Phillies Minor League Notebook

Friday night saw some brilliant pitching performances in the Phillies minor league system and an offensive explosion by Clearwater. We've got the rundown on what happened.

Scranton 2
Lehigh Valley 1 (11 innings)

Carlos Carrasco gave the IronPigs all he could over six strong innings, not giving up a run and allowing just four hits and no walks. Carrasco still has not given up an earned run at Coca-Cola Park in 31 2/3 innings, dating back to last season. Unfortunately, the IronPigs generated just one run while Carrasco was on the mound and the bullpen quickly surrendered the 1-0 lead in the seventh, giving Carrasco a no-decision.

The 'Pigs bullpen imploded Thursday night when they gave up nine earned runs over five innings in Lehigh Valley's 11-3 loss to Scranton in the season opener. Friday night, they were better, but lost the game in the 11th when Mike Koplove gave up an RBI single and Scranton grabbed a 2-1 lead that they were able to hang onto for the win.

The Nationals had chances to score earlier in the game, but came up empty. John Mayberry stranded six runners on base, three of them in scoring position, and struck out three times. Jason Donald also struck out three times and Paul Hoover swung out four times as the three combined for ten of the IronPigs 17 strikeouts.

Harrisburg 1
Reading 2

Joe Savery got his Double-A career off to a good start, going six innings, giving up just one earned run and striking out eight. The only real blemish on Savery's night was a solo home run by Edgardo Baez. That lone run held up for Harrisburg until the bottom of the eighth inning when Reading put two runs on the board.

Harrisburg's Jack Spradlin came on to pitch and Kevin Mahar immediately reached on a single. After being sacrificed over to second, Brad Harman walked and Michael Taylor and Brian Stavisky delivered RBI singles to give Reading a 2-1 lead.

Antonio Bastardo delivered two shutout innings of relief to record the win, allowing one hit and a walk.

In an interesting turn of events, former Phillies prospect Zack Segovia threw 4 1/3 innings of shutout relief for Harrisburg.

Clearwater 10
Dunedin 7

After putting up a four-spot in the sixth inning, Joel Naughton's grand slam home run in the seventh was the highlight of a six-run inning in the seventh for the Threshers. Mike Rizzotti, who went 3-for-4 Thursday, had a hit in the seventh - his third of Friday night's game - and scored on Naughton's slam. Those two innings were the only ones that Clearwater scored in, but were enough runs for Clearwater to take out Dunedin for the second straight night.

Drew Naylor (1-0, 3.60) gave the Threshers five innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits and one walk. Naylor got himself into trouble in the sixth, giving up back-to-back singles to open the inning. Joseph Rocchio came on and gave up two walks after an error by third baseman Yonderman Rodriguez to force in two runs. Zach Sterner gave up two runs in the bottom of the seventh when Dunedin cut the score to 10-5, but threw a scoreless eighth.

Dunedin mounted a ninth inning rally against Dan Brauer. Dunedin notched two doubles and a single to score two runs, but Brauer battled through and put down the side without any further damage.

DelMarVa 3
Lakewood 1

Jason Knapp's (0-1, 3.18) debut in a full-season league went well Friday night when he threw 5 2/3 innings, giving up just two earned runs and striking out ten hitters. Knapp pitched in the Gulf Coast League last season after being drafted by the Phillies in June. The BlueClaws bullpen gave up one earned run over the final 3 1/3 innings, but the Lakewood offense couldn't keep pace.

Jose Villegas hit a solo home run in the fifth inning to provide the only run of the night for Lakewood.



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