Lehigh Valley won behind Nick Pivetta’s five-inning, three-hit, shutout. Home runs by J.P. Crawford, Jesse Valentin, Cody Asche, and Cedric Hunter paved the way.
Reading clinched the division. Dylan Cozens hit his record-setting 39th home run.
Clearwater’s post season hopes fizzled in a loss to Dunedin despite a go-ahead home run by Jiandido Tromp in the bottom of the eighth.
Lakewood won behind Jose Taveras’ six-inning one-hitter.
Williamsport’s Ranger Suarez pitched a two-hit shutout into the sixth inning, and Will Hibbs allowed one hit the rest of the way in the Crosscutters’ win.
The GCL Phillies host the GCL Braves Sunday at noon in a one-game semifinal.
Lehigh Valley (84-57) Beat Rochester, 5-1. Nick Pivetta picked up his first AAA win with five shutout innings. He allowed three hits and a walk while striking out two. The IronPigs hit four home runs to out pace the Red Wings – J.P. Crawford (4), Jesse Valentin (4), Cody Asche (6), and Cedric Hunter (10),
- #1 Crawford (.245) went 1-4 with a HR (4) and 2 RBI (30)
- #3 Williams (.260) went 1-4
- #5 Thompson (11-5, 2.29) – promoted to Philadelphia.
- #11 Appel – DL, season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur.
- #12 Knapp (.264) DNP
- #18 Pivetta (1-2, 2.55) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
- #24 Lively (10-5, 3.06) DNP
- #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.
Reading (88-51) Beat Trenton, 10-5, and clinched first place in their division. They will have home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Alec Asher (3.38) pitched four innings, his highest during his rehab. He gave up two runs on five hits and walk. He struck out five. Dylan Cozens hit his 39th home run and drove in three runs (123). Rhys Hoskins, Jake Fox, and Harold Martinez had three hits apiece. Fox hit his 23rd home run and drove in his 71st run. Hoskins picked up his 114th RBI.
- #4 Alfaro (.288) DNP
- #7 Cozens (.277) went 1-5 with a HR (39), 3 RBI (123), and 3 K
- #8 Quinn (.282) placed on the 7-day disabled list. Concussion.
- #13 Hoskins (.278) went 3-4 with 2 BB and an RBI (114)
- #14 Kingery (.260) went 1-5 with a double, SF, and RBI (18)
- #16 Pinto – (7-6, 4.10) – 3.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
- #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 (81-54) Lost to Dunedin, 6-5 in 11 innings, and were eliminated from post season play.
Luke Leftwich (5.07) pitched a solid game until the fifth inning when he put two men on after retiring the lead off batter. A single to center brought home the tying run. The decision to try a futile throw to the plate allowed both trailing runners to move into scoring position. Eventually both runners scored on a ground out and single. That throw led to the removal of Leftwich from the game and ultimately sealed the Threshers’ fate.
A home run off Jeff Singer stretched the Blue Jays lead to three runs. The Threshers closed to within one run, then took the lead on Jiandido Tromp’s dramatic 2-run blast over the bullpens in left. Yackel Rios blew the save in the top of the ninth. Austin Davis and Ranfi Casimiro teamed to allow the winning run to score in the eleventh.
Carlos Tocci, Chace Numata, and Khyle Martin had two hits apirce (all singles). The rest of the Threshers combined for two base hits, and one was Tromp’s HR.
Leftwich pitched well for the most part. He threw 70 pitches/45 strikes in 4.2 innings. Six of his seven strike outs were of the swing-and-miss variety. He induced 14 s&m (31.1%). He had more s&m than called strikes (11) and foul balls (8). That hardly ever happens down here. Five of his Ks came on FB. He sat 89-92, and touched 93 mph once. Ironically, his hardest pitch became a bloop single to center.
Leftwich threw 50% first pitch strikes. He ran two, 3-ball counts that resulted in a strike out and his one walk. Based on the movement, his other two Ks looked to be on sliders.
- #20 Garcia (11-3, 2.85) DNP
- #22 Canelo (.246) went 0-4
- #23 Tocci (.284) went 2-5
Lakewood (72-65) Beat Greensboro, 3-0. Jose Taveras (8-8. 3.28) pitched a one-hitter for six innings. He walked four and struck out ten. Grant Dyer (2.39) earned a three-inning save. Cornelius Randolph and Jose Pujols each had an RBI.
- #6 Randolph (.272) sent 1-3 with a double, BB, and RBI (27)
- #9 Kilome (4-8, 4.06) DNP
- #27 Pujols (.241) went 0-4with an RBI (82)
- #29 Edgar Garcia (4-1, 2.85) DNP
- #30 Tirado (7-1, 3.23) DNP
Williamsport (39-34) Beat Batavia, 10-0. Ranger Suarez (6-4,2.81) went 5.1 innings of two-hit, shutout ball. He walked four. Will Hibbs allowed one hit over the remaining 3.2 innings for his fourth save. Jesus Alastre, Enmanuel Garcia, Brett Barbier, and Luke Williams each had three hits. Williams hit his second home run and had four RBI. The Crosscutters had 17 hits but also struck out 13 times.
- #17 Medina (5-3, 2.92) DNP
- #25 Romero (2-2, 2.56) DNP
GCL Phillies (43-15) No game scheduled Saturday. The Phillies’ one-game semifinal is scheduled for Sunday at noon, IN BRIGHT HOUSE FIELD. The GCL Red Sox won their play-in game for the South Division and 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.
- 9/3 – Phillies sent RHP Alec Asher on a rehab assignment to Reading.
- Organization Rosters are up to date.