The Clearwater Threshers (71-57) crept closer to clinching the North Division with a double header split with South Division leader, Charlotte, winning 3-2 and losing 3-2 in nine innings. They go into the final week of the season in pretty good shape.
The Threshers finish the season with a seven game road trip. Lakeland has 8 games remaining, and Dunedin has 7 games left.
Game One: Mauricio Llovera (7-7, 3.83) gave up two first-pitch HRs in the first inning to the lead off and clean up hitters, but then put his foot on the throats of the Stone Crab batters. He allowed just 2 hits and a walk the rest of the way and struck out eleven in a complete game victory. All his pitches were working. His mid-90s FB, SL, CH, and even his new CB.
Mickey Moniak went 2-3 with two, RBI doubles. His first double pulled the Threshers within a run of Charlotte. Brian Mims walked to lead off the third inning. With one out, Arquimedes Gamboa singled him to second. Moniak followed with an RBI double to left.
Still trailing entering the seventh, Jose Gomez and Gamboa opened the frame with walks. After a pitching change, Moniak launched a game-tying double to left. With nobody out, Coach Williams held Gamboa at third. After a strike out and intentional walk, Kyle Martin lined a game-winning single to right.
- #6 Mickey Moniak (.263) went 2-3 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI, BB
- #12 Daniel Brito (.237) – DNP
- #11 Arquimedes Gamboa (.213) went 1-3 with a run scored, BB, 2 K
- #17 Jose Gomez (.220) went 0-3 with a run scored, BB
Game Two: Bailey Falter (2.70) survived a first inning in which he gave up 3 consecutive singles to start the game but just one run as Kevin Markham and Mickey Moniak threw out runners on the base paths. Falter settled down and limited the Crabs to the one one run on seven hits. Jake Hernandez (2.74) and Addison Russ (1.86) pitched scoreless innings. Trevor Bettencourt (0.64) pitched both extra frames and allowed the shootout runner to score in both innings.
Grenny Cumana (.287) and Kevin Markham (.256) had 2 hits each. Luke Williams stole his 13th base.
- #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 (.263) went 1-4 with a run scored, 2 K
- #12 Daniel Brito (.237) went 1-4 with a double, RBI
- #11 Arquimedes Gamboa (.211) went 0-4 with 2 K
- #17 Jose Gomez (.220) went 1-4 with 2 K
- #20 David Parkinson (2-0, 1.17) –
GCP Phillies East (30-24) lost to the Cardinals, 4-1 in the one-game semifinal. Victor Santos pitched five, four-hit innings. He allowed an unearned run after a fielding error with two outs in the first inning. He struck out four. Mark Potter pitched a clean sixth but after the Phillies tied the game in the seventh, he loaded the bases on a HBP, single and a walk. After a sac fly, he was replaced by Eric White who allowed both inherited runners to score on a sac fly and an RBI double. Tyler Mckay struck out two in a one-hit eighth.
The Phillies scored their run when they loaded the bases with two out on a single, walk, and hit batter. They scored on a fielding error. Julio Francisco went 2-4. Luke Miller went 2-3 with a run scored and a walk. James Smith went 1-1 with a double.
- #25 Dominic Pipkin (1-2, 3.64) made 10 appearances, 8 starts. In limited action, he pitched 29.2 innings. In a SSS, he posted a 1.180 WHIP, 2.4 BB/9, and 5.5 K/9.
GCL Phillies West finished in second place in the GCL Northwest Division with a 30-24 (.556) record.
- #14 Luis Garcia finished the season with a league best .369 AVG. His .433 OBP placed third, his .488 SLG placed 13th, and his .921 OPS placed seventh. These were not only team leading but also the best of both Phillies GCL entries. Garcia’s 33 runs scored were fourth in the league following team mate Yerwin Trejo’s 40. He led the league with 62 hits. Placed second with 32 RBI. Trejo’s 23 stolen bases led the league, Garcia had 12.
Lehigh Valley (79-53) beat Scranton, 5-3 the day after walking off and clinching the IL North Division Championship. Cole Irvin notched his franchise record setting 13th victory. He held the Railriders to one run on five hits and a walk in six innings. He struck out four. Tom Windle (4.35) pitched a scoreless inning. Edgar Garcia (18.00) gave up 2 runs in his AAA debut. Pedro Beato (3.23) picked up his 33rd save.
