Here is the box score recap.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB..
Lehigh Valley beat Pawtucket, 4-3. Henderson Alvarez made his first start and got knocked around a little – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 R, 3 BB, 2 K, WP. Cesar Ramos (5-4, 3.90) picked up the win with one shut out inning. Ricardo Pinto (3.86) pitched two shut out innings. Pedro Beato (2.86) earned his 28th save with one shutout inning. The IronPigs came back from the early deficit. Dylan Cozens (.219) hit a HR (26), and had 2 RBI (71). Scott Kingery (.305) extended his hitting streak to 23 games. J.P. Crawford (.242) had a hit and 2 walks.
Reading rode a 3-run HR by Deivi Grullon (4) in the fifth inning to a 3-1 victory over Harrisburg. Elniery Garcia (2-0, 1.40) gave up a runon 5 hits and 6 walks in 5.1 innings. Ranfi Casimiro (3.67) inherited a bases loaded situation and limited the damage to a single run. He struck out 3 in 1.2 innings. Jeff Singer (4.22) pitched two shutout innings for his 2nd save. Garcia picked 2 runners off first base. Damek Tomscha (.323) and Grullon (.242) had 2 hits each. Coppola stole his 28th base. Former Phillies farm hand, Jimmy Cordero had one of his best outings for the Senators, retiring the only batter he faced. Looks like we dodged a bullet with Cordero – 6.75 ERA, 38 G, 46.2 IP, 35 BB, 36 K.
Clearwater postponed, inclement weather. Sixto Day pushed back to Saturday as part of a double header in Lakeland. Harold Arauz in game two.
Lakewood beat Kannapolis, 4-3. Nick Fanti (8-2, 2.68) went 5.2 innings giving up 2 runs on 4 hits and a career-high 4 walks. He struck out six. Tyler Hallead (4.86) stranded a runner but gave up a run of his own in 0.2 innings. Will Hibbs (1.95) stranded 2 runners, struck out four, and pitched 2.2 shutout innings while earning his 17th save. Jesus Alastre (.317) had 3 hits, 2 doubles, and an RBI. Raul Rivas (.287) had 2 hits and an RBI. Our pitchers held Blake Rutherford and Jake Burger to 0-9 with a walk.
Williamsport was shut out by State College. They managed just 2 singles by Cole Stobbe (2.04) and Josh Stephen (.249). Kyle Young (5-2, 3.06) suffered the loss giving up 2 runs in 5.2 innings on 5 hits and a walk. He struck out four. Zach Warren (4.01) pitched 2.1 scoreless innings.
The GCL Phillies came back to tie the Blue Jays in the eighth inning and won the game in the penalty kick phase in the tenth inning, 3-2. With the victory, the Phillies extended their lead to 2.0 games over the Jays with 7 games remaining.
Sandro Rosario (4.30) allowed 2 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks in five innings. He threw his FB 90-94, and sat 91-93 MPH. Jakob Hernandez (0.90) pitched two scoreless innings, and had to contend with leadoff base runners in both innings. His FB was 87-89, sitting 88-89 MPH. Oscar Marcelino (4-1, 1.75) pitched two scoreless innings and got the win. Anton Kuznetsov (0.37) survived the inning starting with a runner placed on second base and earned his 4th save. Trailing by a run, the Blue Jays played for the win and hit away rather than bunt and got a soft line drive just over the second baseman to put runners on the corners with nobody out. AK47 got a shallow fly out to left, a strike out looking, and a come backer to preserve the win.
Our guys didn’t get many hits. Dalton Guthrie laced a one-out double that one-hopped off the left field fence in the first inning but was stranded. The Phillies went down in order until Ben Pelletier crushed a fly ball to the fence in deep center field that became a lead off double when the fielder crashed into the fence and couldn’t hold onto the ball. But the Phillies couldn’t get a productive out and missed an opportunity to score. Kevin Markham led off the sixth with an infield single but only got as far as second base.
It didn’t look good as we started the eighth inning. Jake Holmes was hit by a pitch with one out. Kevin Markham drew a walk from a 1-2 count. And Jonathan Guzman walked with 2 outs. Rafael Marchan lined a single to right to drive in the game-tying runs with the Phillies fourth and final hit.
In the tenth, Jesus Henriquez entered the game as a runner for Jack Zoellner who was required by rule to start the inning on second base. Jake Holmes successfully sacrificed Henriquez to third. Markham was intentionally walked (4 fingers, no pitches!). And Keudy Bocio lifted a sacrifice fly to right to score the go-ahead run.
Our pitchers were victimized by the defense. The game ended with the Jays having 10 hits and the Phillies 3 errors. By the time I started the Recap, that had been changed to 11 hits and 2 errors. Interesting to me since I had charged the Phillies with 6 errors on my score sheet. But, I am notoriously pitcher friendly when I score.
- 8/25 – Phillies activated LF Daniel Nava
- 8/25 – Phillies optioned RHP Jake Thompson to Lehigh Valley
- 8/25 – RHP Tommy Bergjans assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
- 8/25 – RHP Henderson Alvarez assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 8/25 – Reading placed LHP Austin Davis on the 7-Day DL retroactive to August 24, 2017. Left elbow strain
- 8/24 – Phillies optioned RHP Ricardo Pinto to Lehigh Valley
- 8/24 – Phillies recalled RHP Jake Thompson from Lehigh Valley
- 8/24 – Reading activated 3B Mitch Walding from the 7-Day DL
- 8/24 – RHP Mauricio Llovera assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
- 8/23 – Phillies optioned RHP Nick Pivetta to Lehigh Valley
- 8/23 – Phillies optioned CF Cameron Perkins to Lehigh Valley
- 8/23 – Phillies recalled RHP Drew Anderson from Lehigh Valley
- 8/23 – Reading sent RHP Alberto Tirado on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies
- 8/22 – Phillies signed free agent RHP Henderson Alvarez to a minor league contract
- 8/22 – Phillies placed RHP Zach Eflin on the 10-Day DL. Right shoulder strain
- 8/22 – Phillies placed RHP Vince Velasquez on the 60-Day DL. Right middle finger
- 8/22 – Phillies recalled Nick Pivetta from Lehigh Valley
- 8/22 – Phillies recalled Yacksel Rios from Lehigh Valley
- 8/22 – Reading sent 3B Mitch Walding on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies
- 8/22 – Lehigh Valley activated SS Matt Williams from the temp. inactive list
- 8/22 – RHP Drew Anderson assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
- The organization’s rosters are up to date.
- The organization’s injury list is as up to date as I can make it.
- The organization’s Rule 5 eligibility list is as accurate as I can make it based on the information I was able to find.