Lehigh Valley scratched out just four hits in a loss.
Reading walked off with a victory.
Clearwater finally put some runs on the board to keep pace in the first half race.
Lakewood won behind another “Fanti-tastic” start.
Lehigh Valley (43-23) lost to Buffalo, 4-2.
The IronPigs spotted Jake Thompson (2-7, 6.79) a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but he allowed 4 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks in 6.1 innings. The first chink in his armor came on a 3-run HR in the third inning. Hoby Milner (2.70) struck out 3 of the 5 batters he faced in 1.2 innings of relief.
Lehigh collected only 4 hits in the contest. Jorge Alfaro put them on the board with a home run (5) following Brock Stassi’s single in the first inning. Rhys Hoskins double later in the inning, but the IronPigs only got one more hit the rest of the way, Stassi’s sibngle in the third. They managed 3 other base runners on a strike out wild pitch in the fifth, and back-to-back lead off walks in the sixth, but couldn’t find a way to score. The ‘Pigs struck out eleven times.
Dylan Cozens picked up an outfield assist (second).
- #1 Crawford (.194): DNP
- #3 Alfaro (.267): 1-3 with a run scored, HR (5), 2 RBI (31), BB
- #4 Williams (.274): 0-4 with 3 K
- #6 Quinn (.274): 7-day DL
- #9 Cozens (.243): 0-4
- #12 Pivetta (5-0, 1.41): promoted to Phillies
- #13 Hoskins (.291): 1-4 with a double, K
- #16 Pinto (3-3, 4.65): DNP
- #19 Appel (4-2, 5.71): DNP
- #24 Lively (6-1, 2.40): promoted to the Phillies
- #29 Valentin (.229): 7-day DL
Reading (37-25) beat Bowie, 8-7 in 13 innings. Reading rallied to take the lead in the top of the ninth, only to see the game tied in the bottom of the inning.
Brandon Leibrandt (3.65) gave up 3 runs on 9 hits and 2 walks in 6.0 innings. John Richy (6.94) pitched 1.0 inning and gave up 2 runs (1 ER). Joe DeNato (1.31) gave up 1 run in his 1.0 inning. Alexis (3.31) blew his second save allowing a run in the ninth. He pitched 2.0 innings and gave up 3 hits and 4 walks. Austin Davis (2-0, 0.93) got the win with three 2-hit innings and 6 strike outs. Leibrandt picked another runner off first.
Carlos Tocci drove in the Phils first run with a single in the fifth inning. Scott Kingery drove in their second run with a double in the seventh. Trailing 6-2 going into the ninth, the Phils scored 5 runs on another RBI double by Kingery, a 2-run single by Mitch Walding, and RBI singles by Angelo Mora and Nick Rickles. After Rivero blew the save, the Phils re-took the lead in the 13th inning on Nick Rickles SF.
Every starter except Coppola had at least one hit. Mora (.301) had four. Kingery had three. Jiandido Tromp(.273), Andrew Pullin, Kyle Martin (.192), and Walding had 2 hits each. The Phils had 17 hits and drew 7 walks.
Coppola had an outfield assist (second).
- #11 Kingery (.302): 3-7 with a run scored, 2 doubles, 2 RBI (37), K, SB (16)
- #17: El. Garcia: Restricted List, 80-Game suspension
- #21 Anderson (5-2, 3.77): DNP
- #22: Arano (1.23): DNP
- #23 Tocci (.286): 1-5 with a run scored, RBI (22), 2 BB, K
- #27 Canelo (.238): DNP
- Pullin (.310): 2-6 with 2 runs scored,BB, K
Clearwater (36-31) survived a 90 minute rain delay and beat Lakeland, 6-2.
The Threshers lost starter Edgar Garcia (3.75) to the rain delay after he threw an eleven-pitch, 10-strike first inning. Harold Arauz (1.74) took the mound after the delay and pitched 4.0, one-hit innings. He walked none and struck out three. Matt Hockenberry (2-0, 3.38) pitched 3.0, one-run innings to get the win. Jeff Singer (2.91) gave up a run in a non-save situation.
It looked like the Threshers were going to waste another good pitching effort. Lakeland used a rehabbing pitcher to start the game and was able to come back with their regular starter, Matt Hall, after the rain stoppage. It looked like a brilliant move. He struck out 8 in 4.0 scoreless innings with his murderous curve ball. Fortunately, the Threshers hitters were patient enough to get his pitch count in to the 80s.
The Threshers jumped all over the Tigers bullpen. Anthony Gose (yes, that Anthony Gose) only retired one batter and gave up 4 runs. Gose threw balls at 94-97 MPH. And by balls, I mean not strikes. He looked like Charlie “Wild Thing” Sheen when his first pitch sailed over the catcher and umpire and hit the backstop about ten feet above the ground, at 97 MPH. His first seven pitches were balls.
Grenny Cumana went 4 for 4 and scored 2 runs. Damek Tomscha, Wilson Garcia, and Cornelius Randolph had 2 hits each.
Clearwater broke the scoreless tie with 5 runs in the sixth on an RBI triple by Emmanuel Marrero, an RBI single by Mark Laird, a 2-run single by Wilson Garcia, and an RBI single by Randolph. Damek Tomscha tacked on a run in the eighth with an RBI single.
- # 5 Kilome (3-2, 2.60): DNP
- #10 Randolph (.230): 2-5 with an RBI (29), 3 K (he had problems with the curve)
- #26 Ed. Garcia (1-1, 4.20): DNP
- #28 Pujols (.180): 0-4 with 3 K (on a FB at 87, and CB at 75 and 79) his K% is 46.9
- #30 Seranthony Dominguez (3-0, 2.02): rehabbing a shoulder injury in XST
Lakewood (37-30) beat Delmarva, 8-3.
Nick Fanti (5-0, 2.25) had another nice effort. He took a line drive off his leg early in the game but hung around to pitch 5.2 innings allowing 2 runs (1 ER) on 5 hits and a walk. He struck out five. I saw a tweet that said Fanti’s FB was 88-89 MPH according to the scoreboard gun but that the gun was a “few” MPH slow. Trevor Bettencourt (3.80) stranded the inherited runner but gave up a run in 1.1 innings. Jonathan Hennigan (4.85) struck out three in 2.0 scoreless innings.
Lakewood had 12 hits, every starter had at least one hit. Mickey Moniak, Brett Barbier, and Edgar Cabral had 2 hits each. The BlueClaws got on the board with two runs in the first inning on an RBI single by Darick Hall and an RBI double by Edgar Cabral. They added 2 runs in the fourth on Barbier’s solo HR (3) and Carlos Duran’s ground out. They tacked on a run in the sixth on an RBI single by Luke Williams. And they pulled away with 3 runs in the seventh on RBI singles by Mickey Moniak, Barbier, and Cabral.
- #2 Moniak (.278): 2-4 with 2 runs scored, RBI (26), SB (6)
- #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.
The Cutters broke camp when their last game was shortened by a thunder storm. They will fly out of Clearwater tomorrow. Don’t be surprised if a big name 2016 pick stays behind to rehab an injury before reporting to WPT later this month. I can’t wait to see who fills out the roster.
- #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