Franco: “That’s baseball”

Maikel Franco reported to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs Wednesday afternoon after being optioned out by the Phillies on Sunday. As rain poured down on the field, Franco stood in a hallway leading to the dugout speaking with reporters about a season that started with promise and wound up with him back at Triple-A. “I feel […]

Asheville jumps on Lakewood early for 13-6 win

Asheville scored eight runs in the first inning and cruised to a 13-6 win over the BlueClaws on Sunday at McCormick Field. Lakewood (18-23/47-64) falls to 2-3 on their seven-game trip while the Tourists 24-19/53-60) won the second game of the series after the BlueClaws won the opener on Saturday. The Tourists scored eight times […]

Former Phillie Kratz bombs Lehigh Valley

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs led the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders after the first inning, but saw the lead go away as the game went on.  Scranton/Wilkes-Barre defeated Lehigh Valley 12-5 and sent the Pigs home losing two out of three games. Deivy Grullon hit a three-run home run off Jonathan Loaisiga in the top of the first inning to give […]

Phillies option Franco to Lehigh Valley

The Phillies surprised fans on Sunday when they announced that they were optioning third baseman Maikel Franco to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make room for Brad Miller, who was activated from the IL. At the same time, Scott Kingery, who has been somewhat of a super utility player for the team, was given the third […]

Pair of Matos homers leads ‘Claws to 10-6 win

Malvin Matos hit two home runs and drove in five as the BlueClaws topped Asheville 10-6 on Saturday night at McCormick Field. The BlueClaws (18-22/47-63) have now won eight of their last 11 games while Asheville’s (23-19/52-60) four-game winning streak was snapped. Matos’ two-home run game was the second of the season by the BlueClaws, after Cole […]

‘Cutters rally for fourth straight win

The Crosscutters stunningly rallied for three runs in the bottom of the eighth to overcome a late 3-1 deficit and pull off an exciting 4-3 win over the Brooklyn Cyclones on Saturday night. Williamsport has won four straight and eight of its last 10.  Two wild pitches by Brooklyn reliever Luis Silva brought in the […]

Bohm’s blast adds to his birthday celebration

Sporting number-23 on the back of his Harry Potter-inspired uniform, Phillies top prospect Alec Bohm hit a tie-breaking three-run homer in a five-run fifth inning on his 23rd birthday as the Fightins rolled by the Altoona Curve 7-2 on Saturday night at FirstEnergy Stadium. Before a crowd of 8,275, Reading wrapped up the series in the middle game […]

‘Pigs down Scranton behind Romero

Lehigh Valley IronPigs starting pitcher JoJo Romero (3-2) turned in one of his best starts of the season against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Romero allowed just two runs over six innings and did not allow a hit until the fourth inning.  The Pigs turned in an 11-6 win over the RailRiders.  Romero did receive assistance from the IronPigs […]

Pirates claim Phillies Rios off waivers

In a group of players being exposed to waivers to clear them from the 40-man roster, the Phillies lost 26-year old reliever Yacksel Rios to the Pittsburgh Pirates on a waiver claim. Rios, along with Dylan Cozens and Mitch Walding, were all designated for assignment to open up spots for newly acquired players on the […]