Phillies Minor League Report: Anthony Hewitt homers twice during Reading loss
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A
The IronPigs’ four-game win streak came to an end Saturday by way of a 6-2 loss to the Columbus Clippers at Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio.
The IronPigs fell behind the eight ball early as starting pitcher Tyler Cloyd gave up five runs in the first inning.
Cloyd recovered and didn’t allow a run for the rest of his time on the mound, but the hill proved to be too steep for the IronPigs to climb.
Cloyd (1-3) exited the game after 5 1/3 innings. He struck out seven batters, but also walked three and was dealt the loss.
The IronPigs’ offense recorded 10 hits during the game, but went 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left eight on base.
Lehigh Valley scored its first run in the top of the second when catcher Cameron Rupp hit a ground out that allowed designated hitter Josh Fields, hit singled earlier in the inning, to score and cut the deficit to 5-1.
Both teams were unable to plate a run until the top of the seventh when third baseman Cody Asche singled to left field, which brought home shortstop Troy Hanzawa. That proved to be the final run for the IronPigs.
The Clippers tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth after an RBI double from second baseman Cord Phelps.
Despite scoring only two runs, the IronPigs posted four players (Hanzawa, Fields, Asche and right fielder Steve Susdorf) with multiple hits.
The IronPigs will look to shake off Saturday’s loss against the Clippers when they play them in the third game of the four-game series at 6:05 p.m. Sunday. Former Major-Leaguer Carlos Zambrano (1-0, 1.50 ERA) will take the hill for the IronPigs.
Reading Fightin Phils – Double A
Despite a great effort from right fielder Anthony Hewitt, the Fightin Phils fell to the Richmond Flying Squirrels, 6-5, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading.
Hewitt was the only Fightin Phil with any real production from the plate Saturday as he went 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI. He even stole a base during the third inning.
The Flying Squirrels jumped on the Fightin Phils right from the outset as they put up three runs on starting pitcher Austin Wright in the first inning.
Wright gave up a solo homer to Richmond catcher Andrew Susac in the top of the third to put Reading at a 4-0 deficit.
Reading finally got on the scoreboard during the bottom half of the frame when Hewitt hit a solo home run over the left field wall.
Richmond pushed its lead to 5-1 with a run in the top of the fourth. The Fightin Phils cut the score to 5-2 in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI single from center fielder Tyson Gillies that scored left fielder Zach Collier, who was hit by a pitch earlier in the inning.
The Flying Squirrels answered the Fightin Phils again in the top of the sixth after a sacrifice fly from left fielder Mark Minicozzi to make the score 6-2.
In the bottom of the seventh, Gillies pulled the Fightin Phils to within one run with one swing of the bat after a three-run homer. But the Fightin Phils were unable to cross the plate the rest of the way.
Wright struggled on the mound as he gave up six runs (five earned) and walked four batters in 5 1/3 innings. Wright’s record dropped to 2-4 after he was given the loss
After Wright left the game, Hector Neris, Jay Johnson and Luis Garcia combined to give up only one hit the rest of the way.
Second baseman Albert Cartwright, first baseman Jim Murphy, and shortstop Edgar Duran combined to 0-for-12 against the Richmond pitching staff.
The Fightin Phils and Flying Squirrels finish up their three-game series at 1:35 p.m. Sunday. Right-hander Seth Rosin (4-4, 3.99 ERA) is scheduled to start for Reading.
Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced
The Threshers lost a shootout to the Lakeland Flying Tigers Saturday, 13-11, at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland. Fla.
Clearwater got the high-scoring affair started with three runs after two innings.
In the first inning, Lakeland starting pitcher Kyle Ryan ran into a jam after hitting shortstop Jose Mojica and right fielder Kelly Dugan with pitches and walked center fielder Aaron Altherr to load the bases.
Designated hitter Chris Serritella stepped up to the plate and hit a ground rule double over the right field wall to give the Threshers a 2-0 lead.
Third baseman Harold Martinez and catcher Logan Moore led off the second inning with a double and a single respectively. After left fielder Peter Lavin struck out swinging, Mojica grounded into an out, but it allowed Martinez to score from third base.
