… and then there was one.
Reading’s playoff run came to an end last night in a 3-2 loss at home to Trenton. That leaves only one team from the organization alive in the post season, the Lakewood BlueClaws.
With our teams having been eliminated by teams affiliated with the Cardinals and Yankees, Lakewood will continue their playoff run against the Rome Braves, the Class A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. They begin the championship series on Monday on the road.
Reading (89-52, 1-2) Lost to Trenton, 3-2, and dropped the series three games to one, thus ending the Phils’ playoff run and season.
Tyler Viza pitched 6.0 innings and held the Thunder to one earned run on four hits and two walks. He struck out five. Unfortunately for Viza and the Phils, the Thunder scored two unearned runs to break a 1-1 tie and forge a two-run lead that the Phils could not completely overcome.
Viza gave up a two-out home run to Dante Bichete in the second inning. The Phils responded in the home half of the inning with a Jake Fox RBI single following a Rhys Hoskins lead off double.
With two out in the third inning, Viza issued a walk followed by an infield single. The first unearned run scored on a throwing error on a ground ball to third. In the bottom of the inning, Christian Marrero led off with a single. Dylan Cozens’ one-out double put runners in scoring position. But, the Phils were unable to convert.
In the fifth inning, another throwing error by an infielder put a runner on base, extended the inning, and eventually led to the second unearned run scoring and a two run deficit. The Phils didn’t respond until the seventh inning. KC Serna opened the inning with a double. He moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a ground out.
Serna was the Phils last base runner. The Thunder’s bull pen retired nine in a row and struck out the Phils’ final four batters.
Hoby Milner struck out two in 1.2 innings and gave up 3 hits but no runs. Victor Arano entered with two out in the eighth and stranded a base runner. He struck out all four batters he faced.
KC Serna (.429) went 2-3 with a run scored, double and a walk. Rhys Hoskins (.200) went 1-4 with a run scored and a double. Christian Marrero (.250) went 1-4 with an RBI.
Among other prospects, Roman Quinn (.294) went 1-3 with a sacrifice and stolen base. Dylan Cozens (.400) went 1-4 with a double. Jorge Alfaro (.353) went 0-4. Scott Kingery (.188) went 0-4.
As a team, the Phils committed three errors, struck out 14 times, and went 1-9 with RISP.
- 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: defeated Trenton, 13-5 (Elniery Garcia, 1-0)
- Saturday, September 10th: lost to Trenton, 3-2 (Tyler Viza, 0-1)
Lakewood (74-65, 2-0) Will return to action Monday against the South Division winner, the Rome Braves.
- Wednesday, September 7th: defeated Hagerstown, 6-1 (Grant Dyer, 1-0)
- Friday, September 9th: defeated Hagerstown, 5-2 (Jose Taveras, 1-0)
- Monday, September 12th: @Rome
- Tuesday, September 13th: @Rome
- Wednesday, September 14th: No game scheduled
- Thursday, September 15th: v. Rome
- Friday, September 16th: v. Rome (if necessary)
- Saturday, September 17th: v. Rome (if necessary)
- In case you missed this earlier, Nick Williams was removed from Lehigh’s game Friday night after running into a railing in an attempt to catch a foul fly ball.
- 9/10 – Phillies designated 2B Taylor Featherston for assignment.
- 9/10 – Phillies selected the contract of Joely Rodriguez from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- 9/10 – Phillies recalled Luis Garcia from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- 9/10 – Phillies recalled Cody Asche from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- 9/10 – Phillies recalled Phil Klein from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- Organization Rosters are up to date.