"Overall, he's been as good as anyone in this league the last seven outings," Lehigh Valley manager Dave Brundage told Greg Joyce of LehighValleyLive.com following the latest Jake Thompson outing that saw him go seven innings, allowing just three hits and two walks as the IronPigs downed Rochester 2-0. The win pole-vaulted Lehigh Valley ahead of Rochester in the North Division, leaving them four games behind front-runner Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for the division lead and pushing them to the top of the Wild Card standings in the IL.
Thompson's last seven outings have seen him go 4-0 with a 0.73 ERA (4 ER in 49 1/3 IP). On Wednesday, Thompson was honored by the Phillies as their Minor League Pitcher of the Month for June, when he posted a 0.76 ERA in five starts for Lehigh Valley.
Brock Stassi continues to pick up clutch hits for Lehigh Valley, going 2-for-4 against Rochester, and driving in both IronPigs runs. Stassi's first RBI came on a groundball with the bases loaded to score J.P. Crawford from third and then, three innings later, after Andrew Knapp led off the sixth with a double, Stassi singled to drive him in and give Lehigh Valley a 2-0 lead.
Crawford finished the night 3-for-4 with a run scored and has upped his average to .254 on the season at Lehigh Valley.
After Thompson's seven innings, two Phillies relievers who are currently on rehab assignments with Lehigh Valley took over. Left-hander Daniel Stumpf, whose 80-game suspension for violating baseball's substance abuse policy is up on Sunday, threw a shutout inning, allowing just one hit and picking up one strikeout. Righty Andrew Bailey threw a clean ninth inning, recording two strikeouts as he looks to return from a hamstring injury.
WP: Hector Neris (3-3), LP: Arodys Vizcaino (1-4), SV: Jeanmar Gomez (23)
HR: ATL - none; PHIL - Maikel Franco (17), Freddy Galvis (8)
Franco has now homered in four straight games. Freddy Galvis hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth to give the Phillies a come-from-behind win and a sweep of Atlanta.
WP: Kyle Crick (2-7), LP: Tyler Viza (2-2), SV: none
HR: REA - none; RICH - Chris Shaw (1), Hunter Cole (10)
Viza allowed five earned runs in 6 1/3 innings and reliever Matt Hockenberry, just up from Clearwater, gave up three earned runs in 1 2/3 innings of relief.
WP: Elniery Garcia (7-2), LP: Jeff Thompson (5-4), SV: Ulises Joaquin (8)
HR: CLW - Kyle Martin (12); LAK - Ben Verlander (2), Joey Pankake (13)
Mitch Walding went 3-for-5 with a double. Reliever Ulises Joaquin threw 1 2/3 shutout innings to get the save and lower his ERA to 2.13.
WP: Franklyn Kilome (2-7), LP: Brian Gonzalez (5-5), SV: none
HR: LKW - Josh Tobias (7); DEL - none
Grenny Cumana went 4-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBI out of the leadoff spot. Tobias had three hits, scored two runs and drove in two runs on the night. He is now batting .302 for Lakewood.
WP: John Hayes (1-0), LP: Grant Dyer (1-1), SV: Joe Vavilhon (1)
Starter Felix Paulino gave Williamsport six innings, allowing just one unearned run. Jesus Alastre and Darick Hall each had two hits for the Crosscutters.
The GCL Phillies game against the GCL Tigers East was suspended by rain.
RHP Andrew Bailey assigned to Lehigh Valley on a rehab assignment.
RHP Matt Hockenberry reassigned to Reading from Clearwater.
RHP Ismael Cabrera reassigned to Clearwater from the GCL Phillies.
LHP Elniery Garcia activated from the DL.
OF Herlis Rodriguez placed on the DL retroactive to July 5.