Lehigh Valley inched closer to a playoff berth behind Ben Lively’s solid start.
Reading maintained their narrow lead in the division race despite a shaky outing by their bull pen. Jake Fox clobbered two home runs
Clearwater kept their slim, playoff hopes alive with a come back victory fueled by Jiandido Tromp.
Lakewood maintained their three game lead behind solid pitching by Jose Taveras and clutch hitting by Damek Tomscha.
Williamsport lost and several teams caught them for third position in a wild card race for one spot.
Lehigh Valley (80-55) Beat Buffalo, 5-2. Ben Lively won his 10th game. He struck out seven in 5.0 innings. Lively is on an innings count as the season runs down. He is at 164.2 this season, well above the 143.2 he tossed last season and his previous high of 151.0 in 2014. Luis Garcia (2.28) picked up his 11th save.
The IronPigs attack was lead by Taylor Featherston’s 3 hits and 1 RBI, and Brock Stassi’s 2 hits and 2 RBI.
The IronPigs are in second place, 4.0 games behind Scranton. Their elimination number is five. They are leading the wild card race, 4.5 games ahead of the next team (5 in the loss column). Their magic number is four.
- #1 Crawford (.252) went 1-4 with a BB
- #3 Williams (.265) DNP
- #5 Thompson (11-5, 2.29) – promoted to Philadelphia.
- #11 Appel – DL, season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur.
- #12 Knapp (.262) went 1-5 with an RBI (45)
- #18 Pivetta DNP
- #24 Lively (9-5, 3.29) 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 7 K
- #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.
Reading (84-49) Beat New Hampshire, 7-6. Mark Leiter (3.59) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. With one out, he gave up a HR and 2 singles. Jesen Therrien (3.21) came in to blow the save on a game-tying HR. He got the win when the Phils battled back with 3 runs, and Miguel Nunez got his 17th save when he only gave back 2 runs in the ninth.
Leiter pitched 6.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR.
Christian Marrero led off and had 2 hits, 2 walks, and 2 RBI. Scott Kingery batted second and had 3 hits. Jake Fox provided the big blows with 3 hits, 2 HR (22), and 3 RBI (68). Rhys Hoskins picked up his 112th RBI.
Reading are 1.5 games ahead of the second place Trenton Thunder with eight games to play. Both teams have clinched a playoff berth. They are playing for playoff seeding and the crucial, final home game in the five-game division series.
- #4 Alfaro (.279) went 1-4
- #7 Cozens (.275) went 0-4
- #8 Quinn (.282) placed on the 7-day disabled list. Concussion.
- #13 Hoskins (.277) went 0-2 with a BB, SF, and RBI (112)
- #14 Kingery (.270) went 3-5
- #16 Pinto – (5-6, 4.20) DNP
- #18 Pivetta – (11-6, 3.41) – promoted to Lehigh Valley
- #19 Eshelman (4-3, 4.75) DNP
- #26 Cordero – (0-1, 3.18) DNP
Clearwater (78-53) Beat Daytona, 6-5. Drew Anderson (1.93) left the game with two out in the first inning due to a leg injury he suffered on a throw to second base for a force out. The two runs Daytona scored held up until the Threshers tied the game in the seventh and took the lead in the eighth. Jeff Singer pitched 4.2, two-hit innings during that span. Yacksel Rios (6.54), Tom Windle (4.35), and Matt Hockenberry (1.44) collaberated on the three runs the Tortugas scored in the eighth to take the lead. Hockenberry blew the save and surrendered the lead without recording an out. Ulises Joaquin (2.76) came in to put out the fire. He earned the victory when the Threshers rallied to re-take the lead in the 9th.
The Threshers got on the board in the seventh on Kyle Martin’s two-out, two-run, game-tying HR. They went ahead in the eighth on Zack Coppola’s RBI single and Carlos Tocci’s sacrifice fly. They re-took the lead in the ninth on Jiandido Tromp’s two-run HR (9). Drew Stankiewicz had two hits. Coppola stole his 6th base. Singer picked a runner off first.
The Threshers moved ahead of the Tortugas in the division race. Dunedin’s game was cancelled due to wet grounds. The Threshers are 2.5 games back (three in the loss column). Both teams have 7 games remaining, and face each other for the final four. Their elimination number is three. With the possibly that weather might force the cancellation or postponement of games this week, the Threshers playoff chances are tenuous.
Chace Numata went 0-3 with a walk in 4 plate appearances. He is batting .313 with 349 PA, five behind the 354 (353.7) he needs to qualify for the batting title. Any games lost to weather this week will hurt his chances. The Threshers had the batting leader on their roster last season in Willians Astudillo.
- #20 Garcia (11-3, 2.85) DNP
- #22 Canelo (.248) went 1-4
- #23 Tocci (.280) went 1-3 with a double and RBI (48)
Lakewood (68-64) Beat West Virginia, 4-3 in 13 innings. Jose Taveras (3.43) pitched 7.0 solid innings. He held the Power to a couple runs on 6 hits and 2 walks, striking out four. Blake Quinn (2.25) blew the save in the bottom of the ninth.
The BlueClaws scored 3 runs in the first inning before an out was recorded on Damek Tomscha’s bases-loaded, two-run double and Deivi Grullon’s sacrifice fly. They were kept off the board until Tomscha’s RBI single in the 13th inning. Tomscha had 3 hits and 3 RBI. Cornelius Randolph had 2 hits and was driven home by Tomscha both times.
Lakewood is 3.0 games ahead of the second place team with seven remaining. Their magic number is five.
- #6 Randolph (.284) went 2-6 with 2 runs scored
- #9 Kilome (4-8, 4.06) DNP
- #27 Pujols (.242) went 0-5 with 3 K
- #29 Edgar Garcia (4-1, 2.63) DNP
- #30 Tirado (5-1, 3.75) DNP
Williamsport (34-33) Lost to Brooklyn, 2-1. Ranger Suarez (5-4, 3.03) pitched well into the seventh inning. He was charged with 2 runs on 5 hits and a walk and struck out six. He left with one out and runners on first and second. Carlos Indriago (1.61) entered and walked the first two batter he faced, tying the game and blowing the save. He gave up a single and the go-ahead run came across. He was able to escape any further damage to his own ERA and finally retired the final two outs of the inning. Jake Kelzer struck out 4 in 2.0 innings.
Luke Williams had 2 of the Crosscutters’ eight hits. The Cutters scored their only run on Gregori Rivero’s RBI triple in the second inning.
The Crosscutters are five games behind in the wild card race. There is another 3.5 games ahead of them. Their loss dropped them into a tie with three other teams whose elimination number is three.
- #17 Medina (4-3, 2.91) DNP
- #25 Romero (2-2, 2.43) DNP
GCL Phillies (41-15) No game scheduled.
The Phillies are still in first place over the Blue Jays by 2.0 games. The teams have 4 games remaining. The Blue Jays have played 2 less games. The Blue Jays elimination number is a combination of three Phillies wins and Jays losses. If the teams finish in a tie, the Jays will win by virtue of their better winning percentage. The division winner will face off against the NE Division champion Braves who have a losing record (27-28). Weather in the Gulf may force the postponement or cancellation of games this week.
- #2 Moniak (.281)
- #10 Gowdy (0-1, 4.00)
- #15 Stobbe (.254)
- #21 Jhailyn Ortiz (.238)
- Stephen (.260)
- Miller (0-0, 1.50)
- Andrew Brown (0-0, 2.75)
- Stewart (2-2, 4.06)
- Fanti (7-0, 1.51)
- Sixto Sanchez (5-0, 0.50)
DSL Phillies (28-40) No game scheduled.
- Jonathan Guzman (.295)
- Keudy Bocio (.225)
- Simon Muzziotti (.256)
- Dixon Gutierrez (.257)
DSL Phillies2 (42-28) No game scheduled.
- Leonel Aponte (2-4, 2.77)
- Rafael Marchan (.333)
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
- 8/28 – Clearwater activated LF Cord Sandberg from the 7-day disabled list.
- 8/28 – RF Aaron Brown assigned to Reading from Clearwater.
- 8/28 – Reading placed LF Andrew Pullin on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to August 27, 2016. Right elbow sprain.
- 8/28 – Reading placed CF Roman Quinn on the 7-day disabled list. Concussion.
- 8/28 – Jorge Alfaro assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley.
- Organization Rosters are up to date.