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Phillies Minor League Report: Josh Fields extends multi-hit streak during Lehigh Valley win

Here's a rundown on how the Phillies' minor league teams fared on Friday, May 24:

Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A

The IronPigs extended their winning streak to four games Friday night with a 4-0 win over the Norfolk Tides at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown.

The IronPigs shut out their opponent for only the second time this season. On Friday, four pitchers took the mound for the IronPigs and contributed to the shutout.

Starter Raul Valdes pitched 4 2/3 innings with five strikeouts and five hits. Valdes has yet to give up a run with the IronPigs this season as his scoreless innings streak increased to 20 2/3.

After Valdes left the game, Cesar Jiminez (1-1) came in and pitched three scoreless innings of his own, picking up the victory in the process.

Jake Diekman picked up his sixth save of the season as he struck out two batters during his time on the mound.

Phillippe Aumont, who was recently sent down by the Phillies, also saw action Friday, but only threw a third of an inning, He walked two batters and struck out another.

The IronPigs only recorded six hits between four batters, but it proved to be enough for the win. Leading the way was first baseman Josh Fields (2-for-4) who recorded his fourth consecutive multi-hit game. He also drove in a run.

On the season, Fields is second on the team in batting average, hitting .315. Second baseman Cesar Hernandez leads the team at .316. Like Fields, Hernandez also went 2-for-4 from the plate Friday night.

Right fielder Leandro Castro (1-for-4) drove in a team-high two runs. Third baseman Cody Asche was the only other IronPig to record a hit.

The IronPigs also had a big night on the base pass as they stole five bases, tying a franchise record. The IronPigs haven't stole five bases in a game since June 22, 2011.

Lehigh Valley will look to extend its win streak five games during game three of its four-game series against Norfolk at 6:35 p.m. Saturday. Left-hander Tom Cochran (0-2, 6.75 ERA) will get the start for Lehigh Valley.

Reading Fightin Phils – Double A

The Fightin Phils' three-game winning streak abruptly ended Friday night at the hands of the Harrisburg Senators, 9-2, at Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg.

The loss was Reading's fourth in a row to Harrisburg. The last time the Fightin Phils defeated the Senators was back on April 24 when they completed a three-game sweep of the Senators, 6-5.

On Friday, The Fightin Phils were only able to record a mere four hits. Three of those four hits came from right fielder Zach Collier (3-for-4). The other came from catcher Sebastian Valle (1-for-3).

One of Collier's hits went over the fence for his fourth homer of the season during the fifth inning. Reading's only other run came in the seventh.

Reading as a team went 4-for-31 on the night. Shortstop Edgar Duran had the roughest night as he was struck out in all four of his at-bats.

The Harrisburg bats were on the complete opposite end of the spectrum as the team registered 10 hits — all of which came off Reading starter Austin Wright.

Wright gave up nine earned runs, three home runs and struck out only two batters in 3 1/3. Wright (0-3) was given the loss.

Tyler Kniggle and Jay Johnson came in for relief and didn't give up any hits, but did walk three batters between the two of them.

The damage was already done, however, as Harrisburg scored at least one run in each of the first four runs and none from the fifth on.

Harrisburg starter Robert Gilliam (1-0) picked up his first win of the season after throwing five innings and striking out seven batters. Brian Rauh completed a four-inning save, which was his first of the season.

The Fightin Phils will look to bounce back at 7 p.m. Saturday when they play the Senators in the second game of their four-game set. Right-hander Seth Rosin (2-3, 3.68 ERA) is slated to start for Reading.

Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced

The Threshers fell to the Brevard County Manatees, 5-4, Friday night at Space Coast Stadium in Melbourne, Fla.

The Threshers have now lost six out of the last eight games.

During Friday night's loss, the Threshers were held scoreless through the first four innings. They trailed 2-0 heading into the fifth when catcher Logan Moore finally got them on the board with a solo homer, his second of the season.

The Threshers scored one run in both the sixth and seventh innings to take the lead, 3-2. The Threshers' lead was short-lived, however, as the Manatees plated three runs in the bottom half of the seventh to take back the lead, 5-3.

Clearwater cut the deficit to one run in the top of the eighth, but was unable to do anymore damage and fell once again.

First baseman Chris Serritella (2-for-3) and left fielder Aaron Altherr (2-for-5) each recorded multiple hits on the night.

Moore, Altherr, designated hitter Cameron Perkins and shortstop Jonathan Roof all drove in runs for the Threshers. Right fielder Kelly Dugan followed a stellar four-hit performance Thursday by going 0-for-4 Friday.

Starting pitcher Hoby Milner gave up only two earned runs in six innings of work, but struggled with his location as he walked five batters and gave up a home run. Chris Nichols (0-1) was dealt the loss after giving up four hits in one inning of work.

The Threshers will play the second game of their three-game set against the Manatees at 6:35 p.m. Saturday. Left-hander Mario Hollands (2-0, 2.45 ERA) will take the mound for Clearwater.

Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A

For the second night in a row, the BlueClaws could only muster two runs against the pitching of the West Virginia Power.

The major problem for the BlueClaws is that poor pitching and seven errors contributing to them giving up 11 runs to the Power, which resulted in their third loss in a row, 11-2, at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W. Va.

The BlueClaws actually led, 1-0, heading into the third inning, but five runs in the bottom half of the third gave the Power a 5-1 lead.

Three more runs in the fourth inning increased the Power's advantage to 8-1.

The BlueClaws marginally cut into the deficit during the fifth inning with one run. But three more runs from the Power put the final touches on an ugly loss for Lakewood.

The BlueClaws pitching gave up 12 hits, but only three of the 11 runs the given up were earned.

Starter Nick Hanson (1-1) was dealt the loss after giving up nine hits in 3 2/3 innings.

The Lakewood offense recorded six hits overall with first baseman Art Charles and right fielder Brian Pointer each driving in runs. Shortstop Roman Quinn had a good day at the plate going 2-for-3, including a triple.

The BlueClaws play the third game of their four-game set against the Power at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. Right-hander Jonathan Musser (1-0, 0.00 ERA) takes the hill for Lakewood.