Fresh of their division clincher the night before, the IronPigs struck out 15 times. But they took the lead for good with 3 runs in the fourth inning on Aaron Altherr’s RBI double, Danny Ortiz’ RBI double, and Zach Green’s RBI single. They tacked on runs in the seventh and eighth on solo HRs by Matt McBride (10) and Dylan Cozens (19). Cozens had 2 hits.
- #8 Ranger Suarez (2-0, 2.92) –
- #9 Enyel De Los Santos (10-4, 2.43) –
- #10 Cole Irvin (13-4, 2.67) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
- #15 Roman Quinn (.296) – recalled by Phillies on 7/27/2018
- #16 Dylan Cozens (.233) went 2-4 with a run scored, double, HR (19), RBI, 2 K
- #21 Drew Anderson (8-4, 3.75) –
- #28 Tom Eshelman (2-13, 5.83) –
Reading (62-68) lost to Portland, 10-2. Blake Quinn (0-1, 7.50) made a spot start and gave up 5 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks in three innings. Jose Taveras (7.16) pitched two innings and gave up 4 runs (3 ER) on five hits. Seth McGarry (4.31) gave up one run on two hits in two innings, striking out four. Jeff Singer (2.78) pitched a clean inning. Pedro Florimon (.222) hit a solo HR in a rehab start. Austin Listi (.290) went 2-4.
- #4 Adam Haseley (.316) DNP
- #5 JoJo Romero (7-6, 3.80) – placed on the 7-day DL on 7/20/18
- #22 Kyle Dohy (2-4, 6.63) –
- #23 Cornelius Randolph (.244) DNP
- #24 Connor Seabold (1-4, 4.91) – DNP
Lakewood (81-49) beat Hickory, 5-1. Spencer Howard pitched six, one-run innings. He allowed 4 hits, walked none, and struck out seven. He had a game score of 72. Luis Carrasco (3.02) picked up the three-inning save (4) allowing one hit, walking two, and striking out three.
The BlueClaws overcame an early deficit with 2 runs in the fourth on Jake Scheiner’s 2-run HR (13). They padded their lead with 3 runs in the sixth on Matt Vierling’s solo HR (6)and Nick Maton’s 2-run single.
Vierling (.292) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, a HR (13), and RBI. Simon Muzziotti went 1-3 with a stolen base (17). Scheiner (.297) went 2-4 with a run scored, HR (6), and 2 RBI.
- #7 Jhailyn Ortiz (.224) went 0-3 with a BB, 3 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 (9-8, 3.79) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
- #20 David Parkinson (8-1, 1.51) – promoted to Clearwater on 8/2/18
- #30 Nick Maton (.262) went 1-4 with 2 RBI
Williamsport (29-39) beat Mahoning Valley, 11-0. Ethan Lindow (2-2, 2.39) pitched six, three-hit, shutout innings. He walked none and struck out nine. He had a game score of 79. Austin Ross (3.56) picked up the three-out save (1) striking out four and allowing a hit and a walk.
The Crosscutters opened the scoring with Ben Aklinski’s RBI single in the third inning. They added 3 runs in the fifth on Jonathan Guzman’s RBI, bunt single and Alec Bohm’s 2-run triple. The Cutters put the game away with 6 runs in the seventh on Lenin Rodriguez’ bases-loaded HBP, Seth Lancaster’s bases-loaded walk, and Matt Kroon’s grand slam HR (2). They tacked on a run when Bohm singled home Aklinski after a lead off triple.
In all Williamsport drew 5 walks and had 5 batters hit by a pitch – Ben Pelletier, Danny Mayer twice, Jake Holmes, Lenin Rodriguez. No Scrappers were hit and drew just one walk.
Aklinski (.258) went 2-3 with 3 runs scored, a triple, RBI, and 2 walks. Rodriguez (.205) went 2-3 with 2 runs scored, a double, and RBI. Kroon went 3-3 with 2 runs scored, a HR (2), 4 RBI, and a walk. Bohm had 3 RBI.
- #2 Alec Bohm (.220) went 2-5 with a triple, 3 RBI, K
- #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 finished the season 31-40 (.437) in fifth place in the DSL South Division.
DSL Phillies White finished the season 39-33 (.542) in fourth place in the DSL San Pedro Division.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
The rosters and lists are up to date as of August 26th.
8/25/18–RF Jiandido Tromp assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
8/25/18–LHP Jeff Singer assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
8/25/18–RHP Edgar Garcia assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
8/25/18–Reading placed LF Adam Haseley on the temporarily inactive list
8/25/18–Brian Mims assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
8/25/18–RHP Ben Brown assigned to Williamsport from GCL Phillies West
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.