Down on the Phillies Pharm: Reading Walks Off in Grand Fashion
Here is a quick recap of what each of the Phillies minor league squads and some of their top prospects did last night as they work their way up to the big leagues.
Zach Eflin pitched seven shutout innings and struck out six Red Sox for Lehigh Valley, but his effort was wasted thanks to a blown save. Pulled after 102 pitches, Eflin watched Frank Herrmann serve up a two out, two-run home run in the eighth inning to Chris Marrero.
Eflin’s era dropped to 2.05 after allowing only four hits and walking one.
The Iron Pigs only managed six hits, most of which came from the middle of the line-up. The lone run came off the bat of Cam Perkins, who hit a solo home run in the fifth inning.
Nick Williams hit his fifth double of the season, but also struck out twice.
J.P. Crawford went 0-3, but did get his ninth walk in his last 10 games. His patience at the plate is what the organization loves and it’s one of the reasons he is Keith Law’s number two overall prospect.
Darin Ruf went 1-4 with two strikeouts and was substituted for a pinch runner. He is currently hitting .194 since being sent down earlier this month.
Catcher Andrew Knapp managed a single, raising his average to .254 in Triple-A. He was also caught stealing for the first time this year.
Lehigh Valley is scheduled to send David Buchannon (2-2) to face a Pawtucket line-up that includes prospect Rusney Castillo.