Phillies Minor League Report: BlueClaws win in walk-off fashion
Here’s a rundown on how the Phillies’ minor league teams fared on Monday, May 13:
Here's a rundown on how the Phillies' minor league teams fared on Monday, May 13:
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A
The IronPigs fell to the Durham Bulls, 8-2, at the Durham Bulls Athletic Center to split a four-game series on Monday.
Right-handed starter Zach Miner (1-3, 6.08 ERA) took the loss in his second consecutive disappointing outing. Miner allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits and two walks in only 3 1/3 innings.
The offense couldn't overcome Miner's start and only mustered four hits in the loss.
In the fourth inning, the IronPigs got on the scoreboard when catcher Steven Lerud was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
An inning later, the IronPigs were fortunate to add another run with the help of two errors by the Bulls. Cody Asche earned an RBI due to first baseman Leslie Anderson's error, which allowed Jermaine Mitchell to score.
The IronPigs (16-21) will travel to begin a four-game series against the Norfolk Tides on Tuesday. Left-hander Tom Conchran will start for Lehigh Valley.
Reading Fightin Phils – Double A
The Fightin Phils blew a four-run lead to lose, 5-4, to the Erie Seawolves at Jerry Uht Park in Erie.
Reading jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Center fielder Tyson Gillies led off the game with a double. After a groundout that moved the runner, second baseman Albert Cartwright singled home Gillies.
Cartwright contributed another run for the Fightin Phils by leading off the fourth inning with a triple. He scored on a sacrifice fly by first baseman Jim Murphy.
The Fightin Phils again added to the lead in the fifth inning. Catcher Sebastian Valle singled to lead off the inning. Right fielder Anthony Hewitt followed with an RBI double to extend the lead. Hewitt advanced to third on an error and scored a batter later when Gillies hit a sacrifice fly.
The Seawolves began to chip away at the lead in the fifth inning off Reading starter David Buchanan, who allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings. Buchanan struck out four.
The Fightin Phils held a 4-2 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth inning, but relievers Mike Nesseth and Mauricio Robles gave up three runs.
Robles (2-1, 1.77 ERA) picked up his first blown save and the loss as Reading couldn't score in the ninth inning.
The Fightin Phils fell to 14-22 and will continue a three-game series against the Seawolves on Tuesday. Left-hander Jesse Biddle is slated to start Tuesday's game for Reading.
Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced
The Threshers fell to the Bradenton Marauders, 5-3, at Bright House Field in Clearwater.
Left-hander Hoby Milner took the hill for the Threshers. Milner went five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out seven.
Over the first five innings, both teams notched three one-run innings.
For the Threshers, left fielder Cameron Perkins had a two-out, RBI single in the first inning, designated hitter Harold Martinez lined an RBI single in the fourth inning and right fielder Kelly Dugan hit a solo home run in the fifth inning.
Right-hander Luis Paulino (0-3, 7.85 ERA) took the loss after allowing two runs in the eighth inning.
The Threshers (19-17) will continue a four-game series against the Marauders on Tuesday.
Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A
The BlueClaws beat the Delmarva Shorebirds, 4-3, at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood Township.
Lakewood jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Right fielder Brian Pointer hit an RBI double three batters into the game to score catcher Chace Numata. Pointer later scored on a wild pitch.
The BlueClaws took advantage of poor defense by the Shorebirds in the third inning to take a 3-0 lead.
Lakewood pitching couldn't hold on to the lead as Delmarva scored in each of the last three innings to tie the game.
Starter Nick Hanson pitched well, but settled for a no decision. The 6-foot-7 right-hander allowed only one run on two hits and a walk over seven innings to lower his season ERA to 2.94.
The BlueClaws answered in the bottom of the ninth by loading the bases with one out. Left fielder Zach Taylor sent fans home happy after drawing a walk-off walk.
Lakewood improved to 14-22 on the season and will continue a three-game series against Dalmarva on Tuesday.