The season started very badly for Franklyn Kilome, but the 21-year old right-hander has been putting it together of late. Tuesday night, Kilome set a personal career-high with 11 strikeouts in Lakewood's 3-1 win over Delmarva. The win put the BlueClaws back into first place as the season winds down. In Reading, Tom Eshelman had a lot of offense to support him, but he also set a career-high with 11 strikeouts in the Fightins 8-2 win in Binghamton.
Then, there's the case of right-hander Phil Klein, whose last start was in Philadelphia and went horribly wrong. Tuesday night, the 27-year old was on point for Lehigh Valley, striking out 10 batters in five innings of work. Klein, who is still being stretched out to start after pitching in relief all season, had reached 85 pitches and was pulled with his team up 2-1. Unfortunately, Lehigh Valley would suffer a 3-2 loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and fall three games behind the RailRiders in the North Division of the International League.
The three pitchers combined for 32 strikeouts and the only walk of the night came from Eshelman. The combined line for the three starters looked like this:
Kilome went 2-0 in July with a 1.52 ERA in four starts for Lakewood. He allowed 19 hits in 23 2/3 innings and walked eight while striking out 32 batters. The first start in August didn't go so well for Kilome, who was hit for three earned runs in four innings at Greensboro last Wednesday.
Eshelman, who came to the Phillies in the Ken Giles trade with Houston, opened the season with Clearwater, but made his first start for Reading back on June 23rd. Eshelman came up to Double-A and was lights out in his first two starts, posting a 0.90 ERA with an 0-1 record. He threw five innings in both starts, including five shutout innings against Erie at home on June 28th. Since then, Eshelman has struggled and went 1-2 with a 9.78 ERA in July, but returned to form in his last start against Bowie when he threw six shutout innings, allowing just three hits and no walks, while striking out five Baysox hitters to get the win. Of Eshelman's eight starts, seven have come at home for Reading.
Klein was claimed off waivers from Texas in mid-June and pitched initially out of the IronPigs bullpen, but was moved to the rotation for good on July 18. In his four starts coming into Tuesday night, he was 1-1 with a 3.24 ERA with Lehigh Valley. As a reliever, he had thrown 8 2/3 shutout innings. He made an emergency start for the Phillies when Aaron Nola went on the DL and gave up four earned runs in five innings against San Francisco.
Lehigh Valley 2
WP: Jonathan Holder (1-0), LP: Dalier Hinojosa (1-1), SV: none
HR: LV - Cam Perkins (8); SWB - none
Phil Klein: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K (career-high).
WP: Tom Eshelman (4-2), LP: Tyler Herron (2-4), SV: none
HR: RDG - Rhys Hoskins (35), Christian Marrero (7); BIN - none
Tom Eshelman: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K (career-high).
Clearwater 5 (11)
WP: Matt Marsh (7-2), LP: Ranfi Casimiro (8-8), SV: none
HR: TAM - Kevin Cornelius 2 (4); CLW - none
Chace Numata four hits, two runs scored and an RBI.
WP: Franklyn Kilome (4-8), LP: Brian Gonzalez (7-7), SV: Sutter McLoughlin (7)
HR: LKW - Wilson Garcia (3), DEL - none
Franklyn Kilome: 6 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 11 K (career-high).
Lakewood moves back into first place in the division.
Hudson Valley 13
WP: Porter Clayton (2-1), LP: Kenny Koplove (0-1), SV: none
HR: HV - Garrett Whitley (1); WIL - none
Williamsport committed six errors, two by Juan Luis.
Luke Maglich 3-for-4 with a double, run scored and RBI.
GCL Phillies 5
GCL Tigers 0
WP: Mauricio Llovera (5-1), LP: Kurt Spomer (0-1), SV: none
Josh Stephen a double, triple and three RBI.
GCL Tigers 2
GCL Phillies 5
WP: Kyle Young (2-0), LP: Stanley Martinez (1-2), SV: none
Josh Stephen and Rodolfo Duran with two hits each.
Stephen was 4-for-7 in the double-header.
RHP Zach Eflin (patellar tendinitis) placed on the DL.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs
LHP Elvis Araujo recalled from Lehigh Valley.
RHP Gregory Infante reassigned to Reading.
Reading Fightin Phils
LHP Hoby Milner reassigned to Lehigh Valley.
RHP Yacksel Rios sent to the GCL Phillies on a rehab assignment.
RHP Drew Anderson placed on the DL retroactive to August 7.
LHP Scott Harris reassigned to Lakewood.