Phillies minor league report: Ben Lively's solid outing puts IronPigs back in win column

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Ben Lively, pictured in his start against Arizona back on April 26, struck out five and allowed two hits through six innings for triple A Lehigh Valley Friday.

Three of the Phillies’ farm teams were in action Friday night. Here’s how they fared…


Lehigh Valley 2, Syracuse 1: Ben Lively pitched six innings of one-run ball and 1B Joey Meneses homered in the ninth to lead the IronPigs in a series-opening win over the Chiefs.

Lively’s only run allowed was a solo homer from Syracuse C Tuffy Gosewich in the fourth. Aside from that, the righthander struck out five and allowed just two hits and a walk in the no decision.

RH Mark Leiter Jr., LH Tom Windle (W, 3-2), and RH Pedro Beato (S, 12) combined to shutout the Chiefs in the last three innings, and Meneses broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the ninth with a solo shot to left-center. The home run was the 26-year old’s sixth of the season and third in the last three games.

The IronPigs (21-17) got back into the win column after getting swept by Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in their last series. They will look to stay there when they face the Chiefs again on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. for the second of a three-game series.

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Syracuse 000 100 000 — 1 4 1


Erie 2, Reading 1 (F/12): RH Tyler Viza (L, 0-2) threw a wild pitch then gave up a single to center, allowing A.J. Simcox to score for an Erie walk-off win in the 12th.

RH Harold Arauz struck out three and allowed a run off four hits and three walks in the start for the Fightin Phils.

1B Zach Green went 2-for-5 with a double, and scored Reading’s lone run off a sacrifice fly from RF Jan Hernandez in the second.

The Fightin Phils (14-23) will be back at it Saturday at 6:05 p.m. for the second of a four-game series against the SeaWolves.

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Erie 001 000 000 001 — 2 6 2


Florida 1, Clearwater 0: The Threshers couldn’t manage any offense against Florida’s pitching, and dropped the series opener in a shutout loss.

Fire Frogs starter Tucker Davidson (W, 2-4) pitched six innings, striking out three and allowing two hits and three walks.

Meanwhile, RH Sixto Sanchez (L, 2-3) allowed just a run on five hits and a walk through six innings, but that one run would prove to be enough for Florida. The 19-year old starter also recorded seven strikeouts.

CF Adam Haseley went 1-for-4 with a double.

Clearwater (16-25) will return to action against Florida on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. for Game 2 of a three-game series.

Clearwater 000 000 000 — 0 4 0 
Florida 000 100 00x — 1 6 1


Lakewood at Greensboro (ppd.): The BlueClaws’ game against the Grasshoppers Friday was rained out.

The teams will play Saturday at 7:00 p.m. as scheduled, and will play a doubleheader on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.