Phillies Minor League Report: J.P. Crawford hits first homer in Clearwater

Lakewood Blue Claws shortstop J.P. Crawford. (Elizabeth Robertson/Staff Photographer)

Here's how the Phillies' minor league teams fared on Friday, June 27:

Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A

The Lehigh Valley bullpen managed to squander a three-run lead en route to a 6-5 loss at the hands of the Rochester Red Wings Friday at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown.

Former major-league pitcher Jason Marquis struck out six batters and allowed only one run in six innings for the IronPigs. Nursing a 4-1 lead during the seventh inning, Jeremy Horst, Ethan Martin and Cesar Jimenez allowed five more Rochester runs during the seventh and eighth innings.

Jimenez was handed his second blown save and loss of the season after allowing the game-winning run.

The IronPigs built up their lead thanks in part to a two-run homer from catcher Sebastian Valle during the second inning. The homer was Valle’s fourth of the season.

Right fielder Russ Canzler and second baseman Tyler Henson led the IronPigs in hitting, as they both went 2-for-4. Only three members of Lehigh Valley lineup did not record a hit, including third baseman Maikel Franco, who went 0-for-4.

After splitting a quick two-game series with the Red Wings, the IronPigs host the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders for a three-game set, starting at 6:35 p.m. Saturday. Barry Enright (3-7, 5.20 ERA) is scheduled to start for Lehigh Valley.

Saturday is the start of five consecutive games for the IronPigs against the RailRiders.

Reading Fightin Phils – Double A

Things are seemingly going from bad to worse for the Fightin Phils.

The Fightin Phils committed six errors and walked a total of 13 batters on their way to their 10th consecutive loss at the hands of the Portland Sea Dogs, 12-2, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading.

Starting pitcher Perci Garner had a very tough outing Friday, as he walked eight batters and allowed six runs on six hits during only 3.1 innings. He was dealt the loss, which dropped him to 4-5 on the year.

Ryan O’Sullivan took Garner’s place on the mound, but allowed three runs on three hits and walked three more batters during only 1.2 innings.

Among the six errors, three were throwing, two were fielding and one was catching. Center fielder Aaron Altherr committed two errors.

Adding insult to injury was that Altherr went 0-for-4 from the plate. The Fightin Phils recorded seven as a team. Designated hitter Jake Fox and first baseman Brock Stassi both went 2-for-3 from the dish. Both of Fox’s hits went for doubles.

Unfortunately for the Fightin Phils, they went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners stranded on base. Meanwhile, the Sea Dogs went 8-for-26 with runners in scoring position.

The Fightin Phils will try to put a stop to this lengthy losing streak against the Sea Dogs at 6:35 p.m. Saturday. Adam Loewen (0-1, 6.10 ERA) will start for Reading.

Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced

Shortstop J.P. Crawford hit his first home run as a Thresher during the team’s 8-4 loss Friday to the Brevard County Manatees at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.

With the Threshers already down 3-0 in the bottom of the first, center fielder Roman Quinn doubled to left field. Crawford followed Quinn with a homer over the right-field wall to close the gap to one run.

Both Quinn and Crawford finished 2-for-4 from the plate to lead the Threshers. Two batters after Crawford’s bomb, designated hitter Brandon Short hit a solo homer to tie the game up.

However, the Threshers only plated one more run the rest of the game. The Manatees, on the other hand, plated five more during the course of the game while recording 17 hits off the Clearwater pitching staff.

The Manatees knocked around starter Jeb Stefan for five innings to the tune of six runs on 11 hits. They then knocked around Ramon Oviedo by plating one run on five hits in only three innings.

Stefan took the loss, which dropped him to 4-7 on the season.

The Threshers will continue their series with the Manatees at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Mark Leiter will make his Threshers debut as the starter.

Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A

The BlueClaws’ losing streak climbed to six games after they were handed a 6-2 defeat by the West Virginia Power Friday at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W. Va.

Friday was just the latest episode of Lakewood’s struggles since the All-Star break, as the team is now 1-8 coming out of it.

The BlueClaws recorded only five hits against the Power, with their only runs coming courtesy of a two-run homer from catcher Andrew Knapp. The homer was Knapp’s second of the season.

Other than that, the BlueClaws offense sputtered. Starting pitcher Ranfi Casimiro kind of did as well, as he allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits and walked seven batters during 4.2 innings.

Casimiro’s rough outing earned him the loss, which dropped his record to 2-6.

The BlueClaws will continue their four-game series with the Power at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. Tyler Viza (2-10, 5.40 ERA) will take the mound for Lakewood.

Williamsport Crosscutters – Class A-Short Season

For the second game in a row, the Crosscutters had runners in scoring position to tie or win the game, but failed to capitalize as they fell to the State College Spikes again, 5-2, Friday at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park in State College.

Down 3-2 in the eighth inning, the Crosscutters had the game-tying and game-winning runs on base during the eighth inning with two outs thanks to singles from center fielder Aaron Brown and first baseman Wilmer Oberto. But Justin Parr grounded out to first base, leaving the runners stranded.

The Spikes managed to plate two insurance runs during the bottom half of the frame off Williamsport pitcher Bryan Sova.

Although the Crosscutters received a double from shortstop Derek Campbell, they failed to break through and suffered their second straight loss to the Spikes.

Feliberto Sanchez was handed the loss after allowing three runs on seven hits during 4.2 innings. His record fell to 0-3 as a result.

Campbell’s double during the ninth capped of a 3-for-4 night for him. Oberto joined Campbell in the multi-hit category, going 2-for-4 with an RBI.

The Crosscutters return home to Susquehanna Bank Park at Bowman Field to play the Spikes against at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. Mitch Gueller (0-1, 6.75 ERA) will start for Williamsport.

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