Lehigh Valley clinched the wild card behind Ben Lively’s six inning, no-hit masterpiece.
Reading wasted six shutout innings from Mark Leiter and lost to Trenton. They still only need one win this weekend in Trenton to clinch the division.
Clearwater kept their post season hopes alive with a victory over Dunedin behind Elniery Garcia’s seven-inning two-hitter. They must sweep their final three games against Dunedin to qualify for the post season.
Lakewood clinched the division with a win behind Seranthony Dominguez’ six shutout innings.
Williamsport beat Batavia behind Felix Paulino’s six, three-hit innings.
Sounds like a “pitching rich environment” in the organization.
The GCL Phillies’ game was pushed back to Sunday. They host the GCL Braves at noon in a one-game semifinal.
Lehigh Valley (83-57) Beat Rochester, 7-1, and clinched the International League’s wild card spot. This is the IronPigs’ first trip to the post season since 2011.
Ben Lively was on a pitch count and was lifted after 79 pitches. He had thrown 57 strikes (72.2%). All he was able to contribute was six innings of no-hit ball with 10 strike outs and ZERO walks. His only base runner reached on a fielding error in the second inning. Joely Rodriguez (2.95) continued the no-hitter for two innings, striking out three but walking two. Elvis Araujo (2.37) gave up the Red Wings lone run in his one inning.
The IronPigs coasted after staking Lively to five runs in the first inning. Cameron Perkins opened the scoring with a bases-loaded, two-run single. One batter later, Brock Stassi followed suit with another bases-loaded, two-run single. Cedric Hunter closed out the inning’s scoring with an RBI single.
J.P. Crawford had three hits. Cedric Hunter had two hits. Nick Williams hit his 13th home run in the second inning. Jesse Valentin had the final RBI in the eighth inning.
- #1 Crawford (.245) went 3-5 with a double
- #3 Williams (.260) went 1-4 with a HBP, HR (13) and RBI (63)
- #5 Thompson (11-5, 2.29) – promoted to Philadelphia.
- #11 Appel – DL, season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur.
- #12 Knapp (.264) went 1-4 with a double and BB
- #18 Pivetta DNP
- #24 Lively (10-5, 3.06) – 6.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K
- #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.
Reading (87-51) Lost to Trenton, 2-1. The Phils lead from the second inning until the bull pen gave up single runs in the eighth and ninth innings. They missed a chance to clinch their division.
Mark Leiter (3.39) pitched a six-inning gem for the Phils. He gave up five hits and a walk and struck out nine. Victor Arano (2.30) struck out five in two innings, but gave up a two-out solo home run to tie the game and blow the save. Jesen Therrien (3.60) gave up a lead off home run to start the ninth and lose the game. Combined, Leiter and Arano struck out 14 Thunder batters.
Reading scored an unearned run in the second on Jake Fox’ double. The Phils managed only five hits, but were struck out 17 times. They were 0-10 with RISP.
Reading is 1.5 games ahead of second place Trenton (two in the loss column) with three games to play. Both teams have clinched a playoff berth. They face each other in Trenton for the remaining three games of the season. They are playing for home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Trenton must sweep to win the division.
- #4 Alfaro (.288) went 1-4 with a double and 2 K
- #7 Cozens (.278) went 0-4 with 2 K
- #8 Quinn (.282) placed on the 7-day disabled list. Concussion.
- #13 Hoskins (.274) went 1-3 with a BB
- #14 Kingery (.262) went 1-5 with a SB (4) and 3 K
- #16 Pinto – (5-6, 4.20) DNP
- #18 Pivetta – (11-6, 3.41) DNP
- #19 Eshelman (5-5, 5.14) DNP
- #26 Cordero – (1-1, 3.46) DNP
Clearwater (81-53) Beat Dunedin, 4-2. Elniery won a must game for the Threshers. He held the Blue Jays to a solo home run in seven innings. He struck out a career-high 11 batters. Yacksel Rios (6.09) came in to record the final five outs for his first save after Ulises Joaquin (2.86) could only retire one of the four batters he faced.
The Threshers were retired in order in seven of their eight innings. They opened the game with their first nine batters being retired. Zach Coppola became their first base runner when he opened the fourth with a bunt single. Carlos Tocci pushed Coppola to third with a double down the left field line. The Threshers scored first on Chace Numata’s sacrifice fly. Josh Tobias walked with two out, and Jiandido Tromp launched a two-run double into the left center field gap. Drew Stankiewicz closed out the scoring with a double to right center field. Blue Jays’ pitchers retired the next 13 batters.
