The Gulf Coast League season is winding down and the GCL Phillies have put themselves in control of their own destiny. With a 9-4 win over the GCL Blue Jays on Wednesday, the Phils have taken a one-game division lead. There are seven games left in the GCL regular season and the Phillies and Blue Jays, who have battled for the division lead all season, will meet three more times, including in the final two games of the season.
Sixto Sanchez (5-0) threw another six shutout innings for the Phillies, allowing just two hits and not walking a batter to get the win. Sanchez has now allowed just one earned run over his last 42 innings and three earned runs over 54 innings this season for an ERA of 0.50 on the season. In those 54 innings, Sanchez has allowed 33 hits and has walked just eight batters, six of which came in his first 21 innings.
Offensively, Cole Stobbe, the Phillies third round pick in this year's draft, hit his fourth home run of the season Wednesday. All four of his home runs have come in the last eight days. Rodolfo Duran added his third home run of the year in the game, while Danny Zardon went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored. Duran finished the day with four RBI on two hits.
The Phillies and Blue Jays meet again Thursday in Dunedin.
Chicago White Sox 3
WP: Jerad Eickhoff (9-12), LP: James Shields (5-16), SV: Jeanmar Gomez (34)
HR: PHIL - Cesar Hernandez (5), Tommy Joseph (17); CWS - Dioner Navarro (6)
Cesar Hernandez had two hits, upping his average to .296.
Lehigh Valley 4
WP: Sean O'Sullivan (7-6), LP: Nick Pivetta (0-1), SV: none
HR: LV - Taylor Featherston (13), Darin Ruf (19); PAW - Ryan LaMarre 2 (9), Chris Dominguez 2 (13)
Lehigh Valley holds a 4 1/2 game lead in the wild card.
WP: Rob Kaminsky (9-7), LP: Ricardo Pinto (5-6), SV: Louis Head (4)
HR: RDG - Gabriel Lino (2), Roman Quinn (5); AKR - Nellie Rodriguez (24)
Jesen Therrien and Miguel Nunez combined for 3 1/3 IP in relief, allowing just two hits.
Brevard County 5
WP: Phil Bickford (1-0), LP: Jeff Singer (0-1), SV: Brad Kuntz (5)
HR: BC - none; CLW - Malquin Canelo (4)
Carlos Tocci 3-for-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI.
WP: Tyler Gilbert (7-8), LP: Isaac Gil (1-2), SV: none
Grenny Cumana: 4 H, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Lakewood has now won six straight.
West Virginia 6
WP: Luis Escobar (5-4), LP: Adonis Medina (4-3), SV: none
HR: WIL - none; WV - Albert Baur (3)
Gregori Rivero 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI.