Players of the Week
Pitcher: LHP Jesse Biddle, Clearwater. Fresh from a 7-innning, no-hit outing on Aug. 17, Biddle followed up with 7 scoreless innings in his next start last Thursday, allowing only 2 first-inning hits. He walked 2 and struck out 9. The outing extended his scoreless streak to 16 innings. The 3-0 win improved his record to 10-5 and lowered his ERA to 3.10. Ten wins are 1 shy of his career total entering the season. The 20-year-old was a first-round selection (27th overall) in 2010 out of Germantown Friends School and signed by Eric Valent. He was also named the FSL Pitcher of the Week by MiLB.com.
Player: Cameron Perkins, Williamsport. Led all Phillies Minor Leaguers with a .429 average and 12 hits in 7 games. Eight-game hitting streak ended Sunday (14-33, .424). For the month of August, he's hitting .368. Perkins has played 3B, 1B, RF and been used as a DH. After being drafted by the Phillies in the 6th round this summer out of Purdue University and signed by Nate Dion, the 6-foot-5 right-handed hitter joined the Gulf Coast League Phillies. He played five GCL games (.158) before moving up to Williamsport. In 59 games there, he's hitting .296, 1 homer, 28 RBIs. He was originally drafted by Seattle in 2009 but didn't sign.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs, International League North Division
4-3, 3rd place, 1/2 game behind 2nd place Pawtucket in a race for the postseason wild card berth . . . First 2 wins were 1-0 decisions, Tuesday vs. Toledo, 1st game, behind RHS Jonathan Pettibone (4-0), 0 runs, 3 hits, 7 innings and at Rochester on Wednesday behind LHS Tom Cochran (8-5), 0 runs, 2 hits, 7 innings . . . RH Tyson Brummett (4-4) won on Friday, 0 runs, 1 hit, 5 innings as a starter and LH Juan Morillo (1-0), 2 scoreless relief innings to win on Friday . . . LHS Jake Diekman recorded 6th save on Wednesday, 1 inning, 2 strikeouts but was roughed up for 3 runs in 1 inning on Sunday . . . OF Jason Pridie, .444, 8 hits, including 4th homer, 2 RBI . . . 1B Cody Overbeck, .304, 12th homer, 6 RBI . . . 7th homers for OF Derrick Mitchell and INF Hector Luna.
Regular season ends Labor Day.
Postseason All-Star: RHS Tyler Cloyd (also named IL Most Valuable Pitcher.)
Reading Phillies, Eastern League Eastern Division
4-3, 2nd place with a 3-game lead over New Britain. 1st and 2nd place teams qualify for the playoffs . . . 1-2-3 hitters: CF Tyson Gillies, 3B Cody Asche and 1B-LF Darin Ruf, were on fire. Combined they hit .388, 31 hits, 6 doubles, 2 triples, 8 homers, 21 runs scored and 17 RBIs . . . Ruf had 2 doubles (31 total) and 5 homers (35) while driving in 9 . . . Asche had 8 extra-base hits among his 11 hits . . . Gillies had an 8-game hitting streak end on Sunday while Ruf ended the week riding an 8-game streak . . . RHS Austin Hyatt (7-5) gave up 4 homers in 6 innings in Monday's loss and rebounded to win Saturday, 2-1, 1 run, 5 innings . . . RHS Trevor May (9-12) lost, 2-1, on Wednesday, 2 runs (1 earned), 4 hits, 9 strikeouts, 7 innings . . . Relievers LH Jay Johnson (2-1) and RH Julio Rodriguez (7-7) picked up the other two wins . . . RHR Justin Friend recorded 3 saves, giving him 22 for the season, 3 2/3 total innings, 4 strikeouts.
Regular season ends Labor Day.
Postseason All-Stars: Ruf, 2B Cesar Hernandez, C Tommy Joseph.
