Phillies Minor League: Mark Leiter strong during win for Lakewood
Here's how the Phillies' minor-league teams fared on Friday, Aug. 30:
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A
A ninth-inning rally was capped off by a walk-off single from second baseman Michael Martinez, and lifted the IronPigs to a 5-4 win over the Scranton/Wlkes-Barre RailRiders Friday at PNC Field in Moosic, Pa.
The IronPigs went into the bottom of the ninth down 4-3 to the RailRiders. Right fielder Steve Susdorf led off the frame with a single to center field.
Designated hitter Josh Fields followed Susdorf with a double that put runners on second and third base.
First baseman Tyler Henson then stepped to the plate and tied the game with a sacrifice fly to left field that plated Susdorf.
Martinez then drove in his third run of the game to give the IronPigs their first win since Tuesday.
The IronPigs fell behind early as they trailed 4-0 after four innings. Those four runs came at the expense of Lehigh Valley starter Tyler Cloyd.
Cloyd allowed four runs (one earned) on nine hits during his six innings of work. He surrendered two home runs, but struck out six batters.
Justin Friend and Mauricio Robles pitched the final three innings and gave up a combined one hit during their time on the mound.
Robles picked up with victory, which improved his record to 2-2. His ERA is down to 1.42 with the IronPigs.
The IronPigs struggled to plate runs Friday until the seventh inning when they put up three.
Shortstop Freddy Galvis led off the inning with a triple to center. After Susdorf struck out, Fields and Henson hit back-to-back singles that allowed Galvis to score.
After a RailRider pitching change, Martinez hit the second triple of the inning that scored Fields and Henson.
Martinez led the IronPigs from the plate as he went 2-for-4 with three RBI and a triple. Susdorf and Fields matched Martinez in the hitting department as they both went 2-for-4.
Martinez, Susdorf and Fields recorded six of the IronPigs’ eight hits Friday.
The IronPigs will try to even up the series with the RailRiders at 6:35 p.m. Saturday in the final meeting of the season between the two teams.
Left-hander Raul Valdes (4-4, 2.89 ERA) is scheduled to start for the IronPigs.
Reading Fightin Phils – Double A
Despite jumping out to a 3-0 lead, the Fightin Phils dropped the series opener to the New Britain Rock Cats, 7-3, at New Britain Stadium in New Britain, Conn.
The Fightin Phils led, 3-0, heading into the bottom of the third. But the Rock Cats slowly chipped away at their deficit and eventually surged past the Fightin Phils to the tune of seven unanswered runs.
The Fightin Phils started fast Friday as they scored two runs during the first inning. With one gone in the frame, center fielder Zach Collier hit a single. First baseman Maikel Franco followed Collier with a single of his own.
Collier turned the play into an RBI for Franco by hustling all the way home from first base.
Designated hitter Jim Murphy then reached first base due to a throwing error from New Britain shortstop Danny Santana.
With runners on first and second, left fielder Kelly Dugan hit yet another single to load the bases. Right fielder Anthony Hewitt then stepped to the plate and grounded out, but it allowed Franco to score.
The Fightin Phils plated what turned out to be their final run of the game during the third inning after an RBI-double from Murphy.
Things went south for the Fightin Phils from there. Reading starting pitcher Ryan Demmin held his own through the first two innings, but began to crack during the bottom of the third.
Demmin allowed only one run during the third and fourth innings, but surrendered four during the sixth, which ended his night.
Demmin gave up six runs (five earned) on six hits during his time on the mound. He recorded four strikeouts, but gave up two home runs. Demmin was dealt the loss as a result.
After a hot start offensively, the Reading bats went cold after the third inning. The Fightin Phils recorded eight hits overall, but only two of them came after the third.
Dugan posted the best night from the plate as he went 3-for-4. Murphy and Franco weren’t far behind Dugan as they both went 2-for-4. Collier was the only other member of the lineup to record a hit Friday. He finished 1-for-3.
The Fightin Phils will look to bounce back when they play the Rock Cats again at 7:05 p.m. Friday. Lefty Bobby Bramhall (1-3, 3.58 ERA) will take the mound for the Fightin Phils.
Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced
For the fourth game in a row, the Threshers were shutout by the opposing team. On Friday, the Dunedin Blue Jays did it for the second night in a row, 3-0, at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Fla.
The Threshers have not scored a run since a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Yankees Tuesday. Since then, the Threshers have gone 34 innings since scoring a run.
Adding to their offensive misery, the Threshers were held to merely one hit Friday. Catcher Bob Stumpo recorded the lone hit for the Threshers during the fifth inning.
