Phillies Minor League Report: Tyler Cloyd stifles IronPigs
Here's how the Phillies' minor league teams fared on Sunday, June 22:
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A
The IronPigs were held to five hits in a 6-4 loss to the Columbus Clippers at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa.
A four-run second inning that was capped off by catcher Sebastian Valle's three-run homer gave the IronPigs an early lead, but the offense mustered only one hit for the rest of the game.
Right-handed starter Sean O'Sullivan had a forgettable outing, but was spared the loss due to the manager's hook in the fifth. O'Sullivan allowed four runs (three earned) on three hits and three walks while striking out seven.
Former Phillie Tyler Cloyd (5-4, 4.73 ERA) earned the win after a shaky second inning. Cloyd held the IronPigs to four hits and struck out three over seven innings. He retired the last 17 consecutive batters he faced.
Righty Brad Lincoln will take the mound as the IronPigs (38-39) look for a series split on Monday.
Reading Fightin Phils – Double A
The Fightin Phils fell to the New Britain Rock Cats, 5-3, to suffer a three-game sweep at New Britain Stadium in New Britain, Conn.
Reading has now lost six consecutive games.
The offense couldn't overcome a poor start by left-hander Adam Loewen (0-1, 6.10 ERA), who gave up five runs on five hits and five walks in five innings.
Left fielder Peter Lavin hit a solo home run in the loss. It was his second with the Fightin Phils and his eighth of the year.
Second baseman Albert Cartwright (1-for-4 with three strikeouts) and designated hitter Jake Fox (2-for-4) both doubled and scored.
Next up for the Fightin Phils (33-39) is a three-game set with the Binghamton Mets. Southpaw Jesse Biddle (3-8, 4.04 ERA) is slated to start the opener on Monday.
Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced
The Threshers won a pitchers' duel against the Lakeland Flying Tigers, 1-0, at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
Left-handed starter Ryan Demmin (2-1, 1.29 ERA) delivered a gem and earned the win. He struck out eight over eight shutout innings, holding Lakeland to only three hits.
Righty Lee Ridenhour (4.33 ERA) survived a rocky ninth to notch his sixth save of the season. He allowed two hits and a walk in the frame.
The game's lone run came off the bat of designated hitter Art Charles, who lifted a solo home run in the second. Charles finished the game 1-for-1 with two walks.
The Threshers (20-52) will look for the series sweep as they send 2014 first-round pick Aaron Nola out to the mound for his professional debut.
Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A
The BlueClaws rallied to tie the game late, but still lost to the West Virginia Power, 4-3, at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood Township, N.J.
Trailing 3-1 after six innings, second baseman Andrew Pullin's RBI single in the seventh and center fielder Carlos Tocci's RBI ground ball in the eighth knotted the score.
Lefty Christopher O'Hare immediately gave the lead back to the Power in the ninth and suffered the loss.
Right-handed starter Ranfi Casimiro surrendered three runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks in five innings.
Four BlueClaws hitters had multi-hit games: right fielder Samuel Hiciano (3-for-5 with a double and a run scored), designated hitter Andrew Knapp (2-for-4 with a walk), left fielder Larry Greene (2-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and a strikeout) and third baseman Mitch Walding (2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a strikeout).
The BlueClaws (1-3 in second half, 28-45 overall) will travel for a four-game series with the Greensboro Grasshoppers as righty Tyler Viza (2-9, 4.76 ERA) takes the ball in the opener on Monday.
Williamsport Crosscutters – Class A-Short Season
The Crosscutters suffered a 9-3 loss to the Jamestown Jammers at Russell E. Diethrick Jr. Park in Jamestown, N.Y.
Right-handed starter Mitch Gueller (0-1, 6.75 ERA) was tagged for six runs on seven hits and five walks over four-plus innings.
Right fielder Cord Sandberg (3-for-5 with two doubles, a run scored and a stolen base) and left fielder Justin Parr (2-for-4 with a double and an RBI) had multi-hit games.
Third baseman Jan Hernandez hit a solo home run in the ninth.
The Crosscutters (4-6) will wrap up the two-game series as righty Alejandro Arteaga (0-1, 4.50 ERA) toes the rubber on Monday.