Phillies Minor League Report: BlueClaws' 17 hits not enough in loss in extra innings
Here’s a rundown on how the Phillies’ minor league teams fared on Monday, April 7:
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A
The opening game of a three-game series between the IronPigs (2-2) and the Buffalo Bisons (2-0) was postponed due to rain and will be made up with a doubleheader on Wednesday.
Southpaw Greg Smith, who was scheduled to start on Monday, will now make his first start of the season on Tuesday.
Reading Fightin Phils – Double A
The Fightin Phils' game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (2-2) was also postponed due to rain and will made up as part of a doubleheader on May 19.
The teams will try to begin the series on Tuesday. Reading (2-2) has not announced a starting pitcher yet.
Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced
The Threshers (1-3) were idle on Monday. Righty Colin Kleven (0-1, 13.50 ERA) gets the start as Clearwater hosts the Tampa Yankees (1-3) on Tuesday.
Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A
The BlueClaws blew multiple leads and fell to the Greensboro Grasshoppers, 10-9, in 11 innings at NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro, N.C.
Lakewood had a 2-0 lead in the fifth, a 7-4 lead in the sixth, a 8-5 lead in the ninth and a 9-8 lead in the 11th, but still found a way to lose the game.
The BlueClaws offense pounded 17 hits, highlighted by shortstop J.P Crawford (4-for-6 with a solo home run in the 11th inning, a double, an RBI and four runs scored), right fielder Dylan Cozens (4-for-6 with a double, three RBI, a run scored and a strikeout) and designated hitter Samuel Hiciano (2-for-5 with a double, a run scored and a strikeout).
Right-handed starter Ranfi Casimiro allowed four runs on four hits, two walks and a wild pitch while striking out three over 4 2/3 innings for Lakewood.
Leading 8-5 in the ninth, the Threshers handed the ball to lefty Cody Forsythe to secure the win. Forsythe surrendered three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk to blow the save.
After Crawford's go-ahead home run in the 11th, Tyler Buckley also couldn't close out the win and gave up two runs, the last on a walk-off walk, to lose the game.
The BlueClaws fell to 1-3 on the season. Righthander Shane Martin makes his Lakewood debut on Tuesday when the series continues.