Phillies Minor League Report: Jesse Biddle chased early in Reading's loss
Here's how the Phillies' minor-league teams fared on Sunday, July 28:
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A
The IronPigs were shut out by the Pawtucket Red Sox, 2-0, at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, R.I.
Right-handed starter Ethan Martin gave Lehigh Valley six scoreless innings in the game, but the offense couldn't score. Martin allowed six hits and three walks while striking out eight.
The IronPigs offense could only muster four hits. Third baseman Cody Asche (1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout), first baseman Cody Overbeck (1-for-4 with two strikeouts), right fielder Derrick Mitchell (1-for-3 with a strikeout) and center fielder Tyson Gillies (1-for-3) recorded the base hits.
Southpaw reliever Cesar Jimenez surrendered two runs in the eighth inning to take the loss.
The IronPigs dropped to 54-55. The four-game series concludes Monday as Lehigh Valley will send right-hander Tyler Cloyd (2-8, 6.19 ERA) to the mound.
Reading Fightin Phils – Double A
The Fightin Phils couldn't complete a four-game sweep and were routed by the New Britain Rock Cats, 9-3, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading, Pa.
Left-handed starter Jesse Biddle (4-11, 3.89 ERA) had another horrendous outing. He was chased from the game in the second inning. Biddle allowed five runs on three hits, six walks and a hit batsman while striking out two over 1 1/3 innings to suffer his league-leading 11th loss of the season.
Biddle's previous start on Tuesday lasted 2/3 of an inning after four runs crossed the plate on three hits and three walks.
Trailing 7-0 in the seventh, Reading was able to avoid the shutout. With two outs, catcher Sabastian Valle singled home right fielder Kelly Dugan, who reached on a double.
Designated hitter Anthony Hewitt added a two-run home run, his 12th of the season, in the ninth.
Second baseman Albert Cartwright (2-for-5 with a double) and third baseman Maikel Franco (2-for-4) had multi-hit games.
The loss sunk the Fightin Phils to 46-60. Right-hander David Buchanan is slated to take the ball for Reading for the opening game of a four-game series with the Erie SeaWolves on Monday.
Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced
The Threshers held on to beat the Fort Myers Miracle, 5-4, at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla.
Clearwater jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first six innings behind right-handed starter Severino Gonzalez (2-3, 1.99 ERA), who allowed two unearned runs on four hits and a walk over seven innings. He struck out three.
In the third inning, left fielder Aaron Altherr plated two runs on his 30th double of the season to give the Threshers a 2-0 lead.
Altherr notched another RBI in the fifth on a groundout.
Clearwater capped off the offense in the sixth. First baseman Brock Stassi singled with one out to start the rally. Shortstop Jonathan Roof and third baseman Harold Martinez would hit back-to-back RBI doubles for a 5-0 lead.
Right-hander Ken Giles would allow two runs in the last two innings, but was able to nail down the win.
Bright spots for Clearwater on offense included Altherr (1-for-4 with a double and three RBI and a strikeout), Second baseman Carlos Alonso (4-for-5 with a run scored and a strikeout), Martinez (2-for-4 with a double and an RBI) and catcher Bob Stumpo (1-for-3 with two runs scored and a strikeout).
The Threshers evened their record to 51-51. Clearwater will now host the Palm Beach Cardinals for a four-game series beginning Monday. A starting pitcher has not been announced yet.
Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A
The BlueClaws rallied to beat the Greenville Drive, 4-3, in walk-off fashion at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood Township, N.J.
Right-handed starter Jeb Stefan gave up three runs on six hits while striking out seven over five innings. He was hurt by two home runs, which accounted for all of Greenville's runs.
Lakewood only scored in two innings: the first and last.
Shortstop Angelo Mora had a leadoff single in the first, stole second and scored on designated hitter Willie Carmona's RBI single.
Trailing 3-1 in the ninth, the BlueClaws scored three runs for the win. Mora got things started again by reaching on a error with one out. Center fielder Carlos Tocci and left fielder Larry Greene would single to load the bases. Carmona knocked in a run on a fielder's choice. A batter later, first baseman Art Charles delivered a two-run, walk-off triple with two outs for the win.
The win lifted the BlueClaws to 42-61. Lakewood will hand the ball to righty Ramon Oviedo (1-0, 4.50 ERA) when a three-game set against the Hagerstown Suns begins Monday.
Williamsport Crosscutters - Class A-Short Season
The Crosscutters blew a big lead and lost to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, 7-6, at Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio.
First baseman Logan Pierce gave Williamsport the lead in the second inning with a three-run home run.
Right-handed starter Shane Martin gave the Crosscutters a strong effort. He allowed an unearned run on three hits and a walk over six innings. Martin left with a 4-1 lead.
Designated hitter Andrew Knapp extended the lead to 6-1 with a two-out, two-run double in the seventh, but it wasn't enough.
The bullpen was torched for a six runs on six hits on top of four fielding errors in the eighth and ninth innings for the loss.
The Crosscutters fell to 20-19. The two-game series concludes Monday as Williamport will turn to righty Mitch Gueller (3-3, 5.08 ERA) to make the start.