Phillies Minor League Report: Walding, Pullin homer in Lakewood win

Andrew Pullin makes a diving catch during a Gulf Coast League game against the GCL Yankees at Legends Field on July 17, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. (Mike Janes/Four Seam Images via AP Images)

Here's a rundown on how the Phillies' minor league teams fared on Saturday, May 24:

Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A

An RBI hit from third baseman Addison Maruszak and a strong start from pitcher Chris Bootcheck propelled the IronPigs to a 1-0 win over the Toledo Mud Hens Friday at Coca-Cola Field in Allentown.

In his IronPigs debut, Bootcheck tossed five scoreless innings where allowed only five hits. The combination of Phillippe Aumont, Jeremy Horst and Ken Giles maintained the IronPigs’ slim margin and secured Bootcheck’s first victory. Giles also secured his second save of the season.

Maruszak supplied all of the run support after he reached on a fielder’s choice that allowed shortstop Andres Blanco to score the only run of the game.

Second baseman Ronny Cedeno and center fielder Tyler Henson led the IronPigs in the hitting department, as they both finished 2-for-3.

The IronPigs will try to even up the four-game series with the Mud Hens at 1:35 p.m. Sunday. Left-hander Greg Smith (4-1, 3.72 ERA) is scheduled to start for Lehigh Valley.

Reading Fightin Phils – Double A

For the second night in a row, the Fightin Phils defeated the Akron RubberDucks in a 12-inning marathon. This time, they won by a score of 3-2 at Canal Park in Akron, Ohio.

The win for Reading was its second in a row and its 11th in the last 13 games.

The Fightin Phils trailed the RubberDucks, 2-0, heading into the top of the seventh, but managed to tie things up with a run in both the seventh and eighth innings.

The game remained knotted at 2 until the 12th inning when a throwing error from Akron pitcher Jordan Cooper allowed third baseman Anthony Phillips to plate the eventual winning run.

Despite allowing 12 hits as a unit, the Reading pitching staff posted a stellar outing Friday. Starter Perci Garner allowed two runs on seven hits in six innings of work.

Colton Murray tossed three scoreless innings in relief of Garner and Hector Neris pitched the final two innings where he allowed only one hit. Neris picked up the win, which moved his record to 2-0 on the season.

Leading the Fightin Phils offensively was center fielder Aaron Altherr and right fielder Cam Perkins, who both finished 2-for-5. Left fielder Everett Williams and first baseman Brock Stassi each drove in a run.

The Fightin Phils will try to keep their hot streak going when they face the RubberDucks again at 2:05 p.m. Sunday. Lefty Jesse Biddle (3-4, 3.18 ERA) will start for Reading.

Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced

The Threshers didn’t lose just once Saturday. They lose twice, as they dropped both games of a doubleheader with the Daytona Cubs at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach, Fla.

As a result, the Threshers’ losing streak is now at nine games. The Threshers’ last victory came all the way back on May 16 over the Dunedin Blue Jays.

The Threshers dropped the first game of the doubleheader despite a furious rally where they plated four unanswered runs. But they were just one run short, as they fell 5-4.

The Threshers’ loss came at the expense of starting pitcher Jon Prosinski, who was chased after only two innings of work. During his brief time on the mound, Prosinski allowed four runs on seven hits. His ERA on the season increased to 6.56 as result.

Lee Ridenhour steadied the ship during the final four innings, but was still dealt the loss, which dropped his record to 1-4.

The Threshers recorded only four hits Saturday. Third baseman KC Serna led the way, going 2-for-4 with an RBI.

The second game of the doubleheader wasn’t quite as close as the score would indicate, as the Threshers fell by a score of 8-4. However, the Threshers plated two runs in the sixth inning after trailing 8-2.

The Cubs did all of their damage to Clearwater starter Luis Paulino. Paulino was dealt his first loss of the season after allowing eight runs on eight hits during only 2 2/3 innings on the mound. Daniel Child came in for relief and tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings.

The Threshers struggled to hit in this game as well, recording only five hits. Four of those five hits came from Serna (2-for-3) and center fielder Peter Lavin (2-for-2). The Threshers combined for a mere nine combined hits Saturday.

The Threshers and the Cubs will have another doubleheader starting at 4:35 p.m. Sunday. Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez (0-1, 6.14 ERA) will make his third professional start for Clearwater in Game 1. The starters for Game 2 have yet to be determined.

Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A

The BlueClaws’ hot streak continued Saturday courtesy of a 7-0 victory over the West Virginia Power at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W. Va.

With the win, the BlueClaws have now won six out of their last eight contests.

On Saturday, a strong offensive outing paced the BlueClaws, as the team recorded 14 hits. Leading the way for Lakewood was third baseman Mitch Walding and designated hitter Andrew Pullin, as they both homered.

Walding finished the game 4-for-5 from the plate with three RBI. Pullin finished 3-for-5 with two RBI. Shortstop J.P. Crawford had a productive outing as well, finishing 2-for-4 with two RBI.

The Lakewood pitching staff matched the offense’s production, as the staff allowed only five West Virginia hits. Starter Drew Anderson picked up his third win of the season after allowing four hits in six innings of work. He also recorded seven strikeouts.

The BlueClaws will attempt to take three of four from the Power at 2:05 p.m. Sunday. Ranfi Casimiro (2-4, 6.14 ERA) will get the start for Lakewood.

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