Lehigh Valley and Reading are on their All Star breaks.
Clearwater pitchers struck out 15 in a close win, Ranger Saurez struck out 7 in his debut.
Lakewood lost in spite of HRs by Jesus Alastre, Edgar Cabral, and Arquimedes Gamboa.
Williamsport scheduled off.
The GCL Phillies won on a walk off HR by Nieporte. Dominguez pitched rehab innings.
Lehigh Valley (55-35) All Star game v. PCL All Stars on Wednesday, schedule resumes on Thursday, July 13th.
Reading (51-36) All Star game on Wednesday, schedule resumes on Thursday, July 13th.
By my calculations, Elniery Garcia has served his 80-game suspension and should come off the restricted list before Reading’s game 88 (he was placed on the RL after Reading’s 7th game).
Clearwater (47-40) beat Dunedin, 3-1.
Ranger Suarez made his Clearwater debut. He threw 4.0 innings and held the Blue Jays scoreless on 3 hits and 2 walks. He struck out seven. He was lifted because his pitch count had reached 86 (57 strikes, 66.3%). Suarez, who hadn’t pitched in 8 days and had to endure a 1:09 delay to the game’s start, had some control issues. He threw just 9 of 17 first pitch strikes (52.9%). He ran three, 3-ball counts.
Suarez did strike out 7 batters, including the side in the fourth after an inning opening single and double put runners in scoring position with nobody out. He got all three swinging at off speed pitches – 87, 87, and 85 MPH. His other strike outs came swinging at FB of 94 and 92 and looking at 85 and 92.
In addition to his control questions, Suarez had trouble putting batters away. The Blue Jays fouled off 25 of the 57 strikes he threw extending at bats and innings. Suarez averaged 5.1 pitches per batter. Six of seventeen batters saw more than 5 pitches in an at bat, 2 at bats were as long as ten pitches. Suarez’ FB sat 91-93, t 95 MPH.
Luke Leftwich (3.02) struck out 5 in 3.0 scoreless innings. Jeff Singer (5-2, 2.47) got the win with two innings of one-run ball. He struck out four.
The Threshers had few scoring opportunities in the first seven innings when Jays starter Conor Fisk shut then out on 2 hits and a walk while striking out nine.
Fortunately for the Threshers, they were able to attack the Jays bullpen in the eighth. A single by Jose Antequera and a walk to Mark Laird with one out started the game winning rally. A wild pitch pushed both runners into scoring position. Emmanuel Marrero quickly responded with a 2-run double off the wall in right center field. He scored on a couple wild pitches by the next reliever.
Bo Bichette debuted at DH with the Blue Jays. He flied out and grounded out against Suarez. Leftwich walked him. He reached first on a strike out, wild pitch by Singer. Singer struck him out again for the final out of the game. Vlad Guerrero Jr. arrived late and was in the dugout but not the line up.
Lakewood (48-41) lost to Greensboro, 9-6. Next game on Wednesday, July 12th.
Bailey Falter (3.53) gave up 4 runs in 4.0 innings on 10 hits and a walk, He struck out one. Addison Russ (0-1, 4.50) suffered the loss allowing 3 runs on 4 hits and a walk in 2.0 innings. Tyler Hallead (5.66) gave up 2 runs in 1.0 inning. Trevor Bettencourt retired the side while striking out two.
The BlueClaws took a short-lived lead with 5 runs in the fifth inning on a solo HR by Edgar Cabral (2), a 2-run double by Jesus Alastre, and a 2-run HR by Arquimedes Gamboa (2). After falling behind by two, Alastre cut the lead in half with a solo HR (1) in the seventh. But, that was as close as they would get.
Alastre went 3-4 with a double, HR (2), and 3 RBI. Cabral, Henri Lartigue, and Luke Williams had 2 hits apiece.
Alastre and Mickey Moniakeach recorded outfield assists on plays at the plate.
Williamsport (11-9) no game scheduled.
GCL Phillies (8-4) beat the GCL Tigers, 7-6.
Threshers RHP Seranthony Dominguez made a long-awaited rehab start. He was on a pitch count and was lifted with one out in the third inning after 51 pitches. He left with runners on the corners.
Dominguez looked rusty as he recorded a walk and 2 strike outs in a 21 pitch first inning. He looked sharper in the second as he needed only 16 pitches to retire the side. He struck out two more in the inning, and saw it extended by a couple of foul balls. In the third, he didn’t get a call on the first 2 pitches that looked good and ended up with a 4-pitch walk. He walked the next batter in a 7-pitch battle while the runner advanced to third on a wild pitch and passed ball. The last batter he faced popped up a bunt to first.
Dominguez threw 26 strikes among his 51 pitches (51%). His FB was 96-97 thru the first 2 innings and dipped to 95-97 in the third. HIs line 2.1 IP. 0 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, WP.
Sandro Rosario relieved and allowed both inherited runners to score. In 4.2 innings, he gave up 3 runs (1 ER) on 4 hits, 3 walks, and 2 wild pitches. Aaron Brown started the eighth and threw 30 pitches to retire one batter on a strike out and walk four others tying the game. Anton Kuznetsov came in to get the last two outs and strand three base runners. He pitched a 1-2-3 ninth and recorded two strike outs. He was mid-80s with his FB.
The Phillis out hit the Tigers 13-4, but they out-walked us 10-2. Ben Pelletier got the Phillis on the board with a lead off HR (2) in the second. Brayan Gonzalez walked and two batters later an event occurred that I don’t recall ever seeing – back-to-back-to-back RBI triples. Catcher Kipp Moore started the sequence with a drive to right center that was about a foot from being a ground rule double. Simon Muzziotti followed with a drive down the right field line into the corner. An, Jonathan Guzman completed the hat-trick with a line drive over the shortstop that split the outfielders and rolled to the warning track in left center.
After giving back 3 of those runs in the top of the third, the Phillies extended their lead on a Quincy Nieporte tripled to right center after Damek Tomscha doubled.
The Tigers came back to tie the game in the seventh, and the Phillies retook the lead in the bottom of the inning on Pelletier’s RBI single.
After the Tigers came back to tie the game again in the eighth, Nieporte delivered a walk off HR (2) to left to decide the game.
Gonzalez stole 2 bases. The Phillies ran two runners into outs at plate in the seventh and eighth innings in an effort to score go ahead runs – Nieporte and Markham.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
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Transactions (and paper moves):
- 7/11 – Sent RHP Seranthony Dominguez on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies
- 7/11 – Nerluis Martinez assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies
- 7/10 – Phillies activated RHP Jerad Eickhoff from the 10-day disabled list.
- 7/10 – Lehigh Valley IronPigs activated RHP Zach Eflin from the 7-day disabled list.
- The organization’s rosters are up to date.