If not for his own indecision on a groundball back to the mound, Anthony Vasquez could have finished having held the Charlotte Knights to no runs over eight innings. Instead, he allowed one run - an unearned run - as Lehigh Valley relied on Vasquez and closer Edward Mujica to lead them to a 2-1 win Thursday night at Coca-Cola Park.
After Lehigh Valley went up 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Charlotte got a one out single from Leury Garcia and a fielding error by Taylor Featherston put runners on the corners. Jerry Sands then hit a little tapper back to the mound and Garcia broke from third, but would have been dead at the plate, had Vasquez decided to throw home. Instead, Vasquez took the out at first, as Charlotte tied the game with an unearned run.
Over his eight innings, Vasquez allowed five hits and didn't walk a batter, while striking out seven hitters. Mujica came on and retired the Knights in order in the ninth to notch his 20th save of the season.
Lehigh Valley went up 1-0 in the fifth when Featherston singled to drive in David Lough, who had led off the inning with a double and went to third on an infield single by Darnell Sweeney. The IronPigs took the lead back in the eighth when Nick Williams doubled with one out and Darin Ruf singled to put runners on the corners. Brock Stassi hit a groundball to short and busted down the first base line to prevent a double-play, allowing Williams to score from third.
The IronPigs were swept in a three-game series at home by Columbus to start the week, but their Thursday night win brought their season record at home back to the .500 mark at 21-21.
The Phillies were off Thursday night. They open a three-game series at home against the World Champion Kansas City Royals Friday night.
WP: Daniel Stumpf (1-0), LP: Ryan Brinley (0-1), SV: none
HR: HAR - Neftali Soto (8), Stephen Perez (1); RDG - Dylan Cozens (22), Harold Martinez (7), Osmel Aguila (2), Rhys Hoskins (22)
Stumpf threw a clean inning of relief as part of his rehab assignment. The lefty is eligible to be activated from his suspension on July 10. K.C. Serna continues to be an unsung hero for Reading, going 3-for-5with an RBI and two runs scored. Serna is now hitting .292 on the season.
WP: Justin Shafer (1-4), LP: Luke Leftwich (1-1), SV: Colton Turner (2)
HR - DUN - Emilio Guerrero (8), Dickie Joe Thon (3), Ryan McBroom (11); CLW - Jiandido Tromp (1)
Tromp was 2-for-4 with a double and a home run. Since being promoted from Lakewood, Tromp has struggled at the plate, but is now at the .200 level with Clearwater. Leftwich was tagged for six earned runs in five innings of work.
WP: Chuck Weaver (8-4), LP: Franklyn Kilome (1-7), SV: none
Kilome allowed five runs in four innings, but two of the runs were unearned. Sutter McLoughlin threw three innings of shutout relief for Lakewood.
WP: Erasmo Pinales (1-2), LP: Felix Paulino (0-2), SV: none
HR: WMS - Juan Luis (1); TRI - Stephen Wrenn (6)
Luis and Luke Maglich each had three hits for Williamsport, with Williams collecting his first home run, two RBI and two runs scored in the game.
GCL Yankees East 1
GCL Phillies 10
WP: Sixto Sanchez (2-0), LP: Daniel Alvarez (0-1), SV: none
Sanchez allowed one earned run over five innings, while striking out eight batters.Danny Zardon went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored. Cornelius Randolph and Mickey Moniak each went 0-for-3 and Cole Stobbe made his professional debut, going 0-for-2.
RHP Jose Nin reassigned to Clearwater from the GCL Phillies.
LHP Elniery Garcia placed on the DL retroactive to June 28.
OF Josh Stephen (11th round, 2016 Draft) assigned to the GCL Phillies.
SS Cole Stobbe (third round, 2016 Draft) assigned to the GCL Phillies.