Here's how the Phillies' minor league teams fared on Saturday, June 7:
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A
An early lead and a dazzling performance from pitcher Brad Lincoln lifted the IronPigs to 3-1 series-opening win over the Indianapolis Indians at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown.
The IronPigs jumped out to an early lead thanks to an RBI-single from Indianapolis native Cam Perkins. The runs he drove in were his first in an IronPigs uniform. Perkins finished the contest 2-for-4.
That was pretty much all Lincoln needed, as he allowed only one hit and one walk during six innings on the mound. He also recorded seven strikeouts, which helped push his record to 3-3.
The IronPigs used four pitchers in total Saturday and the unit surrendered a combined three hits. Luis Garcia allowed one of those hits, but shook it off to rack up his seventh save of the season.
Lehigh Valley only mustered six hits during the game. Centerfielder Leandro Castro matched Perkins, as he also went 2-for-4 Saturday.
The IronPigs will try to keep their momentum going when they host the Indians again at 1:35 p.m. Sunday. Chris Bootcheck (2-1, 2.37 ERA) is scheduled to start for the IronPigs.
Reading Fightin Phils – Double A
The Fightin Phils’ slump continued Saturday by way of a 5-1 loss to the Richmond Flying Squirrels at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading.
The loss was Reading’s fourth in a row and its 10th in its last 12 games.
The Fightin Phils didn’t have a lot of trouble getting people on base, as they had a baserunner at some point in every inning. The issue was driving them home. The Fightin Phils went 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left nine runners on base.
Reading’s one and only run came off the bat of second baseman Albert Cartwright, who hit his third home run of the season during the third inning.
Other than Cartwright’s homer, the Fightin Phils didn’t have much else to offer from the plate. Cartwright and third baseman Carlos Alonso led Reading in hits, as they both finished 2-for-4.
Starting pitcher Severino Gonzalez was dealt the loss despite a good outing on the mound. Gonzalez tossed six innings where he allowed three runs on seven hits. Gonzalez’s efforts weren’t enough to keep his record from falling to 4-7 on the season.
The Fightin Phils will try to redeem themselves against the Flying Squirrels at 1:35 p.m. Sunday. Left-hander Hoby Milner (4-2, 3.52) ERA will get the start for Reading.
Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced
The Threshers are seemingly inventing new ways to lose.
For the third time in four games, the Threshers lost in walk-off fashion to the Palm Beach Cardinals. This time, it was a game-winning single from Palm Beach’s Jimmy Bosco that did the Threshers in, 5-4.
The loss completed a four-game sweep of the Threshers and was their seventh loss in a row. The Threshers literally lost on every day of this past week. They’ve also lost by one run in each of their three walk-off losses to Palm Beach.
The Threshers dropped this one after leading the Cardinals, 4-2, after five innings. The Cardinals managed to rally yet again, however, with two runs in the seventh to tie the game.
Entering the bottom of the ninth, the Threshers had Lino Martinez on the mound, but he began the frame by allowing a single and a sacrifice bunt. Jordan Guth took his place, but hit the next batter with a pitch and then allowed the game-winning single. The run was charged to Martinez.
What was also charged to Martinez was his third loss of the season. Starter Colin Klevin got a no decision after tossing seven innings where he allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits. He also struck out eight Palm Beach batters.
Designated hitter Chris Serritella led the Threshers offensively, going 2-for-4 with a home run. The homer was his first with the team. Saturday’s outing was a welcome change for Serritella, who batted .186 in 35 games with Reading and is only at .167 in five games with Clearwater.
Catcher Gabriel Lino also went 2-for-4 during the contest. Second baseman Angelo Mora led the squad in runs batted in with two.
A new week will hopefully bring some new luck to the Threshers when they host the Daytona Cubs for a quick two-game set, starting at 2 p.m. Sunday at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla. Jeb Stefan (2-6, 6.31 ERA) will take the mound for the Threshers.
Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A
Two runs in the top of the 10th propelled the BlueClaws to a 4-2 victory over the Delmarva Shorebirds Saturday at Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Md.
Lakewood’s RBI leader Willians Astudillo stepped to the plate in the 10th inning with two on and two out. He continued his productive campaign with a two-run double that gave the BlueClaws their first lead of the game. Astudillo finished the game 2-for-5 from the plate and increased his team lead in RBI to 37 on the season.
The BlueClaws then put the game in the hands of Ulises Joaquin, who retired the Shorebirds in order to gain his third save of the season.
Starting pitcher Jon Prosinski shook off two early runs from the Shorebirds to post a very productive outing. Prosinski struck out eight and allowed only four hits during his seven innings on the mound.
Despite his stellar performance, Prosinski did not get the decision as that went to Cody Forsythe, who tossed two scoreless innings in relief of Prosinski. Forsythe’s record improved to 3-1 as a result.
The win for the BlueClaws was only their third in 11 games against the Shorebirds this season. The BlueClaws will attempt to take three out of four from Delmarva at 2:05 p.m. Sunday. Drew Anderson (4-4, 3.56 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for Lakewood.