Phillies Minor League Report: Crosscutters extend winning streak to five games

(Michael Keating/AP)

Here's how the Phillies' minor league teams fared on Thursday, July 10:

Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A

Five runs during the eighth inning propelled the IronPigs to an 8-4 win over the Louisville Bats Thursday at Louisville Slugger Field in Louisville, Ky.

The IronPigs began the frame trailing 4-3 when they received RBI hits from first baseman Jim Murphy, second baseman Tyler Henson and third baseman Maikel Franco to swing the momentum, and the lead, in their favor.


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Ethan Martin and Jeremy Horst combined to pitch two scoreless innings to secure the IronPigs’ second victory in a row.

The eighth inning was just part of the IronPigs’ offensive explosion, as they recorded 15 hits during the contest. Catcher Sebastian Valle led the way by going 3-for-5 from the plate.

Henson wasn’t far behind, as he went 2-for-5 with three RBI. Center fielder Cam Perkins (2-for-5) and shortstop Nate Spears (2-for-4) also recorded multiple hits.

Lehigh Valley starter Sean O’Sullivan posted a solid outing Thursday, striking out eight batters during his seven innings of work. He earned the win, which improved his record to 4-6 on the season.

The IronPigs hope to keep their recent momentum going when they face the Bats again at 7:05 p.m. Friday. Brad Lincoln (4-4, 4.11 ERA) is scheduled to start for Lehigh Valley.

Reading Fightin Phils – Double A

The Fightin Phils were stymied by the Trenton Thunder pitching staff during a 5-1 loss Thursday at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading.

The Fightin Phils were held to seven hits with nearly half of them coming off the bat of first baseman Jake Fox, who finished the game 3-for-3. Shortstop KC Serna showed some nice production by going 2-for-4. Other than those two performances, there weren’t too many highlights from the Fightin Phils.

In fact, the team’s lone bright spot Thursday was the bullpen. Starter Chris Bootcheck gave up five runs on eight hits during only three innings on the mound. Bootcheck’s struggles gave way to Nefi Ogando, Mike Nesseth and Seth Rosin, who each tossed two scoreless innings and gave up one hit between the three of them, which came off Rosin.

After dropping three out of four to the Thuunder, the Fightin Phils will travel to New Britain, Conn. to take on the New Britain Rock Cats at New Britain Stadium. First pitch Friday is schedule for 7:05 p.m., as Severino Gonzalez (5-9, 4.71 ERA) will start for Reading.

Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced

The Threshers’ four-game winning streak came to a screeching halt Thursday by way of a 11-2 pounding at the hands of the Tampa Yankees at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.

The Threshers trailed by a score of 4-2 heading into the seventh inning. Ramon Oviedo then took the mound in relief of Miguel Nunez, who allowed four runs on five hits during six innings of work.

Oviedo struggled right from the very beginning, as he walked the first batter he saw on his way to allowing six runs during the frame. Oviedo could only muster one out before being yanked in favor of Daniel Child. Nunez was dealt the loss as a result, which dropped his record to 2-7.

Offensively, the Threshers recorded only six hits, four of which came from right fielder Brian Pointer (2-for-4) and third baseman Harold Martinez (2-for-3). First baseman Art Charles struggled mightily, as he struck out in all of four his plate appearances.

After taking two of three from Tampa, the Threshers will look to bounce back when they host the Palm Beach Cardinals at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Kevin Walter (0-2, 5.31 ERA) will start for Clearwater.

Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A

Left fielder Larry Greene Jr. came through with a clutch hit during the bottom of the sixth to help the BlueClaws slip by the Delmarva Shorebirds, 5-4, at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood Township, N.J. Thursday.

With the score tied, 2-2, in the sixth, Greene made good on his only hit of the contest with a double to right field that plated two runs to give the BlueClaws the lead. Shortstop Malquin Canelo extended the advantage thanks to a sacrifice fly later in the inning.

The Shorebirds did not go quietly into the night, however, as they plated two runs during the top of the seventh to close the gap. But Ulises Joaquin shut the door on the Shorebirds and gained his eighth save of the season in the process.

Both teams recorded 10 hits Thursday, including all but one member of the Lakewood lineup. First baseman Zach Green and Willians Astudillo led the way, as they each went 2-for-4.

Starting pitcher Jon Prosinski posted a good outing Thursday, as he allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits during six innings. He earned the victory, which improved him to 3-2.

Former Temple baseball player Matt Hockenberry made another appearance Thursday. He tossed two scoreless and allowed three runs. The runs he did give up during the seventh were charged to Prosinski.

The BlueClaws will face the Shorebirds again at 7:05 p.m. Friday. Yacksel Rios (3-0, 3.11 ERA) will take the mound for Lakewood.

Williamsport Crosscutters – Class A-Short Season

Two homer runs during the fourth inning helped the Crosscutters extend their winning streak to five games Thursday with 5-2 victory over the Vermont Lake Monsters at Susquehanna Bank Park in Williamsport.

The Crosscutters trailed the Lake Monsters, 2-0, heading into the bottom of the third. That was until Jan Hernandez led off the frame with a solo homer. Later in the inning, Jiandido Tromp gave the Crosscutters the lead in emphatic fashion by way of a three-run homer. For Hernandez, the homer was fourth of the season. Tromp’s homer was his seventh.

With the pitching staff dealing, the Crosscutters only needed one more run to put the game out of reach for the Lake Monsters.

Starter Mitch Gueller pitched six strong innings where he allowed only two runs (one earned) on six hits. Delvi Francisco, Joey Denato and Calvin Rayburn held the Lake Monsters hitless during the last three innings. Gueller picked up the win to improve his record to 3-1 and Rayburn earned his fourth of the season.

Catcher Sean McHugh led the Crosscutters in hits by going 3-for-3. Hernandez and center fielder Aaron Brown posted productive outings by going 2-f0r-3 and 2-for-4 respectively.

The Crosscutters will try to complete the three-game sweep of the Lake Monsters at 7:05 p.m. Friday. Alejandro Arteaga is scheduled to start for Williamsport.