Andrew Knapp’s home run has put Lehigh Valley within one win of clinching a place in the post season.
Dylan Cozens (38) led a five home run barrage as Reading stretched their narrow lead in the division race with a lop-sided victory.
Lakewood lost, but so did their only rival for the division. So, they are one game closer to clinching their division.
In spite of a victory, Williamsport was eliminated from post season eligibility.
Clearwater’s game was cancelled. They must sweep their final four games against Dunedin to qualify for the post season.
The GCL Phillies were rained out today, and tomorrow’s games have already been cancelled. The playoffs are scheduled to begin Friday.
Lehigh Valley (82-56) Beat Pawtucket, 4-3. David Buchanan (9-9, 4.15) went 7.0 innings and held the Red Sox to three runs (2 ER) on seven hits and two walks. He out dueled Henry Owens, who gave up all four IronPigs’ runs in 5.2 innings. Luis Garcia (2.18) picked up his 13 save. Cameron Perkins had two of the IronPigs’ five hits with an RBI double for the game’s first run in the third inning. Darnell Sweeney pushed the lead out to three runs with a two-run double in the fourth. After the Sox tied the score in the top of the sixth, Andrew Knapp broke the tie in the bottom of the inning with a solo HR (8).
The IronPigs are in second place, 4.0 games behind Scranton with five games remaining. Their elimination number is two. They are leading Rochester in the wild card race by 3.5 games (4 in the loss column). They close out the season with five games against Rochester, two away and three at home. Their magic number is one.
- #1 Crawford (.242) went 0-4
- #3 Williams (.263 went 0-4
- #5 Thompson (11-5, 2.29) – promoted to Philadelphia.
- #11 Appel – DL, season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur.
- #12 Knapp (.263) went 1-4 with a HR (8) and 2 RBI (46)
- #18 Pivetta DNP
- #24 Lively (9-5, 3.29) DNP
- #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.
Reading (87-49) Beat Portland, 14-6. Tom Eshelman had a nice outing, allowing two runs on six hits in 6.0 innings. He walked NONE and struck out four. All nine starters contributed at least one hit AND one RBI. Dylan Cozens had three hits (including his 38th HR) and four RBI (120). Jorge Alfaro had four hits, scored four runs, and had two RBI. Christian Marrero had three hits and scored three runs. Scott Kingery had two RBI.
In addition to Cozens’ 38th home run, the Phils got home runs from – Osmel Aguila (5), Kingery (2), Alfaro (15), and Marrero (8).
Reading is 2.5 games ahead of second place Trenton (three in the loss column) with five games to play. Both teams have clinched a playoff berth. They face each other in Trenton for the final four games of the season. They are playing for playoff home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
- #4 Alfaro (.292) went 4-5 with a double, HR (15) and 2 RBI (67)
- #7 Cozens (.278) went 3-4 with a double, BB, HR (38), and RBI (120)
- #8 Quinn (.282) placed on the 7-day disabled list. Concussion.
- #13 Hoskins (.275) went 1-4 with a triple, BB, and RBI (113)
- #14 Kingery (.265) went 1-5 with a HR (2) and 2 RBI (17)
- #16 Pinto – (5-6, 4.20) DNP
- #18 Pivetta – (11-6, 3.41) – promoted to Lehigh Valley
- #19 Eshelman (5-5, 5.14) 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
- #26 Cordero – (1-1, 3.46) DNP
Clearwater (80-53) Game against Brevard County cancelled. Dunedin’s double header was also cancelled. The Threshers are 2.0 games (3 in the loss column) behind Dunedin. Their elimination number is one. Their season has come down to their ability to sweep a four game series against Dunedin (away, home, home, away), and whether they will be able to play at all due to the weather.
- #20 Garcia (11-3, 2.85)
- #22 Canelo (.250)
- #23 Tocci (.283)
Lakewood (69-65) Lost to Kannapolis, 6-1. Not a great game for Tyler Gilbert (7-9, 3.98) who was charged with all six runs or Luis Garcia (2.85) who allowed two inherited runners to score. Damek Tomscha (.290) had two of the BlueClaws’ six hits. Deivi Grullon had the lone RBI.
Lakewood is 3.0 games ahead of second place Hagerstown (who lost, too) with five games remaining. Their magic number is three.
- #6 Randolph (.275) went 0-3 with a BB
- #9 Kilome (4-8, 4.06) DNP
- #27 Pujols (.241) went 0-3 with a BB
- #29 Edgar Garcia (4-1, 2.85) 3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
- #30 Tirado (5-1, 3.75) DNP
Williamsport (36-34) Beat Mahoning Valley, 4-2. Cole Irvin (5-1, 1.97) spun a two-hitter over six innings. He allowed two runs, only one earned. Irvin walked one and struck out five. Tyler Hallead picked up his second, three-inning save in five days. Jesus Alastre (.286) set the with three hits – a double, triple, and stolen base. Enmanuel Garcia had two RBI on a ground out and a double. Darrick Hall drove in two with his seventh home run. David Martinelli had two outfield assists (home, first).
The Crosscutters were eliminated from the wild card race and will sit out the post season.
- #17 Medina (5-3, 2.92) DNP
- #25 Romero (2-2, 2.43) DNP
GCL Phillies (42-15) Their game against the Blue Jays was postponed and rescheduled as a double header Thursday. Both games were later cancelled due to weather. The Phillies are scheduled to host a one-game semifinal on Friday, September 2nd. The best-of-three finals are scheduled for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (if necessary). I’m sure most of the GCL players have tickets home on Tuesday flights. It will be interesting to see if/how the weather affects scheduling.
- #2 Moniak (.284)
- #10 Gowdy (0-1, 4.00)
- #15 Stobbe (.270)
- #21 Jhailyn Ortiz (.231)
- Stephen (.253)
- 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) 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.
- 8/31 – Clearwater placed Drew Anderson on the 7-day DL retroactive to 8/29/2016.
- 8/31 – Gregori Rivero assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport.
- Organization Rosters are up to date.
Phillies’ manager, Pete Mackinin, said the Phillies expect to add maybe three players when rosters expand. MacKinin posited that “a couple of relievers, maybe a hitter” might get the call. An unconfirmed report has Patrick Schuster, Colton Murray, and Darin Ruf in the first wave. The Phillies are off on Thursday, the transactions might not be officially announced until Friday. Todd Zolecki’s posted the initial report.
Arizona Fall League Participants
The Phillies announced the six players whom they will send to the AFL. The group includes 2B Scott Kingery, 3B Mitch Walding, OF Aaron Brown, LHP Brandon Leibrandt, and RHPs Victor Arano and Miguel Nunez. Todd Zolecki’s posted this article. The report speculates that another Phillies’ prospect might be added to the team.