Phillies Minor League Notebook and Major League Notes

Todd TranauskyCorrespondent IApril 10, 2008

The Phillies minor league affiliates continued to struggle early in the season.

The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs lost the final game of an eight game road trip to start the season with a 5-2 loss to the Pawtucket Red Sox. Brian Mazzone allowed four earned runs in six innings of work, though displayed much better command in his second outing of the season. Mazzone did not walk a batter and struck out ten in his six innings. The Iron Pigs will open their home season winless at Coca-Cola Park on Friday night against the Richmond Braves.

The Reading Phillies were idle on Thursday night as they prepare to open their home schedule on Friday against the Altoona Curve.

The Clearwater Threshers lost to the Fort Myers Miracle, 2-0. Carlos Monasterios took the loss, despite giving the Threshers another good outing, giving up only two runs over seven innings and striking out four.

The Lakewood BlueClaws finished their season opening homestand with a 7-5 win over the Hagerstown Suns. Michael Durant started off the season red hot for the BlueClaws, hitting .409 even after an 0-for-3 performance at the plate in the series finale.

In Wednesday’s Minor League Action:

The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs lost to the Pawtucket Red Sox, 2-0. Vic Darensbourg took the loss in relief after allowing two runs in the eighth inning. Darensbourg had a 10.13ERA to start the season as the Iron Pigs search for their first win in franchise history.

The Reading Phillies lost to the Bowie Baysox 3-2 as they concluded their season opening road-trip. Bradley Harman accounted for the FR-Phils offense in the losing cause, going 1-for-2 with a double, two runs scored, and two walks.

The Clearwater Threshers lost to the Fort Myers Miracle by a score of 9-3 at Bright House Networks Field.  Darren Byrd struggled in his first outing of the season, allowing six runs in two and two-thirds innings pitched.

The Lakewood BlueClaws defeated the Hagerstown Suns, 6-5. Michael Taylor had a big day at the plate going 2-for4 with a double, a run scored, and a run batted in. Taylor is hitting .348 on the season. Jared Simon got the win in relief for the BlueClaws, pitching one and one third inning of perfect baseball.    


The Mets signed RHP Claudio Vargas to a minor league contract and assigned him to their extended spring training squad in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Vargas was most recently a member of the Brewers organization and it is believed he will be sent to Triple-A New Orleans once he builds up his arm strength in Florida.

The Phillies finished their seven game road-trip 3-4. They open a nine game homestand against the Chicago Cubs on Friday night. With the ominous weather forecast for Philadelphia this weekend, it is possible the teams may end up having to play a make-up on Monday. Monday is a scheduled off day for both the Phils and Cubs.

The Mets host the Milwaukee Brewers over the weekend and RHP Nelson Figueroa will start the opener for New York. Figueroa is a name familar to Phillies fans, as he spent time in the Phillies rotation almost a decade ago. Figueroa came over from the Arizona Diamondbacks with Travis Lee and Omar Daal in the Curt Schilling deal.

Pitching Matchups for the weekend series with the Cubs have RHP Brett Myers taking on Cubs RHP Carlos Zambrano on Friday night, LHP Cole Hamels facing LHP Ted Lilly on Saturday night, and LHP Jamie Moyer battling RHP Jason Marquis in Sunday’s finale.