Here's a rundown on how the Phillies' minor league teams fared on Saturday, May 18:
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A
With the help of an error from Rochester, the IronPigs notched the game-winning run in the eighth inning to earn their second win a row, 3-2, over the Red Wings at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown.
The game was tied, 2-2, heading into the bottom of the eighth inning when second baseman Cesar Hernandez laid down a bunt to third base.
Rochester third baseman Ray Olmedo mistakenly threw the ball into center field as he was trying to catch center fielder Jermain Mitchell at second base.
Mitchell continued to run and made it all the way to home plate to give Lehigh Valley the lead and eventually the victory.
Lehigh Valley held a 2-0 lead heading into the sixth thanks to an RBI double from Hernandez in the third inning and an RBI triple from shortstop Michael Martinez in the fifth.
Rochester plated two runs in the sixth to knot it up. Once the IronPigs took the lead in the eighth, Jake Diekman took the mound in the ninth to shut the door on the Red Wings and earn his fourth save of the season.
The IronPigs' strong pitching wasn't limited to Diekman, however.
Raul Valdes got the start and threw four shutout innings. He allowed only two hits and struck out four batters during his time on the mound.
The four innings was his longest outing since May 2, 2011 when he put in six inning of work.
Zach Miner (2-3) picked up the decision after also going four innings with three strikeouts and two earned runs.
Mitchell and Hernandez were the only IronPigs to record multiple hits Saturday with Hernandez and Martinez registering the two RBIs. Both finished 2-for-4 on the night.
Phillies prospects Darin Ruf and Cody Asche combined for one hit, which came from Asche. They went a combined 1-for-7 on the night.
The IronPigs will have little time for a turnaround as they continue their four-game set with the Red Wings at 1:35 p.m. Sunday.
Left-hander Tom Cochran (0-1, 5.65 ERA) will get the start for the IronPigs.
Reading Fightin Phils – Double A
A late rally from the Fightin Phils came up short Saturday, as they fell to the Harrisburg Senators for the second night in a row, 6-4, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading.
Reading recorded only one hit through the first seven innings due to some strong pitching from Harrisburg starter Taylor Jordan.
Jordan put in six innings of work, striking nine batters in the process. The one hit he gave up was to center fielder Zach Collier in the second inning.
When Jordan left the game in the sixth, it opened the door for the Fightin Phils to finally generate some offense.
Trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the seventh, third baseman Tommy Mendonca hit an RBI triple that brought in two runs to make it 4-2. The RBIs were Mendonca's first two of the season.
Mendonca came across the plate later in the inning after defensive substitute Troy Hanzawa hit a two-out single to make the score 4-3.
A two-run homer in the top of the eighth helped Harrisburg extend its lead to 6-3.
The Fightin Phils answered in the bottom portion of the inning after first baseman Jim Murphy hit his ninth home run of the season to close the gap to 6-4. But that proved to be the end of the scoring for Reading.
Murphy was the only Fightin Phil to record multiple hits as he went 2-for-4. Left fielder Tyson Gillies and second baseman Albert Cartwright struggled all night, combining to go 0-for-7 against the Harrisburg pitching.
Starter David Buchanan (1-5) was dealt the loss for Reading despite throwing five solid innings that included four strikeouts, four hits and two earned runs.
Reading will look to avoid the sweep as it wraps up its three-game series against Harrisburg at 1:35 p.m. Sunday.
Left-hander Austin Wright (0-1, 9.00 ERA) will take the hill for the Fightin Phils.
Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced
For the second night in a row, the Threshers lost to the Tampa Yankees in extra innings. This time, it was in 10 innings by a score 5-4 at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla.
A grounder to third from Tampa shortstop Carmen Angelini that barely stayed foul allowed designated hitter Angelo Gumbs to cross the plate for the winning run.
The loss drops the Threshers to 1-5 in extra-inning games. The Threshers have also lost four out of their last six.
The Yankees are now 3-5 against the Threshers this season with all three victories coming in extras.
The Threshers trailed 3-0 heading into the sixth inning when left fielder Aaron Altherr, right fielder Kelly Dugan and third baseman Maikel Franco all recorded RBI hits that brought home three runs and tied the game, 3-3.
Tampa took the lead back in the bottom half of the inning with a run to make the score 4-3.
The Threshers found a way to tie the score again in the top of the eighth after first baseman Chris Serritella hit a ball to the shortstop that brought home Dugan and make the score 4-4.
That score remained until Tampa's game-winning run in the 10th.
Franco and Dugan both went 2-for-5 on the night with Dugan registering an RBI. Serritella went 2-for-4 and knocked in two runs.
Altherr went a 1-for-5, but his one hit was a triple that brought home a run.
Clearwater starter Hoby Milner pitched six innings, striking out five batters, giving up seven hits and giving three earned runs.
Colton Murray (2-2) was given the loss after going 1 2/3.
Tampa will have a chance to sweep the Threshers at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Right-hander Perci Garner (3-0, 2.27 ERA) is scheduled to start for Clearwater.
Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A
The BlueClaws' dominance of the Greensboro Grasshoppers came to an end Saturday as they lost, 8-5, at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood Township, N.J.
Pitcher Steven Inch's rough ninth inning gave Greenboro the lead, which it held on to for the win.
With a man already on base, Inch hit the first batter he faced in the inning. He then proceeded to walk the second to load the bases.
Inch then hit another batter, which brought home what turned out to be the winning run for Greensboro.
The Grasshoppers tacked on two more runs thanks to an RBI single and held an 8-5 lead into the bottom of the ninth.
Greensboro's Blake Logan made good on his save opportunity and shut the door on the BlueClaws.
The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the BlueClaws and a five-game winning streak over the Grasshoppers.
Both third baseman Mitch Walding and second baseman Alejandro Villalobos went 2-for-4 and drove in a run.
Left fielder Larry Greene and center fielder Carlos Tocci also drove in runs for the BlueClaws.
Shortstop Roman Quinn went hitless in four at-bats, striking out once.
The BlueClaws used four pitchers Saturday. Nick Hanson got the start for Lakewood and struck out nine batters in 5 2/3 innings of work. But Hanson also gave up four earned runs. Felix Santos (1-1) was dealt the loss.