Lehigh Valley lost again and is 3-5 since June 26th.
Reading overtook Lehigh Valley for the best winning percentage in the organization. Oh, and Carlos Tocci went long for the second game in a row. Juiced ball? Park effect? Law of averages? Launch angle? Spinach?
Clearwater lost to a couple long balls.
Lakewood dropped a Fanti start.
Williamsport got drubbed late.
The GCL Phillies lost in 10 innings, and were victims of the new extra innings rule, again.
Zach Eflin is reportedly scheduled to pitch four innings in Tuesday’s 10:00 AM GCL game.
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Lehigh Valley (52-32) lost to Rochester, 12-3.
The IronPigs had a brief 3-1 lead after the fourth inning but the Red Wings just piled it on over the next four innings. An error derailed Cesar Ramos (4-3, 3.86) and he was saddled with the loss. He gave up 5 runs (1 ER) on 4 hits and 2 walks in 4.2 innings. He struck out five. Colton Murray (5.24) and Pat Venditte (3.30) gave up some runs, plus Murray allowed 2 inherited runs to score. Mark Peterson (9.53) mopped up.
Rhys Hoskins (.296) provided the IronPigs runs with a 3-run HR (20). He has 66 RBI. Kingery (.290) had a double and sacrifice. Crawford (.212) went 1-4. Cozens (.236) went 2-4. Osmel Aguila (.259) had 2 hits.
Reading (50-30) beat Richmond, 8-3.
Cole Irvin (2-0, 3.46) gave up 3 runs on 8 hits and a walk in 7.0 innings. He struck out 3 and threw 95 pitches, 70 strikes (73.7%). Shane Watson (4.87) pitched 2.0, two-hit innings. Irvin (.200) also went 1-3 with a double.
Carlos Tocci (.308) went 3-3, hit his second HR, drove in a run (31), and walked twice. Tromp (.290) also went 3-3 with 2 runs scored, and RBU (32), and 1 walk. Mora (.301) had 2 hits. Walding hit his 20th HR and had 3 RBI (48).
Clearwater (43-37) lost to Tampa, 3-2.
Jose Taveras (5-4, 2.45) gave up 3 runs on 2 HR, 6 hits and 2 walks in 7.0 innings. Matt Hockenberry (3,86) struck out 3 in 2.0 innings.
Taveras FB sat 89-91, and touched 92 MPH. five of his 6 K came on off speed pitches, four out of five swinging. He pitched behind a lot, only throwing 53.3% first pitch strikes. But, he threw 62.9% strikes (56/69). He only ran 3 three-ball counts (walking two). Both HR came on FB (89 and 90), and there was no doubt on either of them. The first one landed on top of Frenchy’s Tiki Bar.
Taveras has an easy 3/4 delivery. He looks like he’s slinging the ball with minimal effort. He also shows no emotion when things don’t go his way. He looks like nothing bothers him on the mound.
Randolph (.237) had 2 hits and a walk. Mark Laird (.283) had a hit and RBI. And, Luis Encarnacion (.385) went 2-4 with a run scored, double, and RBI. He’s really filling in well as the DH for the Threshers.
Zach Green was activated, batted third, and played third base. He went 0-4 with 2 K. Every Thresher except Randolph struck out at least once. Green also started an important around-the-horn double play.
Damek Tomscha is taking BP and is expected to come off the DL soon.
Lakewood (44-38) lost to Hagerstown, 6-3.
Nick Fanti (5-2, 3.07) gave up 4 runs on 8 hits in 4.1 innings. He walked none and struck out five. Tyler Hallead (3.03) gave up a run on 4 hits in 1.1 innings. He also allowed an inherited runner to score. Addison Russ gave up an unearned run in 2.0 innings. Casey brown (2.77) pitched a scoreless inning.
Darick Hall (.288) had 2 hits including his 15th HR and 2 RBI (62). Carlos Duran (.230) had 3 hits and an RBI. Those 5 hits were all the offense the BlueClaws could muster.
Fanti picked a runner off first base.
Williamsport (6-8) lost to West Virginia, 11-6.
Will Stewart went 4.1 innings and gave up 2 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks. Connor Brogdon pitched 2.0 innings, gave up 2 runs on a hit and walk, and struck out five. Jhon Nunez blew the save and took the loss with 4 runs in 1.1 innings. Jake Kelzer allowed 3 more in 0.1 innings. Brogdon stranded 2 inherited runners. Nunez let 2 of 2 inherited runners score. Kelzer allowed one of one inherited runners to score.
Josh Stephen hit his first home run and had 2 hits. Greg Pickett (.396) went 3-5 with a double. Jhailyn Ortiz (.235) also went 3-5.
Adam Haseley (.400) went 2-4 with a double, walk, and 2 runs scored. Austin Listi also had 2 hits, as did Gregori Rivero (3.20).
Nunez picked a runner off first base.
GCL Phillies (3-4) lost to the GCL Braves, 6-5 in 10 innings.
Jose Jimenez (6.48) pitched 5.0 shutout innings, striking out four. Robinson Martinez (8.10) blew the save, giving up 3 runs. Rafael Carvajal (0-1, 2.25) took the loss, allowing 3 runs (1 ER). The Phillies had scored in the top of the inning, but the inning started with a runner on second. A walk and double accounted for the tying and wining runs.
Simon Muzziotti (.346) went 3-5 with 2 triples and 4 RBI. How could anybody creates a top 30 that didn’t include this guy 😉 . Guzman (.318) went 2-5 with a double.
Jimenez picked a runner off first base. The Phillies had scored 3 runs in the top of the ninth to force extras.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Transactions (and paper moves):
- 7/3 – Phillies traded IF James Lovett to Seattle
- 7/3 – Clearwater Threshers activated SS Zach Green from the 7-day disabled list
- 7/3 – Clearwater Threshers placed 2B Derek Campbell on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to June 30, 2017.
- 7/2 – Phillies signed free agent SS Luis Garcia to a minor league contract
- 7/2 – Phillies traded RHP Tyler Frohwirth to Miami
- 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