Lehigh Valley was eliminated from the division race but remains within one win of clinching the wild card. They wasted a great start by Anthony Vasquez last night.
Reading lost but needs only one win v. Trenton over a four-game weekend to clinch the division.
Alberto Tirado pitched masterfully as Lakewood won and crept closer to clinching the division.
One day after being eliminated from post-season play, Williamsport beat Batavia by a touchdown.
Clearwater’s game was postponed. They must sweep their final four games against Dunedin to qualify for the post season.
The GCL Phillies’ games were cancelled. They host the GCL Braves on Saturday at noon in a one-game semifinal.
Lehigh Valley (82-57) Lost to Rochester, 1-0. Anthony Vasquez (4-1, 2.64) pitched an eight-inning, compete game four-hitter. His only mistake was a solo home run. He struck out eight and walked NONE. Cody Asche had two of the IronPigs five hits. The ‘Pigs only batted with RISP three times. Former IronPigs’ reliever, Edward Mujica, picked up his 25th save pitching for his third organization this season.
With the loss and Scranton’s win, the IronPigs were eliminated in the division race. They are leading Rochester in the wild card race by 2.5 games (3 in the loss column). They play four more games against Rochester. Their magic number is one.
- #1 Crawford (.239) went 0-4
- #3 Williams (.260) 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 (.264) went 1-3 with a BB
- #18 Pivetta DNP
- #24 Lively (9-5, 3.29) DNP
- #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.
Reading (87-50) Lost to Portland, 6-0. Tyler Viza (4-6, 4.69) gave up six runs on eight hits and three walks. Dylan Cozens and Jake Fox each had two of the Phils’ six hits. The Phils went 1-5 with RISP, and struck out 13 times.
Reading is 2.5 games ahead of second place Trenton (three in the loss column) with four 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 home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Trenton must sweep to win the division.
- #4 Alfaro (.289) went 0-4
- #7 Cozens (.280) went 2-4 with a double
- #8 Quinn (.282) placed on the 7-day disabled list. Concussion.
- #13 Hoskins (.273) went 0-3
- #14 Kingery (.264) went 1-4
- #16 Pinto – (5-6, 4.20) DNP
- #18 Pivetta – (11-6, 3.41) – promoted to Lehigh Valley
- #19 Eshelman (5-5, 5.14) DNP
- #26 Cordero – (1-1, 3.46) DNP
Clearwater (80-53) Postponed, rain. Scheduled to be made up as part of a double header on Sunday at Dunedin. 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 (home, home, double header 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 (70-65) Beat Kannapolis, 2-0. Alberto Tirado had another excellent outing, maybe his best of the season. He tossed a six-inning, one-hit shutout. He walked just one and struck out ten. Tirado threw 88 pitches, 60 for strikes. He reportedly hit 100 mph after a couple 98 mph pitches. Blake Quinn (1.50) and Sutter McLoughlin (2.56) completed the combined one-hitter. Quinn struck out three in two innings. McLoughlin picked up his 13th save.
Mark Laird had three hits. Emmanuel Marrero had two hits. The BlueClaws scored their two runs without virtue of an RBI – a throwing error and a passed ball. They faced and beat the Intimidators’ 2016 second round pick, Alec Hansen (Oklahoma).
Lakewood is 4.0 games ahead of second place Hagerstown with four games remaining. Their magic number is one.
- #6 Randolph (.272) went 0-3 with an HBP
- #9 Kilome (4-8, 4.06) DNP
- #27 Pujols (.239) went 0-3 with a BB
- #29 Edgar Garcia (4-1, 2.85) DNP
- #30 Tirado (7-1, 3.23) 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, 88 pitches/60 strikes (68.2%)
Williamsport (37-34) Beat Batavia, 10-3. JoJo Romero walked a tight-rope with five hits and four walks through five innings. He gave up two runs but left the game with a 3-2 lead. Kenny Koplove (3.75) blew the save , but John Hennigan (1.88) stranded three inherited runners and got the win when the Crosscutters rallied with a seven-run inning.
Brett Barbier had three hits. Chandler Hall had two hits and an RBI. Darrick Hall had two hits including his 8th home run and two RBI. Luke Williams and Luis Encarnacion also had two RBI.
- #17 Medina (5-3, 2.92) DNP
- #25 Romero (2-2, 2.56) 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K
GCL Phillies (43-15) Thursday’s games v. the Blue Jays were cancelled. The Phillies are scheduled to host a one-game semifinal on Saturday, September 3rd at noon.
- #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 – DSL Phillies released RHP Miguelangel Bastidas.
- 8/31 – DSL Phillies released RHP Steiner Carmona.
- 8/31 – DSL Phillies released C Robert Paulino.
- 8/31 – DSL Phillies released 1B Henry Santana.
- 8/31 – DSL Phillies released 3B Daniel Romero.
- 8/31 – DSL Phillies released RF Jhon Meison Herrera.
- 8/31 – DSL Phillies2 released RHP Adrian Acosta.
- 8/31 – DSL Phillies2 released RHP Williams Mendoza.
- 8/31 – DSL Phillies2 released 1B Rafael Gamboa.
- 8/31 – DSL Phillies2 released LF Ricardo Baez.
- 8/31 – DSL Phillies2 released RF Juan Avila.
- 8/31 – DSL Phillies2 released DH Jose Mora.
- 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.