Busy Night For Tweets

Twitters were tweetering or chirping or cheeping…”Max Scherzer has a no-hitter going into the sixth inning against the Phillies.”

Todd Zolecki of phillies.com: “Freddy Galvis breaks up Max Scherzer’s no-hitter with a double to right field to start the sixth.”

Buster Olney of ESPN: “A year ago, Scherzer with a no-hitter in progress in the sixth. Same hitter, same spot, same result. Galvis double in 6th inning.”

Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post: “Scherzer has carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning in 9 of his 61 Nationals starts, so nearly 15% of them — better than one in seven.”

Zolecki: “Ryan Howard hits a two-run homer to left in the 7th to cut Nats lead to 3-2. Howard’s 20th.”

Jared Eickhoff got two quick outs in T1 before three hits and a walk produced two quick runs. He regrouped and kept the Phillies in the game through six innings, allowing one more run on a safety-squeeze RBI bunt by Scherzer in T4. That turned out to be the winning run in Washington’s eighth straight win over the Phillies. It matches the longest streak done five times in Expos-Nationals history.

47 times this season, the enemy has scored in the first inning, a total of 82 runs . . . Howard’s homer ended a streak of 26 consecutive scoreless innings for the Phillies at home. It was career #377, tying Norm Cash and Jeff Kent for 73rd place on the all-time list . . . Maikel Franco, 0-4; retired on the first pitch every time, including grounding into the game-ending double play.

Minor League Report
Players of the Week (August 22-28)

00 Cumana
2B Grenny Cumana, Lakewood… The 20-year-old batted .476 (10-21) with a double, 2 RBI and 5 runs scored in 6 games. He had 3 consecutive multi-hit games, including his 4th 4-hit game of the season. The Venezuela native was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on March 10, 2013.
00 Tirado
RHP Alberto Tirado, Lakewood… Tirado, 21, made 1 start, holding Greensboro to 1 run on 3 hits in 5.0 innings while striking out a career-high 11. He has struck out 9 batters or more in 4 of his last 5 starts. Tirado was acquired from Toronto along with right-hander Jimmy Cordero in exchange for outfielder Ben Revere on July 31, 2015.

Reading: OF Osmel Aguila, activated from LV DL; C Joel Fisher, on DL.
Lakewood: LHP Zach Morris, activated from DL.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (81-56), International League North Division. Season ends Monday. 2nd place, 3 games behind Scranton for Division title. 3.5-game lead over Rochester for the wildcard berth. Last 5 games: Thursday-Friday at Rochester; Saturday-Sunday-Monday vs. Rochester.

Won, 2-0, over Pawtucket. WP: Phil Klein (5-1), 7-2-0-0-0-9. SV: Luis Garcia (12). DH Darin Ruf, 2 H, RBI, stretching hitting streak to a career-high 16 games. 3B Cody Asche, 2 H, including 2B . . . David Buchanan (8-9), 7:05 tonight vs. Pawtucket.

Postseason: South winner meets West winner; wildcard (non-division winner with best winning percentage) meets North, best-of-5. Winners advance to the Governor Cup Championship, best-of-5.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (86-49), Eastern League Eastern Division. Clinched postseason berth on Saturday. Reading has a 1.5 game lead on 2nd-place Trenton which has also clinched a post-season berth. Two teams end season with 4 games in Trenton, Friday through Sunday. Battle is for the home field advantage during the postseason.

Scored 3 B7 for their 3rd straight win, 7-6 over Portland. WP: Jimmy Cordero (1-1). SV: Victor Arano (1). C Jorge Alfaro, 3 H, HR (14), 2 RBI. LF Christian Marrero, 2 H, 2 R. 2B Scott Kingery, 2 H. CF Aaron Brown, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI . . . Tom Eshelman (4-5), 6:35 tonight vs. Portland.

Postseason: The top two teams in each division, best-of-5. Winners advance to championship round, best-of-5.

Clearwater Threshers (41-24), Florida State League North Division. 2nd place, 2 games behind Dunedin, 2nd half. Two teams meet in the final four games of the season starting Thursday night. Season ends Sunday. Clearwater needs to win the 2nd half to reach the postseason.

Winning streak reached 4 last night. . . Won Monday’s suspended game, 2-1, at Brevard County. WP: Newcomer Tommy Bergjans (1-0) in his debut, 6.2-3-1-1-1-5. SV: Tom Windle (1). Start of game was delayed 3:36 . . . 3-2 win in second game (7 innings). WP: Yacksel Rios (4-3); SV: Ulises Joaquin (10). CF Carlos Tocci, 4, H including 24th-25 2B, 2 RBI in 2 games . . . Elneiry Garcia (11-4), 6:35 tonight in Brevard County.

Postseason: 1st and 2nd half division winners, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-5.

Lakewood BlueClaws (40-24), South Atlantic League North Division. 1st place, 3-game lead, 2nd half. Lakewood, which finished in 6th place in 1st half, needs to win the 2nd half to qualify for the postseason. Season ends Monday.

Won, 3-2, over Kannapolis, 10th in last 11 games. WP: Harold Aruz (5-6), 6-44-2-2-0-4. SV: Scott McLoughlin (12). CF Mark Laird, 2 H; hitting .347. Wilson Garcia, 2 H, 2 RBI . . . Tyler Gilbert (7-8), 7:05 tonight vs. Kannapolis.

Postseason: 1st and 2nd half division winners, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-5.

Williamsport Crosscutters (35-34), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. Eliminated from division title; tied for 3rd place, 5 games behind in the wildcard race. 6 games left. Season ends Monday.

Coasted to a 10-3 win over Mahoning Valley. WP: Adonis Medina (5-3), 6-5-2-2-2-7. SV: Alexander Kline (3). RF Jesus Alastre, 2 H, 2 R. LF Enmanuel Garcia, HR (4), 2 RBI. DH Luis Encarncion, HR (2), 3 RBI . . . Cole Irving (4-1), 7:05 tonight vs. Mahoning Valley.

Postseason: Three Division winners and one wildcard team, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-3.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (43-15), Northwest Division. Champions!

Clinched the division title with a 5-1 win over Yankees West at Carpenter Complex. 9th win in last 10 games. Also clinched the best record in the league. Starter: Alec Asher, 3-2-1-1-1-4. WP: Luis Carrasco (7-2), 4-1-0-0-1-2. RF Jhailyn Ortiz, HR (8), 2 RBI. SS Cole Stobbe, 2 H, including 2B, RBI.

Postseason: Four division winners qualify. Phillies will play the division winner with the lowest record; the other two division winners meet in a 1-game playoff. Winners advance to championship, best-of-3.

This Date
August 31, 1979

Farm director Dallas Green replaces Danny Ozark as the Phillies manager. Ozark finishes with a 594-510 record for six-plus seasons.

August 31, 1983
LHP Al Holland picks up his eighth win out of the bullpen, 4-3, over visiting San Diego. Pirates, Phillies, Expos and Cardinals are in the race as September 1 rolls around. Difference between first and fourth place is two and a half games.

August 31, 2006
1B Ryan Howard hits 49th home run to break Mike Schmidt’s single-season record (48 in
1980) during a 6-5 loss at Washington.


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