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Phillies Minor League Report: Farm teams lose all four games

Here's a rundown on how the Phillies' minor league teams fared on Sunday, June 1:

Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A

The IronPigs were held to six hits in a 4-2 loss to the Durham Bulls at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C.

Right-handed starter Sean O'Sullivan (2-5, 4.36 ERA) had a rough second inning as he allowed all four of the Bulls' runs and took the loss. The Bulls managed seven hits and three walks off O'Sullivan in his six innings of work.

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  • Right fielder Leandro Castro (3-for-4 with two doubles) provided half of the IronPigs' hits.

    Shortstop Ronny Cedeno also had a good day at the plate, finishing 2-for-4 with a run scored, an RBI and a strikeout.

    The IronPigs fell to 29-28 on the season. Lehigh Valley will look to avoid a series sweep in the finale on Monday. Righty Brad Lincoln (1-3, 5.90 ERA) is slated to make the start.

    Reading Fightin Phils – Double A

    The Fightin Phils were walloped by the Erie SeaWolves, 10-1, to suffer a three-game sweep at Jerry Uht Park in Erie, Pa.

    Shortstop Edgar Duran hit a solo home run in the ninth inning to avoid a shutout. It was his second of the season.

    Reading only had three other base runners, who reached on three singles, in the loss.

    Right-handed starter Severino Gonzalez (4-6, 5.19 ERA) suffered the loss as he was charged with five runs on nine hits, including three home runs in five-plus innings.

    The loss dropped the Fightin Phils to 29-25. Currently on a four-game losing streak, Reading has an off day on Monday.

    Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced

    The Threshers attempted to rally, but were edged by the Bradenton Marauders, 4-3, at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.

    Despite a strong outing, left-handed starter Ethan Stewart (2-6, 4.91 ERA) was stuck with the loss. Stewart gave up only one run on seven hits and two walks while striking out five over six innings.

    Trailing 4-0 in the seventh, Clearwater tried to spark a comeback. Center fielder Peter Lavin and left fielder Brandon Short hit back-to-back doubles to put the Threshers on the scoreboard. Designated hitter Andrew Knapp followed with a two-run blast to make the score, 4-3, which is how the game ended.

    Third baseman KC Serna (2-for-3 with a double and a walk) and Short (2-for-4 with a double, a run scored, an RBI and a strikeout) had multi-hit games.

    The Threshers sunk to 12-43. The series will continue Monday as righty Colin Kleven (1-6, 5.15 ERA) takes the bump for Clearwater.

    Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A

    The BlueClaws were rocked by the Delmarva Shorebirds, 11-2, to be swept in a four-game series at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood Township, N.J.

    Right-handed starter Mark Leiter (4-5, 4.69 ERA) surrendered two leads to take the loss. He allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. Leiter punched out eight batters in the game.

    The BlueClaws opened the scoring in the third inning. Catcher Jose Mayorga drew a leadoff walk and scored on shortstop J.P. Crawford's RBI groundout.

    Tied at one apiece, Crawford reached on an error with two outs in the fifth inning. Designated hitter Willians Astudillo delivered an RBI double to make the Shorebirds pay for the mistake.

    The pitching staff was tagged for ten unanswered runs the rest of the way en route to the loss.

    The BlueClaws fell to 20-34. Lakewood will host the Greensboro Grasshoppers for a four-game, three-day series that begins Monday. Righty Jon Prosinski (1-0, 0.00 ERA) gets the nod in the opener.

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