May 20, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Tony Gwynn (19) connects for a base hit during the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Pharm Phocus: Gwynn and Franco power Pigs in win

WILLIAMSPORT CROSSCUTTERS:

The Williamsport Crosscutters were shutout by the first-place State College Spikes Wednesday.

The Spikes scored two runs in three innings to win 6-0.  Three errors by the Crosscutters didn’t help their cause as they are now 12 games behind State College.

Leftfielder Cord Sandberg had a 2-for-4 game and has a .238 batting average.

LAKEWOOD BLUECLAWS:

The Lakewood BlueClaws have officially lost their last home series of the season after falling 3-2 to the Hickory Crawdads on Wednesday.

Nick Rodesky blew a save in a two-inning opportunity after allowing a two-run home run in the eighth inning.

Jon Prosinski tossed a quality game over seven innings for Lakewood.  He struck out seven while giving up just one run on four hits.

Third baseman Mitch Walding went yard for the 7th time in 2014 with a solo shot in the third inning.

CLEARWATER THRESHERS:

The Threshers needed 11 innings to top the Tampa Yankees as they won 9-7 Wednesday.

Six members of the Threshers had multi-hit games including J.P. Crawford who scored twice.

Brandon Short drove in three runs while going 2-for-6.

Clearwater had no home runs, but their starter Jordan Guth gave up two.  Guth allowed five runs over 4.1 innings.

READING FIGHTIN’ PHILS:

Reading took a 2-1 series lead over the Portland Sea Dogs Wednesday night with a 5-2 victory.

Mike Nesseth and Nefi Ogando combined for four innings of scoreless relief.  Nesseth picked up his 6th hold and Ogando recorded his 7th save.

Catcher Logan Moore drove in two runs on a home run while hitting in the nine spot of the lineup.  He went 2-for-4.

Jake Fox, who served as designated hitter, also connected for a homer.  The 32-year-old has 22 home runs this season and a .316 batting average.

LEHIGH VALLEY IRONPIGS:

The IronPigs won their second straight game Wednesday as they opened a series with the Pawtucket Red Sox and came out on top by a score of 5-1.

Tony Gwynn, who played centerfield and hit in the leadoff spot, went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs.  His batting average is now .308 and he has a .403 OBP.

Maikel Franco, who hit a grand slam on his birthday Tuesday, picked up right where left off Wednesday as he drove in a pair of runs with his 2-for-3 effort.  Franco drew a walk and hit his 32nd double.

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