Here’s a rundown on how the Phillies’ minor league teams fared on Sunday, May 11:
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A
The IronPigs used a four-run eighth inning to rally past the Gwinnett Braves, 5-2, at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa.
Right-handed starter Sean O'Sullivan provided a strong seven innings in the win, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks. However, he did not factor in the decision.
The IronPigs scored in only two innings, but it was good enough for the victory.
In the first, center fielder Tyson Gillies hit a leadoff single and scored on third baseman Maikel Franco's RBI single for an early 1-0 lead.
Trailing 2-1 in the eighth, Lehigh Valley batted around to take the lead. Franco started the frame with a single and eventually came around to tie the game on right fielder Steve Susdorf's RBI single. The game-winning hit was provided by second baseman Ronny Cedeno as he stepped to the plate with one out and the bases loaded. Cedeno delivered a bases-clearing double to secure the win.
Gillies (2-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base, a run scored and a strikeout), Franco (2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI), Susdorf (2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI) and Cedeno (2-for-4 with a double and three RBI) had multi-hit games.
The IronPigs went back to .500 at 18-18 on the season with the win. Righty Jonathan Pettibone (2-0, 3.38 ERA) is slated to start as Lehigh Valley looks for a series split in the finale on Monday.
Reading Fightin Phils – Double A
The Fightin Phils were crushed by the Trenton Thunder, 15-0, at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, N.J.
Right-handed starter Severino Gonzalez (3-3, 5.73 ERA) was knocked around for 10 runs on 10 hits, including two home runs, in 3 2/3 innings to suffer the loss.
Only four Reading hitters reached base and all did so twice in the game: third baseman Cesar Hernandez (2-for-4 with a double), right fielder Cam Perkins (1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout), first baseman Brock Stassi (1-for-3 with a walk) and second baseman Carlos Alonso (2-for-3 with a stolen base).
The FIghtin Phils fell below .500 at 16-17. Reading will close out its road trip with a three-game set against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, beginning Monday. Southpaw Hoby Milner (1-2, 5.19 ERA) takes the ball for the opener.
Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced
The Threshers (8-25) were idle on Sunday. Clearwater will host the Jupiter Hammerheads for a four-game series, beginning Monday. Righty Colin Kleven (1-3, 6.12 ERA) will head to the mound in the opener.
Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A
The BlueClaws held on to beat the Delmarva Shorebirds, 6-5, at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Md.
Lakewood used a balanced attack at the plate as eight starters posted a run scored or an RBI in the win. Four did both: shortstop J.P. Crawford (1-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base), catcher Willians Astudillo (2-for-4), left fielder Samuel Hiciano (1-for-4 with a double and a stolen base) and first baseman Wilmer Oberto (2-for-4 with a double and a strikeout).
Right-handed starter Mark Leiter had a strong outing, but labored late and settled for a no-decision. He was charged with four runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out six over 5 2/3 innings.
Left-handed closer Cody Forsythe (2.63 ERA) allowed a run in the ninth, but was able to notch his fifth save.
The BlueClaws improved to 13-21 on the season. Lakewood will turn to righty Drew Anderson (1-2, 6.28 ERA) as the series continues Monday.
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