Lehigh Valley: Ben Lively @ Norfolk
Reading: Vince Velasquez vs. Akron
Clearwater: John Richy vs. Lakeland
Williamsport: Adonis Medina vs. Mahoning Valley
Lehigh Valley 3, Norfolk 2 [box]
Overall, it was a pretty good night for pitchers in the Phillies' minors. Jake Thompson starred for the Iron Pigs in a 3-2 victory, going eight strong innings, allowing just two earned runs. He struck out two and walked one, with 64 of his 97 pitches for strikes. Thompson's last four starts: 8 IP/2 ER, 8 IP/1 ER, 7 IP/0 ER, 6 IP/0 ER.
Edubray Ramos picked up his third save with the Pigs, and all he has done since his call-up there is this: 23 2/3 IP, 15 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 26 K, 0.38 ERA.
Cedric Hunter went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and an RBI.
Akron 5, Reading 2 [box]
The Fightins might be The Best Team in Baseball, but Akron happens to be pretty good, too. Prior to the game, we found out that Tom Eshelman has gotten the call from Clearwater to Reading, much deserved after his performance with the Threshers. Alexis Rivero was also called up from Clearwater, joining Eshelman on the Fightins' roster.
As for the game, the Fightins just couldn't get out of an early 4-0 hole. Starter Tyler Viza spotted Akron two runs in the first and two in the second. He did settle down however, and got through seven innings, allowing the four earned runs, with a walk and five strikeouts.
Jorge Alfaro did go deep, a two-run 4th inning bomb, his seventh homer of the season.
Clearwater 14, Lakeland 0 [box]
Holy bats. How about 14 runs on 15 hits and a shutout from the pitching staff? Not bad. The Threshers put up crooked numbers in each of the first four innings on their way to a big win, and didn't even hit a homer in the contest.
Andrew Pullin and Zach Green each had three-hit nights. Malquin Canelo went 2-for-4 with with a triple and 3 RBI. Samuel Hiciano also went 2-for-4 with a walk and 2 RBI.
The up-and-down pitching of Shane Watson in Clearwater was on the up last night as he gave the Threshers six shutout innings to bounce back from his poor start last time out. Watson struck out six and walked three.
Lowell 6, Williamsport 4 [box]
It hasn't exactly been a hot start for the 'Cutters, kicking off 2016 with a 1-4 record. Bailey Falter, fifth-round pick in 2015, lasted just two innings, giving up five runs (three earned) on four hits. He walked four and struck out one.
Darick Hall had the biggest night of anyone at the dish for Williamsport, going 3-for-4 with a double and homerun.