Highly regarded Phillies pitching prospect Carlos Carrasco allowed two unearned runs over 6 2/3 innings Sunday night in his Triple A debut for Lehigh Valley.
Carrasco struck out four, walked two and allowed six hits as he got a no-decision in the IronPigs' 5-3 win over Rochester. He was lifted after 102 pitches, 67 of them strikes.
He left with the game tied 2-2 with two outs in the top of the seventh. Rochester added another unearned run in the inning off reliever John Ennis.
Phillies president David Montgomery and assistant general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. watched the game from seats behind home plate at Coca-Cola Park.
"We want him to grow more, mature more," Amaro said when asked about Carrasco's immediate future. "I like the maturity he’s shown tonight. I think Carrasco will create his own timetable to get to the majors. He’ll let us know when he’s ready and when his time will come. We’re willing to be patient and see if he can get major league hitters out consistently.”
Carrasco consistently threw between 92 and 96 miles per hour, hitting 96 as late as the fourth inning.
“This is the best and healthiest I’ve been this year,” Carrasco admitted. “This is definitely the hardest I threw [this season]. I haven’t thrown 96 until today. I feel more mature. I want to stay here and get more experience. I want to do my job.”
Carrasco was promoted from Double A Reading on Saturday to replace Les Walrond, who was called up to the Phillies when Rudy Seanez was placed on the disabled list.
Carrasco had been 7-7 with a 4.32 ERA in 20 games this season for Reading. He had 109 strikeouts and 45 walks over 114 2/3 innings.
In another minor league outing of interest to Phillies fans, Tom Gordon saw his first action since being put on the disabled list July 6. In two-thirds of a inning for Class A Clearwater, Gordon allowed a two-run home run to Dunedin's Brian Dopirak, struck out one and walked one. It was Dopirak's 25th homer of the season.