Lehigh Valley: Nick Pivetta @ Syracuse
Reading: Mark Leiter vs. Richmond
Clearwater: Luke Leftwich @ Tampa
Lakewood: Tyler Gilbert vs. Hickory
Williamsport: Adonis Medina vs. State College
Lehigh Valley 9, Pawtucket 4 [box]
The Pigs got all nine runs in the first two innings en route to their 74th win of the season. Cam Perkins was 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Nick Williams added a 1-for-4 evening with 3 RBI and a pair of runs. Brock Stassi crushed a three-run first inning homer, and Darin Ruf went yard for the second straight day in an early offensive explosion for Lehigh Valley. Stassi now has an .891 OPS in the 27 games since the All-Star Break.
Ben Lively got the Pigs through six innings. He allowed three earned runs on five hits while walking two and striking out four Red Sox hitters. Pawtucket's Justin Haley took one for the team and was left on the hill to allow all nine of those Iron Pigs runs.
Meanwhile, J.P. Crawford should be back in the lineup this weekend against Syracuse, perhaps as early as tonight.
Richmond 2, Reading 1 [box]
The Fightin Phils haven't been playing their best baseball of the season, but a three-game losing streak from the Trenton Thunder has come at the right time, as Reading continues to hold a three-game lead in the Eastern League's East Division.
San Francisco's 2014 first-rounder, Tyler Beede, had a strong night on the mound, limiting the Fightin Phils to just one earned run over 6 1/3 innings. That lone run came on Dylan Cozens' 35th homer of the season in the 6th inning, as the Fightin Phils did finally break the single-season team record in homers with 159.
Rhys Hoskins went 1-for-3 with a walk, but it ended up being another quiet night for the bats.
Tyler Viza matched Beede for the most part on the hill, lasting 6 2/3 innings, scattering seven hits and an earned run in the effort. He walked three and struck out four Flying Squirrels hitters.
Clearwater 6, Tampa 3 [box]
Some rain got in the way of Shane Watson's start last night in Tampa, but the Threshers still picked up the victory in what amounted to a bullpen game. Watson went 2 2/3 scoreless innings before the skies opened up for a little over an hour, knocking him out of the game early. He walked three and struck out three.
Aaron Brown and Kyle Martin both went yard, Brown a two-run shot in the 3rd inning and Martin a two-run shot in the 7th. Martin is in the midst of his best power month of the season, with a .585 SLG% in 12 games.
Yackel Rios was declared the winner in this one for his 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Watson. Ulises Joaquin and Tom Windle finished things off for Clearwater in relief.
State College 5, Williamsport 3 [box]
We listed Ranger Suarez as starting pitcher in this space yesterday, which didn't make a whole lot of sense since he had pitched on Sunday. Indeed, he did not start last night's game. Thanks a lot, MiLB.com! Bailey Falter got the ball for the Crosscutters in State College, lasting five innings in the process. He allowed three runs (two earned) and walked one while striking out four.
The 'Cutters fell behind 5-0 before striking with three runs in the 8th. Darick Hall punched a two-run single and went 2-for-4 on the night. Lucas Williams also went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Josh Stephen had a pair of hits and 2 RBI to lead the GCL club to victory. Malvin Matos and Jose Antequera each had two hits. Mickey Moniak was 0-for-4.
Luis Carrasco went five innings and allowed two runs, picking up the victory.