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Phillies Minor League Report: Maikel Franco's home run snaps IronPigs' skid

Phillies prospect Maikel Franco. (Charles Fox/Staff Photographer)
Phillies prospect Maikel Franco. (Charles Fox/Staff Photographer)

Here's how the Phillies' minor league teams fared on Wednesday, July 30:

Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A

The IronPigs scored eight runs in the final two innings to beat the Rochester Red Wings, 8-6, at Frontier Field in Rochester, N.Y.

The come-from-behind victory snapped the IronPigs' 10-game losing streak.

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Former Phillies prospect Trevor May shut down the IronPigs as pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings for the Red WIngs.

Left-handed starter Greg Smith put his team in a 6-0 hole, but he was spared the loss. Smith allowed six runs on seven hits over five innings.

The rally was capped off by a two-run home run in the ninth by third baseman Maikel Franco, who also walked and scored another run in five plate appearances. The homer was Franco's ninth of the season.

The teams will travel to Lehigh Valley to continue the series on Thursday. The IronPigs (50-62) will hand the ball to righty David Buchanan (5-2, 4.35 ERA).

Reading Fightin Phils – Double A

The Fightin Phils were edged by the Portland Sea Dogs, 2-1, at Hadlock Field in Portland, Maine.

The offense was held to one hit in the loss.

In the first inning, second baseman Albert Cartwright led off the game with a walk and scored on right fielder Kelly Dugan's RBI single.

Left-handed starter Adam Loewen delivered six scoreless innings, but didn't factor in the decision.

Relievers Seth Rosin, Austin Wright and Colton Murray combined to allow two runs in the eighth to sink Reading.

The Fightin Phils (45-64) now face a five-game series with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Southpaw Hoby Milner (6-5, 4.60 ERA) is slated to start the opener on Thursday.

Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced

The Threshers held on to beat the Fort Myers Miracle, 8-7, at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla.

The offense surged out to a 8-0 lead after three innings.

First baseman Chris Serritella (3-for-4 with a home run, a double, two runs scored and three RBI) and center fielder Roman Quinn (2-for-5 with a double, a run scored and two RBI) did most of the damage.

Right-handed starter Miguel Nunez (5-7, 5.09 ERA) had a strong six-inning effort. He allowed a hit and three walks while striking out eight.

The bullpen was rocked for a combined seven runs in the seventh and eighth.

Cody Forsythe nailed down the win with a scoreless ninth to notch his third save.

The Threshers (17-22 in second half, 34-73 overall) will look for a series win on Thursday. Righty Aaron Nola (1-3, 3.42 ERA) toes the rubber in the finale.

Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A

The BlueClaws were blanked by the Delmarva Shorebirds, 4-0, at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Md.

Right-handed starter Jon Prosinski (4-4, 4.46 ERA) suffered the loss as he gave up four runs on five hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings.

The offense was limited to five hits, including two from first baseman Zach Green (2-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout).

The BlueClaws (15-25 in second half, 42-67 overall) will turn to righty Yacksel Rios (4-0, 3.43 ERA) as the series continues on Thursday.

Williamsport Crosscutters – Class A-Short Season

The Crosscutters had a game postponed due to rain for the second time in three days on Wednesday.

Williamsport (22-23) is in second place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney division, nine games back of first-place State College.

The Crosscutters are scheduled to play a doubleheader with the Connecticut Tigers on Thursday.

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