Phillies Minor League Report: Jesse Biddle roughed up again; BlueClaws pitching staff combines for no-hitter
Here's how the Phillies' minor-league teams fared on Thursday, July 11:
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A
The IronPigs’ four-game winning streak came to end Thursday by way of a 4-1 loss to the Buffalo Bisons in 10 innings at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown.
The IronPigs trailed 1-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth when third baseman Cody Asche led off the frame with his 10th home run of the season to tie the game, 1-1.
That score remained until the top of the 10th inning when the Bisons plated three runs off Mauricio Robles to take the lead. The IronPigs went down in order in the bottom portion of the inning to end the game.
Lehigh Valley plated only one run despite collecting eight hits against the Bisons pitching staff.
Asche finished the night 2-for-4. Designated hitter Steve Susdorf had a solid night from the plate as well as he went 2-for-3.
In his last two games, Asche is 7-for-9 from the plate with two homers and five RBI.
As a team, the IronPigs went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left seven runners on base.
Starting pitcher Raul Valdes posted a solid outing Thursday as he recorded five strikeouts and gave up only one earned run on seven hits during six innings on the mound.
Robles (0-2) was dealt the loss after he not only gave up the final three runs, he also walked four batters during his 1 2/3 innings of work.
The IronPigs will hope to come out on the better end of things when they finish up a quick two-game set against the Bisons at 7:05 p.m. Friday.
Left-hander Tom Cochran (3-4, 4.98 ERA) is expected to start for the IronPigs.
Reading Fightin Phils – Double A
The Fightin Phils began the second half of the season as it ended the first — with a loss.
The Fightin Phils entered the all-star break on a four-game losing streak. The bad momentum carried over into Thursday as they were dealt a 5-1 loss at the hands of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading.
Trailing 2-0 heading into the bottom of the first, the Fightin Phils scored what turned out to be their only run of the game by way of a home run from left fielder Derrick Mitchell.
From there, New Hampshire pitcher Ryan Tepera recovered and allowed only two more hits during his six innings of work.
For Reading, Futures Game selection Jesse Biddle had another shaky outing Thursday. Biddle lasted only four innings where he gave up four earned runs, four hits and walked three batters.
He struck out five batters, but was dealt the loss, which dropped his record to 3-9 on the season.
The Fisher Cats polished off the Fightin Phils with two runs in the fourth and an insurance run in the fifth.
The Fightin Phils recorded only five hits Thursday. Catcher Tommy Joseph went 2-for-4 to lead the team offensively. Only three Fightin Phils (Mitchell, Joseph, Edgar Duran) recorded hits against the Fisher Cats.
Overall, Reading went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left eight runners on base.
The Fightin Phils hope to finally get back in the win column at 7:05 p.m. Friday when they host the Fisher Cats for game two of their three-game series. Brody Colvin (3-2, 7.13 ERA) will take the mound for the Fightin Phils.
Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced
The Threshers were scheduled to finish up a three-game series with the Brevard County Manatees Thursday, but the game was canceled due to inclement weather at Space Coast Stadium in Melbourne, Fla.
The Threshers had lost the first two games of the series by a combined score of 14-4, so maybe this extra day off was needed.
The Threshers will back on the field Friday when they host the Charlotte Stone Crabs for a four-game set at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Bright House Field. Hoby Milner (8-4, 4.24 ERA) will get the ball for Clearwater.
Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A
The BlueClaws used three pitchers to complete a no-hitter and defeat the Rome Braves, 1-0, at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood Township, N.J.
The no-hitter is only the fourth in BlueClaws franchise history.
The no-hitter started with Jeb Stefan, who despite walking four batters did not give up any hits and recorded five strikeouts. Stefan picked up the victory and improved his record to 3-4.
Ramon Oviedo picked up right where Stefan left off when he entered the game before the seventh inning. Oviedo was perfect during his two innings of work and struck out four of the six batters he faced.
Chris Burgess polished off the outstanding pitching display in the ninth and collected his second save of the of the season.
The great pitching overshadowed a not-so-great offensive day for the BlueClaws. The BlueClaws recorded eight hits, but its only run came courtesy of a sacrifice fly from center fielder Carlos Tocci in the bottom of the fourth.
Designated hitter Willie Carmona and shortstop Angelo Mora both went 2-for-4 from the plate to lead the BlueClaws.
But that was all Lakewood needed to complete a three-game sweep of the Braves. The BlueClaws held the Braves to three runs or fewer in every game of the series.
The BlueClaws have won five in a row overall and will look to keep that going when they host the Hickory Crawdads at 7:05 p.m. Friday. Severino Gonzalez (2-0, 2.35 ERA) is scheduled to start for the BlueClaws.