Ex-Phils Help Hand IronPigs Their Latest Loss

Bobby Korecky (Photo:James Venes/JamesVenes.com)

A couple of former Phillies prospects came back to beat up on the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs on Wednesday. We've got that news and a look at what else happened around the Phillies minor league system on Wednesday, April 23, 2008.

Pitchers Bobby Korecky and Tim Lahey both came back to haunt the Phillies as they combined to throw 2.1 innings of perfect baseball in Rochester's 5-3 win over Lehigh Valley.

Lahey, who was in camp with the Phillies as a Rule 5 player this spring and started the season on their big league roster, got his first win of the season with 1.1 innings of perfect baseball, striking out two of the four batters that he faced. Then, Bobby Korecky, who was drafted by the Phillies in 2002 and later dealt to the Twins, came on to record his fifth save of the season shutting down the 'Pigs in the ninth. Korecky now has allowed just one earned run in 13.1 innings of work for a 0.68 ERA with Rochester. Lahey was making his first appearance for the Red Wings after being promoted from Fort Myers.

For Lehigh Valley, J.A. Happ had his best outing of the season, going 7 innings and allowing just one earned run. Happ left the game with a 3-1 lead, but Gary Knotts and Steve Kline (0-1, 4.50) combined to give up four earned runs in the eighth as Rochester took a 5-3 lead that Korecky held on to in the ninth.

Javon Moran went 1-for-3 in his first game since being promoted from Double-A Reading and made a sparkling defensive play early in the game to keep Happ out of trouble.

Tough Luck Naylor Gets His First Win

Drew Naylor, the 21st best prospect in the Phillies organization, pitched six shutout innings against Hagerstown Wednesday as the BlueClaws picked up a 4-1 win in the series finale.

Naylor lowered his ERA to 2.48 and has lowered it with each start he's made this season. His first outing of the season didn't go well and he gave up three earned runs in five innings, but has pitched well since then. In his four starts since his season opener, he has a 1.88 ERA and has allowed 17 hits in 24 innings of work. In his latest outing, he allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out six.

Naylor now leads the South Atlantic League with 29 innings pitched and 33 strikeouts.

Designated hitter Karl Bolt went 2-for-3 on the day and launched his first home run on his way to a three-RBI game.

Hagerstown's only run of the day came on an unearned run in the seventh.

Naylor had a tough first inning, but settled down to get out of the inning without any damage. A walk, an error and a stolen base put runners on second and third with one out, but Naylor got an infield fly and a ground ball to first baseman Michael Durant to get out of the inning.

Elsewhere:

Clearwater 7, Sarasota 2

Shane Victorino played in a rehab assignment with Clearwater and went 2-for-3 in Clearwater's win over Sarasota. Newcomer Mike Eylward had the big bat on the day going 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Gus Milner and Jay Miller also had three hits a piece for the Threshers.

Starter Edgar Garcia (2-0, 4.37) allowed two earned runs over six innings to get the win. Brett Harker threw two shutout innings in relief to lower his season ERA to 1.86 and Andrew Cruse closed out the game with a shutout ninth inning appearance.

New Britain 15, Reading 6

Carlos Carrasco (1-2, 3.91) and Zack Segovia were rocked for nine earned runs over 5.1 innings as New Britain clobbered the R-Phils in their series finale. Carrasco pitched well through the first three innings, giving up just a solo home run in the third that cut into Reading's 4-0 lead. In the fourth though, Carrasco was hit around hard, giving up five runs in the inning. Segovia started the sixth and was only able to get one out, which came when Greg Golson threw out a runner at the plate for the first out of the inning. In all, Segovia gave up four runs (three earned) in his third of an inning. Shane Youman gave up another run in 1.2 innings and Ron Hill was rocked for four earned runs in his one inning of work.

The highlight of Reading's four-run third inning was a two-run shot by Neil Sellers, his second of the season. Later, Jake Blalock hit his first home run of the season for Reading. Both Sellers and Blalock had two hits on the day, as did Golson, who tripled, drove in a run and scored two runs for Reading.


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