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Phillies MLR 4/17/19: Deivy Grullon homers as LHV sweeps their doubleheader

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Phillies Minor League Roundup for 4/17/19

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies-Workouts Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Today’s Probables:

LHV: Enyel De Los Santos
REA: Tom Eshelman
CLR: Anthony Requena
LWD: Kevin Gowdy

Lehigh Valley 5, Scranton/WB 3 (GM1 of DH, 7 innings)
Lehigh Valley 5, Scranton/WB 3 (GM2 of DH, 7 innings, makeup of 4/16 ppd)

Cole Irvin - 6 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 1 ER, K, 5 GB, 9 FB
Tyler Viza - 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, K, HR, HBP, 2 GB, 4 FB
Jan Hernandez - 1 for 8, HR, 3 RBI, 4 K
Dylan Cozens - 1 for 5, R, 2B, 3 BB, 3 K
Mitch Walding - 1 for 4, R, 3B, 2 BB, 2 K
Deivy Grullon - 2 for 3, HR, 3 RBI
Malquin Canelo - 0 for 5, BB, 2 K, SB

That...certainly was a start by Cole Irvin in GM1 of the doubleheader. The 10 hits allowed were a career-high for the lefty. He somehow weaved in and out of danger and only had the assist of one doubleplay all game. Deivy Grullon and Lane Adams both hit 2-run homers (both their second of the year) in the first game. LHV went with a bullpen game for GM2. Lane Adams (3) hit a solo bomb and Jan Hernandez (5) contributed a 3-run blast to cap off a 5-run 4th inning.

Portland 11, Reading 7 (10 innings)

Mauricio Llovera - 5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 3 GB, 4 FB
Cornelius Randolph - 1 for 4, HR, 3 RBI
Adam Haseley - 0 for 4, BB, 2 K, CS
Austin Listi - 1 for 4, 2 R, 2B, BB, K
Darick Hall - 2 for 4, HR, 3 RBI, K
Arquimedes Gamboa - 0 for 3, R, 2 BB, 3 K, SB
Raul Rivas - 1 for 3, R, 2B, RBI
Grenny Cumana - 1 for 4
Henri Lartigue - 1 for 3, R, 2B, 2 BB, 2 K

Mauricio Llovera was cruising through the game until the 6th inning when he left the bases loaded with one in which he had held Portland scoreless. Alexis Rivero came on in relief and allowed all of his inherited runners to score AND gave up two of his own. Jakob Hernandez then relieved him in the 7th inning and gave up two runs to tie the game. This forced extras and brought Aaron Brown to the mound, who then promptly gave up four runs to seal the Fightin’s fate. Reading was once up 7-0 in this game. Cornelius Randolph hit his third HR of the season, a 3-run blast in the 2nd inning. Austin Listi broke a 0-25 hit-less streak in the game.

Florida 5, Clearwater 2

Damon Jones - 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K, 9 GB, 0 FB
Nick Maton - 1 for 3, R, BB
Simon Muzziotti - 0 for 3
Matt Vierling - 0 for 4, 2 K
Madison Stokes - 2 for 4, HR, 2 RBI, K
Jake Scheiner - 0 for 4
Colby Fitch - 1 for 3, BB, K, SB
Ben Aklinski - 0 for 3, 2 K
Jose Gomez - 1 for 3, K
Danny Mayer - 0 for 3, 2 K

Damon Jones made an effort last night that puts him among the best starting pitching performances of the season. He threw 48 of his 76 pitches for strikes. You’d have to imagine if this were later in the season, Jones would have gone further in the game. Luis Carrasco relieved Jones in the 7th and walked three straight batters before getting the hook. Connor Brogdon relieved him and proceeded to give all the runners on base AND two of his own. It was a banner day for bullpens yesterday in the organization. Madison Stokes provided the only offense, a two-run HR in the 3rd inning and his third of the season so far.

West Virginia 7, Lakewood 1

Francisco Morales - 3.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, HR, 1 GB, 1 FB
Yerwin Trejo - 1 for 4, 2 K, SB
Ben Pelletier - 0 for 3, BB, K
Abraham Gutierrez - 2 for 4, 2B
Carlos De La Cruz - 0 for 4, 2 K (fielding error)
Luis Garcia - 1 for 3, R, 2B, K (two fielding errors)
Jake Holmes - 0 for 3
Jonathan Guzman - 0 for 3, K

It’s been a rough season so far for Francisco Morales, whose ERA now sits at 7.59 in 10.2 innings. The strikeouts are there (12), but so are the hits (13) and walks (7). Things were mostly going fine until the third inning where he gave up two of the runs on three hits and a walk. Morales’ stuff is still really good, especially his fastball/slider combo. He’s young and will have a long leash, but it isn’t hard to imagine the organization seeing Morales as a reliever long-term. Luis Garcia broke a three-game hit-less streak with his 2nd double of the season. Abraham Gutierrez is slashing .417/.417/.542 in 24 at-bats.