Here’s a rundown on how the Phillies’ minor league teams fared on Tuesday, May 20:
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A
The IronPigs edged the Buffalo Bisons, 3-2, to earn a series split at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, N.Y.
Scoring was hard to come by as both teams scored in only one inning.
The Bisons got things started with a two-run third off right-handed starter Barry Enright (2-2, 3.93 ERA). He earned the win after allowing two runs on five hits and three walks over five innings.
The IronPigs didn't waste any time and took the lead with a three-run fourth. Left fielder Darin Ruf drew a walk and designated hitter Steve Susdorf singled in front of first baseman Jim Murphy, who belted a three-run home run. It was Murphy's seventh jack of the season.
Ruf finished the game 2-for-3 with two doubles, a walk and a run scored.
Righty Ken Giles struck out two and walked two in two innings to earn his first save in triple-A.
The IronPigs improved to 24-21. Lehigh Valley has an off day Wednesday.
Reading Fightin Phils – Double A
The Fightin Phils came back to beat the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 4-3, in 12 innings at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading, Pa.
Left-handed starter Jesse Biddle (3-4, 3.18 ERA) put Reading in an early 2-0 hole by allowing a two-run home run in the second, but had a strong outing. He gave up two runs on eight hits an two walks while striking out three over six innings.
Catcher Sebastian Valle hit a solo home run in the bottom of the second to cut the lead in half.
The game would remain that way until the bottom the ninth when the Fightin Phils scored a run to send the game into extra innings. First baseman Brock Stassi singled and scored on an RBI groundout by Valle.
Trailing 3-2 in the 12th, Stassi came up to the plate with a runner on and crushed a two-run, walk-off home run to send the fans home happy. It was his fifth homer of the year.
Stassi finished 3-for-5 with that home run, two runs scored, two RBI, a walk and a strikeout.
The Fightin Phils went to 24-18 on the season. Riding a five-game win streak, Reading turns to righty Mike Nesseth (0-3, 7.78 ERA) when the series continues Wednesday.
Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced
The Threshers were crushed by the St. Lucie Mets, 10-3, to extend a losing streak to four games at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Right-handed starter Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez (0-1, 6.14 ERA) struggled and suffered the loss. He was charged with five runs (two earned) on four hits and five walks in 2 1/3 innings.
The offense had seven hits in the loss, but shortstop Roman Quinn (3-for-5 with a strikeout) and second baseman Angelo Mora (2-for-4 with two RBI and a strikeout) accounted for five of those hits.
The loss dropped the Threshers to 9-33. The series continues Wednesday as southpaw Ethan Stewart (2-3, 4.22 ERA) takes the hill for Clearwater.
Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A
The BlueClaws rallied past the Rome Braves, 6-4, on a walk-off home run by right fielder Dylan Cozens at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood Township, N.J.
Right-handed starter Julio Reyes threw five shutout innings, but didn't factor in the decision due to a bullpen collapse.
Righty Ulises Joaquin surrendered four runs on five hits in 2/3 innings.
Shortstop J.P. Crawford (3-for-5), designated hitter Willians Astudillo (3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI) and left fielder Jiandido Tromp (1-for-4 with a triple, two RBI and a strikeout) fueled the offense for the BlueClaws.
Tied at four apiece in the bottom of the ninth, Cozens delivered his walk-off home run to make a winner out of lefty Cody Forsythe (2-0, 2.25 ERA).
The win gave the BlueClaws a series split and lifted the team to 17-26. Lakewood is idle on Wednesday.
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