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Phillies Minor League Report: Brad Lincoln pitches seven scoreless innings in IronPigs' victory

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Phillies right-handed pitcher Brad Lincoln. (David Swanson/Staff Photographer)
Phillies right-handed pitcher Brad Lincoln. (David Swanson/Staff Photographer)

Here's a rundown on how the Phillies' minor league teams fared on Monday, June 2:

Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A

The IronPigs snapped a three-game losing streak and avoided a series sweep with a 3-0 win over the Durham Bulls at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C.

Right-handed pitcher Brad Lincoln (2-3, 4.75 ERA) delivered seven scoreless innings to earn the victory. He allowed three hits and three walks while striking out five.

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  • The game was scoreless until Lehigh Valley put together a three-run seventh. Designated hitter Koyie Hill drew a leadoff walk and left fielder Steve Susdorf followed with a double to start the threat. Second baseman Ronny Cedeno hit a two-run double and later scored on right fielder Leandro Castro's sacrifice fly.

    Closer Ken Giles (2.13 ERA) struck out one, former Phillie Jayson Nix, in a perfect inning to notch his fifth triple-A save of the season.

    The win lifted the IronPigs to 30-28. Lehigh Valley will return home Tuesday to host the Louisville Bats for a four-game series. Righty Chris Bootcheck (2-0, 0.75 ERA) is slated to start the opener.

    Reading Fightin Phils – Double A

    The Fightin Phils were idle on Monday. The team is currently tied for third place in the Eastern League East, 7 1/2 games back of the Portland Sea Dogs.

    Reading will open a three-game set on the road with the Harrisburg Senators on Tuesday. Southpaw Hoby Milner (3-2, 3.88 ERA) is the probable starter.

    Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced

    The Threshers were held to three hits and were shut out by the Bradenton Marauders, 5-0, at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.

    A five-run second inning off right-handed starter Colin Kleven (1-7, 5.50 ERA) was all the runs fans would see in the loss. Kleven gave up nine hits and a walk over five innings.

    Third baseman KC Serna (1-for-4), designated hitter Peter Lavin (1-for-2 with a double and two walks) and second baseman Angelo Mora (1-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout) managed base hits.

    The loss dropped the Threshers to 12-44 on the season. Clearwater will hand the ball to righty Jeb Stefan (2-5, 4.62 ERA) in the series finale on Tuesday.

    Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A

    The BlueClaws let the game slip away late in a 10-6 loss to the Greensboro Grasshoppers at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood Township, N.J.

    Lakewood surrendered leads of 2-0, 3-2 and 6-3 in the loss.

    Right-handed starter Jon Prosinski escaped the game without taking a loss, but was pounded for five runs on 10 hits and a walk over 5 2/3 innings.

    Right fielder Dylan Cozens (2-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and a strikeout) and first baseman Willians Astudillo (1-for-3 with a double, two runs scored, two RBI and two walks) were bright spots on offense.

    The Blue Claws fell to 20-35. The teams are scheduled to play a doubleheader on Tuesday. Righties Drew Anderson (3-4, 3.65 ERA) and Julio Reyes (0-2, 3.64 ERA) are in line to make starts for Lakewood.

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