Spencer Howard threw seven innings of two-hit ball last night. This was three days short of the anniversary of his nine-inning no-hitter for Lakewood last season in the playoffs. Last night he was equally impressive as he recorded twelve strike outs.
The two base hits Howard allowed never left the infield. The first was a soft roller to third baseman Alec Bohm. He attempted to bare hand the ball, but came up empty. The broadcast crew didn’t think he had a play even if he fielded the ball cleanly. The second hit was right at shortstop Nick Maton. But, it took a high hop off the grass seam and handcuffed him. He was able to keep the ball close, but not in time to record the out.
Howard’s only other base runners reached on a lead off walk in the second inning and a one out walk in the sixth. That walk hurt because it came around to score, aided by a wild pitch.
Howard was in the mid 90’s touching 98 mph.
Howard was still throwing 95 mph in the seventh inning.
All 12 Ks in 31 seconds. Eleven swinging and the last one looking. Nine Ks were against left-handed batters, eight swinging.
Reading (42-31, 80-59) lost to Trenton, 4-3 in the first game of their divisional playoffs. Spencer Howard pitched seven excellent innings. He allowed one run on 2 infield hits and walked two. He struck out TWELVE. He threw 99 pitches, 66 for strikes (66.7). He turned over a 3-1 lead to the bullpen who needed to get the final six outs.
Before the Jeff Singer and Garrett Cleavinger could record three outs the Phils trailed by one run. Singer coughed up a run on a strike out wild pitch and two singles. A force out allowed the tying run to score. Then he walked a guy before leaving with runners on first and second. Cleavinger walked his first batter, then struck out the next guy for the second out. He then walked in the go ahead run on 4 pitches. He finally got the third out on the third strike out of the inning.
The Phils scored 2 runs in the third inning on Mickey Moniak’s sac fly and Darick Hall’s RBI double. They added a third run in the fourth on Arquimedes Gamboa’s sac fly.
After Henri Lartigue was caught stealing to end the fourth (busted hit-and-run?), the Phils managed just one base runner – Darick Hall’s sixth inning lead off single. He was erased on an inning-ending double play.
Hall went 3-4 with a double and RBI. Lartigue, Bohm, Williams, and Maton had the Phils other 4 hits, all singles.
Here’s the Reading box score from MiLB.
And this is how Reading’s MLB Top Thirty did –
#1. Alec Bohm, 3B/1B (.269): went 1-4 with a run scored
- #4. Spencer Howard, RHP (1-0, 2.35): 7.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 12 K
- #8. Mickey Moniak, OF (.252): 0-3 with an RBI, SF
- #14. Nick Maton, SS/2B (.210): went 1-3 with a run scored
#15. Mauricio Llovera, RHP (3-4, 4.55): placed on the 7-day IL, elbow
- #18. David Parkinson, LHP (10-9, 4.08): DNP
#22. Arquimedes Gamboa, SS (.188): went 0-2 with an RBI, sac fly
#28. Cornelius Randolph, OF (.247): went 0-3 with a BB
- #30. Connor Seabold, RHP (3-1, 2.25): DNP
Clearwater (32-38, 68-68) Finished the second half in fourth place. Finished the first half in second place. Finished the season with the second best overall record in the division.
Lehigh Valley (66-74) Finished in fifth place, 9.5 games back. They started out well and hit well all season. But, they never really survived the constant flow of players back and forth with the big leagues, especially the pitchers.
Lakewood (29-39, 58-80) Finished in last place, 12.5 games back. They finished in a virtual tie for last place in the first half, .002 ahead of the other team. They had the worst overall record in their division.
Williamsport (32-43) Finished in fifth place, 8.5 games behind the first place team.
GCL Phillies East (21-27) Finished in fifth place, 12.0 games behind the GCL Phillies West.
GCL Phillies West (31-15) Finished first in their division.
DSL Phillies Red (38-25, .603) Finished third, 4.5 games back.
DSL Phillies White (41-30, .577) Finished second, 3.5 games back.
