Change For The Future
The Phillies future took a turn after last night’s game. Asche was optioned to Lehigh Valley to play left field on a daily basis. Maikel Franco is expected to join the Phillies this weekend and play third base. Asche’s departure cleared a roster spot for O’Sullivan, who will start tonight’s game against Pittsburgh.
By keeping Franco at LV for 40 days, it delays his free agency a year until from 2020 to 2021. Under baseball rules, an optioned player (Asche) must remain in the minor leagues for 10 days unless there is an injury on the big club.
Control usually isn’t an issue with Williams but last night two walks cost him as the Pirates hung on for a 4-3 win. Marte followed the two, third-inning walks with his seventh homer in the last 24 games. A walk and an error accounted for the Pirates fourth run, an unearned run off Diekman.
The win went to Cole, who is now 9-1 in his last 12 starts. He gave up single runs in the first and sixth. The Phillies third run was a ninth-inning homer by Herrera, his first in the majors. But, the Phillies fell short and are now 0-20 when trailing after eight innings.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (9-23)
Columbus won its seventh in a row, 6-2, at LV. 3B Maikel Franco extended his hitting streak to 7 games with 2 of LV’s 5 hits; included was his fourth HR. 2 RBI gives him 19. No decision for Joely Rodriguez, 7-7-2-2-0-3 . . . OF Brian Bogusevic (.423, 4 doubles, 6 RBI, 9 runs) was named the IL Player of the week by MiLB.com.
Next: RH David Buchanan (1-0), 7:05 tonight vs. Columbus.
Reading Fightin Phils (16-13)
Lost, 6-3, at Harrisburg. LP: Jesse Biddle, 6-7-4-3-3-3. CF Roman Quinn, 2 hits, 13th and 14th steals. RF Aaron Altherr, HR (4) . . . 1B-DH Art Charles (.632, 4 doubles, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 7 runs) was named EL Player of the Week by MiLB.com.
Next: RH Zach Elfin (2-2), 6:30 tonight in Harrisburg.
Clearwater Threshers (15-15)
Game was postponed because of illness to multiple Clearwater players.
Next: Doubleheader tonight vs. Port Charlotte, RH Yacksel Rios (0-1) and RH David Whitehead (2-3).
Lakewood BlueClaws (14-16)
Ended a 5-game losing streak, 8-2, over Asheville. 3 hits each for 1B Rhys Hoskins and RF Herlis Rodriguez. 20-year-old SS Malquin Canelo, 2 hits, boosting May average to .342. WP: Ricardo Pinto (3-1), 7-4-2-2-2-8.
Next: LH Josh Taylor (1-2), 6:35 tonight vs. Asheville.
Clearwater: INF Zach Green, DL, left wrist sprain
Extended: INF Emmanuel Marrero moved to Threshers . . . C Lenin Rodriguez, INF Joseph Miranda and OF Luis Mendoza were assigned to the Venezuela Summer League.
Today in Phillies History
1987: 3B Mike Schmidt scores his 1,366th run to break Ed Delahanty’s club record. Phillies drop 5-2 decision at the Astrodome.
Pinch-hitter George Vukovich is the only Phillies player to hit a walk-off homer in the postseason, 10th inning, 1981 Division Series against Montreal at the Vet.
The NFL (National Football League) appears to be turning into the National Felon League.