David Buchanan went into the all-star break with a 4.80 ERA, but after two starts since the break, he's lowered his season mark to 4.25 and he's gone 2-0. Buchanan threw 8 2/3 innings against Indianapolis Tuesday night, allowing just five hits and two walks, while striking out one, as Lehigh Valley took their second straight from the Indians, winning 4-1.
In his two starts since the break, Buchanan is 2-0 and has a 1.15 ERA (two earned runs in 15 2/3 innings). He's allowed ten hits, five walks and has struck out 11 batters in the two starts.
Buchanan's teammates got him a first inning run when they strung together three straight singles with two outs. Nick Williams singled, went to third when Darin Ruf followed with a single, and scored when Andrew Knapp singled to make it 1-0. Buchanan quickly put Indianapolis down in the bottom of the inning and the 'Pigs offense went back to work, putting up a three-spot in the second.
Cam Perkins, who would finish the night with three hits, opened the inning with a double and later scored on an error, Emmanuel Burriss drove home Darnell Sweeney with a sacrifice fly and Williams doubled to drive home J.P. Crawford, who drew a two-out walk.
Buchanan would breeze through the game until the ninth inning. Buchanan surrendered a leadoff single, but then got the next two batters before Jason Rogers singled to drive in a run and Luis Garcia came on to relieve Buchanan and notch his third save of the year.
Lehigh Valley is three games out in the division standings and holds a 1 1/2 game lead over Rochester in the Wild Card standings for the International League.
Philadelphia 1 (10)
WP: Michael Dunn (2-1), LP: David Hernandez (1-3), SV: A.J. Ramos (31)
HR: MIA - Christian Yelich (8); PHI - Tommy Joseph (13)
Vince Velasquez: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K
New Hampshire 7
WP: Taylor Cole (2-2), LP: Gregory Infante (3-2), SV: Chris Smith (5)
Dylan Cozens two hits, two RBI. All eight of Reading's hits were singles.
WP: Tanner Anderson (1-1), LP: Ulises Joaquin (2-2), SV: none
Mitch Walding had three hits for Clearwater. All 11 of Clearwater's hits were singles.
The Lakewood BlueClaws were off last night. They host Kannapolis Wednesday.
West Virginia 6
WP: James Marvel (3-3), LP: Felix Paulino (0-3), SV: Luis Paula (2)
HR: WV - Hunter Owen (4); WMSP - none
Chandler Hall 2-for-2 with a walk, scored three runs and drove in one.
GCL Phillies 10
GCL Braves 1
WP: Nick Fanti (2-0), LP: Bredio Vega (1-2), SV: none
HR: PHIL - Jhailyn Ortiz (5); BRAV - none
Sixto Sanchez and Nick Fanti combined to throw eight no-hit innings, allowing just one walk. Fanti struck out 10 in five innings.
GCL Braves 4
GCL Phillies 5
WP: Jhon Nunez (1-0), LP: Tucker Davidson (0-2), SV: none
Cole Stobbe and Rodolfo Duran singled in the bottom of the ninth and both scored when the Braves made two errors on the same play. Harold Arauz rehab start: 4 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
RHP Harold Arauz started a rehab assignment with the GCL Phillies.