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Phillies Minor League Roundup - August 13, 2014

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Today's Probables: LHV: Brad Lincoln, REA: Severino Gonzalez, CLR: Mark Leiter, LWD: Ranfi Casimiro, WIL: Ricardo Pinto

David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus 6, Lehigh Valley 5 (10 innings)

Jason Marquis - 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 4 GB, 4 FB
Jeremy Horst - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 K
BJ Rosenberg - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, K
Phillippe Aumont - 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K
Luis Garcia - 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, K
Cesar Hernandez - 1 for 4, R, 2B, RBI, BB, SB (throwing error)
Freddy Galvis - 0 for 4, BB
Maikel Franco - 2 for 5, HR, 3 RBI
Leandro Castro - 0 for 5, K
Cameron Rupp - 1 for 4, 2 K

Jason Marquis makes his return from the DL. The bullpen was able to stop the bleeding and pushed the game into extras. Russ Canzler would hit the go ahead homer in the top of the 10th. Luis Garcia was asked to close out the 10th and got two quick outs. He would then allow two runners to reach and Cesar Hernandez would commit the costly error allowing both runners to come around to score. This was Garcia's first loss of the season, but still lowered his ERA (0.70). Maikel Franco breaks his hitless streak with his 11th homer of the season.

Reading 8, Harrisburg 4 (Game 1 of doubleheader, 7 innings)

Aaron Nola - 4 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, BB, 2 K, 3 HR, 6 GB, 3 FB
Seth Rosin - 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, BB, 4 K, HR
Nefi Ogando - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, K
Albert Cartwright - 1 for 4, R, RBI, BB, K, SB
Carlos Alonso - 0 for 3, R, BB
Kelly Dugan - 2 for 4, R, 3B, 2 RBI, K
Jake Fox - 2 for 4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI
Aaron Altherr - 1 for 3, RBI, BB, 2 K, SB
Sebastian Valle - 1 for 4, RBI
Zach Collier - 0 for 2, R, BB, 2 K, HBP

Nola Day was ruined for the 2nd day in a row, but this time it was because of Nola. His pitches were up and the wind was apparently blowing out, hence the 3 homers. He has a few more starts in him before the season ends, so lets just all enjoy this before WIP is calling him to be the opening day starter in spring training. Kelly Dugan refuses to stop hitting, even just a little bit. Jake Fox hits his 18th homer with Reading and 34th overall this season. Altherr also stole his 10th base, making it his second season in a row with at least 10 homers and 10 steals in a season.

Harrisburg 9, Reading 6 (Game 2 of doubleheader, 7 innings, makeup of 8/12 ppd)

Mike Nesseth - 4 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, HR, 5 GB, 2 FB
Austin Wright - 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, BB, K
Colton Murray - 1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, BB, 3 K, WP
Peter Lavin - 3 for 4, 2 R, 2B, RBI
Kelly Dugan - 2 for 4, R, 2 K
Aaron Altherr - 2 for 3, HR, 4 RBI
KC Serna - 0 for 3

Starting a game is like kryptonite for Mike Nesseth, who struggles once again in the starring role. Austin Wright, despite giving up the fewest runs of all Reading pitchers in this game, is hit with the loss.  An uncharacteristically bad outing for Murray, who still strikes out the side. Altherr smacks his 13th homer and has been hitting the ball well lately. It's not hard to imagine a really good hitting squad next year in Lehigh with Franco, Dugan, Perkins, Lavin and Alonso.

Dunedin 9, Clearwater 5 (10 innings)

Miguel Nunez - 5.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 2 GB, 6 FB
Lee Ridenhour - 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, BB, 2 K
Lino Martinez - 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 K, HR
Ulises Joaquin - 1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, K, HR
Roman Quinn - 1 for 5, HR, K
Brian Pointer - 2 for 5, K, CS
Brandon Short - 1 for 3, HR, 2 RBI, BB
Harold Martinez - 1 for 4, R, 2B
Gabriel Lino - 1 for 4, 2B, RBI, 2 K

Nunez, who had been solid in his last 4-5 starts, can't continue that stretch. Roman Quinn hits his 5th homer of the season, tying his career high of 5 last year in roughly the same amount of at bats (260 vs. 267). The offense overall didn't have much going on despite the 5 runs, leaving only 5 on base and going 1 for 4 with RISP.

