Phillies Minor League Report: Jim Murphy homers in IronPigs' victory
Here's a rundown on how the Phillies' minor league teams fared on Thursday, May 29:
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A
The IronPigs sprayed 12 hits to edge the Norfolk Tides, 4-3, at Harbor Park in Norfolk, Va.
The 2-3-4 hitters did their job to fuel the win. Right fielder Tyler Henson (2-for-4 with a run scored, an RBI and two strikeouts), third baseman Maikel Franco (2-for-4 with a triple, a double, a run scored, an RBI and a strikeout) and first baseman Jim Murphy (1-for-3 with a solo home run, two RBI and a strikeout) drove in all Lehigh Valley's runs.
Right-handed starter Chris Bootcheck (2-0, 0.75 ERA) had a stellar outing in the win. Bootcheck allowed a run, scattered two hits and walked one over seven innings.
Righty Ken Giles (2.31 ERA) survived a rocky ninth inning to pick up his fourth save. He gave up two runs on two hits and two walks.
The IronPigs won four games in the five-game series and are now 29-25. Lehigh Valley will travel for a four-game series with the Durham Bulls, beginning Friday. Southpaw Greg Smith (4-2, 3.74 ERA) is slated to start the opener.
Reading Fightin Phils – Double A
The Fightin Phils were rolled over by the Trenton Thunder, 12-2, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading, Pa.
Right-handed starter Perci Garner (4-3, 3.86 ERA) was hit hard early and often to take the loss. He was charged with six runs (five earned) on five hits and four walks in 2 1/3 innings.
Right fielder Cam Perkins (1-for-2 with a double and an RBI) recorded Reading's only RBI.
The Fightin Phils (29-22) dropped the series with the loss. Reading will go on the road for a three-game set with the Erie SeaWolves. Lefty Ryan Demmin (1-0, 2.38 ERA) takes the ball in the opener Friday.
Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced
The Threshers were held to two hits and shut out by the Fort Myers Miracle, 3-0, at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.
Right-handed starter Jeb Stefan (2-5, 4.62 ERA) was stuck with the loss after allowing an unearned run on two hits and two walks in six innings of work.
Shortstop Roman Quinn (1-for-4) and designated hitter Andrew Knapp (1-for-3) had the base knocks.
The loss dropped the Threshers to 11-41 on the season. Clearwater will look for a series split in the finale on Friday. A starting pitcher has not been announced yet.
Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A
The BlueClaws lost to the Delmarva Shorebirds, 4-3, at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood Township, N.J.
The pitching staff allowed only three hits, but found a way to lose. Right-handed starter Drew Anderson (3-4, 3.65 ERA) was saddled with loss. He surrendered three runs on three hits and three walks while striking out three over 4 2/3 innings.
Center fielder Carlos Tocci (1-for-3) drove in two runs.
The BlueClaws fell to 20-31. Righty Ranfi Casimiro takes the bump when the series continues Friday.