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Phillies Minor League Roundup - July 21, 2015

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Today's Probables:

LHV: Jesse Biddle
REA: Zach Eflin
CLR: Victor Arano
LWD: Ranfi Casimiro
WIL: Franklyn Kilome

Lehigh Valley 5, Toledo 1

Anthony Vasquez - 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, BB, 2 K, 6 GB, 9 FB (fielding error)
Adam Loewen - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 K
Chase d'Arnaud - 2 for 4, 2 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI
Aaron Altherr - 2 for 4, RBI, K, SB
Brian Bogusevic - 1 for 4, 2B, K, SB
Erik Kratz - 3 for 4, 2 R, 2 2B, RBI, K

Anthony Vasquez has been the workhorse for the IronPigs the last two months. He has only allowed 1 earned run in his last 14 innings. He is 7-3 with a 3.51 ERA between AA and AAA this season. He got a lot of support from his offense, including Chase d'Arnaud's 3rd HR of the year, a 2-run shot in the 3rd inning. Altherr added a pair of hits and stole his 5th base with LHV. Erik Kratz of former Phillies and turkey bacon fame, made his triumphant return to the organization last night.

Reading 6, Bowie 4

Ethan Martin - 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 K, 2 HR, WP, 5 GB, 4 FB
Hoby Milner - 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 K
Colton Murray - 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 K
Kelly Dugan - 0 for 4, R, BB, 2 K
J.P. Crawford - 2 for 4, 2 R, 2B, HR, BB
Cam Perkins - 1 for 2, R, RBI
Brian Pointer - 1 for 3, R, RBI
Brock Stassi - 1 for 3, 2 BB
Andrew Knapp - 2 for 4, 2B, RBI, K
Art Charles - 1 for 2, HR, 2 BB

I don't know what they are doing with Ethan Martin anymore. He isn't a starter, but he has done so in 2 of his last 3 games. Last night didn't obviously go all that well. Colton Murray earned his 4th Reading victory and lowered his ERA and opp. BA at AA to 2.64 and .239, respectively. I think he is certainly deserving a second chance at AAA despite his fair share of control issues there. J.P. Crawford's outstanding night is nearly overshadowed by Nolamania. It was his 4th HR and 11th double with Reading. Brian Pointer singled to score Kelly Dugan and eventually himself in the top of the 9th last night to put the Fightin's ahead (he was able to score by two throwing errors after his hit). Andrew Knapp extended his hitting streak with Reading to 17 games. That streak actually extends to 20 games including his final games in Clearwater.

Clearwater 10, Lakeland 5

David Whitehead - 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 HBP, 4 GB, 7 FB
Yacksel Rios - 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 K, WP, HBP
Harold Guerrero - 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER,  2 BB, 2 K
Carlos Tocci - 3 for 5, 2 R, 2B, RBI
Andrew Pullin - 3 for 5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI
Rhys Hoskins - 2 for 3, 2 R, 2B, 2 BB, K
Willians Astudillo - 2 for 4, R, 2 RBI
Chace Numata - 1 for 4, 2 R, 3B, 3 RBI, BB, K (passed ball)
Angelo Mora - 3 for 4, 3B, 3 RBI, BB, K, SB

David Whitehead was effective enough to earn his 7th victory, but still struggles with allowing way too many baserunners. This is something that won't exactly serve him when he eventually moves to AA. The offense had a HUGE day, collecting 15 hits and drawing 3 walks. Andrew Pullin tied Altherr for the 2nd place in HR (10) in the minor league system (Hoskins leads at 13). Speaking of Hoskins, he just continues to impress with a strong season at the plate that hasn't exactly regressed much since his promotion to Clearwater. How about that Carlos Tocci kid? He has 5 multi-hit games in his last 10 games and is batting .357 overall during that stretch (.297 overall in CLR).

Hudson Valley 7, Williamsport 6 (12 innings)

Alejandro Arteaga - 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 K, 6 GB, 4 FB
Robert Tasin - 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, K
Anthony Sequeira - 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, 2 K
Feliberto Sanchez - 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, K, HR
Zachary Coppola - 1 for 4, BB, K, SB, CS, picked off
Mark Laird - 1 for 5, R, BB
Jose Pujols - 0 for 5, R, BB, 3 K
Brendon Hayden - 2 for 5, 2 R, 2 2B, RBI, BB, K
Josh Tobias - 1 for 5, RBI, CS
Jan Hernandez - 4 for 5, HR, 3 RBI
Gregori Rivero - 0 for 5, K
Austin Bossart - 1 for 5, 2B
Grenny Cumana - 1 for 4, R, BB, K

Last night was unfortunately Alejandro Arteaga's worst start of the season thus far. He hadn't given up more than 2 ER in any of his previous 5 starts. Feliberto Sanchez took the loss in the bottom of the 12, his first of the season. The offense matched the Renegades in hits 11 to 11. Jan Hernandez with a monster night at the plate, hitting his team and league leading 6th HR. Meanwhile, Jose Pujols has hit a massive slump. In 19 games this month, he is hitting .188/.333/.250 (64 at bats) with a .273 BABIP. He is also struggling away from Bowman Field, hitting .234/.280/.383.

GCL Phillies 3, GCL Yankees2 0

Ranger Suarez - 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 5 K, 10 GB, 1 FB
Carlos Indriago - 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, 2 K
Horace Stubblefield - 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R
Juan Luis - 1 for 1, 2 BB, HBP, SB, CS
Jesus Alastre - 0 for 1, K
Jonathan Arauz - 0 for 3, BB, K
Cornelius Randolph - 1 for 4, R, K
Dylan Cozens - 1 for 4, R, 2B, RBI, K
Luis Encarnacion - 0 for 4, K
Lucas Williams - 2 for 3, R, BB, CS
Yunior Reyes - 0 for 3, HBP, CS
Arquimedes Gamboa - 0 for 4, K, SB
Roldofo Duran - 0 for 3

Ranger Suarez is making quick work of the Gulf Coast League in his stateside debut. In 27.2 innings, he is holding batters to a .158 average and has a 20:4 K/BB. He has given up only 2 earned runs. He likely has another 6 starts if he stays in the GCL (not including the probable playoffs). He will still be below the 80 innings he pitched last season. Not sure if he will be a promotion candidate this year. Though, he could very well skip WIlliamsport next season and go straight to Lakewood. Luis Encarnacion is batting .152 in his last 10 games (.259 overall this season). Lucas Williams is now riding a 5 games hitting streak (6 for 18 in that stretch).