Lehigh Valley lost a game that went back and forth. Reading won big. Jersey Shore lost big. And, Clearwater returned to action and won with a young lineup. The FCL Phillies were cancelled yet again. And the DSL teams split.
Lehigh Valley (36-42) lost to Buffalo, 9-7. Mark Appel (5.40) pitched 4.2 innings and gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks. Jeff Singer (4.50) stranded one inherited runner and pitched 1.1 innings allowing a hit and a walk and striking out two. Braeden Ogle (3.21) blew a save opportunity in the seventh allowing one run on a hit and a walk and striking out two in one inning. Braden Zarbnisky (1-1, 8.22) also blew a save and took the loss going 1.2 innings and allowing 5 runs (3 ER) on 4 hits and 2 walks. Mike Adams (1.23) stranded two inherited runners allowed a walk and got one out on a strikeout.
The IronPigs scored 2 runs in the first inning Mickey Moniak’s RBI triple and Matt Vierling’s RBI single. They scored a run in the fourth on Darick Hall’s RBI double. They added a run in the fifth on Moniak’s RBI double. They took their last lead in the seventh on Charlie Tilson’s RBI single. They scored a couple runs in the ninth on Nick Maton’s RBI triple and Moniak’s sac fly.
Tilson went 2-4 with a double and a walk. Maton went 1-2 with a sac, triple, 2 walks, and an RBI. Moniak went 2-3 with a double, triple, walk, SF, and 3 RBI. Vierling went 3-5 with an RBI.
Reading (32-49) beat Richmond, 9-2. James McArthur (4.93) tossed a solid 4.1 innings with no runs, 4 hits, 2 walks, and 8 strikeouts. Austin Ross (7-2, 5.72) got the win with 1.2 clean innings. Aneurys Zabala pitched two innings and gave up 2 runs on 2 hits while striking out three. Tyler Carr (5.72) struck out the side in the ninth.
Reading scored twice in the second inning on a missed catch error by the Squirrels’ first baseman. They scored twice again in the third on RBI singles by Josh Stephen and Luke Miller. They added three runs in the fourth on Stephen’s 2-run single and a wild pitch. They tacked on single runs in the fifth and seventh on an RBI triple and a force out by Bryson Stott.
Arquimedes Gamboa (.230) went 2-6 with a double. Jhailyn Ortiz (.368) went 3-5 with a double. Bryson Stott (.258) went3-5 with a double, triple, and 2 RBI. Josh Stephen (.196) went 2-4 with a walk and 2 RBI. Luke Miller (.221) went 2-5 with an RBI.
Jersey Shore (37-44) lost to Aberdeen, 8-3. Dominic Pipkin (4-3, 4.97) lasted 1.2 innings and gave up 4 runs on 3 hits and 5 walks, He struck out four, though. Tom Sutera (4.61) came in to strand 3 inherited base runners and pitch 3.1 one-hit innings with 2 strikeouts. Mark Potter (9.64) pitched two, one-hit innings with 2 strikeouts. Erubiel Armenta (8.44) pitched 0.2 innings and gave up 2 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks with 2 strikeouts. Jonas De La Cruz (22.50) entered to strand 3 inherited runners and pitched 1.1 innings allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk.
The BlueClaws took a brief lead with 2 runs in the first inning on McCarthy Tatum’s RBI single and DJ Stewart’s RBI double. They scored a run in the eighth on Vito Friscia’a RBI double.
Clearwater (38-37) beat Bradenton, 6-3. Rain delayed the start of the first game of a doubleheader, one game was postponed and the other was played a full nine innings.
This was the Threshers’ first game since sweeping a doubleheader on July 29th. After a bunch of COVID-related cancellations and the assignment of a lot of players to the IL, a lineup made up of several emergency callups whipped the Marauders.
The Threshers lineup consisted of recently demoted SS Casey Martin, C Arturo DeFreitas playing in his second Low-A game, 2B Nicolas Torres, 1B Juan Aparicio, DH Wilfredo Flores playing in his first Low-A game, RF Felix Reyes playing in his first Low-A game, CF Carlos De La Cruz who is playing his first Low-A game after being demoted to the FCL and not performing well there, 3B Kervin Pichardo playing in his fifth Low-A game, and LF Junior Ortega playing in his first Low-A game. SP Fernando Lozano was making his sixth start and 17th appearance, RP Gabriel Cotto playing in his first Low-A game, and RP Victor Lopez making his second Low-A appearance.
Not a lot of experience against a Bradenton team sporting a 46-32 record. So, of course, the Threshers held the Marauders to 3 runs on 3 hits, walked 4, and struck out twelve. Lozano (2.60) went 3.2 innings and gave up 2 runs(1 ER) on 2 hits, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts. Cotto (1-0, 2.08), who has been pitching well in the FCL, got the win pitching four innings and giving up one run on one hit and 2 walks, and striking out six. Lopez (0.00) picked up his first save with two strikeouts in one clean inning.
The Threshers tied the game with a run in the third inning on a wild pitch. They took the lead with 4 runs in the sixth on an RBI double by Aparicio, a game-tying RBI single by Flores, and a go-ahead 2-run double by De La Cruz. They tacked on an insurance run in the eighth on De La Cruz’ solo HR (2).
The heart of the Threshers (Aparicio, Flores, Reyes, and CDLC) order went 8-16, each player went 2-4 with a run scored. Aparicio and Flores each had an RBI. CDLC had 3 RBI. Martin (.261) went 1-4.
FCL Phillies (10-6) game cancelled.
DSL Phillies Red (7-9) lost to the DSL Rockies, 5-4.
DSL Phillies White (10-6) beat the DSL Rangers2, 5-0.
Rosters and Stuff
- organization’s rosters (8/5)
- organization’s injury list (8/5)
- organization’s Rule 5 eligibility (8/5) (includes player info, assignments, …)
8/05/2021 – Reading placed 1B Brock Stassi on the 7-day IL, back strain