Greensboro 7, Lakewood 5 (10 innings)

Yacksel Rios - 5.2 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, K, HR, 3 GB, 6 FB
Aaron Baker - 1.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, BB, 2 K, WP
Joey Denato - 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB
Frank Rivas - 0.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, HR, WP
Andrew Pullin - 2 for 5
Andrew Knapp - 1 for 4, BB, 2 K, CS
Dylan Cozens - 1 for 4, BB, CS
Zach Green - 1 for 5, R, 2B, K
Willians Astudillo - 4 for 4, 2 R, BB
Mitch Walding - 3 for 5, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, K
Carlos Tocci -1 for 5, 2B, K (outfield assist, 2B)
Malquin Canelo - 1 for 4, RBI, K

After a couple of starts at the beginning of July that had me hopeful, it seems that Rios is reverting back to the pitcher he was before that. Frank Rivas gives up the 1-out 2-run homer to end the game in the bottom of the 10th. Andrew Pullin, since May 1 (360 AB), he is slashing .292/.354/.397 with 7 homers and a 63/32 K/BB ratio. That is pretty darn good out of 2nd base. Astudillo is the enigma wrapped in a riddle wrapped in an oddly shaped baseball player. He is hitting .325 this season in 385 at bats.

Batavia 5, Williamsport 2 (Game 1 of doubleheader, 7 innings)

Feliberto Sanchez - 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, BB, 6 GB, 6 FB
Chris Oliver - 2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, K
Cord Sandberg - 0 for 3, K, HBP (outfield assist, 2B)
Jiandido Tromp - 2 for 4
Wilson Garcia - 1 for 2, BB
Rhys Hoskins - 0 for 3, R
Derek Campbell - 0 for 3, 2 K
Sean McHugh - 1 for 2, 2B, 2 RBI, BB

Feliberto is just not having a great year after a not very great year in the GCL last season. He has actually gotten worse. Walks are up, strikeouts are down and even more hittable. This offense is pretty depressing, considering its made up of guys that were drafted both in 2013 and 2014.

Batavia 4, Williamsport 1 (Game 2 of doubleheader, 7 innings, makeup of 8/12 ppd)

Alejandro Arteaga - 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, BB, 2 K, 9 GB, 2 FB, WP
Manny Martinez - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB
Mark Meadors - 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, K, WP
Cord Sandberg - 1 for 3, 2 K
Jiandido Tromp - 1 for 3, R
Wilson Garcia - 1 for 3
Rhys Hoskins - 1 for 3, RBI, K, SB (pickoff error)
Derek Campbell - 0 for 3, K
Deivi Grullon - 0 for 2
Jan Hernandez - 1 for 2, BB, CS, picked off (2 throwing errors)
Chase Harris - 0 for 3, 2 K

It's kind of sad that Arteaga might have had the best start of all non-rookie ball affiliates yesterday. He still gets his 7th loss with the Crosscutters and 13th overall. Hoskins steals his 3rd base and his season line sits at .242/.313/.411. Jan Hernandez didn't have a great day and is batting .188 on the season. He truly is over-matched out there.

GCL Phillies 3, GCL Pirates 2

Denton Keys - 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 12 GB, 1 FB
Austin Davis - 2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 K
Kyle Bogese - 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 K
Venn Biter - 0 for 4, K
Olvy Marte - 1 for 4, 2B, RBI, 2 K, SB
Tim Zier - 0 for 3, BB
Damek Tomscha - 1 for 4, RBI, K
Jose Pujols - 1 for 4, K
Gustavo Martinez - 0 for 3
Luis Encarnacion - 0 for 3, R (fielding error)
Wiliam Cucias - 2 for 3, 2 R, 2B, RBI, K (2 fielding errors)

Denton Keys is turning into a groundball machine as of late, which is a good thing for a guy with not-very overpowering stuff. The bullpen did their job in this game combining for 0 runs and 6 strikeouts in 4 innings. The Phils offense is outhit 8-6, but make the most of their opportunities going 3 for 8 with RISP.