Phillies Minor League Report: Two Crosscutters hit first professional homers during win
Here's how the Phillies' minor league teams fared on Saturday, June 28:
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders used an inside-the-park home run to edge the IronPigs, 4-3, at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown Saturday.
The RailRiders held a 2-0 advantage over the IronPigs heading into the third inning when second baseman Robert Refsnyder hit a ball to left field and managed to make it all the way home for a two-run homer.
The IronPigs managed to plate a run during the bottom of the inning thanks to a ground-rule double from right fielder Tyler Henson. At first, it looked like Henson plated two runs, but the umpires determined that the ball bounced off a portion of the wall that was above the yellow out-of-bounds line. Thus it was ruled a ground-rule double and only one runner was allowed to cross the plate.
The IronPigs close the gap even further during the sixth inning courtesy of back-to-back RBI hits from third baseman Maikel Franco and left fielder Leandro Castro.
Unfortunately for the IronPigs, they only mustered two more hits the rest of the game, both of which came during the ninth inning.
Castro led the IronPigs from the plate, as he went 2-for-4 with an RBI, which was his 30th of the season.
Starting pitcher Barry Enright posted a rough outing, allowing four runs on eight hits during 5.2 innings on the mound. He was dealt the loss, which dropped his record to 3-8. Phillippe Aumont and Hector Neris held the RailRiders to merely during a combined 3.1 innings of relief.
After dropping the series opener, the IronPigs will face the RailRiders again at 1:35 p.m. Sunday. The starting pitchers have not been announced.
Reading Fightin Phils – Double A
Despite rallying to tie the game during the sixth, the Fightin Phils fell victim to four solo homers from the Portland Sea Dogs during a 4-3 loss Saturday at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading. The loss was Reading’s 11th in a row.
Starting pitcher Adam Loewen posted a quality outing, allowing three runs on only four hits during 7.2 innings. Unfortunately for him, all three of those four hits resulted in solo home runs.
He avoided taking the loss because the Reading offense rallied during the sixth inning. Carlos Alonso led off the inning with a walk, but was immediately brought home following a triple from Peter Lavin.
Kelly Dugan grounded out, but Lavin still managed to cross the plate. The Fightin Phils run culminated with a solo homer from Art Charles.
But a solo homer off reliever Seth Rosin during the ninth inning finally put the Fightin Phils away. Rosin was dealt the loss, which dropped him to 1-2.
Lavin and first baseman Brock Stassi both led the Fightin Phils in hitting, as they both went 2-for-4. Reading recorded seven hits as a team.
The Fightin Phils will try to avoid being swept by the Sea Dogs at 1:35 p.m. Sunday. The Fightin Phils have yet to announce their starting pitcher.
Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced
A two-run double in the 12th inning cost the Threshers during a 6-4 loss to the Brevard County Manatees Saturday at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.
The loss was the fifth in six games for the Threshers.
With one out and the game tied 4-4 with in the top of the 12th, pitcher Lino Martinez allowed a triple, which was followed by an intentional walk. Martinez was then taken off the mound after allowing two runs on three hits during 2.1 innings.
Kevin Walter replaced Martinez, but walked the first batter he saw, which loaded the bases. Walter the coughed up an RBI-double to Bredard County’s Alfredo Rodriguez that plated the winning runs. In the bottom of the inning, the Threshers went down without recording a hit.
Both of the runs during the 12th were charged to Rodriguez, as was the loss, which dropped him to 0-4 on the season.
Starter Mark Leiter made his Clearwater debut and allowed only two runs on eight hits during six solid innings. He also recorded six strikeouts. The Clearwater pitching staff gave up 16 hits during the game.
Even more productive than Leiter was first baseman Art Charles, who hit two solo home runs during the contest. The homers accounted for both of his hits on the night and were his sixth and seventh of the season.
Second baseman KC Serna led the Threshers with three hits. Shortstop J.P. Crawford and right fielder Brian Pointer weren’t far behind, as they both went 2-for-5. Crawford also drove in a run.
After dropping the first two to the Manatees, the Threshers hope to salvage a win in this series at 1 p.m. Sunday. Miguel Nunez (2-5, 6.11 ERA) will get the start for Clearwater.
Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A
The losses are mounting for the BlueClaws, as they took their seventh straight loss Saturday by way of a 4-3 defeat at the hands of the West Virginia Power at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W. Va.
This loss came after the BlueClaws squandered a slim lead during the sixth inning. Starter Tyler Viza was in the midst of a productive outing heading into the frame when he surrendered a two doubles, one of which resulted in a run.
Viza’s night quickly ended in favor of Will Morris, who allowed the final West Virginia run. Both runs were charged to Viza along with the loss, as he dropped to 2-11 after giving up four runs (three earned) on eight hits.
The BlueClaws only recorded six hits with right fielder Dylan Cozens leading the by going 2-for-3 with a home run. The homer was his ninth of the season. He also pushed his RBI total to 32 on the year. Catcher Jose Mayorga drove in his sixth run during the contest.
After falling to 1-9 since the All-Star break, the BlueClaws will face the Power again at 2:05 p.m. Sunday. Julio Reyes (1-2, 3.28 ERA) is scheduled to start for Lakewood.
Williamsport Crosscutters – Class A-Short Season
The Crosscutters used a five-run second inning to take down the State College Spikes by a score of 8-4 at Susquehanna Bank Park at Bowman Field in Williamsport Saturday.
The inning started with a bang, as Matt Shortall led off with his first professional home run. The Crosscutters then managed to load the bases after second baseman Derek Campbell got on base thanks to a single, right fielder Jiandido Tromp took a base courtesy of a walk and center fielder Aaron Brown reached due to a fielding error from State College second baseman Robelys Reyes.
First baseman Rhys Hoskins then cleared the bases with one swing of the bat by hitting a grand slam to left field. The slam was his first professional homer as well.
Hoskins finished the biggest night of his young career 3-for-4 with five RBI. He led a slew of Crosscutters that recorded multiple hits. Six members of the lineup recorded at least two hits.
Shortstop Emmanuel Marrero, third baseman Jan Hernandez and Shortall all went 2-for-4 while Brown and Campbell both went 2-for-5. Hernandez hit his third homer of the season during the fifth inning.
The offensive explosion amounted to the Crosscutters racking up 14 hits. The Williamsport pitching staff, on the other hand, held the Spikes largely in check by allowing only six hits.
Starter Mitch Gueller earned the victory after allowing one run on three hits during five innings of work. He also struck out four batters and walked three.
The Crosscutters take on the Spikes one more time at 6:05 p.m. Sunday Medlar Field at Lubrano Park in State College. Alejandro Arteaga (1-1, 3.78 ERA) will start for Williamsport.