Phillies Minor League Report: Threshers sweep doubleheader with Tampa

(Michael Keating/AP)

Here's how the Phillies' minor league teams fared on Thursday, June 12:

Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A

A sluggish offensive showing contributed to the IronPigs being handed their fourth loss in a row, 4-0, by the Rochester Red Wings at Frontier Field in Rochester, N.Y.

The IronPigs have been held to three runs or fewer in each of their last five games. They have gone 1-4 during that span.

On Thursday, the IronPigs mustered a mere three hits mostly due to the dominant performance of Rochester pitcher Yohan Pino. Pino struck out nine batters and allowed only two hits during seven strong innings. His ERA is now at 1.92 and his record improved to 9-1 on the season.

Lehigh Valley starter Sean O’Sullivan posted a good outing Thursday, giving up three runs on five hits during six innings on the hill. He was handed the loss, however, which dropped his record to 3-6.

The IroPigs will try to get back in the win column when they face the Red Wings again at 7:15 p.m. Friday. Brad Lincoln (3-3, 4.07 ERA) is scheduled to start for the IronPigs.

Reading Fightin Phils – Double A

The Fightin Phils found some reprieve Thursday, as they received an unscheduled day off thanks to rain postponing their game against the New Britain Rock Cats at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading.

The Fightin Phils will be back on the road Friday when they visit the Altoona Curve at Peoples Natural Gas Field in Altoona. Severino Gonzalez (4-7, 5.02 ERA) is still scheduled to start.

Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced

The Threshers went into the All-Star break with some much-needed momentum courtesy of a doubleheader sweep of the Tampa Yankees by scores of 8-5 and 3-0 at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla.

In the first game, the Threshers posted a six-run third inning thanks to a grand slam from third baseman KC Serna that put them up 7-4. The slam was Serna’s only hit of the game and was his third homer of the season. He now has 20 RBI on the season.

Also driving in runs for Clearwater were center fielder Brian Pointer (two), designated hitter Art Charles and catcher Gabriel Lino (both with one). Left fielder Brandon Short led the Threshers in hits, going 2-for-3.

The Threshers won despite a shaky outing from pitcher Colin Kleven, who allowed five runs on 12 hits during 6.2 innings. He still managed to pick up the win, which improved his record to 2-4. Lee Ridenhour only needed to record one out to gain his third save of the season.

The pitching improved in Game 2, as Ethan Stewart tossed five scoreless innings where he allowed only three hits. However, he did walk five batters. Stewart’s efforts allowed him to gain his third win of the season. Lino Martinez tossed the final two innings to pick up second save of the campaign.

Offensively, the Threshers recorded only seven hits with four coming from Short and right fielder Justin Parr. They both finished the game 2-for-3. Designated hitter Chris Serritella drove in two of the three Clearwater runs.

The Florida State League All-Star Game is set for 7:05 p.m. Saturday. Charles is the only Thresher to earn the honor, as he will represent the North Division All-Stars.

Charles enters the break with a batting average of .242, a slugging percentage of .374 and an on-base percentage of .296. He has hit three home runs and has driven in 21 runs.

The rest of the Threshers are off until June 16 when they host the Lakeland Flying Tigers at Bright House Field in Clearwater.

Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A

A strong pitching display from Jon Prosinski helped the BlueClaws defeat the Hickory Crawdads, 3-1, in the series opener at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood Township, N.J.

Prosinski improved his record to 2-0 after he tossed six innings and allowed only one run on five hits. He also struck out four batters.

Ulises Joaquin earned his fifth save of the season after pitching the last two innings to secure the win.

Despite only scoring three runs, the BlueClaws posted good day from the plate as well, recording 10 hits. However, the BlueClaws struggled to plate runs, as they went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position. But with Prosinski dealing, the BlueClaws didn’t need to score a ton of runs.

First baseman Willians Astudillo continued his stellar campaign by going 2-for-3 with two RBI. Astudillo now has 40 RBI on the season. Second baseman Andrew Pullin also went 2-for-3 and took a walk.

The BlueClaws will look to push their winning streak to three games when they host the Crawdads again at 7:05 p.m. Friday. Yacksel Rios (1-0, 3.08 ERA) will start for Lakewood.

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