Phillies Minor League Report: Crosscutters win in dramatic fashion

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Here’s how the Phillies’ minor league teams fared on Thursday, August 21:

Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A

The IronPigs plated their first runs since Sunday, but still fell to the Pawtucket Red Sox Thursday by a score of 3-2 at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, R.I.

The loss was Lehigh Valley’s third in a row, as the Red Sox clinched the series victory.

Although the IronPigs snapped their scoreless streak, they still didn’t put together a productive day offensively, as they only mustered five hits.

Their two runs came during the fifth via a two-run homer from center fielder Tyler Henson. The homer was Henson’s seventh of the season.

Three of Lehigh Valley’s five hits came from catcher Cameron Rupp, who finished the contest 3-for-3. The IronPigs went a combined 5-for-30 from the plate.

The IronPigs’ poor offensive showing squandered a strong outing from pitcher Sean O’Sullivan.

O’Sullivan tossed seven innings where he allowed only two runs on five hits and struck out six batters.

Phillippe Aumont was dealt the loss after he allowed one run on two hits in 1.1 innings. His Lehigh Valley record is now 3-2.

The IronPigs will try to salvage a victory against the Red Sox at 7:05 p.m. Friday. Greg Smith (8-10. 4.52 ERA) is scheduled to start.

Reading Fightin Phils – Double A

A late rally fell short as the Fightin Phils lost to the Bowie Baysox, 6-2, at Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie, Md.

The Fightin Phils were held off the scoreboard all the way until the top of the eighth when right fielder Peter Lavin and shortstop Edgar Duran were able to drive in runs.

After the Baysox went down in order, the Fightin Phils loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth, but Lavin struck out swinging for the final out to send the Fightin Phils home with a series loss.

Outside of the eighth and ninth innings, the Fightin Phils didn’t muster a whole lot from the plate, as they recorded only six hits. Lavin led the way by going 2-for-4 with an RBI, which was his 26th of the year.

Pitcher Ryan O’Sullivan had a rough evening as well, allowing five runs on nine hits during six innings on the mound. He took the loss, which dropped him to 5-8 on the season.

The Fightin Phils return to FirstEnergy Stadium Friday to open a three-game series with the Erie SeaWolves at 7:05 p.m. Adam Loewen (2-5, 3.26 ERA) is slated to start for Reading.

Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced

Another rally that fell short was the Threshers’, as they plated two runs in the top of the ninth, but were unable to top the Daytona Cubs at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The Threshers went into the ninth trailing 5-2, but pulled to within one run of the Cubs thanks to a two-run homer from catcher Gabriel Lino.

The Threshers were then able to get runners on first and second after left fielder Angelo Mora drew a walk and center fielder Roman Quinn hit a single to left field.

But second baseman Jesmuel Valentin flied out in center field to end the game and the Threshers’ chances of taking the series from the Cubs.

Lino and right fielder Brian Pointer combined to record four of Clearwater’s seven hits. Lino went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs. Pointer drove in a run as well, which brought his season total up to 50.

Starting pitcher Jordan Guth had a bit of tough day on the mound, as he surrendered four runs on six hits and five walks during six innings of work. He also let up two homers, which contributed to his record falling to 3-4.

After splitting a four-game series with the Cubs, the Threshers are scheduled for an interesting doubleheader Friday against the Brevard County Manatees.

The Threshers will play the Manatees at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla. for Game 1 at 5 p.m. However, Game 2 against the Manatees will take place at Space Coast Stadium in Melbourne, Fla.

Colin Klevin (6-9, 4.41 ERA) will take the mound for the Threshers in Game 1. The starters for Game 2 were not announced as of this writing.

Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A

For the second time in three days, the BlueClaws’ tilt against the West Virginia Power was cancelled due to inclement weather at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W. Va.

The BlueClaws are currently scheduled to return home at 7 p.m. Friday to open a three-game series with the Greensboro Grasshoppers at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood Township, N.J. Yacksel Rios (5-1, 3.53 ERA) will start for Lakewood.

Williamsport Crosscutters – Class A-Short Season

A walk-off single from Robinson Torres lifted the Crosscutters to a 2-1 victory over the Mahoning Valley Scrappers at Susquehanna Bank Park at Bowman Field in Williamsport.

The Crosscutters struggled to get runners across the plate Thursday and didn’t register their first one until the seventh inning thanks to an RBI-single from Jan Hernandez to tie the game, 1-1.

With the game still tied in the bottom of the ninth, Deivi Grullon drew a walk to start the inning.

After a sacrifice bunt from Hernandez moved pinch runner Chris Harris over to second, Torres lined a single to left field to give Williamsport the win and the season series over Mahoning Valley.

Along with his clutch performance, Torres went 2-for-3 from the plate. Shortstop Emmanuel Serra went 2-for-2.

Pitcher Alejandro Arteaga made up for Williamsport’s offensive struggles by allowing only one run on five hits and striking out eight batters during six innings.

The victory, however, went to Calvin Rayburn after he tossed one scoreless inning. His record improved to 2-1.

After a dramatic win over the Scrappers, the Crosscutters will travel to Auburn, N.Y. to take on the Auburn Doubledays at Falcon Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Anderson Martinez (1-2, 4.40 ERA) is scheduled to start for Williamsport.

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