Phillies Minor League Report: Maikel Franco continues hot streak in IronPigs' loss

Phillies prospect Maikel Franco. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Here's how the Phillies' minor league teams fared on Tuesday, July 8:

Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A

Unlike the first two games of this series, the IronPigs scored some runs. Unfortunately, those runs came in a 4-2 loss to the Indianapolis Indians at Victory Field in Indianapolis, Ind.

Left fielder Grady Sizemore singled and center fielder Tyler Henson doubled to start the game. Sizemore was retired on a close play at the plate that saw manager Dave Brundage get ejected. Third baseman Maikel Franco singled home Henson with two outs for an early 1-0 run.

In the fourth inning, Franco started another threat with a leadoff triple and scored on catcher Lars Davis' RBI single.

Franco went 2-for-4 to continue his hot streak. In his last seven games, he is hitting 13-for-26 (.500) with six extra-base hits.

Right-handed starter Jason Marquis delivered five scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 0.50 in his third start with the team. Marquis allowed three hits and three walks while striking out six, but the bullpen let him down.

Righty Hector Neris was charged for three runs in one-plus inning and suffered the loss.

Sizemore (2-for-4 with a double) also had a multi-hit game in the loss.

The IronPigs (43-48) will look to avoid a series sweep as righty Barry Enright (3-8, 5.22 ERA) takes the mound for the finale on Wednesday.

Reading Fightin Phils – Double A

The Fightin Phils' woes continued as the team suffered a 6-5 loss to the Trenton Thunder at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading, Pa.

The loss was the Fightin Phils' 19th in their last 21 games.

Designated hitter Jake Fox (3-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and a strikeout) and center fielder Peter Lavin (1-for-4) both knocked in two runs to power the offense.

Right-handed starter Ryan O'Sullivan gave up two runs on five hits in five innings, but didn't factor in the decision.

Lefty Matt Hoffman was tagged for three runs in just 2/3 of an inning and took the loss.

Right fielder Aaron Altherr (3-for-4 with a double and a run scored) also had a strong day at the dish.

The Fightin Phils (35-52) hand the ball to southpaw Adam Loewen (0-2, 4.72 ERA) as the series continues Wednesday.

Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced

The Threshers edged the Tampa Yankees with a late run, 3-2, at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.

Each team enjoyed a one-run lead in a back-and-forth game.

For the Threshers, right fielder Brandon Short's RBI single in the first inning gave the Threshers a lead and third baseman Harold Martinez's RBI single in the sixth tied the game.

Right-handed starter Colin Kleven gave up two runs on six hits and two walks over 5 1/3 innings.

In the eighth, first baseman Art Charles reached on a leadoff single to setup the inning. Angelo Mora, who came in as a pinch-runner, scored on designated hitter Chris Serritella's clutch two-out single that proved to be the game-winning hit.

The bullpen recorded 4 2/3 innings of shutout ball for the victory. Lefty Cody Forsythe (2 2/3 innings) picked up the win and righty Lee Ridenhour (one inning) notched his seventh save of the season.

The Threshers (8-10 in second half, 25-61 overall) will send righty Jeb Stefan (4-8, 5.68 ERA) as the series shifts to Tampa on Wednesday.

Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A

The BlueClaws were routed by the Hagerstown Suns, 10-1, at Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown, Md.

Right-handed starter Tyler Viza (3-12, 5.06 ERA) lengthened his league-lead in losses in his outing. Viza surrendered five runs (three earned) on five hits and three walks over six innings.

Catcher Andrew Knapp (2-for-4 with a run scored) and first baseman Zach Green (2-for-3 with a double, a walk and an RBI) combined for the team's lone run.

The BlueClaws (6-14 in second half, 33-56 overall) will look to avoid a series sweep as righty Jesen Therrien (2-0, 6.39 ERA) toes the rubber in the finale on Wednesday.

Williamsport Crosscutters – Class A-Short Season

The Crosscutters breezed past the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, 8-3, for a two-game series sweep at Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio.

Third baseman Derek Campbell was the star of the game in the victory, going 3-for-5 with a home run, two doubles, two runs scored and four RBI.

Right-handed starter Feliberto Sanchez (1-4, 6.75 ERA) delivered five innings of no-hit ball for the win. He allowed two walks and struck out three.

The Crosscutters (14-11) return home to take on the Vermont Lake Monsters for a three-game set. Righty David Whitehead (1-1, 1.46 ERA) is slated to start the opener on Wednesday.

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