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Phillies Minor League Report: Reading's Carlos Alonso garners Eastern League honors

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Here's how the Phillies' minor league teams fared on Monday, June 9:

Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A

The IronPigs fell to the Indianapolis Indians, 3-1, on Cesar Hernandez Bobblehead Night at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa.

The Indians spoiled the party by greeting left-handed starter Greg Smith (4-5, 4.11 ERA) with a three-run first inning. Smith only allowed those three runs in his five innings of work, but he still suffered the loss.

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  • The offense was held to six hits, all singles. Right fielder Steve Susdorf went 2-for-2 with a walk and his team's only RBI.

    The IronPigs slipped a game below .500 at 32-33 on the season with the loss. Lehigh Valley will send righty Barry Enright (3-4, 4.77 ERA) to the mound in the finale on Tuesday.

    Reading Fightin Phils – Double A

    The Fightin Phils snapped a five-game losing streak with an 8-5 win over the Richmond Flying Squirrels to avoid a sweep at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading, Pa.

    Right-handed starter Perci Garner was spotted a 2-0 lead, but struggled in his outing. He settled for a no-decision, despite surrendering five runs (three earned) on five hits and six walks over 3 1/3 innings.

    Trailing 5-2 in the sixth, the offense scored six unanswered runs to earn the victory.

    First baseman Brock Stassi (1-for-3 with a double, a walk and two RBI), catcher Sabastian Valle (1-for-2 with a double, two RBI and a strikeout) and right fielder Peter Lavin (1-for-5 with a double, three RBI and a strikeout) made the most of their opportunities with runners in scoring position.

    Second baseman Carlos Alonso went 1-for-2 with three walks and three runs scored after being named the Eastern League Player of the Week. He earned honors for going 12-for-25 (.480) with four doubles, two homers, four walks, seven runs scored and three RBI at the plate in six games.

    The Fightin Phils improved to a game above .500 at 31-30. Reading will now host the New Britain Rock Cats for a three-game set. Southpaw Adam Loewen (0-0, 0.00 ERA) is slated to make his second start in the opener on Tuesday.

    Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced

    The Threshers shut out the Daytona Cubs, 2-0, at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.

    Four pitchers combined for a six-hitter in the win.

    Left-handed pitcher Ryan Demmin (1-0, 0.64 ERA) picked up the win as he threw seven scoreless innings. He allowed four hits while striking out seven.

    Left fielder Brandon Short hit a solo home run, his first of the season, and first baseman Art Charles delivered an RBI double to supply the runs for the offense.

    Charles finished the game 2-for-3 with two doubles, an RBI and a strikeout in the win.

    The Threshers (14-49) are now on a rare two-game winning streak. Righty Miguel Nunez (2-4, 6.44 ERA) is the probable starter as Clearwater will host the Tampa Yankees on Tuesday.

    Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A

    The BlueClaws fell to the Hagerstown Suns, 5-3, in 12 innings at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood Township, N.J.

    Right-handed starter Ranfi Casimiro served up three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out eight over five innings.

    Trailing 3-0 in the fifth, Lakewood started to rally. Second baseman Andrew Pullin singled and scored on third baseman Mitch Walding's RBI double to cut the lead to 3-1.

    An inning later, shortstop J.P. Crawford drew a walk and right fielder Dylan Cozens knotted the game with a two-run homer, his eighth of the season.

    The game would remain tied until right Tyler Buckley (1-2, 6.87 ERA) gave up two runs in the 12th inning.

    Pullin was a standout on offense for the BlueClaws, finishing 3-for-5 with a run scored.

    The loss dropped the BlueClaws to 25-38 on the season. Lakewood will turn to righty Tyler Viza (2-7, 4.65 ERA) as the series continues Tuesday.

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