Phillies Minor League Report: Pitcher Austin Wright posts strong performance for Reading
Here's how the Phillies minor-league teams fared on Thursday, July 25:
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A
Despite a three-run homer in the seventh inning from first baseman Cody Overbeck, the IronPigs fell to the Rochester Red Wings Thursday by a score of 6-3 at Frontier Field in Rochester, N.Y.
The IronPigs went into the seventh inning without a hit and trailing 6-0. After a pop out from left fielder Leandro Castro, shortstop Freddy Galvis recorded Lehigh Valley’s first hit of the game with a single to right field.
Third baseman Cody Asche followed Galvis with his 23rd double of the season. Overbeck cleared the bases with his 16th home run of the season and cut the deficit in half.
But that proved to be all the offense the IronPigs could muster on a day where they struggled to gain any traction against the Rochester pitching.
Rochester starter Liam Hendricks gave up five hits and a three-run homer to the IronPigs during his 7 2/3 innings on the mound, but was perfect during his first 6 1/3 innings.
Hendricks finished his outing with five strikeouts and three earned runs as he picked up his third win of the season.
Lehigh Valley starter Zach Miner was not as fortunate. Miner was pulled after only four innings of work after he gave four runs (two earned) on seven hits. Milner (5-6) was dealt the loss as a result.
Justin Friend followed Miner and gave up the final two Rochester runs during his two innings of work.
Six different players recorded the IronPigs’ six hits as Overbeck, Castro, Asche, Galvis and designated hitter Josh Fields all went 1-for-4. Center fielder Tyson Gillies went 1-for-3.
Asche entered the game on a tear, but cooled off a little bit Thursday. He finished the series 9-for-17 from the plate.
The IronPigs’ road trip will continue Friday when they travel to Pawtucket, R.I. to face the first-place Pawtucket Red Sox at McCoy Stadium. The game is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. start.
Left-hander Greg Smith (5-1, 1.93 ERA) will get the start for the IronPigs.
Reading Fightin Phils – Double A
A great pitching performance from Austin Wright and three late-inning runs helped the Fightin Phils secure a series-opening win over the New Britain Rock Cats, 3-1, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading.
Wright (4-5) posted possibly his best start of the season with 10 strikeouts during his seven innings of work. He only allowed one run on four hits as well.
Despite his great performance, the Fightin Phils still trailed 1-0 entering the bottom of the seventh inning.
Center fielder Zach Collier led off the frame with a bunt that he hustled his way into a single. Collier managed to make it to second base after a throwing error from New Britain pitcher Trevor May.
After a groundout from third baseman Maikel Franco and walk from first baseman Jim Murphy, right fielder Kelly Dugan gave the Fightin Phils their first runs and lead of the game thanks to a triple that plated two runs. Dugan’s triple was his first of the season.
Dugan crossed the plate during the next at-bat when catcher Sebastian Valle hit a double to left field.
With the Fightin Phils in front, Mike Nesseth was called upon to perform a two-inning save and to preserve the victory. Nesseth’s save was his sixth of the season.
Reading recorded only four hits Thursday with three of them coming during the seventh inning.
The Fightin Phils will host the second of the four-game series at 7:05 p.m. Friday. Lefty Mario Hollands (0-1, 6.75 with Reading) is scheduled to start for the Fightin Phils.
Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced
Despite three hits from right fielder Jiwan James, the Threshers were shut out by the Fort Myers Miracle, 8-0, at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla.
James finished the day 3-for-4 and improved his batting average to .316 this season. Unfortunately, the rest of Threshers recorded three hits combined.
Fort Myers starter Matthew Summers (4-5) posted a strong seven-strikeout, five-hit performance during his seven innings of work.
On the flip side, Clearwater starter Hoby Milner struggled during his six innings on the mound. Milner gave up six runs (all earned) on 10 hits and walked three batters. He was dealt the loss, which dropped his record to 9-5 on the season.
