Thursday, July 12, 2018

Green follows up All-Star appearance with promotion to Triple-A

Zach Green, image- Jay Floyd
In the Double-A Eastern League All-Star Game on Wednesday, four Reading players represented the Phillies in the contest played at Trenton's ARM & HAMMER Park. 

Catcher Deivi Grullon, who won the EL's All-Star Home Run Derby on Tuesday, first baseman/third baseman Zach Green and outfielder Jan Hernandez were all in the starting lineup.  Grullon and Hernandez each homered while Green went 0-for-2.

Relief pitcher Edgar Garcia was charged with three earned runs in 1/3 of an inning.

The contest was tied at four runs apiece after nine innings, so to decide the game, each team selected one batter to face off in a hitting challenge.  In a two minute window, the players would accumulate points for balls in play or balls launched as home runs.  Green, representing the Eastern Division was bested by Pirates prospect Will Craig, the Western Division's representative, in the unique tie breaking overtime round. 

In the Triple-A All-Star Game, played in Columbus, OH, the Pacific Coast League defeated the International League 12-7. Lehigh Valley pitcher Cole Irvin started for IL, pitching a scoreless inning, striking out two and surrendering two hits.  First baseman/OF Joey Meneses laced two hits in three at bats.

On Thursday, it was announced that Green would be promoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.  Corner infielder Damek Tomscha is reportedly headed back to Reading, where he played earlier this season, from Lehigh Valley.

Green, 24, was the Phillies' 3rd round draft selection in 2012.  In 77 games this year, the righty batter posted a .296 average with 17 homers and 53 RBI.

Tomscha, a 26-year-old righty batter, tallied a .196 batting average with two homers and eight RBI in 26 games for the IronPigs.  He was the Phils' 17th round draft pick in 2014.

In other moves between the Phillies' Double-A and Triple-A affiliates...hurler Ranfi Casimiro goes to Reading with catcher Nick Rickles and pitcher Jake Waguespack going up to Lehigh Valley.
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