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The Williamsport Crosscutters and Lehigh Valley IronPigs both swept double-headers on Tuesday

After being rained out on Monday, both the Williamsport Crosscutters and Lehigh Valley IronPigs picked up double-header sweeps on Tuesday. Williamsport got a no-hitter from Ranger Suarez, while Lehigh Valley's Darnell Sweeney came up big in game two.

Cutters starter Ranger Suarez set the tone in the first game of the double-header, tossing a seven-inning no-hitter in the Cutters game one win. The Cutters used a four-run sixth inning, highlighted by a David Martinelli two-run single to take game two by a final of 6-2. The double-header sweep gave the Cutters their second consecutive series sweep.

Ranger Suarez finished the no-hitter, walking only one batter, which was the first batter that he faced, and striking out five Doubledays batters. Suarez started a double-play to erase the walk in the first, and retired the next 19 batters that he faced to complete the first Cutters no-hitter since 2013.

Starter Felix Paulino took the no-decision in the second game, going five innings, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk. Paulino struck out seven batters. Scott Harris tossed the final two inning, working around three hits and striking out three to get the win.

Darick Hall finished the first game, 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI doubles, driving in three runs for Williamsport. Hall was the lone Cutter with multiple hits in game one. In game two, four Cutters finished with multiple hits, including Gregori Rivero, who went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, and Luis Encarnacion, who finished the night 2-for-3 with the winning RBI in the sixth .

The Cutters are a season best, ten-games over .500 entering a league-wide off day, and are now 16-3 at home and 2-0 in double-headers this season.

Lehigh Valley beat Syracuse 8-5 and 4-2 to take both ends of their double-header, giving them a 3 1/2 game lead over Rochester for the International League Wild Card spot. They currently trail Scranton/Wilkes-Barre by three games in the North Division.

Jake Thompson finally gave opponents a chance to hit him, allowing seven hits and five earned runs in the opener. Michael Mariot and Luis Garcia kept Syracuse at bay over the final two innings, with Garcia recording his fifth save.

Offensively, Cedric Hunter blasted two solo home runs for Lehigh Valley in the first game and Nick Williams doubled and drove in three runs for the IronPigs offense.

In the nightcap, Adam Morgan allowed two earned runs over five innings to move to 4-1 on the season, and the bullpen again gave Lehigh Valley two shutout innings, with Dalier Hinojosa recording his first save. On the night, the IronPigs bullpen threw four shutout innings, allowing one hit and two walks, while striking out five.

Darnell Sweeney delivered the big hit in game two, delivering an RBI double to drive in two runs. Phillies outfielder Aaron Altherr, who is with Lehigh Valley on a rehab assignment, doubled in three at-bats in game two after sitting out the opener.

The IronPigs are 11-2 since the break, 37-16 since June 1st and 48-24 since May 12th. The IronPigs (63-41) are a franchise-record 22 games above .500 on the season.


Philadelphia 0
Miami 5
WP: Tom Koehler (8-8), LP: Jerad Eickhoff (6-12), SV: none
HR: none
Eickhoff allowed just one run over seven innings, striking out eight and walking one. Andrew Bailey was hit for three runs in 1/3 of an inning.

Binghamton 5
Reading 2
WP: Rainy Lara (6-7), LP: Tom Eshelman (2-2), SV: David Roseboom (7)
HR: BIN - Victor Cruzado (6), Colton Plaia (1); RDG - Jorge Alfaro (12), Dylan Cozens (26)
Mark Leiter allowed just two earned runs in five innings of relief, taking over for Tom Eshelman.

Clearwater 5
Daytona 4
WP: Elniery Garcia (9-2), LP: Seth Varner (4-7), SV: Victor Arano (4)
HR: CLW - Carlos Tocci (3), Jiandido Tromp (6); DAY - Aristides Aquino (15)
Zach Green was 3-for-3 with three doubles and an RBI for Clearwater.

Hickory 3
Lakewood 6
WP: Zach Morris (5-1), LP: Christian Torres (0-1), SV: Ismael Cabrera (2)
HR: HIC - LaDarious Clark (5); LKW - Jose Pujols (19)
Wilson Garcia had two doubles and an RBI for Lakewood. Zach Morris threw three shutout innings, giving up four hits, no walks and striking out two.

GCL Phillies 5
GCL Tigers West 0
WP: Mauricio Llovera (3-1), LP: Spencer Turnbull (0-1), SV: none
HR: PHIL - Edwin Rodriguez (3); TIG - none
Mickey Moniak 2-for-4, now hitting .321 with the GCL Phillies.

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