Clearwater posted the only win in the organization on Sunday. Reading lost, Lehigh Valley was cancelled, Lakewood was suspended, and Williamsport was postponed.
Drew Anderson tossed five shutout innings as four Threshers’ pitchers combined to throw a shutout.
Clearwater’s hitters posted season highs for runs and hits. Chace Numata led the way with five hits. Three different Threshers drove in three runs. Herlis Rodriguez hit his first HR.
Roman Quinn hit a solo home run, and Andrew Pullin hit two solo home runs in Reading’s loss.
Cornelius Randolph had 2 hits and 3 RBI when the Lakewood game was suspended in the third inning.
Lehigh Valley (76-52) Cancelled, rain.
The IronPigs are in second place, 4.0 games behind Scranton with 15 games remaining. Their elimination number is 12. They lead in the wild card standings with a 5.5 game lead over Rochester. Their magi number in the wild card race is 11. They play the last 5 games of the season against Rochester, 2 away and 3 at home.
- #1 Crawford (.255)
- #3 Williams (.265)
- #5 Thompson (11-5, 2.29) – promoted to Philadelphia.
- #11 Appel – DL, season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur.
- #12 Knapp (.265)
- #18 Pivetta –
- #24 Lively (8-5, 3.49) –
- #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.
Reading (82-44) Lost to Erie, 12-4. Tom Eshelman suffered through 3.0 innings where he gave up 8 runs (6 ER) on 10 hits. Jesen Therrien (3.60) gave up 2 runs in 2.0 innings. Jimmy Cordero gave up 1 run in 2.0 innings. And, Joe DeNato was touched for an unearned run in 1.0 inning. Phils’ pitching gave up 17 hits.
The Phils’ offense mounted a 13-hit attack including 3 home runs. However, all three were solo, and the Phils only managed to get runners in scoring position 7 times. They came through twice in those seven instances but only scored once.
Andrew Pullin (.341) had 3 hits including a double, 2 HR (10), and 2 RBI (32).Rhys Hoskins, Christian Marrero (.245), and Scott Kingery had 2 hits apiece. Kingery had the othr RBI (14). Roman Quinn hit his 4th home run.
Reading is in first place 4.5 games ahead of Trenton with 15 games remaining. They play the last 4 games of the season on the road in Trenton. The top 2 teams in each division make the playoffs. Only third place Hartford remains alive in the race to catch the top two teams. They are 11.5 games behind the Phils, 7.0 games behind the Yankees. The Phils’ magic number to clinch a playoff spot is 5.
- #4 Alfaro (.285) went 2-5 with a double
- #7 Cozens (.292) went 0-3 with a BB and SB (21)
- #8 Quinn (.283) went 1-5 with a BB, RBI (19), and SB (29)
- #13 Hoskins (.278) went 1-3 with a BB and RBI (106)
- #14 Kingery (.253) went 1-4
- #16 Pinto – (5-5, 4.09) – DNP
- #18 Pivetta – (11-6, 3.41) – promoted to Lehigh Valley
- #19 Eshelman (4-3, 4.75) – DNP
- #26 Cordero – (0-1, 3.68) -DNP
Clearwater (74-51) Beat Daytona, 15-0. Drew Anderson (2-1, 1.69) 3-hit the Tortugas through 5.0 shutout innings. He walked one and struck out four. Austin Davis (4.82) struck out three in 2.0, one-hit innings. Ulises Joaquin (2.79) and Jeff Singer (8.31) completed the combined shutout with a one-strike out, 1-2-3 inning each.
The Threshers posted season-highs with 15 runs and 19 hits. They also drew 7 walks. Chace Numata (.320) went 5 -6, scored 3 runs, and had 2 RBI. Numata would lead the FSL in batting average if he had enough at bats. He needs maintain his present pace and get 52 AB over the remaining 13 games. If Numata were able to qualify with the best average, that would be back-to-back seasons where the Threshers had the league leader. Willians Astudillo lead the league last season.
Zach Coppola (.320) had 4 hits including a double and RBI. Kyle Martin, Drew Stankiewicz (.186), Malquin Canelo (.247), and Herlis Rodriguez (.218) had 2 hits apiece. Martin (74), Aaron Brown (10), and Canelo (47) drove in 3 runs each. Rodriguez had the game’s only home run, a solo shot to right, his first. Coppola and Brown each stole a base. The GCL Phillies’ Raul Rivas entered the game as a defensive substitution in the 8th and got his first hit in the bottom of the inning, a lead off single.
Anderson’s pitching stuff –
- Anderson threw 85 pitches, 57 strikes (67.1%).
- 24 of his strikes (42.1%) came on foul balls. 10 in the third and 7 in the fourth when he threw 23 and 20 pitches in those innings.
- He got 9 swing-and-miss strikes (15.8%) all on fastballs.
- His four swinging strike outs came on FB at 94, 89, 94, and 92 mph.
- His last two outs in the fifth inning came on his 3rd and 4th strike outs.
