Phillies Minor League Report: Ethan Martin throws eight scoreless innings in IronPigs' win
Here's how the Phillies' minor-league teams fared on Sunday, June 30:
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A
The IronPigs shut out the Toledo Mud Hens, 5-0, at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa.
Right-handed starter Ethan Martin (9-3, 4.57 ERA) stifled Toledo's offense and earned the win. Martin allowed only two hits and three walks over eight innings. He struck out two.
Righty Luis Garcia pitched a scoreless inning to preserve the shutout.
Center fielder Michael Martinez gave Martin an early lead with a second-inning RBI single.
In the fifth inning, Lehigh Valley's heart of the lineup added another run. Second baseman Cesar Hernandez hit a one-out single and third baseman Cody Asche followed with a base on balls to set up left fielder Darin Ruf, who delivered a ground-rule double to score Hernandez.
Martinez, shortstop Freddy Galvis and Hernandez each recorded an RBI in a three-run sixth inning for insurance.
Hernandez (2-for-4), Asche (2-for-3), right fielder Steve Susdorf (2-for-3 with two runs scored) and Martinez (2-for-4) had multi-hit games.
The win improved the IronPigs' record to 44-39. Left-hander Raul Valdes (2-3, 3.48 ERA) is slated to make the start when the series continues Monday.
Reading Fightin Phils – Double A
The Fighting Phils beat the New Britain Rock Cats, 8-2, at New Britain Stadium in New Britain, Conn.
Reading jumped all over New Britain starting pitcher Matthew Summers by posting five runs in the first two innings.
First baseman Jim Murphy got the scoring started with a one-out, RBI single in the first inning.
An inning later, Reading scored four runs on only three hits in the frame, capped off by third baseman Maikel Franco's two-run single and designated hitter Tommy Mendonca's RBI single.
Those runs were plenty for right-handed starter Brody Colvin (3-1, 5.87 ERA), who allowed one run on four hits and two walks while striking out three over eight innings for the victory.
Franco added a ninth-inning home run to finish the game 3-for-5 with three RBI to raise his average to .468 (22-for-47) with Reading.
The Fightin Phils are now 35-46 on the season. Right-hander David Buchanan (4-8, 4.70 ERA) takes the ball when Reading begins a three-game series with the Richmond Flying Squirrels at home.
Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced
The Threshers' game against the Daytona Cubs was postponed due to rain on Sunday.
The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Monday.
The Threshers (4-5) have not announced starting pitchers.
Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A
The BlueClaws blew a late lead and lost to the West Virginia Power, 5-4, at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood Township, N.J.
The Power took a 1-0 lead in the third inning, but Lakewood seized the lead in the bottom of the inning. Second baseman Alejandro Villalobos tied the game with an RBI single to score center fielder Carlos Tocci, who reached on a lead-off double. First baseman Art Charles gave Lakewood the lead with a two-out single.
West Virginia tied the game in the seventh, but the BlueClaws received RBI singles from shortstop Angelo Mora in the seventh and Tocci in the eighth to take a 4-2 lead heading into the ninth.
Right-handed closer Delvi Francisco (2-4, 2.92 ERA) was wild and couldn't nail down the win, allowing three runs (two earned) on a hit and four walks to take the loss.
Francisco's fifth blown save ruined a strong start from righty Jeb Stefan, who allowed one run on three hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out five.
The BlueClaws fell to 29-49 on the season. Lakewood will host the Delmarva Shorebirds for a three-game set beginning Monday with righty Jonathan Musser (1-2, 4.78 ERA) on the mound.