Phillies Minor League Report: Steve Susdorf has big night for Lehigh Valley

Steve Susdorf during a minor-league game in 2011. (Staff file photo)

Here's how the Phillies minor league teams fared on Sunday, June 15:

Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A

A great outing from designated hitter Steve Susdorf carried the IronPigs to a 5-4 victory over the Rochester Red Wings Sunday at Frontier Field in Rochester, N.Y.

Susdorf was the driving force behind the IronPigs’ offense, which recorded only seven hits during the contest. Susdorf went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI. The homer was his first of the season and his RBI total on the season went up to 22. He was the only IronPig to record more than one hit.

Despite giving up 12 hits, the Lehigh Valley pitching staff held the Red Wings to only four runs, all of which came off starter Greg Smith. Smith tossed five innings where he allowed eight hits and recorded only one strikeout.

Smith didn’t pick up the decision, as that went to Phillippe Aumont, who went to 2-1 on the season after pitching two scoreless innings in relief of Smith. Luis Garcia secured the win during the ninth to lock up his ninth save of the season.

The Lehigh Valley pitching staff held Rochester to a mere 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

After splitting a four-game series with Rochester, the IronPigs will return home to Coca-Cola Park Monday to begin another four-game set against the Charlotte Knights at 7:05 p.m. Barry Enright (3-5, 4.86 ERA) is scheduled to start for Lehigh Valley.

Reading Fightin Phils – Double A

A late-inning surge propelled the Fightin Phils to a 7-5 win over the Altoona Curve Sunday at Peoples Natural Gas Field in Altoona.

The Fightin Phils went into the top of the ninth down, 3-2. The Fightin Phils managed to plate three runs to take the lead thanks to an RBI-triple from Anthony Phillips and wild pitch from Altoona’s Emmanuel De Leon that allowed Phillips to score.

Nefi Ogando began the bottom half of the frame on the mound, but gave way to Seth Rosin after giving up back-to-back singles to start the inning. Rosin then allowed two singles, which plated two runs and sent the game into extras. Ogando was charged with the runs while Rosin was hit with his first blown save of the season.

However, in the top of the 10th, a ground-rule double from first baseman Jake Fox and another RBI from Phillips allowed Reading to plate the game-winning runs. In the bottom of the frame, Mike Nesseth came took the hill and retired the Curve in order.

On top of the blown save, Rosin also earned the win, which was his first of the season. Nesseth earned his first save as well. Starter Perci Garner got a no-decision after allowing two runs on five hits in five innings of work.

Offensively, the Fightin Phils recorded 11 hits. Phillips finished 2-for-2 with three RBI. Second baseman Albert Cartwright joined Phillips in the multi-hit department, going 2-for-5. Center fielder Aaron Altherr only went 1-for-5, but extended his hitting streak to 12 games.

After taking two of three from the Curve, the Fightin Phils will receive a day of rest Monday. They will be back on the field at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday when they host the Akron RubberDucks at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading. Left-hander Adam Loewen (0-0, 2.45 ERA) will start on the mound.

Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced

The Threshers enjoyed the final day of their All-Star break Sunday and will be back on the field 7 p.m. Monday against the Lakeland Flying Tigers at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla. Lefty Ryan Demmin (1-0, 0.64 ERA) will receive the start.

Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A

The BlueClaws limped into the All-Star break after suffering a 14-4 beating at the hands of the Hickory Crawdads Sunday at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood Township, N.J.

The Crawdads pounded the Lakewood pitching staff to the tune of 19 hits. The Crawdads were led by third baseman Janluis Castro, who went an astounding 5-for-6 with a home run and two RBI.

Hickory’s offensive explosion came at the expense of Lakewood starter Tyler Viza, who allowed six runs (four earned) on nine hits in only three innings. Viza took the loss, which dropped him to 2-9.

Things didn’t get any better once Shane Martin took the mound in relief, as he surrendered four runs on four hits in only 1.2. Jesen Therrien was the next victim, as allowed three runs on three hits in a mere 1.1.

The BlueClaws didn’t come close to matching the Crawdads’ production, as they recorded only four hits. Right fielder Dylan Cousins, designated hitter Zach Green and left fielder Samuel Hiciano all drove in one run apiece.

The BlueClaws will be sending four players to the South Atlantic League All-Star Game, which will be hosted by the Crawdads at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Frans Stadium in Hickory, N.C.

Hiciano, shortstop J.P. Crawford, first baseman Willians Astudillo and pitcher Cody Forsythe will all represent the North Division during the game. The day after the All-Star game, Crawford will be moved up the Threshers.

Hiciano was named to the team after he batted .273, hit six homers and drove in 28 RBI. He also posted an on-base percentage of .316 and a slugging percentage of .432. Astudillo made the team after he led the team with 41 RBI and batted .316 from the plate. Forsythe earned the honor after making nine saves and posting a 2.63 ERA. Crawford batted .295, hit three homers and drove in 19 runs during his time with Lakewood.

The BlueClaws won’t be back on the field until 7:05 p.m. Thursday when they host the West Virginia Power.

Williamsport Crosscutters – Class A-Short Season

The Crosscutters earned their first win of 2014, 8-2, over the State College Spikes thanks to a strong start from pitcher David Whitehead in his professional debut at Susquehanna Bank Park at Bowman Field in Williamsport.

Whitehead struck out five batters during six scoreless innings, which helped him earn the victory. The Williamsport pitching staff held the Spikes off the scoreboard until the ninth inning.

Holding a 2-0 lead, the Crosscutters plated six runs during the fourth inning. The Crosscutters received RBI from six members of the lineup, including two from center fielder Jiandido Tromp (2-for-5) and second baseman Robinson Torres (1-for-3).

The Crosscutters will try to even up their series with the Spikes at 7:05 p.m. Monday at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park in State College. Feliberto Sanchez will get the start.

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