A little under the weather, so the recap will be more condensed than usual. And, hopefully, error-free. Apologies in advance.
Lehigh Valley (28-39) lost to Worcester, 7-4. Mark Appel (2-1, 4.26) pitched five innings and gave up 4 runs (3 ER) on 5 hits and 2 walks. Sam Coonrod pitched an innings and gave up a solo HR and struck out three. Odubel Herrera (.500) went 1-4 with a solo HR. Five guys went 1-4 and pulled up their AVG. Dalton Guthrie (.357) went 1-4 with a double and RBI and saw his AVG drop. Rafael Marchan (.197) went 1-5 with an RBI and raised his AVG.
Reading (28-40) beat New Hampshire, 7-6. The Phils overcame a 4-1 deficit and held on to win. Nick Lackney (2-0, 2.12) picked up the win with two, no-hit innings issuing a walk and striking out three. Billy Sullivan struck out two in an earlier inning. Bryson Stott (.270) went 3-5 with 2 doubles, a HR (5), and 2 RBI. Grenny Cumana (.400) went 3-4 with a double. Josh Stephen (.192) went 1-1 with 3 runs scored, 3 walks, and a solo HR (6). Sal Gozzo went 2-4 with an RBI. Markwardt also had an outfield assist.
Jersey Shore (29-39) lost to Winston-Salem, 10-4. Jhordany Mezquita (1-5, 6.06) pitched four innings and gave up 3 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks. Three relievers weren’t much help. Jhailyn Ortiz (.246) went 2-5 with a solo HR (13). Matt Kroon went 2-4 with 2 runs scored and a walk.
Clearwater (33-34) lost to Tampa, 6-5 in ten. Mick Abel (4.43) made his scheduled start and pitched 3.1 innings. He gave up 4 runs on 3 hits and 5 walks with 3 strikeouts. He threw 79 pitches, 39 strikes for a low 49.4% strike rate. Samuel Aldegheri (0.00) gave up 2 hits and 2 walks in three innings but no runs and struck out six. Jadiel Sanchez (.308) went 1-5 with a triple and 2 RBI. Rixon Wingrove (.235) went 2-5 with a double and RBI.
The league just changed their strike zone. It is 2″ wider on each side and the top of the zone was lowered. It was also moved back from the front to the middle of the plate. I don’t think this had anything to do with Abel’s unusual lack of control.
Abel’s velocity dipped only slightly after the first inning. He sat 95-96 in the first inning, 93-95 in the second, and 93-95 in the third. Anton Kuznetsov inherited Abel’s two base runners and let both score on two base hits. Three of the five walks Abel issued came around to score. Jury’s out on whether the new strike zone or some lingering physical thing caused his uncharacteristic control problems.
FCL Phillies (9-6) beat the FCL Blue Jays, 7-3. Sam Jacobsak (0.00) had another good outing. Still hasn’t given up an ER in 4 appearances, eight innings. Probably too good for this level. Jamari Baylor (.313) continues to improve after a rough start. He went 3-5 with a triple and 2 RBI. Hunter Markwardt (.400) went 1-2 with 3 runs scored and a solo HR. Albert Jerez (.200) went 1-3 with a double and 2 RBI.
DSL Phillies Red (1-5) and DSL Phillies White (2-4) did not play. Wednesdays are camp days in the DSL.
7/21/2021 – Phillies recalled RHP Spencer Howard from Lehigh Valley
7/21/2021 – Phillies optioned CF Mickey Moniak to Lehigh Valley