Cheryl Pursell

Rounding up all of the Phillies minor league action from Friday April 8, 2016

It was a weird scene at Coca-Cola Park Friday when the IronPigs were the visiting team at their own ballpark. Thanks to bad weather in Syracuse, two games of the season-opening series were moved to Lehigh Valley, but no fans were allowed in the ballpark.

LEHIGH VALLEY (0-2) - Lost to Syracuse 5-1 and 2-1

On a weird, cold and windy day, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs had much the same problem as their parent club; not much offense and some bullpen miscues. The IronPigs managed just seven hits in the two games.

Their lone run in the opener came on an RBI double from Angelys Nina in the top of the first inning, driving in Taylor Featherston, who reached on an error. In the second game, a wild pitch allowed Ryan Jackson to score from third in the top of the fifth.

Both starters, Jake Thompson and Adam Morgan pitched well, going five innings each. 

In the opener, Edward Mujica gave up four earned runs in his lone inning of work in relief of Thompson and suffered the loss. Mujica allowed four hits and a walk in the bottom of the sixth. Game two saw Luis Garcia come on to relieve Morgan in the bottom of the sixth and proceed to walk the bases loaded. Manager Dave Brundage then went to Andrew Bailey, who struck out back-to-back hitters, but then bounced a pitch past catcher J.P. Arencibia, allowing a run to score.

READING (1-1) - Beat Portland 8-3

The Fightins scored in every inning except the sixth on their way to a route of the Portland Sea Dogs. Angelo Mora and Jake Fox both hit their first home run of the season for Reading. Besides the home run, Mora had two doubles, scoring three times and driving in two, while catcher Jorge Alfaro had four hits, including a double, driving in two runs and scoring another. 

Starter Ben Lively (1-0) gave Reading six innings, allowing two earned runs and striking out seven. Yacksel Rios allowed a run in the eighth, but Edubray Ramos threw a shutout ninth to lock it down for the Fightins.

CLEARWATER (0-2) - Lost to Dunedin 8-3

The Threshers and Blue Jays were tied 2-2 through five innings before starter Matt Imhof (0-1) ran into trouble in the sixth, leading to three runs. Joey DeNato allowed three runs in the eighth inning when Dunedin broke the game wide open.

Zach GreenGabriel Lino and Herlis Rodriguez each had two hits for Clearwater, with Green upping his season average to .444 in the early going. Kyle Martin drove in two runs, while Rodriguez drove in the other for the Threshers.

LAKEWOOD (0-2) - Lost to Lexington 5-4

A walk-off sacrifice fly from Marten Gasparini led Lexington to a win over Lakewood on Friday night. The inning started when Robert Tasin (0-1) walked leadoff hitter Ben Johnson, who was then bunted over to second. A wild pitch by Tasin led to Gasparini's sacrifice fly that ended the game. 

Lakewood starter Tyler Gilbert allowed two runs over five innings of work and Lexington got to reliever Alejandro Arteaga for two more runs in his two innings of work. Tasin had pitched a scoreless eighth before running into trouble in the ninth.


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