Jul 14, 2013; Flushing , NY, USA; USA pitcher Jesse Biddle throws a pitch during the 2013 All Star Futures Game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Pharm Phocus: Biddle strong, Reading pummeled and more

WILLIAMSPORT CROSSCUTTERS:

The Williamsport Crosscutters (26-31) were blanked Monday by the Lowell Spinners.  Each team had only three hits as the Spinners took the 2-0 victory.

Cutters starter Brandon Leibrandt was brilliant despite picking up the loss.  He allowed just one earned run, a homer to Alixon Suarez who had two of Lowell’s three hits.  Leibrandt (1-2, 1.74) gave up just two hits in seven innings while striking out 10.  Leibrandt was taken in the sixth round of this year’s draft.

LAKEWOOD BLUECLAWS:

Lakewood was rained out at Greensboro Monday.  There will be a doubleheader Tuesday.

CLEARWATER THRESHERS:

Jesse Biddle was strong over five innings while picking up a win as Clearwater beat the Brevard County Manatees 2-1 Monday.  Biddle improved to 2-0 with the Threshers with a 0.90 ERA.  He walked five, struck out four and gave up three hits.  The Philadelphia native had a similar outing in his previous start, in which he pitched five scoreless innings.

Clearwater had nine hits in the game, but only scored lone runs in the first and second innings.  Anthony Phillips had two hits including a solo home run in the first inning and Brandon Short was 3-for-4 with an RBI.

J.P. Crawford was 1-for-4 with a stolen base and committed his 14th fielding error of the season.

READING FIGHTIN’ PHILS:

Reading was pummeled 13-2 by the Altoona Curve Monday.  Hoby Milner (7-6, 4.56) was roughed up for six runs, five of them earned, on eight hits.  The Phils starter gave up two home runs while picking up the loss.

Kyle Simon was lit up in his relief appearance.  He failed to record an out in the seventh inning and five of the seven runs he allowed were earned.

Aaron Altherr drove in both Reading runs with a solo shot and a sacrifice flyout.

The Phils were outhit 14-7 and left eight runners on base.

Aaron Nola is scheduled to start next for Reading.

LEHIGH VALLEY IRONPIGS:

Lehigh Valley held the Columbus Clippers scoreless in a 4-0 win Monday despite starter Jeff Manship going only 3.2 innings.

Ethan Martin picked up the win and he and Luis Garcia each allowed one hit in a combined 5.1 shutout innings.

Designated hitter Russ Canzler went 2-for-4 with a home run, double and a pair of RBIs.

Freddy Galvis was 2-for-4 with an RBI.  He now has 14 hits in his last 40 at bats.

Tony Gwynn, Jr. was 1-for-3 with an RBI.

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