Here is the box score recap.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Lehigh Valley swept a double header from Scranton, 3-2 and 2-0, and are tied with Rochester for the wild card spot in the playoffs. Both teams play tomorrow. The IronPigs hold the wild card advantage with a 13-9 edge in head-to-head play, the first tie-breaker. So, if they win, they’re in. If they lose, they can still gain the wild card if Rochester loses.
Game One: Brandon Leibrandt (3.94) pitched 5.2 innings and gave up 2 runs on 5 hits and a walk. He struck out three. Pat Venditte (9-5, 3.36) allowed a hit in 1.1 innings, striking out two as he picked up the win. Scranton took a 2-0 lead in the third on back-to-back solo home runs. The IronPigs came back with single runs in the third and fifth innings, and walked off in the seventh. They scored on a passed ball in the third, Andrew Pullin’s solo HR in the fifth (6), and J.P. Crawford’s RBI single in the seventh. Odubel Herrera went 1-4 in a rehab start. Scott Kingery (2.97) had 2 hits.
Game Two: Jose Taveras (3-1, 1.32) tossed a 2-hit, shutout for six innings. He walked none and struck out four. Pedro Beato (2.63) earned his 32nd save. The IronPigs scored the game’s first run in the third inning on Angelo Mora’s RBI single. They tacked on an insurance in the sixth on Nick Rickles RBI single. Crawford and Rickles had 2 hits each.
Reading swept a double header from Trenton, 3-1 and 2-0 in eight innings.
Game One: Jake Waguespack (3-2, 3.65) allowed one run on 5 hits and a walk in six innings. He struck out five. Tom Windle tossed a perfect frame to record his second save. Mitch Walding got the Phils on the board in the first inning with a solo home run, his 24th. They scored again in the second on Malquin Canelo’s sacrifice fly. The Thunder closed to within one run in the third inning. The Phils added an insurance run in the sixth on Drew Stankiewicz’ 2-out, RBI triple. Jiandido Tromp (.290), Damek Tomscha (.317), and Stankiewicz (.302) had 2 hits each. Tromp stole a base. Deivi Grullon picked a runner off first.
Game Two: Tyler Viza (10-10, 5.22) tossed a 3-hit shutout for seven innings. He walked four and struck out six. Garrett Cleavinger (6.00) allowed one hit while picking up his fourth save. The Phils managed to win with just three hits. They got two in regulation, and one in their 2-run eighth inning when they scored on two fielding errors.
Clearwater beat Dunedin in their season finale, 3-1. JoJo Romero (5-2, 2.24) pitched six innings and gave up four hits and an unearned run. He walked none and struck out four. Seranthony Dominguez (3.61) pitched an inning and retired the Blue Jays on seven pitches, four balls and three strikes. Trevor Bettencourt (1.57) gave up a base hit and struck out a batter in one inning. And, Seth McGarry (2.32) gave up a hit while facing the minimum and picking up his 19th save in his one inning pitched.
The Threshers tied the score in the third inning on Darick Hall’s RBI double. They went ahead for good in the sixth on Jose Pujols’ sacrifice fly and a fielding error. Edgar Cabral (.310) had 2 hits. Every one else had a hit except Jose Pujols who went 0-2 with a SF, walk, and RBI. The Threshers turned 3 double plays.
Lakewood romped over Kannapolis, 8-0. Felix Paulino (5-9, 4.53) pitched seven shutout innings giving up four hits. He walked two and struck out five. Jake Kelzer () pitched the final two innings striking out one.
The BlueClaws scored two in the fifth inning on Adam Haseley’s sacrifice fly and Arquimedes Gamboa’s RBI double. They stretched their lead with five in the sixth on Luke Williams’ 2-out, RBI double, Jesus Alastre’s RBI single, a wild pitch, and Gamboa’s 2-run single. They tacked on a run in the seventh on a ground out. Gamboa and Gregori Rivero had 2 hits each. Williams stole his 29th base.
Williamsport beat West Virginia, 8-3. Andrew Brown (4-4, 3.11) pitched 5.1 innings and gave up 3 runs (only one earned) on 5 hits and 2 walks. He struck out five. Damon Jones (4.88) gave up a hit and a walk in 2.2 innings while striking out six and allowing one of two inherited runners to score. Randy Alcantara (2.14) gave up a hit and walk in a scoreless inning.
The Cutters opened the scoring with three in the first inning on a fielder’s choice throwing error and Greg Pickett’s 2-run HR (6). They added a run in the third on Malvin Matos’ RBI double. After the Power cut their lead in half, the Cutters scored three in the sixth on Jesus Azuaje’s RBI single, Yahir Gurrola’s RBI double, and a wild pitch. They tacked on a run in the seventh on Brian Mims’ RBI double.