The Threshers used only two pitchers Friday, who did what they could to keep the team in the game.
Starter Nic Hanson surrendered three runs on six hits during seven innings of work. He recorded four strikeouts and was dealt his second loss of the season.
Ken Giles pitched the eighth inning in relief of Hanson and struck out two batters.
The Threshers will return home to Bright House Field to take on the Blue Jays again at 6:30 p.m. Saturday for the final home game of the season.
Luis Paulino (6-6, 4.90 ERA) will get the ball for the Threshers.
Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A
A strong performance from pitcher Mark Leiter and some early run support helped the BlueClaws defeat the Greensboro Grasshoppers, 6-1, at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood Township, N.J.
Leiter threw five scoreless innings where he gave up a meager three hits and recorded eight strikeouts.
In three starts with the BlueClaws, Leiter has yet to surrender a run. His scoreless streak reached 16 innings Friday.
The Grasshoppers didn’t plate a run until the sixth inning after a home run from designated hitter Matt Juengel off relief pitcher Kevin Walter.
Walter recovered, however, and along with Zach Cooper, kept the Grasshoppers off the scoreboard the last four innings.
Lakewood scored all of its runs during the first two innings. The BlueClaws got off to a hot start with four runs during the first inning.
With one out, 2013 first-round pick J.P. Crawford took a walk. Crawford’s walk was followed by a single to center field from third baseman Willie Carmona that put runners on the corners.
First baseman Art Charles then stepped to the plate and hit a single to right field that plated Crawford.
Carmona and Charles advanced to second and third respectively after Right fielder Brian Pointer grounded out.
Catcher Gabriel Lino then came to the plate and hit a bases-clearing single to push the Lakewood advantage to 3-0.
Lino was driven home himself after left fielder Zach Taylor hit his 14th double of the season during the next at-bat.
Carmona extended the Lakewood lead to 5-0 after an RBI-single. The lead was pushed to 6-0 after a bases loaded walk that allowed center fielder Jiandido Tromp to cross the plate.
Carmona finished his big day 3-for-5 with an RBI. Second baseman Angelo Mora also posted a multi-hit outing as he went 2-for-5.
The BlueClaws recorded 11 hits as team between eight batters.
The BlueClaws have only three more games in the 2013 season starting at 7:05 p.m. Friday. Miguel Nunez (10-8, 4.43 ERA) is scheduled to take the hill for the BlueClaws.
Williamsport Crosscutters – Class A-Short Season
On a night where third baseman Zach Green officially tied the team record for home runs in a single season, the Crosscutters defeated the Batavia Muckdogs, 9-3, at Bowman Field in Williamsport.
Green led off the second inning with a homer over the left field wall. The homer was officially his 13th of the season, which officially ties the team record.
Apparently, there was statistical mix-up on the part of the team the night before.
Green’s homer put the Crosscutters up 1-0. Two batters later, first baseman Logan Pierce hit a single to left. Right fielder Samuel Hiciano followed Pierce with a single of his own.
Second baseman Sam Dove made it three hits in a row with an RBI-double to center field that scored Pierce and Hiciano.
The Muckdogs got on the board during the top of the third after plating a run.
The Crosscutters extended their advantage to 4-1 during the fifth after designated hitter Dylan Cozens came through with an RBI-single to right.
The Muckdogs cut into the Williamsport lead once again with a run during the sixth to make the score 4-2.
The Crosscutters kept the pressure on, however, and plated three runs during the bottom of the seventh to put the game out of reach.
Williamsport was not done, however, as the team put up two more runs during the eighth.
The Crosscutters posted one of the their best offensive performances of the season Friday as every member of the lineup recorded at least one hit against the Muckdogs. The lineup posted 13 hits against the Batavia pitching staff.
Six of those came from the bats of Dove and Hiciano. Dove went 3-for-4 with two RBI and Hiciano went 3-for-3.
Shortstop Malquin Canelo led the Crosscutters with three RBI despite only going 1-for-3 from the plate.
Cozens (1-for-5) made it three Crosscutters that recorded multiple RBI Friday as he drove in two runs.
The big offensive night almost overshadowed a good performance from starting pitcher Shane Martin. Martin allowed only one run on two hits during his five innings on the mound.
After Martin exited the game, Rob Marcello, Mark Meadors and Josh Warner combined to allow only two runs on three hits.
The Crosscutters will continue their homestand at 7:05 p.m. Saturday when they host the Jamestown Jammers for a two-game series. Mitch Gueller (3-7 5.74 ERA) will get the ball for the Crosscutters.