Here’s a look at the action around the Phillies minor league system from last night. Check in starting Monday for Phillies Nation’s own rankings of the Phils’ farmhands.
Lehigh Valley – In an interesting turn of events, two guys playing for the Iron Pigs just a few nights ago were in the visitor’s dugout yesterday. Jason Donald and Lou Marson each played their first game for the Columbus Clippers, the Indians’ triple-A squad. Donald and Marson each singled in 3 at-bats to help Columbus win, 5-4 in 10 innings. Drew Carpenter pitched very well, allowing one run in 5 innings and striking out 4, but did not stick around long enough for a decision. First baseman Andy Tracy hit a two-run homer and Michael Taylor went 2-for-5 with a double, bumping his average to .255 with the Iron Pigs.
Reading – The R-Phils blanked the Portland Sea Dogs, 2-0, behind a stellar effort from Vance Worley, who pitched six innings of shutout ball. Worley allowed just 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 3 to pick up the win and move his record to 7-8. Scott Mathieson pitched two innings of perfect relief in his first appearance at double-A this season. He retired all 6 in order, finishing off his last batter with a strikeout. Recently demoted Sergio Escalona pitched a spotless 9th, striking out a pair to earn the save. Jeremy Slayden was 2-for-4 with a solo homer to provide all the offensive Reading needed, and Quintin Berry stole his 38th base of the season.
Clearwater – Righthander Darren Byrd put up his third straight start without allowing a run, this time going 8 innings of scoreless ball. He allowed 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 6 to earn his third win in a row and move his record to 4-3. Byrd has not allowed a run in his last 19 innings. Shortstop Freddy Galvis knocked a two-run single to back Byrd in the Threshers 2-0 win.
Williamsport – In the first game of a doubleheader against Batavia, Matthew Way struck out 11 in 6 innings, though he took the loss. Way allowed 2 runs (one earned) on 5 hits. His ERA sits at 1.67 through 8 starts (37.2 innings) with the Crosscutters.
Williamsport won the second game, 4-0, behind 6 shutout innings from Josh Zeid, including 9 strikeouts. First baseman Francisco Murillo’s three-run blast provided plenty of offense.