The GCL Phillies clinched the GCL Northwest Division title and will begin the playoffs Friday with a one-game series against the GCL Braves.
Lehigh Valley remains in the lead for the wild card.
Reading maintained their narrow lead in the division race with a victory.
Clearwater swept a double header while Dunedin’s game was suspended.
Williamsport won but is still on the verge of elimination.
Lehigh Valley (81-56) Beat Buffalo, 2-0. Phil Klein night last night. Two-hit shutout for seven innings. ZERO walks and nine strike outs. Luis Garcia picked up his 12th save. Darin Ruf and Cody Asche had two hits each. Ruf (65) and Brock Stassi (54) each had a two-out RBI.
The IronPigs are in second place, 4.0 games behind Scranton with six games remaining. Their elimination number is three. They are leading Rochester in the wild card race by 3.5 games (4 in the loss column). Their magic number is three.
- #1 Crawford (.245) went 0-4
- #3 Williams (.265) went 1-4 with a double
- #5 Thompson (11-5, 2.29) – promoted to Philadelphia.
- #11 Appel – DL, season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur.
- #12 Knapp (.264) went 1-2 with a double and a BB
- #18 Pivetta DNP
- #24 Lively (9-5, 3.29) DNP
- #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.
Reading (86-49) Beat Portland, 7-6. Victor Arano (1.98) nailed down the final two innings and picked up his first save. Jorge Alfaro had three hits, his 14th home run, and two RBI. Christian Marrero, Scott Kingery, and Aaron Brown had two hits apiece. Brown’s RBI double and Marrero’s two-run single in the seventh put the Phils ahead to stay.
Reading is 1.5 games ahead of the second place Trenton Thunder with six 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 (.285) went 3-5 with a HR (14) and 2 RBI (65)
- #7 Cozens (.274) went 1-5
- #8 Quinn (.282) placed on the 7-day disabled list. Concussion.
- #13 Hoskins (.275) went 1-3 with 2 BB
- #14 Kingery (.267) went 2-5
- #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 – (1-1, 3.46) 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Clearwater (80-53) Swept two games from Brevard County, 2-1 and 3-2.
Game One: Tommy Bergjans (1-0, 1.35) took over in the suspended game. He gave up a solo home run in 6.2 innings. He struck out five. Tom Windle (4.09) earned his first save with a four-out save. Carlos Tocci provided the offense with an RBI single and and RBI double. Kyle Martin also had two hits.
- #22 Canelo (.249) went 1-3 with a BB
- #23 Tocci (.281) went 2-5 with a double and 2 RBI (50)
Game Two: Yacksel Rios (4-3, 6.27) entered in relief and pitched 2.1 no-hit innings for the win. Ulises Joaquin (2.67) pitched two innings for his tenth save. Carlos Tocci and Chace Numata had two hits each. The Threshers scored first with two runs in the first on an RBI double by Numata and Martin’s RBI triple. After the Manatees tied the game in the third, the Threshers went ahead for good in the fourth on Malquin Canelo’s sacrifice fly. The Threshers hit three triples in the game. Herlis Rodriguez had an outfield assist.
- #20 Garcia (11-3, 2.85) DNP
- #22 Canelo (.250) went 1-2 with a triple, SF, and RBI
- #23 Tocci (.283) went 2-3 with a double and sacrifice
The Threshers are 2.0 games (3 in the loss column) behind Dunedin whose game was suspended. Their elimination number is four.
Lakewood (69-64) Beat Kannapolis, 3-2. Harold Arauz (5-6, 3.42) went six innings and gave up two runs. He walked NONE and struck out four. Grant Dyer (2.70) struck out four in two innings. Sutter McLoughlin (2.62) notched his 12th save. Mark Laird and Wilson Garcia had two hits each. Garcia had two RBI, Deivi Grullon had one.
Lakewood is 3.0 games ahead of second place Hagerstown with six games remaining. Their magic number is four.
- #6 Randolph (.279) went 0-4
- #9 Kilome (4-8, 4.06) DNP
- #27 Pujols (.242) went 1-3 with a BB
- #29 Edgar Garcia (4-1, 2.63) DNP
- #30 Tirado (5-1, 3.75) DNP
Williamsport (35-34) Beat Mahoning Valley, 10-3. Adonis Medina struck out seven in six innings and gave up two runs on five hits. Alexander Kline (3.22) gave up an unearned run in three innings and picked up his third save. Luis Encarnacion (2) started the scoring with a three-run home run in the second inning. Enmanuel Garcia had two hits including a two-run home run (4). Jesus Alastre, Brett Barbier, and Luke Williams had two hits each. Darick Hall had two RBI.
The Crosscutters are five games behind in the wild card race with six games remaining. Their elimination number is one.
- #17 Medina (5-3, 2.92) 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
- #25 Romero (2-2, 2.43) DNP
GCL Phillies (42-15) Beat the GCL Yankees West, 5-1. They clinched the division when the GCL Tigers West beat the GCL Blue Jays in Lakeland.
Alec Asher (1.50) pitched 3.0 innings. He struck out four and gave up two hits including a solo home run. Luis Carrasco (7-2, 2.18) followed with four, one-hit innings. Jordan Kurokawa (4.19) and Jose Nin (1.02) finished with one, shutout inning apiece.
Jhailyn Ortiz started the scoring with a mammoth two-run, home run (8) in the second inning. After the Yankees closed within a run, Danny Zardon’s RBI double scored Josh Stephen who had also doubled in the bottom of the inning. They added two more runs in the sixth on an RBI single by Jose Antequera and a sacrifice fly by Cole Stobbe.
- #2 Moniak (.284) went 1-4
- #10 Gowdy (0-1, 4.00) DNP
- #15 Stobbe (.270) went 2-2 with a double and RBI (13)
- #21 Jhailyn Ortiz (.231) went 1-4 with a HR (8) and 2 RBI (27)
- Stephen (.253) went 1-4 with a double
- 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
The game featured two dugout clearing incidents. Luis Carrasco entered the game in the fourth inning after Asher had pitched the first three innings as the next step in his rehab in Clearwater. After warming up, Carrasco hit the back stop with his first pitch, a 96 mph fastball, head-high, and behind the batter. The batter slowly took a couple few measured steps toward the mound, glaring and speaking in Spanish. I don’t think he was saying “We’re cool, Bro”. Anyway, the dugouts emptied, but the coaches kept the players from getting close to each other.
In the ninth inning, with the Phillies leading by four runs, the same player took a called third strike. He left the box starring at the umpire. To be honest, I thought the pitch missed the zone, too. Now, I don’t if anything was said by any Phillies players, but after removing his helmet at the dugout, the batter returned to the field with his bat in hand. He spoke and motioned toward the plate. I think he was talking to the umpire because he started backing away toward the Phillies’ dugout and our catcher remained standingthe plate. When the dugouts emptied, the batter and on-deck batter also came toward the plate with bats in hand. The Phillies came out unarmed. Fortunately, the coaches kept the players from mingling. Dugouts clearing in the GCL. I couldn’t make this up.
And, now some video and photos –
Daniel Brito puts the ball in play.
Josh Stephen doubles.
Mickey Moniak puts a ball in play.
Jhailyn Ortiz crushes home run to left. Sorry, I missed contact.
Cole Stobbe doubles down the line.
Mickey Moniak foul ball. I had the best view.
Jhailyn Ortiz hits a ball home run distance foul, Mickey Moniak on third helps the ump with fair signal.
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.
- 8/30 – OF Osmel Aguila assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley.
- 8/30 – Lakewood activated LHP Zach Morris from the 7-day disabled list.
- Organization Rosters are up to date.