(Photo by Cheryl Pursell)
Lehigh Valley went into a big three-game series in Rochester with a Triple-A rookie on the mound Tuesday night and it all turned out just fine. Jose Taveras, just 11 days removed from making his Double-A review, gave Lehigh Valley six innings, allowing just one unearned run as the ‘Pigs downed the Red Wings 3-1. The win moves Lehigh Valley to 3 1/2 games ahead of Rochester in the wild-card standings.
Taveras walked three batters, but allowed just two hits while striking out eight batters. Edubray Ramos, Yacksel Rios and Pat Venditte each pitched a perfect inning of relief for Lehigh Valley, with Venditte recording his second save of the season.
Offensively, catcher Jorge Alfaro had two hits, including an RBI single to right to drive in J.P. Crawford in the top of the sixth inning, giving Lehigh Valley their 3-1 advantage. Earlier in the inning, Rhys Hoskins drove Herlis Rodriguez with a sacrifice fly for his 79th RBI of the year. Rodriguez had homered in the second to tie the game 1-1 after Rochester’s unearned run in the bottom of the first.
With Jose Taveras moved up to Lehigh Valley, Jacob Waguespack moved from Clearwater to Reading and made his Double-A debut Tuesday night. Waguespack lasted just four innings and was charged with four earned runs on nine hits. The 23-year old didn’t walk a batter and struck out two. Victor Arano was the victim of bad defense in the ninth that led to two runs for Harrisburg that pushed them to an 8-7 win over the Fightins.
Clearwater lost to Fort Myers 6-4 Tuesday night to fall to 20-19 in the second half of the season, leaving them 5 1/2 games behind Tampa in the FSL North.
Playing in just his second game with Lakewood, outfielder Austin Listi went 4-for-5 with two home runs and a double, scoring four runs and driving in two in Lakewood’s 11-2 win over Greensboro. The ‘Claws hit a season-high four home runs in the game – Darick Hall hit number-20 and Gregori Rivero hit his first – and Lakewood scored six times in the eighth inning and two in the ninth to wrap up the win.
Pitcher Alejandro Requena, acquired from the Rockies in the Pat Neshek trade, went six innings, giving up four hits and no walks to take the win. Requena didn’t walk a batter and struck out three in his Lakewood debut. Overall, Requena is now 9-3 with a 2.78 ERA on the season.
Andrew Brown‘s conversion to pitching took a nice step forward as he threw 6 1/3 innings, allowed five hits and one walk, with one strikeout and two earned runs. Randy Alcantara threw 1 2/3 innings of shutout ball to get the win and Luis Ramirez threw a perfect ninth for his sixth save.
The GCL Phillies pounded the Blue Jays 10-2 with Jake Holmes picking up his first two home runs of the season and driving in three runs. Holmes also singled and scored in the game. Quincy Nieporte hit his fourth home run of the season, a grand slam in the eighth inning.
On the mound, Manuel Silva (4-0) allowed one run over six innings, giving up four hits and not walking a batter while striking out four.
In addition to optioning Drew Anderson to Double-A Reading after last night’s loss to the Angels, the Phillies also optioned outfielder Cam Perkins to Lehigh Valley. Daniel Nava will be activated from the DL Wednesday and the Phillies will recall another reliever to fill Anderson’s spot.