Phillies Minor League Report: Maikel Franco posts another big night for Reading
Here's how the Phillies' minor-league teams fared on Friday, July 19:
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A
A six-run inning from the Columbus Clippers contributed to the IronPigs dropping their fifth game in a row Friday, 7-2, at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown.
Heading into the seventh inning, the IronPigs were tied with the Clippers, 1-1. Starting pitcher Raul Valdes exited the game after a strong six-inning performance where gave up only one run on five hits. He also recorded five strikeouts.
Mike MacDougal entered the game in relief of Valdes and thus began the unraveling of the IronPigs. MacDougal surrendered two runs before being pulled after retiring only one batter.
With the score 3-1 in favor of the Clippers, Cesar Jimenez took the mound and gave up four more runs to make the score 7-1 and put the game out of reach for the IronPigs.
The IronPigs’ second and final run of the game came courtesy of an RBI-single from shortstop Freddy Galvis in the bottom of the eighth.
MacDougal took the loss after giving up the first two runs of the Clippers’ big seventh inning.
Despite only scoring two runs, the IronPigs recorded 10 hits during the contest including seven off of Columbus starter Daisuke Matsuzaka.
Galvis (2-for-4) and right fielder Tyson Gillies (2-for-3) drove in the only two runs of the game for the IronPigs. Catcher Cameron Rupp (2-for-4) was the only other IronPig to record multiple hits.
After dropping the first two of the four-game series, the IronPigs will try to finally get off the snide at 6:35 p.m. Saturday. Tyler Cloyd (2-8, 6.89 ERA) is scheduled to start for the IronPigs.
Reading Fightin Phils – Double A
The Fightin Phils pushed their current hot streak to four games after a 4-3 victory over the Portland Sea Dogs Friday at Hadlock Field in Portland, Maine.
The Fightin Phils took a quick lead in the top of the first thanks to an RBI-single from third baseman Maikel Franco.
Reading extended its advantage in the top of the third after second baseman Albert Cartwright hit a single to left field that brought home Franco and make the score 2-0.
The Sea Dogs chipped away at their small deficit with a run in the bottom of the fourth and tied the game with another run in the sixth.
Designated hitter Derrick Mitchell led off the top of the seventh inning by lining out to third base. Center fielder Zach Collier followed Mitchell with a solo home run to put the Fightin Phils in front for good.
Later in the inning, right fielder Kelly Dugan tacked on another run for Reading with a single to center field that brought home Franco again.
Kyle Simon took the mound in the ninth inning to secure the win and hung on to record his seventh save of the season despite allowing the Sea Dogs to cut the lead to one run.
Reading starter David Buchanan posted a solid outing Friday during his six innings of work. Buchanan gave up seven hits, but only allowed two runs and picked up his sixth win of the season in the process.
Franco had another stellar outing from the plate as he went 3-for-5 with an RBI, two runs and a double. Dugan (3-for-4) matched Franco in the hitting department and drove in a run as well.
Collier’s homer was his sixth of the season and was his only hit of the game in four at-bats.
The Fightin Phils will attempt to clinch a series victory over the Sea Dogs at 6 p.m. Saturday with Austin Wright (3-4, 6.75 ERA) scheduled to take the mound.
Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced
The Threshers split a doubleheader with the Bradenton Marauders Friday, winning the first game 4-3 and being battered in the second by a score of 10-1 at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.
During the first game, the Threshers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the third.
The Threshers’ first run of the inning came off the bat of second baseman Matt Tolbert after he hit a double to left field that brought home center fielder Jiwan James.
Right fielder Cameron Perkins followed Tolbert with a single to center that brought in Tolbert. Left fielder Aaron Altherr finished off the scoring with an RBI-double to left that plated Perkins.
The Marauders cut their deficit to one run after putting up two in the bottom half of the inning. The Marauders eventually tied the ballgame in the bottom of the fourth after an RBI-double from left fielder Taylor Lewis.
Perkins put the Threshers in front for good in the top of the fifth with an RBI single that scored James.
Perkins (2-for-3), Tolbert (2-for-4) and James (2-for-4) all recorded multiple hits Friday.
