Lehigh Valley rallied in the ninth to tie and won on Nick Williams’ solo HR in the tenth.
Reading’s one-run rally in the ninth wasn’t nearly enough in a blowout loss.
Clearwater won the continuation of the suspended game with a ninth inning rally, and then won the night cap.
Lakewood won with a ninth inning rally.
Lehigh Valley (28-14) scored twice in the ninth inning to extend the game into extra innings, and won on a Nick WIlliams lead off HR (4) in the tenth inning.
Tom Eshelman (0.78) pitched 8.0 solid innings. He gave up 3 runs (2 ER) on 6 hits and a walk. He struck out four. He threw only 90 pitches, 65 strikes (72.2%) in those eight innings. Cesar Ramos (3-1, 2.13) pitched one, one-hit, scoreless inning and got the win. Pedro Beato (1.69) did the same and picked up his 13th save.
Eshelman also had a 2-hit game and is batting 1.000 this season (2-2). J.P. Crawford, Cameron Perkins (.269), and Pedro Florimon (.345) also had 2-hit games. The IronPigs scored a run in the fourth on a fielding error on a ground ball put in play by Crawford. Eshelman had kept the inning alive with a 2-out single earlier in the inning. The bats remained silent until the ninth when the IronPigs tied the game on RBI singles by Crawford and Perkins. That set the stage for Williams game winning shot in the tenth.
- #1 Crawford (.196): 2-4 with an RBI (13), BB
- #3 Alfaro (.293): DNP
- #4 Williams (.259): 1-5 with a run scored, HR (4), RBI (15), 2 K
- #6 Quinn (.277): 1-4 with a run scored, BB, K
- #9 Cozens (.212): DNP
- #12 Pivetta (2-0, 0.69): DNP
- #13 Hoskins (.322): 0-5
- #17 Pinto (3-3, 5.85): DNP
- #20 Appel (2-2, 6.69): DNP
- #25 Lively (5-1, 3.19): DNP
- #30 Valentin (.229): 7-day DL
Reading (23-14) lost to New Hampshire, 9-1.
Drew Anderson suffered his first loss. He lasted 3.0 innings giving up 5 runs on 9 hits. He struck out 2 and walked none. Joe DeNato (1.32) pitched 3.0 scoreless innings. Mario Hollands (4.15) gave up 3 runs in 2.0 innings. Alexis Rivero (2.38) finished by giving up a solo HR in his one inning.
Malquin Canelo had a 2-hit game and prevented the shutout with a two-out, RBI single in the ninth inning.
DeNato picked a runner off first base.
- #11 Kingery (.272): 0-4 with a BB
- #18: El. Garcia: Restricted List, 80-Game suspension
- #22 Anderson (3-1, 5.26): 3.0 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
- #23: Arano: 7-Day DL
- #24 Tocci (.315): 0-5
- #28 Canelo (.316): 2-5 with an RBI
- Pullin (.342): 1-3 with a BB, K
- Tromp (.259): 1-4
Clearwater (24-19) won 2 games against Lakeland, 6-5 and 5-1.
Game one was the resumption of Friday night’s suspended game. The Threshers trailed 3-0 in the top of the third with one out and runners on the corners. Blake Quinn (5.58) was replaced with Harold Arauz (1.23) who struck out the next two batters on 7 pitches. Arauz pitched 3.2 innings, striking out five. He gave up one run on a solo HR. Jake Waguespack (3.38) pitched the final 3.0 innings, striking out four. He also gave up a run on a solo HR.
The Threshers had pulled within 4-1 in the sixth inning on Damek Tomscha’s RBI single. They closed to 5-3 with two runs in the seventh on an RBI single by Emmanuel Marrero and an RBI ground out by Mark Laird. The Threshers walked off in the ninth with 3 runs on Mark Laird’s RBI single and Cornelius Randolph’s game-winning, 2-run single.
Pujols started the rallies in the seventh and ninth innings with base hits. He also recorded an outfield asist Friday before the game was suspended.
- #10 Randolph (.188): 1-5 with 2 RBI
- #29 Pujols (.184): 2-4 with 2 runs scored, K
In game two, the Threshers started reliever Edgar Garcia (3.92), as originally planned. Garcia did not disappoint with 4.0 innings of 1-run ball. He gave up 5 hits, but walked none and struck out six. Matt Hockenberry (1-0, 0-0) picked up the win with 2 scoreless innings, striking out three. Jeff Singer pitched the final inning in a non-save situation and retired the Tigers in order. Tyler Frohwirth had been activated for the game from XST but wasn’t needed.
