Here are today’s results.
Lehigh Valley (73-66) lost the Rochester Red Wings, 12-2. The IronPigs continued their march toward the offseason. They lost five games of the six-game series against a second-division team and are 5-10 for the month. They are in fourth place, 5.5 games out of first, with an elimination number of five with nine games left in the season.
Eight pitchers gave up 12 runs on 22 hits and 4 walks in eight innings. Jack Perkins (14.85) lasted one inning giving up 4 runs. Bubby Rossman 5.79) lasted 1.2 innings and gave up 2 runs on 6 hits. Brian Marconi (2.79) stranded 2 inherited runners and went 1.1 innings allowing a hit and a walk. Ofreidy Gomez (8.86) pitched a scoreless inning allowing 2 hits. Vinny Nittoli (3.75) gave up 3 runs in 0.2 innings. Francisco Morales (9.58) stranded 2 base runners but then put the next 2 runners on base to start the next inning. Braden Ogle (5.61) allowed 2 inherited runners to score and finished one inning with a walk and a hit. Griff McGarry (6.00) pitched an inning and gave up a run on a solo HR.
The IronPigs scored a run in the fourth inning on a ground out. They scored another run in the ninth on a solo HR by Jorge Bonifacio.
Reading (61-77, 32-37) beat the Altoona Curve, 9-8. Lindow (4.20) gave up 2 runs in three innings. Schulze gave up 2 runs in one inning. Lehman gave up one run in two innings. Adam Leverett (5-8, 5.54) walked two in a scoreless inning. Sullivan gave up 3 runs in 0.2 innings. Matt Seelinger (3.47) picked up his 2nd save stranding 2 inherited runners and pitching 1.1 hitless innings with a walk and K.
The Phils took the lead with 3 runs in the third inning on an RBI double by Carlos De La Cruz, an RBI triple by Johan Rojas, and an RBI single by Jhailyn Ortiz. They stretched their lead to seven with 6 runs in the fourth on an RBI single by Herbert Iser, an RBI double by De La Cruz, a fielder’s choice, a 2-run single y Aldrem Corredor, and an RBI double by Kevin Vicuna. Then they held on for dear life as the Curve rallied and fell short.
Iser (.278) went 3-5 with an RBI. Vicuna (.272) went 2-5 with a double and RBI. Corredor (.244) went 2-4 with 2 RBI. Ortiz (.237) went with a walk and RBI. De La Cruz (.278) went 2-5 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI.
The Phils finished the second half in 4th place, 5 games under .500. They were slightly improved over their first half when they finished in fifth place, 11 games under .500.
Arizona Fall League
RHP Cristian Hernandez has been aded to the Phillies contingent headed to the AFL. He joins Carlos De La Cruz (listed as an infielder), outfielders Jhailyn Ortiz and Johan Rojas, LHP Taylor Lehman, RHP Francisco Morales, and RHP Brett Schulze, and Clearwater hitting coach, Jake Elmore.