Here's a rundown on how the Phillies' minor league teams fared on Friday, May 17:
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A
The IronPigs avoided the four-game sweep from the Norfolk Tides by way of a 8-7 win at Harbor Park in Norfolk, Va.
The win also snapped a four-game losing streak for Lehigh Valley and marked the end of its eight-game road trip, which it finished 3-5.
Lehigh Valley was in control the majority of the game, holding an 8-2 lead heading into the bottom half of the eighth inning.
The six-run lead soon dwindled down to one after a five-run inning from the Tides.
Michael Stutes shut the door on the Tides, however, to secure his second save of the season and much-needed victory for the IronPigs.
The IronPigs started off the scoring in the first inning as it manufactured a run without recording a hit. With runners on the corners, first baseman Darin Ruf struck out as third baseman Cody Asche attempted to steal second base.
Asche soon found himself in the middle of a rundown, but held off long enough to allow second baseman Cesar Hernandez to cross the plate from third.
After Norfolk tied the game in the second inning, the IronPigs reclaimed the lead with an RBI triple from center fielder Jermaine Mitchell and a Norfolk error that resulted in a runner crossing the plate.
Lehigh Valley increased its advantage in the fourth when shortstop Pete Orr hit a three-run homer to make the score 6-1. Norfolk managed to score a run in the bottom half of the inning to cut the IronPigs' lead to 6-2.
The next two runs came by virtue of Asche's bat. In the fifth, Asche lead off the inning with a solo homer, his fourth of the season. After a scoreless seventh, Asche struck again, this time with an RBI single that brought Hernandez across the plate.
Norfolk attempted to rally and complete the sweep, but it proved to be too little, too late.
Asche, Hernandez and Orr all went 2-for-4 on the night with Asche and Orr each going yard. Ruf had a bit of tougher day, going hitless in four at-bats. He struck out twice.
Ethan Martin (4-2) picked up the win for the IronPigs after pitching seven solid innings. Martin allowed only two earned runs, struck out six batters and gave up eight hits.
The IronPigs will be back in action Saturday when they open up a four-game set against the Rochester Red Wings at 6:35 p.m. at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown. Lehigh Valley's starter has yet to be announced.
Reading Fightin Phils – Double A
The Fightin Phils' late-inning rally fell short Friday as they lost to the Harrisburg Senators, 7-4.
Since sweeping the Senators back on April 22-24, Reading is a mere 4-16.
Reading trailed 7-3 heading into the bottom of the ninth when singles from center fielder Zach Collier, third baseman Tommy Mendonca and pinch-hitter John Suomi loaded the bases.
Center fielder Tyson Gillies hit a two-out base hit that brought in a run. Mendonca, however, tried to cut further into the deficit, but was tagged out at home plate to end the game.
The game was scoreless through the first three innings before the Senators finally got the scoring going in a big way with a five-run fourth.
The Fightin Phils plated a run of their own in the fourth thanks to a sacrifice fly from first baseman Jim Murphy that scored second baseman Albert Cartwright. The RBI was Murphy's 29th of the season.
Trailing 5-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth, Reading cut into the deficit a little more after RBI hits from Gillies and shortstop Edgar Duran that made the score 5-3.
That score remained until the top half of the ninth inning when Harrisburg tacked two more runs.
Cartwright led Reading in the hitting department, finishing 3-for-4 on the night. Gillies went 2-for-5 and drove in two runs.
Starter Greg Smith (1-2) was hit with the loss, despite pitching three scoreless innings. Before leaving, Smith went six innings with only one strike out, but gave up only one earned run.
Reading will continue its three-game series against Harrisburg at 6:35 p.m. Saturday at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading.
David Buchanan (1-4, 5.87 ERA) will get the start for the Fightin Phils.
Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced
The Threshers' brief two-game winning streak was snapped due to a 13-inning loss to the Tampa Yankees at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla.
A walk-off single from Dan Fiorito gave the Yankees only their second win of the season over the Threshers in seven tries.
The Threshers are now only 1-4 in extra-inning contests this season.
Tampa started the scoring in the bottom half of the first, bringing one run across the plate.
The score remained 1-0 until the top of the sixth when Clearwater finally got on the board.
Left fielder Aaron Altherr hit a double off the left field wall that brought home second baseman Carlos Alonso to make it a 1-1 tie.
Tampa regained the lead in the seventh by scoring a run and making 2-1. The Threshers answered in the eighth inning when Alonso came across the plate after third baseman Maikel Franco hit into a no-out double play, tying the game at 2-2.
The score stayed 2-2 until the 10th inning when the Threshers took their first lead of the game at 3-2 when Altherr hit a sacrifice fly to center field that brought home center fielder Kyrell Hudson.
The lead was short-lived, however, as Tampa knotted it up again in the bottom half of the 10th. That score held until the bottom of the 13th when Tampa finally ended the game.
Hudson and Altherr were the only Threshers to record multiple hits during the with Hudson going 3-for-5 and Altherr going 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
The Threshers used four pitchers Friday with Luis Paulino (1-4) being tagged with the loss.
Starting pitcher Nick Hernandez went six strong innings with eight strikeouts and only allowing three hits and one earned run.
The Threshers play the second game of their three-game series with Tampa at 8 p.m. Saturday. The starting pitcher has yet to be announced.
Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A
The BlueClaws continued its domination of the Greensboro Grasshoppers Friday night with a 6-3 win at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood Township, N.J.
The BlueCkaws have now won three in a row and eight out of their last 10 overall. Lakewood also owns a five-game winning streak over the Grasshoppers.
The BlueClaws trailed, 2-1, heading into the bottom half of the fourth when designated hitter Willie Carmona put them in front for good with a two-run homer to right field, making the score 3-2. Carmona's homer was his first of the season.
Lakewood added three more runs in the bottom of the sixth when third baseman Mitch Walding scored via a Greensboro error. Catcher Chace Numata put two more runs on the board thanks to an RBI single.
That proved to be all the runs the BlueClaws needed as the Grasshoppers could only muster one more run, which came in the ninth inning.
Walding was the only BlueClaw to record multiple hits on the night, finishing 2-for-4. Carmona led Lakewood with two RBIs.
First baseman Art Charles only had one official at-bat, which he turned into a double. But he drew three walks during the win and came across the plate once.
Shortstop Roman Quinn didn't have a great outing, going 1-for-5 and striking out once.
Yoel Mecias (2-2) picked up the victory for Lakewood after giving up one earned run and striking out five batters in five innings of work.
The BlueClaws will look to make six in a row over Greensboro Saturday, as they play game three of the four-game set at 4:05 p.m.