Clearwater took a severe beating, 15-4, at the hands of Fort Myers on Thursday, and while the continuing struggles of Joe Savery (1 inning, 8 earned runs) have to be worrying, there was some good news. Michael Taylor is still hot, picking up 2 more hits and raising his average at Clearwater to .286, and .335 overall with 69 RBI in 103 games this year. He is now 15 for his last 39 (.384). Quintin Berry also had another hit to extend his hitting streak to 16 games.
Reading rode a strong performance from Drew Carpenter (7 innings, 1 earned run on 5 hits) and Sergio Escalona (2 hit-less innings for a save) to a 7-2 win over Harrisburg. Mike Spidale (single, triple, home run #7, 3 RBI) and Neil Sellers (single, double, home run #18) provided the spark for the Phillies offense. Brad Harman chipped in with his 11th home run.
In Frisco, Texas last night, Tim Gradoville belted his first home run of the year for the RoughRiders in Midland's 9-6 win. Grado also threw out 2 of 3 would-be stealers.
In Modesto, Matt Spencer has not cooled off, either, pounding out 3 more hits to raise his average to .449 since being traded over to Oakland in the Joe Blanton deal. Adrian Cardenas also had another hit another RBI for Stockton in the Port's 5-4 loss to Modesto.
In Pawtucket, Randy Ruiz (.320) had 3 hits, including his 17th dinger of the season. "Homie" also drove in 3 more runs, to raise his total to 68 for Rochester. The Red Wings lost the game to the Sox, 7-6 when Bobby Korecky blew his 9th save, and picked up the loss.
In Tacoma, Andy Baldwin continues his winning ways, throwing 6 shut out innings, allowing just 2 hits, in a rain shortened game as Tacoma beat Round Rock, 2-0. Andy improved to 7-5, 5.10 on the year.
Finally, Kyle Kendrick picked up his 9th win of the year as the Phillies beat the Nationals in Washington last night, 8-4. Kendrick went 6.2 innings, allowing just 2 runs on 7 hits and 1 walk, to improve to 9-5, 4.59 for the season. Ryan Howard had 2 hits, and drove in his 95th run of the year, that the top number in the National League. Cole Hamels (9-6, 3.27) gets the ball tonight for Philadelphia in St. Louis.