Besides James, left fielder Peter Lavin, center fielder Aaron Altherr and second baseman Carlos Alonso were the only Threshers to record hits. Both Lavin and Altherr went 1-for-4 whereas Alonso went 1-for-3.
The Threshers will take on the Miracle in Game 2 of their four-game series at 7:05 p.m. Friday. Nick Hernandez (3-3, 4.57 ERA) will get the ball for the Threshers.
Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A
The BlueClaws dropped a series-opening contest to the Greenville Drive, 5-4, in 12 innings at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood Township, N.J.
The BlueClaws and Drive entered extra innings tied, 4-4, and neither could not muster any runs in the 10th and 11th innings.
The Drive finally broke through during the top of the 12th after an RBI-double from third baseman Mario Martinez.
With an attempt to answer in the bottom portion of the inning, the BlueClaws went down in order to hand them the loss and put them at 20 games below .500 on the season (40-60).
The BlueClaws did all of their scoring during the fourth inning. With one out and one on, designated hitter Willie Carmona got the scoring started in the with a single to left field that plated left fielder Larry Greene, who walked earlier in the inning.
First baseman Art Charles followed Carmona with a double to right field that put runners on second and third.
Third baseman Mitch Walding made it three hits in a row with a single that scored both Carmona and Charles and give the BlueClaws a 3-0 advantage.
The Drive tied the game thanks to three runs during the top of the sixth inning. In the bottom half of the frame, Greene gave the BlueClaws back the lead with his third home run of the season.
Greenville center fielder Aneury Tavarez knotted the game once again in the top of the eighth with a sacrifice fly to left field.
The BlueClaws recorded seven hits Thursday from seven different batters. Walding (1-for-5) led the BlueClaws with two RBI.
The BlueClaws used five different pitchers during the 12-inning contest. Starter Jon Prosinski posted a rocky outing with three runs on eight hits during his five innings on the mound.
Delvi Francisco surrendered the game-tying run during the eighth inning and was credited with his sixth blown save as a result.
Zach Cooper (0-3) was handed the loss after giving up the game-winning run during the 12th inning.
The BlueClaws will look to even up the four-game set at 7:05 p.m. Friday. Miguel Nunez (7-7, 4.65 ERA) is expected to take the mound for Lakewood.
Williamsport Crosscutters – Class A-Short Season
The Crosscutters earned a series-clinching victory over the Auburn Doubledays, 4-1, at Falcon Park in Auburn, N.Y.
The Crosscutters took three-of-four from the Doubledays and have won four out of their last six overall.
The Doubledays plated their one and only run during the bottom of the first inning thanks to an RBI-single from designated hitter Jean Carlos Valdez.
Williamsport starter Drew Anderson shook off the early-inning set back to post a solid outing. Anderson finished his outing after five innings where he recorded five strikeouts and allowed only five hits.
Anderson didn’t get any run support until the top of the fourth when third baseman Zach Green hit an RBI-single to center field that scored center fielder Gustavo Martinez, who led off the inning with a single.
The Crosscutters plated two more runs during the seventh inning. Their first run came courtesy of an RBI-double from right fielder Dylan Cozens that scored Green.
Cozens crossed the plate later in the inning thanks to a single from second baseman Jairo Cardozo.
The Crosscutters tacked on an insurance run during the top of the ninth after catcher Gabriel Lino hit a single to left field that scored Dozens, who hit his second double of the game earlier in the inning.
Despite his strong pitching performance, Anderson did not get the decision Thursday as that went to Rob Marcello. Marcello (2-0) threw two innings in relief of Anderson and allowed only two hits.
Lee Ridenhour secured the victory and collected his second save of the season as a result.
The Crosscutters boasted three batters (Martinez, Cozens and Green) in the lineup that went 2-for-4 from the plate.
Williamsport recorded nine hits overall and went 4-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
The Crosscutters return home Friday to open a two-game set against the Jamestown Jammers. The Crosscutters currently trail the Jammers for first place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division by three games.
Friday’s contest is scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m. with Yacksel Rios (1-1, 4.30 ERA) scheduled to get the start.