Phil Klein had the best pitching line today, tossing eight, two-hit innings. The best of the rest included HR/RBI by Reading’s Dylan Cozens (33/105) and Clearwater’ Kyle Martin (16/68). The Threshers’ Zach Green got his 63rd RBI. Lakewood’s Jose Pujols got three hits and his 74th RBI. And, Enmanuel Garcia hit his second HR for Williamsport.
Lehigh Valley (72-49) Beat Indianapolis, 1-0. Phil Klein (3-1, 1.64) two-hit the Indians for eight innings. He walked two and struck out eleven. Hoby Milner (3.24) earned his first save. The IronPigs only managed four hits off the Indians starter. Cameron Perkins’ (.289) two-out, RBI single (42) provided the winning margin.
The IronPigs are in second place in the North Divisin and have 23 games remaining in their season. They have dropped 4.5 games behind the first place Scranton RailRiders. But, they have a six game lead in the race for the wild card.
- #1 Crawford (.258) DNP.
- #3 Williams (.276) DNP.
- #5 Thompson (11-5, 2.29) – promoted to Philadelphia.
- #11 Appel – DL, season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur.
- #12 Knapp (.260) went 0-3.
- #18 Pivetta – DNP.
- #24 Lively (7-5, 3.42) – DNP.
- #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.
Reading (78-41) Beat Altoona, 6-5. John Richy (5.68) struck out eight in 5.2 innings, but gave up four runs (3 ER) on 5 hits (2 HR). Victor Arano (3.00) struck out four in 2.0 innings. Miguel Nunez held on for his 15th save. The Phils managed only 5 hits and struck out 14 times. They did walk 8 times. Andrew Pullin (.361) had 2 of there 5 hits and an RBI (30). Dylan Cozens hit his 33rd home run and collected his 105th RBI.
Reading is in first place in the Eastern Division. Their lead has dwindled down to three games over the Trenton Thunder. After splitting a series against the Thunder coming off the All Star break, the Phils had an 8.0 game lead on July 17th. Since then the Phils are 13-12 while the Thunder have gone 19-8. There is no wild card.
- #4 Alfaro (.282) went 0-4 with a BB and 3 K.
- #7 Cozens (.289) went 1-3 with a BB, HR (33), RBI (105).
- #8 Quinn (.282) went 0-4 with a BB and 3 K.
- #13 Hoskins (.279) went 0-2 with 2 BB and a SB (5).
- #14 Kingery (.276) went 1-5 with a double and RBI (10).
- #16 Pinto – (4-5, 4.26) – DNP.
- #18 Pivetta – (11-6, 3.41) – promoted to Lehigh Valley.
- #19 Eshelman (4-2, 5.01) – DNP.
- #26 Cordero – (0-1, 4.50) – DNP.
Clearwater (69-48) Lost to Dunedin, 9-2. Will Morris (7-3, 3.83) Gave up 4 runs on 9 hits (2 HR) in 6.0 innings. Joe DeNato (5.11) gave up 5 runs in 0.2 innings. Jeff Singer (18.00) got four outs without giving up a run. Carlos Tocci had 4 hits. Aaron Brown (.346) had 3 hits. Kyle Martin had 2 hits including a solo HR (16) and 68th RBI. Zach Green (.263) got his 63rd RBI. The Threshers went 0-12 with RISP and left 12 men on base. Tocci had an outfield assist at second base.
The Threshers are in second place in the North Division. They are 2.5 games behind the Dunedin Blue Jays with 20 games remaining in the season. They have 5 games left against the Blue Jays. Daytona and Tampa remain in the closely contested race. Should the Yankees win the second half, Clearwater would probably make the playoffs with the best overall record. However, this outcome does not seem likely at this point.
- #20 Garcia (10-3, 2.55) – DNP.
- #22 Canelo (.249) went 0-4.
- #23 Tocci (.286) went 4-5.
Lakewood (56-62) Lost to Kannapolis, 2-1. Seranthony Dominguez (3.86) pitched 3.0 innings of 2-hit ball before a one hour rain delay. Zach Morris came in after the delay and gave up 2 runs in 3.0 innings. That was all the Intimidators needed. The BlueClaws did rally in the ninth, but Mark Laird was cut down at the plate trying to score on a fly out to RF to end the game. Jose Pujols had 3 hits. Carlos Duran and Emmanuel Marrero had 2 hits apiece. Pujols had the only RBI on a ninth inning single. Including the final play of the game, the BlueClaws hit into 5 double plays.
