Down on the Phillies Pharm: Lehigh Valley Stages Late Comeback

Apr 15, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Cedric Hunter hits a single during the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 15, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Cedric Hunter hits a single during the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Lakewood Blueclaws were shutout by the Texas Rangers affiliate Hickory Crawdads in the series opener. Lakewood has dropped three straight games for the sixth time this season, tying them for the worst record (20-33) in the South Atlantic League with the Rome Braves.

Phillies eighth ranked prospect Franklyn Kilome suffered his fifth loss of the season after going 5.1 innings and allowing two runs on four hits and five walks. The only runs scored came off the bat of Andy Ibanez, who hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning.

Kilome also struck out three batters in his appearance.

The Lakewood bullpen threw 3.2 one-hit innings with a walk and four strikeouts combined.

Lakewood DH Wilson Garcia had two of the clubs six hits, none of which were for extra-bases. Jan Hernandez walked and was 1-2 at the plate.

Josh Tobias and Jorge Pujols combined to hit 1-8 with a strikeout in the Blueclaws loss.

The team left three runners in scoring position and five runners in all Thursday night.

The Rangers sixth ranked prospect Eric Jenkins was held hitless, although he did work in a walk in the seventh inning. Eleventh ranked prospect Yeson Yrizarri had a hit and scored thanks to the home run by 15th ranked prospect Andy Ibanez. Texas’s 29th ranked prospect Ty’Quan Forbes was also hitless.

Drew Anderson (0-1) gets his third appearance for Lakewood Friday after striking out nine batters in five innings in his last game.

The Rangers will send out their third ranked prospect Dillon Tate (1-2) who reportedly has an above average fastball and slider combination. He is the 31st ranked prospect in all of baseball.

Not good news for the already struggling Lakewood Blueclaws.

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