Lehigh Valley was shut out in game one before rain postponed the second. Double header scheduled again for Sunday.
Reading split their double header, getting shut out in game one, then shutting out the Portland in game two.
Clearwater rebounded with a win against a Braves’ pitching prospect.
Lakewood’s Nick Fanti (8.2 innings, 9 K) combined with Trevor Bettencourt to no-hit the Columbia Fireflies, 1-0.
Lehigh Valley (14-13) was shut out for the fourth time this season, 8-0. A second game was rained out. Double header tomorrow, probables: Appel and TBD.
Ricardo Pinto went 3.0 innings and gave up 7 runs on 5 hits, 4 walks, and 2 HR. Colton Murray (4.50) struck out 4 in 2.0 innings. Wander Perez (5.63) struck out 2 in 1.0 innings. Pinto recorded a game score of eight.
Jorge Alfaro and Taylor Featherston (.286) had 2 hits each. J.P. Crawford extended his hitting streak to three. He has hit in 8 of his last nine, and gone 9 for 32 (.281) in those games.
- #1 Crawford (.159): 1-3
- #3 Alfaro (.330): 2-3 with a double, K
- #4 Williams (.270): 1-3 with a K
- #6 Quinn (.242): 0-3
- #9 Cozens (.161): 0-3
- #12 Pivetta (2-0, 0.69): called up to Philadelphia
- #13 Hoskins (.326): 0-3
- #17 Pinto (2-3, 4.83): 3.0 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 2 HR, WP, 76 pitches, 43 strikes
- #20 Appel (1-2, 7.48): DNP
- #25 Lively (3-1, 2.79): DNP
- #30 Valentin (.244): 1-3
Reading (14-11) split a double header, losing 5-0 on 2 hits and winning 2-0.
Shane Watson (2-1, 4.84) went 3.0 innings. He allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits and a home run. He walked none and struck out none. Tom Windle (8.31) and Alexis Rivero (2.25) pitched 3.0 shutout innings. Scott Kingery and Malquin Canelo had the only hits in game one, both doubles.
- #11 Kingery (.292): 1-3 with a double, K
- #24 Tocci (.307): 0-3 with a K
- #28 Canelo (.276): 1-2 with a double, K
- Pullin (.303): 0-3 with a K
- Tromp (.257): 0-3 with a K
Mario Sanchez (2.60) started game two and went 3.2 innings, He gave up 2 hits and walked two. He struck out three. Yacksel Rios (1-1, 2.16) struck out 2 in 1.1 innings and picked up the victory. Jesen Therrien (1.62) struck out 3 in 2.0 innings and earned his fifth save. Chace Numata (.211) and Jorge Flores had 2 hits apiece. Kingery and Kyle Martin had the only other hits. Flores had the only RBI. Kingery started the game with a triple and scored on a wild pitch.
- #11 Kingery (.290): 1-4 with a run scored, triple, K
- #18: El. Garcia: Restricted List, 80-Game suspension
- #22 Anderson (2-0, 6.97): DNP
- #23: Arano: 7-Day DL
- #24 Tocci (.307): entered as a defensive replacement
- #28 Canelo (.276): DNP
- Pullin (.297): 0-2 with a BB, K
- Tromp (.257): DNP
Clearwater (19-11) put five earned runs on the board early against Touki Toussant, the Braves #11 prospect (and 2014 1st round pick by Arizona), and won 7-4.
Blake Quinn (1-1, 3.33) gave up 3 runs on 9 hits and a walk in 5.0 innings. He struck out 5 and gave up 2 HR. Austin Davis (1.33) pitched 3.0, one-run innings. Jeff Singer (1.98) retired all three batters in the ninth for his 6th save.
The Threshers amassed 13 hits. Every starter had at least one hit. Damek Tomscha (.346), Drew Stankiewicz (.350), Zach Coppola (.293), and Grenny Cumana (.250) had 2 hits each. Herlis Rodriguez hit his 5th HR. Rodriguez and Austin Bossart had 2 RBI apiece. Bossart also drew 2 walks.
Cumana stole 2 bases (7) and Coppola stole one (7).
Coppola had an outfield assist.
- # 5 Kilome (2-1, 2.51): DNP
- #10 Randolph (.194): DNP
- #27 Ed. Garcia (0-0, 4.22): DNP
- #29 Pujols (.179): 1-5, with a run scored, 2 K
Lakewood (18-12) no-hit Columbia, 1-0.
