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Phillies Minor League Report: Tyler Henson knocks in seven in IronPigs' victory


Here’s a rundown on how the Phillies’ minor league teams fared on Sunday, May 4:

Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A

The IronPigs powered past the Gwinnett Braves, 11-7, to complete a four-game sweep at Coolray Field in Gwinnett, Ga.

Left-handed starter Greg Smith (3-0, 2.27 ERA) put his team in an early 2-0 hole, but the offense was able to hand him the victory. Smith allowed three runs on 10 hits and four walks over seven innings. He struck out three.

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  • The IronPigs blasted four home runs in the win. Left fielder Tyler Henson hit two, including a grand slam, while catcher Koyle Hill and first baseman Jim Murphy had one.

    Henson (4-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and seven RBI) and Murphy (2-for-4 with a run scored, a walk and three RBI) had the only multi-hit and multi-RBI games.

    The win lifted the IronPigs over .500 at 15-14 on the season. Next up for Lehigh Valley is a four-game series with the Charlotte Knights on the road. Righty Barry Enright (0-2, 5.16 ERA) is scheduled to start the opener.

    Reading Fightin Phils – Double A

    The Fightin Phils routed the Harrisburg, 15-2, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading, Pa.

    The offense recorded 18 hits and drew three walks in the win. Five Reading hitters knocked in multiple runs: Third baseman Cesar Hernandez (2-for-5 with a run scored, a walk, two RBI and two strikeouts), first baseman Cam Perkins (2-for-6 with a run scored and two RBI), left fielder Aaron Altherr (2-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI), catcher Tommy Joseph (4-for-5 with a home run, a triple, two runs scored, three RBI and a strikeout) and shortstop Edgar Duran (3-for-5 with a triple, a double, two runs scored and three RBI).

    Left-handed starter Jesse Biddle (3-3, 3.43 ERA) delivered seven strong innings and picked up the win. He gave up two runs on three hits and three walks while striking out six. Biddle was also tagged for a solo home run.

    The Fightin Phils improved to 14-12. Reading will now host the Portland Sea Dogs for a three-game set. Righty Mike Nesseth (0-1, 7.88 ERA) is slated to start the opener on Monday.

    Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced

    The Threshers were beat by the Brevard County Manatees, 11-5, at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fla.

    Right-handed starter Miguel Nunez (1-3, 6.89 ERA) struggled and suffered the loss. He surrendered eight runs on nine hits and a walk over 4 2/3 innings. He served up three home runs.

    The Threshers could only muster six hits in the loss, highlighted by first baseman Art Charles (1-for-3 with a run scored, two RBI and a strikeout) and designated hitter Gabriel Lino (1-for-4 with a double, two RBI and two strikeouts).

    The loss dropped the Threshers' record to 5-22. The series continues Monday as Clearwater turns to southpaw Ethan Stewart (1-2, 3.18 ERA).

    Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A

    The BlueClaws won a wild game against the Asheville Tourists, 14-11, at McCormick Field in Asheville, N.C.

    Every player who appeared in the game recorded a hit. Only two players failed to score.

    Five BlueClaws hitters hit a home run in the win: shortstop J.P. Crawford (4-for-5 with two runs scored, an RBI and a walk), right fielder Dylan Cozens (3-for-4 with a run scored, three RBI, a walk and a strikeout), first baseman Willians Astudillo (3-for-6 with two doubles, three runs scored and two RBI), second baseman Andrew Pullin (3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI) and left fielder Samuel Hiciano (2-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and three RBI).

    Right-handed starter Alejandro Arteaga (3-3, 7.94 ERA) earned the win, giving up six runs on seven hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings.

    The BlueClaws are now 12-17 on the season. Righty Mark Leiter (3-2, 3.62 ERA) takes the hill for Lakewood in the finale on Monday.

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