Lehigh Valley won behind Nick Pivetta’s strong pitching and Dylan Cozens’ home run.
Reading lost in spite of Andrew Pullin’s 2-RBI night.
Clearwater split a pait of games.
Lakewood walked off for the second night in a row.
Lehigh Valley (30-14) beat Indianapolis, 3-1.
Dylan Cozens put the IronPigs ahead with his fourth inning, 2-run HR (12) and Nick Pivetta pitched seven innings of 1-run ball.
Pivetta allowed 7 hits but walked none and struck out nine. Hoby Milner (0.00) and Casey Fien (0.00) pitched a scoreless eighth after Pivetta allowed a lead off double. Pedro Beato (1.61) picked up his 14th save. Combined the relievers struck out 4 in 2.0 innings and retired 6 straight batters.
Lehigh Valley scored 2 runs in the fourth after falling behind in the top of the inning. Jorge Alfaro was hit by a pitch to lead off and Cozens followed with his blast to right center field. They tacked on an insurance run in the sixth. Rhys Hoskins drew one of his two walks, stole second, and advanced to third on Nick Williams infield single. He scored on Taylor Featherston’s sacrifice fly.
- #1 Crawford (.186): 0-4 with a K
- #3 Alfaro (.281): 0-2 with a run scored, BB, 2 K, HBP
- #4 Williams (.258): 1-4 with a SB (4)
- #6 Quinn (.269): 0-4
- #9 Cozens (.219): 2-4 with a run scored, HR (12), 2 RBI (34), K
- #12 Pivetta (4-0, 1.04): 7.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, Balk, 84 pitches, 66 strikes
- #13 Hoskins (.318): 1-2 with a run scored 2 BB, SB (1)
- #17 Pinto (3-3, 5.85): DNP
- #20 Appel (2-2, 6.69): DNP
- #25 Lively (5-1, 2.79): DNP
- #30 Valentin (.229): 7-day DL
Reading (23-17) lost to Trenton, 5-2.
Andrew Pullin provided the offense. He had 2 hits, a solo HR (10), and 2 RBI. Shane Watson couldn’t get out of the fourth inning. He lasted 3.1 innings, gave up 4 runs on 5 hits and walked three. He struck out two. He threw 66 pitches, 37 strikes.
Newly reassigned Colton Murray (5.40) allowed one of two inherited runners to score and also gave up a run on 3 hits, but struck out 3 in 1.2 innings. Joe DeNato (1.15) pitched 2.0 shutout innings. Miguel Nunez (1.53) pitched one.
Not much offense besides Pullin. In the fourth inning, his tenth HR pulled the Phils within 3-1. They pulled within 5-2 in the sixth. Scott Kingery singled with one out. He was forced out by Malquin Canelo who moved to second on Carlos Tocc’s single. Canelo scored on Pullin’s line drive double to right field. Every starter except Kingery struck out at least once.
Tocci picked up an outfield assist (second base). The Phils turned 3 double plays.
Early in the day, Mario Hollands was released. The LHP had reached the major league team as a non-roster invitee from the 2014 spring training camp. He ended the season on the 60-day DL with a flexor strain in his left elbow. In April of 2015, Hollands returned to the 60-day DL with a left elbow injury. He had Tommy John surgery and was placed on the 60-day DL at the start of the 2016 season. In July of 2016, he was DFA-ed and continued his return in Clearwater, Reading, and Lehigh Valley. He finished the season on Reading’s 7-day DL. His comeback with the Phillies ended in Reading where he had a record of 1-0 and ERA of 4.15 in 13.0 innings, 10 appearances. He had issued 12 walks and struck out nine.
