Phillies Minor League Report: Crosscutters record no-hitter, Jesse Biddle loses 13th game
Here's how the Phillies' minor-league teams fared on Sunday, August 18:
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A
The IronPigs were blanked by the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, 2-0, at PNC Field in Moosic, Pa.
The RailRiders hit a two-run walk-off home run off righty lefty Jay Johnson to get the win.
Lehigh Valley could only muster five hits in the game. Designated hitter Steve Susdorf (2-for-3) reached base three times with a double, a single and a walk.
Left-handed starter Tom Cochran pitched 5 2/3 shutout innings for a no-decision, surrendering five hits and four walks.
The IronPigs fell to 66-63. Righty Tyler Cloyd (5-9, 4.89 ERA) is slated to make the start for Lehigh Valley when the series continues Monday.
Reading Fightin Phils – Double A
The Fightin Phils couldn't avoid a three-game sweep and fell to the Akron Aeros, 4-1, at Canal Park in Akron, Ohio.
Reading gave left-handed starter Jesse Biddle an early lead in the second inning. Left fielder Kelly Dugan reached on a leadoff single and scored four batters later on second baseman Edgar Duran's sacrifice fly with the bases loaded and one out for a 1-0 lead.
Biddle (4-13, 3.76 ERA) was tagged for three runs on eight hits, including a home run, over six innings. He struck out seven and did not allow a walk in his 111-pitch start.
The offense couldn't get Biddle off the hook and recorded only six hits (all singles) in the contest.
The loss dropped the Fightin Phils to 52-73. Reading will look to snap a five-game losing streak as a four-game series with the Altoona Curve begins Monday with a doubleheader. Pitching matchups have not been announced yet.
Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced
The Threshers rallied past the Dunedin Blue Jays, 7-6, to complete a three-game sweep at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Fla.
Clearwater quickly surged out to a 3-0 lead. Right fielder Jiwan James led off the game with a double and scored on center fielder Aaron Altherr's RBI single. In the second inning, designated hitter Brock Stassi singled and shortstop Jonathan Roof tripled to lead off the frame for another run. Roof would later score on catcher Logan Moore's sacrifice fly.
The lead would be squandered as right-handed starter Nic Hanson was pounded for six runs on 11 hits over five innings.
Trailing 6-3 in the fourth, the Threshers were able to make it a one-run game. With two outs, third baseman Harold Martinez knocked an RBI double to plate Stassi and came around to score on Moore's RBI single.
The game would remain 6-5 until the ninth, but Clearwater created some last-inning magic. The Threshers loaded the bases with no outs to set up left fielder Peter Lavin's RBI single to tie the game, but pinch runner Jose Mojica was thrown out at home on the play. Altherr would follow with an RBI groundout for the go-ahead run.
Righty Colton Murray picked up the win, allowing only a walk in his two-inning appearance.
James, Lavin, Altherr, Stassi and Moore all had two hits apiece. Stassi and Martinez scored twice.
The Threshers improved to 62-60. Clearwater will take a five-game winning streak into an off day Monday.
Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A
The game between the BlueClaws (47-75) and the Delmarva Shorebirds was postponed due to rain on Sunday.
The teams will make up the game as part of a doubleheader on Monday. Righty Mark Leiter Jr. will make his debut in game one for Lakewood. A game two starter has not been determined yet.
Williamsport Crosscutters - Class A-Short Season
The Crosscutters recorded the third no-hitter in franchise history in a 8-0 win over the Mahoning Valley Scrappers at Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pa.
Right-handers Yacksel Rios, Mark Meadors and Manny Martinez combined to shut down the Scrappers.
Rios (4-2, 4.26 ERA) pitched the first five innings and picked up the win. He allowed three base runners, all on walks.
Meadors took over and added another three no-hit innings to the ledger. However, he allowed one base runner, who reached on a fielding error in the eighth inning.
Manny Martinez notched a perfect ninth to preserve the no-hitter.
The game was close throughout with the Crosscutters holding a 3-0 lead heading into the eighth. Williamsport pushed five runs across in the inning to put the game out of reach.
Left fielder Justin Parr (2-for-5 with a double), designated hitter Samuel Hiciano (2-for-3 with a double, a walk, an RBI, a run scored and a strikeout) and center fielder Gustavo Martinez (3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored) had multi-hit games.
Right fielder Dylan Cozens (1-for-3 with a triple, a walk, two runs scored and a strikeout) matched Gustavo Martinez with two runs scored.
The Crosscutters climbed to within a game of .500 at 28-29. Right-hander Julio Reyes (1-2, 3.86 ERA) will be tasked to continue Williamsport's hitless innings streak when the series continues Monday.