Phillies Minor League Roundup - June 30, 2014

The Savior is coming. - Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Today's Probables: LHV: Greg Smith, REA: Hoby Milner, CLR: Aaron Nola, LWD: Yacksel Rios WIL: Preston Packrall

Lehigh Valley 9, Scranton/WB 7

Brad Lincoln - 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 3 FB, 3 FB
Hector Neris - 1.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, BB, 4 K, HR
Tyler Knigge - 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB
Luis Garcia - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB
Leandro Castro - 3 for 5, 3 R, 2B, HR (outfield assist, 2B)
Jim Murphy - 2 for 4, HR, BB, K
Cam Perkins - 2 for 4, 3B, RBI, BB

Brad Lincoln with the full house last night. It wasn't a great start, having thrown less than half his 87 pitches for strikes. Hector Neris blew up for the first time since getting roughed up back on June 14. Garcia picks up his 14th save and still owns a 0.36 ERA with Lehigh. This game was all about Leandro Castro however. He hits HR number 5, all the while collecting 3 hits altogether and an outfield assist. Cam Perkins returns to the starting lineup and hits his 2nd triple with the Iron Pigs. More encouraging though, he works a walk.

Reading 7, New Hampshire 6

Severino Gonzalez - 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 3 ER, BB, K, HR, 7 GB, 3 FB
Kyle Simon - 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, BB, K, 6 GB, 2 FB
Carlos Alonso - 0 for 4, R, BB, 2 K (3 fielding errors)
Peter Lavin - 2 for 3, 2 R, BB, SB
Kelly Dugan - 2 for 4, R, 2B, 2 RBI
Aaron Altherr - 1 for 4, R, 2B, RBI, 2 K
Brock Stassi - 2 for 3, R, 3B, 2 RBI, HBP
KC Serna - 0 for 2, RBI, BB, K

Since obviously Severino has no consistency this season, last night's start was a dud. Kyle Simon was able to pitch well in relief to earn his 2nd win with Reading this season. Across two levels this season, Peter Lavin is batting .290/.333/.438 with 32 extra base hits, 8 stolen bases and 46 strikeouts in 290 at bats. Kelly Dugan has himself his 2nd two-hit game in a row. Lavin and Dugan could see themselves in Lehigh by the end of the season, or heck by the end of July.

Lakewood 8, West Virginia 7 (15 innings)

Jon Prosinski - 2.2 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, K, 5 GB, 0 FB
Christopher O'Hare - 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, BB, 3 K, 5 GB, 1 FB
Ulises Joaquin - 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 K, 2 GB, 3 FB
Will Morris - 3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 K, 3 GB, 2 FB
Scott Harris - 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 K
Carlos Tocci - 2 for 8, 2 K
Andrew Pullin - 2 for 7, BB, K (fielding error)
Andrew Knapp - 3 for 8, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 K
Zach Green - 4 for 8, HR, 2 RBI, K
Dylan Cozens - 1 for 6, 2 R, 2 BB, K
Willians Astudillo - 3 for 4, R, 2 2B, RBI, BB, picked off (pickoff error)
Samuel Hiciano - 1 for 6, BB, K (outfield assist, 3B)
Mitch Walding - 2 for 6, R, 2 RBI, BB, K
Malquin Canelo - 1 for 2, BB, CS
Drew Stankiewicz - 1 for 4, K

Just when you think Prosinski is turning it around against kids 2-3 years younger than him, this happens. Thankfully, both the bullpen and offense had it going on yesterday. The bullpen combines for 12.1 innings of scoreless baseball, striking out 13 batters. Everyone in the starting lineup contributing hits. The three biggest bright spots are the continued hot streaks of Pullin, Knapp and Green. Pullin extends his hitting streak to 13 games. Knapp blasts his 3rd homer of the season with Lakewood. Zach Green bats .500 in a 15 inning game, all the while hitting his 4th homer. Through the first 4 innings of this game, Lakewood was actually down 7-0. They were able to tie it at 7-7 by the top of the 9th via a Mitch Walding fielders choice scoring a pinch running Larry Greene. The Blue Claws could have pushed across the go-ahead run in the same inning, but Drew Stankiewicz was thrown out at home after a single by Tocci.

GCL Phillies 9, GCL Pirates 7

Francibel Alejo - 3.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 6 GB, 1 FB
Denton Keys - 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 K
Alexis Rivero - 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R
Edubray Ramos - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, K
Grenny Cumana - 1 for 4, 2 RBI
Darin Ruf - 0 for 5, R
Damek Tomscha - 3 for 5, 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI (throwing and fielding error)
Jose Pujols - 1 for 4, 2 K
Joel Fisher - 1 for 3, 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI
Luis Encarnacion - 2 for 4, 2 R, 2B, RBI, K
Carlos Duran - 2 for 3, R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, K, CS
Tim Zier - 2 for 3, BB

Francibel Alejo has not been impressive in his first two stateside outings (5.1 IP, 10 H, 7 ER). Is Grenny Cumana (who is listed in MiLB as 5'5 143 lb) proving that size doesn't matter? He is 10 for 30 with a HR to begin the season. There is really no reason for Tomscha to still be on the GCL Phils. His bat just way above this level of pitching. Jose Pujols is still surprisingly off to a slow start. We are all waiting for the HR barrage to come. Also worth noting a solid day from Encarnacion, the top international Phillies signing in 2013. He has himself his first pro 2-hit game. Darin Ruf on rehab assignment, is the only starter without a hit yesterday.

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