Phillies Minor League Report: David Buchanan, Derrick Mitchell post big nights for Lehigh Valley
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A
The IronPigs were led by Derrick Mitchell from the plate and David Buchanan from the mound as they topped the Buffalo Bison Thursday by a score of 5-1 at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, N.Y.
Buchanan pitched six strong innings for the IronPigs where he surrendered only one run, which came via a sacrifice fly during the fifth inning.
Buchanan improved his record with the IronPigs to 3-1 after recording seven strikeouts and allowing only four hits.
While Buchanan stifled the Bison on the mound, Mitchell spearheaded the IronPigs from the plate as he went 3-for-4 with a homer, two RBI and two doubles.
Mitchell’s homer gave the IronPigs their first two runs of the game during the second inning.
After first baseman Cody Overbeck flied out to center field, third baseman Tyler Henson stepped to the plate and hit a double to right. Mitchell then hit his third home run of the season to give the IronPigs a 2-0 advantage.
The IronPigs plated their third run during the top of the fourth thanks to an RBI-single from center fielder Tyson Gillies that plated right fielder Leandro Castro, who singled earlier in the frame.
Mitchell struck again during the sixth as he led of the inning with a double to center. Two batters later, catcher Cameron Rupp hit a single to left that brought Mitchell home.
Rupp scored later in the inning due to a passed ball by Buffalo catcher Mike Nickeas that allowed him to score from third base.
Lehigh Valley recorded 10 hits Thursday between seven different batters as Castro (2-for-3) was the only other IronPig to record multiple hits.
The IronPigs square off against the Bison again at 7:05 p.m. Friday with left-hander Greg Smith (8-2, 2.43 ERA) scheduled to make the start.
Reading Fightin Phils – Double A
Despite getting home runs from three different batters, the Fightin Phils were soundly beaten by the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 12-4, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading Thursday.
The Fightin Phils received homers from designated hitter Maikel Franco, left fielder Kelly Dugan and right fielder Anthony Hewitt and recorded 11 hits as team.
Unfortunately, all of those homers were of the solo variety as the Fightin Phils went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
First baseman Jim Murphy provided Reading’s only run that didn’t come courtesy of a homer during the bottom of the third inning. He hit an RBI-double to center field that plated center fielder Zach Collier, but Collier made it home from first base, not scoring position.
While the offense struggled to manufacture runs, the pitching staff had a rough night, especially during the final six innings.
Starter Mario Hollands began his outing like he as most of his outing since joining the Fightin Phils: strong.
Hollands went the first three innings scoreless and increased his scoreless streak to 24 since joining the team.
Things began to fall apart for him, however, during the fourth. Hollands surrendered four runs during the frame, which put the Fightin Phils behind 4-1.
He remained in the game for the fifth, but did not recover as he surrendered three more runs to put the Fightin Phils behind 7-1.
Hollands managed to get through 2/3 of the fifth before leaving the game. He was dealt the loss, which dropped his record to 3-2. He finished his night having allowed seven runs on eight hits.
Tyler Knigge took the mound in relief of Hollands and gave up two more runs on two hits — both of which were home runs.
Knigge threw 2 1/3 innings before giving way for Colby Shreve. Shreve, much like Hollands and Knigge, struggled to contain the suddenly hot New Hampshire bats. Shreve gave up three runs on two hits in only 1 1/3.
When the damage was done, the Fisher Cats plated at least run during the final six innings Thursday.
Despite the bad loss, there were some productive nights from the plate for Reading. Franco, Collier and Dugan all finished 2-for-5. Franco hit his 12th homer since joining the Fightin Phils. Dugan hit his eighth.
Hewitt’s homer was his only hit of game and was his 16th of the year. Catcher Sebastian Valle (1-for-3) provided the only extra-base hit for Reading as he hit a triple during the second inning.
The Fightin Phils will try to bounce back against the Fisher Cats at 7:05 p.m. Friday. Phillies prospect Jesse Biddle (4-13, 3.76 ERA) will take the mound for Reading.
Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced
The Threshers were scheduled to close out a three-game series against the Tampa Yankees Thursday, but the game was postponed due to rain at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla.
