*** Philadelphia Phillies Minor League Report - April 26th *** From The Sports Network
SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE RED BARONS - Poor weather forced the Red Barons to postpone their contest against Rochester on Sunday. They were able to take the first game of the three-game set from the Red Wings on Friday by a score of 5-0, but suffered a 3-2 setback the following day. Although Scranton-WB has lost three of its last five contests, it is still a respectable 8-8 on the year and just two games out of first place in the International's League's North Division. Second baseman Chase Utley has been the team's most productive hitter over the last 10 games, batting .278 with two home runs and nine RBI. Although his season batting average sits at only .257, Utley leads the squad in both home runs (3) and RBI (12). Currently, first baseman Jim Rushford is the only member of the squad hitting over .300, as he sits at .316 with eight RBI.
READING PHILLIES - The Trenton Thunder recorded back-to-back wins against the Phillies this past weekend, including a 10-2 romp on Sunday. As a result, Reading has dropped five of its last seven contests and finds itself tied for last place in the Eastern League's Southern Division with an overall record of 7-8. However, the Phils are still just 1 1/2 games out of first place, as the division-leading Bowie Baysox hold a mark of 9-7. Pitcher Mike Spiegel had a start he would like to forget, as he gave up 10 runs in just 1 1/3 innings of work on Sunday. Spiegel is now a dismal 0-3 on the season and has a horrific ERA of 15.12. Jim Deschaine was responsible for driving in one of the team's two runs and has been on fire over the past five games, hitting .412 with one home run and five RBI.
CLEARWATER THRESHERS - The Threshers have dropped all four of their meetings with Sarasota this season, including back-to-back games this past weekend. Following a 7-2 decision on Sunday, Clearwater has lost its last three games and 10 of its last 11 overall. The Threshers hold a disappointing mark of only 4-14 on the year and find themselves pulling up the rear in the Florida State League's West Division. Clearwater has easily been the worst hitting squad in the league this season, as it is batting only .215 as a team and has just four home runs. There are seven hitters with a batting average below the Mendoza Line (.200), including shortstop Jack Santora, who is hitting just .174 on the year and has only two hits in his last 15 at-bats.
LAKEWOOD BLUECLAWS - The Blueclaws saw their current losing streak move to three games, as they dropped a 6-3 decision to Columbus on Sunday. They are now 8-8 on the season, 4 1/2 games behind Capital City in the South Atlantic League's Southern Division. Outfielder Michael Bourn continues to burn the base paths this season, as he is hitting an impressive .315 and leads the league with 17 stolen bases. Relievers Kyle Parcus and Maximo Reyes have done an excellent job this season for the Blueclaws, combining to pitch 15 1/3 scoreless innings. While Reyes has posted 10 strikeouts and only one walk in seven innings, Parcus boasts 10 strikeouts and just one base on balls in 8 1/3 innings of work.