Here are today’s results.
Lehigh Valley (73-66) beat the Rochester Red Wings, 4-3. Cristopher Sanchez (3.58) pitched four innings giving up 3 runs (2 ER) on 3 hits and a walk. He struck out seven. Five relievers each pitched an inning. Michael Kelly (5.36) struck out two. Taylor Scott (0.00) gave up a hit and struck out one. Jonathan Hennigan (5-3, 3.58) gave up a hit and struck out two. Chris Devinski (1.35) struck out two. Nick Duron (2.96) walked one, struck out two, and picked up his 6th save.
The IronPigs tied the game with a run in the third inning on a bases-loaded walk to Dustin Peterson. They took the lead in the eighth on a game-tying 2-run HR by Josh Ockimey and a go-ahead solo HR by Rafael Marchan.
Peterson (.246) went 1-4 with a walk and RBI. Ockimey (.224) went 1-4 with a HR (8) and 2 RBI. Marchan (.236) with a double, HR (4), and 2 RBI. Ali Castillo (.253) went 2-4. Madison Stokes (.333) went 2-4 with a double. Scott Kingery (.222) went 1-5. Darick Hall (.255) went 2-4 with a walk.
The Red Wings had a ceremony before Friday’s game honoring Daniel Brito. Hr threw out the first pitch (to Hall). Red Wings fans and the organization took Brito to heart after his collapse last summer.
Reading (60-77, 31-37) lost to the Altoona Curve, 6-1. Mick Abel (1-3, 3.52) pitched 4.1 innings and gave up 3 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks. He struck out five on 78 pitches, 46 strikes (59%). Andrew Baker (0.84) stranded 2 inherited runners and pitched 2.2 scoreless innings. he walked 2 and struck out three. Tyler McKay (6.47) pitched the one inning and gave up 3 runs on 2 hits and a walk. He struck out two but gave up a HR.
The Phils scored their lone run on a throwing error in the ninth inning. Jack Conley (.239) went 2-3 with a triple. Kevin Vicuna (.270) went 1-3. Carlos De La Cruz (.274) went 1-4. Jhailyn Ortiz (.234) went 0-3 with a walk. Johan Rojas (.261) went 1-3 with a HBP and a caught stealing.
I don’t know why it was necessary to send Painter and Abel out for one more start. They could have allowed both to go into the offseason with good feelings after their penultimate starts. Instead, they sent them out for innings well above their season highs.
And, wtf is Darick Hall still doing with Lehigh Valley? Recalling Donnie Sands on September 1st was supposed to give the Phillies more flexibility, allowing them to play Stubbs in the outfield if needed or allowing them to use Stubbs (or Realmuto if Stubbs started) as a pinch hitter.
Since September 1st, Stubbs has started once on September 10th, and Sands has gotten into two games – he replaced Realmuto in a lopsided loss on September 2nd. He was used as a pinch hitter on September 3rd. Realmuto was not used as a pinch hitter in the game Stubbs started.
So, with Castellanos out of the lineup, Hoskins out for a few games with a bruised hand, and Harper banged up after fouling a ball off his leg (knee?) why isn’t Hall with the team? He was DH while Harper was on the Injured List with a hand injury earlier this year. He is a better defensive first baseman than anyone on the 26-man roster. He played LF in the Mexican Winter League. There have been plenty of times when a left-handed bat with power coming off the bench could have been an asset this month.
Seems to me that Thomson and the organization aren’t immune from making roster decisions and then misguiding the press and fans afterward – shades of recent managers and execs.