Here are today’s results.
Lehigh Valley (69-59) No game scheduled. Open series at home against the Worcester Red Sox on Wednesday, scheduled to be Noah Skirrow’s first Double-A start. Monday’s rainout will be made up on Thursday. The IronPigs are in second place, 4.5 games back with 21 to play. They were 0.5 games out of first place ten games ago. They are now in a 3-way tie. Their elimination number is seventeen. Triple-A does not play halves.
Reading (55-71, 26-31) v. the New Hampshire Cats was postponed, wet grounds. Makeup is scheduled for September 7th. Fightin’ Phils are in 4th place in the second half, 9.5 games back with 12 to play. Their elimination number is three. They finished the first half in fifth place.
Jersey Shore (47-79, 22-38) v. the Aberdeen IronBirds was postponed, rain. Makeup is scheduled for September 7th. The BlueClaws are in last place and have been eliminated. They have 6 games remaining and need to win 4 of them to better their first-half record when they also finished sixth.
Clearwater (56-68, 21-38) beat the Bradenton Marauders, 5-4 in a walk-off. Estibenzon Jimenez (3.00) pitched five shutout innings allowing one hit and one walk. He struck out eight. He looked dominant. The only hit was a slow chopper to third where the throw pulled the first baseman off the bag. Josh Bortka (3.00) pitched one inning and gave up one run on one hit and a walk. Daniel Harper (1.35) pitched two scoreless innings retiring all 6 batters he faced. Orion Kerkering (6.75) blew the save and got the win pitching one inning and giving up 3 runs on 4 hits.
The Threshers took the lead in the second inning on Dakota Kotowski’s towering HR (1) into the bullpens. The Threshers stretched their lead to 3 runs in the fifth inning on an RBI single by Cade Fergus and a bases-loaded walk to Jamari Baylor. The Threshers rallied in the ninth on an RBI double by Baylor and a fielder’s choice by Erick Brito. With just one out and runners on second and third, the second baseman failed to cut down cade Fergus at the plate.
Kotowski (.143) went 1-4 with a HR and RBI. Fergus (.169) went 1-3 with a HBP and RBI. Baylor (.183) went 1-4 with a double, walk, and 2 RBI. Brito (.227) went 1-5 with an RBI. Jordan Viars (.238) went 1-4 with 3 K. Troy Schreffler (.214) went 2-4.
Brito cut down a runner at the plate in the ninth to keep the Threshers within one run.
The Threshers have 5 games remaining in their season. They finished the first half in second place with a 35-30 record. They tumbled to sixth place in the second half and aren’t likely to improve on this finish.
9/06/2022 – Detroit claimed SS Luis Garcia off waivers from Phillies
9/05/2022 – RHP Griff McGarry assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
9/05/2022 – RHP Noah Skirrow assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
9/05/2022 – RHP Brett Schulze assigned to Reading from Jersey Shore
9/05/2022 – Reading activated RHP Brett Schulze