Phillies Minor League Report: Cody Asche, Darin Ruf lead IronPigs' win
Here's a look at how the Phillies' minor league affiliates fared on Monday, June 24.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A
Ethan Martin delivered six strong innings as Lehigh Valley secured a series split at Columbus with a 9-2 win.
Martin gave up just one run on three hits and struck out eight Clippers. Pete Orr drove in two runs, with a fifth-inning double and an eighth-inning sacrifice fly. Cody Asche and Darin Ruf scored two runs each.
The IronPigs begin a nine-game homestand Tuesday when they open a series against the Durham Bulls. Raul Valdes will be on the mound.
Reading Fightin' Phils – Double A
Brody Colvin got stuck in an early hole and didn't get enough run support to recover as Reading lost at New Hampshire, 6-3.
After getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning, Colvin gave up a solo home run to Ryan Schimpf in the second. Tyson Gillies tied the game after hitting a triple in the third, but the Fisher Cats scored twice in the bottom of the inning to regain the lead. Brian Van Kirk then homered in the fourth inning to extend the lead to 4-1.
A fifth-inning home run by Zach Collier and some smart base running by Maikel Franco after a double cut the deficit to 4-3. But Van Kirk delivered again in the sixth, hitting a triple that drove in Schimpf. Van Kirk scored two batters later to put the game out of reach.
Red-hot Jesse Biddle will take the mound Tuesday night in the second game of the series.
Clearwater Threshers – Single A advanced
Aaron Altherr delivered a strong performance with two hits and two RBI, but that was just about all Clearwater got in a 11-3 blowout loss to Tampa.
Threshers starter Hoby Milner gave up seven runs on eight hits in just three innings. Six Yankees players had at least two hits in the game. Dan Fiorito delivered three hits, while Gary Sanchez scored three times and drove in three runs.
Center fielder Kelly Duggan, the Phillies' second-round draft pick in 2009, struck out four times in five at-bats.
Lakewood Blue Claws – Single A
Shane Watson struck out five batters in five innings and Alejandro Villalobos hit a tiebreaking double in the top of the ninth inning to give Lakewood a 3-2 win at Delmarva. Larry Greene, the Phillies' top draft pick in 2011, scored the winning run off Villalobos' double.
Roman Quinn scored the game's first run in the first inning. He was hit by a pitch and was later driven in by Willie Carmona. Quinn was removed from the game after that, and Gustavo Gonzalez played shortstop for the rest of the night.
Lakewood's next home game is Thursday, with the Phillie Phanatic set to pay a visit.