The Flying Tigers surged ahead of the Threshers in the bottom of the third, however, plating seven runs to give them a 7-3 lead.
The Threshers answered Lakeland in the top of the fourth when Mojica was responsible for bringing home Martinez again, this time via a single to left field.
Lakeland was not deterred and put up two more runs in the bottom half of the inning to make it 9-4.
After a scoreless fifth inning, the Threshers posted a seven-run inning of their own to take an 11-9 lead.
The offensive explosion started when Lakeland took Ryan off the mound in favor of Brennan Smith. Smith ran into immediate trouble as Martinez led off the inning with a double to center field.
Moore followed Martinez with single to right field to put runners on the corners. A wild pitch allowed Moore to move to second base, which was followed by Lavin taking a walk to load the bases.
Mojica came through for the Threshers again with a single to center that scored Martinez. Altherr got in on the fray and singled to left to bring home Moore and end Smith’s night.
The pitching change didn’t do much good for the Flying Tigers as Dugan hit a single to center, which brought Lavin and Mojica home.
Serritella followed Dugan with yet another single that brought home Altherr. Second baseman Carlos Alonso even bunted for a single to load the bases. First baseman Brock Stassi took a walk, which brought Dugan across the plate.
Moore came up again and grounded out to first base, but it allowed Serritella to cross the plate for the final run of the inning.
The Flying Tigers took the onslaught from the Threshers and answered with four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to take the lead for good.
Despite being hot from the plate all afternoon, the Threshers were unable to get on base in the bottom of the ninth.
Serritella (3-for-5) and Mojica (2-for-5) led the Threshers with three RBI apiece. Dugan (1-for-4) followed with two.
Martinez and Moore were very productive ext to each other in the lineup as they went a combined 5-for-10 from the plate. Martinez also posted three doubles.
As with any shootout, the pitching staffs had a rough night and Saturday was no different. Starter Ethan Stewart pitched only 2 2/3 innings as he gave up six earned runs on only gave up two hits because he walked seven batters.
Zach Grimmett came in to relieve Stewart and gave up three more runs and walked three more batters in only 2/3 of an inning. Jordan Gruth took the mound after Grimmett and kept the Flying Tigers off the scoreboard in 2 2/3 innings.
Severino Gonzalez came in to make the save after the Threshers’ seven-run sixth inning, but gave up the four runs to give Lakeland the lead and was given his first blown save and loss of the season.
The Threshers are back at Bright House Field Sunday when they host the Tampa Yankees for a three-game set at 1 p.m. The undefeated Mario Hollands (4-0, 1.85 ERA) will take the hill for the Threshers.
Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A
The BlueClaws’ struggles against the West Virginia Power continued Saturday after an 8-2 loss at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W. Va.
The loss dropped the BlueClaws to 2-9 against the Power this season.
A big reason why the BlueClaws have not been able to handle the Power this season is that they have struggled against the Power’s pitching staff.
Saturday was more of the same as the BlueClaws were held off the scoreboard all the way until the eighth inning when catcher Josh Ludy hit a two-out, two-RBI double. The RBI were Ludy’s first two of the season.
West Virginia starter Tyler Glasnow held down the BlueClaws for the first five innings as he recorded 10 strikeouts. He gave up five hits, but walked only one batter.
Relief pitcher Ryan Hafner gave up the only two runs on the night for the Power.
Lakewood’s Yoel Mecias had a good outing with eight strikeouts in only 3 2/3 innings of work.
Once Mecias left is when the game began to get out of hand for the BlueClaws as Chris Nichols gave up six earned runs on eight hits in only three innings on the mound.
Left fielder Larry Greene and second baseman Alejandro Villalobos led the BlueClaws in the hitting department as they both went 2-for-4.
Shortstop Roman Quinn and first baseman Art Charles combined to go 0-for-7 Saturday.
The BlueClaws will try to even up their four-game series with the Power at 2:05 p.m. Sunday as right-hander Miguel Nunez (5-4, 4.91 ERA) is scheduled to get the ball for Lakewood.