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Phillies Minor League Report: Maikel Franco's three RBI lift IronPigs to victory

Phillies prospect Maikel Franco. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Phillies prospect Maikel Franco. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Here’s a rundown on how the Phillies’ minor league teams fared on Tuesday, May 13:

Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A

The IronPigs doubled up the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, 8-4, at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa.

Lehigh Valley fell behind after allowing a run in the first inning, but surged ahead to win comfortably.

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  • Right-handed starter David Buchanan (5-0, 3.18 ERA) was charged with two runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out six in five innings for the victory.

    First baseman Maikel Franco powered the offense with two run-scoring doubles. He finished 2-for-5 with a run scored, three RBI and a strikeout to raise his average to .241.

    Relievers Ethan Martin, Ken Giles and Cesar Jimenez all retired the side in order in their inning of work.

    The win lifted the IronPigs to 20-18 on the season. Lehigh Valley will look to continue its winning ways when lefty Greg Smith (3-0, 3.19 ERA) takes the mound as the series continues Wednesday.

    Reading Fightin Phils – Double A

    The Fightin Phils edged the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 3-2, at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, N.H.

    Right-handed starter Perci Garner allowed a run in the second inning to put Reading in an early hole, but still had a strong outing. He was charged with two runs on three hits and six walks while striking out six in 6 1/3 innings. Garner also served up a home run ball, a wild pitch and a hit batsman in the game.

    Reading made the most of its four hits in the game.

    The Fightin Phils took the lead in the fifth with a two-out rally. Shortstop Edgar Duran drew a walk and scored on third baseman Carlos Alonso's double to tie the game. Second baseman Albert Cartwright followed that up with an RBI single for the lead.

    With the game tied at two apiece in the eighth, Alonso blasted a solo home run that served as the game-winner. It was his second homer of the season.

    Alonso finished 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, two RBI and two runs scored.

    Righty Nefi Ogando struck out one in a perfect inning to notch his second save.

    The Fightin Phils climbed a game above .500 at 18-17 on the season. Southpaw Jesse Biddle (3-4, 3.63 ERA) gets the ball as Reading looks for a series sweep in the finale on Wednesday.

    Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced

    The Threshers fell to the Jupiter Hammerheads, 6-5, in 11 innings at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.

    Despite leads of 4-0 and 5-1, the Threshers still found a way to lose.

    Part of the blame fell on right-handed starter Brody Colvin, who surrendered three runs on four hits and four walks in 3 2/3 innings.

    Closer Jordan Guth couldn't hold a one-run lead in the ninth to suffer his first blown save.

    Second baseman Angelo Mora (1-for-5 with two RBI, a walk and a strikeout) and designated hitter Andrew Knapp (2-for-5 with a run scored, two RBI and two strikeouts) drove in multiple runs for Clearwater.

    The Threshers fell to 8-27. The series continues Wednesday as righty Jon Prosinski (0-3, 5.88 ERA) takes his turn in the rotation.

    Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A

    The BlueClaws lost in walk-off fashion to the Delmarva Shorebirds, 2-1, at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Md.

    Right-handed starter Ranfi Casimiro delivered six strong innings. A solo home run in the third was the only blemish for Casimiro. He allowed five hits and struck out two.

    Lakewood could only muster a run on four hits in the loss.

    In the sixth, first baseman Willians Astudillo doubled and scored on right fielder Dylan Cozens' single for the BlueClaws' lone run.

    Cozens accounted for half of his team's hits, going 2-for-4 with a strikeout.

    Righty Julio Reyes (0-2, 5.59 ERA) pitched to two batters in the ninth and allowed two hits that led to the game-winning run.

    The loss dropped the BlueClaws to 13-23. Lakewood will now travel for a three-game series with the Hagerstown Suns. Righty Tyler Viza (2-2, 3.71 ERA) is slated to start the opener on Wednesday.

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