Lehigh Valley: Ben Lively vs. Scranton/Wikes-Barre
Reading: Mark Leiter @ Akron
Clearwater: Brandon Leibrandt vs. Brevard County
Lakewood: Harold Arauz vs. Greensboro
Williamsport: Bailey Falter @ West Virginia
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 5, Lehigh Valley 3 [box]
Despite a relatively low-scoring game, the RailRiders and Iron Pigs had to use nine pitchers to get through Monday night's affair. Anthony Vasquez started for Lehigh Valley and lasted just four innings. He allowed six hits and two earned runs while walking three and striking out four. He threw 91 pitches in his four innings of work.
The Pigs jumped on Richard Bleier in the first inning, thanks to a J.P. Crawford walk, Nick Williams RBI triple, and Darin Ruf RBI single. There wouldn't be a whole lot of offense for the rest of the night.
Crawford was 0-for-2 but did have three walks on the night. Hoby Milner took the loss after allowing two runs in the 5th inning.
The RailRiders have the best record in the International League at 81-48.
Akron 5, Reading 2 [box]
The Fightin Phils' bats have been relatively quiet over the last 10 days or so, but the playoffs are still in sight, as a Hartford loss to Binghamton moves Reading's magic number to 4.
Tyler Viza allowed a first inning run but settled in for six innings, allowing three earned runs on eight hits. He walked two and struck out five batters.
Christian Marrero, one of the few hot bats in the Reading lineup over the last few days, went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Mitch Walding swatted a third inning solo homerun off Akron's D.J. Brown and finished the evening 2-for-3 with the homer, RBI, and two runs scored.
Jorge Alfaro, Dylan Cozens, and Rhys Hoskins finished the night 0-for-12 with six strikeouts.
The Blue Claws were leading 7-5 in the third inning when the rains moved in to Maryland on Sunday afternoon, moving the conclusion of the game to Monday. They held on for a 9-6 victory.
Over the course of the two-day affair, Cornelius Randolph went 2-for-5 with 3 RBI and a run scored, while Wilson Garcia was 1-for-4 with 3 RBI of his own.
Franklyn Kilome lasted just 2/3 of an inning on Sunday afternoon, giving up four earned runs on three hits. He walked three and struck out two, throwing 35 pitches. Just 18 were strikes.
Grant Dyer did the bulk of the work for the Blue Claws on Monday, going five innings while allowing just one run. He struck out five.
The second game, which was edited down to a seven-inning affair, featured a strong effort from Jose Taveras on the hill. Lakewood's right-hander picked up his 7th win of the season with five strong innings. He allowed just a lone run in the 3rd inning, and struck out nine batters while walking just two. Taveras is now 3-0 in August with a 1.44 ERA. He has 28 strikeouts and just five walks in 25 innings of work this month.
Jose Pujols did the major damage in the second game, with his league-leading 24th homerun of the season in the first inning. He added two more hits and a 5th inning RBI single.
While the Blue Claws swept their doubleheader, the Crosscutters weren't able to hold up their end of the bargain.
That being said, Ranger Suarez did turn in a great performance in the first game for the 'Cutters, hurling seven strong innings of one-run ball while walking just one and striking out five. He only needed 83 pitches to do it, and threw 58 of them for strikes.
Weston Davis and David Ramos combined to shut Williamsport down over their seven innings, scattering just two hits, to Juan Luis and David Martinelli.
The offense was stymied in the second game, too. Chandler Hall was 3-for-3 with a run scored and Emmanuel Garcia added an RBI, but that was it for the offense Monday evening.
Felix Paulino went 6 2/3 innings in the second game, giving up three runs in the process.
Five scoreless innings from Will Stewart led the GCL Phils to a victory Monday afternoon. Cole Stobbe continued his punishing of the baseball with another two-hit game, including a homerun. Stobbe is hitting .400/.516/.880 in his last 25 at-bats, with 3 HR and 6 RBI.
Mickey Moniak was 1-for-4.