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