Phillies Minor League Report: Jesse Biddle tosses five hitless innings in return to mound

Phillies pitching prospect Jesse Biddle. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A

The IronPigs enjoyed a day off Wednesday, but will be back in action at 7 p.m. Thursday when they open a four-game series with the Toledo Mud Hens at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio.

Left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes (1-2, 11.20 ERA) is scheduled to start for Lehigh Valley.

Reading Fightin Phils – Double A

A strong debut from pitcher Aaron Nola highlighted the Fightin Phils’ 9-2 victory over the Harrisburg Senators Wednesday at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading.

The victory was the Fightin Phils’ third in a row and clinched a series win over the Senators.

Nola stole the show by tossing five innings where he allowed only one run on six hits and recorded four strikeouts. Nola earned his first Double-A victory in the process.

Nola even helped his own cause with a bunt during the third inning.

Nola’s bunt was just a part of an explosive inning for the Fightin Phils, as they plated seven runs during the frame thanks to RBI hits from right fielder Kelly Dugan, first baseman Jake Fox, center fielder Aaron Altherr and catcher Sebastian Valle.

The Fightin Phils also received runs via a bases-loaded walk and a wild pitch.

Fox struck again during the fifth inning with a two-run homer. The home run was his 16th of the season. His four RBI during the contest increased his total on the season to 55.

Fox also led the Fightin Phils in hitting Wednesday, as he and Dugan both finished 2-for-4. Fox is batting .332 on the year.

The Fightin Phils will try to complete a four-game sweep of the Senators at 7:05 p.m. Thursday. Chris Bootcheck (2-3, 6.06 ERA) is slated to start for Reading.

Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced

A dominant showing from the pitching staff lifted the Threshers to a 4-0 win over the Daytona Cubs Wednesday at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.

Jesse Biddle returned to the mound after a lengthy hiatus and tossed five hitless innings where he recorded five strikeouts. He threw 64 pitches with 45 of them being for strikes. Biddle earned the victory for his efforts.

Lino Martinez relieved Biddle and kept the no-hitter alive until the eighth inning. Ulises Joaquin gave up another hit, but did enough to secure his third save of the season.

With the pitching staff dealing, the Threshers didn’t need a ton of run support.

The received some, however, in the form of a solo home run from designated Brandon Short during the second inning.

The Threshers plated three more during the fourth thanks mostly to a two-run homer from first baseman Art Charles.

Clearwater recorded only four hits as a team with Short leading the way by going 2-for-4.

The Threshers will clash against the Cubs again at 7 p.m. Thursday. Mark Leiter (2-2, 4.00 ERA) will take the mound for Clearwater.

Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A

The BlueClaws received a day of rest Wednesday, but will be back on the field at 7:05 p.m. Thursday when they host the Delmarva Shorebirds for a four-game set at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood Township, N.J.

Jon Prosinski (4-4, 4.46 ERA) will start for Lakewood.

Williamsport Crosscutters – Class A-Short Season

Despite recording nine hits, the Crosscutters fell to the Hudson Valley Renegades by a score of 6-2 at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls, N.Y. Wednesday.

Four of the Crosscutters’ nine hits came from left fielder Jiandido Tromp and right fielder Cord Sandberg, who went 2-for-4 and 2-for-5 respectively.

Unfortunately for the Crosscutters, they went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

First baseman Rhys Hoskins and designated hitter Wilson Garcia drove in the two Williamsport runs. Hoskins now has 30 RBI on the season.

Pitcher Feliberto Sanchez was dealt the loss after allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits during his seven innings of work. His record now stands at 2-6.

After dropping the series opener, the Crosscutters will face the Renegades again at 7:05 p.m. Thursday. Alejandro Arteaga (1-5, 4.71 ERA) is scheduled to start.

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