And this is how the MLB Top Thirty did –
Alec Bohm, 3B/1B (.269): went 1-4 with a run scored
Adonis Medina: (7-7, 4.94) 105.2IP, 41BB, 82K, 1.363WHIP, 3.5BB9, 7.0K9, 2.00K/BB
Bryson Stott, SS (.274): 182PA, 27R, 43H, 15 XBH(5 HR), 24RBI, 12.1%BB, 21.4%K, .274/.370/.446/.816
- Spencer Howard, RHP (1-0, 2.35): 7.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 12 K
Luis Garcia, SS/2B (.188): 524PA, 36R, 87H, 21XBH(4HR), 36RBI, 8.4%BB, 25.2%K .186/.261/.255/.516
Francisco Morales, RHP (1-8, 3.82): DNP
Enyel De Los Santos, RHP (5-7, 4.40): DNP
Mickey Moniak, OF (.252): 0-3 with an RBI, SF
Erik Miller, LHP (0-0, 2.08): DNP
JoJo Romero, LHP (3-5, 6.88): DNP
Muzziotti: 465PA, 52R, 122H, 27XBH, 28RBI, 6.9%BB, 12.9%K, 21SB(63.6%), .287/.337/.372/.709
Jhailyn Ortiz: 478PA, 57R, 86H, 37XBH(19HR), 65RBI, 7.5%BB, 31.2%K, .200/.272/.381/.653
Rafael Marchan: 86PA, 6R, 18H, 4 XBH, 6BB, 8K, .231/.291/.282/.573
Nick Maton, SS/2B (.210): went 1-3 with a run scored
Mauricio Llovera, RHP (3-4, 4.55): placed on the 7-day IL, elbow
Cole Irvin: (6-1, 3.94), 93.2IP, 14BB, 65K, 1.356WHIP, 1.3BB9, 6.2K9, 4.64K/BB
Rodolfo Duran: 245PA, 25R, 56H, 17XBH(6HR), 23RBI, 4.1%BB, 21.6%K, .240/.273/.369/.643
David Parkinson, LHP (10-9, 4.08): DNP
Deivy Grullon: 457PA, 55R, 115H, 45XBH(21HR), 77RBI, 9.6%BB, 29.1K%, .283/.354/.496/.851
Damon Jones, LHP (0-1, 7.39): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Kyle Young: (1-3, 4.29), 21.0IP, 1BB, 25K, 1.048WHIP, 0.4BB9, 10.7K9, 25.00K/BB
Arquimedes Gamboa, SS (.188): went 0-2 with an RBI, sac fly
Daniel Brito: 379PA, 37R, 83H, 19XBH(4HR), 32RBI, 5.8%BB, 19.3%K, .243/.296/.325/.621
Kyle Dohy, LHP (6-5, 6.19): DNP
Dominic Pipkin, RHP (3-4, 5.15): placed on the 7-day IL on 8/26, shoulder
Kevin Gowdy, RHP (0-6, 4.68): DNP
Jamari Baylor: 12PA, 4R, 3H, 2XBH, 0RBI, 1BB, 2K, .273/.333/.455/.788
Cornelius Randolph, OF (.247): went 0-3 with a BB
Victor Santos, RHP (5-10, 4.02): DNP
- Connor Seabold, RHP (3-1, 2.25): DNP
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
The rosters and lists are up to date as of September 1st … 399 players in the org
- organization’s rosters (9/1)
- organization’s injury list (9/1)
- organization’s Rule 5 eligibility list (9/1)
9/3/19 – Phillies recalled LF Jose Pirela from Lehigh Valley
9/2/19 – Phillies released RHP Drew Anderson
9/2/19 – Phillies recalled LF Nick Williams from Lehigh Valley
9/2/19 – Lehigh Valley activated LHP JoJo Romero from the TIL
9/1/19 – Phillies selected the contract of C Deivy Grullon from Lehigh Valley
9/1/19 – Phillies selected the contract of RHP Nick Vincent from Lehigh Valley
9/1/19 – Phillies recalled LHP Cole Irvin from Lehigh Valley
9/1/19 – Phillies activated OF Jay Bruce from the 10-day IL
9/1/19 – Phillies transferred LHP Adam Morgan from the 10- to the 60-day IL
9/1/19 – Phillies placed RHP Jerad Eickhoff on the 60-day IL, finger
9/1/19 – Phillies designated RHP Drew Anderson for assignment
9/1/19 – Lehigh Valley activated LHP Kyle Dohy from the TIL
9/1/19 – Lehigh Valley activated C Matt McBride from the 7-day IL
9/1/19 – SS Raul Rivas assigned to Lehigh Valley from Clearwater