The Clearwater Threshers have a four game lead over second place Lakeland and a six game lead over third place Dunedin. Their elimination numbers are seven and four respectively.
The Threshers have nine games remaining, the other two teams have ten each. Clearwater appears to have the most difficult schedule of the three teams. They play two home games against first place Charlotte and finish the season with seven road games at Jupiter and Fort Myers. The combined record of their opponents is .545.
Lakeland completes their series at the sixth place Fire Frogs before returning home for eight games. The combined record of their opponents is .426.
Dunedin who has really cratered this month (4-13 in their last 17 games) plays three games against last place Bradenton before returning home for seven games. Their remaining opponents are a combined .443.
The Clearwater Threshers (71-57) beat Charlotte, 3-1. Alejandro Requena pitched seven, one-run innings. He allowed 4 hits, walked none, and struck out five. J.D. Hammer struck out two in one inning of relief. Addison Russ picked up his 13th save. The Threshers were held to 4 hits, but made the most of them. They scored 3 runs in the fifth inning on 3 singles and a fielding error. Kevin Markham had the only RBI.
The game was completed in 1:57.
- #1 Sixto Sanchez (4-3, 2.51) – placed on the 7-day DL in June, 2018
- #3 Adonis Medina (9-4, 4.31) – DNP
- #6 Mickey Moniak (.260) went 0-4
- #12 Daniel Brito (.237) went 0-4 with a K
- #11 Arquimedes Gamboa (.212) went 0-3 with a BB
- #17 Jose Gomez (.222) DNP
- #20 David Parkinson (2-0, 1.17) –
(In the August 22nd recap, I stated that David Parkinson labored through five innings in spite of his acceptable box score line. I neglected why. He threw 92 pitches and faced a lot of deep counts, including six, three-ball counts. his FB was 88-93 MPH, but sat 90-91 mph on 37 of his 57 FB. Of his 58 strikes, only 6 were swing and miss. He did get 17 called strikes, but some at bats were extended by some of his 18 foul balls. His 2 strike outs came swinging, but he didn’t appear to have a put-away pitch that night.)
GCP Phillies East (30-23) no game scheduled.
- #25 Dominic Pipkin (1-2, 3.64) – DNP
GCL Phillies West (30-23) beat the Yankees East, 4-2 in a rain shortened six inning game. Kyle Young made a rehab start and threw two, scoreless, one-hit innings. He walked 2 and struck out one in a 29-pitch outing. He threw mostly fastballs and sliders with a few change ups mixed in. His FB was 87-89 mph, sat 87-88 mph. Rafi Gonell picked up his fifth win with four innings of two-hit ball. He gave up 2 runs on one of his two walks followed by a HR. He struck out five.
The Phillies parlayed their 4 hits and 3 walks into four runs. They scored their first run on a fielder’s choice. Yerwin Trejo walked with one out and went to third on Luis Garcia’s jammed bloop into right field. On a 3-2 pitch to Abrahan Gutierrez, Garcia broke for second and Gutierrez tried to push the ball through the hole into right field. The first baseman threw home rather than take the sure out at first. Garcia was out at third on the play.
They took the lead with three runs in the fifth. Jesus Azuaje led off with a double. Luis Matos failed to get a sacrifice down but did draw a walk. Trejo sacrificed both runners into scoring position. Garcia blooped a soft liner to left to drive in the tying run and put runners on the corners. The pitcher tried to pick Garcia off a couple times, and Matos timed the throw to steal home and take the lead. Garcia stole second and third and scored on a strike three wild pitch.
A scoreless half-inning later the rains came.
- #14 Luis Garcia (.369) went 2-3 with a run scored, RBI, 2 SB
Lehigh Valley (77-53) lost to Scranton, 9-1. Tom Eshelman gave up 8 runs on 11 hits and 2 walks. Yacksel Rios pitched two scoreless innings. Tom Windle gave up a run in the ninth. The IronPigs collected 3 hits.
