Minor League Report - April 15

A bad night in The Poconos as Scranton gets swept at home by Buffalo. In Bowie, the Reading Phillies gain a split with the Bay Sox. The Clearwater Threshers were the only one playing a single game and they scored more runs on the night than any of the Phillies other minor league teams. Plus, the BlueClaws came back to split their double-header with Charleston.

AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre Red Barons
Reliever Jason Jimenez allowed four earned runs in just 0.2 innings of work as the Red Barons lost to Buffalo 7-4 in the first game of a double-header. Jimenez' control was his undoing as he allowed just one hit, but walked four batters in the inning. The Red Barons picked up seven hits, including two from Chase Utley.

In the nightcap, Josh Hancock and Jim Crowell combined to allow just three hits, but the Red Barons defense hurt them as Buffalo won 4-2. Hancock (0-2) allowed two earned runs over five innings, but errors by J.P. Roberge, Buzz Hannahan and Jim Rushford opened the doors for two unearned runs. Crowell threw two perfect innings.

AA Reading Phillies
Keith Bucktrot pitched five shutout innings and Yoel Hernandez threw two perfect innings as the Reading Phillies rolled to a 4-0 win over the Bowie Bay Sox in Game One of their Wednesday night double-header. Jeff Phelps and Scott Youngbauer homered for Reading. Phelps went 2-2 to up his season average to .400 and shortstop Kurt Keene also went 2-2 and is hitting .417 on the year.

Mike Spiegel (0-1) was hit for five hits and three earned runs in just two innings of work in the second game of the double-header, which Bowie won 4-1. The R-Phils spread out five hits among five different players. Ryan Howard went 0-3, dipping his average to .154 this season.

A Clearwater Threshers
Mike Schmidt's team continues to hit and now, they added a homerun to their stats. Ryan Barthelemy hit his and the team's first homerun of the season as the Threshers beat Ft.Myers 10-5 Wednesday night. Barthelemy went 2-5 and saw his average actually drop to .444 on the season. Trent Pratt had 2 hits, scored 2 runs and also walked twice as he pushed his average to .353 for Clearwater. The win went to Cary Hiles, who is on a rehab assignment. Hiles pitched 2.1 innings, allowing just 1 hit and walking 2 batters. Alfredo Simon started and lasted 4.2 innings, striking out 6 but allowing 3 earned runs.

A Lakewood BlueClaws
Charleston used a four run second inning off starter Eric Arteaga en route to a 7-0 win over Lakewood in the first game of their double-header. The BlueClaws managed just two hits in the opener as their record fell to 2-3. In the nightcap, Javon Moran, Michael Bourn and Marc Tugwell led the offense for Lakewood as they went out to a 5-0 lead in the nightcap of the double-header. Tugwell hit the first BlueClaws homerun of the season after Moran and Bourn started the five run rally for Lakewood. The win went to Matt Sweeney who threw six strong innings.

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