Phillies Minor League Report: Severino Gonzalez throws six scoreless innings, strikes out 11 batters
Here's how the Phillies' minor-league teams fared on Friday, July 12:
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A
The IronPigs were scheduled to finish up a quick two-game series against the Buffalo Bisons Friday, but the game was postponed due to rain at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown.
The game has yet to be rescheduled.
The IronPigs lost the first game of the set, 4-1, Thursday. They will travel to Syracuse, N.Y. to begin another two-game set against the Syracuse Chiefs at 7 p.m. Saturday at NBT Bank Stadium.
Left-hander Tom Cochran (3-4, 4.98 ERA) is scheduled to star for the IronPigs.
Reading Fightin Phils – Double A
The downpour in Philadelphia and Allentown also affected Reading as the Fightin Phils’ game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats was postponed.
A makeup date for the game has yet to be announced
The two teams are scheduled to square off again at 6:35 p.m. Saturday at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Brody Colvin (3-2, 7.13 ERA), who was scheduled to start Friday, is still in line to take the mound Saturday.
Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced
The Threshers ended a two-game losing streak by shutting out the Charlotte Stone Crabs, 3-0, at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.
Despite earning a shutout, the Threshers didn’t have one dominant pitcher on the mound, shutting down the Stone Crabs offense.
It was the collective efforts of four pitchers that gave up a combined seven hits.
Hoby Milner started the day and had a relatively pedestrian outing. Milner walked five batters and gave up four of the Stone Crabs’ seven hits in only four innings of work.
Luis Paulino followed Milner and threw the next two innings where he gave up only two hits and walked one batter.
Ken Giles replaced Paulino and was on the mound for two hitless innings where he recorded a strikeout. Giles’ performance helped him earn his first victory of the season with Clearwater.
Colton Murray erased any hope of a Charlotte rally in the ninth and collected his ninth save of the season in the process.
The Threshers really didn’t get the ball rolling offensively until the bottom of the fourth inning when they scored the game’s first run.
Right fielder Jiwan James led off the inning with a single to center field. In the next at-bat, center fielder Aaron Altherr drew a walk to put runners on first and second base.
During the next at-bat, Charlotte pitcher Felipe Rivero threw a wild pitch to first baseman Chris Serritella, which allowed James and Altherr to move to second and third. Serritella eventually struck out swinging.
James crossed the plate during the next at-bat when designated hitter Camron Perkins grounded out to third base.
After a scoreless fifth inning, the Threshers tacked on insurance runs to give them a comfortable lead during the sixth.
Just like the fourth inning, James led the sixth off with a single and Altherr followed with a walk.
There was a bit of a change from the fourth, and that was Serritella reaching base on an error from Charlotte first baseman Alejandro Segovia, which loaded the bases.
Perkins also recorded an RBI without reaching base for the second time as well as he hit a sacrifice fly to right field that scored James.
After second baseman Carlos Alonso popped out, third baseman Matt Tolbert hit a single to left, which brought home Altherr.
James was the only Thresher to record multiple hit during the contest as he went 2-for-4.
The Threshers will play the second of a three-game series against the Stone Crabs at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
The starting pitchers have yet to be announced.
Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A
A great pitching display from Severino Gonzalez spearheaded a 4-0 victory for the BlueClaws over the Hickory Crawdads Friday at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood Township, N.J.
The win was Lakewood’s sixth in a row.
In only his fourth start with the BlueClaws, Gonzalez struck out 11 batters and gave up only three hits in six innings of work. The dominant performance allowed him to pick up the win and improve his record to 3-0.
Geoff Broussard picked right up where Gonzalez left off and managed to put together a three-inning save. The save is Broussard’s first of the season with Lakewood.
The BlueClaws struck first offensively as they plated a run in the first inning courtesy of an RBI-single from left fielder Larry Greene that scored first baseman Willie Carmona, who hit a single earlier in the inning.
The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the fifth when the BlueClaws put two more runs on the scoreboard.
Center fielder Carlos Tocci and shortstop Angelo Mora started the inning with a single and a double respectively to put runners on second and third base. Carmona then took a walk to load the bases.
Right fielder Jonathan Roof took advantage of the opportunity with a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Tocci.
A wild pitch from Hickory pitcher Luis Parra allowed Mora to score from third base to extend the lead to 3-0.
The fourth and final run came during the bottom of the sixth after Mora grounded out to the shortstop, but still allowed Alejandro Villalobos to score from third base.
Carmona (2-for-2) and Tocci (2-for-4) led the BlueClaws in hits.
The BlueClaws play game two of their four-game set against the Crawdads at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. Jonathan Musser (1-3, 5.10 ERA) will get the start for Lakewood.