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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.

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  1. ChaseUtleyMVP

    July 31, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    it seems every time you guys have an update from the minors, it consists of stellar pitching.

    be interesting to see if any of these guys pan out

  2. NJ

    July 31, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Hows about DSL Phillie Felix Cespedes who pitched a perfect nine innings and didn’t even win the game…

    Just amazing how the Phils can ship out two of its three top pitching and two most developed positional players and still be stocked.

  3. Dave

    July 31, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    BTW, who are the Phillies best infield prospects?

  4. MikeS

    July 31, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Pedro starts for the IronPigs tonight- against Carlos Carrasco, and the Clippers!

  5. NJ

    July 31, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Nothing really above A-ball. Catchers D’Arnaud and Valle, Freddy Galvis, Hewitt, there’s a few guys either hitting for power of average in A-ball. At 6’6″ 250lbs there’s the thought Taylor’s destined for 1st.

  6. psujoe

    July 31, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Great to see Mathieson pitching so well. Hopefully, he can stay injury free into next year. Also good to see Worely pitch a nice game. The Indians were actually scheduled to scout him tonight before the deal. Zagurskie seems to be struggling in his comeback.

    Anyone know the deal with Neil Sellers? Statistically he’s doing great, but he’s 27?

  7. psujoe

    July 31, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Wow, a flurry of deals.

    RedSox land V MArtinez
    Braves get A. LAroche
    Rockies get Biemel
    Yanks Land Jerry Hairston

  8. Dave

    July 31, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Oh, good lord, you named Anthony Hewitt as one of our infield prospects?

    Yeah, I thought that Taylor might end up at first base, just because of the sheer number of OFs in the system and the fact that it shouldn’t be too hard to learn.

  9. Dave

    July 31, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    *top infield prospects

  10. Mazinman

    July 31, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    If Halladay stays in Toronto I think you need to put the Phils as the winners of this years trade deadline.

  11. Mazinman

    July 31, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Reds apparently got Rolen. Is every team in the NL Central going for it except the Pirates?

  12. JeffR

    July 31, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Jerry Hairston would have been the perfect replacement for Bruntlett.

  13. Don M

    July 31, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    PROPS TO :

    “Bronson Arroyo…

    told the Boston Herald that he used both androstenedione before they were banned in 2004, and amphetamines before they were banned in 2006.
    ..(One would think that professional athletes would know everything that they’re putting into their bodies. But if something like andro is being passed off as a “supplement” and not a “performance-enhancing drug,” then I’m sure more players used it without reading every last detail on the label).”

    Finally a guy seemingly stepping up and being honest about the times, and what was going on around baseball.

    I hope that whoever was on that 2003 list, that now included A-Rod, Manny, Big Papi, etc… that other guys step up and admit it instead of waiting for other names to drop.

    I want to hear that Derek Jeter, Curt Schilling, Vlad Guererro, etc.. all did it, because EVERYONE WAS DOING IT..

  14. Manny

    July 31, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Nothing against Casey Kotchman…. but can you guys believe/remember when the Braves gave away TEXEIRA for Kotchman (and a minor leaguer)…. DAMN… …and now they’re scrambling to move Kotchman to the Sox to replace him with LaRoche…

    Braves would’ve been very scary with Texeira… good thing they traded him for peanuts (relatively speaking).

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