Phillies Minor League Report: Cody Asche hits a pair of two-run homers for Lakewood

Cody Asche. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Here's how the Phillies' minor league teams fared on Friday, June 13:

Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A

The IronPigs snapped a four-game losing streak by way of a 3-0 victory over the Rochester Red Wings Friday at Frontier Field in Rochester, N.Y.

All of Lehigh Valley’s runs came during the top of the second thanks to RBI hits from right fielder Leandro Castro and designated hitter Steve Susdorf. The RBI brought Castro’s season total to 25 and Susdorf‘s to 18.

From there, the Lehigh Valley pitching staff stymied the Red Wings courtesy a four-man effort. Starter Brad Lincoln struck out five batters and allowed six hits during his five innings on the mound. He also walked three batters.

Cesar Jimenez and B.J. Rosenberg tossed the next three innings, allowing a combined four hits. Luis Garcia stepped on the rubber in the ninth and secured his eighth save of the season.

Susdorf led the IronPigs offensively, finishing 2-for-4 with an RBI. Center fielder Tyson Gillies also went 2-for-4 for the IronPigs.

The IronPigs will try to get a leg up in the series against the Red Wings at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. Chris Bootcheck (2-2, 3.00 ERA) is scheduled to start for Lehigh Valley.

Reading Fightin Phils – Double A

Despite a great performance from pitcher Severino Gonzalez, a throwing error from third baseman Carlos Alonso cost the Fightin Phils, as they fell to the Altoona Curve, 5-4, at Peoples Natural Gas Field in Altoona.

The loss dropped the Fightin Phils to 2-11 in the month of June.

The Fightin Phils came out of the third inning holding a 4-0 lead thanks to a two-run double from center fielder Aaron Altherr and a two-run homer from first baseman Jake Fox, which was his first of the season. Unfortunately for the Fightin Phils, they were unable to plate any more runs the rest of the way. Fox and Altherr both finished the game 2-for-4 from the plate with two RBI.

Gonzalez struck out 10 batters, but he also allowed nine hits and gave up three runs during the seventh, which tied the game.

Ryan O’Sullivan relieved Gonzalez and was charged with the game-winning run, handed his third loss of the season and his second blown save.

Catcher Sebastian Valle led the IronPigs in hits, as he went 3-for-4. The Fightin Phils only got runners in scoring position on two occasions although they cashed in on each opportunity.

The Fightin Phils will try to even up the series at 6 p.m. Saturday. Left-hander Hoby Milner will start for Reading.

Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced

The Threshers began their all-star break Friday night. They will be back in action June 16 when they host the Lakeland Flying Tigers at Bright House Field in Clearwater.

Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A

Despite a big game from the plate from Phillies third baseman Cody Asche, the BlueClaws fell to the Hickory Crawdads in 10 innings Friday, 8-6, at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood Township, N.J.

Asche began his rehab assignment with the BlueClaws in a big way with a pair of two-run homers. Asche played five innings in the field and went 2-for-3 from the plate.

Asche’s homers helped the BlueClaws hold a 6-5 advantage after eight innings. The BlueClaws sent Cody Forsythe to the mound to secure the win. Instead, he allowed the game-tying run in the ninth and a two-run homer during the 10th to give the Crawdads the lead and eventually the win.

Forsythe’s blown save was his third of the season. He was also dealt the loss, which dropped his record to 3-2.

Starter Yacksel Rios tossed only three innings where he allowed two runs on two hits. Julio Reyes pitched 3.2 innings, but allowed three runs on five hits.

The BlueClaws recorded 14 hits Friday and boasted three members of the lineup with at least three hits. Center fielder Carlos Tocci led the way, going 3-for-4. Second baseman Andrew Pullin and designated hitter Andrew Knapp both went 3-for-5. Left fielder Samuel Hiciano drove in a run, which brought his total to 27 on the season.

Despite their 14 hits, the BlueClaws went 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners on base.

The BlueClaws will lock up against the Crawdads again at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. Ranfi Casimiro (2-5, 5.24 ERA) will start for Lakewood.

Williamsport Crosscutters – Class A-Short Season

The Crosscutters opened the 2014 season with a 10-3 loss to the State College Spikes at the newly christened Susquehanna Bank Park at Bowman Field.

The Crosscutters held the Spikes off the scoreboard through four innings thanks to some quality pitching from Alejandro Arteaga. Unfortunately for Arteaga, he ran into some severe trouble during the fifth inning.

The Spikes pounded Arteaga to the tune of six runs (only one earned) during the frame, which ended his night. Arteaga allowed a total of seven hits during his time on the mound and was dealt the loss.

State College’s Roman Wick did the most damage, as he went 3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI.

The Crosscutters didn’t have quite as much production from their lineup, as they recorded only six hits. Two of them came from right fielder Cord Sandberg. Left Fielder Herlis Rodriguez and center fielder Jiandido Tromp managed to record on RBI apiece.

The Crosscutters continue their three-game series against the Spikes at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. Ricardo Pinto will get the start for Williamsport.

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