Lehigh Valley won as Nick Williams continued his recent power surge with his 4th HR in the past week.
Reading lost but Tyler Viza pitched well in a no decision.
Clearwater fell behind in another bullpen game and couldn’t recover.
Lakewood lost the “fog” game but thrashed Delmarva in the night cap behind a superb game by Bailey Falter.
Lehigh Valley (32-15) came back to tie the game in the sixth and put it away with a crooked number in the eighth as they beat Louisville, 9-4.
Tom Eshelman (1.82) started but missed out on the decision. He pitched 6.2 innings, striking out six and walking none. But he gave up all four runs on seven hits. He threw 93 pitches, 64 strikes (68.8%). Eshelman wasn’t lifted until the seventh inning. With the score tied, he gave up a one out triple. After striking out the next batter, he was relieved by Pat Venditte who ended the threat and stranded the inherited runner. Venditte (0.36) pitched a scoreless eighth and was awarded the victory. Pedro Beato (1.54) retired the side in order in a non-save situation.
The IronPigs overcame an early one run deficit with two runs in the fourth inning, one on a fielding error on a ball hit by Jorge Alfaro and an RBI single by Nick Williams. They responded to Louisville’s three-run sixth with Williams’ two-run HR (7) to tie the game at four. And, they blew the game open with five runs in the eighth on Taylor Featherston’s three-run HR (2), and Hector Gomez’ two-run HR (3).
Williams and Featherston (.271) hit home runs and had three RBIs each. Williams had two hits along with J.P. Crawford and Jorge Alfaro.
Howie Kendrick (.143) started in LF, batted third, played the entire game and went 1-4 with a run scored. With Kendrick in the outfield, Roman Quinn was in CF, Williams in RF, and Dylan Cozens had the night off.
- #1 Crawford (.184): 2-4 with a run scored, BB
- #3 Alfaro (.286): 2-4 with 2 runs scored, RBI (23)
- #4 Williams (.269): 2-4 with a run scored, HR (7), 3 RBI (23), K
- #6 Quinn (.266): 1-5 with a SB (9)
- #9 Cozens (.215): DNP
- #12 Pivetta (4-0, 1.04): DNP
- #13 Hoskins (.329): 0-2 with a run scored, 2 BB
- #17 Pinto (3-3, 5.66): DNP
- #20 Appel (2-2, 7.59): DNP
- #25 Lively (5-1, 2.79): DNP
- #30 Valentin (.229): 7-day DL
Reading (23-20) suffered their seventh loss in a row, losing 4-3 to New Hampshire in 11 innings.
Reading opened up a 3-0 lead on an RBI ground out by Andrew Pullin and an RBI single by Jiandido Tromp in the first inning, and an RBI single by Carlos Tocci in the third inning. But those three runs required five of the nine singles the Phils would get in the game. In fact, they only got one hit after the sixth inning, a Tocci single.
Tyler Viza (5.95) pitched six, three-hit innings. He gave up two unearned runs in the third inning when the Phils committed both of their two errors. He walked none and struck out seven. Viza retired the last ten batters he faced, and left with a 3-2 lead. Colton Murray (4.91) pitched two innings and blew the save allowing the game-tying run in the eighth inning. Jesen Therrien (1.05) pitched two scoreless innings, striking out three. Miguel Nunez (0-3, 2.00) got the first out in the 11th before giving up a walk off HR on a 2-0 pitch.
- #11 Kingery (.294): 2-5 with 2 runs scored, K, SB (10)
- #18: El. Garcia: Restricted List, 80-Game suspension
- #22 Anderson (3-2, 5.14): DNP
- #23: Arano: 7-Day DL
- #24 Tocci (.305): 2-5 with an RBI (20), 2 K
- #28 Canelo (.280): 1-4 with a run scored
- Pullin (.327): 0-5 with an RBI (32)
- Tromp (.254): 1-4 with an RBI (15), BB
Clearwater (27-22) lost to St. Lucie, 5-2.
Edgar Garcia was asked to start again and gave up 4 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks in 4.1 innings. He struck out five. Blake Quinn (5.57) gave up a run on no hits and two walks in 1.2 innings. Matt Hockenberry (2.77) struck out three in 2.0 scoreless innings.
The Threshers scored two runs in the seventh inning after falling into a 5-0 hole. They converted on two-out, RBI singles by Drew Stankiewicz (.295) and Grenny Cumana (260).
