Phillies Minor League Report: Cam Perkins helps IronPigs win in dramatic fashion

Reading's Cameron Perkins. (Tug Haines/Reading Fightin Phils)

Here’s how the Phillies’ minor league teams fared on Saturday, Aug. 30:

Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A

The IronPigs closed out their home schedule in dramatic fashion Saturday, as right fielder Cam Perkins hit a walk-off single to left field to cap off a 3-2 victory over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in 11 innings at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown.

The IronPigs’ win came after a late-inning rally, which pushed the game into extras. Heading into the seventh inning, the IronPigs trailed 2-0.

The IronPigs finally got on the board during the frame after Perkins grounded into a double play that allowed left fielder John Mayberry to score from this base.

The IronPigs tied the game during the eighth inning when shortstop Cesar Hernandez bunted second baseman Nate Spears home. Spears turned out to be the only IronPigs to record multiple hits, as he went 2-for-4.

Starting pitcher Brad Lincoln did not garner the decision, but put in seven strong innings where he allowed only two runs on six hits and struck out seven batters.

The decision went to Tyler Knigge after he tossed one scoreless inning. Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez saw some action, as he let up one hit and two walks during one inning of action. He also recorded two strikeouts.

The IronPigs will wrap up the 2014 season with two more meetings with the RailRiders, starting at 1:05 p.m. Sunday at PNC Field in Moosic, Pa. Sean O’Sullivan (6-10, 4.45 ERA) is scheduled to start for Lehigh Valley.

Reading Fightin Phils – Double-A

Six runs during the final two innings helped the Fightin Phils surge to a 7-1 win over the Trenton Thunder at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, N.J.

The win for Reading was its fifth in a row and came on the heels of an offensive outburst during the eighth.

The Fightin Phils entered the eighth tied with the Thunder, 1-1. A walk with the bases loaded and a wild pitch allowed the Fightin Phils to plate two runs and take their first lead of the game.

With one swing of the bat, shortstop Edgar Duran broke the game wide open for Reading, as he hit a bases-clearing double to left field to make the score 6-1.

Before the Thunder, the Fightin Phils had plated five runs during the frame and held a comfortable advantage.

Designated hitter Jake Fox added an insurance run during the ninth courtesy of a single to center field. Fox’s RBI was his 69th of the season. He, along with third baseman Carlos Alonso, finished 2-for-4.

Starting pitcher Severino Gonzalez got a no-decision after giving up only one run on three hits during six innings of work.

However, Mike Nesseth did earn the decision for his second win of the season after he tossed two scoreless innings.

The Fightin Phils will look push their winning streak to six when they face the Thunder again at 7:05 p.m. Sunday. Ryan O’Sullivan (6-8, 3.95 ERA) is slated to start for Reading.

Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced

Ten hits from the offense and 13 strikeouts from the pitching staff lifted the Threshers to a 5-3 win over the Lakeland Flying Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.

The win ensures that the Threshers will win their final series of the 2014 season.

The Threshers received 10 hits Saturday, eight of which came from four players, who all recorded two hits apiece.

Center fielder Roman Quinn went 2-for-2 and drove in his 36th run of the season. Third baseman Harold Martinez finished 2-for-3 and drove in two runs against the Flying Tigers to bring his season total to 38.

Shortstop J.P. Crawford and right fielder Brandon Short both went 2-for-4 and drove in a run.

Despite letting up eight hits, starting pitcher Miguel Nunez earned his sixth win of the season by recording seven strikeouts and three runs (two earned) during six innings of action.

Lee Ridenhour earned his ninth save of the season after tossing one scoreless inning.

The Threshers will wrap up the 2014 season against the Flying Tigers at 11 a.m. Sunday. Mark Leiter (3-5, 4.68 ERA) will start for Clearwater.

Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A

A three-run homer from second baseman Andrew Pullin during the ninth inning helped the BlueClaws topple the Hagerstown Suns, 7-4, at Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown, Md.

The BlueClaws entered the ninth tied with the Suns 4-4. Center fielder Carlos Tocci led off the inning with a single to left field. Shortstop Malquin Canelo followed Tocci with a bunt single.

During the very next at-bat, Pullin drove the ball over the right field wall to put the BlueClaws out in front. Pullin’s homer was his ninth of the season, as he went 3-for-4 Saturday. He also has 61 RBI in 2014.

Designated hitter Andrew Knapp hit his fifth homer of the season during the fifth inning, as a part of a four-run surge. First baseman Zach Green and Canelo both recorded two hits apiece.

Starting pitcher Ranfi Casimiro posted a productive outing after recording eight strikeouts during five innings of work and he allowed only two runs on four hits.

The decision and blown save both went to Jesen Therrien after he let up two runs during the seventh that tied the game up.

Despite his first blown save of the year, Therrien improved his record to 3-0.

After splitting the first two games with the Suns, the BlueClaws will try to keep their momentum going at 5:05 p.m. Sunday. Matt Imhof (0-2, 4.10 ERA) will take the mound for Lakewood.

Williamsport Crosscutters – Class A-Short Season

A solo home run from center fielder Cord Sandberg in the bottom of the seventh capped off a surge of runs that gave the Crosscutters a 7-6 victory over the Jamestown Jammers at Susquehanna Bank Park at Bowman Field.

Saturday was Williamsport’s final game against the “Jamestown Jammers” as the franchise is moving to Morgantown, W. Va. next season.

The Crosscutter fell behind 3-0 after the first inning, but began to chip away at the Jammers’ lead during the third.

The Crosscutters’ persistence finally paid off during the sixth after a double from catcher Deivi Grullon plated two runs and gave them a 6-5 lead.

The Jammers fought back during the seventh and managed to tie the game, but Sandberg led off the bottom of the inning with his fifth homer of the season that gave the Crosscutters the lead for good.

The two teams combined for 26 hits Saturday with 11 of them coming from Williamsport.

Right fielder Jose Pujols led the Crosscutters offensively by going 3-for-4 from the plate. Shortstop Emmanuel Marrero wasn’t far behind as he went 2-for-4.

Matt Hockenberry earned his second Williamsport victory after he allowed only one run on five hits during four innings of action.

Starter Mitch Gueller let up three runs on five hits during four innings as well.

After splitting with the Jammers, the Crosscutters will finish up the 2014 season by hosting a two-game set with the State College Spikes, starting at 5:05 p.m. Sunday.

Left-hander Brandon Leibrandt (2-3, 2.20 ERA) is scheduled to start for Williamsport.

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