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Phillies MLR 7/25/18: Tom Eshelman pitches well, Jose Pujols has a big day

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Phillies Minor League Roundup for 7/25/18

Philadelphia Phillies Photo Day Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images

Today’s Probables:

LHV: TBD
REA: Connor Seabold
CLR: Ramon Rosso
LWD: Damon Jones
WIL: Francisco Morales

Gwinnett 5, Lehigh Valley 0

Tom Eshelman - 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, HR, 5 GB, 4 FB
Aaron Altherr - 0 for 3, BB, 2 K
Joey Meneses - 0 for 4, K
Dylan Cozens - 0 for 2, 2 BB, K, SB
Zach Green - 0 for 1

When Tom Eshelman has a good start, you kind of need to capitalize. The IronPigs offense did the opposite of that, collecting a measly 2 hits...one of which came from Eshelman! Tom Windle and Mark Leiter gave up the three other runs in relief. The offense was shutdown by Braves prospect Touki Toussaint.

New Hampshire 5, Reading 2

Ranfi Casimiro - 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 K, HR, 5 GB, 6 FB
Jiandido Tromp - 0 for 4
Adam Haseley - 0 for 4, K
Damek Tomscha - 1 for 4, HR (throwing error)
Darick Hall - 1 for 4, 2B, 2 K
Austin Listi - 1 for 4 (outfield assist, 1B)
Jan Hernandez - 1 for 3, HR, K
Cornelius Randolph - 1 for 1
Malquin Canelo - 1 for 3, K

Ranfi Casimiro did well! The defense and bullpen, not so much. Damek Tomscha’s throwing error led to the two unearned runs. He did however hit his 14th HR of the season. Jan Hernandez added his 12th of the season later in the game. Yesterday was Adam Haseley 1st start in AA (in 13 GS) in which he failed to reach base.

Clearwater 6, St. Lucie 3

McKenzie Mills - 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, BB, 3 K, 3 WP, HBP, 1 GB, 10 FB
Jose Gomez - 1 for 5, SB
Mickey Moniak - 1 for 3, R, 2 RBI (outfield assist, 1B)
Henri Lartigue - 1 for 4, R, 2B, 2 K, HBP
Jose Pujols - 4 for 5, 2 R, 2 2B, HR, 2 RBI
Luke Williams - 1 for 4, 2 K, CS, HBP
Kevin Markham - 3 for 4, 2 R, 2 2B

McKenzie Mills has been excellent since returning to the rotation on 6/9. In 8 starts he’s compiled a 2.93 ERA in 43 innings with 43 strikeouts to 15 walks. Jose Pujols’ breakout season continues with a 4-hit day. His season line is up to .295/.361/.495 with 16 homeruns. With that kind of production, you can stomach the 32% strikeout rate. I may be crazy, but he could be ready for a promotion to Reading.

Lakewood 7, Greensboro 5

Spencer Howard - 5.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 10 K, 3 GB, 3 FB
Dalton Guthrie - 0 for 4, 3 K
Simon Muzziotti - 2 for 4, R, 2B, SB
Jhailyn Ortiz - 1 for 4, HR, 2 RBI, 2 K
Nick Maton - 2 for 3, 2 R, 3B, BB
Matt Vierling - 2 for 4, R, RBI
Daniel Brito - 1 for 4, R, CS
Quincy Nieporte - 0 for 2, RBI
Gregori Rivero - 1 for 3, R, 2B, 2 RBI
Josh Stephen - 1 for 3, RBI

Spencer Howard is all sorts of tantalizing. This was his second double digit strikeout game this season. He has 106 strikeouts to 32 walks in 82 innings this season. Yes, he does have a 4.50 ERA, but there could be something special here if he can start commanding the strike-zone. The BlueClaws clawed their way back from a 5-3 deficit in the 7th inning to score 4 runs to take the lead. Jhailyn Ortiz added his 11th HR of the season, a two-run shot in the 4th inning. Simon Muzziotti stole his 13th base and is slashing .280/.302/.371 in 143 at-bats. Keep in mind, Muzziotti is just 19 years old.

Williamsport 9, Vermont 2 (6 innings, completed early due to rain)

Ethan Lindow - 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 4 GB, 7 FB
Rafael Marchan - 1 for 4, R, RBI
Jonathan Guzman - 0 for 3, R, BB, K
Madison Stokes - 1 for 3, R, 2B, RBI, BB, K
Edwin Rodriguez - 1 for 3, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 K
Ben Pelletier - 2 for 4, R, 2B, 2 K
Ben Aklinski - 1 for 4, R, 2 K
Seth Lancaster - 0 for 2, R, 2 BB, 2 K
Keudy Bocio - 0 for 2, R, RBI, K
Jesus Henriquez - 2 for 2, 2 R, RBI, BB

The rare win for Williamsport (they are just 15-22 on the season)! The Crosscutters delivered a 7-run 4th inning to put the game away. Ethan Lindow got his first win of the season.

GCL Braves 9, GCL Phillies West 4

Antonio Canizales - 0.2 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 1 ER, K, 2 GB, 1 FB (fielding error)
Yerwin Trejo - 1 for 5, R
Luis Garcia - 3 for 4, 2 R, CS
Abraham Guitierrez - 2 for 4, 2B, RBI
D.J. Stewart - 2 for 4, R, 2 RBI
Stoney O’Brien - 1 for 3, RBI, BB
Nick Matera - 0 for 4
Christian Valerio - 0 for 4
Luis Rojas - 1 for 4, K
Luis Matos - 0 for 4, K

I don’t often check-in with the GCL teams, but I thought maybe from time to time I’ll throw a write-up in. Specifically, Luis Garcia is the guy who has been the most impressive. The 17 year old shortstop is slashing .400/.440/.529 in 85 at-bats. If you don’t recall, Garcia was our big international signing for the 2017-18 International Signing Period.