AAA - Lehigh Valley 5, Rochester [Twins] 1
WP: Nick Pivetta (1-2), LP: Tyler Duffey (1-1), SV: none
HR: Rochester - none; Lehigh Valley - Jesmuel Valentin (4), Cody Asche (6), Cedric Hunter (10), P.J. Crawford (4)
Hitting Recap: Lehigh Valley played long-ball, getting four home runs and boosting their franchise-record team home run total to 122... Cody Asche has hit safely in 19 of the 22 games he's played since being optioned out by Philadelphia a little less than a month ago. In five of those games, he's had two hits and since the demotion, is hitting .293 with Lehigh Valley.
Pitching Recap: Nick Pivetta has pitched well since making his Triple-A debut on August 13, but hadn't won a game until Saturday night, in his fifth start for Lehigh Valley. Pivetta threw five shutout innings, giving up three hits and a walk. The only reason Pivetta was pulled was to limit his innings.
IronPigs Notes: Asche was at first base for the second time since rejoining the IronPigs... Lehigh Valley turned three double-plays in the game... The IronPigs roster is currently at 23 players, two short of the maximum of 25.
AA - Reading 10, Trenton [Yankees] 5
WP: Ricardo Pinto (9-6), LP: Daniel Camarena (9-6), SV: none
HR: Reading - Dylan Cozens (39), Jake Fox (23); Trenton - none
Hitting Recap: Dylan Cozens hit his 39th home run of the season in the top of the third inning, to break the Reading single-season record, previously held by Darin Ruf. The three-run blast also gave Cozens the team's record for RBI in a single-season with 123, besting Greg Luzinski's record of 120... Rhys Hoskins, Jake Fox and Harold Martinez all had three hits for Reading, with Hoskins also drawing two walks.
Pitching Recap: Alec Asher joined Reading as he approaches the end of his suspension for violating baseball's substance abuse policy. Asher started and gave Reading four innings, giving up five hits and allowing two earned runs, while striking out five batters... Ricardo Pinto came on after Asher to throw 3 1/3 innings, and was hit for three earned runs on four hits and three walks in the unfamiliar role.
Fightins Notes: With the win, Reading clinched their second straight division title, making Trenton the wild card winner. The two teams will meed in the Division Championship starting Wednesday in Trenton. The series returns to Reading Friday for game three and then games four and five, if necessary, on Saturday and Sunday.
High-A - Dunedin [Blue Jays] 6, Clearwater 5 (11)
WP: Chris Rowley (10-3), LP: Austin Davis (0-1), SV: none
HR: Dunedin - Max Pentecost (3); Clearwater - Jiandido Tromp (10)
Hitting Recap: Jiandido Tromp hit his 10th home run of the season in the bottom of the eighth to give the Threshers a 5-4 lead... Kyle Martin drove in two runs, giving him 82 on the season, which leads the team. The closest competitor is Zach Green, who has driven in 63 runs this season.
Pitching Recap: Seven different pitchers worked in the game for Clearwater... Starter Luke Leftwich went 4 2/3 innings, giving up three earned runs, while striking out seven... The Threshers bullpen allowed three runs - two earned - over 6 1/3 innings, giving up seven hits and striking out five, while not walking a batter.
Threshers Notes: Scott Kingery, Mitch Walding, Carlos Tocci and Martin were named Florida State League end of season All-Stars on Saturday. Manager Greg Legg was named the league's manager of the year. The voting is done by the league's managers, official scorers and broadcasters. It's the second straight season that Legg won the award... The loss eliminated Clearwater from the postseason hunt. Dunedin captured the second half division championship and will play first half champion Tampa [Yankees] in the first round of the playoffs.
Low-A - Lakewood 3, Greensboro [Marlins] 0
WP: Jose Taveras (8-8), LP: Ryan Newell (0-2), SV: Grant Dyer (3)
Hitting Recap: Lakewood collected seven hits in the game, with William Cuicas picking up two of them. Cuicas drove in a run and scored two in the game, while also stealing his first base of the season... Mark Laird had a hit and worked two walks, boosting his on-base percentage to .442 with Lakewood. In his 29 games with the BlueClaws, Laird has reached safely in 27 of them, with at least one hit in 25 of them and walks in the other two.
Pitching Recap: Jose Taveras was up to his old tricks again, striking out 10 batters in six innings of work. It was the third time this season that Taveras has had double-digit strikeouts and gives him 154 Ks in 137 1/3 innings... Grant Dyer took over for the final three innings of the game, giving up three hits, but not walking a batter, while fanning four, to get the save.
BlueClaws Notes: Lakewood has won 22 of their last 28 games and 16 of their last 19.
Short-Season A - Williamsport 10, Batavia 0
WP: Ranger Suarez (6-4), LP: Humberto Mejia (1-2), SV: Will Hibbs (4)
HR: Williamsport - Lucas Williams (2); Batavia - none
Hitting Recap: Six Williamsport hitters had at least two hits, with Jesus Alastre, Emmanuel Garcia, Brett Barbier and Williams picking up three hits each. Alastre, Garcia and Barbier, the first three hitters in the Crosscutters lineup, went a combined 9-for-14, 5 R, 3 2B, 4 RBI, 1 BB and 2 K... Alastre stole his 14th base of the season.
Pitching Recap: Ranger Suarez walked four batters over 5 1/3 innings, but allowed just two hits, lowering his ERA to just 2.81 on the year... Will Hibbs threw 3 2/3 innings, a season-high, and allowed just one baserunner, picking up his fourth save of the year.
Crosscutters Notes: Williamsport turned three double-plays in the game... The 17 hits and six doubles collected by the Crosscutters were both season-high numbers... Williamsport also set a franchise-high with their ninth shutout of the year... In the series, Williamsport outscored Batavia 29-4 and outhit them 42-14. The 'cutters have now beaten the MuckDogs in 13 straight games, dating back to last season.
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