Lehigh Valley won as Tom Eshelman pitched a complete game shutout.
Reading won 2 games behind Tyler Viza’s shutout bolstered by 3 HR in the first; and Andrew Pullin’s walk off HR in the 13th inning in the second.
Clearwater rallied to win, Drew Stankiewicz hit a two-out, two-run, go-ahead home run.
Lakewood managed only four hits in a loss, Darick Hall accounted for all 3 runs.
Okay, I’m at a crossroad. This is NOT a Phillies discussion site. It is a Philies prospects discussion site. There are plenty of Phillies sites around for the type of negative discussion that the Phillies generate. I provide an open discussion each week for Phillies talk as a courtesy.
Lehigh Valley (36-16) shut out Indianapolis, 6-0.
Tom Eshelman (3-0, 1.40) went all nine innings and held the Indians to 5 hits and a walk. He struck out seven. He threw 112 pitches, 83 strikes (74.1%).
The Indianapolis starter was lifted after 2.2 innings, 67 pitches, and 1 run. The bullpen kept it close until former Phillies Antonio Bastardo (1 run in the seventh inning) and Josh Lindblom (4 runs in the eighth inning) entered the game.
Jorge Alfaro, Dylan Cozens, and Rhys Hoskins had 2 hits each. Cozens had 3 RBI. The IronPigs scored a run in the second on Jorge Flores’ RBI single. They added a run in the seventh on Hoskins’ RBI triple. Then they scored four times in the eighth on Alfaro’s RBI single and Cozens’ 3-run triple.
- #1 Crawford (.205): 0-3 with a run scored, 2 BB, K
- #3 Alfaro (.289): 2-5 with a run scored, double, RBI (26), 3 K
- #4 Williams (.279): 1-5 with 3 K
- #6 Quinn (.274): DNP
- #9 Cozens (.245): 2-4 with a run scored, double, triple, 3 RBI (41), BB, 2 K
- #12 Pivetta (5-0, 1.41): DNP
- #13 Hoskins (.316): 2-5 with a run scored, triple, RBI (41)
- #17 Pinto (3-3, 5.53): DNP
- #20 Appel (3-2, 6.75): DNP
- #25 Lively (6-1, 2.40): DNP
- #30 Valentin (.229): 7-day DL
Reading (26-23) swept two games from Portland, 0-2 and 4-3 in 13 innings.
Game One: Tyler Viza (3-3, 5.59) pitched 6.0 innings. He gave up 2 runs on 5 hits and a walk. He struck out five. Victor Arano saw his first action of the season and pitched a perfect seventh.
Jiandido Tromp had 3 hits. Mitch Walding and Malquin Canelo had 2 hits each. Tromp hit 2 solo home runs (2), Kyle Martin hit a 2-run HR (8), and Walding hit a solo HR (6).
- #11 Kingery (.311): 0-3
- #18: El. Garcia: Restricted List, 80-Game suspension
- #22 Anderson (3-2, 4.59): DNP
- #23: Arano (0.00): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
- #24 Tocci (.310): 1-3
- #28 Canelo (.265): 2-2 with a double, RBI (14)
- Pullin (.323): 0-2
- Tromp (.257): 3-3 with 3 runs scored, 2 HR (2), 2 RBI (18)
Game Two: Andrew Pullin hit a lead off home run in the 13th inning for a walk off victory. Angelo Mora went 3-5 with a HR (4) and 2 RBI (17). He put the Phils’ first two runs on the board with an RBI single in the fourth and a solo home run in the sixth. Osmel Aguila tied the game in the seventh with an RBI double.
John Richy (6.16) pitched 4.0 innings and gave up 2 runs on 5 hits. He walked none and struck out four. Alexis Rivero (3.14) pitched 2.0 scoreless innings. Yacksel Rios (2.18) pitched 3.0 innings but gave up a go-ahead run on a solo HR. Austin Davis (0.79) followed with 3.0 scoreless innings. Joe DeNato (4-1, 1.04) pitched 1.0 inning and picked up the win.
- #11 Kingery (.309): 1-4 with a double, 2 BB, K
- #18: El. Garcia: Restricted List, 80-Game suspension
- #22 Anderson (3-2, 4.59): DNP
- #23: Arano (0.00): DNP
- #24 Tocci (.305): 1-6
- #28 Canelo (.265): DNP
- Pullin (.323): 2-6 with 2 runs scored, double, HR (12), RBI (36)
- Tromp (.255): 1-5 with a double, 2 K
Clearwater (29-24) scored 6 runs after the fifth inning to rally and beat Florida, 9-5.
The marquee pitching match up of Alberto Tirado and Touki Toussaint did not measure up to expectations. Tirado (4.50) had control problems that provided the Frogs with additional base runners, and Toussaint did the same as well as give up 10 base hits.