Nick Fanti (2-0, 1.48) pitched 8.2 innings, allowed 3 walks, and threw 113 pitches before being relieved. Trevor Bettencourt ended the suspense with a 4-pitch strike out to earn his second save and preserve the combined no-no.
Fanti struck out nine including Tim Tebow twice. He didn’t allow a base runner until a leadoff walk in the fourth inning. That runner was erased on a steal attempt by catcher Edgar Cabral. A leadoff walk was stranded in the fifth.
Fanti pitched clean through the next three innings, striking out the side in the eighth. Although he had thrown 97 pitches, Fanti came out to pitch the ninth. The first batter reached second on a throwing error, but was thrown out at third on a fielder’s choice. Fanti got the second out on his ninth strike out. After a walk and 113 pitches, Coach Malloy made the call to the pen.
Blake Taylor pitched well for Columbia and the BlueClaws didn’t get on the board until the eighth inning. They scored an unearned run off a Fireflies reliever without benefit of a hit. Cabral reached second on a throwing error and was sacrificed to third by Danny Zardon. He scored on Jose Antequera’s sacrifice fly.
Lakewood only managed 4 hits. Carlos Duran had two, Cabral (double) and Zardon one each.
- #2 Moniak (.275): 0-4 with a K
- #7 Sanchez (0-2, 2.79): DNP
- #16 Medina (0-2, 2.16): DNP
- #19 Brito (.306): 0-4
- #26 Romero (1-1, 2.92): DNP
- Nick Fanti – 8.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 K, 113 pitches, 72 strikes, game score 95
Last summer, Baseball America’s Josh Norris was in Clearwater. In an August 2nd article the purpose of which was probably to update BA’s readers on the progress of the 2016 draft’s #1 pick, Norris mentioned Fanti and included a video clip. He described Nick as,
“A wiry-bodied lefty listed at 6-foot-1 and 188 pounds, Fanti flummoxed the Yankees with a mid-80s fastball that peaked at 88 as well as a sneaky curveball in the high-70s and a developing changeup with a touch of fade in the low-80s.
Although the fastball wasn’t overpowering, his ability to add hard cut and run at will enabled him to get swings and misses and weak contact all afternoon. The outing only continued a run of success he’s had this year in a return to the GCL, where he’s gone 4-0, 1.38 with 47 strikeouts and just five walks in 33 innings.
He also varied the break on his curveball, softening it up when he needed to drop it in for a strike or tightening the pitch when he wanted to get the punchout.”
Fanti went on to a 7-0 GCL record, 1.57 ERA, and 0.87 WHIP with 65 K and 9 BB in 51.2 IP. He was one of two pitchers selected to the GCL end-of-season All Star Team. The other was team mate Sixto Sanchez. 2B Daniel Brito was also selected to the team.
Williamsport (0-0) – first game on Monday, June 19th at State College.
- #8 Gowdy
- #15 Stobbe
- #21 Ortiz
GCL Phillies (0-0) – first game on Monday, June 26th v. Yankees West.
DSL Phillies (0-0) – first game on Saturday, June 3rd.
DSL Phillies2 (0-0) – first game on Saturday, June 3rd.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Transactions (and paper moves)
- 5/6 – RHP Harold Arauz assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters.
- 5/6 – LHP Zach Morris assigned to Phillies Ext. Spring Training from Lakewood BlueClaws.
- 5/5 – Phillies recalled Jake Thompson from Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 5/5 – Phillies optioned Ty Kelly to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 5/4 – RHP Matt Hockenberry assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Williamsport Crosscutters.
- 5/3 – Clearwater Threshers placed LHP Tyler Gilbert on the 7-day disabled list.
- 5/2 – RHP Tyler Viza assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- 5/2 – Osmel Aguila assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Williamsport Crosscutters.
- 5/2 – Reading Fightin Phils placed 3B Harold Martinez on the 7-day disabled list. Lower back strain.
- 5/2 – Seranthony Dominguez assigned to Phillies Ext. Spring Training from Clearwater Threshers.
- 5/2 – Ranfi Casimiro assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Williamsport Crosscutters
- 5/2 – Harold Arauz assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Lakewood BlueClaws.
- 5/2 – RHP Felix Paulino assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters.