Lehigh Valley remains in the lead for the wild card in spite of a loss.
Reading maintained their narrow lead in the division race with a victory behind Ricardo Pinto. Trenton kept pace. Cozens picked up RBIs 115 and 116.
Clearwater’s game was suspended while Dunedin won and Dayton dropped two.
Williamsport lost and is on the verge of elimination.
The GCL Phillies maintained their slim lead over the Blue Jays as they approach the final end of season series between the two teams. Fanti pitched well in his return to the rotation. Moniak had two hits.
Lehigh Valley (80-56) Lost to Buffalo, 3-2. Nick Pivetta gave up all three runs in 4.2 innings. He struck out five, but put a lot of runners on base on seven hits and four walks. Cameron Perkins had two of the IronPigs’ seven hits. Logan Moore had the only RBI.
The IronPigs are in second place, 4.0 games behind Scranton with seven games remaining. Their elimination number is four. They are leading the wild card race, 3.5 games ahead of the next team (4 in the loss column). Their magic number is four.
- #1 Crawford (.248) went 0-4
- #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) DNP
- #18 Pivetta 4.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 1 WP
- #24 Lively (9-5, 3.29) DNP
- #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.
Reading (85-49) Beat Portland, 7-1. Ricardo Pinto tossed 7.0 shutout innings. He gave up three hits and a walk. He struck out two. The Phils rode a seven-run second inning to victory. KC Serna started the scoring with an RBI single. Christian Marrero’s bases-loaded, two-run double plated two more runs. Jorge Alfaro followed with another bases-loaded, two-run double that pushed two more runs across. Dylan Cozens’ two-run single closed out the Phils’ scoring.
Reading is 1.5 games ahead of the second place Trenton Thunder with seven 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 (.281) went 2-4 with a double and 2 RBI (63)
- #7 Cozens (.275) went 1-4 with 2 RBI (116)
- #8 Quinn (.282) placed on the 7-day disabled list. Concussion.
- #13 Hoskins (.275) went 0-3 with a HBP
- #14 Kingery (.262) went 0-4 with a BB
- #16 Pinto – (5-6, 4.20) 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
- #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) Game against Brevard County was suspended after the top of the second due to rain. The Threshers had a 1-0 lead and Brandon Leibrandt (1.64) on the mound. The Manatees’ pitcher had given up three hits and walked four. Both will likely be unavailable when the game is resumed tomorrow. Tomorrow’s regularly scheduled game will be played within 30 minutes of the completion of the resumed game and will probably be a seven inning contest.
Dunedin beat Tampa, and Daytona dropped a double header to Lakeland. The Threshers moved ahead of the Tortugas in the division race by 1.5 games. They are 3.0 games behind Dunedin. Their elimination number is four.
- #20 Garcia (11-3, 2.85) DNP
- #22 Canelo (.248)
- #23 Tocci (.280)
Lakewood (68-64) No game scheduled.
Lakewood is 3.0 games ahead of the second place team with seven remaining. Their magic number is five.
- #6 Randolph (.284)
- #9 Kilome (4-8, 4.06)
- #27 Pujols (.242)
- #29 Edgar Garcia (4-1, 2.63)
- #30 Tirado (5-1, 3.75)
Williamsport (34-34) Lost to Mahoning Valley, 6-5 in 10 innings. Bailey Falter (3.13) struck out five in three innings, but gave up three runs (2 ER) on four hits and 3 walks. Will Hibbs (3-4, 1.63) blew his fifth save and took the loss when he faced 3 battrs in the tenth without recording an out. Darick Hall had three hits. Juan Luis had two hits and an RBI. David Martinelli hit his 4th HR and had 3 RBI.
The Crosscutters are six games behind in the wild card race with seven games remaining. Their elimination number is one.
- #17 Medina (4-3, 2.91) DNP
- #25 Romero (2-2, 2.43) DNP
GCL Phillies (42-15) Beat the GCL Yankees West, 6-3. Nick Fanti returned to the rotation after missing his last start on Thursday. He had a minor injury and was on a pitch count today. He pitched 4.0 innings and gave up one run on three hits and a walk. He struck out six. He didn’t qualify for the win which was awarded to Justin Miller (1-0, 2.03) his first as a professional. Jhon Nunez (3.10) and Randy Alcantara (1.65) bridged the gap to Tyler Frohwirth (2.08) who picked up his 10th save.
The Phillies scored two runs in each of the second, fourth and fifth innings. Three of their six runs scored without an RBI being recorded. The Phillies banged out 11 hits, none after the fifth inning.
Jose Antequera (.301) had 3 hits, two doubles, a walk, and scored two runs. Daniel Brito (.290) had two hits, a double, two walks, and an RBI. Cole Stobbe and Mickey Moniak had two hits each. Rodolfo Duran (.315) and Ben Pelletier had identical lines of one hit in four at bats, a walk, and an RBI. Moniak (10) and Antequera (8) stole bases. Josh Stephen was picked off second by the catcher when he strayed off to far. Stephen (home) and Moniak (second) had outfield assists.
The three gift runs came on a balk, throwing error by the catcher when Moniak stole third, and a throwing error by the shortstop when he threw wildly trying to double a runner off base after catching a line drive.
The Phillies also gifted runs on both offense and defense. On offense, their questionable running on the bases led to runners not advancing as far as they might have.
On defense, Jhon Nunez had runners on first and second with two outs. The batter was ruled to have swung at a pitch when the Phillies appealed a check swing, third strike. The catcher rolled the ball to the mound as Nunez headed to the dugout. Wait! the pitch had been in the dirt and the batter broke for first. Nunez won the race to the ball and threw wildly to first and a run scored. It was one of those weird plays where no one saw the same thing. None of us in the bleachers saw Nunez make the throw. Some saw Brito, others saw Antequera make the throw.
Coach Delima was behind us when we began discussing the play and ruling. He said that the catcher would probably never make that mistake again. The next batter struck out on a pitch in the dirt. The catcher almost tackled the batter as he scooped the ball and applied the tag. BTW, Nunez recorded three strike outs in the inning.
The Phillies didn’t seem to be as sharp as usual on defense. A couple fly balls dropped in that probably should not have. Some throws from the outfield didn’t seem to go to the cutoff or the correct bases. On one occasion later in the game, Coach de Armas sounded frustrated when he was calling to his fielders. The thing is, they probably weren’t making big mistakes, but they’ve played so well all season, when they don’t get the results you’ve come to expect, you begin to think they are making mistakes.
Fanti looked a little rusty/tight in the early going. His out pitch is his curve, and he left it up the first couple times he threw it. Way up. He abandoned it til later in his appearance when he got a few nice swings and misses on it.
I spoke with Tyler Frohwirth before the game. I asked about his throwing motion. He used both traditional and submarine in school until a coach suggested he should choose one and stick with it. We talked about his ability to get batters to not get good contact or even miss his 77 mph fastball. He said that he was in the low 80s back in school.
The Phillies are in first place over the Blue Jays by 2.0 games. The teams have 3 games remaining. The Blue Jays have played 2 less games. The Blue Jays elimination number is a combination of two Phillies wins and Jays losses. If the teams finish in a tie, the Jays will win by virtue of their better winning percentage.
- #2 Moniak (.285) went 2-5
- #10 Gowdy (0-1, 4.00) DNP
- #15 Stobbe (.260) went 2-4
- #21 Jhailyn Ortiz (.231) went 0-5 with 3 K
- Stephen (.253) went 0-4 with a BB
- Miller (0-0, 1.50) DNP
- Andrew Brown (0-0, 2.75) DNP
- Stewart (2-2, 4.06) DNP
- Fanti (7-0, 1.51) 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
- Sixto Sanchez (5-0, 0.50) DNP
DSL Phillies (28-40) Season ended.
- Jonathan Guzman (.295)
- Keudy Bocio (.225)
- Simon Muzziotti (.256)
- Dixon Gutierrez (.257)
DSL Phillies2 (42-28) Season ended.
- Leonel Aponte (2-4, 2.77)
- Rafael Marchan (.333)
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
- 8/29 – Clearwater Threshers placed RHP Shane Watson on the 7-day disabled list.
- 8/29 – Clearwater Threshers placed LF Cord Sandberg on the 7-day disabled list.
- 8/29 – RHP Tommy Bergjans assigned to Clearwater Threshers.
- 8/29 – Scott Harris assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lakewood BlueClaws.
- Organization Rosters are up to date.