Phillies Minor League Report: Severino Gonzalez throws six perfect innings in BlueClaws' win
Here's how the Phillies' minor-league teams fared on Tuesday, July 2:
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A
The IronPigs fell to the Toledo Mud Hens, 5-2, at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa.
Lehigh Valley had shut out Toledo the past two games, but the Mud Hens erupted in the first with a four-run inning, aided by three errors by the IronPigs.
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Left-handed starter Tom Cochran (3-3, 4.65 ERA) was able to settle in, but took the loss as the offense couldn't overcome the deficit. Cochran allowed four runs (one earned) on eight hits and two walks over five innings.
The IronPigs best chance to get back in the game came in the sixth inning. Trailing 4-0, the first five batters reached in the inning. Shortstop Freddy Galvis and second baseman Cesar Hernandez both singled to set the table for the heart of the order. third baseman Cody Asche delivered an RBI single and left fielder Darin Ruf followed with an RBI double to make the score, 4-2. Designated hitter Cody Overbeck's walk loaded the bases with no outs, but a strikeout and double play ended the threat with no further damage.
Asche (2-for-4) had Lehigh Valley's only multi-hit night.
The loss dropped the IronPigs to 45-40. Lehigh Valley will host the Syracuse Chiefs for a four-game series beginning Wednesday. Left-hander Greg Smith (2-1, 3.12 ERA) will make the start in the series-opener.
Reading Fightin Phils – Double A
The Fightin Phils rallied to beat the Richmond Flyers Squirrels, 7-5, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading, Pa.
A two-out rally in the first inning gave Reading the lead. Third baseman Maikel Franco, first baseman Jim Murphy and catcher Sebastian Valle strung singles together for a 1-0 lead.
In the second inning, left fielder Derrick Mitchell manufactured a run with his legs. He singled to lead off the frame, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on shortstop Edgar Duran's sacrifice fly.
The Fightin Phils' lead wouldn't last as left-handed starter Austin Wright ran into trouble in the middle innings. Wright allowed five runs on five hits and two walks in his five innings of work. He struck out three.
Wright would wind up with a no-decision as Reading stormed back from a 5-2 deficit with a five-run sixth inning in which they sent 10 batters to the plate.
Right fielder Anthony Hewitt (RBI single), Duran (two-run single), pinch hitter Tyler Henson (sacrifice fly) and second baseman Albert Cartwright (RBI single) knocked in runs in the sixth.
After seizing the lead, relievers Tyler Knigge (two innings) and Mike Nesseth (one inning) posted three hitless innings to secure the win.
The Fightin Phils improved to 37-46 with the win. Reading will go for a series sweep when the series concludes Wednesday. Right-hander Seth Rosin (6-4, 3.96 ERA) will take the mound.
Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced
The Threshers (4-5) were idle Tuesday.
Clearwater will host the Dunedin Blue Jays at Bright House Field on Wednesday.
Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A
The BlueClaws shut out the Delmarva Shorebirds, 1-0, at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood Township, N.J.
Both teams could only manage two hits in a pitching duel.
The only run of the game came on designated hitter Willie Carmona's home run, his fourth of the season, in the third inning.
Right-handed starter Severino Gonzalez (1-0, 0.00 ERA) threw six perfect innings and took the win. He struck out nine.
Reliever Zach Cooper relieved Gonzalez and plunked the first batter he faced to ruin the perfect game. Cooper allowed a hit to the very next batter to give up the no-hitter, but retired the next three batters to get through the inning.
Closer Steven Inch allowed a hit and struck out three in two innings of work to notch his 10th save of the season.
Catcher Chace Numata (1-for-3) recorded Lakewood's other hit.
Gonzalez's stellar season continued with Tuesday's effort, his second start with Lakewood. With the BlueClaws, he only allowed two hits and struck out 15 in 10 innings of work. Before joining Lakewood, Gonzalez allowed six runs (five earned) on 21 hits and three walks while striking out 33 in 27 1/3 innings of work at Clearwater. His ERA was 1.65 with the Threshers.
The BlueClaws are now 30-50 on the season. Lakewood will send right-hander Miguel Nunez (5-6, 4.73 ERA) in the series finale on Wednesday.