Phillies Minor League Report: Mark Leiter Jr. wins Lakewood debut
Here's how the Phillies' minor-league teams fared on Monday, August 19:
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A
The IronPigs cruised to a 8-2 win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa.
Right-handed starter Perci Garner (1-0, 3.18 ERA) earned the win in his triple-A debut. He surrendered two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out seven over 5 2/3 innings.
Second baseman Pete Orr (3-for-5 with a double and an RBI) and center fielder Cesar Hernandez (2-for-2 with a triple and a walk) scored thrice in the win.
Right fielder Steve Susdorf (1-for-4 with a strikeout), third baseman Tyler Henson (2-for-2 with a double) and left fielder Leandro Castro (2-for-4 with a double) knocked in two runs each.
The IronPigs improved to 67-63. The series will conclude Tuesday. Lehigh Valley has not announced a starter.
Reading Fightin Phils – Double A
The Fightin Phils split a doubleheader with the Altoona Curve at Peoples Natural Gas Field in Altoona, Pa.
Reading rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win the first game, 4-2.
The offense let right-handed starter Brody Colvin off the hook. Colvin allowed two runs on four hits and a walk over 2 1/3 innings.
First baseman Jim Murphy delivered RBI singles in both the third and fifth innings to tie the game.
In the last inning, left fielder Kelly Dugan knocked in third baseman Maikel Franco with a single for the lead. Catcher Sebastian Valle added an RBI groundout to score Murphy in the inning.
Right-handed reliever Kyle Simon picked up the victory for his two perfect innings of work.
In the second game, The Fightin Phils fell, 3-2.
Right-handed starter Juan Sosa (3-4, 6.25 ERA) allowed a run in each of the first three innings and suffered the loss. He allowed three runs on three hits and a walk over four innings.
Franco (1-for-3) blasted his 10th home run, a solo shot, in the sixth.
The Fightin Phils are now 53-74 after the doubleheader. Southpaw Ryan Demmin will make his Reading debut when the series continues Tuesday.
Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced
The Threshers (62-60) were idle Monday.
Clearwater will look to extend a five-game winning streak against the Tampa Yankees Tuesday in the opening game of a three-game series. The pitching matchup is yet to be determined.
Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A
The BlueClaws took both ends of a doubleheader against the Delmarva Shorebirds at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Md.
A six-run fifth inning lifted Lakewood to a 7-4 victory in the first game.
Designated hitter Willie Carmona and first baseman Art Charles sparked the big inning with back-to-back RBI doubles. Second baseman Angelo Mora's two-run single, right fielder Zack Taylor's RBI triple and center fielder Brian Pointer's RBI single gave the BlueClaws the huge lead.
Right-handed starter Miguel Nunez (10-8, 4.39) pushed his win total into double digits. He gave up two runs on five hits while striking out seven over five innings.
In the second game, the BlueClaws blanked the Shorebirds, 5-0.
Right-handed starter Mark Leiter Jr. pitched five scoreless innings in his Lakewood debut for the win. The Phillies' 22nd pick in the 2013 Draft allowed two hits and a walk while punching out four batters.
Charles and left fielder Larry Greene would both double and score in the fourth for the lead.
In the seventh and last inning, Mora, shortstop J.P. Crawford and Charles all recorded RBI singles for insurance.
The wins lifted the BlueClaws to 49-75. Lakewood is scheduled to start a three-game set against the Hagerstown Suns on Tuesday with two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay making a rehab start.
Williamsport Crosscutters - Class A-Short Season
A day after posting the franchise's third no-hitter, the Crosscutters topped the Mahoning Scrappers, 4-2, to complete a two-game sweep at Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pa.
The Crosscutters pitching staff allowed only three hits in the game.
Right-handed starter Julio Reyes didn't factor in the decision after allowing one run on two hits and three walks over four innings.
Williamsport scored a run in the third and fourth innings to take a 2-1 lead. Right fielder Dylan Cozens was up with the bases loaded with two outs when he was plunked to tie the game. Second baseman Andrew Pullin would notch a two-out RBI double to score center fielder Gustavo Martinez, who reached on a leadoff single, to take the lead.
The Scrappers would tie the game in the fifth and it would remain that way until the bottom of the eighth.
Third baseman Zach Green led off the eighth by reaching on a hit by pitch and would score on a throwing error. Martinez would later add an insurance run with an RBI single to score Cozens for a 4-2 lead.
Righty Felix Santos pitched two perfect innings and picked up the win.
Designated hitter Justin Parr and Martinez both went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Martinez also had an RBI and a stolen base.
The Crosscutters evened their record to 29-29. Williamsport will give the ball to righty Shane Martin (3-3, 3.66 ERA) Tuesday when a three-game series with the State College Spikes begins.