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Phillies Minor League Report: Ronny Cedeno helps IronPigs complete rally

The Phillies´ Ronny Cedeno. (Kathy Willens/AP)
The Phillies' Ronny Cedeno. (Kathy Willens/AP)

Here’s a rundown on how the Phillies’ minor league teams fared on Sunday, May 11:

Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A

The IronPigs used a four-run eighth inning to rally past the Gwinnett Braves, 5-2, at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa.

Right-handed starter Sean O'Sullivan provided a strong seven innings in the win, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks. However, he did not factor in the decision.

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  • The IronPigs scored in only two innings, but it was good enough for the victory.

    In the first, center fielder Tyson Gillies hit a leadoff single and scored on third baseman Maikel Franco's RBI single for an early 1-0 lead.

    Trailing 2-1 in the eighth, Lehigh Valley batted around to take the lead. Franco started the frame with a single and eventually came around to tie the game on right fielder Steve Susdorf's RBI single. The game-winning hit was provided by second baseman Ronny Cedeno as he stepped to the plate with one out and the bases loaded. Cedeno delivered a bases-clearing double to secure the win.

    Gillies (2-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base, a run scored and a strikeout), Franco (2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI), Susdorf (2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI) and Cedeno (2-for-4 with a double and three RBI) had multi-hit games.

    The IronPigs went back to .500 at 18-18 on the season with the win. Righty Jonathan Pettibone (2-0, 3.38 ERA) is slated to start as Lehigh Valley looks for a series split in the finale on Monday.

    Reading Fightin Phils – Double A

    The Fightin Phils were crushed by the Trenton Thunder, 15-0, at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, N.J.

    Right-handed starter Severino Gonzalez (3-3, 5.73 ERA) was knocked around for 10 runs on 10 hits, including two home runs, in 3 2/3 innings to suffer the loss.

    Only four Reading hitters reached base and all did so twice in the game: third baseman Cesar Hernandez (2-for-4 with a double), right fielder Cam Perkins (1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout), first baseman Brock Stassi (1-for-3 with a walk) and second baseman Carlos Alonso (2-for-3 with a stolen base).

    The FIghtin Phils fell below .500 at 16-17. Reading will close out its road trip with a three-game set against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, beginning Monday. Southpaw Hoby Milner (1-2, 5.19 ERA) takes the ball for the opener.

    Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced

    The Threshers (8-25) were idle on Sunday. Clearwater will host the Jupiter Hammerheads for a four-game series, beginning Monday. Righty Colin Kleven (1-3, 6.12 ERA) will head to the mound in the opener.

    Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A

    The BlueClaws held on to beat the Delmarva Shorebirds, 6-5, at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Md.

    Lakewood used a balanced attack at the plate as eight starters posted a run scored or an RBI in the win. Four did both: shortstop J.P. Crawford (1-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base), catcher Willians Astudillo (2-for-4), left fielder Samuel Hiciano (1-for-4 with a double and a stolen base) and first baseman Wilmer Oberto (2-for-4 with a double and a strikeout).

    Right-handed starter Mark Leiter had a strong outing, but labored late and settled for a no-decision. He was charged with four runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out six over 5 2/3 innings.

    Left-handed closer Cody Forsythe (2.63 ERA) allowed a run in the ninth, but was able to notch his fifth save.

    The BlueClaws improved to 13-21 on the season. Lakewood will turn to righty Drew Anderson (1-2, 6.28 ERA) as the series continues Monday.

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