Here’s a rundown on how the Phillies’ minor league teams fared on Sunday, May 18:
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A
The IronPigs lost to the Buffalo Bisons, 7-1, at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, N.Y.
Right-handed starter David Buchanan (5-1, 3.98 ERA) was rocked and suffered his first loss of the season. He allowed four runs on five hits and a walk in just one inning of work.
The offense could only muster four singles in the loss from center fielder Tyson Gillies (1-for-4 with two strikeouts), shortstop Andres Blanco (1-for-4 with an RBI and a strikeout), catcher Cameron Rupp (1-for-4 with two strikeouts) and right fielder Leandro Castro (1-for-3).
The IronPigs fell to 23-20 on the season. Righty Barry Enright (1-2, 3,97 ERA) gets the ball as the series continues Monday.
Reading Fightin Phils – Double A
The Fightin Phils held on to beat the Bowie Baysox, 4-3, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading, Pa.
A four-run fourth supplied all the Fightin Phils' runs in the win. Left fielder Zach Collier singled, second baseman Albert Cartwright reached on an error and first baseman Brock Stassi drew a walk to load the bases with no outs. Right fielder Cam Perkins cleared the bases with a three-run double. Center fielder Aaron Altherr capped the inning off with a double play that scored Perkins.
Left-handed starter Hoby Milner (3-2, 4.03 ERA) earned the win for Reading. He gave up an unearned run on five hits and four walks while striking out two in five-plus innings.
Righty Nefi Ogando struck out two in the ninth to notch his fourth save.
The Fightin Phils improved to 21-18. Reading will host the New Hampshire Fisher Cats for a five-game series that begins Monday with a doubleheader. Lefty Ryan Demmin (0-0, 13-50 ERA) and righty Perci Garner (3-2, 3.43 ERA) are scheduled to start.
Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced
The Threshers fell to the Charlotte Stone Crabs, 6-2, at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla.
The offense was held to six hits. Second baseman Angelo Mora's RBI single in the second and catcher Logan Moore's RBI double in the seventh provided the runs.
Right-handed starter Brody Colvin pitched two scoreless innings, but needed to be removed from the game.
Righty Kevin Walter (0-2, 5.75 ERA) took the loss as he allowed four runs (one earned) on a hit and three walks over 3 1/3 innings.
The Threshers' record sunk to 9-31. Clearwater will look for a series split on Monday. Righty Jon Prosinski (0-4, 5.49 ERA) will take the hill in the finale.
Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A
The BlueClaws pounded the Rome Braves, 8-3, at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood Township, N.J.
Right-handed starter Ranfi Casimiro (2-4, 6.14 ERA) allowed a run in the first inning, but the offense unleashed 15 hits to give him the win. Casimiro was charged with a run on two hits and three walks while striking out eight in six innings.
Second baseman Andrew Pullin crushed his fourth home run of the season in the win. He finished 2-for-5 with that homer, a double, two runs scored and three RBI.
Designated hitter Willians Astudillo (1-for-4 with two RBI) and third baseman Mitch Walding (3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and two strikeouts) also starred at the plate for the BlueClaws.
The loss dropped the BlueClaws to 16-25. Lakewood will hand the ball to righty Tyler Viza (2-3, 3.73 ERA) when the series continues Monday.