Story courtesy of the Lakewood BlueClaws
Jose Taveras struck out 10 over eight innings and gave up just two runs as the BlueClaws won their fifth straight game, topping Kannapolis 4-2 on Thursday night at FirstEnergy Park.
The five-game winning streak is Lakewood's second-longest of the year (six games from May 9 - May 15 against Kannapolis and West Virginia) and puts them at 16-11/45-51. Kannapolis falls to 13-13/37-59 on the year and 3-7 against the BlueClaws.
Taveras (4-7) came out after eight innings, the third time he's pitched at least eight in a game this year. In his last five starts, Taveras has struck out 42 batters in 34 2/3 innings of work. Sutter McLoughlin came on and threw a scoreless ninth inning, striking out KJ Woods to end the game and earn his fourth save of the season.
The BlueClaws opened the scoring in the first on a sacrifice fly by Tomscha before the Intimidators tied the game on Nate Nolan's first professional home run in the third.
Lakewood went back ahead in the fourth on an RBI single by Jose Pujols, but Kannapolis tied the game back up in the fifth on an RBI double by Grant Massey.
Kannapolis starter Max Beatty (2-3) gave up all four runs over 5 2/3 innings and took the loss.
Josh Tobias had two hits and Tomscha drove in two runs for the BlueClaws in the win.
The BlueClaws look for the series sweep on Friday night at 7:05 pm. RHP Edgar Garcia (3-1) starts for Lakewood against RHP Luis Martinez (4-7).
WP: Tom Koehler (7-8), LP: Jerad Eickhoff (6-11), SV: none
HR: MIA - Christian Yelich (9); PHIL - Ryan Howard (14), Freddy Galvis (9)
The Phillies managed just three hits in the game.
Lehigh Valley 7
WP: Adam Morgan (3-1), LP: Tim Adleman (2-1), SV: none
HR: LV - Brock Stassi (7), Darnell Sweeney (6), Darin Ruf (10); LOU - none
Darin Ruf's HR was a pinch-hit HR and was his first since June 27 (71 AB).
WP: Zach Jemiola (7-6), LP: Tom Eshelman (2-1), SV: Matt Carasiti (29)
HR: HAR - Pat Valaika (13), Juan Ciriaco (1); RDG - Rhys Hoskins (27)
Tom Eshelman: 3 2/3 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR. Aaron Altherr went 1-for-3 with an RBI.
Ft. Myers 2
WP: Will Morris (6-2), LP: Randy LeBlanc (3-4), SV: Jimmy Cordero (1)
HR: FTM - Reynaldo Rodriguez (1); CLW - none
Will Morris allowed just one hit and two walks over seven innings, striking out five.
Batavia 0 (10)
WP: Will Hibbs (1-1), LP: Alejandro Mateo (0-2), SV: none
Pinch-runner Jesus Alastre scored the winning run after a hit-by-pitch, two walks and a wild pitch in the tenth inning.
GCL Pirates 3
GCL Phillies 8
WP: Randy Alcantara (1-0), LP: Oddy Nunez (2-2), SV: none
HR: PIR - none; PHIL - Jhailyn Ortiz (6), Edwin Rodriguez (1)
Randy Alcantara threw two perfect innings of relief.
LHP Tom Windle activated from the DL and reassigned to Clearwater.
OF Aaron Altherr assigned to Reading on a rehab assignment.
3B Jan Hernandez assigned to the GCL Phillies on a rehab assignment.