Lehigh Valley was held scoreless after Tuesday night’s offensive explosion.
Reading came from behind to claim victory.
Clearwater dropped a double header in which they scored one run and allowed 5 unearned runs. They likely cost themselves the first half race with 4 games remaining.
Lakewood scored 14 runs on 21 hits on their way to a lop-sided victory.
Lehigh Valley (43-22) was shut out by Buffalo, 4-0.
Mark Appel (4-3, 5.71) gave up 4 runs in 5.2 innings on 8 hits, only 2 walks, and struck out four. Ricardo Pinto (4.65) stranded two inherited runners and pitched 2.1 scoreless innings.
Osmel Aguila and Jorge Flores (.233) had 2 hits each at the bottom of the order.
- #1 Crawford (.194): DNP
- #3 Alfaro (.266): 1-4 with a K
- #4 Williams (.280): DNP
- #6 Quinn (.274): 7-day DL
- #9 Cozens (.248): 0-4 with a K
- #12 Pivetta (5-0, 1.41): promoted to Phillies
- #13 Hoskins (.291): 0-3 with a BB, K
- #16 Pinto (3-3, 4.65): 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
- #19 Appel (4-2, 5.71): 5.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
- #24 Lively (6-1, 2.40): promoted to the Phillies
- #29 Valentin (.229): 7-day DL
Reading (36-25) beat Bowie, 5-4.
Miguel Nunez (3.55) gave up ,4 runs in 4.2 innings on 8 hits and 2 walks. He struck out four. Tom Windle (4-2, 8.18) got the win in his first appearance since coming off the DL. He entered in the fifth and stranded both inherited runners. He completed 1.1 innigs with a walk and a strike out. Shane Watson (5.06) pitched two scoreless innings. Victor Arano (1.23) picked up his first save with a 1-2-3 inning.
Reading only mustered 6 hits, all singles. Zach Coppola (.269) had 2 hits, a walk, and 3 steals from the lead off position. He scored the Phils first run on a successful double steal with Scott Kingery. He led off the third with his second single and scored on Andrew Pullin’s fielder’s choice.
The Phils pulled ahead to stay in the sixth inning on RBI singles by Angelo Mora and Chace Numata. The final run scored on a throwing error during Numata’s single.
Kyle Martin drew 3 walks. Miguel Nunez picked a runner off first. Kingery’s batting average dipped below .300.
- #11 Kingery (.299): 1-4 with a BB, SB
- #17: El. Garcia: Restricted List, 80-Game suspension
- #21 Anderson (5-2, 3.77): DNP
- #22: Arano (1.23): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
- #23 Tocci (.288): 1-4 with a run scored, K
- #27 Canelo (.238): 0-4 with a K
- Pullin (.310): 0-4 with an RBI (41)
Clearwater (35-31) dropped both ends of a double header to Lakeland, 5-1 and 1-0.
Game One: These were difficult game to watch. In the first game, Alberto Tirado (4-4, 3.98) looked great in his first two innings. He retired all 6 batters, got 2 Ks with his slider, and needed only 20 pitches.
Then, “Bad Albert” made an appearance. Tirado got a swinging strike to open the third, but walked two batters on 8 consecutive pitches. Lakeland tried to sacrifice. Tirado fielded the bunt and fired wide of third base and a run scored. Lakeland put the same play on and Tirado repeated his performance, firing the ball wide of third. The Tigers went to the well one more time, but Tirado caught the popped bunt to retire the batter. But the damage had been done.
“Bad Al” came out and walked the first batter in the fourth on 5 pitches. A single put runners on first and second, and Lakeland went back to their bread and butter – a sac bunt to Tirado. He tried to catch the ball before it bounced but fumbled the attempt for a fielding error. A fielder’s choice cut down a run at home, but a double down the right field line was destined to allow 2 runs to score. When Jose Pujols missed the ball by the bleachers, all three runners scored.
With the Threshers anemic offense, 5 runs was more than enough, although they did score on a Pujols sac fly to avoid the shutout.
Mark Laird (.264) had 2 hits. Ranfi Casimiro (3.44) pitched 2.2 scoreless innings. Tyler Gilbert (3.00) pitched one scoreless.
- #10 Randolph (.225): 0-2 with a BB, 2 K
- #28 Pujols (.184): 0-2 with a SF, 2 K
Game Two: John Waguespack (2.23) out-pitched Tigers prospect Kyle Funfhouser for five innings. He held the Tigers to two hits and a walk while striking out four. His FB was 92-94, touching 95 MPH. He left with the game in a scoreless tie having thrown 76 pitches. JWags is still being stretched out as a starter and hasn’t gone past five innings in any of his four professional starts. His 76 previous appearances have all been in relief.
