Crawford, Walding heating up; complete minor league report
A pair of left-handed hitting infielders who have been struggling at bat are heating up.
Shortstop J.P. Crawford, the 22-year-old who was the Phillies first selection in 2013, is on his best tear after recently missed eight games with a groin injury. He returned on June 20. With three hits last night, Crawford extended his hitting streak to six games (10–29), .345 with four extra base hits and six RBI. The streak lifted his average to a season-high .209.
3B Mitch Walding belted two homers and drove in three runs for Reading, giving him 12 homers among 22 hits this month (four times he’s gone deep twice in a game). He’s hitting .306 in June, raising his average to a season-high .223. Since moving up from Clearwater last July 31, he has 19 homers in 80 double-A games. Walding was a fifth-round selection in 2011.
Clearwater: 18-year-old OF Simon Muzziotti, added from extended spring training program.
Lehigh Valley, International League North Division, 1st place
IronPigs (49–26) lost, 5–4, in Rochester when the Red Wings scored 2 runs in B9 on 2 singles and 3 BB off Pat Vendetti (7–1) . . . C Logan Moore, 2–4, HR (3), RBI. RF Pedro Florimon, 2–5, R, 2B . . . ND: Mark Appel, 5–8–2–2–5–3 . . . Jake Thompson (3–7), 1:35 this afternoon in Rochester.
Reading, Eastern League East Division, 2nd place
Fightin Phils (42–28) won their 4th in the last 5 games, 8–4, over Trenton to pull within 3.5 games of the 1st-place Thunder. Attendance: 7,238 . . . LF Jiandido Tromp, 1–4, HR, 3 RBI, 4 HR in last 5 games. CF Carlos Tocci, 2–5, R, league-leading 6th 3B. 2B Scott Kingery, 2–3, 2 R, 2b (18), RBI, BB. C Nick Rickles, 2–4, 2B . . . Starter Mario Sanchez left after 3 IP with right elbow soreness. WP: Alexis Rivero (1–1), 4–2–1–1–3–0 . . . Tommy Bergjans, 5:05 this evening vs. Trenton.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division
Threshers (3–0, 2nd half; 38–32, 2nd place, 1st half) won their 4th in a row, 2–1, over Daytona . . . 1B Wilson Garcia, HR (7), RBI, 3rd HR of the week . . . WP: Alberto Tirado (5–4), 5–2–1–0–5–5. SV: Jeff Singer (15) . . . Franklyn Kilome (4–2), 1:00 this afternoon vs. Daytona.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division
BlueClaws (0–3, 2nd half; 40–30, 2nd place, 1st half) lost, 9–3, in Delmarva . . . For the 2nd straight game, 1B Darick Hall (12) and C Henri Lartigue (4) homered. CF Mickey Moniak, 2–4, R, 2B . . . LP: Adonis Medina (2–6), 3–5–5–5–3–1, 3 HR . . . JoJo Romero (5–1), 2:05 this afternoon in Delmarva.
Williamsport, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division
Crosscutters (1–5) lost their 5th straight, 7–6, in 11 innings in Auburn . . . 2B Raul Rivas, 2–4, 2 R, 2B, BB. RF Jesus Alastre, 3–4. Home runs: 3B Luis Encarncion (1) and SS Jonathan Gonzalez (1) . . . ND: Kyle Young, 3.1–7–4–3–1–5 . . . Gustavo Armas, 5:05 this evening in Auburn.
Phillies, Gulf Coast League Northwest Division
Season opener Monday hosting Yankees West, 12 noon.