Down on the Phillies Pharm: Lehigh Valley Falls on the Road


David Buchanan’s struggles continue as ‘Pigs are Out-Hit on the Road

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David Buchanan allowed six runs in the second inning as the Iron Pigs 8-4 lost to the Charlotte Knights Saturday 8-4 on the road. The former big league starter for the Phillies allowed two home runs and walked four in his six innings of work, allowing all of his earned runs in the second inning.

He gave up a two-run and a three-run home run in that dreadful second inning.

Severino Gonzalez, who has also started at the big league level for the Phillies last year, struggled as well in his one inning of work. He allowed two runs on four hits and a walk.

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Luis Garcia threw a scoreless ninth inning in which he allowed a run and struck-out one batter.

J.P. Crawford was hitless yet again for the ‘Pigs. In 8 of his 14 games in Triple-A, Crawford has not managed a single hit. Crawford did manage a walk in half of his hitless games this season in Lehigh Valley. The Phillies top prospect is hitting .192 since he was promoted from Double-A Reading at the end of May.

Top outfield prospect Nick Williams was 1-4 with a double and a run scored. William’s hit Saturdady night’s was his ninth double of the season.

Darin Ruf and Darnell Sweeney combined to go 0-6 with a strikeout and a walk in a losing effort.

The RBI’s were contributed by the bottom of the Iron Pigs line-up. Cedric Hunter, Cam Perkins, and Logan Moore each had an RBI Saturday, while Perkins scored on a balk by Knight’s pitcher Chris Beck while pitching to Sweeney.

Lehigh Valley was 3-11 with runners in scoring position and they stranded six on the bags. Cedric Hunter was caught stealing for the second time this year.

Former Florida Marlins pitcher Chris Volstad got the win for Charlotte, his third since signing a minor league contract with the White Sox this past offseason.

The righty went six innings, giving up three runs on five hits, and two walks.

The White Sox’s number two prospect Tim Anderson was 2-5 hitting leadoff, while 28th ranked Matt Davidson was 2-4 with a double and a walk. Fourteenth ranked prospect Chris Beck allowed a run off two hits and a walk in two innings of relief. Brad Goldberg threw a scoreless ninth inning to seal the victory for Charlotte.

Top pitching prospect Jake Thompson will take the mound Sunday for Lehigh Valley as they look to win their third game of the series against Charlotte.

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