The game has been pushed back to Wednesday, Aug. 28 as part of a doubleheader.
The Threshers will host the Lakeland Flying Tigers at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Bright House Field for a three-game set. Lefty Ethan Stewart (1-4, 6.54 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for the Threshers.
Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A
A five-run seventh inning from the Hagerstown Suns doomed the BlueClaws during an 8-3 loss Thursday at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood Township, N.J.
The BlueClaws were tied with the Suns, 3-3, heading into the seventh. Chris Nichols was on the mound in relief of starter Ramon Oviedo, who surrendered three runs on four hits during his five innings of work.
Nichols pitched a scoreless sixth, but gave up two runs during the seventh, which put the BlueClaws behind 5-3.
Lino Martinez then entered in place of Nichols with two outs, but gave up three more runs to essentially put the game out of reach for the BlueClaws.
Nichols was handed the loss, which dropped his record to 0-2.
The BlueClaws plated their first runs during the bottom of the third. Trailing 3-0, the BlueClaws plated two runs during the frame.
The first came after a wild pitch from Hagerstown pitcher Austin Voth, which allowed catcher Gabriel Lino to score.
The second came courtesy of an RBI-double from first baseman Art Charles that plated shortstop J.P. Crawford, who singled earlier in the inning.
Lakewood’s final run came during the bottom of the fifth. Third baseman Willie Carmona hit a two-out triple to center field. Charles accounted for another Lakewood run after he hit a single to right that allowed Carmona to cross the plate.
Charles finished the night 2-for-4 with two RBI and a double. He was the only BlueClaw to record multiple hits.
After dropping two out of three to the Suns, the BlueClaws continue their homestand at 7:05 p.m. Friday when they host the Delmarva Shorebirds. Jon Prosinski (1-1, 3.62) will take the mound for Lakewood.
Williamsport Crosscutters – Class A-Short Season
The Crosscutters fell in dramatic fashion Thursday to the State College Spikes, 4-3 in 11 innings at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park in State College.
The Crosscutters and Spikes went into extra innings tied, 3-3, but neither team was able to plate a run during the 10th inning.
Williamsport reliever Josh Warner managed to get through two outs during the 11th, but State College right fielder Jimmy Bosco hit an RBI-single to right field that ended the game and completed a three-game sweep of the Crosscutters.
The game’s first run came during the top of the fourth after right fielder Samuel Hiciano hit his seventh home run of the season to give the Crosscutters the early advantage.
The Spikes responded with a run of their own during the bottom half of the inning.
The Crosscutters plated two runs during the top of the sixth thanks to State College starting pitcher Willy Paulino losing his control during the frame.
After beginning the inning by striking out designated hitter Andrew Pullin, Paulino walked catcher Andrew Knapp. He then hit third baseman Zach Green and first baseman Logan Pierce with pitches in back-to-back at-bats to load the bases.
He managed to strike out Hiciano, but threw a wild pitch to center fielder Gustavo Martinez that allowed Knapp to score.
Paulino eventually walked Martinez as well, which finally ended his night. The walks did not end, however, as State College reliever Chase Brookshire walked second baseman Sam Dove, which brought home Green.
The Spikes managed to overcome the deficit with two runs during the bottom half of the frame.
The Crosscutters needed the extra help Thursday as they recorded a mere four hits in 11 innings. Pullin led the Crosscutters from the plate as he went 2-for-5.
The Crosscutters used four pitchers Thursday that collectively allowed 13 hits to the Spikes.
Starter Drew Anderson posted a good outing as he allowed only one run on four hits during his four innings on the mound. He also recorded three strikeouts.
Felix Santos had a little tougher time with the Spikes as he gave up two runs on five hits in only two innings of work.
Keivi Rojas got the Crosscutters through the latter stages of the contest with three perfect innings.
After giving up the game-winning run, Warner was handed the loss, which dropped his record to 1-4.
The Crosscutters return home Friday to host the Jamestown Jammers at 7:05 p.m. for a three-game set at Bowman Field in Williamsport. Yacksel Rios (4-2, 4.26 ERA) will take the mound for the Crosscutters.