Clearwater Threshers, Florida State League North Division
3-2, 2 rain outs . . . 4th place, 2 games out. 1st and 2nd half winners qualify for the playoffs . . . SS Edgar Duran hit a 2-run homer in the 1st inning of the 1st game on Wednesday and led off the 2nd game with a 3-run homer (7). 1B Jim Murphy also homered (16) in the DH sweep over Daytona . . . Murphy added his 37th double and 2 RBIs (81) in Thursday's 3-0 win over Daytona . . . C Cameron Rupp hit his 10th homer on Friday during a 5-4 defeat; hitting .345 in his last 10 games . . . OF Peter Lavin, hitting .419 in last 10 . . . RHS Perci Garner (6-9) won the 1st game on Wednesday, 1 run, 5 hits, 5 strikeouts, 5 innings . . . RHR Ryan O'Sullivan (1-0) picked up the 2nd game win . . . LHS Austin Wright (10-5) lost, 2-1, on Saturday on a 2-run homer in the 6th inning; fanned 7 in 5 1/3 innings . . . Saves: RH Kenny Giles (2), RH Michael Nesseth (7), RH Colton Murray (3).
Regular season ends Sunday.
Postseason All-Stars: Rupp, Wright, LHP Adam Morgan.
Lakewood BlueClaws, South Atlantic League North Division
3-4, tied for 6th, 2nd half . . . OF Miguel Alvarez, .450, 9 hits in 6 games; had 4 multihit games and batting .371 in last 10 . . . 3B Maikel Franco, .367, 4 doubles, 14th homer among club-high 11 hits; hitting .371 in last 10; since the All-star Game, 52 RBIs in 62 games; 79 for the season; turned 20 on Sunday . . . 1B William Carmona, .364, 3 doubles, 2 homers among his 8 hits; drove in 5 . . . OF Kelly Dugan, 7 hits, 7 games, batting .324 in last 10 . . . C Gabriel Lino, .368 in last 10, 5 doubles, 3 homers, 9 RBI; has hit in 11 of last 13 games, boosting average from .143 to .231 . . . . . . LHS Hoby Milner (5-3), 1-0, in 2 starts, 4 runs in 8 innings of a no decision on Monday and 0 runs, 6 innings, 2 hits in 4-0 win on Saturday vs. Kannapolis . . . RHR Blake Mascarello (4-1) emerged the winner in an 8-7 decision on Thursday . . . No decisions for RHS Colin Kleven, 3 runs (1 earned), 6 innings on Wednesday and LHS Lino Martinez, 0 runs, 2 hits 6 innings on Friday . . . RHR Zach Cooper picked up a win, loss and a no-decision.
Season ends Labor Day.
Williamsport Crosscutters, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division
4-4, 6th place; won 6 of 8 before losing last 2 . . . SS Roman Quinn, .346; led organization with 8 runs scored and 6 steals; 27 steals for the season, with a streak of 11 in a row without being caught; ended week on a 10-game hitting streak (.343), raising average from .277 to .288 . . . 1B Chris Serritella, 4 multihit games, 9 hits and 9 RBIs . . . Wins: RH Ramon Oviedo (1-2), RH Nicholas Hanson (2-3), RH Joshua Warner (3-6) and RH Manaure Martinez (2-1), 1 unearned run, 5 innings, 7 strikeouts on Friday . . . RH Geoff Broussard, saves 4 and 5; RH Chris Nichols, 1st pro save, 3 scoreless innings on Wednesday.
Season ends Sept. 5.
Gulf Coast League Phillies, North Division 3-3; season ended on Saturday, 28-30, 4th place . . . OF Andrew Pullin led club with .321 average . . . 3B Zach Green, 48 hits . . . C Willians Astudillo, 15 doubles . . . RF Dylan Cozens, 24 runs, 3 triples (tied with Jiandido Tromp), 5 homers, 24 RBI . . . SS Angelo Mora, 14 steals . . . RH Keivy Rojas, 17 appearances . . . LH Franklyn Vargas, 5 wins, 46 innings, 48 strikeouts . . . RH Delvy Francisco, 5 saves.
Postseason All-Star: Pullin.
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