Phillies Minor League Report: Zach Collier, Jake Fox combine for nine RBI during Reading win
Here's how the Phillies' minor league teams fared on Saturday, August 2:
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A
A strong performance from pitcher Sean O’Sullivan lifted the IronPigs to their fourth win in a row, 4-1, over the Durham Bulls at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown.
O’Sullivan tossed a gem Saturday where he was able to keep the Bulls off the scoreboard until the seventh inning. He left the mound after allowing only five hits and improved his record to 5-9 as a result.
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez made his Lehigh Valley debut and capped it off with a one-hit save.
The IronPigs plated all of their runs during the first three innings. They plated two in the first thanks to RBI hits from designated hitter Leandro Castro and center fielder Clete Thomas.
Second baseman Nate Spears came through with an RBI hit during the second while Thomas posted another during the third.
The IronPigs tallied 18 hits against the Durham pitching staff with right fielder Tyler Henson leading the way by going 3-for-3. Left fielder Cam Perkins, Thomas and Spears weren’t far behind, as they each went 2-for-4.
Castro’s RBI during the first was his 44th of the season.
After taking the series opener from Durham, the IronPigs hope to make it five in a row at 5:35 p.m. Sunday. Brad Lincoln (5-7, 4.73 ERA) is scheduled to start for Lehigh Valley.
Reading Fightin Phils – Double A
Center fielder Zach Collier and third baseman Jake Fox combined for nine RBI, as the Fightin Phils trounced the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 14-3, at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, N.H.
The Fightin Phils scored a combined four runs during a doubleheader with the Fisher Cats Friday. They lost both games.
They bounced back in major way Saturday as Collier drove in five runs all by himself, including a grand slam during the sixth that highlighted an eight-run inning for the Fightin Phils.
Collier hit another homer, this one of the solo variety, during the ninth to finish the night 3-for-5. Collier had hit two homers all season heading into Saturday.
Fox got in on the home run parade as well, as he hit a two-run shot during the third inning that extended the Fightin Phils then slim lead. Fox finished the game 2-for-4 with four RBI while increasing his home run total to 15 and his RBI total to 51.
Collier and Fox helped the Fightin Phils pound the New Hampshire pitching staff to the tune of 12 hits.
Pitcher Severino Gonzalez had more than enough run support during his seven-inning outing. Gonzalez earned his seventh win of the season after allowing three runs on three hits.
The Fightin Phils will attempt to earn a split with the Fisher Cats at 1:35 p.m. Sunday. Ryan O’Sullivan (5-6, 3.25 ERA) is slated to start for Reading.
Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced
The Clearwater bullpen allowed four runs between the seventh and eighth innings, which handed the Threshers a 6-3 defeat at the hands of the St. Lucie Mets at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.
The Threshers entered the seventh inning with a 3-2 advantage. Jeb Stefan took the mound in relief of Jordan Guth, but allowed two runs to give the Mets the lead and earn his second blown save of the season.
Things didn’t get any better for Cody Forsythe, as he allowed another two more runs, which put the game out of reach for the Threshers.
Stefan was also handed the loss, which dropped his record to 6-11 on the season. Guth didn’t get the decision despite striking out six during six innings of work.
The bullpen collapse overshadowed a productive night at the plate by shortstop J.P. Crawford, who went 3-for-5 with an RBI. Center fielder Roman Quinn wasn’t far behind, going 2-for-4.
After dropping the first two to the Mets, the Threshers get another crack at them at 1 p.m. Sunday. Colin Klevin (4-8, 4.89 ERA) will start for Clearwater.
Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A
The BlueClaws were scheduled to wrap up their series with the Delmarva Shorebirds Saturday, but the game was postponed due to wet grounds at Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Md.
No makeup date has been announced as of this writing.
In the meantime, the BlueClaws will return home to FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood Township, N.J. to open a three-game series with the Asheville Tourists at 5:05 p.m. Sunday. Matt Imhof (0-1, 3.38 ERA) will take the mound for Lakewood.
Williamsport Crosscutters – Class A-Short Season
A night after losing 5-1, the Crosscutters found a way to earn a 5-1 victory over the Aberdeen IronBirds at Susquehanna Bank Park at Bowman Field.
The Crosscutters fell behind early, but erased the slim deficit during the fourth inning thanks to an RBI hit from catcher Wilson Garcia that drove in two runs to give Williamsport the lead.
Left fielder Jiandido Tromp gave the Crosscutters two more runs during the fifth with a two-run homer. The homer was his 10th of the season.
The Crosscutters plated an insurance run during the sixth thanks to an RBI hit from shortstop Emmanuel Marrero.
Garcia led the Crosscutters from the plate by going 3-for-4 with two RBI. Tromp finished the night 2-for-4 and tallied his 28th RBI of the season.
The Crosscutters were able to shut down the IronBirds with a strong performance from starter David Whitehead. Whitehead didn’t allow a single earned run during his six innings on the mound and struck out five batters.
He improved his record to 3-3 in the process.
The Crosscutters will take on the IronBirds again at 5:05 p.m. Sunday. Mitch Gueller (4-2, 3.29 ERA) will start for Williamsport.