Phillies Minor League Report: Jesse Biddle loses again, walks seven batters
Here's how the Phillies' minor-league teams fared on Wednesday, August 28:
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A
The IronPigs lost to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, 5-4, in 12 innings at PNC Field in Moosic, Pa.
Second baseman Cesar Hernandez started the game off with a bunt single, moved to third on an errant pickoff attempt and scored when shortstop Freddy Galvis delivered a sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead.
Left-handed starter Greg Smith would quickly give up the lead in the bottom of the first. Smith allowed four runs on 10 hits over five innings of work. He settled for a no-decision.
Trailing 3-1 in the fifth, Lehigh Valley tied the game. Galvis hit his second sacrifice fly of the game to score center fielder Derrick Mitchell, who reached on a leadoff double. Right fielder Steve Susdorf would also record a sacrifice fly in the inning to score Hernandez, who singled.
The IronPigs were trailing again in the seventh. Galvis doubled and scored on first baseman Tyler Henson's RBI single to tie the game at 4-4.
The game stayed that way until the RailRiders pushed an unearned run across in the 12th.
Hernandez (2-for-6 with two runs scored), Henson (2-for-6 with an RBI and three strikeouts) and Mitchell (2-for-5 with a double, a run scored and two strikeouts) notched multi-hit games.
The IronPigs fell to 71-68. The two-game set wraps up Thursday. Southpaw Adam Morgan (2-6, 3.60 ERA) is slated to start for Lehigh Valley.
Reading Fightin Phils – Double A
The Fightin Phils were blanked by the Richmond Flying Squirrels, 1-0, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading, Pa.
Left-handed starter Jesse Biddle (5-14, 3.64 ERA) allowed a first inning run and took the loss. Biddle walked seven and gave up one hit over three innings. He uncorked a wild pitch while punching out four batters.
Biddle leads the Eastern League in losses (14), walks allowed (82) and strikeouts (154). He has pitched 138 1/3 innings this season.
Reading notched four hits in the contest via center fielder Zach Collier (1-for-2 with two walks), third baseman Maikel Franco (2-for-4 with a strikeout) and left fielder Anthony Hewitt (1-for-4 with a strikeout).
The Fightin Phils are now 59-78 on the season. The series wraps up Thursday as righty Perci Garner (0-0, 1.93 ERA) takes the hill for Reading.
Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced
The Threshers were shut out in both ends of a doubleheader with the Tampa Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. Both games ended 2-0.
In the first game, Clearwater got seven hits in the seven-inning contest, but went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
Left-handed starter Ethan Stewart (1-6, 6.00 ERA) suffered the loss. He allowed two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four over six innings.
The second game went 10 innings, but Clearwater still couldn't crack the scoreboard with eight hits.
After going hitless in the first game, center fielder Aaron Altherr went 3-for-4 in the second game.
Right-handed starter Alejandro Arteaga pitched six scoreless innings, allowing a pair of hits and a pair of walks.
Righty Colton Murray surrendered a two-run home run in the 10th to take the loss.
The Threshers fell to 66-65 after the doubleheader. Clearwater begins a two-game series with Dunedin Blue Jays on Thursday. The pitching matchup has not been announced yet.
Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A
The BlueClaws fell to the Hagerstown Suns, 4-2, at Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown, Md.
Right-handed starter Ramon Oviedo (1-4, 5.45 ERA) struggled and took the loss. He allowed two runs on five hits and two walks over four innings.
Lakewood avoided a shutout as third baseman Willie Carmona hit a two-run home run in the eighth. It was his sixth of the season.
Three hits was all the BlueClaws could manage. Second baseman Angelo Mora (1-for-4 with a single and a run scored) and catcher Chace Mumata (1-for-4 with a single) provided the other base knocks.
The loss dropped the BlueClaws to 54-78. The teams will look for a series win in the finale Thursday. The pitching matchup has not been announced.
Williamsport Crosscutters - Class A-Short Season
The Crosscutters crushed the State College Spikes, 9-1, at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park in University Park, Pa.
Williamsport used a seven-run second to cruise to victory. First baseman Sam Dove hit a solo homer, second baseman Andrew Pullin singled home a run, right fielder Dylan Cozens and designated hitter Andrew Knapp drew bases loaded walks and center fielder Gustavo Martinez cleared the bases with a three-run double in the frame.
Right-handed starter Yacksel Rios (5-2, 3.97 ERA) accepted the offense and took the win. He allowed a run on six hits and a walk while striking out five over five innings.
Righty Felix Santos pitched four scoreless innings and picked up an easy save.
The win lifted the Crosscutters to 32-35. Williamsport will play two Thursday against the Batavia Muckdogs.