Phillies Minor League Report: Cody Asche's hot streak continues
Here's how the Phillies' minor-league teams fared on Wednesday, July 24:
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A
The IronPigs fell to the Rochester Red Wings, 6-2, at Frontier Field in Rochester, N.Y.
Lehigh Valley led for a majority of the game, but a late-game collapse by the bullpen sunk the IronPigs.
In the first inning, right-handed starter Tyler Cloyd served up a two-out, solo home run. However, it would be the only run he would allow. Cloyd went seven strong innings, giving up only two hits and a walk while striking out six.
The IronPigs immediately answered with a two-run second. To lead off the inning, first baseman Cody Overbeck singled and designated hitter Josh Fields doubled to spark the rally. Right fielder Steve Susdorf lifted a ball to the outfield to score Overbeck and left fielder Leandro Castro doubled to give Lehigh Valley a 2-1 lead.
The game would stay like that until the bottom of the eighth. That's when relievers Jay Johnson and Phillippe Aumont combined to give up five runs on two hits and three walks.
Third baseman Cody Asche continued his hot hitting with a 2-for-4 (a double, a single and a strikeout) effort to raise his average to .294. Asche went 8-for-13 with two home runs and four RBI in the first three games of the series.
The IronPigs dropped below .500 for the second time this week at 52-53. The teams conclude the four-game series on Thursday. Righty Zach Miner (5-5, 4.13 ERA) gets the call for Lehigh Valley.
Reading Fightin Phils – Double A
The Fightin Phils lost to the Binghamton Mets, 6-3, at NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton, N.Y.
Like Lehigh Valley, Reading also had a lead for the majority of the game after scoring in each of the first three innings.
In the first, Derrick Mitchell hit a one-out solo home run for a 1-0 lead, but Binghamton matched with a run of their own in the bottom half.
Anthony Hewitt staged a two-rally in the second. He doubled, stole third and scored on a fielder error by the second baseman on a ball hit by Troy Hanzawa.
The Fightin Phils' final run came in the third. Albert Cartwright hit a leadoff double and scored two batters later on Maikel Franco's RBI groundout for a 3-1 lead.
Right-handed starter David Buchanan (6-10, 4.63 ERA) couldn't capitalize with the lead. He allowed six runs on nine hits and four walks over five-plus innings for the loss.
Buchanan matched left-hander Jesse Biddle for the team lead and league lead in losses. Biddle suffered his 10th loss Tuesday.
The Fightin Phils fell to 43-59. Reading will begin a four-game series at home against the New Britain Rock Cats on Thursday with southpaw Austin Wright (3-5, 6.51 ERA) on the hill.
Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced
The Threshers rallied to beat the Jupiter Hammerheads, 5-2, to split a four-game series at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.
Clearwater erased two one-run deficits for the win.
Trailing 1-0 in the fourth, right fielder Cameron Perkins was plunked by a pitch to start off the inning. Second baseman Carlos Alonso moved Perkins to third on a single. First baseman Brock Stassi immediately followed with a sacrifice fly to knot the game at 1-1.
The Threshers found themselves down 2-1 an inning later, but third baseman Harold Martinez homered to lead off the frame to tie the game.
Clearwater would take control of the game in the sixth with five base hits, including four consecutive singles to start off the inning from designated hitter Chris Serritella, Alonso, Stassi and shortstop Miguel Abreu. Martinez would add another RBI on a groundout to make the score 5-2.
Right-handed starter Ethan Stewart went 4 2/3 innings, allowed two runs on three hits and seven walks. He struck out eight.
Right-hander Steven Inch picked up the win in relief, pitching 3 1/3 scoreless innings.
Alonso (3-for-4 with a run scored and a strikeout) and Martinez (2-for-4 with a home run, a double, two RBI and a run scored) had multi-hit games.
The win lifted the Threshers to 50-48. Clearwater will now travel to face the Fort Myers Miracle for a four-game series, beginning Thursday. A starting pitcher has not been announced.
Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A
The BlueClaws (40-59) were idle on Wednesday. Lakewood will host the Greenville Drive for a four-game series beginning Thursday with righty Jon Prosinski (0-0, 1.80 ERA) on the mound.
Williamsport Crosscutters - Class A-Short Season
The Crosscutters split a doubleheader with the Auburn Doubledays at Falcon Park in Auburn, N.Y.
The first game ended, 3-2, in favor of the Doubledays.
Right-handed starter Mitch Gueller (2-1, 2.25 ERA) allowed three runs (two earned) on seventies and two walks while striking out four over six innings to suffer the loss.
Williamsport's two runs came on a passed ball and a error by Auburn.
Designated hitter Dylan Cozen had the only multi-hit game and extra-base hit by going 2-for-3 with a double and run scored.
The Crosscutters recovered to win the second game, 4-1.
Center fielder Gustavo Martinez and shortstop Malquin Canelo hit back-to-back doubles to lead off the game for a 1-0 lead.
The Doubledays tied the game in the third, but the Crosscutters scored three times in the fourth for the win. Canelo doubled again and scored on a passed ball. Cozens singled home third baseman Zach Green, who drew a walk. Cozens would score on first baseman Logan Pierce's RBI single.
The Crosscutters went to 19-16 after the doubleheader. The series concludes Thursday as right-hander Drew Anderson (3-2, 3.22 ERA) is slated to make the start for Williamsport.