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Phillies Minor League Roundup - May 9, 2016

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Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Today's Probables:

LHV: Mark Appel
REA: Ben Lively
CLR: Will Morris
LWD: Tyler Gilbert

Columbus 2, Lehigh Valley 0

James Russell - 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 6 GB, 3 FB
Bobby LaFromboise - 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, K, HR
Renier Roibal - 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, BB, 3 K
Cam Perkins - 0 for 3, BB, 2 K
Nick Williams - 0 for 3, 2 K
Tommy Joseph - 1 for 4
Andrew Knapp - 0 for 3

Jake Thompson was scheduled to make the start for LHV last night, but was promptly yanked because of the weather situation in Columbus. Russell began the bullpen game with 4 shutout innings, before turning it over to Bobby from Boise who took his 3rd loss of the season (6.35 ERA following the game). The offense combined for just 4 hits and 1 walk. They were stifled by Cleveland Indians prospect Ryan Merritt, who completed the CG shutout. In his last 10 games Andrew Knapp is batting just .118 (4 for 34). His season slash has plummeted to .221/.315/.390 (77 at-bats). Joseph's hit last night extended his hit-streak to 5 games.

Reading 5, Binghamton 3


John Richy - 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, WP, HBP, 4 GB, 6 FB
Hoby Milner - 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 K
Gregory Infante - 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, BB
Roman Quinn - 1 for 4, R, 2 K, SB
J.P. Crawford -1 for 4, R, 2B (throwing error)
Jorge Alfaro - 3 for 4, R, 2B, RBI, K
Dylan Cozens - 1 for 2, K
KC Serna - 1 for 1, HR, 2 RBI, BB
Rhys Hoskins - 0 for 4, K
Angelo Mora - 1 for 4, R, RBI, 2 K
Aaron Brown - 1 for 3, RBI, 2 K, picked off
Jesmuel Valentin - 1 for 3, 2 K

John Richy's first two starts with Reading have been...less than ideal. He's compiled 10 hits, 6 earned runs and 4 walks in just 9.1 innings. KC Serna broke the 3-3 tie in the bottom of the 8th with a two-run HR, his first of the season. He was filling in for Dylan Cozens who was yanked early from the game. Word around the water-cooler has him not hustling out a hit to the OF. Take that for whatever its worth. Jorge Alfaro has picked up exactly where he left off before his untimely oblique injury. Last night's double was his 6th of the season. Roman Quinn also steals his 13th base of the season and just two off the league-lead.

Dunedin 6, Clearwater 2

Tyler Viza - 5 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 3 ER, BB, 5 K, HR, 6 GB, 4 FB
Ulises Joaquin - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, K
Mario Hollands - 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 K, HR
Joey Denato - 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, K, HBP
Scott Kingery - 0 for 3, BB (throwing error)
Cord Sandberg - 0 for 3, BB
Carlos Tocci - 1 for 5, RBI, 2 K
Kyle Martin - 0 for 5, K
Mitch Walding - 0 for 4
Zach Green - 1 for 3, BB, 2 K
Chace Numata - 0 for 4, 2 K (two passed balls)
Malquin Canelo - 1 for 2, R, 2 BB (throwing error)
Samuel Hiciano - 0 for 2, R, 2 BB

Tyler Viza was bad for the first time this season, so nothing to be alarmed about with this clunker. He still threw 60 of his 89 pitches for strikes and has a 33:5 K/BB for the season. Mario Hollands made his 2016 debut with a rehab appearance in Florida and aside from the HR allowed, it went pretty well. The offense was laughably outhit 12 to 3 by Dunedin, but still collected 7 walks. Unfortunately they went 1 for 9 with RISP and left 11 on base.

Lakewood 4, Kannapolis 1

Jose Tavares - 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 5 K, 6 GB, 7 FB
Zach Morris - 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB
Robert Tasin - 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 K
Emmanuel Marrero - 1 for 5, K, CS
Josh Tobias - 1 for 5, RBI
Wilson Garcia - 1 for 5
Jose Pujols - 2 for 4, 2 R, 2B, BB, K, SB
Deivi Grullon - 1 for 4, K
Brendon Hayden - 0 for 1, R, 3 BB
Jan Hernandez - 1 for 4
Jiandido Tromp - 2 for 4, R, 2B, RBI, K
Venn Biter - 1 for 2, RBI, HBP

After some shuffling in the rotation, Jose Tavares is certainly making the Phillies look smart for putting him there. Overall on the season he has a 2.28 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 33 strikeouts (to 5 walks) in 27.2 innings. This is his first go-around in full-season ball. Jose Pujols is quite possibly blossoming before our eyes. In his last 20 games he is batting .321/.371/.642 (81 AB) with 7 HR and 2 SB. He's doing this with a .380 BABIP though. In fun Josh Tobias stats, he has hit safely in 21 of his 28 games this season (.330/.429/.481).