Here's a rundown on how the Phillies' minor league teams fared on Tuesday, May 14:
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A
The IronPigs were out-slugged by the Norfolk Tides, 12-7, at Harbor Park in Norfolk.
Lehigh Valley's offense was firing on all cylinders in the first seven innings, scoring seven runs to take a 7-5 lead.
Shortstop Michael Martinez hit an RBI single in the second inning to give the IronPigs a 2-1 lead.
Trailing 5-3 in the top of the fifth inning, the IronPigs scored three runs to take the lead. Left fielder Darin Ruf singled home second baseman Cesar Hernandez to tie the game. Ruf later scored on first baseman Josh Fields' RBI groundout.
The offense overcame a rough outing by left-handed starter Tom Cochran and had a chance to win the game with the backend of the bullpen.
However, disaster struck in the eighth inning. Joe Savery and Jake Diekman combined to give up seven runs on five hits and three walks. Both allowed a home run. Savery (3-1, 3.00 ERA) took the loss.
The IronPigs fell to 16-22 on the season and will continue a four-game series with the Tides on Wednesday.
Reading Fightin Phils – Double A
The Fightin Phils' game against the Erie Seawolves was postponed due to rain on Tuesday.
The teams will play a doubleheader Wednesday, beginning at 11:05 a.m. to make up the game.
Reading is currently 14-22 on the season and in last place in the Eastern Division of the Eastern League.
Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced
The Threshers let a big lead slip away and fell to the Bradenton Marauders, 8-7, at Bright House Field in Clearwater.
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Clearwater jumped out to a a three-run lead after the first inning by scoring four runs. Right fielder Kelly Dugan (3-for-5) hit a two-run home run.
The Threshers tacked on more runs to the lead in the second inning, thanks to a two-out, two-run single by left fielder Cameron Perkins.
A 7-1 lead after three innings of play wasn't enough for the Threshers.
The Marauders used a five-run fourth inning to get back into the ballgame off Threshers starter Perci Garner, who allowed six runs (one earned) on seven hits and four walks over 5 2/3 innings.
Reliever Luis Garcia was tagged for the loss after allowing the game-winning home run in the ninth inning.
The Threshers (19-18) continue a four-game series with the Marauders on Wednesday.
Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A
The BlueClaws fell to the Delmarva Shorebirds, 7-6, in 12 innings at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood Township.
Lakewood starting pitcher Lino Martinez was chased from the game in the second inning after allowing five runs on four hits (two home runs) and three walks.
The BlueClaws offense was able to get back into the game with a four-run third inning to tie the game at 5-5. Brian Pointer hit a bases-clearing double and later scored on a Willie Carmona single that tied the game.
Lakewood found themselves down 6-5 in the bottom of the ninth inning, but were able to scrape together three singles to send the game into extra innings. Roman Quinn had the clutch RBI hit with the team down to their last out.
The Shorebirds were able to manufacture a run in the 12th inning off Delvi Francisco to win the game.
The BlueClaws fell to 14-23 and finish a three-game series against Delmarva Wednesday.