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Phillies MLR 5/23/18: Tom Eshelman rebounds in his best start of the season

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Phillies Minor League Roundup for 5/23/18

Philadelphia Phillies Photo Day Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images

Today’s Probables:

LHV: Ben Lively
REA: TBD (11:45am start on MiLB.tv)
CLR: Mauricio Llovera
LWD: GM1 Will Stewart, GM2 TBD

Rochester 3, Lehigh Valley 2

Tom Eshelman - 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 K, HR, HBP, 10 GB, 6 FB
Yacksel Rios - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, 2 K
Mitch Walding - 2 for 4, R, 3B
Dylan Cozens - 1 for 4, 2B, 3 K
Andrew Pullin - 0 for 3, BB, 2 K

Where to even begin with this one. Tom Eshelman was excellent in what was his longest outing of the year and the lowest amount of runs he has given up in a game this season. He gave up a lead-off solo HR in the 8th inning in a 2-0 game to our old friend Willians Astudillo to bring the game within one run. Yacksel Rios came on in relief and retired the side. Peadro Beato, the IronPigs closer the last two seasons, gave up a lead-off HR to Miguel Sano to tie game in the top of the 9th. After setting down the next two batters (one of them being former Phillie Brock Stassi), he then gave up the go-ahead run to...Willians Astudillo via another solo-HR. The IronPigs did pressure in the bottom of the 9th with runners on 1st and 2nd with two-outs, but obviously fell short. Trevor Plouffe homered for the 3rd straight game.

New Hampshire 7, Reading 2

Harold Arauz - 5 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, K, HR, WP, HBP, 7 GB, 5 FB
Zach Coppola - 1 for 3, 2 BB, picked off (outfield assist, 3B)
Malquin Canelo - 2 for 4, R, 2 K, SB
Jan Hernandez - 0 for 4, K
Zach Green - 1 for 3, HR, 2 RBI, BB, K
Damek Tomscha - 1 for 4, 2 K (throwing error)
Jiandido Tromp - 0 for 4, 2 K
Deivi Grullon - 3 for 4

Harold Arauz and Co. were ripped by Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Cavan Biggio in the middle of the lineup. Both of them finished a combined 5 for 9 with 3 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 triple and 3 RBI. Ironically, the Fightin’s actually out-hit New Hampshire 10 to 9, but were 2 for 6 with RISP and left 8 on base. Zach Green mashed a 2-run HR in the 6th inning for his 8th homer of the season. He is slashing .294/.364/.563 in 119 at-bats. Hard to know if this is some weird Reading/AA effect or if the finally healthy Zach Green is a player we need to be paying attention to.

St. Lucie 8, Clearwater 3

Nick Fanti - 5.1 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, BB, 2 K, HR, 3 GB, 7 FB
Arquimedes Gamboa - 1 for 3, BB, K, CS
Adam Haseley - 1 for 4, R, K
Austin Listi - 0 for 3, R, HBP
Mickey Moniak - 1 for 4, 2B, 2 K
Henri Lartigue - 1 for 4, R, 2 K
Edgar Cabral - 0 for 3, BB, 2 K
Jose Gomez - 1 for 4, 2 RBI (throwing error)
Raul Rivas - 0 for 3, BB

Nick Fanti’s first two starts for the Threshers have been a bit of a disaster. He has given up 15 hits and 10 earned runs in his 9.1 innings of work. It will be interesting to see if he is just shaking off the rust or adjusting to the better competition. The offense behind him only mustered up one extra-base-hit and went 2 for 9 with RISP.

Hagerstown 3, Lakewood 2

Ramon Rosso - 5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, BB, 5 K, 3 WP, 6 GB, 2 FB
Jake Scheiner - 1 for 4, HR
Nick Maton - 0 for 4, K
Jhailyn Ortiz - 0 for 4, 2 K
Gregori Rivero - 0 for 4, R
Colby Fitch - 1 for 4, RBI, K
Daniel Brito - 0 for 2, K
Rodolfo Duran - 0 for 2, BB, K
Kevin Markham - 0 for 2, BB, K
Josh Stephen - 0 for 3, K

Ramon Rosso loses his first game of the season in his worst outing so far. His ERA rose from 0.93 to 1.43 following the game. The BlueClaw offense combined for 2 hits in the game, the first being a lead-off HR from Jake Scheiner (6) in the first inning. They wouldn’t get a hit again until Colby Fitch’s single in the 7th inning.