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Phillies Minor League Report: J.P. Crawford's three-hit game not enough in Threshers' loss

Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford. (Jerry Lai/USA TODAY Sports)
Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford. (Jerry Lai/USA TODAY Sports)

Here's how the Phillies' minor league teams fared on Monday, July 14:

Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A

The IronPigs (46-50) are on the all-star break. The game will be played on Wednesday.

The team currently is in fifth place in the International League North, 11 games behind the first-place Syracuse Chiefs.

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    Lehigh Valley's next six games are against the Chiefs. The first is set for Thursday.

    Reading Fightin Phils – Double A

    The Fightin Phils were held to four hits in a 3-2 loss to the New Britain Rock Cats at New Britain Stadium in New Britain, Conn.

    In the third inning, right fielder Zach Collier drew a leadoff walk and scored on left fielder Peter Lavin's sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead.

    Left-handed starter Adam Loewen (1-3, 3.99 ERA) started strong, but was tagged for a three-run fifth. Loewen suffered the loss as he allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits, two walks and a hit batsman while striking out six over six innings.

    The offense was able to make it a one-run game, but that's how the game would end. In the seventh, Collier recorded a two-out, RBI triple to score center fielder Aaron Altherr, who reached on an error.

    Shortstop KC Serna had a rough day at the plate and finished 0-for-3 with three strikeouts.

    The Fightin Phils head into the all-star break with a 38-55 record.

    Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced

    The Threshers were pounded by the Palm Beach Cardinals, 12-2, to extend a losing streak to five games at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.

    Phillies lefty Cliff Lee (0-1, 5.06 ERA) struggled in what is expected to be his final rehab start before returning to the majors. Lee surrendered eight runs (three earned) on eight hits, a walk and a hit batsman while striking out a pair in 4 2/3 innings.

    The offense did have two bright spots in the lineup: shortstop J.P. Crawford (3-for-3 with a walk and a run scored) and right fielder Brian Pointer (2-for-4 with a two-run home run and two strikeouts).

    The Threshers (9-15 in second half, 26-66 overall) are idle on Tuesday.

    Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A

    The BlueClaws (8-17 in second half, 35-59 overall) were off on Monday.

    The team is in last place in the South Atlantic League North, eight games behind the first-place Greensboro Grasshoppers.

    Southpaw Yoel Mecias will make his season debut as the BlueClaws begin a three-game set with the Hickory Crawdads on Tuesday.

    Williamsport Crosscutters – Class A-Short Season

    The Crosscutters were blanked by the Tri-City ValleyCats, 4-0, at Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pa.

    The offense was held to four hits, including two by catcher Deivi Grullon.

    Right-handed starter David Whitehead (2-2, 2.25 ERA) pitched well, but was stuck with the loss. Whitehead gave up two runs on eight hits over six innings.

    The Crosscutters (17-14) have an off day on Tuesday.

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