Lehigh Valley rallied late (again) and held on to win, again.
Reading rallied late but fell short.
Clearwater blew a spectacular start by Jose Taveras and lost in eleven.
Lakewood pulled away and held on to win.
Lehigh Valley (29-14) scored 3 runs in the ninth to overcome a 1-0 deficit and beat Syracuse, 3-2.
Ben Lively pitched 6 shutout innings. He gave up 5 hits, walked none, and struck out nine. Michael Mariot (2-2, 5.17) got the win with 2.0, one-run innings. He struck out three. Pat Venditte (0.39) earned his first save, but made it interesting with 3 hits and a run in the bottom of the ninth.
Lehigh’s only scoring threat came in the fifth inning when they loaded the bases on 3 consecutive singles to start the inning. Syracuse escaped with a 1-2-3 DP of the bat of Lively. The bases were re-loaded when Roman Quinn was HBP, but a fly out ended the inning.
The IronPigs tied the game on Nick Williams lead off HR (5) in the ninth. Cameron Perkins followed with a base on balls and Taylor Featherston provided a two-run lead with his first home run.
- #1 Crawford (.191): 0-3 with a BB
- #3 Alfaro (.285): 0-4 with a K
- #4 Williams (.259): 1-4 with a run scored, HR (5), RBI (16)
- #6 Quinn (.276): 1-4
- #9 Cozens (.212): DNP
- #12 Pivetta (2-0, 0.69): DNP
- #13 Hoskins (.315): 0-3 with a BB
- #17 Pinto (3-3, 5.85): DNP
- #20 Appel (2-2, 6.69): DNP
- #25 Lively (5-1, 2.79): 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K
- #30 Valentin (.229): 7-day DL
Reading (23-15) rallied twice to tie but fell short in an 8-7 loss to New Hampshire.
Tyler Viza (6.94) gave up 5 runs in 5.2 innings on 6 hits and 2 walks. Yacksel Rios (1-2, 2.81) gave up 3 runs on 3 hits and took the loss. In between, Austin Davis (0.00) allowed 2 hits in 1.1 scoreless innings.
Scott Kingery had 4 hits, scored 4 runs, hit 2 HR, and had 2 RBI. But he struck out once and didn’t steal any bases. Slacker. Malquin Canelo hit a HR and had 2 RBI.
- #11 Kingery (.289): 4-5 with 4 runs scored, 2 HR (13), 2 RBI (27), K
- #18: El. Garcia: Restricted List, 80-Game suspension
- #22 Anderson (3-1, 5.26): DNP
- #23: Arano: 7-Day DL
- #24 Tocci (.313): 1-4 with a run scored, double, RBI, BB
- #28 Canelo (.311): 1-5 with a HR (2), 2 RBI, 2 K
- Pullin (.333): 0-4 with a BB, K
- Tromp (.259): DNP
Clearwater (24-20) lost to Lakeland in 11 innings.
Jose Taveras (2.36) pitched into the eighth inning and left with a 2-1 lead. He pitched 7.2 innings, struck out 11 batters, and out dueled Tigers prospect and 2016 fourth round pick Kyle Funkhouser. He took a one-hit shutout into the eighth inning, and according to the broadcast had a low pitch count. He gave up a lead off home run in the eighth and was lifted after a two-out single. Ranfi Casimiro (4.44) got the final out of the inning. Jeff Singer (2.08) suffered his first blown save of the season when he gave up a HR in the bottom of the ninth. Luke Leftwich (4.18) took the loss when he allowed an unearned run in the 11th.
Funkhouser was almost as efficient. He struck out 10, walked none, but gave up 2 runs.
The Threshers scored first on Drew Stankiewicz solo HR (3) in the third inning. Taveras made that run stand up until the eighth inning when the Threshers doubled their lead on Grenny Cumana’s RBI single.
- # 5 Kilome (2-2, 3.98): DNP
- #10 Randolph (.191): DNP
- #27 Ed. Garcia (1-0, 3.92): DNP
- #29 Pujols (.196): 2-4 with a run scored, 2 K
Lakewood (24-19) opened up leads of 4-0 and 6-1 and coasted to a 6-3 victory over Hagerstown.
Lakewood scored 2 runs in the first inning on Mickey Moniak’s RBI triple and Darick Hall’s RBI single. They added a run in the third on another Hall RBI single that plated Moniak after a double. The BlueClaws scored another run in the fourth on David Martinelli’s RBI single. After the Suns score a run, the ‘Claws scored two in the sixth on Edgar Cabral’s RBI double and Jose Antequera’s RBI single.
Felix Paulino (6.18) was only required to go 4.0 innings. He shut out the Suns on 2 hits and 2 walks, and struck out four. Zach Morris (6.23) gave up 3 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks in 1.0+ innings. He faced 4 batters in the sixth and turned over a bases loaded nobody out situation to Trevor Bettencourt (2-0, 0.60) who got out with minimal damage on a strike out, sacrifice fly, sacrifice. Bettencourt faced the minimum in 3.0 innings, struck out five, and got the win. Will Hibbs (0.00) picked up his 6th save.
- #2 Moniak (.274): 2-5 with 2 runs scored, double, triple, RBI
- #7 Sanchez (1-2, 3.70): DNP
- #16 Medina (1-2, 2.03): DNP
- #19 Brito (.256): DNP
- #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)
- 5/21 – SS Jonathan Guzman assigned to Clearwater Threshers from DSL Phillies.
- 5/21 – SS Emmanuel Marrero assigned to Phillies Ext. Spring Training from Clearwater Threshers.
- 5/21 – Phillies activated RHP Aaron Nola from the 10-day disabled list.
- 5/21 – Phillies optioned Adam Morgan to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.