitches in and the Phillies had a 2-0 lead.
The Phillies out hit the Cardinals 7-4, but only collected four hits after the first inning, one hit over the final 3.2 innings. Cole Stobbe had a tough afternoon, striking out all four at bats.
Jhailyn Ortiz showed off some range in right. He mad a catch in foul territory running up against the right field bleachers, and made another catch going back and to his right in the gap. I’m not going to claim he’s an all star right fielder, but he’s a whole lot better than a lot of people gave him credit for based in his weight and size when he was signed.
One more little anecdote before closing out the GCL’s fine season. Coach Mercado went out to talk to Kyle Young during the fourth inning. When he got to the mound, he gently pushed Young back onto the downward slope behind the rubber. He wanted to be able to look Young in the eyes while he talked to him.
Oh, one more. I asked Ray Robles why Sixto Sanchez wasn’t in uniform today. Ray said, there was no way he would pitch. The GCL is a development league above all else.
Just a few photos.
Josh Stephen at the ready.
Young from above the dugout.
Young from behind home plate.
Lehigh Valley (85-58, 0-1) lost 2-0 and wasted a strong effort by Ben Lively. They will play game two against Scranton at home on Thursday.
Ben Lively pitched a gem until he issued a two-out walk in the eighth. The tie was broken when the next batter homered. Luis Garcia, Alvis Araujo, and Dalier Hinojosa combined to get the remaining four outs.
The IronPigs collected 4 hits and drew 4 walks, but only batted twice with RISP. Andrew Knapp, J.P. Crawford, and Nick Williams went a collective 0-10 with one walk (Crawford). Williams struck out 3 times.
- Wednesday, September 7th: lost to Scranton, 2-0 (Ben Lively, 0-1)
- Thursday, September 8th: v. Scranton, 7:05 PM – Anthony Vasquez
- Friday, September 9th: @ Scranton, 6:35 PM – Phil Klein
- Saturday, September 10th: @ Scranton, 6:35 PM – David Buchanan (if necessary)
- Sunday, September 11th: @ Scranton, 1:05 PM – Nick Pivetta (if necessary)
Reading (89-52, 0-1) dropped the first game in their best-of-five series to Trenton, 3-2. The series continues Thursday in Trenton.
Mark Leiter pitched a pretty solid game. He held the Thunder to 3 runs (2 ER) on five hits and two walks in seven innings. He struck out ten batters (nine swinging). Leiter gave up 4 XBH (a triple and double that led to a run in the second, and two doubles that led to a run in the fourth). Leiter took a tie game into the seventh. He started the inning K, BB, K. Then things went to crap. A wild pitch let the runner take second, a throwing error by Alafaro gave him third. Another wild pitch brought home the go-ahead run for the Thunder. Leiter’s line – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 10K, 1 HBP, 2 WP.
The Phils outhit the Thunder 8-5, but only managed one XBH. Dylan Cozens had 2 hits and an RBI. Jorge Alfaro had one hit and an RBI. Christian Marrero had 2 hits. Roman Quinn had a hit, stolen base (1), and scored both runs. Rhys Hoskins (0-3, BB) and Scott Kingery (0-4) went hitless. The Phils struck out 13 times. Kingery whiffed 3 times, Alfaro, Jake Fox, and Harold Martinez twice each. Mitch Walding entered as a pinch runner and stole a base.
The Phils scored single runs in the third and fifth in response to the Thunder’s scoring in the bottom of the second and fourth. Alfaro had an RBI single, Cozens had an RBI double.
- Wednesday, September 7th: lost to Trenton, 3-2 (Mark Leiter, 0-1)
- Thursday, September 8th: @ Trenton, 7:00 PM – Ricardo Pinto
- Friday, September 9th: v. Trenton, 7:05 PM – Elniery Garcia
- Saturday, September 10th: v. Trenton, 7:05 PM – Tyler Viza (if necessary)
- Sunday, September 11th: v. Trenton, 6:05 PM – John Richy (if necessary)
Lakewood (74-65, 1-0) opened their playoff series with a 6-1 victory over Hagerstown. Game #2 will be held on Friday in Hagerstown.
Alberto Tirado started and after striking out the first batter, issued a walk, wild pitch, hit batter, RBI-single. He completed the inning with two more strike outs. He issued two more walks in the second inning, but no more runs. Tirado retired the Suns in order in the third, and gave up two harmless singles in the fourth. He was lifted after four innings having thrown 81 pitches, 48 strikes. He finished with 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K.
Grant Dyer followed with three, one-hit innings. He struck out three and walked one. Zach Morris and Sutter McLoughlin closed out the Suns with a perfect inning each, striking out two batters apiece.
The BlueClaws mounted a 12-hit attack. Every starter had at least one hit except “C” Randolph. Emmanuel Marrero had 3 hits and 2 RBI. Deivi Grullon had 2 hits and an RBI. Jose Pujols had 2 hits. Damek Tomscha had 2 RBI.
Lakewood tied and took the lead 3-1 in the fifth inning. They tacked on 1 run in the sixth, and 2 in the seventh. They went 5-16 with RISP.
- Wednesday, September 7th: defeated Hagerstown, 6-1 (Dyer, 1-0)
- Thursday, September 8th: no game scheduled
- Friday, September 9th: @ Hagerstown, 7:05 PM – Jose Taveras
- Saturday, September 10th: @ Hagerstown, 7:05 PM – Franklyn Kilome (if necessary)
Lakewood added OF Jesus Alastre for added depth before the game and assigned Harold Arauz to Williamsport to make room. Arauz wasn’t scheduled to pitch anyway, and his road woes have been documented in comments on our site. He can easily swap assignments with another pitcher for the next series.
- 9/7 – RF Jesus Alastre assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport.
- 9/7 – Harold Arauz assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood.
- Organization Rosters are up to date.