The Crosscutters had a fifteen hit attack. Matos and Gurrola had 3 hits each . Nerluis Martinez, Nick Maton, and Pickett had 2 apiece.
The GCL Phillies lost their one-game playoff to the GCL Yankees East, 4-0. They were never really in the game as they made little hard contact against three Yankees’ pitchers.
Manuel Silva suffered from the lack of support. He pitched five innings and gave up 3 runs (2 earned runs) on 6 hits and a walk. He struck out five, and didn’t pitch badly.
- He gave up a walk and single in the first inning, but the single was a perfectly placed not-so-hard ground ball through the 5-6 hole.
- He had a 1-2-3 second inning.
- In the third, the lead off batter dropped a bunt single down the third base line. The next batter failed to get a sacrifice down but reached base on a swinging bunt. Both of these runners were ruled safe on very close plays at first. The third batter reached on another bunt that Silva fielded as he did a split. Bases loaded on three batted balls that barely traveled a combined 90 feet. A shallow fly to center prevented the runners from advancing. Silva induced a ground ball to short that was probably too soft to turn a double play, but the second baseman compounded the bad fortune by air mailing his throw to first allowing a second run to score.
- He hit the lead off batter in the fourth, but got a double play.
- In the fifth, he gave up a lead off single. A ground ball to short was bobbled and only the batter was retired. After another ground out, the Yankees got their third run on yet another ground ball through the infield. In all, only one of the singles was hard hit. Just a lot of hard luck.
Rafael Carvajal pitched the next two innings and gave up 3 hits, one a HR. He struck out two. Jakob Hernandez pitched the final two innings. He retired six in a row, striking out three.
Offensively, the Phillies didn’t put up much of a fight. The Yankees starter was making his fifth start of the season and had amassed 9.2 innings this season. He went five today and held the Phillies to one hit, a line drive single by Quincy Nieporte who was erased on a double play on the next pitch.
The Phillies didn’t get their next base runner until the sixth inning when Brayan Gonzalez reached on an infield single off a new pitcher. But that was all that inning, and they were retired in order in the seventh again.
They loaded the bases in the eighth with a two-out walk and ground ball singles by Rafael Marchan and Jesus Henriquez, but couldn’t get the key hit. They went down in order again in the ninth.
All in all, the GCL Phillies had a pretty good season. I don’t think anyone expected them to duplicate the season the 2016 team had last year. But they did win their division again, and they did have the best overall record again. The league announcement hasn’t been made yet, but expect Ben Pelletier and Anton Kuznetzov to be selected to the GCL All Star team.
- 9/3 – Phillies sent 1B Brock Stassi outright to Lehigh Valley
- 9/3 – Phillies recalled RHP Jake Thompson from Lehigh Valley
- 9/3 – Phillies recalled CF Cameron Perkins from Lehigh Valley
- 9/2 – Phillies transferred RHP Jerad Eickhoff from the 10-Day DL to the 60-Day DL. Nerve irritation in right hand
- 9/2 – Phillies claimed Kevin Siegrist off waivers from St. Louis Cardinals
- 9/2 – RHP Alberto Tirado assigned to Clearwater from Reading
- 9/2 – Clearwater placed RHP Harold Arauz on the 7-Day DL
- 9/1 – Phillies activated RHP Juan Nicasio
- 9/1 – Phillies sent OF Aaron Altherr on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley
- 9/1 – Phillies sent OF Odubel Herrera on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley
- 9/1 – Phillies released RHP Casey Fien
- 9/1 – RHP Edgar Garcia assigned to Reading from Clearwater (paper transaction)
- 9/1 – Clearwater activated RF Jose Pujols from the temporarily inactive list
- 8/31 – Phillies claimed RHP Juan Nicasio off waivers from Pittsburgh Pirates
- 8/31 – Phillies designated 1B Brock Stassi for assignment
- 8/31 – Phillies placed RHP Jerad Eickhoff on the 10-Day DL. Nerve irritation in hand
- 8/31 – Phillies sent CF Odubel Herrera on a rehab assignment to Reading
- 8/31 – Phillies sent OF Aaron Altherr on a rehab assignment to Reading
- 8/31 – Lehigh Valley sent RHP Mark Appel on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies
- 8/31 – Reading sent RHP Miguel Nunez on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies
- 8/30 – Phillies recalled RHP Ricardo Pinto from Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 8/29 – 1B Darick Hall assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
- 8/29 – Clearwater placed RF Jose Pujols on the temporarily inactive list
- 8/29 – Luis Carrasco assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
- 8/27 – Phillies optioned RHP Drew Anderson to Lehigh Valley
- 8/27 – Phillies recalled Nick Pivetta from Lehigh Valley
- 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.