The Lakewood BlueClaws hit double-digits in the seventh inning, scoring 10 times, in a come-from-behind 12-7 win over Augusta on Sunday afternoon at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
The win gives the BlueClaws (20-15/49-55) a split of the four-game series with the GreenJackets (22-14/58-48) and moves Lakewood to within 1/2 game of first place Hagerstown.
The BlueClaws' 10-run inning, which included six hits and five walks, started with a double by Jan Hernandez before four walks got the BlueClaws on the board in the inning and within 5-3. Tomscha tied the game with a two-run double and Pujols' RBI single put the BlueClaws up 6-5. They would add more runs on an RBI single by Carlos Duran, an RBI double by Emmanuel Marrero, and a two-run single by Zack Coppola.
The 10-run inning tied the most runs ever scored in an inning by Lakewood - they scored 10 in the fourth inning on April 29, 2011 against Charleston.
Zach Morris (6-1), who threw three scoreless innings, earned the win. Morris has now allowed just one run over his last 36 innings pitched. Caleb Smith, who gave up three of the 10 runs, took the loss to fall to 1-2.
Lehigh Valley increased their lead in the wild card to five games over Rochester with a 5-1 win to wrap up their road trip. The IronPigs reached the 20-win plateau for the second straight month, after previously never winning 20 games in a calendar month in franchise history. The win also moved the IronPigs to just one-game behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for the North Division lead. The RailRiders come to Coca-Cola Park to open a four-game series Monday.
Jesmuel Valentin continued to swing a hot bat, going 3-for-4 and scoring two runs, while Emmanuel Burriss and Andrew Knapp each had two hits. Burriss entered the game for Darnell Sweeney in the bottom of the first inning, after Sweeney suffered a sprained ankle in the top of the inning.
Jake Thompson (11-5) bounced back from a down outing his last time out to give Lehigh Valley seven innings, allowing four hits and no walks, leading to just one run in the game to get the win. Thompson has now won five straight starts, a new franchise record for the IronPigs.
Clearwater's game was cut to five innings, but they downed Fort Myers 8-5 on Sunday.
Starter Will Morris (7-2) gave up five earned runs in five innings, but was credited with the win.
Williamsport also had their game cut to just five innings by rain, picking up a 1-0 win over Mahoning Valley. Brett Barbier scored the game's lone run on a passed ball in the top of the second after reaching on a walk and going first-to-third on a single by Gregori Rivero.
JoJo Romero (1-0) threw all five innings and was credited with a complete game. Romero allowed just two hits and struck out four, but did walk three batters. The New York-Penn League has just two complete games this season and both are from Crosscutters pitchers. Ranger Suarez threw a complete game no-hitter to collect the first complete game in the league.
Meanwhile, Reading jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but their game in Erie was suspended by rain after 1 1/2 innings. The game was rescheduled to August 20th. The GCL Phillies were off on Sunday.
WP: Fabricio Cabrera (2-0), LP: Andrew Bailey (3-1), SV: Jim Johnson (6)
HR: PHIL - Jimmy Paredes (3); ATL - Jeff Francoeur (7)
Jerad Eickhoff had his outing cut short by a 24-minute rain delay in the sixth inning. Eickhoff had allowed just two hits and no walks through five innings.
There were no transactions in the Phillies organization on Sunday.