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Phillies Minor League Report: BlueClaws' Andrew Pullin extends hitting streak to eight games

Here's how the Phillies' minor league teams fared on Wednesday, June 25:

Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A

A doubleheader between the IronPigs (38-41) and the Syracuse Chiefs was postponed due to rain.

The IronPigs are currently in fifth place in the International League North, 10 1/2 games behind the first-place Chiefs.

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    Lehigh Valley will now host the Rochester Red Wings for a quick two-game series. Southpaw Greg Smith (5-5, 4.32 ERA) will take the ball in the opener on Thursday.

    Reading Fightin Phils – Double A

    The FIghtin Phils' game against the Binghamton Mets was also rained out due to rain.

    Sitting on an eight-game losing streak, Reading is in fifth place in the Eastern League East at 33-41, 15 1/2 games back of the first-place Portland Sea Dogs.

    The Fightin Phils are scheduled to host the Sea Dogs for a four-game series. Lefty Hoby Milner (5-3, 3.79 ERA) takes his turn in the rotation for the opener on Thursday.

    Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced

    The Threshers were crushed by the Tampa Yankees, 9-3, at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.

    The offense was no-hit for the first six innings and held to only two hits in the loss.

    Shortstop J.P. Crawford (1-for-3 with a run scored and a walk) and third baseman Harold Martinez (1-for-4 with an RBI and two strikeouts) recorded the base hits.

    Left-handed starter Ethan Stewart (4-7, 4.85 ERA) struggled early and allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits and four walks in just 2 1/3 innings to suffer the loss.

    The Threshers (3-4 in second half, 20-55 overall) will look to avoid a series sweep when righty Colin Kleven (2-7, 5.33 ERA) takes the bump in the finale on Thursday.

    Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A

    The BlueClaws were edged by the Greensboro Grasshoppers, 4-3, at NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro, N.C.

    Lakewood has now lost four games in a row.

    The BlueClaws were unable to hold a pair of one-run leads in the game as right-handed starter Jon Prosinski gave up three runs on eight hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. He settled for a no-decision.

    Second baseman Andrew Pullin did his best to carry the offense, but it wasn't enough. He went 3-for-3 with a walk and two RBI in the loss.

    Pullin extended his hitting streak to eight games. In his last three games, he is 8-for-12 with three RBI, a run scored, a walk and two strikeouts.

    The BlueClaws (1-6 in second half, 28-48 overall) will look to avoid a series sweep on Thursday. Lakewood will hand the ball to righty Yacksel Rios (1-0, 3.27 ERA) in the finale.

    Williamsport Crosscutters – Class A-Short Season

    The Crosscutters (6-6) were the third farm team to have their game rained out on Wednesday.

    The game against the Auburn Doubledays will now be a part of a Fourth of July doubleheader.

    Williamsport will remain in town to host the State College Spikes on Thursday. Righty David Whitehead (1-0, 1.54 ERA) is slated to start for the Crosscutters.

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