Pharm Phocus: Mark Leiter, Severino Gonzalez K ten each
May 18, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Ferrous and FeFe, Mascots from the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and the Saint Joeseph Hawk pose for a picture on their way to celebrate the Philly Phanatic
The Crosscutters picked up their offense in a 9-1 win over the Batavia Muckdogs Thursday.
Leftfielder Wilmer Oberto had a 4-RBI night including a solo home run.
Cord Sandberg was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. He was also picked off first and caught stealing second.
The Lakewood BlueClaws poured on the runs in a rain-shortened game and beat the Hagerstown Suns 8-0 Thursday.
The game only lasted six innings and was called due to rain.
Ranfi Casimiro (5-9, 4.94) gave up two hits and six walks in six scoreless innings of work. He also struck out three.
The 2-5 hitters combined for six of the eight Lakewood runs batted in. Zach Green had three, but only one hit.
Clearwater couldn’t recover from a three-run third inning by the Dunedin Blue Jays and fell 3-1 Thursday.
Mark Leiter allowed all three Dunedin runs in 6.2 innings as his record fell to 2-4. Leiter struck out ten and has 50 strikeouts in his last ten games.
Harold Martinez went 2-for-4 and drove in the lone Clearwater run.
READING FIGHTIN’ PHILS:
The Fightin’ Phils used a four-run first and seven strong innings from Severino Gonzalez to beat the Harrisburg Senators 5-2 Thursday.
KC Serna had a 3-for-4 day including a double and a solo home run while driving in two runs.
Gonzalez (8-12, 4.93) allowed two runs on four hits and struck out 10. It was Gonzalez’s first start in 12 days.
Kyle Simon picked up the save in two innings. He struck out one and gave up three hits. It was his first save in three opportunities with Reading.
LEHIGH VALLEY IRONPIGS:
Brad Lincoln and the IronPigs called on the bullpen early in a 7-4 loss to the Columbus Clippers Thurday.
Lincoln went just 2.2 innings and took the loss to move to 6-9 with 4.99 ERA. He gave up five earned runs on six hits, three of them home runs.
Hector Neris threw three innings and gave up two earned runs on three hits. He struck out four and balked once.
Cesar Hernandez and Maikel Franco each went 1-for-5 with a double. Hernandez drove in a pair with his.