The Phillies woeful roadtrip continued with a pitiful 9-5 braining at the hands of the Diamondbacks Monday. All the Phillies’ runs came in the ninth inning off a guy with a 37.13 ERA.
A minor piece of news before we get to Reading and Allenton: infielder Mike Fontenot made his Lehigh Valley debut Monday and went 2-for-4 with a double. The 31-year-old veteran was signed by the Phillies as a minor league free agent earlier this month after appearing in 85 games for the Giants in 2011. Infielder Joe Thurston was released by the Phils in a corresponding move.
The IronPigs (11-7), who had their home winning streak snapped in Monday’s 5-1 loss to Buffalo, are 2.5 games off the pace in the International League North Division. They’ve done it with great starting pitching and lock-down relief: Austin Hyatt (2.53 ERA); Scott Elarton (0.56 ERA); Dave Bush (3.07); Jake Diekman (six scoreless appearances, 10/0 K/BB ratio); Michael Schwimer, David Purcey have been solid. But if you’re looking for help off the bat rack, you won’t find it here. The highest OPS belongs to Tuffy Gosewisch (.767).
Meanwhile, Reading (11-5) is off to a historically fast start, as Mike Drago of the Reading Eagle explains, becoming the first team in the 46-year history of the franchise to start 6-1, then 7-1. The bulk of the best prospects in the system reside in Reading and have guided them thus far, says Drago. Right-hander Trevor May has won each of his three starts. Catcher Sebastian Valle is hitting .326 through his first 11 games. Outfielder Jiwan James is hitting .311 with a pair of homers and 10 runs scored through his first 14 games. Leandro Castro, Jonathan Pettibone, Cesar Hernandez and Julio Rodriguez are also off on the right foot.