Minors Recap: 4-12-2011

Posted by Mike Frohwirth

Justin De Fratus, from milb.com

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA) had their Tuesday morning game against the Syracuse Chiefs (Washington affiliate) postponed, due to rain. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on July 14th. The 'Pigs (2-2) play in Rochester on Wednesday, facing the Red Wings (Minnesota affiliate) in a 7:05pm start. Ryan Feierband takes the hill for Lehigh Valley.

It took eleven innings, but the Reading Phillies (AA) defeated the host New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto affiliate), 3-2. Reading improved their record to 4-2. R-Phils' started Josh Zeid pitched well, surrendering two runs in six and two-thirds innings (seven hits, two walks/five strikeouts). Reading reliever Justin De Fratus was even better, pitching three perfect innings (six strikeouts). 1B Matt Rizzotti had three hits for the R-Phils, improving his batting average to .458. Reading (4-2) goes for a three-game sweep Wednesday night at 6:35pm. Box score

The Clearwater Threshers (A) lost to the Daytona Cubs on Tuesday, 5-1. The visiting Threshers, who fell to 4-2 on the season, were held to a single hit. Clearwater starter Jarred Cosart pitched five innings, and surrendered three runs (six hits, one walk/three strikeouts). IHOP fanboy/CF Jiwan James went 0 for 4, with four strikeouts. Top pitching prospect Brody Colvin was placed on the 7-day DL with a back ailment that the organization indicates is "not serious." Clearwater faces Daytona again tonight (7:05pm), as the Threshers attempt to avoid a three-game series sweep. Box score

The Lakewood BlueClaws (A) had their Tuesday night game against the Greensboro Grasshoppers (Florida affiliate) rained out. Lakewood will host a Wednesday doubleheader against Greensboro, starting at 6:35pm.