The top two teams in the organization played and lost Thursday night. Both are now on the verge of elimination. Lehigh Valley must sweep on the road, Reading must do the same at home.
Lehigh has yet to score in the playoff series. Their pitching in game two was not as good as that in game one.
Reading is suffering from a power outage. They have 17 hits in their two games but most of them are singles and they are not hitting when they have runners in scoring position.
Lakewood was off and returns to action Friday in game two on the road.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
This may be nothing, but I sometimes consider myself a conspiracy theorist. Or maybe I just look for information in the most obscure posts, transactions, or press releases. See what you think.
The Phillies have started using a new position delineator on their minor league rosters. In addition to Pitchers, Catchers, Infielders, and Outfielders; they have added Designated Hitter. The listed DH’s in the organization are – Jake Fox (REA), Zach Green (CLW), Luis Encarnacion (WPT), and Rony Noboa, Juan Carlos Smith, and Rusbel Vasquez (DSL1).
I can’t think of anything scarier for a prospect than to be labeled a DH on the minor league roster of a National League organization. The conspiracy theorist in me sees 6 players with little future in the organization. Two of the names surprise me. (Note: players have been listed as a DH in the DSL and VSL in previous years, but they were soon released. See Julsan Kamara.)
Lehigh Valley (85-58, 0-2) was shut out again, 7-0. They now must travel to Scranton for game #3 on Friday having gone scoreless in all 18 innings of post season play. At least they weren’t guilty of wasting another good pitching effort.
Anthony Vasquez put eight runners on base via 6 hits and 2 walks in his 4.0 innings. He gave up 2 runs in the first inning before recording an out. He retired 11 of the next 12 batters, but gave up 2 runs in the fourth after getting the first two outs in the inning.
James Russell came in and gave up 3 runs on 5 hits in his 2.0 innings. Gregory Infante struck out 3 in 2.0 innings. Dalier Hinojosa struck out 3 in 1.0 inning.
The IronPigs were shut out on 4 hits, again. They missed two opportunities to stay in the game before the RailRiders broke the game open in the middle innings. Taylor Featherston responded to Trenton’s two-run first with a lead off triple inn the bottom of the inning. He was stranded there. In the third inning, a lead off double by Jesse Valentin also went for naught.
J.P. Crawford went 0-4 and is 0-7 in the two games. Nick Williams went 1-3 with a double and is 1-7. Andrew Knapp went 0-4 and is 0-7. Brock Stassi (3-7, 4.29) and Jesse Valentin (2-5, .400) each had a double. The IronPigs are a combined 8-61 (.131).
- Wednesday, September 7th: lost to Scranton, 2-0 (Ben Lively, 0-1)
- Thursday, September 8th: lost to Scranton, 7-0 (Anthony Vasquez, 0-1)
- 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, 0-2) took a one -run lead in the first inning but fell behind by a run in the third, and the bull pen continued to give up runs stymieing Reading’s two rallies. The Phils return home for game #3 on Friday, and must sweep the three games this weekend to avoid elimination. Their fate is in the hands of recently promoted Elniery Garci, who will be making his first AA start.
Ricardo Pinto only lasted 3.0 innings plus 3 batters into the fourth. The bull pen was useless giving up an additional 5 runs, allowing 3 of 5 inherited runners to score. After the Phils closed to 4-3, the bull pen immediately restored the Thunder’s 3-run lead. With the lead cut to 6-4, the bull pen surrendered 3 runs in the eighth to ice the game.
Roman Quinn manufactured a run in the first inning. He opened the gtame with a single, stole second, moved to third on a ground out, and scored on a sac fly. The Phils closed the gap in the fifth scoring two runs on a fielding error and RBI ground out. They closed out their scoring with a Dylan Cozens’ lead off home run in the sixth.
Quinn went 2-4 with a run scored, walk, RBI, and stolen base. Scott Kingery also had 2 hits. Jorge Alfaro went 1-3 with an RBI. Dylan Cozens went 1-4 and is hitting .429. Rhys Hoskins went 0-4 and is 0-7 in the two games. As a team the Phils went 1-10 with RISP and are 3-20 in the series. They have 3 XBH among their 17 hits and have struck out 23 times.
- Wednesday, September 7th: lost to Trenton, 3-2 (Mark Leiter, 0-1)
- Thursday, September 8th: lost to Trenton, 9-4 (Ricardo Pinto, 0-1)
- 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) Game #2 will be held on Friday in Hagerstown.
- 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)
- 9/8 – Phillies activated RHP Alec Asher from the restricted list.
- Organization Rosters are up to date.