Lakewood’s Nick Fanti no-hit Charleston and Henri Lartigue provided all the offense with his seventh HR.
Lehigh Valley beat Gwinnett with a 5-run ninth. J.P. Crawford hit his eighth home run.
Reading rushed out to a ten-run lead over New Hampshire.
The GCL Phillies rallied in the ninth only to let the game slip away in the bottom of the inning.
Clearwater and Williamsport were rained out.
Lakewood (51-43) Nick Fanti (7-2, 2.52) pitched a complete game no-hitter. He walked one batter in the second inning (on a 3-2 pitch) and struck out twelve. Henri Lartigue provided all the offense with his seventh home run in the second inning and a single in the eighth.
Nick Fanti was a 31st round pick. A lot of people heard that and dismissed him.
Nick Fanti showed up in Clearwater in 2015 with an upper 80s fastball. A lot of people heard that and dismissed him. He went 1-1, 2.55, striking out 20 in 17.2 innings with 6 BB and a 1.13 WHIP.
Nick Fanti returned to Clearwater in 2016 for a second stint with the GCL Phillies. A lot of people heard that and dismissed him. He still had an upper 80s fastball that touched 90. A lot of people heard that and dismissed him. He went 7-0, 1.57, striking out 65 in 51.2 innings with 9 BB and a 0.87 WHIP. He was one of two pitchers selected for the end of season GCL All Star team. (The other was Sixto Sanchez.)
Nick Fanti was assigned to Lakewood in 2017. A lot of people still dismiss him. He was selected to start in the SAL All Star game and was the Player of the Month in May. And still people dismiss him. He has gone 7-2, 2.52, striking out 94 in 89.1 innings with 17 BB and a 0.87 WHIP. The upper range of his fastball has been reported to be up to 91, touching 93.
I have watched Nick Fanti pitch on numerous occasions since he was signed. I liked the way he pitched before I was aware of his velocity. My upper 80s reports probably shaped some people’s opinions. But, Nick Fanti can pitch. Maybe when I look past and disregard velocity, I’m seeing that intangible that scouts call “make up”. All I know is that I see a kid who knows how to pitch. Whether this will carry him to the upper levels of the organization remains to be seen. But, if he is enjoying a few extra MPH on his fastball, maybe those upper levels are within reach.
I leave you with this report by Josh Norris of Baseball America in an article he published on August 2, 2016.
"Beyond the pack of intriguing, familiar prospects on the GCL Phillies’ roster, there was another player who stuck out on Monday. Lefthander Nick Fanti, a 31st-round selection in the 2015 draft out of high school in Smithtown, N.Y., whom the Phillies signed for $100,000, went five shutout innings and punched out eight. A wiry-bodied lefty listed at 6-foot-1 and 188 pounds, Fanti flummoxed the Yankees with a mid-80s fastball that peaked at 88 as well as a sneaky curveball in the high-70s and a developing changeup with a touch of fade in the low-80s. Although the fastball wasn’t overpowering, his ability to add hard cut and run at will enabled him to get swings and misses and weak contact all afternoon. The outing only continued a run of success he’s had this year in a return to the GCL, where he’s gone 4-0, 1.38 with 47 strikeouts and just five walks in 33 innings. He also varied the break on his curveball, softening it up when he needed to drop it in for a strike or tightening the pitch when he wanted to get the punchout."
Lehigh Valley (58-37) Tom Eshelman (2.14) gave up 3 ER (4 total) on 6 hits and a walk in 6.0 innings. He struck out six. Pat Venditte (3.44) gave up 1 hit in 0.2 innings. Michael Mariot (5-2, 4.66) stranded the runner and got the win with 2 strike outs in 1.1 perfect innings. Pedro Beato (2.98) struck out one in a perfect ninth.
The IronPigs struck first with 3 runs in the fifth inning on Eshelman’s RBI single and J.P. Crawford’s 2-run HR. After falling behind, the IronPigs rallied and pulled away with 5 runs in the ninth on Pedro Florimon’s 2-run single, Herlis Rodriguez’ sacrifice bunt, a wild pitch, and Scott Kingery’s RBI single.
Crawford (.221) went 2-4 with a run scored, HR (8), walk, and 2 RBI (38). Andrew Pullin (.198) went 2-4 with a run scored and a double. Florimon (.281) went 1-2 with 2 runs scored, 2 walks, and 2 RBI. Kingery stole 2 bases (6).
Reading (52-40) Drew Anderson (6-3, 3.43) gave up 1 run in 6.0 innings on 2 hits and 3 walks. He struck out five. Miguel Nunez (3.57) pitched a perfect inning. Austin Davis (3.09) gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and a walk in 1.0 inning. And, Shane Watson (4.52) allowed 2 hits in a scoreless ninth.
The Phils had 13 its and drew 8 walks. They scored in 6 of the first 7 innings. They scored in the first inning on Carlos Tocci’s SF. After Hew Hampshire tied the game, the Phils scored 4 runs in the third on Tocci’s 2-run single, Mitch Walding’s RBI single, and Jiandido Tromp’s SF. They scored single runs in the fourth and fifth on Tocci’s RBI double and Angelo Mora’s RBI single. Then they tacked on 2 runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings on a wild pitch, fielding error, and Chace Numata’s 2-run triple.
Mora (.296) went 4-6 with 2 runs scored, a double, and RBI (34). Tocci (.309) went 2-5 with a run scored, 2 doubles, and 4 RBI (37). Every other starter got one hit. Numata had 2 RBI (23). Walding (52) and Tromp (38) added an RBI each. Coppola stole his 11th base.
Clearwater (50-42) postponed, rain.
Williamsport (14-10) postponed, rain.
GCL Phillies (11-7) Manuel Silva (5.21) gave up 2 runs in the first inning but recovered to pitch 5.0 innings and give up 6 hits and a walk. He struck out three. Sati Santa Cruz (8.10) allowed 3 base runners but no runs in 1.0 inning. Denny Martinez (1.42) gave up a home run in the bottom of the inning after the Phillies tied the game in the seventh. Justin Miller (1-2, 9.82) gave up 3 runs in 1.1 innings, a run in the eighth and 2 in the bottom of the ninth in a sequence that went walk, errant pick off throw, sacrifice, and 2-run HR.
The Phillies were shut down until they tied the game in the seventh inning with 2 runs on Danny Mayer’s 2-run double. After the Yankees took the lead in the eighth, they went ahead with 3 runs in the ninth on Keudy Bocio’s RBI double and Simon Muzziotti’s 2-run triple.
Quincy Nieporte (.412) went 2-4 with a runs cored and a double. Yahir Gurrola (.293) went 2-4 with a run scored. Keudy Bocio (.391) went 2-3 with a double, walk, and RBI. Muzziotti and Mayer had 2 RBI each. Bocio stole a base. Catcher Kipp Moore picked a runner off second base. The Phillies turned 2 double plays.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
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