Jun 16, 2013; Omaha, NE, USA; NCAA umpire Danny Collins (33) hands the ball to LSU Tigers pitcher Aaron Nola (10) during the game against the UCLA Bruins in the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Pharm Phocus: Aaron Nola shaky, Gwynn solid and more

WILLIAMSPORT CROSSCUTTERS:

The Crosscutters were swept in a doubleheader Wednesday.  They fell 5-2 and 4-1 against the Batavia Muckdogs.

Jiandido Tromp had a three-hit day in the twin bill.  Williamsport had just nine hits on the day, three for extra bases.

Game one starter Feliberto Sanchez (2-7, 5.93) went five innings and allowed four runs, three of them earned.

Game two starter Alejandro Arteaga (1-7, 4.90) was not much better.  He gave up three earned runs on seven hits, also in five innings of work.

LAKEWOOD BLUECLAWS:

The Lakewood BlueClaws were swept by the Greensboro Grasshoppers in a three-game series.  Wednesday they fell 7-5 in ten innings.

Frank Rivas came on in the tenth inning to pick up the loss as he gave up a two-run walk-off home run to Coco Johnson.  Johnson drove in three runs in the game.

Leftfielder Willians Astudillo was 4-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored.  His batting average is now .325 with the BlueClaws.

Third baseman Mitch Walding went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs.

CLEARWATER THRESHERS:

Clearwater fell 9-5 in 10 innings to the Dunedin Blue Jays Wednesday night to fall to 39-81 for the season.

Roman Quinn and Brandon Short each hit home runs for the Threshers.

Ulises Joaquin gave up four runs in the tenth as Dunedin took game one of two at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.

READING FIGHTIN’ PHILS:

The Fightin’ Phils and the Harrisburg Senators each took a game in Wednesday’s doubleheader.

Aaron Nola struggled in his second Double-A start against the team he made his Reading debut against.  He went four innings and saw his ERA shoot up to 4.00 in a no decision.  He allowed three earned runs, all of them home runs.

Nola did get in on the offense by scoring a run and driving one in.

Jake Fox went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer during a six-run fourth inning that would help Reading secure an 8-4 win.

In game two, Aaron Altherr plated four runs with a three-run homer.  Altherr now has four home runs in his last six games with nine RBIs.

Multi-hit games from Altherr and three others were not enough to get the job done for Reading and the Senators took game two 9-6.

LEHIGH VALLEY IRONPIGS:

The IronPigs were upended by the Columbus Clippers 6-5 in a ten-inning loss.

Tied at 4-4 after nine innings, Lehigh Valley took a 5-4 lead off a Russ Canzler solo home run.

Luis Garcia was unable to convert the save as the Clippers scored two runs to win in walk-off fashion.  Neither run was earned and Garcia’s ERA is still a strong 0.70 in 34 games with the IronPigs.

Designated hitter Maikel Franco was 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs.

Tony Gwynn, Jr. continued to hit well.  The outfielder went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored.  He now has a .455 batting average in three games with Lehigh Valley.

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