Phillies Minor League Report: Jake Fox's two home runs, six RBI carry Reading to victory
Here's how the Phillies' minor league teams fared on Tuesday, July 22:
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A
The IronPigs fell to the Buffalo Bisons, 7-6, to suffer a two-game sweep at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa.
First baseman Maikel Franco was removed from the game after the fourth inning due to back tightness. Franco went 0-for-2 with a strikeout.
Left-handed starter Jo-Jo Reyes (0-1, 12.60 ERA) took the loss in his debut with the team. Reyes was hit hard as he gave up seven runs on nine hits, including a home run, over five innings.
Trailing 7-1 in the fifth, the IronPigs put together a five-run frame to get back in the game, but were unable to get over the hump.
Right fielder Russ Canzler had a big day at the plate in the loss, finishing 3-for-4 with three doubles, two runs scored and three RBI.
The IronPigs (49-55) will send righty Sean O'Sullivan (4-7, 4.80 ERA) to the mound on Wednesday in the opener of a two-game series with the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Reading Fightin Phils – Double A
The Fightin Phils pounded 12 hits to beat the Erie SeaWolves, 9-3, at Jerry Uht Park in Erie, Pa.
The offense was led by designated hitter Jake Fox, who went 3-for-5 with two home runs, a double, two runs scored, six RBI and two strikeouts.
In his last three games, Fox has hit four home runs and knocked in 10 runs. He now has 13 home runs, a team-high, in just 36 games with Reading.
Right-handed starter Chris Bootcheck (2-2, 6.00 ERA) didn't let the offense go to waste and picked up the win. Bootcheck allowed three runs on five hits and three walks in seven innings.
Second baseman Albert Cartwright also had a strong showing in the win, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored, an RBI, a stolen base and a strikeout.
The teams go for a series win in the rubber match on Wednesday as the Fightin Phils (42-58) turn to righty Severino Gonzalez (6-10, 4.81 ERA)
Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced
The Threshers lost to the Charlotte Stone Crabs, 7-5, at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.
Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz made a rehab start and went 1-for-5 with a double, a run scored and two RBI.
Right-handed starter Jeb Stefan (6-9, 6.11 ERA) put his team in an early hole and suffered the loss. Stefan surrendered six runs on six hits and three walks over five-plus innings.
First baseman Art Charles (2-for-5 with a two-run home run and a strikeout) continue his recent surge in the loss. It was Charles' 10th home run of the season.
The Threshers (13-18 in second half, 30-69 overall) wrap up the series Wednesday with righty Colin Kleven (3-8, 4.93 ERA) slated to make the start.
Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A
The BlueClaws (11-20 in second half, 38-62 overall) were idle on Tuesday.
The team is in last place in the South Atlantic League North, 9 1/2 games back of the first-place Greensboro Grasshoppers.
Lakewood hosts the team that occupies last place in the South, the Greenville Drive, for a three-game set. Southpaw Yoel Mecias (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will toe the rubber in the opener on Wednesday.
Williamsport Crosscutters – Class A-Short Season
First baseman Rhys Hoskins hit a walk-off, two-run double to lift the Crosscutters to a 6-5 win over the Batavia Muckdogs at Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pa.
The Crosscutters' other runs came off the bat of left fielder Jiandido Tromp, who went 4-for-5 with two home runs, three runs scored, four RBI and a stolen base. Tromp now has nine home runs on the season.
Right-handed starter Mitch Gueller delivered a strong outing, but had to settle for a no-decision. Gueller held the Muckdogs to one run on five hits and two walks over six innings.
Lefty Brandon Leibrandt (0-0, 1.50 ERA) takes his turn in the rotation as the Crosscutters (19-19) wrap up the series on Wednesday.