The Threshers scored early and built a 4-1 lead. Zach Coppola (.333), who had 4 hits, singled to start the home first. He scored on Mark Laird’s RBI double. Laird scored on Damek Tomscha’s RBI single. Coppola had an RBI single in the second inning, as did Randolph. The Threshers tacked on a run in the sixth on Coppola’s 4th hit, and RBI single.
I charted Arauz in the first game. I was surprised that his fastball only sat 85-87 MPH. He touched 88 MPH 3 times in the fourth inning (his second) but never after that. However, he gets an inordinate amount of weak contact. of the six outs on balls in play, 4 were pop ups and one was a come backer to him on the mound. The sixth was a fly ball to right. But when he got hit hard, he got hit hard. When he fell behind a batter 2-0, he laid an 86 MPH FB in the zone and the batter crushed it into the bullpen.
A similar pitch occurred Friday. Blake Quinn ran a full count to a batter and tossed a 92 MPH cookie over the plate that cleared the LF wall. I reacted to the pitch as it sailed toward the plate. It looked like it was aimed just to get it over the plate.
As a team, the Threshers pitching staff leads the FSL in HR allowed.
Jose Pujols plays a reasonably good right field. He charges balls well and gets to balls laterally better than I had expected. Zach Coppola played RF in the second game. He made four catches on fly balls for outs. All four were balls that were dying as they cleared the infield and Coppola made sliding catches as he charged in to catch them.
Emmanuel Marrero was replaced after scoring a run in the second inning. He had an inauspicious inning. With runners on first and second and nobody out, he was asked to lay down a sacrifice bunt. He got the bunt down but put it in the worst possible place, hard back to the pitcher. The lead runner was forced at third. Later, and this is why I think he was pulled, he was on second with two out. Randolph lifted a fly ball to shallow center that fell in for a single. Coach Williams was waving the slow moving Marrero home, yet he seemed to slow as he made the turn. The play at the plate was much closer than it should have been. I guess due diligence would require me to suggest an injury on the play. But, it appeared to me that he expected the ball to be caught and he never got the jump from his secondary lead that he should have with two outs and a runner behind him.
- # 5 Kilome (2-2, 3.98): DNP
- #10 Randolph (.191): 1-3 with an RBI, K
- #27 Ed. Garcia (1-0, 3.92): 4.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
- #29 Pujols (.187): 1-3 with 2 K
Lakewood (23-19) rallied for four runs in the ninth to beat Hagerstown, 4-3.
Bailey Falter (3.89) pitched well. He gave up one run on 4 hits and 2 walks in 6.0 innings. He struck out 3 and threw 90 pitches, 62 strikes (68.9%). Mauricio Llovera (1.96) pitched an inning and gave up 2 runs on 4 hits. Ismael Cabrera (3-2, 1.53) struck out 2 and walked one in 1.0 inning but also stranded 2 inherited runners, and earned the win. Will Hibbs (0.00) picked up his 4th save with a scoreless ninth. That’s 12 appearances and 21.2 innings without allowing a run for Hibbs (4-0).
The BlueClaws entered the ninth trailing 3-0. With two outs, RBI singles by Brett Barbier, Darick Hall, Henri Lartigue, and Cord Sandberg put the BlueClaws in the lead.
Cord Sandberg (.287) went 2-4 with a triple.
Carlos Duran had on outfield assist (3rd base).
- #2 Moniak (.274): entered as a pinch runner for DH Darick Hall in the ninth inning and scored the eventual winning run
- #7 Sanchez (1-2, 3.70): DNP
- #16 Medina (1-2, 2.03): DNP
- #19 Brito (.256): 0-4 with a K
- #26 Romero (2-1, 2.11): DNP
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)
- 5/20 – RHP Blake Quinn assigned to Phillies Ext. Spring Training from Clearwater Threshers.
- 5/20 – RHP Tyler Frohwirth assigned to Clearwater Threshers from GCL Phillies.
- 5/19 – Phillies recalled Adam Morgan from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- 5/19 – Brandon Leibrandt assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Williamsport Crosscutters.
- 5/18 – Phillies optioned RHP Nick Pivetta to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- 5/16 – Reading Fightin Phils activated 3B Harold Martinez from the 7-day DL.
- 5/16 – Austin Davis assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers.
- 5/16 – Harold Arauz assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lakewood BlueClaws.
- 5/16 – Brandon Leibrandt assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Reading Fightin Phils.
- 5/16 – Tyler Hallead assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters.
- 5/16 – Tom Windle assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Reading Fightin Phils.
- 5/15 – Seranthony Dominguez assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Clearwater Threshers
- 5/15 – Jose Taveras assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Williamsport Crosscutters
- 5/15 – Lehigh Valley IronPigs released LHP Wander Perez (0-0, 5.63).
- 5/15 – Phillies optioned Ben Lively to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- 5/14 – Phillies recalled Ben Lively from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.