Here's how the Phillies' minor league teams fared on Thursday, July 17:
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A
The IronPigs began the second half of the season on the wrong foot Thursday, as the Syracuse Chiefs trounced them 13-0 at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown.
The IronPigs were dominated in virtually every facet of the game, as the Chiefs pounded them to the tune of 18 hits, including 10 off starter Barry Enright.
Enright lasted only 3.1 innings where he allowed seven runs, including a home run during the third inning. Enright was handed the loss, which dropped him to 4-9 on the season.
Things didn’t get much better once Enright left the game, as Phillippe Aumont surrendered two runs on three hits in only 2.2 innings. Tyler Knigge followed Aumont to the mound, but allowed four runs on five hits in only one inning of work.
While its pitching staff was being battered, Lehigh Valley’s lineup was having its own troubles thanks to Syracuse pitcher Blake Treinen.
Treinen tossed six scoreless innings where he allowed only four hits and struck out six batters. The IronPigs mustered a total of five hits.
After being embarrassed in the series opener, the IronPigs will face the Chiefs again at 7 p.m. Friday. Sean O’Sullivan (4-6, 4.20 ERA) is scheduled to start.
Reading Fightin Phils – Double A
The Reading pitching staff tossed a combined two-hitter to help begin the second half on a positive note with a 4-1 victory over the New Britain Rock Cats at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading.
Starter Chris Bootcheck earned his first win with the Fightin Phils after he allowed only one run on one hit during six innings on the mound. He also struck out four batters.
Nefi Ogando and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez combined to pitch three scoreless innings to keep the Rock Cats at bay.
Gonzalez saw five batters Thursday. He gave up a walk and a single to the first two he saw, but bounced back nicely by striking out the next three — all of them swinging. He earned his third save with Reading in the process.
Offensively, the Fightin Phils received eight hits from eight different batters. They also received solo home runs from designated hitter Peter Lavin and first baseman Brock Stassi.
For Lavin, the homer was his fifth of the season while Stassi’s was his eighth. Stassi also increased his RBI total to 38.
The Fightin Phils also got RBI hits from left fielder Zach Collier and catcher Logan Moore.
After taking the series opener, the Fightin Phils will take on the Rock Cats again at 7:05 p.m. Friday. Severino Gonzalez (6-9, 4.70 ERA) will start for Reading.
Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced
The Threshers earned a split during their doubleheader with the Bradenton Marauders Thursday at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.
The Threshers dropped the first game 7-2, but bounced back to take the second by a score of 7-4.
Despite an early 2-0 lead, Colin Klevin ran into a ton of trouble during the fourth inning of Game 1, and proceeded to allow five runs during the frame.
Klevin took the loss after he pitched five innings where he gave up four hits. He did manage to strikeout five batters.
While the Threshers were only able to muster three hits during Game 1, they recovered in a big way during Game 2 to the tune of 11.
Three of those hits came from center fielder Roman Quinn, who went 3-for-4 with five RBI. He was a home run shy from hitting for the cycle. Quinn’s big night broke an 0-for-23 slump.
Third baseman Harold Martinez and second baseman Angelo Mora joined in on the hit parade, as they both went 2-for-3.
Pitcher Jeb Stefan earned his sixth win of the season despite a shaky outing. Stefan improved to 6-8 after allowing four runs on six hits during five innings of work.
Ulises Joaquin secured the win to earn his first save with the Threshers.
The Threshers will square off against the Marauders again at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Miguel Nunez (2-7, 6.20 ERA) will take the mound for Clearwater.
Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A
The BlueClaws earned a series victory over the Hickory Crawdads by way of a 4-3 win at L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory, N.C. Thursday.
The BlueClaws recorded a mere six hits during the contest with four coming from right fielder Dylan Cozens and first baseman Zach Green.
Green led the BlueClaws by driving in two runs to increase his total to 26 on the season. Designated hitter Willians Astudillo drove in a run as well to increase his total to 46.
Six hits and four runs was enough for Lakewood as the pitching staff shut down the Crawdads. The BlueClaws allowed seven hits, but all of them came off starter Yacksel Rios. Rios got a no-decision after allowing three runs during 4.1 innings.
Joey Denato and Aaron Baker took control from there and tossed a combined 4.2 hitless innings. Denato earned his first win of the season after striking out four during 3.1 innings. Also, Baker earned his first save of the season.
After taking two of three from Hickory, the BlueClaws will travel to Kannapolis, N.C. to take on the Kannapolis Intimidators at CMC-NorthEast Stadium for a four-game set.
First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. with Ranfi Casimiro taking the mound for Lakewood.
Williamsport Crosscutters – Class A-Short Season
For the second night in a row, the Crosscutters coughed up a lead on their way to losing their third in a row, 5-4, to the Staten Island Yankees at Richmond County Ballpark in New York.
The loss was also the Crosscutters’ fifth in their last six outings.
The Crosscutters held a 4-1 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh thanks to a two-run homer from first baseman Rhys Hoskins and two RBI from shortstop Emmanuel Marrero.
Not to mention a strong pitching performance from Brandon Leibrandt, where he struck out seven batters and only allowed one run on three hits in six innings.
When Leibrandt left the mound, however, he handed the ball to Nathan Thornhill, who proceeded to cough up four runs during the seventh.
Thornhill pitched the last two innings, which handed him his first loss and blown save of the season.
Marrero led Williamsport from the plate going 3-for-3. Hoskins went 2-for-4 and collected his second homer of the season. Second baseman Drew Stankiewicz posted a respectable 2-for-4 as well.
The Crosscutters will try to avoid being swept by the Yankees at 7 p.m. Friday. Chris Oliver (0-1, 5.79 ERA) is scheduled to start for Williamsport.
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