Phillies Minor League Report: Kelly Dugan's four RBI carry Reading to victory
Here’s how the Phillies’ minor league teams fared on Wednesday, August 20:
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A
For the second straight game, the IronPigs were shut out by the Pawtucket Red Sox, 9-0, at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, R.I.
The offense was held to three hits, one each by third baseman Maikel Franco, center fielder Tony Gwynn Jr. and second baseman Nate Spearks.
Right-handed starter Brad Lincoln (6-10, 5.17 ERA) reached double digits in losses in his outing. He surrendered six runs (five unearned) on six hits and three walks over five innings.
On the bright side, righty Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez threw two scoreless innings and walked one.
The IronPigs (59-72) have not announced a starting pitcher for Thursday's game yet.
Reading Fightin Phils – Double A
The Fightin Phils blanked the Bowie Baysox, 8-0, at Prince George's Stadium in Bowie, Md.
Right-handed starter Severino Gonzalez (9-12, 4.73 ERA) picked up his third victory in his last four starts. Gonzalez delivered six scoreless innings, allowing base runners on four hits, a walk and a hit batsman.
The heart of the order provided most of the damage in the win. Designated hitter Kelly Dugan (2-for-3 with two doubles, two walks, a run scored and two RBI) and third baseman Jake Fox (2-for-5 with an RBI and a strikeout) each had multi-hit games.
The Fightin Phils (57-73) will look for a series win on Thursday. Righty Ryan O'Sullivan (5-7, 4.02 ERA) will take the mound in the finale.
Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced
A five-run fifth inning lifted the Threshers to a 7-3 win over the Daytona Cubs at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach, Fla.
The offense made the most of only five hits and was fueled by center fielder Roman Quinn (3-for-5 with a home run, a double, two runs scored, four RBI and a strikeout) in the leadoff spot.
Right-handed starter Mark Leiter (3-4, 4.91 ERA) picked up the win for his strong seven-inning effort. Leiter was charged with three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out seven.
The Threshers (27-32 in second half, 44-83 overall) will hand the ball to righty Jordan Guth (3-3, 2.30 ERA) in the finale on Thursday.
Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A
The BlueClaws were stifled by the West Virginia Power, 5-1, at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W. Va.
Left-handed starter Yoel Mecias (2-3, 3.90 ERA) struggled early on and was stuck with the loss. Mecias gave up three runs on five hits and a walk in four innings.
Designated hitter Willians Astudillo (2-for-3 with a run scored) posted two of the offense's six hits.
The BlueClaws (22-36 in second half, 49-78 overall) will trot out righty Yacksel Rios (5-1, 3.53 ERA) to the hill in the finale on Thursday.
Williamsport Crosscutters – Class A-Short Season
The Crosscutters were crushed by the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, 9-1, at Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pa.
Center fielder Jiandido Tromp got things started off right with a solo home run in the first inning. It was Tromp's team-leading 13th homer of the season.
However, the offense could only add three more hits the rest of the way.
Right-handed starter Feliberto Sanchez (2-8, 5.69 ERA) took the loss as he allowed two runs in the fifth inning, his last in his outing.
The Crosscutters (29-35) will turn to righty Alejandro Arteaga (1-7, 4.90 ERA) in the series finale on Thursday.