Tirado was also hurt by a couple errors. He pitched 5.0 innings and gave up 5 runs (3 ER). He held the Frogs to 4 hits, but walked 4 and hit a batter. He threw 83 pitches, 49 strikes (59%). Four of the 5 runners who scored reached on 2 walks, a hit batter, and a throwing error. And, two of them scored on a fielding error.
Tirado’s velocity was all over the board. He touched every number from 81 to 96 except 87. His fastball ranged from 91 thru 96 MPH. He sat 93-96 MPH and hit 96 MPH 9 times, still touching it in his fifth inning. He got his 4 strike outs swinging at 83, 91, 83, and 86 MPH. He got 12 swinging strikes total, and 9 called strikes.
Harold Arauz (1-0, 2.31) earned the win with three perfect innings. He retired all nine batters he faced and striking out three. Arauz was surprisingly effective. He followed a pitcher who was cthrowing in the low to mid 90s. Arauz toped out at 88 MPH. He got his three strike outs swinging at 87, 87, and 79 MPH.
Jeff Singer began warming up for a save but entered in a non-save situation. His fastball sat 93-94 MPH but crept up to 97 MPH. He got both of his strike outs looking at 84 and 95 MPH. The second one was the “game-ender”.
Zach Coppola (.350) had a 3-hit game. Mark Laird (.270) and Cornelius Randolph had 2 hits each. Laird had 3 RBI. Deivi Grullon and Drew Stankiewicz had 2 RBI each. Stankiewicz hit a go-ahead, 2-run HR in the seventh inning.
Coppola tripled to lead off the first inning. It was a hard hit ball to the right center field gap on which the right fielder took a bad rout. He leaped and missed after a too-lateral approach. Laird followed with an RBI single. He eventually scored on Herlis Rodriguez’ ground out. Damek Tomscha scored in the third inning on Randolph’s sacrifice fly. Laird picked up his second RBI in the sixth inning on a ground out, the last run charged to Toussaint.
Stankiewicz hit his two-out, go-ahead home run after Rodriguez drew a two-out walk to extend the inning. The Threshers tacked on three insurance runs in the eighth inning on Laird’s RBI double and Grullon’s 2-run double.
I apologize to Grenny Cumana for my snarky comment yesterday. He successfully stole second base in the eighth inning today and scored on Laird’s double.
With Jose Pujols out of the line up, Randolph batted fifth.
- # 5 Kilome (3-2, 3.02): DNP
- #10 Randolph (.223): 2-4 with an RBI (25)
- #27 Ed. Garcia (1-1, 4.68): DNP
- #29 Pujols (.189): DNP
Lakewood (31-22) lost to Greensboro, 8-3.
Adonis Medina had his worst outing of the season. He gave up 5 runs (4 ER). He needed 90 pitches to get through 5.0 innings. He gave up a season-high 7 hits, walked three, and hit a batter. He struck out four. Ismael Cabrera (2.59) gave up a run in 2.0 innings. Casey Brown (6.75) gave up 2 unearned runs in 0.2 innings. And, Tyler Hallead (3.00) got the last out.
The BlueClaws scored first and remained competitive through the middle innings, but only managed four hits. Darick Hall (.267) had two of the hits, a double, walk and his sixth HR. He accounted for all 3 RBI. Mickey Moniak walked twice and scored twice.
Lakewood committed 3 errros that led to 3 unearned runs.
- #2 Moniak (.279): 0-2 with 2 runs scored, 2 BB, K
- #7 Sanchez (1-2, 3.70): DNP
- #16 Medina (1-5, 3.42): 5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
- #19 Brito (.244): 0-4
- #26 Romero (3-1, 2.32): 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): With the DSL season starting this weekend, expect to see some movement from XST in Clearwater to the DSL rosters later this week.
- 5/31 – Phillies placed RHP Vince Velasquez on the 10-day disabled list. Right flexor strain.
- 5/31 – Phillies recalled RHP Ricardo Pinto from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- 5/30 – Phillies sent OF Daniel Nava on a rehab assignment to Reading Fightin Phils.
- 5/30 – RF Aaron Brown assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Reading Fightin Phils.
- 5/30 – Reading Fightin Phils activated RHP Victor Arano from the 7-day disabled list.
- 5/29 – Phillies activated LF Howie Kendrick.
- 5/29 – Phillies sent LF Daniel Nava on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- 5/29 – Phillies optioned RHP Zach Eflin to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- 5/28 – RHP Franklyn Kilome assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Phillies Ext. Spring Training.
- 5/28 – RHP Edgar Garcia assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Clearwater Threshers.