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Phillies Minor League Roundup - June 1, 2016

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Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Today's Probables:

LHV: James Russell
REA: Nick Pivetta
LWD: Franklyn Kilome

Lehigh Valley 5, Norfolk 3

Ben Lively - 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, BB, 4 K, 2 HR, 9 GB, 2 FB
Mario Hollands - 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB
Cody Asche - 0 for 4, K
Andrew Knapp - 2 for 4, 2B, K
Darin Ruf - 2 for 4, R, 2B
Cam Perkins - 1 for 4, R, 2B, RBI, 2 K
Brock Stassi - 2 for 3, R, 2B, 2 RBI
Darnell Sweeney - 0 for 3, K

Ben Lively with his second consecutive AAA quality start and his first win. The 24 year old righty has yet to give up more than 3 runs in any of his 11 starts across two levels. Before you get too excited, I would point out this Matt Winkelman article addressing some overall concerns going forward. Last night's multi-hit effort from Andrew Knapp was his first since 5/19. Taylor Featherston had a HR in the game, his 6th of the season.

Reading 12, Portland 2

Mark Leiter - 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 K, 5 GB, 1 FB
Roman Quinn - 3 for 4, 3 R, 2 2B, HR, 4 RBI, K
Jesmuel Valentin - 2 for 5, R, 3B, RBI, K
Jorge Alfaro - 0 for 3, RBI, BB, K
Angelo Mora - 0 for 5, K
Carlos Alonso - 1 for 4, R, 2B, RBI (throwing error)
Aaron Brown - 2 for 4, R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, K
KC Serna - 2 for 4, 3 R, 2B, RBI, K

Mark Leiter has filled in...rather "ok" in the Reading rotation. He isn't much of a prospect (outside chance of being an MLB long-reliever), but 12 innings of 10 hit, 5 ER ball with 13 strikeouts has been a pleasant surprise. The offense exploded for 12 hits and was 5 for 12 with RISP. Roman Quinn for the second game in a row led it off with a homerun. This was his 3rd of the season and with 3 hits yesterday is slashing .284/.360/.421 with 24 stolen bases. Aaron Brown has quietly played rather well over the last month. In his last 23 games (since May 1), he is slashing .315/.398/.466 in 86 plate appearances.

Tampa 4, Clearwater 0

Ranfi Casimiro - 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, WP, 10 GB, 0 FB
Victor Arano - 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, K
Alexis Rivero - 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, K
Ulises Joaquin - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, K
Scott Kingery - 1 for 3, 2B, BB, SB (fielding error)
Carlos Tocci - 0 for 4, K
Andrew Pullin - 0 for 4
Kyle Martin - 0 for 4, 3 K
Zach Green - 1 for 4, 2B, K
Mitch Walding - 0 for 4, K
Chace Numata - 0 for 2, BB
Malquin Canelo - 0 for 3
Derek Campbell - 1 for 3, 2B, K

Tampa held the Threshers to three hits in the game (all of them doubles). Kingery's double was his 20th (best in the FSL) and his SB was his 11th. Ranfi Casimiro loses his 4th game of the year to fall to 5-4 and makes back-to-back disappointing starts.

West Virginia 19, Lakewood 7

Harold Arauz - 0.2 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 2 HR, 3 GB, 0 FB
Carlos Duran - 2 for 5, 2B, 2 RBI, K
Josh Tobias - 0 for 5, K (fielding error)
Jose Pujols - 1 for 5, 3 K
Deivi Grullon - 3 for 5, R, 2B (two passed balls)
Wilson Garcia - 1 for 4, R, 2 K
Jan Hernandez - 2 for 4, HR, 3 RBI
Brendon Hayden - 0 for 4, K
Jiandido Tromp - 1 for 3, 2 R, 2B, BB
Grenny Cumana - 2 for 4, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI (fielding error)

This was not a football game believe it or not. Harold Arauz and the bullpen were absolutely atrocious yesterday afternoon. Arauz had been coming off 3 starts in which he allowed 0 ER in 21 innings. Sometimes the other team just has your number. Edgar Garcia, Zach Morris, Kenny Koplove and Robert Tasin would combine for the rest of the runs (7 of them earned). The offense performed admirably, but obviously couldn't match the opposition's 19 hits and 6 walks. Jan Hernandez hit his 7th dinger yesterday, bringing his season line to .263/.331/.442. This might not seem spectacular, but this is rather large improvement over his time in the GCL and NYP League.