- He threw 10 of 19 first pitch strikes (52.6%).
- He relied heavily on his FB, 28 of 30 pitches (93.3%)in the first 2 innings were FB.
- 74 of his 85 pitches were FB (87.1%).
- His FB range was 89-94 mph. He dipped to 88 once and touched 95 once.
- His FB sat 91-93 mph (14-17-17) but hit 94 nine times, at least once each inning.
- He threw 7 curve balls, 76-79 mph.
- He threw 4 off speed pitches 82-84 mph.
- His four, 3-ball counts resulted in a single, BB, F7, and K (at 89 mph in an 11-pitch AB)
Today was the first time I saw Austin Davis for an extended outing (2.0 innings, 30 plus pitches). HIs FB was 89-93 mph. his CB was 71-74 mph. He had an off sped pitch that sat 82-83 mph.
Jeff Singer entered in a low leverage situation and threw his FB at 93-94 in a short 1.0 inning appearance. He had an off speed pitch that was at 84 mph.
The Threshers are in second place, 2.0 games behind the Dunedin Blue Jays. They are 1.0 game ahead of the Daytona Tortugas with 13 games remaining. Their elimination number is 12. They play 6 games against cellar-dwelling Brevard County (14-43). They have a 3-game series in Daytona book-ended by the Brevard County series. And, they play the final 4 games against Dunedin, 2 home and 2 away (actually away-home-home-away).
- #20 Garcia (10-3, 2.55) – DNP.
- #22 Canelo (.245) went 0-4.
- #23 Tocci (.279) DNP.
Lakewood (61-63) Leading Delmarva 7-5. Suspended by rain in the third inning. Game will be completed tomorrow as part of a double header that starts at 5:05 PM. It will be finished as a 9-inning game. The regularly-scheduled game will be seven innings.
Before the game was suspended, Franklyn Kilome had been lifted during a 35-pitch first inning where he gave up 4 runs and retired only two Shorebirds. He turned over two runners to Scott Harris, who escaped the first with no further damage but gave up a solo HR in the second.
The BlueClaws scored 4 in the first and three in the second. Cornelius Randolph had 2 hits in three at bats and had 3 RBI on a single in the first and 2-run single in the second. His average when the game was suspended is .272.
Lakewood is in first place for the second half. They are ahead of Kannapolis by 2.0 games with 15 to play. Their magic number is 14.
- #6 Randolph (.266)
- #9 Kilome (4-8, 4.14)- 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 WP
- #27 Pujols (.241)
- #29 Edgar Garcia (4-1, 2.63) –
- #30 Tirado (5-1, 3.75) –
Williamsport (32-27) Postponed, wet grounds. Game will be completed tomorrow as part of a double header that starts at 5:05 PM. Both will be 7-inning games.
The Crosscutters are 8.0 games behind State College. With 16 games remaining, the elimination number is nine. They are third in the wild card race, 1.5 games behind the Staten Island Yankees. The wild card elimination number is 16.
- #17 Medina (4-2, 2.23) – DNP.
- #25 Romero (2-1, 2.60) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K.
GCL Phillies (36-14) No game scheduled.
The Phillies are 1.0 game behind the GCL Blue Jays. The Blue Jays have two rain outs that will not be made up. If the teams finish tied, the Blue Jays will get the playoff berth based on a higher winning percentage. So, the Phillies must finish a game ahead of the Blue Jays to win their division. They have 10 games remaining, 4 against the Blue Jays (2 this week). Because there is no wild card, one of the Phillies and Blue Jays could finish with the second best record in the GCL (and a winning percentage better than .700) and miss the playoffs.
- #2 Moniak (.296)
- #10 Gowdy (0-1, 4.50)
- #15 Stobbe (.256)
- #21 Jhailyn Ortiz (.243)
- Stephen (.271)
- Miller (0-0, 1.80)
- Andrew Brown (0-0, 1.56)
- Stewart (1-2, 4.98)
- Fanti (7-0, 1.51)
- Sixto Sanchez (4-0, 0.56)
DSL Phillies (28-36) No game scheduled.
The Phillies have been eliminated from playoff contention for a while. They also have 6 games remaining, and will finish the season with a losing record.
- Jonathan Guzman (.301)
- Keudy Bocio (.233)
- Simon Muzziotti (.263)
- Dixon Gutierrez (.256)
DSL Phillies2 (40-26) No game scheduled.
The Phillies2 are 6.0 games behind the Red Sox2 with 6 games remaining. They are still alive in the wild card. They are 3.0 games behind the second wild card position. Their elimination number is three. There are 3 teams between them and that spot.
- Leonel Aponte (2-4, 2.83)
- Rafael Marchan (.339)
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
- 8/21 – Reading placed LHP Mario Hollands on the 7-day disabled list.
- 8/21 – Clearwater placed 2B Derek Campbell on the 7-day disabled list.
- 8/21 – Raul Rivas assigned to Clearwater from GCL Phillies.
- Organization Rosters are up to date.