Phillies Minor League Report: Tyler Cloyd, Jesse Biddle each have rocky outings
Here's how the Phillies' minor-league teams fared on Saturday, June 29:
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A
The IronPigs’ winning streak was short-lived as they dropped a series-opening contest against the Toledo Mud Hens, 10-6, at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown Saturday.
The IronPigs had a rough night overall, but starting pitcher Tyler Cloyd had the roughest individual night among the IronPigs.
Cloyd gave up seven runs (six earned) on nine hits during 6 1/3 innings on the mound. Cloyd took the loss and dropped to 1-7 in Lehigh Valley. His ERA climbed to 7.79.
The IronPigs got off to a good start Saturday as they jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second courtesy of a two-out home run from catcher Cameron Rupp.
The Mud Hens tied the ballgame in the top of the third with a solo homer from right fielder Danny Dorn.
The IronPigs took back the lead in the bottom half of the inning after designated hitter Josh Fields hit an RBI-single that allowed second baseman Cesar Hernandez, who also singled earlier in the inning, to score.
The Mud Hens took their first lead of the game in the top of the fourth after scoring two runs, which made the score 3-2.
Hernandez came through with another single in the bottom of the fourth except this time it helped his team tie the score at 3-3.
The scoring continued in the top of the fifth as Toledo plated two more runs to take a 5-3 lead. The IronPigs were undeterred and plated three of their in the bottom half of the fifth to take another lead, 6-5.
After left fielder Darin Ruf grounded out to the shortstop, first baseman Cody Overbeck hit a line drive single to left field. Fields followed Overbeck’s single with one of his own. Two batters later, Rupp took a walk to load the bases with two outs.
Center fielder Michael Martinez took advantage of the situation and hit a single to center field that scored both Overbeck and Fields.
After a walk from former Phillie Freddy Galvis, Hernandez reached base again, this time due to an error, which Rupp to plate the third and final run of the frame.
After a scoreless sixth, the Mud Hens pulled away from the IronPigs for good with a five-run seventh inning.
Cloyd saw his final action of the day as he gave up two hits and the first run of the inning.
Justin Friend came in for relief of Cloyd after the at-bat and did not fare any better as the Mud Hens put up four more runs. When it was all said and done, Toledo held a four-run lead that it did not relinquish.
Lehigh Valley’s offense had a productive outing as it recorded 14 hits. Hernandez led the way going 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run. Martinez wasn’t far behind as he went 3-for-5 and drove in two runs.
The big issue for the IronPigs was leaving runners on base. The IronPigs left 13 runners on base and went 3-for-16 with runners in scoring position. Galvis went 0-for-5 Saturday.
The IronPigs will play the second of their four-game series against the Mud Hens at 1:35 p.m. Sunday. Right-hander Ethan Martin (8-3, 5.03 ERA) is scheduled to start for Lehigh Valley.
Reading Fightin Phils – Double A
A complete-game shutout from New Britain Rock Cats pitcher Pat Dean helped down the Fightin Phils, 5-0, at New Britain Stadium in New Britain, Conn.
Dean gave up only five hits during his dominant performance and struck out five batters.
On the flip side, Reading’s Jesse Biddle continued to struggle. The highly touted prospect threw six innings, but gave up nine hits and two earned runs Saturday. He took the loss, which dropped his record to 3-8 with Reading.
The defense behind Biddle wasn’t fantastic either as the Fightin Phils committed two errors during his time on the mound.
After Biddle exited the game, Juan Sosa took to the mound and gave up the final three New Britain runs in the seventh inning, which essentially sealed the win for the Rock Cats.
Only four Fightin Phils (right fielder Anthony Hewitt, catcher Sebastian Valle, third baseman Maikel Franco, and center fielder Tyson Gillies) recorded hits against Dean. Gillies led the way as he went 2-for-4.
The Fightin Phils will try to take three out four from the Rock Cats at 1:35 p.m. Sunday as Brody Colvin (2-1, 6.87 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for the Fightin Phils.
Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced
The Threshers went the final six innings without scoring a run, but it was enough to pull out a 3-2 victory over the Daytona Cubs at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach, Fla.
The Threshers fell behind the in the bottom of the first after the Cubs put up two runs on starting pitcher Hoby Milner.
The game’s next three runs were scored exclusively by the Threshers, which helped them take the lead for good.
The Threshers’ first run came in the top of the second. Right fielder Kelly Dugan led off the inning with a single to center field. Designated hitter Tommy Joseph followed Dugan with a double that put runners on second and third base.
First baseman Chris Serritella wasted little time in cashing in on the scoring chance as he hit a single to center, which allowed Dugan to score from third.
The scoring continued in the top of the third when center fielder Aaron Altherr hit a double that score both Dugan and Serritella.
With his team in front, Milner shook off the two runs he gave up in the first inning to pitch six scoreless innings before leaving the game.
Milner gave up seven hits, but kept the Cubs off the scoreboard after the first inning and struck out five batters. Milner (7-4) picked up the win for his efforts.
Colby Shreve followed Milner on the mound and threw 1 1/3 scoreless with two strikeouts, which set up Ryan O’Sullivan to record his fourth save of the season in the ninth.
With the pitching staff performing well, the Threshers could afford to only record six hits against the Cubs. Serritella led the Threshers with two in three at-bats.
The Threshers will look to make it three in a row over the Cubs at 5:35 p.m. Sunday. Sunday’s starter has yet to be announced from Clearwater.
Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A
For only the third time in 15 tries, the BlueClaws got the best of the West Virginia Power to the tune of a 3-0 victory Saturday at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood Township, N.J.
The Power’s pitching staff usually gives the BlueClaws fits while the BlueClaws’ staff can never seem to contain the Power’s bats — resulting in 12 losses for the BlueClaws to the Power.
On Saturday, the pitching staff actually held the Power in check and recorded a shutout.
Starter Shane Watson was sharp on the mound as he allowed only four hits in six innings of work. Once Watson left the game, Steven Inch came in and pitched a three-inning save to secure the win. Inch’s save was his ninth of the season with Lakewood.
The BlueClaws still had trouble with the West Virginia pitching staff, however, as they recorded only six hits and was kept off the scoreboard until the sixth inning.
The game’s first run came after West Virginia replaced starter Jason Creasy, who had kept the BlueClaws in check, with reliever Thomas Harlan.
Harlan struck out the first batter he saw in center fielder Carlos Tocci. He was not as fortunate against second baseman Alejandro Villalobos as he single on a ground ball to center field.
Harlan earned another strikeout as he fanned right fielder Brian Pointer, but gave up a two-run home run to shortstop Angelo Mora in the next at-bat.
First baseman Art Charles put up the third and final run right away for Lakewood in the seventh as he led off the inning with a homer over the right field wall, which turned out to be all the BlueClaws needed.
The homer helped Charles increase his RBI total to 38 this season in Lakewood.
Villalobos led the BlueClaws with two hits in three at-bats.
The BlueClaws hope to improve their record against the Power to 4-12 when they host them in the finale of the four-game set at 1:05 p.m. Sunday.
Jeb Stefan (2-4, 4.56 ERA) will start for the BlueClaws.