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Phillies Minor League Report: Carlos Zambrano throws seven shutout innings in IronPigs' win
Jerry Gaul, Philly.comPosted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 4:10 AM
Here’s a rundown on how the Phillies’ minor league teams fared on Tuesday, June 18:
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A
The IronPigs shut out the Toledo Mud Hens, 3-0, at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Oh.
Right-hander Carlos Zambrano (1-0, 1.50 ERA) had a strong outing, which was his second start for Lehigh Valley. He scattered five hits and walked one while striking out six over seven innings for the win. Zambrano threw 108 pitches, 73 for strikes.More coverageVideo: Time to blow up the PhilliesThe Phillies Zone: Lee: I want to win herePoll: What is the Phillies’ most glaring need?Follow the Phillies: Download our FREE Pro Baseball app!Forum: Sound off on the PhilliesLatest Phillies videos Special section: Top 25 Phillies prospects What is the Phillies’ most glaring need? An every-day rightfielderRelieversPower hittersStarting pitchersTo get their aging core players healthy View results
The IronPigs were led on offense by second baseman Cesar Hernandez, who went 2-for-4 with two RBI to go along with two strikeouts. Hernandez also stole his 20th base of the season in the game.
In the third inning. shortstop Troy Hanzawa reached on an error and center fielder Jermaine Mitchell singles to set the table for Hernandezs two RBI double. Left fielder Darin Ruf followed with a single, but Hernandez was thrown out at the plate.
Designated hitter Steve Susdorf added a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning to make the score 3-0.
Right-hander Phillippe Aumont allowed two hits, but also struck out two to close out the victory in the ninth inning. It was Aumonts second save of the season.
The IronPigs improved to 37-34 on the season. Right-hander Ethan Martin (6-3, 5.19 ERA) is slated to take the mound when the series continues Wednesday.
Reading Fightin Phils – Double A
The Fightin Phils splits a doubleheader with the Portland Sea Dogs at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading, Pa.
The first game finished, 4-1, in favor of the Fightin Phils.
Right-handed starter Seth Rosin (4-4, 3.99 ERA) threw his first complete game of the season to earn the victory. Rosin limited the Sea Dogs to a run on three hits and a walk in his seven-inning effort. He struck out five.
Center fielder Zach Collier led off the second inning with a double and moved to third on an error. Catcher Sabastian Valle knocked in Collier with an RBI groundout.
Reading was gifted a run an inning later when designated hitter Tommy Mendonca reached on an error, moved to second on a wild pitch, was sacrificed over to third and scored on another wild pitch.
Leading 2-1 in the fifth inning, the Fightin Phils strung hits together to add insurance runs. Shortstop Edgar Duran singled and Mendonca doubled to put two runners in scoring position for first baseman Jim Murphy, who singled them both in with no outs.
In the second game, Reading was shut out by Portland, 3-0.
The Fightin Phils managed five hits and five walks in the seven-inning game, but was unable to score.
Shortstop Miguel Abreu and Mendonca each recorded two-hit games.
Left-handed starter Bobby Bramhall (0-1, 3.52 ERA) took a tough-luck loss as he allowed three unearned runs in the third inning, aided by an error. He allowed two hits and two walks over 2 2/3 innings.
The Fighting Phils now stand at 29-40 after the doubleheader. Reading will send right-hander Brody Colvin (2-0, 4.45 ERA) to the hill as the series continues Wednesday.
Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced
The Threshers lost a slugfest against the Daytona Cubs, 14-8, at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.
The game looked promising early for the Threshers after allowing two runs in the top of the first inning. Right fielder Kelly Dugan drew a one-out walk to set up third baseman Maikel Francos two-run home run to tie the game in the bottom of the frame. The homer was Francos 16th of the season.
Clearwater took a lead in the second inning. Shortstop Jonathan Roof walked and scored two batters later on center fielder Kyrell Hudsons RBI single.
The lead didnt last long as Daytona tied the game in the top of the third inning.
Again, the Threshers continued to manufacture runs and make Daytona pitching pay for free passes. Dugan was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Franco followed with a single and first baseman Chris Serritella drew a walk to load the bases with no outs. Clearwater was only able to push one across on second baseman Carlos Alonsos fielders choice.
However, left-handed starter Hoby Milner (6-3, 4.11 ERA) let the game get out of hand in the middle innings. When it was over, Milner allowed eight runs on eight hits and two walks over 4 1/3 innings. The offense couldnt pick up the slack and he took the loss.
As a whole, Clearwater pitching surrendered 17 hits (including two grand slams) and six walks to the Cubs.
Franco highlighted the Threshers offense as he went 2-for-4 with three RBI to raise his average to .299 to go along with 52 RBI on the year.
The loss dropped the Threshers to 35-32 on the season and eliminated them from contention in the first half. Right-hander Perci Garner (5-1, 3.09 ERA) will take the ball in the series finale on Wednesday.
Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A
The BlueClaws were idle as they hosted the All-Star game on Tuesday. Lakewood will resume the season on Thursday against the West Virginia Power.Jerry #post2 .pw-icon.ra1-pw-icon-reddit {background: url() 0px 0px no-repeat !important;width: 60px !important;height: 20px !important;margin-right:8px;}#post2 .pw-icon.ra1-pw-icon-email {background: url() 0px 0px no-repeat !important;width: 71px !important;height: 28px !important;}0comments

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