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Phillies Minor League Roundup - May 17, 2016

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Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

Today's Probables:

LHV: Zach Eflin
REA: Ricardo Pinto
CLR: GM1 Matt Imhof, GM2 Ranfi Casimiro
LWD: Shane Watson

Lehigh Valley 5, Syracuse 4 (10 innings)

Alec Asher - 7 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 K, 2 HR, 10 GB, 2 FB
Michael Mariot - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, K
Luis Garcia - 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 K
Andrew Knapp - 1 for 4, R, BB
Cam Perkins - 0 for 4, BB, 2 K
Darnell Sweeney - 2 for 2, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB, SB, CS
Nick Williams - 0 for 1, K (pinch hitter)

Up until the 7th inning, Alec Asher had held Syracuse to 0 hits and 0 walks over 6 innings (one might call that "perfect"). In the 7th Asher would give up 4 hits (two being HR) to tie the game up at 4-4. In the bottom of the 10th Darnell Sweeney worked a leadoff walk and was able to move to 3rd base via another walk and sacrifice bunt. With Brock Stassi pinch hitting, a wild pitch would allow Sweeney to score for the walk-off victory. Cedric Hunter had a HR in the game, his 3rd of the season.

Reading 9, Bowie 1

Nick Pivetta - 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 6 K, 5 GB, 4 FB
Tom Windle - 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, K
Joely Rodriguez - 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, BB
Roman Quinn - 1 for 5, 2 R, RBI, BB, K, SB
J.P. Crawford - 3 for 6, R, 2B, 3 RBI
Jorge Alfaro - 1 for 6, HR, 2 K
Dylan Cozens - 2 for 5, 2B, RBI, 2 K
Rhys Hoskins - 1 for 3, R, BB, 2 K, HBP
KC Serna - 4 for 5, R, 2 2B, K
Aaron Brown - 1 for 4, R, BB
Jesmuel Valentin - 1 for 3, R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, K

So, Nick Pivetta has been pretty good as of late. Overall the walks remain high, but he lowered his ERA and WHIP to 3.27 and 1.16, respectively this season. He has struck out 44 and walked 15 in 44 IP. J.P. Crawford hasn't played since Saturday May 14, but showed no signs of the "slump" that he was in. Yesterday was his first multi-hit game since April 24th. Roman Quinn stole his 17th base last night which is 2nd best in the Eastern League and just 3 off the league lead. Jorge Alfaro launched another dinger, his 2nd of the year. Reading's offense is really, really good.

Clearwater, St. Lucie (ppd due to rain, doubleheader will be played today)

Hagerstown 4, Lakewood 1

Tyler Gilbert - 7 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, BB, 8 K, HR, 8 GB, 4 FB
Zach Morris - 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, BB, K
Emmanuel Marrero - 2 for 5
Josh Tobias - 1 for 5, 2B, K
Wilson Garcia - 2 for 4, K
Jose Pujols - 2 for 4, K
Damek Tomscha - 0 for 3, HBP
Deivi Grullon - 0 for 4, 2 K (two passed balls)
Jan Hernandez - 0 for 3, BB, 2 K (throwing error)
Brendon Hayden - 1 for 4, 2B, 2 K
Jiandido Tromp - 2 for 3, R, 2B, HBP

Tyler Gilbert pitched another great game, but was doomed by poor defense. This is his 4th start in a row in which he has gone 5 or more innings and only allow 2 ER or less. Last night's 8 strikeouts were a season and career-high. The offense actually out-hit Hagerstown 10-8, but went an embarrassing 0 for 11 with RISP and left 10 on base. Jose Pujols has hits in 9 of his last 10 games and his season slash improved to .284/.325/.504 in 141 at-bats.