Here's how the Phillies' minor league teams fared on Thursday, July 3:
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A
The only thing that could halt the IronPigs’ recent run of momentum was Mother Nature, as the their game against the Syracuse Chiefs Thursday was postponed due to rain at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown.
The game has been rescheduled for August 23. The IronPigs will travel to Rochester, N.Y. Friday to take on the Rochester Red Wings at Frontier Field.
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The game is scheduled to start at 7:15 p.m., as Barry Enright (3-8, 5.28 ERA) is scheduled to start.
Reading Fightin Phils – Double A
The storm also put the kibosh on the Fightin Phils’ chances of playing the New Hampshire Cats Thursday at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading.
The game has not been rescheduled as of this writing.
The Fightin Phils will travel to Richmond, Va. Friday to take on the Richmond Flying Squirrels for a doubleheader at The Diamond.
Game 1 one of the twin bill is scheduled to start at 5:05 p.m. Adam Loewen (0-1, 5.40 ERA) will start the first game while Colton Murray (0-2, 1.91 ERA) will start the second.
Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced
Despite a stellar performance from center fielder Roman Quinn, the Threshers were trounced by the Dunedin Blue Jays, 14-6, in front of a season-high 9,069 fans at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.
Quinn went 3-for-5 from the plate and drove in two runs Thursday. Joining Quinn in the multi-hit department was second baseman Angelo Mora, who went 2-for-3 with a double and a triple. But the Clearwater pitching staff was battered to the tune of 16 hits.
Starter Jeb Stefan was knocked around for 3.2 innings, as the Blue Jays racked up six runs on seven hits. Stefan didn’t help his own cause by walking four batters. He was dealt the loss, which dropped his record to 4-8 on the season.
Daniel Child followed Stefan on the mound and was pounded as well, allowing seven runs (five earned) on six hits in only 1.2 innings of work.
Six Blue Jays recorded at least two hits against the Threshers, including left fielder Nick Baligood, who hit a grand slam during the sixth inning.
The Threshers will finish their series with Blue Jays at 4:15 p.m. Friday at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Fla. Jordan Guth (1-3, 2.87 ERA) will take the mound for Clearwater.
Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A
A strong performance from pitcher Tyler Viza helped the BlueClaws defeat the Hagerstown Suns Thursday, 4-1, and take two of three games during the series at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood Township, N.J.
Viza allowed only one run on four hits during six sharp innings. He also recorded four strikeouts. Viza earned the victory, which improved him to 3-11 on the year.
Ulises Joaquin allowed only one hit during the ninth to earn his sixth save of the campaign.
With Viza dealing, the BlueClaws did just enough from the plate to keep them in front of the Suns. The BlueClaws were led by left fielder Samuel Hiciano, who went 2-for-4 from the plate.
Shortstop Malquin Canelo, second baseman Andrew Pullin and center fielder Carlos Tocci all drove in one run apiece for Lakewood.
The BlueClaws hope to continue their momentum when play the Delmarva Shorebirds at 6:35 p.m. Friday at Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Md.
Julio Reyes (1-2, 3.91 ERA) is scheduled to start for Lakewood.
Williamsport Crosscutters – Class A-Short Season
Four runs in the 12th inning propelled the Crosscutters to completing a three-game sweep of the Jamestown Jammers Thursday by a score of 7-3 at Russell E. Diethrick Jr. Park in Jamestown, N.Y.
The Crosscutters held a 3-0 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth, but saw their lead evaporate when Mark Meadors allowed two Jamestown runs and was charged with a third.
After scoreless frames during the 10th and 11th, right fielder Cord Sandberg led off the 12th with his third home run of the season to give the Crosscutters the lead again.
Later in the inning, designated hitter Matt Shortall hit a three-run homer to give the Crosscutters a commanding lead. The homer was his second of the season.
Joey Denato retired the Jammers during the bottom half of the inning to secure another Williamsport victory.
Sandberg finished the game 2-for-5 from the plate, including a double. Shortall went 3-for-6 with three RBI. His batting average on the season is now at .400.
The Crosscutters pounded the Jamestown pitching to the tune of 14 hits. All but two members of the Williamsport lineup recorded at least one hit. Third baseman Derek Campbell matched Shortall by also going 3-for-6. Left fielder Jiandido Tromp joined Sandberg by going 2-for-5 from the plate. Center fielder Aaron Brown joined the multi-hit department by going 2-for-4 with two RBI.
The Crosscutters did all of that damage despite going 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position and leaving 11 runners on base.
After sweeping the Jammers, the Crosscutters return home to Susquehanna Bank Park at Bowman Field for a four-game series with the Auburn Doubledays, including a doubleheader Friday that begins at noon.
Mitch Gueller (1-1, 4.85 ERA) will start Game 1 for the Crosscutters. Chris Oliver will start Game 2.
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