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Phillies Minor League Roundup - August 18, 2016

Plenty of good pitching to go around.

Today's Probables:
Lehigh Valley: James Russell @ Syracuse (Gm.1), Phil Klein @Syracuse (Gm.2)
Reading: Resumption of 7/31 game @ Erie prior to 7:05 game, pitchers TBD
Clearwater: Elniery Garcia vs. Daytona
Lakewood: Alberto Tirado @ Delmarva
Williamsport: Cole Irvin vs. State College

Syracuse 2, Lehigh Valley 1 (12 innings) [box]

With Aaron Nola shut down for the year and Vince Velasquez likely heading for the end of his season in the next three weeks or so, we're probably getting closer to seeing Nick Pivetta in a Phillies uniform. In his second start with the Iron Pigs, Pivetta went six scoreless innings, scattering just three hits in the process. He struck out nine and walked just two batters. If he does this over his next few starts, there's a good chance we'll see him on the big league roster in September.

J.P. Crawford saw his first game action since August 9th, but went 0-for-5 in his return. The lone offense of the evening came from a Cody Asche solo homerun in the top half of the 3rd inning. Dalier Hinojosa took the loss after allowing a walkoff single to Neftali Soto in the bottom of the 12th.

Reading 6, Richmond 3 [box]

After scoring two runs or fewer in four of their last five games, the Reading offense finally came alive again. Roman Quinn was the spark at the top of the order, going 3-for-4 with a walk, RBI, and run scored. Dylan Cozens smacked his 35th double of the season and added a sac fly.

Mark Leiter had a solid night on the mound as he picked up his 6th win of the season. Leiter hurled six innings and allowed one earned run while striking out eight. He did not allow a walk. Mario Hollands, continuing his long road back to the Majors, pitched 1 1/3 innings for the Fightin Phils, but allowed three hits and an earned run. He walked two and did not record a strikeout.

Jimmy Cordero notched his first save for Reading.

Clearwater 3, Tampa 2 [box]

The Threshers put three runs on the board in the 3rd inning and squeaked by the Yankees Thursday night. Jiandido Tromp, who has been hitting the ball well over his last few games, had two more hits last night, including a two-run triple in that three-run 3rd inning. Carlos Tocci added a sac fly in the frame.

The theme of good pitching last night throughout the minors continued with Luke Leftwich, who went 6 1/3 innings while allowing just one earned run. He struck out four and walked one. Matt Hockenberry struggled in his two innings of work, but did get credit for his 6th save of the year.

Aaron Brown, meanwhile is hitting .364/.417/.500 in 44 at-bats with the Threshers.

Hickory 4, Lakewood 2 [box]

The Blue Claws pounded out 12 hits but managed just two runs against the Crawdads. Tyler Gilbert allowed two earned runs in his five innings of work.

Mark Laird reached base all five times, with three walks to go along with his pair of singles. Damek Tomscha was 3-for-4 with two doubles. Wilson Garcia and Carlos Duran each had RBIs.

The loss broke a three-game winning streak for the Blue Claws.

State College 5, Williamsport 4 [box]

Adonis Medina's night was relatively short, seeing as he had pitched in the NYPL All-Star Game in relief on Tuesday. And pitch he did, by the way.

Medina went four innings last night, allowing two earned runs on five hits. He added a walk and a strikeout in his effort.

Darick Hall had another nice night, going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Lucas Williams added a two-run single in the bottom of the first to give the 'Cutters the lead, but it would not be enough.

GCL Yankees East 4, GCL Phillies 1 [box]

Mickey Moniak was 1-for-4, while this year's 17th round pick Danny Zardon had the lone RBI.

Sixto Sanchez continued making things look easy with another five inning outing, his third in a row of that length. He allowed just one run on four hits.