Lehigh Valley crushed Durham in front of a lot of scouts.
Reading and Cole Irvin prevailed, Mitch Walding homered, as did rehabbing Howie Kendrick. Jose Taveras was promoted from Clearwater.
Clearwater wasted a fine pitching effort by Edgar Garcia.
Lakewood split a double header.
Williamsport won with Kyle Young on the mound. Colby Fitch hit his first professional home run.
The GCL Phillies couldn’t hold onto a 4-run lead.
Lehigh Valley (61-37) beat Durhan, 12-6.
Jake Thompson (4-11, 5.36) pitched a solid game. He went 7.0 innings and gave up just 3 hits and a walk. He struck out 4 and gave up only 2 runs on a third inning home run. Colton Murray (7.00) gave up 4 runs in 1.0 inning. Yacksel Rios (2.25) pitched a scoreless ninth.
Pedro Florimon (.292) went 3-4 with 2 solo HR (6) and 4 RBI. J.P. Crawford (.221) went 3-5 with 2 runs scored and an RBI (39). Logan Moore (.258) had 2 hits including a double.
Reading (53-42) beat Erie, 6-3.
Cole Irvin (4-1, 3.18) struck out 10 in 6.1 innings. He gave up just 2 runs on 6 hits and a walk. Tom Windle (5.47) allowed an inherited runner to score and gave up a run of his own in 0.2 innings. Austin Davis (3.00) and Victor Arano (2.61) pitched a scoreless inning each. Arano got his 6th save.
Howie Kendrick started his rehab with a solo HR. Mitch Walding (.240) went 2-4 with a double, HR (23), and 3 RBI (57). Carlos Tocci (.315) went 3-4 with a double and scored 3 runs. Angelo Mora (.299) went 2-4 with a double and RBI (35).
Clearwater (51-44) lost to Dunedin, 2-1.
Edgar Garcia (2-4, 4.25) gave up 2 runs (only 1 ER) on 6 hits in 6.0 innings. He walked NONE and struck out seven. Tyler Gilbert (2.70) pitched 2 scoreless innings. Trevor Bettencourt (3.00) pitched one scoreless. The Threshers’ staff walked none the entire game. The unearned run crossed the plate on a passed ball by Deivi Grullon (9).
Derek Campbell (.222) went 2-3 with a run scored, double and a walk. Cornelius Randolph (.258) went 1-4.
The Threshers scored their run in the third inning on Emmanuel Marrero’s RBI double. He was later picked off third to end the inning. Randolph was at the plate with a 3-0 count and runners on the corners.
Randolph led off the next inning with a single and was later thrown out at the plate on Zach Green’s double to left field. The play ended the inning. Two good throws nailed him. It wasn’t a very close play.
Garcia struck out the side in the first inning, a feat that included Bo Bichete and Vladimir Guerrero Jr., both swinging. His FB sat 93-94 MPH. He touched 95 once in the third, then went crazy in the fourth, touching 96 twice and 95 four times. But the rest of the night he was solidly 93-94. He pitched well most of the night, throwing 15 of 20 first pitch strikes in the first 5 innings. Oddly, when he started all 4 batters with balls in the 6th, he had his best strike ratio, throwing 9 strikes on 13 pitches. For the night, he threw 93 pitches and 58 strikes. The six innings was a career high. He got 4 of his 5 swinging Ks with his highly regarded slider. His 2 Ks looking came on his FB.
Lakewood (52-45) split a double header with Rome, losing 3-1 and winning 2-0.
Game One: Mauricio Llovera (1-1, 2.05) gave up 3 runs (2 ER) on 6 hits and 1 walk in 5.0 innings. He struck out three. Ismael Cabrera (3.79) pitched a scoreless inning.
Joey Wentz, the 2016 40th overall pick, (5-3, 2.65) held the BlueClaws to 1 run on 4 hits and a walk while striking out 8 in 6.0 innings.
Raul Rivas (.277) had 2 of the Claws 5 hits. They scored their run on a first inning wild pitch.
Game Two: Gustavo Armas (1-0, 0.00) started in place of announced starter Sixto Sanchez. He held the Braves to 3 hits and 0 runs in 5.2 innings. Will Hibbs (1.32) earned his 11th save with 1.1 perfect innings.
The BlueClaws scored in the first inning again on Darick Hall’s RBI single. The scored again in the fifth on Raul Rivas SF. Jesus Alastre (.387) went 2-3. Mickey Moniak (.264) sat out the first game and went 1-3 with a walk in the second game.
Williamsport (16-12) beat Batavia, 5-4.
Kyle Young (5-0, 1.59) pitched 5 innings and gave up 2 runs on 5 hits and a walk. He struck out four. Orestes Melendez (6.75) gave up 2 runs in one inning. Kyle Dohy (5.40) pitched two scoreless innings. Luis Ramirez (2.03) pitched one scoreless inning, struck out two, and got his 3rd save. Young picked a runner off first.
Williamsport scored a run in the third on Adam Haseley’s RBI single. They scored 4 in the fourth on Colby Fitch’s solo HR (1), Austin Listi’s 2-run double, and Nick Maton’s RBI single.
Fitch (.500) went 2-3 with his first HR and a walk. Haseley (.292) went 1-4 with an RBI.
GCL Phillies (11-9) lost to the GCL Braves, 7-5.
Jhordany Mezquita (0.00) gave up one unearned run on 2 hits and a walk in 4.0 innings. He struck out six. Victor Sobil (1-1, 5.27) gave up 6 runs in 3.0 innings. Robinson Martinez (3.68) pitched a scoreless inning.
The Phillies scored 2 runs in the first on Brayan Guzman’s RBI double and Edwin Rodriguez’ RBI ground out. They scored 2 more in the second on bases loaded walks to Jonathan Guzman and Yahir Gurrola. They tacked on a run in the sixth to stretch their lead to 5-1 on an error.
Gonzalez (.241) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, a double, RBI, and walk. Guzman (.322) went 1-2 with an RBI and 3 walks. Kipp Moore (.231) went 0-1 with 2 walks and a HBP. Danny Mayer had a single and was also hit by a pitch.
NOTE: In the second inning, Kevin Markham and Kipp Moore advanced to second and third with two outs on the same pitch. It was scored defensive indifference. I don’t recall two runners advancing on the same pitch on DI, and NEVER so early in a game.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
- 7/20 – Phillies sent OF Howie Kendrick on a rehab assignment to Reading Fightin Phils
- 7/20 – Jose Taveras assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers
- 7/20 – Reading Fightin Phils placed RHP Miguel Nunez on the 7-day disabled list. Strained right shoulder
- 7/20 – Reading Fightin Phils placed SS Jorge Flores on the temporarily inactive list
- 7/20 – Gustavo Armas assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters
- 7/20 – SS Dalton Guthrie assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters
- 7/20 – 3B D.J. Stewart assigned to GCL Phillies
- 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.