Lakewood is in third place in the Northern Division, second half. They are 0.5 games behind the Hagerstown Suns and Kannapolis Intimidators. Winning the second half division title outright is their only path to the post season. They have 21 games remaining.
- #6 Randolph (.266) went 1-4 with a BB.
- #9 Kilome (4-8, 4.14)- DNP.
- #27 Pujols (.242) went 3-3 with a 2 BB and an RBI (74).
- #29 Edgar Garcia – DNP.
- #30 Tirado (3-1, 4.72) – DNP.
Williamsport (30-25) Lost to Mahoning Valley, 5-2 and 3-2 in ten innings.
Game One: Ranger Suarez (5-2, 3.27) gave up all 5 runs and struck out 6 in 5.1 innings. Carlos Indriago (1.02) entered with the bases loaded and traded 2 runs for 2 outs. Enmanuel Garcia had 2 of the Cutters’ 5 hits and hit a 2-run home run (2).
Game Two: Felix Paulino (3.23) struck out 7 in 6.0 innings. He gave up 1 run on 6 hits. Will Hibbs (3-2, 0.81) blew the save in the ninth and lost the game in the tenth. Both runs were unearned. In the tenth, a bunt single and throwing error by the catcher put the leadoff runner on second. A wild pitch moved him to third. Hibbs was lifted in favor of John Hennigan after two intentional walks. All the strategy didn’t pay off when a fielding error let the winning run score uncontested. Enmanuel Garcia (.252) and Luis Encarnacion (.159) had 2 hits each.
The Crosscutters are in second place, 6.5 games behind the State College Spikes. They are 2.0 games behind the Staten Island Yankees for the wild card. They have 20 games remaining.
- #17 Medina (4-2, 2.23) – DNP.
- #25 Romero (1-1, 2.51) – DNP.
GCL Phillies (31-12) DNP. 2nd place in the Northwest Division, 1.0 GB (2 in the L column). Their .721 winning percentage is the second best in the GCL. They have 17 games left in the season, seven against the first place Blue Jays. They play their next 3 games against the Jays, including a double header tomorrow night in Dunedin that includes the conclusion of a suspended game from July 30th that the Phillies led 5-2 with the Jays batting in the fourth inning and 2 out and a runner on second. Harold Arauz is the pitcher of record. But, he has since come off his rehab assignment and returned to Lakewood. They will complete the remaining innings of the nine inning suspended game and then play a seven inning game for Monday’s regularly scheduled game.
The Phillies (31-12, .721) and Blue Jays (31-10, .756) play similar schedules down the stretch. The seven games they pay against each other will undoubtedly determine the division winner. The Jays hold the tie-breaker advantage, since they will play two less games. The Jays had a two-game series against the Yankees East that will not be made up since they do not play each other again this season. Should the Phillies and Jays finish tied for first place, the Jays will win the division and the playoff berth based on their better winning percentage. (e.g., If the Phillies finish 45-15 (.750) and the Jays finish 44-14 (.758) the Jays would win the division.)
- #2 Moniak (.296)
- #10 Gowdy (0-1, 4.50)
- #15 Stobbe (.241)
- #21 Jhailyn Ortiz (.264)
- Stephen (.278)
- Miller (0-0, 2.25)
- Andrew Brown (0-0, 1.56)
- Stewart (1-2, 5.91)
- Fanti (6-0, 1.69)
- Sixto Sanchez (4-0, 0.42)
DSL Phillies (25-33) DNP. 6th place in the Northwest Division, 17.0 GB, 12 games remaining.
- Jonathan Guzman (.307)
- Keudy Bocio (.228)
- Simon Muzziotti (.262)
- Dixon Gutierrez (.263)
DSL Phillies2 (37-23) DNP. 2nd place in the Northeast Division, 4.0 GB (5 in the L column), 12 games remaining.
- Leonel Aponte (2-4, 296)
- Rafael Marchan (.354)
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
- 8/14 – Phillies optioned Luis Garcia to Lehigh Valley.
- 8/14 – Phillies recalled Adam Morgan from Lehigh Valley.
- Organization Rosters are up to date.