Here's a rundown on how the Phillies' minor league teams fared on Wednesday, May 15:
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A
The IronPigs were routed by the Norfolk Tides, 10-1, at Harbor Park in Norfolk.
Left-hander Adam Morgan (1-4, 4.97 ERA) was knocked around in the loss. His defense didn't help as Morgan was tagged for 10 runs (only three earned) on 10 hits over 3 1/3 innings. Morgan allowed nine runs, aided by two errors, in the fourth inning.
The lone highlight for the IronPigs was Cody Asche's RBI groundout that scored Jermaine Mitchell in the fifth inning.
The IronPigs fell to 16-23 on the season. The teams will continue a four-game series on Thursday. Right-hander Tyler Cloyd will make the start for Lehigh Valley.
Reading Fightin Phils – Double A
The Fightin Phils split a doubleheader against the Erie Seawolves to conclude a four-game series.
In the first game, Reading fell, 3-1, in seven innings.
Top Phillies prospect Jesse Biddle (2-3, 2.95 ERA) picked up the loss. The left-hander pitched a complete game, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out six.
Erie plated two runs in the first inning off Biddle. It was enough as the Fighting Phils weren't able to get the offense going.
Shortstop Edgar Duran knocked in Reading's only run in the fifth inning with an infield single to make the score 3-1.
The Fightin Phils recovered and won the second game, 7-6, in seven innings with a late rally.
Seth Rosin made the start and struggled, allowing five runs on five hits and five walks.
Reading found themselves down 6-3 heading into the top of the sixth inning after allowing a four-run fifth to the Seawolves, but they answered with a four-run inning of their own.
Cameron Rupp knocked in a run on a ground out, Zach Collier followed with an RBI triple and Sebastian Valle hit an RBI single to tie the game at 6-6. Anthony Hewitt capped off the inning with a sacrifice fly to put the Fightin Phils up for good.
The Fightin Phils are currently 15-23 on the season. They have an off day Thursday and will host a three-game series against the Harrisburg Senators, beginning on Friday.
Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced
The Threshers beat the Bradenton Marauders, 4-1, at Bright House Field in Clearwater.
Designated hitter Carlos Alonso led off the game with a home run to give the Threshers an early lead.
The Threshers received a strong performance from the pitching staff in the win. Starter Mario Hollands pitched four scoreless innings and struck out five batters. Severino Gonzalez, Luis Paulino and Colton Murray allowed only three hits over the last five innings. Gonzalez allowed an unearned run in the fifth.
Clearwater broke a 1-1 tie in the seventh inning. After two singles to lead off the inning, Logan Moore stroked a two-run double to right field. Moore later scored on a one-out single by Jonathan Roof.
The win improved the Threshers' record to 20-18. Clearwater finishes a four-game series with Bradenton on Thursday. Right-hander Gabriel Arias takes the hill for the Threshers.
Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A
The BlueClaws beat the Delmarva Shorebirds, 4-3, at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood Township.
Lakewood got a strong start from right-handed starter Shane Watson (2-3, 5.35 ERA) in the win. Watson allowed two unearned runs on five hits and a walk over five innings. The two runs were scored in the second inning with the benefit of an error.
The BlueClaws answered in the bottom half the second by loading the bases with one out on three singles. Lakewood pushed two runs across as designated hitter Art Charles scored on a wild pitch and left fielder Zach Taylor hit an RBI groundout.
In the fifth inning, the BlueClaws took the lead with back-to-back doubles by center fielder Carlos Tocci and right fielder Brian Pointer.
Insurance was provided in the eighth inning. Shortstop Roman Quinn manufactured a run with his legs. After drawing a two-out walk, Quinn stole second and third base. Pointer knocked Quinn in with a single to right field.
With a 4-2 lead in the ninth inning, Lakewood turned the game over to closer Steven Inch. He allowed four hits and found himself in a bases-loaded jam with one out. Inch induced a game-ending double play to record his fourth save of the season.
The BlueClaws improved to 15-23 on the season and will host the Greensboro Grasshoppers beginning Thursday for a four-game series. Right-hander Miguel Nunez gets the start for Lakewood.