After having their game Wednesday suspended by rain, the GCL Phillies and GCL Tigers East played a pair of games Thursday, with the Phillies winning both games. In the opener, Mickey Moniak clubbed a three-run home run and added an RBI single to drive in four runs and up his average to .350 (7-for-20) in his first six professional games as the Phillies downed the Tigers East team 12-5.
Evan Rogers who signed with the Phillies as an undrafted free agent, also hit his first professional home run and has his early average at .357 (5-for-14) in his first six games with the GCL Phillies. Four of Rogers' five hit are for extra bases, including two doubles, a triple and Thursday's home run.
Sixto Sanchez allowed one earned run in three innings of work and Jimmy Cordero, who is on a rehab assignment, threw a perfect inning of relief in the first game. Reliever Tyler Frohwirth also threw a clean inning, giving him 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief. Luis Gonzalez got the win for the Phillies, allowing just one unearned run in two innings of work.
In the second game, Jhailyn Ortiz, a key international signing from last Summer, hit his third home run in four games as the Phillies won 8-1 in the nightcap. Ortiz also had a single and a triple, driving in three runs and pushing his average up to .325 (13-for-40) in 11 games with the GCL Phillies.
Nick Fanti got the win pitching five innings and allowing six hits and one walk, striking out four. Fanti allowed just one earned run in the outing and was followed by Kale Fultz, who allowed a hit and a walk in two innings of work.
The GCL Phillies are now 9-2 on the season and hold a 1/2 game lead over the GCL Blue Jays and a 1 1/2 game edge over the Tigers West team in the Northwest Division.
WP: Chad Bettis (7-6), LP: Adam Morgan (1-7), SV: none
HR: PHIL - Ryan Howard (12); COL - Matt Reynolds (9), Trevor Story 2 (21)
Edubray Ramos had his first rough outing as a major leaguer, getting hit for five earned runs in 1/3 of an inning.
Lehigh Valley 7
WP: D.J. Baxendale (2-0), LP: Luis Garcia (6-2), SV: J.T. Chargois (6)
HR: ROCH - Daniel Palka 2 (2); LV - Taylor Featherston (10), Cam Perkins (5), Brock Stassi (5)
Featherston, Perkins and J.P. Crawford all had three hits in the game.
WP: Preston Claiborne (1-0), LP: Hoby Milner (4-2), SV: none
HR: RDG - Andrew Pullin (2), Jorge Alfaro (11), Jesmuel Valentin (5); RICH - none
A two-out RBI single by Chris Shaw scored Christian Arroyo with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.
WP: Chris Rowley (7-1), LP: Luke Leftwich (1-2), SV: none
HR: CLW - Derek Campbell (4); DUN - Mike Reeves (2)
Cord Sandberg went 3-for-5 for the Threshers, with a double and two singles.
West Virginia 2
Lakewood 3 (10)
WP: Zach Morris (4-1), LP: Julio Eusebio (0-1), SV: none
Jose Taveras went eight innings, allowing seven hits, two earned runs, one walk and striking out six batters. Carlos Duran delivered a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the tenth to score pinch-runner Zack Coppola with the winning run.
The Williamsport Crosscutters were off on Thursday. They host Aberdeen Friday night.
LHP Adam Morgan optioned to Lehigh Valley.
OF David Lough placed on the DL (groin).
INF Carlos Alonso reassigned from Reading to Lehigh Valley.
OF Andrew Pullin activated from the DL.
RHP Matt Hockenberry reassigned to Clearwater.
OF Cornelius Randolph activated from the DL.
RHP Seranthony Dominguez reassigned to Williamsport.
RHP Trevor Bettencourt (2016 Draft, 25th round) assigned to Williamsport.