Perkins, Tolbert and Altherr each drove in a run as well.
Starter Hoby Milner posted a strong outing Friday. He allowed three runs on seven hits in five innings of work. Milner picked up the win, which improved his record to 9-4 on the season.
Ken Giles shut the door on the Marauders in the final inning to pick up his first save with the Threshers.
All of the good feelings from the first game were quickly erased during the second as the Marauders dominated the Threshers from the outset.
Bradenton jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first and held a 5-1 advantage after two innings. The Marauders plated five more runs to cruise the victory.
Bradenton knocked around Clearwater starter Luis Paulino during his only two innings of work. Paulino surrendered five runs on six hits and was dealt his sixth loss of the season.
Ryan O’Sullivan and Colton Murray combined to give up the final five runs to the Marauders.
The lone bright spot for the Threshers in Game 2 was catcher Bob Stumpo who went 3-for-3 from the plate and drove in the only run.
The Threshers will look to even up the four-game set with the Marauders in the series finale at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The starting pitchers have yet to be announced.
Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A
Three runs in the ninth inning propelled the BlueClaws to a series-clinching 3-2 win over the Augusta GreenJackets Friday at Lake Olmstead Stadium in Augusta, Ga.
Trailing 2-0 heading into the ninth, it looked as if the BlueClaws were going to be shut out for the second night in a row.
But first baseman Willie Carmona reversed the BlueClaws’ fortune with a two-run homer that tied the game.
After a pair of two-out singles from third baseman Mitch Walding and center fielder Carlos Tocci, catcher Chad Carman stepped up to the plate and hit an RBI-single that plated Walding and gave the BlueClaws the lead.
In the bottom portion of the inning, Delvi Francisco held off Augusta’s rally attempt to secure a big win for the BlueClaws and his fifth save of the season.
The BlueClaws pitching staff posted a good night overall as the unit only allowed six hits to the GreenJackets.
Starter Jon Prosinski gave up only one run on three hits in five innings of work although he did not pick up the decision.
The decision went to Chris Burgess after he threw two innings where he surrendered only one run on two hits. Burgess’ record improved to 1-1 with the BlueClaws.
Despite being held off the scoreboard until the ninth inning, the BlueClaws recorded 11 hits against the Augusta pitching staff.
Walding (2-for4), left fielder Larry Greene (2-for-3), and right fielder Brian Pointer (2-for-5) all posted multi-hit outings.
After taking two of three from the GreenJackets, the BlueClaws will travel to Rome, Ga. to play the Rome Braves in a four-game series at State Mutual Stadium. The first game is set for 7 p.m. Saturday with Miguel Nunez (7-7, 4.36 ERA) getting the ball for the BlueClaws.
Williamsport Crosscutters – Class A-Short Season
The Crosscutters avoided being swept by the Hudson Valley Renegades by way of a 4-3 win Friday at Bowman Field in Williamsport.
The Crosscutters got out in front of the Renegades in the top of the first thanks to an RBI-double from right fielder Dylan Cozens that plated two runs.
Williamsport did not score another run, however, until the bottom of the eighth.
The Renegades tied the game, 2-2, with a two-run homer from left fielder Granden Goetzman in the top of the second.
Williamsport finally broke the tie in the bottom of the eighth when catcher Gabriel Lino hit a two-run bomb of his own to put the Crosscutters in front for good.
Mark Meadors took the mound in the ninth to lock up the win for the Crosscutters and earned his first save of the season.
Cozens led the Crosscutters from the plate Friday as he went 3-for-4 with two RBI. Lino matched Cozens with two RBI coming from his homer in the eighth inning.
Shortstop Malquin Canelo posted a solid night as well as he went 2-for-4.
Starting pitcher Drew Anderson posted solid numbers during his five innings of work as he gave up the two Hudson Valley runs on four hits.
Anderson did not pick up the decision, however, as that went to Chris Nichols after he allowed only one hit during his three innings on the mound. He improved his record to 2-1 with Williamsport.
The Crosscutters’ homestand continues at 7:05 p.m. Saturday when they begin a three-game set against the Lowell Spinners. Yacksel Rios (1-0, 2.31 ERA) will take the hill for the Crosscutters.