Lehigh Valley won, Zach Eflin pitched well, Dylan Cozens got his 60th RBI.
Reading lost, Carlos Tocci raised his average to .310..
Clearwater and Lakewood were shut out.
Williamsport won by ten, Jake Scheiner had 4 RBI, Nick Maton had 4 hits.
Francisco Morales started a home game, and Ben Brown made his professional debut for the GCL Phillies.
Lehigh Valley (60-37) beat Gwinnett, 5-1.
Zach Eflin (3.08) pitched 7.0 strong innings. He gave up 1 run on 5 hits and 3 walks. He struck out five. Michael Mariot (6-2, 4.54) got the win with 1.0 perfect inning. Pat Venditte (3.38) pitched a clean ninth.
The IronPigs scored a run in the fourth on Hector Gomez’ SF. They broke a tie game open with 4 runs in the ninth on a 2-run fielding error, Scott Kingery RBI single, and a Dylan Cozens’ RBI single.
Cozens (.241) went 2-4 with an RBI (60) and a walk. Herlis Rodriguez (.300) went 2-4 with a run scored.
Reading (52-42) lost to New Hampshire, 6-3.
Ranfi Casimiro (1-3, 3.86) gave up 4 runs on 8 hits and a walk in 4.2 innings. He struck out three. Alexis Rivero (4.39) gave up 2 runs in 1.1 innings on 3 hits and a walk. Alberto Tirado (7.11) walked 2 in 2.0 hitless/scoreless innings. He struck out none.
The Phils scored single runs in three different innings on Mitch Walding’s RBI ground out, Carlos Tocci’s RBI single, and Kyle Martin’s solo HR (17).
Angelo Mora (.295) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, a triple, and a walk. Tocci (.310) went 2-4 with an RBI (39), and a walk. Malquin Canelo (.238) went 2-4 with 2 doubles.
Clearwater (51-43) lost to Dunedin, 3-0.
Jacob Waguespack (6-4, 2.98) gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks in 4.0 innings. He struck out six. Harold Arauz (1.25) gave up one run on 1 hit and a walk in 2.0 innings. He struck out four. Blake Quinn (3.91) struck out 2 in 2.0 scoreless innings, but allowed a hit and 2 walks.
Zach Green went 2-4. Cornelius Randolph (.258) went 1-3 with a double and walk. He extended his on-base streak to 28 games.
Lakewood (51-44) lost to Rome, 4-0.
Bailey Falter (4-6, 3.35) pitched well. He went 7.0 innings and gave up one rubn on 5 hits and 2 walks. H struck out seven. Addison Russ (7.71 gave up 3 runs on 2hits and 2 walks in 1.0 inning.
Darick Hall (.272) went 2-3 with a double and walk. Jesus Alastre (.360) went 2-2 with a walk.
Williamsport (15-12) crushed State College, 11-1.
Andrew Brown (2-2, 2.88) went 5.0 innings and gave up 1 run on 3 hits and zero walks. He struck out three. Randy Alcantara (1.89) pitched 2.0 scoreless innings. Connor Brogdon (4.63) pitched 2.0 scoreless innings.
The Crosscutters scored two runs in the first on Jake Scheiner’s RBI triple and Greg Pickett’s SF. They scored 2 more in the second on Austin Listi’s RBI single and Scheiner’s RBI force out. They broke the game open with 5 runs in the eighth on a 2-run single by Josh Stephen, a passed ball, and Scheiner’s 2-run double. They added 2 more in the ninth on RBI singles by Nick Maton and Adam Haseley.
Maton (.296) went 4-5 with a run scored, double, RBI, and walk. Scheiner (.268) went 2-6 with a run scored, double, triple, and 4 RBI. Haseley (.295) went 1-5 with an RBI. Stephen (.273) went 2-5 with 3 runs scored, a double, and 2 RBI. Listi (.262) went 3-5 with a run scored, and RBI.
The Crosscutters went 8-22 with RISP.
Jhailyn Ortiz was ejected for the second time in four games.
Haseley was HBP in the eighth inning after the score reached 11-1. After Connor Brogdon hit a Spike in the bottom of the inning (with 2 out and nobody on), Colby Fitch was HBP in the ninth with one out after Josh Stephen doubled. Earlier, with the game 4-1, Randy Alcantara had hit a Spike with one out in the seventh after a double.
GCL Phillies (11-8) lost to the GCL Braves, 3-2.
Francisco Morales (1-2, 3.78) looked good for 3.2 innings. Unfortunately he pitched 4.0 innings. He gave up 2 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks while striking out five. Aaron Brown (3.38) looked a little better after walking his first batter on 4 pitches. He went on to pitch 2.0 innings and allowed an unearned run and his first 2 hits. He struck out three. The Phillies 39th round pick in the 2017 draft, Ben Brown, made his pro debut. He struck out 2 in one, 2-hit inning. Oscar Marcelino (0.00) struck out 3 in 2.0 innings.
The Phillies scored a run in the first inning on Quincy Nieporte’s RBI single. They pulled within one run with a run in the sixth on Edwin Rodriguez’ RBI single.
Nieporte (.447) went 3-4 with a run scored, a double, and RBI.
Muzziotti had on outfield assist (third base).
Francisco Morales started a little ragged, leaving some of his pitches up. Three singles in the first inning led to a run, but a strong throw from Simon Muzziotti behind the lead runner eliminated the trailer at third base. He pitched more effectively in the next two innings, keeping his pitches down and picking the corners with a diving slider.
Morales struck out the first 2 batters in the fourth, then unraveled. Up to this point, he had reached only one 3-ball count. He threw 3-ball counts to 4 of the next 5 batters. He entered the inning having thrown 44 pitches. He threw 32 in the fourth, 22 after retiring the first 2 batters. He also pitched behind a lot. in his only 1-2-3 inning, Morales threw 3 first pitch strikes. He threw just 4 to the other 16 batters he faced.
Morales’ fastball sat 92-94, touching 95 MPH. When he tired in the fourth, it was 90-92 MPH. He throws a slider 83-85 MPH.
Ben Brown is a 6’6 RHP from East Setauket, NY. Not to far from Nick Fanti’s home town. I would say that the 17-year old was a little anxious to make his first appearance. While the Phillies batted he stood in the dugout opening with just one out waiting to take the mound.
Brown’s fastball sat 88-89 but touched 91 MPH. He also threw an off speed pitch that was likely a curve ball at 75-77 MPH. He got his first K looking at a 77 MPH pitch and his second K swinging at a 90 MPH fastball. I remarked to the Braves scout sitting next to me that Brown “looked so young on the mound … until he started to pitch”. Later, I told Brown that I was impressed that he shook off catcher Kipp Moore very demonstratively on a pitch. Ben said, “Kipp told me to shake him off. He’s 22. I’m 17. I’m going to do what he tells me”.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
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- 7/19 – Lehigh Valley IronPigs released OF Osmel Aguila
- 7/19 – SS Matt Williams assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- 7/17 – Phillies signed free agent SS Matt Williams to a minor league contract
- 7/19 – RHP Alex Garcia assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from GCL Phillies
- 7/18 – Phillies activated RHP Vince Velasquez from the 10-day disabled list
- 7/18 – Phillies optioned RHP Mark Leiter to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 7/18 – 3B Harold Martinez assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils
- 7/18 – SS Jorge Flores assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 7/17 – Phillies activated 2B Cesar Hernandez from the 10-day disabled list.
- 7/17 – Phillies placed RF Aaron Altherr on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to July 15, 2017. Strained right hamstring.
- The organization’s rosters are up to date.