Cumana had 2 of the Threshers 8 hits. Damek Tomscha (.307) had a double, their only XBH. The Threshers struck out twelve times with Jose Pujols striking out in all 4 of his at bats.
- # 5 Kilome (2-2, 3.63): DNP
- #10 Randolph (.201): DNP
- #27 Ed. Garcia (1-1, 4.68): 4.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR
- #29 Pujols (.192): 0-4 with 4 K
Lakewood (28-20) split two games with Delmarva. They dropped the continuation of the suspended game 4-3, and came back to whip the Shorebirds 8-0 in the night cap.
Game One: Adonis Medina’s line was affected by the umpire’s decision to play until the BlueClaws lost a ball in the fog. The decision led to 3 runs. Medina ended up allowing 4 runs (3 ER) on 2 hits and 5 walks. He struck out five. Casey Brown was on the mound when the game restarted on Friday and allowed the inherited runner to score from second before ending the sixth inning. He pitched two more scoreless innings. Mauricio llovera pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.
Mickey Moniak had a two-hit game. Edgar Cabral (.262) went 4-4 with 2 runs scored, a double, a HR (1), and an RBI. Darick Hall (.259) had the ‘Claws other hit. Their other two runs scored on a throwing error and a Daniel Brito ground out. Arquimedes Gamboa (.241) went 0-4 in his first game back off the DL.
Moniak had an outfield assist (home). Brown picked a runner off first.
- #2 Moniak (.290): 2-4
- #16 Medina (1-4, 2.98): 5.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 5 K, WP, 104 pitches, 67 strikes
- #19 Brito (.243): 0-4 with an RBI (11), K
Game Two: Bailey Falter (2-2, 3.35) pitched his best game of the season. He pitched 6.0 innings of shutout ball and gave up just 3 hits and a walk. He struck out seven (and recorded a game score of 75, his highest since a 78 last season). Jonathan Hennigan (5.31) struck out three in two innings. Trevor Bettencourt (0.56) struck out three in one inning.
The BlueClaws ended the suspense early with an eight-run third inning. Their first run scored on a throwing error on a force attempt. Darrick Hall brought home the second run with an RBI single. Brett Barbier followed with a 2-run double. The fifth run scored on a fielder’s choice by Henri Lartigue. Luke Williams chased home the next two runs with a 2-run double. He scored the final run of the inning on another error by the Shorebirds.
Daniel Brito and Cord Sandberg (.273)had 2-hit games. Luke Williams scored twice in the 8-run inning. Sandberg, Williams, and Barbier each doubled in the game. Barbier and Williams had 2 RBIs each. Arquimedes Gamboa didn’t play in the second game.
Sandberg entered the game as a defensive replacement for Mickey Moniak at the start of the second inning. No explanation. Moniak had been called out on strikes in the bottom of the first. There is no indication whether he was injured or ejected. Sorry, that’s all I have.
- #2 Moniak (.288): 0-1 with a K
- #7 Sanchez (1-2, 3.70): DNP
- #16 Medina (1-4, 2.98): DNP
- #19 Brito (.249): 2-5 with a run scored, K
- #26 Romero (2-1, 2.20): 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)
- 5/26 – Reading Fightin Phils placed 3B Harold Martinez on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to May 25, 2017. Finger sprain.
- 5/25 – Jose Antequera assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lakewood BlueClaws.
- 5/25 – Jonathan Guzman assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Clearwater Threshers.
- 5/25 – Phillies activated RHP Jeanmar Gomez from the 10-day disabled list.
- 5/25 – Phillies optioned Adam Morgan to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- 5/25 – Washington Nationals traded C Nick Rickles to Philadelphia Phillies.
- 5/25 – C Nick Rickles assigned to Reading Fightin Phils.
- 5/25 – Reading Fightin Phils released C Joel Fisher.
- 5/25 – Lakewood BlueClaws activated SS Arquimedes Gamboa from the 7-day disabled list.
- 5/25 – 3B Jose Antequera assigned to Phillies Ext. Spring Training from Lakewood BlueClaws.
- 5/24 – Phillies sent OF Howie Kendrick on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- 5/24 – RHP Franklyn Kilome assigned to Phillies Ext. Spring Training from Clearwater Threshers.
- 5/24 – RHP Blake Quinn assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Phillies Ext. Spring Training.
- 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.