Phillies Minor League Report: Maikel Franco drives in three runs for Lehigh Valley

Maikel Franco. (Charles Fox/Staff Photographer)

Here's how the Phillies' minor league teams fared on Friday, July 4:

Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A

The IronPigs’ four-run lead evaporated over the course of three innings, as the Red Wings soared past them 12-6 at Frontier Field in Rochester, N.Y. Friday.

The IronPigs held a 6-2 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth inning thanks in part to three RBI from third baseman Maikel Franco.

The Red Wings then pounded relief pitcher Hector Neris to the tune of six runs during the frame to take a two-run advantage.

Phillippe Aumont took over after Neris’ departure, but allowed three more runs during the seventh. Jeremy Horst took over during the eighth and let up another run, putting the game firmly out of the IronPigs’ reach.

Neris was dealt the loss after allowing six runs on five hits. His record is now 2-1. Starter Barry Enright tossed 4.1 innings where he gave up two runs on five hits, but walked four batters.

The Lehigh Valley pitching staff allowed 16 hits to Rochester, none of which were homers.

The IronPigs’ offense recorded 11 hits with two coming from Franco. Center fielder Grady Sizemore led the team by going 3-for-5. Second baseman Tyler Henson (2-for-4) and left fielder Leandro Castro (2-for-5) also recorded multiple hits.

After having their three-game winning streak snapped, the IronPigs will try to split their two-game set with the Red Wings at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. Sean O’Sullivan (3-6, 4.31 ERA) is scheduled to start.

Reading Fightin Phils – Double A

The Fightin Phils were completely shut out during a doubleheader with the Richmond Flying Squirrels Friday, as they lost the first game 1-0 and the second game 2-0 at The Diamond in Richmond, Va.

The losses bring the Fightin Phils’ current losing streak to four.

Despite only recording three hits, the Fightin Phils managed to keep the Flying Squirrels off the scoreboard for most of the game thanks to a strong outing from Adam Loewen.

Loewen tossed all six innings where he allowed a mere one run on two hits. Unfortunately, the lone run came during the bottom of the sixth and was the game winner. Lowen took the loss, which dropped him to 0-2.

It was more of the same during Game 2, as the Fightin Phils limped to four hits. All four hits came from first baseman Brock Stassi and left fielder Kelly Dugan, who both went 2-for-3.

Pitcher Colton Murray was handed the loss after tossing 2.1 innings and allowing a run during the second and third frames.

The Fightin Phils will get another chance against the Flying Squirrels at 6:05 p.m. Saturday. Chris Bootcheck will make his first start of the season with the Fightin Phils.

Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced

A three-run sixth inning cost the Threshers during a 5-1 loss to the Dunedin Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Fla. Friday.

The Threshers were tied with the Blue Jays, 1-1, heading into the bottom of the sixth thanks in part to a solid performance from pitcher Jordan Guth.

Guth lasted four innings where he allowed only one run on three hits. He walked four batters, but posted his longest outing since Aug. 25, 2013.

However, relief pitcher Lino Martinez coughed up three runs during the sixth to put the Blue Jays in front for good. Martinez was dealt the loss, which drops him to 0-5 on the year.

The Threshers recorded six hits Friday with first baseman Chris Serritella and second baseman Angelo Mora each recording two. Mora also drove in his 17th RBI of the season.

After losing three out of four to the Blue Jays, the Threshers will travel to Melbourne, Fla. for a four-game series with Brevard County Manatees at Space Coast Stadium. Mark Leiter (0-0, 3.00 ERA) will make his second start with the Threshers.

Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A

The BlueClaws allowed the most runs in franchise history during a 17-5 thrashing at the hands of the Delmarva Shorebirds Friday at Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Md.

The BlueClaws were down only 4-3 heading into the bottom of the fifth, but things quickly unraveled for the Lakewood pitching staff.

The Shorebirds hammered the BlueClaws bullpen to the tune of 13 runs over the course of four innings. The Shorebirds’ first victim was Jesen Therrien, as he let up seven runs on six hits during only two innings on the mound.

Christopher O’Hare was the next to get thrashed, giving up six runs (four earned) on four hits. Starter Julio Reyes took the loss after having a rocky outing of his own. Reyes fell to 1-3 after giving up four runs on seven his during 3.2 innings. All three Lakewood pitchers walked multiple batters for a total of seven.

While the Lakewood pitching staff was letting up 17 runs on 17 hits, the offense recorded nine hits with second baseman Andrew Pullin leading the way by going 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Catcher Andrew Knapp went 1-for-4 by hitting a two-run homer during the seventh. The homer was his fourth of the season. Pullin and right fielder Dylan Cozens increased their RBI totals to 37 and 35 respectively.

After being embarrassed by the Shorebirds, the BlueClaws will get another crack at them at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. Jon Prosinski (2-1, 4.15 ERA) will start for Lakewood.

Williamsport Crosscutters – Class A-Short Season

A dominant performance from pitcher Mitch Gueller helped the Crosscutters split a doubleheader with the Auburn Doubledays Friday at Susquehanna Bank Park at Bowman Field in Williamsport.

Gueller allowed only four hits during seven scoreless innings on the mound. He struck out five batters on his way to improving his record to 2-1 on the season.

The Crosscutters only recorded five hits, as RBI hits from left fielder Matt Shortall and third baseman Jan Hernandez was all of the run support Gueller needed.

The Crosscutters recorded 10 hits during the second game of the twin bill, but their rally during the eighth inning fell short and cost them the game.

What also cost the Crosscutters was Feliberto Sanchez’s porous eighth inning, as he allowed four runs. Sanchez was handed the loss after walking three batters and allowing three hits during four innings of work. His record is now 0-4.

The Crosscutters will play the Doubledays again at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. Alejandro Arteaga (1-2, 4.56 ERA) is scheduled to start for Williamsport.

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