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Lakewood clinched at least a division tie, while Lehigh Valley missed a chance to clinch the wild card

Lehigh Valley got all of the pitching they needed against Rochester, but couldn't come up with a win to clinch a wild card. Meanwhile, Lakewood moved their magic number to just one in their quest for a second half division title.

Rochester [Twins] 1, Lehigh Valley 0

WP: Nick Greenwood (6-3), LP: Anthony Vasquez (4-1), SV: Edward Mujica (25)

HR: Lehigh Valley - none; Rochester - Tommy Field (11)

Hitting Recap: Not much to see here. Lehigh Valley collected just five hits, with Cody Asche chipping in with a single and a double. Nick Williams and J.P. Crawford continued their slide, going a combined 0-for-8. Crawford hit just .189 in August, while Williams hit just .179 for Lehigh Valley.

Pitching Recap: Anthony Vasquez was impressive for Lehigh Valley, throwing a complete game four-hitter, giving up just one run on the home run to Tommy Field. Vasquez struck out eight hitters without issuing a walk.

IronPigs Notes: Lehigh Valley plays their final road game of the regular season Friday in Rochester before the two teams race toward Lehigh Valley to wrap up the season with three games at Coca-Cola Park. The IronPigs need to win just one of the remaining four games to clinch the wild card and set up a playoff match-up with rival Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, who clinched the division Thursday night... Darin Ruf, who is rumored to be heading back to Philadelphia, wasn't in the lineup for Lehigh Valley on Thursday... Former IronPigs closer Edward Mujica is now with Rochester and recorded his 25th International League save of the season. Mujica opted out of his contract with the Phillies in mid-July and signed with Kansas City, registering two saves for Omaha (Pacific Coast League) before being released and signing with the Twins and being assigned to Rochester, where he has saved two games.

Portland [Red Sox] 6, Reading 0

WP: Teddy Stankiewicz (5-9), LP: Tyler Viza (4-6), SV: none

HR: Portland - Ryan Court (4); Reading - none

Hitting Recap: Dylan Cozens and Jake Fox each had two hits for Reading, who had six hits as a team. 

Pitching Recap: Tyler Viza was hit hard, giving up six earned runs in five innings of work. Viza allowed eight hits and issued three walks, but didn't strike out a batter. His ERA moved up to 4.69 on the season... Alexis Rivero threw three shutout innings for Reading, giving up just two hits and not walking a batter.

Fightins Notes: Reading wrapped up their regular season home schedule Thursday. Cozens hit 29 of his 38 home runs at home this season, while Rhys Hoskins hit 25 of his 37 home runs at FirstEnergy Stadium... The New Hampshire Fisher Cats helped out Reading by beating the Trenton Thunder Thursday. With Trenton's loss, Reading's magic number to clinch the division is now two. Reading needs to win just one of the games in the four games in their season finishing series at Trenton to clinch the division. The two teams will then meet in the playoffs, with one of the teams being the division champion and the other being the wild card.

Clearwater at Dunedin (postponed)

The Threshers and Blue Jays, who are battling for the division title, were rained out Thursday in Dunedin. The two teams are scheduled for two games in Clearwater and will then play a double-header Sunday in Dunedin, weather permitting.

Threshers Notes: Clearwater is two games behind Dunedin with four to play, meaning that they would need to win three of the four to finish in a tie for the division title. If that were to happen, Clearwater would be the division winner, based on a better overall winning percentage this season.

Lakewood 2, Kannapolis [White Sox] 0

WP: Alberto Tirado (7-1), LP: Alec Hansen (0-1), SV: Sutter McLoughlin (13)

HR: none

Hitting Recap: Mark Laird continued to swing a hot bat for Lakewood, collecting three hits, including a double. Laird is now hitting .350 in 27 games with the BlueClaws... Grenny Cumana collected his 22nd double for Lakewood.

Pitching Recap: Alberto Tirado gave Lakewood six shutout innings, striking out ten hitters, while issuing just one walk and giving up one hit. Tirado's ERA stands at 3.23 with Lakewood, and he has struck out 21 batters in his last two starts... Blake Quinn and Sutter McLoughlin were perfect over the final three innings for the 'Claws, striking out four more hitters.

BlueClaws Notes: With the win, Lakewood has clinched at least a tie for the second half division title... Both of Lakewood's runs were unearned thanks to a throwing error on pitcher Alec Hansen in the fifth inning... The BlueClaws have won 14 of their last 17 games.

Williamsport 10, Batavia [Marlins] 3

WP: Jonathan Hennigan (1-0), LP: Victor Delgado (0-1), SV: none

HR: Williamsport - Darick Hall (8); Batavia - none

Hitting Recap: Brett Barbier had three hits and scored a run, while Darick Hall had two hits, including his eighth home run of the season. Hall also walked, scored two runs and drove in two. Everybody in the Williamsport lineup, with the exception of David Martinelli had at least one hit. Martinelli did draw a walk and score a run.

Pitching Recap: Starter JoJo Romero gave up five hits and walked four over five innings, giving up two earned runs... Jonathan Hennigan pitched the final 2 1/3 innings without allowing a run, and striking out two to get the win.

Crosscutters Notes: Williamsport scored seven runs in the top of the eighth. They collected six hits, drew two walks, including one intentional walk, stole a base and got a sacrifice fly. Batavia also committed an error and had a wild pitch to contribute to the inning that saw 12 Crosscutters come to the plate.

GCL Phillies

The Gulf Coast League was scheduled to open their playoffs Friday, but have pushed the openers back to Saturday because of Hurricane Hermine. The Phillies play the GCL Braves in the playoffs.

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