- #8 Ranger Suarez (2-0, 2.92) –
- #9 Enyel De Los Santos (10-4, 2.43) –
- #10 Cole Irvin (12-4, 2.71)
- #15 Roman Quinn (.296) – recalled by Phillies on 7/27/2018
- #16 Dylan Cozens (.232) went 0-3 with a BB, 2 K
- #21 Drew Anderson (8-4, 3.75) –
- #28 Tom Eshelman (2-13, 5.83) – 6.0 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Reading (62-66) walked off against Portland, 5-4 in ten innings. Ranfi Casimiro pitched six innings and held the Sea Dogs to one run on 7 hits and 3 walks. He struck out five. Aaron Brown gave up 3 runs in 1.1 innings. Luke Leftwich pitched 1.2 scoreless innings but allowed an inherited runner to score. Kyle Dohy got the win with a clean tenth.
Austin Listi went 2-3 with a walk and 3 RBI. Cornelius Randolph had 2 hits. Adam Haseley had a sac fly. Pedro Florimon went 0-5 with 2 K in a rehab start. Malquin Canelo walked to force in the winning run in the tenth.
- #4 Adam Haseley (.316) went 0-4 with an RBI, K, SF
- #5 JoJo Romero (7-6, 3.80) – placed on the 7-day DL on 7/20/18
- #22 Kyle Dohy (2-4, 6.63) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
- #23 Cornelius Randolph (.244) went 2-4
- #24 Connor Seabold (1-3, 4.48) –
Lakewood (79-49) lost to Hickory, 5-3. Andrew Brown gave up 5 runs on 9 hits in 4.2 innings. He struck out four. Tyler Fallwell struck out six in 3.1 innings. Matt Vierling had 2 hits and an RBI. Jake Schiener (12) and Jhailyn Ortiz (12) hit solo HRs. Ortiz had an outfield assist at home (a double play with no relay).
- #7 Jhailyn Ortiz (.223) went 1-3 with a run scored, HR (12), RBI, BB, K
- #12 Daniel Brito (.252) promoted to Clearwater, August 3rd.
- #18 Kyle Young (3-3, 2.98) – placed on the 7-day DL on 7/15/18
- #19 Spencer Howard (8-8, 3.92) –
- #20 David Parkinson (8-1, 1.51) – promoted to Clearwater on 8/2/18
- #30 Nick Maton (.261) went 0-4 with 3 K
Williamsport (28-38) beat Batavia, 8-3. Juan Escorcia earned his first win with five scoreless innings. He gave up 2 hits and a walk while striking out ten. Randy Alcantara gave up 3 runs in two innings. Blake Bennett struck out 3 in two innings.
The Cutters collected 17 hits. Every starter had a hit. Rafael Marchan had 3 hits, 2 doubles, and an RBI. Dannt Mayer had 3 hits and a 2-run HR (5). Ben Aklinski had 2 hits, a double, HR (7), and 3 RBI. Ben Pelletier had a double and 2 RBI. Alec Bohm, Jake Holmes, and Brayan Gonzalez had 2 hits each.
- #2 Alec Bohm (.205) went 2-5 with a run scored, BB
- #13 Francisco Morales (4-3, 5.52) – DNP
- #26 Kevin Gowdy – 60-day DL
- #29 Jhordany Mezquita (1-0, 3.60) – DNP.
- #29 Colton Eastman (0-2, 3.00) –
DSL Phillies Red (31-39) beat the Nationals, 7-1.
DSL Phillies White (38-33) lost to the Tigers1, 5-1.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
The rosters and lists are up to date as of August 24th.
8/23/18–Philadelphia activated LHP Luis Avilan.
8/23/18–Philadelphia placed RHP Edubray Ramos on the 10-day DL. Right index finger blister.
8/23/18–Philadelphia sent SS Pedro Florimon on a rehab assignment to Reading
8/23/18–Philadelphia recalled C Andrew Knapp from Lehigh Valley
8/23/18–Lehigh Valley activated 2B Ryan Goins from the 7-day DL
8/23/18–Reading sent RHP Mario Sanchez on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies East.
8/23/18–RHP Blake Bennett assigned to Williamsport from GCL Phillies West.
8/23/18–RHP Jack Perkins assigned to GCL Phillies West from Williamsport
8/23/18–LHP Jhordany Mezquita assigned to GCL Phillies West from Williamsport
8/23/18–LHP Ethan Evanko assigned to Williamsport from GCL Phillies West.
8/22/18–Philadelphia designated RHP Jose Taveras for assignment.