The GCL Phillies beat the Pirates 4-2 Monday and are in a virtual tie with the Blue Jays for first place.

Technically, the GCL Phillies are percentage points behind the Blue Jays in the Northwest Division, but their win Monday over the Buccos, combined with a Blue Jays loss puts them in a virtual tie for the top spot.

Cole Stobbe and Malvin Matos homered for the GCL Phillies as part of the ten hits that the Phillies collected to beat the Pirates 4-2 Monday. Matos and Stobbe went back-to-back in a four-run fourth inning, with Matos hitting a two-run home run and Stobbe blasting a solo shot. Josh Stephen had an RBI single to score Edwin Rodriguez later in the inning to put the Phillies up 4-0.

Stobbe, Rodriguez and Daniel Brito each had two hits in the game.

Will Stewart (2-2) threw five shutout innings, giving up just three hits and a walk, while striking out four batters to get the win. Jose Nin threw a scoreless ninth inning to record his sixth save of the season. Nin has now thrown 14 2/3 innings over six appearances without allowing an earned run for the GCL Phillies this season. 

The Phillies have just nine games remaining in the regular season, with four of them being against the Blue Jays, two at home and two on the road. The two teams wrap up the regular season next Wednesday and Thursday with a home-and-home series beginning at Dunedin Wednesday afternoon.


The Phillies and Clearwater Threshers were off on Monday.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 5
Lehigh Valley 3
WP: Dietrich Enns (7-2), LP: Hoby Milner (0-1), SV: Jonathan Holder (5)
HR: SWB - Ben Gamel (5); LV - none
Lehigh Valley falls 5 GB Scranton in the division, but holds a 4 1/2 game lead over Rochester in the wild card.

Reading 2
Akron 5
WP: D.J. Brown (8-6), LP: Tyler Viza (4-5), SV: none
HR: RDG - Mitch Walding (3); AKR - none
Reading holds a 3 1/2 game lead over Trenton for the division title and has a magic number of eight over Hartford to clinch a playoff spot.

Game One
Lakewood 9
Delmarva 6
WP: Scott Harris (1-0), LP: Mike Burke (0-2), SV: Sutter McLoughlin (10)
HR: LKW - none; DEL - Cedric Mullins (10)
Cornelius Randolph 2-for-5, run scored and three RBI.

Game Two
Lakewood 3
Delmarva 1
WP: Jose Taveras (7-8), LP: Reid Love (7-10), SV: Jacob Waguespack (6)
HR: LKW - Jose Pujols (24); DEL - Ronarsy Ledesma (1)
Jose Pujols three hits and two RBI. Four hits in the double-header.
Lakewood has a three game lead in the division and a magic number of 11 to clinch a playoff spot.

Game One
Auburn 1
Williamsport 0
WP: Weston Davis (3-4), LP: Ranger Suarez (5-3), SV: David Ramos (1)
HR: none
Ranger Suarez: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Game Two
Auburn 3
Williamsport 1
WP: Steven Fuentes (2-1), LP: Felix Paulino (1-4), SV: Phil Morse (2)
HR: none
Chandler Hall 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored.

Monday's Transactions

INF Taylor Featherston added to the roster from Philadelphia (optioned August 19).
OF David Lough released by Philadelphia.

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