Phillies Minor League Report: Reading's bullpen blows lead in ninth
Here's how the Phillies' minor-league teams fared on Sunday, September 1:
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A
The IronPigs were shut out by the Pawtucket Red Sox, 5-0, at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa.
Rain ended the game after 5 1/2 innings.
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Right-handed starter David Buchanan (4-2, 3.00 ERA) allowed a run in the first inning to put Lehigh Valley in an early hole. Later in the game, Buchanan couldn't get through the sixth. He allowed five runs on six hits and three walks while striking out four over 5 2/3 innings.
The IronPigs only recorded three hits in the contest before the rain came. Center fielder Derrick Mitchell (1-for-3), shortstop Freddy Galvis (1-for-2) and left fielder Leandro Castro (1-for-2) all singled.
The loss dropped the IronPigs to 72-71. Southpaw Greg Smith (8-3, 3.16 ERA) will look to keep Lehigh Valley above .500 in the season finale Monday.
Reading Fightin Phils – Double A
The Fightin Phils collapsed late and lost to the New Britain Rock Cats, 5-4, at New Britain Stadium in New Britain, Conn.
Reading seized a two-run lead in the first inning. With one out, left fielder Matt Tolbert singled and third baseman Maikel Franco doubled to put runners in scoring position. A wild pitch would score Tolbert and designated hitter Kelly Dugan recorded an RBI groundout to score Franco.
Left-handed starter Mario Hollands would even the score in the second inning by giving up two runs. He went 6 1/3 innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks.
The Fightin Phils would take another two-run lead in the contest. In the fourth, center fielder Albert Cartwright hit a two-out, RBI double to score second baseman Edgar Duran, who drew a walk. In the sixth, right fielder Anthony Hewitt hit a leadoff double and scored on a passed ball.
Reading took a 4-2 lead into the ninth, but righty Juan Sosa was charged with three runs in the inning and took the loss.
The Fightin Phils fell to 61-80. Reading will turn to lefty Jesse Biddle (5-14, 3.64 ERA) in the season finale on Monday.
Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced
The Threshers were crushed by the Dunedin Blue Jays, 16-2, in the season finale at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Fla.
Clearwater trailed 1-0 after one inning, 8-0 after two, 11-0 after three and 15-1 after four.
Right-handed starter Alejandro Arteaga (0-1, 4.70 ERA) was chased in the second inning. He allowed four runs on six hits over 1 2/3 innings.
Righty Lee Ridenhour was up next out of the bullpen and allowed four runs on four hits and a walk in just 1/3 of an inning.
Righty Jordan Guth didn't fare much better as he surrendered seven runs (four earned on seven hits and a walk over two innings. Guth served up two home run balls.
The Threshers avoided the shutout with second baseman Carlos Alonso's RBI double in the fourth to score right fielder Cameron Perkins, who also doubled.
Later, center fielder Jiwan James singled and scored in the eighth on Perkins' RBI single.
The Threshers finished the season a game below .500 at 67-68.
Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A
The BlueClaws topped the Greensboro Grasshoppers, 3-1, at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood Township, N.J.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the sixth when Lakewood posted a three-run frame. Third baseman Willie Carmona led off the inning with a walk and right fielder Brian Pointer singled with one out to spark the threat. Center fielder Carlos Tocci (one RBI) and catcher Chace Numata (two RBI) hit back-to-back, two-out doubles for the lead.
Right-handed starter Jeb Stefan (6-7, 3.55 ERA) gave a run back in the seventh, but the BlueClaws held on to win. Stefan allowed one run on three hits and a walk while striking out six over seven innings for the win.
First baseman Art Charles went 3-for-4 with a strikeout in the game.
The win lifted the BlueClaws to 56-80. Righty Ramon Oviedo (1-4, 5.45 ERA) is slated to start for Lakewood in the season finale.
Williamsport Crosscutters - Class A-Short Season
The Crosscutters needed 10 innings to beat the Jamestown Jammers, 3-2, at Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pa.
Right-handed starter Drew Anderson allowed a run on four hits and a walk over five innings, but didn't factor in the decision. He struck out three.
Trailing 1-0 in the third, shortstop Malquin Canelo hit a two-out triple and scored on left fielder Justin Parr's RBI double to tie the game.
Right fielder Dylan Cozens put the Crosscutters up with a solo home run, his eighth of the season, in the sixth, but the Jammers would tie the game in the eighth and send the game to extra innings.
Canelo was Williamsport's first batter to step up to the plate in the 10th and he ended the game with a walk-off home run. It was his first homer of the season.
Cozens (2-for-4 with a home run), center fielder Gustavo Martinez (2-for-4) and Canelo (3-for-4 with a home run, a triple, two runs scored and a strikeout) had multi-hit games.
The Crosscutters improved to 35-37 on the season. The final series of the season begins Monday. Righty Yacksel (5-2, 3.97 ERA) takes the ball for WIlliamsport in the first of a three-game set with the Batavia Muckdogs.