The Fightin Phils (82-46) have lost three straight games as the Akron RubberDucks (67-60) won 4-1 on Tuesday night. Even with their recent slow down and the division lead down to 2 1/2 games, Reading’s magic number to clinch a playoff spots is three with Hartford losing to Binghamton.
Jordan Smith continued his hot-hitting for the RubberDucks as he ripped a two-run double off Mark Leiter (6-3) in the bottom of the third to give Akron a 2-0 lead. Smith advanced to third on a fielding error by Andrew Pullin. Eric Hasse grounded out to shortstop, which allowed Smith to score and give Akron a 3-0 lead.
Scott Kingery delivered a one-out RBI single off RubberDucks starter Michael Peoples (10-6) in the top of the fourth to cut Akron’s lead to 3-1. Todd Hankins hit a RBI triple with two outs in the bottom of the sixth off Leiter Jr. to give Akron a 4-1 lead. Leiter Jr. left the game after the triple and Victor Arano came in to pitch, striking out Ivan Castillo to end the inning.
Arano retired the side in the bottom of the seventh, and Gregory Infante did the same thing in the bottom of the eighth against the RubberDucks. Cameron Hill retired the side in the top of the ninth to earn his first save for Akron.
Chicago White Sox 9
WP: Carlos Rodon (4-8), LP: Jake Thompson (1-3), SV: none
HR: PHIL - Freddy Galvis (13); CWS - Jose Abreu (17), Justin Morneau (5) Jake Thompson: 5 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 4 BB, 2 K
Lehigh Valley 8
WP: Ben Lively (9-5), LP: Brady Lail (6-5), SV: none
HR: SWB - none; LV - Jesmuel Valentin (2)
Ben Lively: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Cody Asche has an 11-game hitting streak.
Brevard County 0
WP: Brandon Leibrandt (3-1), LP: Devin Williams (0-2), SV: Matt Hockenberry (7)
HR: BC - none; CLW - Kyle Martin (18)
Brandon Leibrandt: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
WP: Harold Arauz (4-6), LP: L.J. Brewster (4-6), SV: Edgar Garcia (2)
HR: GRE - none; LKW - Jan Hernandez 2 (9)
Jan Hernandez: 2-for-3, 2 HR, 1 BB, 2 R, 3 RBI
West Virginia 3
WP: Carlos Indriago (2-0), LP: Brandon Bingel (0-2), SV: Alexander Kline (2)
Darick Hall: 3-for-4, 2 2B, 1 RBI
GCL Pirates 4
GCL Phillies 7
WP: Luis Carrasco (6-2), LP: Braeden Ogle (0-2), SV: Tyler Frohwirth (9)
HR: PIR - none; PHIL - Lenin Rodriguez (1)
Alec Asher: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Lehigh Valley IronPigs
RHP Alec Asher (suspension) started a rehab assignment with the GCL Phillies.
LHP Zach Morris (left elbow strain) placed on the DL.
RHP Blake Quinn reassigned to Lakewood.