Phillies - off day
After picking up a 1-0 win on opening day, the Phillies enjoyed a day off before continuing their series on Saturday. Game two of the series is Saturday night at 7:05, with Cliff Lee going up against the Pirates' Jeff Karstens.
Lehigh Valley 6, Scranton 5
For the second straight night, Lehigh Valley went with a young pitcher making their AAA debut and for the second night in a row, they got a strong outing from their starter. Austin Hyatt allowed two earned runs over 5 2/3 innings of work and struck out six while not allowing a walk.
Lehigh Valley took a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the sixth when they scored three runs on the strength of a two-run double by Cody Overbeck and a sacrifice fly by Derrick Mitchell. Singles by Lou Montanez and Hector Luna and a walk to Domonic Brown loaded the bases ahead of Overbeck and Mitchell's heroics. An inning later, John Suomi led off the inning with a solo home run, his first of the season.
Lehigh Valley swept both games of the short two-game series and hit the road for a double-header at Pawtucket on Saturday. Left-handers Pat Misch and Tom Cochran will get the starts for Lehigh Valley, while righties Alex Wilson and Aaron Cook will go for Pawtucket. The 2-0 start for Lehigh Valley marks the first time in franchise history that they have won their first two games of the season and the first time a Phillies AAA affiliate has accomplished the feat since the Scranton Red Barons went 3-0 to start the 1992 season.
Reading 9, Portland 4
Tyson Gillies had four hits and Jiwan James had three hits, including a two-run home run as the R-Phils got their season off to a quick 3-0 start with another win over Portland. Thursday's hero, Leandro Castro, collected three more hits and scored three runs. Castro is now hitting .455 (5-for-11) in the early going for Reading.
Portland got on the board first with four runs in the second inning against May. In the bottom of the inning, James singled to drive in Reading's first run of the game after Sebastian Valle walked and Leandro Castro doubled to put runners on second and third. Castro scored on a groundball by Tim Kennelly. Later in the inning, Gillies tripled and scored on a fielding error by Portland pitcher Brock Huntzinger. The four-run inning tied the game and Reading would keep the pressure on by scoring single runs in each of the next five innings.
The series continues Saturday night when Reading's Dave Buchanan takes the mound and will be opposed by left-hander Chris Hernandez.
Dunedin 5, Clearwater 0
Three Dunedin pitchers scattered six hits as Dunedin beat Clearwater for the second straight night.
Threshers' starter Brody Colvin (0-1) was charged with allowing four earned runs over five innings of work. The Blue Jays got another run off reliever Garrett Claypool, who threw two innings.
Lakewood 6, Greenville 4
Just when it looked like Lakewood and Greenville would be playing extra innings, Brian Pointer and Aaron Altherr decided otherwise. Pointer led off the top of the ninth with a solo home run and two outs later, Altherr provided another solo shot to give the 'Claws a 6-4 lead. Ryan Duke came on and kept Greenville off the board in the bottom of the inning to record his first save of the season and preserve the win for Bryan Morgado (1-0).
Gauntlett Eldemire had three hits on the night, including a triple with one out in the top of the third. Pointer drove home Eldemire on a sacrifice fly as Lakewood scored their first run of the game, tying the contest at 1-1. Lakewood took a 4-3 lead in the top of the eighth when Altherr collected a one out single and promptly stole second for his second stolen base of the season. Kyrell Hudson then singled to drive home Altherr and it looked like the rally would be short-lived when Logan Moore flied out for the second out of the inning. Hudson then stole third and Tyler Greene walked to put runners on the corners with two outs. Pinch-hitter Christopher Duffy then singled to drive home Hudson and give Lakewood a temporary 4-3 lead.
Morgado allowed Greenville to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth before Pointer and Altherr worked their magic in the ninth.
The two teams will play the third of four games in the series Saturday night in Greenville. Henry Owens starts for Greenville and Lakewood will counter with Michael Nesseth.