Reading Clinches Division Title
Leading 4-0 after four innings on Friday, the Phillies offense was shut down by the Braves bullpen. Tied at 4-4, the Phillies had a runner on second with no outs in the eighth but didn’t score. Atlanta then won it with four runs off the Phillies bullpen in the ninth.
Leading 4-2 after five innings last night, the Phillies offense was again shut down by the Braves bullpen. In four innings, the Phillies got one hit, a lead-off double by Maikel Franco in the bottom of the eighth in a 4-4 game. He didn’t score but Atlanta then won it with two runs off the Phillies bullpen in the 10th.
Bullpen comparison: Atlanta, eight innings, zero runs; Phillies, six innings, seven runs (six earned).
RISP oddity: in Friday’s loss, the Phillies were 2-11. In Atlanta’s win last night, 0-12.
Vince Velasquez pitched well in a no decision, two earned runs in seven innings, no walks, eight strikeouts, 92 pitches, 62 strikes. It was his last start of the season having reached a career-high 131 innings.
Minor League Report
All six Phillies minor league teams will finish the season with winning records. Last time that happened was 1953. Their farm system then consisted of Baltimore, Spokane, Schenectady, Bradford, Pulaski, Mattoon, Salt Lake City, Terre Haute, Granby.
Prices in 1953: milk 94 cents, gas 22 cents, bread 16 cents.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (84-57), International League North Division.
Handed Rochester a 5-1 loss. WP: Nick Pivetta (1-2), 5-3-0-0-1-2. LV hit 4 HR: SS J.P. Crawford (4), 2B Jesmuel Valentin (4), 1B Cody Asche (6), RF Cedric Hunter (10) . . . Phil Klein (5-1), 6:35 this evening vs. Rochester. Regular season ends tomorrow.
Semi-final Playoffs start Wednesday, best-of-5
South winner (Gwinnett or Charlotte) meets West winner (Columbus); wildcard (Lehigh Valley) meets North winner (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, NYY), best-of-5.
Governor Cup Championship, best-of-5.
Reading Fightin’ Phils (88-51), Eastern League Eastern Division.
Clinched the division title for the second straight year and home field advantage in postseason play by pounding out 18 hits in a 10-4 win in Trenton. 3 hits each: 1B Rhys Hoskins, DH Jake Fox and 3B Harold Martinez.
RF Dylan Cozens hit his 39th homer, a club record, and drove in 3 runs giving him 123 for the season, also a club record.
John Richy (4-3), 7 tonight in Trenton. Regular season ends tomorrow afternoon at 1.
Division Series starts Wednesday, best-of-5
While the Reading Fightin Phils and Trenton Thunder (NYY) are in the playoffs, 3 teams still battling in the Western Division, Akron RubberDucks (CLE) Altoona Curve (PIT) and Harrisburg Senators (WSH).
Championship Series, best-of-5
Clearwater Threshers (42-25) Florida State League North Division.
2nd-place Threshers were eliminated from reaching the postseason with a 6-5, 11-inning loss to 1st-place Dunedin. Trailing, 4-3, RF Jiandido Tromp hit a 2-run homer in B8 to give Clearwater the lead. It was his 20 HR, 10 each with Lakewood and Clearwater. Dunedin tied the game in T9 and won it the next inning. The Threshers finished in 2nd place during the 1st half and again in the 2nd half . . . Regular season ends this afternoon in Dunedin, Brandon Leibrandt (3-1).
Lakewood BlueClaws (43-25), South Atlantic League North Division.
Blanked Greensboro, 3-0, behind Jose Taveras (8-8), 6-1-0-0-4-10 and Grant Dyer, 3rd SV, 3-3-0-0-0-4 . . . DH Mark Laird, H, 2 BB, SB . . . Franklyn Kilome (5-8), 7:05 tonight vs. Greensboro. Regular season ends tomorrow.
Semi-final Playoffs, best-of-3
Hagerstown Suns (WSH)/Lakewood BlueClaws.
Charleston RiverDogs (NYY)/Rome Braves (ATL).
Championship Series, best-of-5
Williamsport Crosscutters (39-34), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Won 5th straight, 10-0, in Batavia, 3 players had 3 hits each in the 17-hit attack: RF Jesus Alastre (14th SB), LF Enmanuel Garcia and C Brett Barbier. 3B Lucas Williams, HR (2), 4 RBI. WP: Ranger Suarez (6-4), 5.1-2-0-0-4-1 . . . Bailey Falter (1-6), 6:05 tonight in State College. Regular season ends tomorrow.
Gulf Coast League Phillies, (43-15), Northwest Division Champions.
Semi-final Playoffs, 1-game
12 noon today: Braves at Phillies and Red Sox at Cardinals.
Championship Series, best-of-3
Reading: RHS Alec Asher, added to roster on rehab assignment.
(Alert: Phillies Insider will be posted seven days a week until the minor league playoffs end).