The game started 29 minutes late as the Threshers checked weather in the area. I’m sure they didn’t want to commit Garcia to a game that would be suspended and face losing their best starter for the whole series.
Garcia opened with a 20 pitch first inning, and it looked like the Threshers might have to dip into their bull pen early due to pitch count. He followed with innings of 15, 16, 8, 12, 11, and 18 pitches. Garcia pitched ahead of most batters, he threw 17 of 26 first pitch strikes (65.4%) Garcia ran four, three-ball counts. They resulted in his three walks (one in each of the first three innings) and a come-backer on the last batter he faced. His 11 strike outs also contributed to his high pitch count.
Garcia threw 100 pitches, 66 strikes (66%). He threw 18 swing-and-miss strikes (27.3%). Nine of his Ks were of the swing-and-miss variety – two on fastballs, two on change ups, and five on curve balls. Both Ks looking came on curve balls.
Garcia threw 58% fastballs. His range was 89-95 mph. He sat 91-94 mph, and touched 95 once. He threw 23% curve balls, 15 of 23 for strikes. The HR came on an 0-2 FB in the seventh inning. Most of the remaining 19 pitches were change ups, with an occasional slider, the new pitch he has been working on.
Garcia remained strong throughout his seven innings. In his final inning, he hit 95 mph on his 95th pitch of the night, and threw three of his eleven 94 mph fastballs.
The Threshers are 1.0 game (2 in the loss column) behind Dunedin. Their elimination number is one. They face Dunedin at home Saturday and for two games on Sunday in Dunedin. They must win all three games to overtake the Blue Jays and win the division.
- #20 Garcia (11-3, 2.85) – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 11 K, 1 HR
- #22 Canelo (.248) went 0-3
- #23 Tocci (.283) went 1-4 with a double
Lakewood (71-65) Beat Greensboro, 10-2, and clinched the SAL North Division championship for the second half. This is he BlueClaws first trip to the playoffs since 2010. They begin their playoff odyssey Wednesday against first-half champion, Hagerstown.
Seranthony Dominguez (5-2, 2.42) pitched six shutout innings, allowing four hits and four walks. He struck out eight. The BlueClaws jumped on the Grasshoppers early with a six-run first inning. Jose Pujols had three hits and two RBI. Wilson Garcia had two hits. Edgar Cabral had two hits and two RBI. Mark Laird had two RBI.
- #6 Randolph (.272) DNP
- #9 Kilome (4-8, 4.06) DNP
- #27 Pujols (.243) went 3-4 with a BB and two RBI
- #29 Edgar Garcia (4-1, 2.85) DNP
- #30 Tirado (7-1, 3.23) DNP
Williamsport (38-34) Beat Batavia, 9-1. Felix Paulino (3-4, 2.89) held the Muckdogs to one run on three hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out five. Carlos Indriago (1.42) earned his second save with three innings of one-hit relief.
The Crosscutters unleashed a 13-hit attack. Henri Lartigue reached base five times on three hits and two walks. Jesus Alastre had two hits and two RBI. Darick Hall had two hits, his 9th HR, and two RBI. Luke Maglich had two hits and an RBI. Luis Espiritu had two RBI.
- #17 Medina (5-3, 2.92) DNP
- #25 Romero (2-2, 2.56) DNP
GCL Phillies (43-15) No game scheduled Friday. The Phillies one-game semifinal on Saturday was pushed back to Sunday, September 4th. The play-in game between the GCL Red Sox and GCL Twins for the South Division was postponed and rescheduled for Saturday. The winner will play the GCL Cardinals, while the Phillies will face the GCL Braves.
- #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.
- 9/2 – Phillies activated 2B Andres Blanco from the 15-day disabled list.
- 9/2 – Phillies recalled Colton Murray from Lehigh Valley.
- 9/2 – Phillies recalled Darin Ruf from Lehigh Valley.
- 9/2 – Phillies recalled LHP Patrick Schuster from Lehigh Valley.
- 9/2 – Jimmy Cordero assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading.
- 9/2 – Tom Windle assigned to Reading from Clearwater.
- Organization Rosters are up to date.