- #11 Kingery (.289): 1-4
- #18: El. Garcia: Restricted List, 80-Game suspension
- #22 Anderson (3-1, 5.26): DNP
- #23: Arano: 7-Day DL
- #24 Tocci (.310): 1-4 with a K
- #28 Canelo (.299): 0-4 with a run scored, K
- Pullin (.338): 2-4 with a run scored, double, HR (10), 2 RBI (31), K
- Tromp (.254): 0-2 with a BB, K
Clearwater (25-21) lost the suspended game (that they had led 4-0), 10-4 and won the night cap, 3-1.
Game one (susp.): Wow! Can’t explain this reversal. I guess the Phillies thought Cole Irvin could finish the 9-inning game and the bullpen could handle the seven inning game. If so, the strategy back fired as Irvin had his worst outing of the season.
Irvin (3-5, 3.20) was torched for a 6-run sixth inning. In 3.0 innings he gave up 8 hits and 3 walks. Matt Hockenberry (3.27) gave up 4 runs on 4 hits and a walk in the final 2.0 innings.
The offense couldn’t mount a comeback. Their best opportunity came in the seventh after falling behind in the sixth. The Threshers got singles from Grenny Cumana and Zack Coppola. Cornelius Randolph sacrificed the runners to second and third. Florida responded by walking Damek Tomscha. The inning ended on a double play.
Coppola had 3 hits. Randolph, Tomscha, Cumana, and Austin Bossart had two each. Tomscha had 3 RBI, Bossart had one. Jose Pujols had an outfield assist (at home) that saved Irvin even more damage.
- # 5 Kilome (2-2, 3.63): 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
- #10 Randolph (.201): 2-3 with a run scored, BB, K
- #29 Pujols (.189): 0-5 with 4 K
Game two: Tyler Gilbert (3.18) came off the DL and gave up one run in 2.0 innings on a solo home run. Ranfi Casimiro (2-1, 3.81) got the win with 4.0 scoreless innings. He struck out five. Luke Leftwich (4.01) earned his fourth save. He struck out three.
The Threshers only had 5 hits but they made them count. They started the scoring with Deivi Grullon’s solo HR (4) in the second inning. Jan Hernandez put the Threshers in fron in the fifth with a lead off, solo HR (8). In the sixth, Mark Laird led off with a single and stole second. After his foul pop up was dropped, Damek Tomscha stroked an RBI double to center. The Threshers’ only other base runners were Laird with a single in the first, Rodriguez with a walk in the second, and Laird again with a walk in the third. He also stole a base (3).
Jonathan Guzman made his debut at short and struck out 3 times.
- # 5 Kilome (2-2, 3.63): DNP
- #10 Randolph (.197): 0-2 with 2 K
- #27 Ed. Garcia (1-0, 3.92): DNP
- #29 Pujols (.189): DNP
Lakewood (26-19) beat Greensboro, 3-2 in an 10-inning walk off.
Brett Barbier opened the scoring with a solo HR (1) in the second inning. Lakewood added another run in the third. Carlos Duran doubled and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Greensboro forced extra innings and the BlueClaws prevailed in the tenth. Edgar Cabral led off with a double. David Martinelli came in to run and scored on Luke Williams sacrifice bunt when the third baseman made an errant throw.
Cord Sandberg recorded an outfield assist (at home) in the first inning.
- #2 Moniak (.285): 1-4 with a K
- #7 Sanchez (1-2, 3.70): DNP
- #16 Medina (1-2, 2.03): DNP
- #19 Brito (.249): 0-4
- #26 Romero (2-1, 2.20): 6.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
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)
- 5/23 – Phillies placed LF Daniel Nava on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to May 21, 2017. Left hamstring strain.
- 5/23 – Phillies recalled LHP Adam Morgan from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- 5/23 – RHP Colton Murray assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- 5/23 – Reading Fightin Phils released LHP Mario Hollands.
- 5/23 – Clearwater Threshers activated LHP Tyler Gilbert from the 7-day disabled list.
- 5/22 – Lakewood BlueClaws released LHP Zach Morris.
- 5/22 – LHP Casey Brown assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters.
- 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.