Here's how the Phillies' minor league teams fared on Tuesday, June 24:
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A
The IronPigs and the Syracuse Chiefs were scheduled to play a doubleheader at NBT Bank Stadium in Syracuse, N.Y., but the teams were only able to get the first game in as rain postponed the second.
In the first game, the IronPigs suffered a 4-3 loss.
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Right-handed starter Chris Bootcheck (2-4, 4.50 ERA) was pinned with the loss after allowing four runs on six hits and two walks in five innings.
Second baseman Tyler Henson, third baseman Maikel Franco and shortstop Andres Blanco all had two hits and knocked in a run.
The IronPigs (38-41) and the Chiefs will try to play a doubleheader on Wednesday.
Reading Fightin Phils – Double A
The Fightin Phils were blanked by the Binghamton Mets, 2-0, at NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton, N.Y.
Reading extended a losing streak to eight games.
The offense was held to seven hits, two from left fielder Zach Collier, in the loss.
Right-handed starter Severino Gonzalez (4-9, 4.88 ERA) was the tough-luck loser as he held the Mets to two runs on only two hits and a walk over seven innings. The runs were the result of a two-run home run in the fifth. Gonzalez struck out seven.
The Fightin Phils (33-41) will wrap up the series on Wednesday when southpaw Hoby Milner (5-3, 3.79 ERA) takes the mound.
Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced
The Threshers were edged by the Tampa Yankees, 4-3, at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.
Right-handed starter Miguel Nunez (2-5, 6.11 ERA) put his team in an early hole and took the loss. Nunez gave up four runs (three earned) on four hits and three walks in two-plus innings.
Second baseman KC Serna (2-for-3 with two doubles, a walk, two runs scored and a strikeout) and designated hitter Brandon Short (2-for-4 with a double and an RBI) were bright spots on offense.
The Threshers (3-3 in second half, 20-54 overall) will turn to lefty Ethan Stewart (4-6, 4.54 ERA) when the series continues on Wednesday.
Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A
For the second straight day, the BlueClaws were walloped by the Greensboro Grasshoppers at NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro, N.C. This time it was an 11-3 defeat.
The BlueClaws jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
Left fielder Samuel Hiciano started the game with a base on balls and would steal home for the game's first run.
The lead was short-lived as right-handed starter Mark Leiter (5-7, 4.38 ERA) couldn't make it through the second inning. He surrendered six runs on seven hits and two walks in just 1 2/3 innings to take the loss.
Designated hitter Andrew Knapp (2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base) and second baseman Andrew Pullin (2-for-4 with an RBI, a run scored a strikeout) had strong days at the plate in the loss.
The BlueClaws (1-5 in second half, 28-47 overall) will look for a better result when the series continues on Wednesday as righty Jon Prosinski (2-1, 2.35 ERA) makes the start.
Williamsport Crosscutters – Class A-Short Season
The Crosscutters pounded the Auburn Doubledays, 10-4, at Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pa.
Left fielder Jiandido Tromp was the star of the game in the win. Tromp delivered two home runs and knocked in four to lift the Crosscutters. Tromp finished the game 3-for-5, adding a double.
Tromp now has four home runs in just 12 games.
Third baseman Jan Hernandez also hit a three-run home run in the fifth.
Right-handed starter Preston Packrall couldn't capitalize on the offense as he couldn't complete five innings and settled for a no-decision. He allowed three runs on three hits and a walk in four-plus frames.
The teams will play another game Wednesday as the Crosscutters (6-6) trot out righty David Whitehead (1-0, 1.54 ERA) to the mound.
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