Lehigh Valley won behind Brandon Leibrandt’s pitching and home runs by Scott Kingery and J.P. Carwford.
Reading won in a walk off in ten innings. Carlos Tocci forced extras with his first AA home run in the eighth inning.
Clearwater committed 5 errors while JoJo Romero struck out ten and allowed an unearned run.
Lakewood won. Ranger Suarez and Trevor Bettencourt combined for a 4-hitter.
Williamsport lost. Greg Pickett (.372) hit his second HR, this one to the opposite field.
The GCL Phillies do not play on Sundays.
Lehigh Valley (52-31) beat Rochester, 3-0.
Brandon Leibrandt (1-0, 2.45) pitched 5-hit, shutout ball for 6.0 innings. He walked 2 and struck out four. Michael Mariot (4.32), Jesen Therrien (2.16), and Pedro Beato (3.47) pitched a perfect three innings. Beato notched his league-leading 23rd save.
Pedro Florimon (.303) went 3-3 with a run scored and a double. Scott Kingery (.286) went 1-4 with a HR (4) and 2 RBI. J.P. Crawford (.212) went 2-4 with a HR (3) and RBI.
Kingery hit a two-out, two-run HR (4) in the fifth inning to break a scoreless tie. Crawford hit a solo HR (3) with one out in the eighth to pad the lead.
Reading (49-30) beat Richmond, 4-3 in 10 innings.
Drew Anderson (3.56) pitched 5.0 innings and gave up one run on 2 hits and 2 walks. He struck out three and had thrown just 72 pitches when relieved. John Richy (6.59) gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and a walk in 1.1 innings. Tom Windle stranded one inherited runner and pitched 2.2 scoreless innings, although he gave up 4 hits, walked 2, while striking out four. Austin Davis (3-1, 2.63) picked up the win with a scoreless inning.
Kyle Martin’s 2-run HR (15) in the sixth inning gave the Phils a short-lived lead. Carlos Tocci’s two-out, solo HR (1) tied the game in the bottom of the eighth. The Phils walked off in the tenth when Malquin Canelo doubled and eventually scored on a fielding error.
Zack Coppola went 2-5 with his 9th SB in 14 attempts. He also had an outfield assist (home). Tyler Viza was used as a pinch hitter.
Clearwater (43-36) lost to Tampa, 3-0.
JoJo Romero (0-1, 0.00) had a great debut in Clearwater. He gave up one unearned run in 6.1 innings on 3 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 10, threw 95 pitches, and had a game score of 75. Blake Quinn (4.40) stranded the 2 runners he inherited. But, in 2.2 innings he gave up 2 runs (1 ER) on 2 hits and 2 walks. He struck out three.
Wilson Garcia (.266) had 2 of the Threshers 6 hits, including a triple. Cord Sandberg (.290) went 1-4. Cornelius Randolph (.232) went 0-3 with a walk and 3 strike outs. DH Luis Encarnacion (.333) made a bid to extend his cameo with the Threshers with another base hit.
The Threshers committed 5 errors. Romero picked a runner off first base.
Lakewood (44-37) beat Hagerstown, 2-0.
Ranger Suarez and Trevor Bettencourt combined for a 4-hit shutout. Suarez (6-2, 1.59) pitched 7.0 innings and gave up 3 hits and a walk while striking out five. He needed just 83 pitches and had a game score of 79. Bettencourt (3.62) earned his 6th save with 3 strike outs in 2.0 innings.
Darick Hall (.284) went 1-3 with a SF in the first inning and an RBI single in the eighth. His 60 RBI lead the Sally, by 11. Mickey Moniak (.273) went 2-4. Luke Williams stole his 16th base.
Darick Hall also is second in the SAL with 14 HR (the leader has 16). This and his high RBI total come after he missed almost 3 weeks back in April. His .284/.347/.547/.894 slash is remarkably similar to the .282/.372/.518/.890 he posted in Williamsport in 2016.
Williamsport (6-7) lost to West Virginia, 4-2.
Gustavo Armas (0-3, 5.79) gave up 3 runs (2 ER) in 6.0 innings on 5 hits and a walk. He struck out five and threw 93 pitches. Zach Warren (6.75) gave up 1 run on 3 hits in 2.0 innings. Armas committed the error that led to the unearned run and threw 2 wild pitches.
The Cutters managed just 3 hits, all by 3 players. Greg Pickett (.372), Jake Scheiner (.250), and Gregori Rivero (.286) had 2 hits each. Scheiner scored in the second inning on a wild pitch. Pickett hit a solo HR (2) in the eighth.
GCL Phillies (3-3) no game scheduled.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Transactions (and paper moves):
- 7/1 – Phillies sent RHP Vince Velasquez on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 7/1 – Addison Russ assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters