Phillies Minor League Report: Hoby Milner throws seven scoreless innings for Clearwater
Here's how the Phillies' minor-league teams fared on Saturday, July 6.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A
The IronPigs dropped their fourth game in a row Saturday by a score of 4-2 to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at PNC Field in Moosic, Pa.
The game Saturday was the first rehab start for New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. Jeter only had two official at-bats and went 0-for-2. He also drew a walk.
The IronPigs jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first.
Second baseman Cesar Hernandez led off the game with single. The next batter, shortstop Freddy Galvis, grounded out, but advanced Hernandez in the process. A wild pitch from RailRiders pitcher Michael Pineda to third baseman Cody Asche allowed Hernandez to reach third base.
Asche drew a walk to put runners on the corners. After Cody Overbeck struck out, a steal from Asche and a walk from designated hitter Josh Fields loaded the bases for the IronPigs.
Left fielder Leandro Castro cashed in on the opportunity with a double to right field that scored Hernandez and Asche.
The RailRiders cut the deficit in half with a run in the bottom of the second. They took the lead for good with three runs in the bottom of the third.
From there, the RailRiders turned to their pitching to shut down the IronPigs the rest of the way.
The IronPigs only recorded seven hits against the RailRiders Saturday. They recorded four on Pineda, but after he left after the fifth inning, the IronPigs only put up three more.
The RailRiders didn’t have a spectacular offensive game neither. They got all of their hits off Lehigh Valley starter Raul Valdes. Valdes struck out eight batters, but allowed all four of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre runs and walked three batters.
Valdes left the game after 5 2/3 innings of work. Justin Friend and Mauricio Robles combined to not give up a hit the rest of the way.
Right fielder Steve Susdorf was the only IronPig to record multiple hits as he went 2-for-4 from the plate.
Castro not only drove in both of the IronPigs’ runs, he also recorded the only extra-base hit (a double).
The IronPigs will square off against the RailRiders again at 1:35 p.m. Sunday with Tom Cochran expected to start for Lehigh Valley.
Reading Fightin Phils – Double A
The Fightin Phils dropped their third game in four games Saturday after a 5-2 loss to the Trenton Thunder at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, N.J.
Much like their loss to the Thunder Friday, the Fightin Phils struggled to plate runs. They scored the game’s first run during the first inning.
The Fightin Phils then went seven innings without plating another run. Their first run came after third baseman hit his fifth home run with the squad over the left field wall.
Reading held the 1-0 lead until the bottom of the fifth when the Thunder tied the game at 1-1. Trenton surged ahead of Reading four runs in the bottom of the seventh to take a 5-1 lead.
Franco was responsible for the Fightin Phils’ second run after he grounded out in the top of the eighth, which allowed Derrick Mitchell, who hit a single earlier in the inning to score from third base.
Mitchell (2-for-3) and Zach Collier (2-for-4) accounted for four of Reading’s six hits during the contest. Right fielder Kelly Dugan (1-for-4) recorded the other hit for the Fightin Phils.
Reading starter David Buchanan (5-9) posted a solid outing despite being dealt the loss. He gave up three runs (all earned) on five hits in six innings of work. He also recorded two strikeouts.
The Fightin Phils hope to finally get in the win column against the Thunder during the third game of their four-game series at 1:05 p.m. Sunday. Left-hander Austin Wright (3-4, 7.20 ERA) will get the ball for the Fightin Phils.
Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced
The Threshers’ hot start to the month of July continued Saturday as they shut out the Lakeland Flying Tigers, 3-0, at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.
The Threshers have won all four of their games during the month so far and notched their first shut out since June 23.
Pitcher Hoby Milner spearheaded the shut out as he threw seven shut out innings after taking over for Jeremy Horst, who threw only the first inning in a rehab start.
Milner (8-4) allowed only four hits during his time on the mound and picked up the victory. Ryan O’Sullivan preserved the shut out in the ninth despite giving up two hits and recorded his fifth save of the season.
The Threshers immediately put the Flying Tigers behind the eight ball with a run in the bottom of the first courtesy of a groundout from right fielder Cameron Perkins that allowed designated hitter Peter Lavin, who hit a single earlier in the inning, to score from third base.
The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the sixth when the Threshers put up their last two runs.
After outfielder Aaron Altherr flied out to right, first baseman Chris Serritella hit a double to center. Perkins followed Serritella with a double of his own, which brought Serritella home for the run.
Two batters later, third baseman Harold Martinez hit and RBI-single to right field to score Perkins and polish off the Flying Tigers.
Altherr led the Threshers from the plate as he went 2-for-4 with a double. Perkins went 1-for-3 and drove in two runs.
The Threshers play the second game of their four-game set against the Flying Tigers at 1 p.m. Sunday with Nick Hernandez scheduled to start on the mound.
Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A
Two big offensive innings helped the BlueClaws end a three-game losing streak with a 10-3 beating of the Greensboro Grasshoppers Saturday at NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro, N.C.
The BlueClaws scored four runs in the first inning and six runs in the fourth to give them all of the offense they needed.
Lakewood scored all of their runs in the top of the first with two outs. First baseman Willie Carmona started the barrage with a single to right field.
Designated hitter Art Charles followed Carmona with another single. Left fielder Larry Greene hit the BlueClaws’ third consecutive single, which resulted in a run thanks to a throwing error from Greensboro second baseman Blake Barber.
Right fielder Jonathan Roof was next up and cleared the bases with a three-run homer over the left field wall.
Lakewood’s bats got hot again in the top of the sixth. Third baseman Mitch Walding led off the inning with a single. Walding then advanced to second base after a balk. Alejandro Villalobos moved Walding to third with a single to right. A missed catch error from Greensboro first baseman Viosergy Rosa aided Villalobos to get all the way to second during the play.
In the next at-bat catcher Chace Numata grounded out, but still managed to plate Walding. Center fielder Brian Pointer made it back-to-back RBI with a single to right.
Shortstop Angelo Mora hit yet another single for the BlueClaws, which put runners on the corners.
Mora then stole second base while Carmona struck out swinging. A wild pitch from Greensboro pitcher Mason Hope allowed Pointer to score and Mora to move to third.
During the same at-bat, Charles hit a single to right that scored Mora. Hope was yanked after the RBI in favor of Beau Wright, but Wright gave up a two-run homer to Greene for the 10th and final run.
Four BlueClaws recorded multi-hit games with Villalobos leading the way as he went 3-for-4. Greene had a strong outing as well as he went 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBI.
Pointer and Charles each went 2-for-4 and drove in a run.
Jonathan Musser had a shaky outing, but the Lakewood pitching staff overall had a solid day.
Musser gave up three runs on six hits and walked four batters. He left after only 4 1/3 innings on the mound.
Geoff Broussard came in for relief of Musser and gave up only two hits in 2 2/3 innings. He picked up the victory and improved his record to 3-2.
The BlueClaws will try to even up the four-game series with the Grasshoppers at 4 p.m. Sunday. Lakewood’s starter has not been announced.