Phillies Minor League Report: Barry Enright tosses complete game; Alfredo Gonzalez makes first pro start
Here's a rundown on how the Phillies' minor league teams fared on Thursday, May 15:
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A
A complete game from pitcher Barry Enright propelled the IronPigs to their fifth win a row, 7-1, over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown.
Enright didn’t garner decisions in his previous two starts despite leaving each contest with multi-run leads. Enright made sure he gained the decision Thursday, as he allowed only one run on four hits in nine strong innings. In doing so, he earned his first win of the season.
While Enright was putting on a dominant performance on the mound, the Lehigh Valley offense bashed the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre pitching to the tune of 14 hits.
Leading the way for the IronPigs was right fielder Steve Susdorf, as he finished the game 3-for-4 from the plate. He also drove in three runs.
Three IronPigs recorded two hits, including designated hitter Jim Murphy (2-for-4), who hit his fifth home run of the season during the eighth inning. Center fielder Tyson Gillies and third baseman Tyler Henson were the other IronPigs that recorded multiple hits. They both went 2-for-5.
The IronPigs will look to win their sixth in a row and complete a four-game sweep of the RailRiders at 7:05 p.m. Friday. Sean O’Sullivan (1-3, 3.64 ERA) is scheduled to start for Lehigh Valley.
Reading Fightin Phils – Double A
The Fightin Phils enjoyed a scheduled day of Thursday, as they are in the midst of a three-game winning streak.
They are scheduled to take the field again at 7:05 p.m. Friday when they host the Bowie Baysox at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Mike Nesseth will take the mound for the Fightin Phils.
Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced
The Threshers coughed up a one-run lead in the ninth inning on their way to their fifth loss in a row, 6-5, to the Jupiter Hammerheads at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.
The Threshers held a 5-4 advantage heading into the top of the ninth with Luis Martinez headed to the mound.
However, Martinez failed to the shut the door on the Hammerheads and squandered a chance for the Threshers to end their losing streak. As a result, Martinez was handed his second loss of the season as well as his first blown save.
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez made his first professional start Thursday and lasted five innings. During his five innings, he surrendered three runs on six hits and walked two batters.
The Threshers had a productive night from the plate with 13 hits, but had trouble driving people in for runs. The Threshers left eight batters on base.
Five Thresher recorded two hits apiece Thursday; catcher Logan Moore, third baseman Harold Martinez and designated hitter Andrew Knapp all finished 2-for-4 while first baseman n Art Charles and right fielder Brian Pointer both went 2-for-5.
After being swept by the Hammerheads, the Threshers travel to Port Charlotte, Fla. to take on the Charlotte Stone Crabs at 6:30 p.m. Ethan Stewart (2-3, 4.50 ERA) will get the ball for Clearwater.
Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A
The BlueClaws were scheduled to square off against the Hagerstown Suns Thursday, but the game was postponed due to rain at Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown, Md.
The game has been rescheduled to Friday as apart of a doubleheader between the two teams. Game 1 of the doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 4:05 p.m. Mark Leiter (3-3, 4.22 ERA) will get the start for the BlueClaws.
Game 2 will start shortly after and will see Alejandro Arteaga (3-4, 7.29 ERA) take the mound for Lakewood.