The only run scored when a Lakewood runner attempted to steal third and scored when the throw was inaccurate. Luke Leftwich (0-4, 4.00) suffered the loss. He struck out four in his two innings. He lilely would have escaped the inning if the stolen base had been uncontested. There were two outs and the batter struck out on the next pitch.
The Threshers managed just four hits again. Jan Hernandez had two.
- # 5 Kilome (3-2, 2.60): DNP
- #10 Randolph (.225): DNP
- #26 Ed. Garcia (1-1, 4.20): DNP
- #28 Pujols (.184): DNP
- #30 Seranthony Dominguez (3-0, 2.02): rehabbing a shoulder injury in XST
Lakewood (36-30) crushed Delmarva, 14-1.
Bailey Falter (3-3, 3.20) evened his record with five, shutout innings. He allowed 6 hits, walked none, and struck out six. Tyler Hallead (2.31) struck out 3 in two, scoreless innings. Casey Brown (5.14) gave up a run in two innings.
The BlueClaws amassed 21 hits and 6 walks. They had 6 extra base hits including 3 HRs. Every starter got a hit. Mickey Moniak and Raul Rivas (.284) had 4 each. David Martinelli (.230) and Luke Williams (.211) had 3 each. Darick Hall (.260) and Carlos Duran (.242) had 2 each. Hall hit his 10th HR and had 4 RBI. Duran hit his 1st HR and had 5 RBI. Brett Barbier (.237) hit his 2nd HR and had 2 RBI. Rivas had the other 2 RBI.
- #2 Moniak (.274): 4-5 with a run scored, double, BB
- #7 Sanchez (2-2, 3.07): DNP
- #15 Medina (2-5, 3.13): DNP
- #18 Brito (.236): DNP
- #25 Romero (4-1, 2.26): DNP
Williamsport (0-0) – first game on Monday, June 19th at State College.
- #8 Gowdy
- #14 Stobbe
- #20 Ortiz
GCL Phillies (0-0) – first game on Monday, June 26th v. Yankees West.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Transactions (and paper moves):
- 6/14 – RHP Jacob Waguespack assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lehigh Valley IronPig
- 6/14 – LHP Cole Irvin assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Clearwater Threshers
- 6/13 – Phillies traded LHP Joely Rodriguez to Texas Rangers for Player To Be Named Later
- 6/13 – OF Osmel Aguila assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils
- 6/13 – LHP Tom Windle assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Williamsport Crosscutters
- 6/13 – 3B Jose Antequera assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Williamsport Crosscutters
- 6/11 – Phillies activated RHP Joaquin Benoit from the 10-day disabled list.
- 6/11 – Phillies placed 2B Cesar Hernandez on the 10-day disabled list. Strained left oblique
- 6/11 – RHP Sixto Sanchez assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters
- 6/10 – Jacob Waguespack assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Clearwater Threshers
- 6/10 – Colton Murray assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils
- 6/10 – Tommy Bergjans assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Phillies Ext. Spring Training
- 6/10 – RHP Jose Taveras assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Williamsport Crosscutters
- 6/10 – Ismael Cabrera assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Lakewood BlueClaws
- 6/9 – Phillies traded 3B Taylor Featherston to Tampa Bay Rays for cash
- 6/9 – Lehigh Valley IronPigs placed LF Roman Quinn on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to June 8, 2017
- 6/8 – Phillies designated LHP Joely Rodriguez for assignment
- 6/8 – Phillies selected the contract of RHP Casey Fien from Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 6/7 – LF Jiandido Tromp assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 6/7 – 1B Brock Stassi assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils
- 6/6 – RHP Ranfi Casimiro assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Reading Fightin Phils.
- 6/6 – RHP Tyler Frohwirth assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Clearwater Threshers
- 6/6 – LF Enmanuel Garcia assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters.
- 6/5 – Phillies optioned 1B Brock Stassi to Reading Fightin Phils
- 6/5 – Phillies recalled RHP Nick Pivetta from Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 6/5 – RHP Jose Taveras assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Clearwater Threshers.
- 6/5 – LF Cord Sandberg assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lakewood BlueClaws.
- 6/4 – Lehigh Valley IronPigs placed RHP Zach Eflin on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to June 3, 2017