Damon Jones made his debut with Lehigh Valley. Austin Listi slugged a HR. Seth McGarry threw five good innings for Reading. Alec Bohm homered and Mickey Moniak added a couple extra base hits. Spencer Howard impressed in his start in Clearwater. Bryson Stott homered in his first plate appearance at a new level, again. Erik Miller and Adam Leverett also made their debuts in Williamsport.
Clearwater (14-13, 50-43) lost to Florida, 4-0.
Spencer Howard (1.55) threw five innings of near-perfect baseball. His only blemish was a walk in the fourth inning that could easily be charged to the first base umpire. And, he struck out seven. Tyler Carr gave up a run in two, 2-hit innings. He walked one and struck out one. Keylan Killgore gave up 3 runs in the ninth that put the game out of reach. Luis Carrasco got the final out.
Nick Maton (.288) had 2 of the Threshers’ 5 hits. They went 0-5 with RISP.
Now, back to Howard. He threw 68 pitches, 49 strikes (72.1%). Howard was efficient and maintained velocity through all five innings. His one blip was two lengthy at bats in the fourth inning. Here’s inning by inning –
- 10 pitches/8 strikes, one swinging strike out, FB 91-95 mph
- 10/7, one swinging strike out, FB 94-97 mph
- 11/9, three swinging strike outs, FB 92-95 mph
- 27/18, one swinging strike out, FB 93-97 mph
- 10/7, one strike out looking (74 CB), FB 92-95 mph
By my count,Howard threw about 45 FB. His range was 91-97 mph, but I had 91 just once and on his first pitch. He hit 92, 96, and 97 three times each. His other 35 FB were grouped 93-95 with 16 at 95 mph.
His first 6 strike outs came swinging – FB (95), FB (94), FB (95), CH (81), FB (92), SL (86). As I mentioned above, his seventh strike out was looking at a CB (74). He had another swinging K at a CB (77), but it was over ruled. I’ll rant about that now.
To start the fourth inning, Howard retired the first batter on a 2-2 count and the 6th pitch of the at bat on a fly ball. He fell behind the next batter 3-0 but got him swinging at the tenth pitch of the at bat. On the fourth pitch of the next at bat with the count 0-2, the batter seemed to swing at a CB in the dirt. The batter thought he swung, he broke for first base. The catcher thought he swung, he threw the ball to the first baseman to complete the out. But, the plate umpire asked the field umpire if the batter checked his swing. He said he did. Five pitches later, the batter drew the walk. On the second pitch to the next batter (both strikes), Duran caught the runner stealing second. Justice!
Lehigh Valley (45-46) lost to Rochester, 5-4.
Damon Jones made his AAA debut and pitched 2-hit ball for 5.1 innings. He walked four, struck out six, and left with 2 men on base after a walk and a single. Tyler Gilbert blew the save giving up a 3-run HR to the first batter he faced. He went 1.2 innings. Connor Brogdon pitched one inning and also gave up a save-blowing HR. Tom Windle struck out two in the ninth before surrendering a walk off.
Austin Listi hit a 3-run HR in the first inning. Jan Hernandez provided a one-run lead in the eighth with an RBI single.
Listi (.341) had 2 hits. Andrew Romine (.292) had 3 hits.
Reading (16-9, 55-37) beat Trenton, 8-2.
Seth McGarry pitched five, one-run innings walking one and striking out five. The one hit he gave up was a HR. Jake Hernandez pitched three, one-run innings on 2 hits. He walked none and struck out one. Jeff Singer struck out 2 in one clean inning.
Reading pounded out 14 hits and scored 8 runs by the fourth inning. They scored 2 in the second on Jose Gomez’ 2-run triple. They scored one in the third on Alec Bohm’s solo HR (5). They stretched out their lead with 5 in the fourth on a fielder’s choice, Luke Williams’ RBI single, Mickey Moniak’s 2-run triple, and Bohm’s RBI double.
Gomez (.265) and Darick Hall (.242) had 3 hits each. Moniak (.267), Bohm (.267), and Cornelius Randolph (.243) had 2 hits each. Moniak, Bohm, and Gomez had 2 RBI each. Moniak legged out his tenth triple and his 21st double.
Lakewood (7-15, 36-56) lost to Hagerstown, 10-5.
Victor Santos pitched five innings and gave up 4 runs on 4 hits and a walk. He struck out three. Francisco Morales (3.90) gave up 5 runs in 2.1 innings on 4 hits and 2 walks. Mark Potter allowed 2 inherited runners to score and gave up an unearned run in 1.2 innings.
The BlueClaws scored single runs in each of the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings on Yerwin Trejo’s first HR, Carlos De La Cruz’ RBI triple, and a wild pitch. They scored 2 in the ninth on Rafael Marchan’s 2-run single.
Marchan (.285) had 2 hits including a double. Luis Garcia (.195) went 0-5 with a run scored.
Williamsport (8-21) lost to Aberdeen, 4-3.
Bryson Stott made his first Williamsport plate appearance a memorable one when he duplicated his first at bat at the GCL level by hitting a first inning HR. Stott went 1-3 with 3 RBI.
Erik Miller made his Williamsport debut and pitched two innings, allowing an unearned run on two hits and a walk. He struck out two. Brian Marconi pitched two, one-run innings on 3 hits and a walk with 2 strike outs. Adam Leverett made his debut and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits in 2.2 innings. He walked none and struck out three. Albertus Barber stranded an inherited runner and struck out two in 1.1 innings.
GCL Phillies East (7-6) no game scheduled.
GCL Phillies West (12-3) no game scheduled.
Starlyn Castillo has recovered from a blister on his index finger and has begun throwing on the side.
DSL Phillies Red (22-10) no game scheduled.
DSL Phillies White (21-15) no game scheduled.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
The rosters and lists are up to date as of July 10th.
7/14/19 – 1B Ryan Howard retired
7/14/19 – Phillies recalled RHP Edubray Ramos from Lehigh Valley
7/14/19 – Lehigh Valley placed RHP Alexis Rivero on the 7-day IL
7/14/19 – LHP Taylor Lehman assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
7/14/19 – Lakewood placed RHP Tyler McKay on the 7-day IL retro to July 13th
7/14/19 – RHP Adam Leverett assigned to Williamsport from GCL East
7/14/19 – LHP Erik Miller assigned to Williamsport from GCL West
7/14/19 – SS Bryson Stott assigned to Williamsport from GCL East
7/13/19 – Phillies activated C J.T. Realmuto from the paternity list
7/13/19 – Phillies designated C Rob Brantly for assignment
7/13/19 – Phillies recalled CF Adam Haseley from Lehigh Valley
7/13/19 – Lehigh Valley activated C Deivy Grullon from the 7-day IL
7/13/19 – Reading activated RHP Mauricio Llovera from the 7-day IL
7/13/19 – Lakewood sent RHP Jack Perkins on a rehab assignment to GCL West