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Phillies Minor League Report: Vance Worley deals IronPigs a loss

Vance Worley. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Vance Worley. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Here's how the Phillies' minor league teams fared on Sunday, June 8:

Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A

The IronPigs lost to the Indianapolis Indians, 4-2, at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa.

Right-handed starter Chris Bootcheck (2-2, 3.00 ERA) suffered the loss in which he served up a solo home run to former Phillie Vance Worley in the third inning. Bootcheck allowed three runs on five hits and three walks in five innings of work.

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    Worley (3-2, 4.30 ERA) had an all-around good day for the Indians. He picked up the win by holding the IronPigs to two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out seven in eight innings. He also went 3-for-3 with two RBI at the plate.

    Catcher Koyie Hill drove in both the IronPigs' runs as he blasted a two-run home run in the seventh. It was Hill's third home run of the season.

    Center fielder Leandro Castro (2-for-4 with a double) had a multi-hit game.

    The IronPigs dropped to .500 on the season at 32-32. Southpaw Greg Smith (4-4, 4.01 ERA) will take the bump as the series continues Monday. Lehigh Valley will be giving away Cesar Hernandez Bobbleheads at the game.

    Reading Fightin Phils – Double A

    The Fightin Phils were held to five hits in a 3-1 loss to the Richmond Flying Squirrels at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading, Pa.

    The setback was the Fightin Phils' fifth consecutive loss.

    Shortstop Edgar Duran accounted for two hits in the loss and also opened the scoring with a solo home run in the third inning. It was his third jack of the season.

    Left-handed starter Hoby Milner (4-3, 3.60 ERA) needed more offense as he was tagged for three runs on 11 hits over 6 1/3 innings. He also surrendered two home runs.

    The loss dropped the Fightin Phils to .500 at 30-30. Reading will look to avoid a series sweep on Monday. Righty Perci Garner (4-3, 3.92 ERA) will toe the rubber in the finale.

    Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced

    The Threshers held on to beat the Daytona Cubs, 8-7, at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.

    The win snapped a seven-game losing streak.

    The Threshers surged out to a 8-0 lead with the help of the top three hitters in the lineup. Shortstop Roman Quinn (3-for-4 with a home run, a run scored and two RBI), center fielder Brain Pointer (3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI) and third baseman KC Serna (2-for-4 with two triples, a run scored and two RBI) accounted for eight of Clearwater's 11 hits in the win.

    Right-handed starter Jeb Stefan (3-6, 5.51 ERA) picked up the win with a stellar outing. Stefan gave up three hits while striking out five over six scoreless innings.

    Clearwater ran into trouble in the eighth inning when relievers Daniel Child and Kevin Walter attempted to throw the game away. They combined to allow seven runs to make it a one-run game.

    Closer Lee Ridenhour was able to put out the fire and notched his second save of the season.

    The win lifted the Threshers to 13-49 on the season, but the team still possesses the Florida State League's worst record by far. Clearwater will turn to lefty Ryan Demmin (0-0, 1.29 ERA) as the series continues Monday.

    Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A

    The BlueClaws edged the Delmarva Shorebirds, 5-4, at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Md.

    Right-handed starter Drew Anderson put his team in an early 1-0 hole and was lifted after only one inning.

    Righty Jesen Therrien (1-0, 6.75 ERA) continued the trend as he gave up a run in the second and third innings, but the offense ignited and handed Therrien a victory for his four-inning effort.

    Bright spots of offense were second baseman Andrew Pullin (2-for-5 with two RBI), left fielder Samuel Hiciano (2-for-4 with a run scored and a strikeout) and catcher Dievi Grullon (3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored).

    The BlueClaws improved to 25-37. Lakewood will return home on Monday to retire Cole Hamels' No. 19. Righty Ranfi Casimiro (2-5, 5.22 ERA) will take his turn in the rotation in the opening game of a three-game set with the Hagerstown Suns.

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