Phillies Minor League report: Asche helps IronPigs edge Charlotte
Lehigh Valley IronPigs - Triple A
Cody Asche's hamstring rehab continued with success as he rapped two singles and a double and scored the game-winning run of a 5-4 victory over the Charlotte Knights.
Already down 4-1 in the fifth, Asche's two-run single made it 4-3 just before Leandro Castro tied the game with a single of his own. His double led off the eighth inning and allowed him to go to third on a Maikel Franco ground out. A squeeze bunt brought him home and gave the 'Pigs the win, their biggest comeback of the season.
Lehigh initially found themselves in a hole due to starter Sean O'Sullivan failing to settle down until the fourth inning. He allowed Charlotte to score four runs before silencing them from the fourth until his exit after the sixth.
Luis Garcia, who couldn't find success with the big club, has pitched 26.2 consecutive scoreless inning after closing out the win Tuesday night.
Reading Fightin Phils - Double A
In a ridiculously high-scoring affair, the Fightin Phils lost to the Akron RubberDucks, 15-10.
The biggest blows by Akron were struck by 2B Joe Wendle (4-for-6 with a double and a triple), and SS Francisco Lindor (3-for-6). They and their teammates hammered Reading starter Adam Loewen for five hits, four walks, and six earned runs through 4.2 innings. No Fightin relievers had much better luck, as each of the subsequent three hurlers (Ryan O'Sullivan, Kyle Simon, Nefi Ogando) gave up at least two runs.
Reading's offense was far from silent, however, and at least made an attempt to get revenge. DH Jake Fox and RF Peter Lavin went a combined 6-for-9 with six RBI. Lavin had a home run and Fox had two. Catcher Logan Moore added a round tripper as well. Other than those three dingers and a Lavin double, Reading's 10 other hits were all singles.
They assaulted Akron's starter Toru Morata with seven runs in five innings, but in the end, fell short.
Clearwater Threshers - Class A Advanced
Clearwater starter Jeb Stefan threw six scoreless innings and relievers Lino Martinez and Lee Ridenhour maintained the shutout in 3-0 victory over the Lakeland Flying Tigers.
On the offensive side, Art Charles led the charge, going 2-for-3 with a pair of triples. It was KC Serna and Angelo Mora whose RBI singles knocked in the Threshers' runs.
Lakewood BlueClaws - Class A
Four BlueClaws played in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game Tuesday night, which ended in a 4-4 tie. J.P. Crawford 0-for-4 with a walk and three strikeouts.