Phillies Minor League Report: Yacksel Rios has strong outing for BlueClaws

(Mike Theiler/Reuters)

Here’s how the Phillies’ minor league teams fared on Friday, Aug. 22:

Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A

The IronPigs’ offense finally came to life during a 7-3 victory over the Pawtucket Red Sox at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, R.I.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the IronPigs and helped them avoid being swept by the Red Sox.

It was also the first time the IronPigs scored at least five runs since Aug. 13, which was a 6-5 loss to the Columbus Clippers.

Leading the offensive charge for Lehigh Valley was designated hitter Jim Murphy, who went 3-for-4 from the plate and hit a solo home run during the fourth inning, which gave the IronPigs a 3-2 lead.

The IronPigs broke the game wide open by plating four runs during the fourth inning. Left fielder John Mayberry did the bulk of the damage with a three-run homer.

Third baseman Freddy Galvis, first baseman Maikel Franco and second baseman Tyler Henson all recorded two hits apiece to help the IronPigs rack up a total of 12 against Pawtucket.

Franco also drove in a run, which pushed his season total to 65.

Despite having some run support, starting pitcher Greg Smith struggled on the mound. Smith allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits during only 4.2 innings.

The victory went to Hector Neris, who didn’t allow a run during 2.1 innings. His record improved to 4-2 as a result.

The IronPigs return home to Coca-Cola Park in Allentown Saturday to open a five-game series with the Syracuse Chiefs, starting with a doubleheader the begins at 5:35 p.m.

The starting pitcher for Game 1 was not determined as of this writing. However, Jeff Manship (0-0, 4.20 ERA) is scheduled to start Game 2.

Reading Fightin Phils – Double-A

The Fightin Phils rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, and left fielder Peter Lavin hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 12th to give them an improbably 4-3 victory over the Erie SeaWolves at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading.

The Fightin Phils went into the ninth trailing 3-1, but that all changed when Raywilly Gomez hit a two-run, game-tying homer. The home run was his first of the season.

After failing to plate a run during the 10th and 11th innings, second baseman KC Serna led off the 12th with a single to right field.

Third baseman Carlos Alonso then laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Serna over to second base, which set up Lavin to be the hero, as he lined a single into left field.

The victory pushed the Fightin Phils to a impressive 9-2 in extra-inning affairs this season.

Despite only scoring four runs, the Fightin Phils received 10 hits from nine different batters Friday. Alonso was the only member of the lineup to record more than one hit, as he finished 2-for-5.

Starting Adam Loewen posted a strong outing by surrendering only three runs (two earned) on only three hits during 7.2 innings. He also struck out eight batters.

However, the win went to Kyle Simon, who tossed two scoreless innings to push his record to 5-2.

After taking the series opener from the SeaWolves, the Fightin Phils will take them on again at 6:35 p.m. Saturday. Hoby Milner (8-6, 4.25 ERA) is slated to start for Reading.

Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced

The Threshers dropped both ends of a doubleheader with the Brevard County Manatees Friday by scores of 7-6 and 7-2 at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.

During Game 1, the Threshers attained all six of their runs during the first inning thanks to three-runs homers from designated hitter Art Charles and first baseman Chris Serritella.

For Charles, the homer was his 17th of the year and Serritella’s was his fifth.

Despite jumping out to a commanding 6-0 advantage, and recording 11 hits during the contest, the Threshers watched their lead slowly evaporate.

The Manatees methodically chipped away at the Threshers’ lead by plating at least one run three consecutive innings, including three during the fifth, which knotted the game up 6-6.

The Manatees’ run came at the expense of Threshers starting pitcher Colin Klevin, who was slapped with allowing six runs (four earned) on four hits during only four innings.

The Manatees finally took their first lead of the game during the eighth at the expense of Cody Forsythe.

The Threshers went down in order during the bottom half of the frame to send them to a crushing defeat.

Forsythe was handed the loss, which dropped his record to 2-7.

Center fielder Roman Quinn, left fielder Herlis Rodriguez and Charles all recorded two hits apiece.

During Game 2, it was Brevard County that jumped out to an early 6-0 lead thanks to five runs during the second inning.

Those runs came off Clearwater starter Jeb Stefan, who took his 12th loss of the season after giving up seven runs on seven hits during six innings of work.

Unlike Game 1, however, the Threshers could not mount enough offense to keep up with the Manatees.

The Threshers mustered only four hits, two of which came from Serritella. Charles drove in his fourth RBI of the day, which improved his season total to 49.

The Threshers will continue their four-game series with the Manatees at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The starting pitcher was not named as of this writing.

Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A

A dominating performance from starting pitcher Yacksel Rios helped the BlueClaws blank the Greensboro Grasshoppers, 4-0, at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood Township, N.J.

Rios tossed 6.1 scoreless innings Friday where he gave up only six hits and recorded four strikeouts. He earned the victory, which improved his record to 6-1 with Lakewood.

Jesen Therrien secured the win to lock up his first save with the BlueClaws this year after tossing 2.2 scoreless innings.

The BlueClaws did all of their scoring between the fourth and fifth innings. The BlueClaws plated three runs during the fourth thanks in part to a solo home run from third baseman Zach Green, which was his fifth of the year.

First baseman Willians Astudillo led the BlueClaws from the plate by going 2-for-3 with an RBI. The RBI was his 58th of the season. Left fielder Dylan Cozens drove in a run as well to push his season total to 56.

After taking the series opener, the BlueClaws will face the Grasshoppers again at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. Ranfi Casimiro (5-9, 4.94 ERA) will take the mound for Lakewood.

Williamsport Crosscutters – Class A-Short Season

The Crosscutters mustered only five hits Friday during a 4-0 loss to the Auburn Doubledays at Falcon Park in Auburn, N.Y.

Only right fielder Jose Pujols saw any production from the plate, as he finished 2-for-4. Other than that, the Crosscutters didn’t get much else.

The did received a strong pitching performance from Ricardo Pinto, who allowed only one run and recorded nine strikeouts during six innings of action.

Unfortunately for Pinto, he had to take his fourth loss of the season after Scott Harris and Manny Martinez coughed up three runs during the seventh and eighth innings, which helped Auburn pull away.

After dropping the series opener, the Crosscutters square off against the Doubledays again at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. Luis Torres (1-1, 1.63 ERA) is scheduled to start for Williamsport.

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