The Phillies looked to be in good shape with a 6-0 lead over Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants Tuesday night, until the sleeping Giants woke up. San Francisco came back to tie the game in the fifth and an inning later, take an 8-7 lead. The Phillies though kept battling and tied the game in the bottom of the sixth and then put it away with a five-run bottom of the eighth to win 13-5.
Aaron Altherr started things with a two-run home run in the bottom of the first, his second of the season. Bumgarner escaped any further damage, but the Phillies were right back at him the next inning when Altherr drove in Tyler Goeddel with an RBI single and Maikel Franco followed with a three-run home run to make it 6-0.
Starter Zach Eflin gave up a solo home run to Brandon Crawford in the fourth and Crawford would drive in two more runs with an RBI single in the fifth. Brandon Belt then delivered a three-run home run, his 12th of the season, to tie the game.
Bumgarner made it through five innings, allowing eight runs, but four of them were unearned thanks to an error by third baseman Eduardo Nunez. Eflin lasted five innings as well, giving up six earned runs on six hits and three walks. Luis Garcia, in his first relief appearance since being recalled from Lehigh Valley, gave up a two-run home run to Pagan in the sixth, but Edubray Ramos, Hector Neris and Jeanmar Gomez each threw a shutout inning to lock down the win for the Phillies. Neris (4-3), who pitched the eighth, was credited with the win.
The top three hitters in the order - Hernandez, Altherr and Franco - went a combined 11-for-14 with nine runs scored and nine RBI in the game. Hernandez and Franco each had four hits, with Franco driving in four runs and scoring three. Altherr had five RBI on the night and now has eight RBI since being activated off the DL last week.
Lehigh Valley 2
WP: Ben Lively 6-4), LP: Jordan Montgomery (0-1), SV: Michael Mariot (1)
The win moves Lehigh Valley into sole possession of first place in the IL North. It's the first time since July 16, 2012 that the IronPigs have been alone in first place.
WP: Nick Pivetta (10-6), LP: John Means (3-5), SV: Hoby Milner (5)
HR: BOW - Garabez Rosa (8); RDG - K.C. Serna (4)
Nick Pivetta: 7 2/3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
Fort Myers 11
WP: Keaton Steele (5-9), LP: Elniery Garcia (9-3), SV: John Curtiss (2)
Zach Green and Josh Tobias each had three hits for Clearwater.
Errors by Mitch Walding, Josh Tobias and Malquin Canelo led to six unearned runs for Fort Myers.
The Lakewood BlueClaws were rained out in Greensboro. They'll play a double-header on Wednesday.
Mahoning Valley 2
WP: Ryan Colegate (3-2), LP: Scott Harris (2-1), SV: Michael Letkewicz (1)
Felix Paulino: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
GCL Yankees East 7
GCL Phillies 11
WP: Mauricio Llovera (4-1), LP: Jhony Brito (0-1), SV: Jose Nin (3)
Roman Quinn (rehab) 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and a stolen base.
RHP Andrew Bailey designated for assignment.
RHP Luis Garcia recalled from Lehigh Valley.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs
INF Carlos Alonso reassigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading.
LHP Joely Rodriguez reassigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading.
Reading Fightin Phils
RHP Victor Arano reassigned to Reading from Clearwater.
LHP Brandon Leibrandt activated from the DL.
RHP Yacksel Rios placed on the DL.
RHP Luke Leftwich reassigned to Clearwater from Lakewood.