It was a good Mother's Day for our boys, beginning in Lakewood where the BlueClaws evened their series with the Hickory Crawdads with an exciting 5-4 win. Donning the pink jerseys that were auctioned off for charity to help fight breast cancer, Lakewood got 4 hits from Anthony Gose, including a triple, his league leading 18th steal and , o yeah, the game saving catch for the final out with the tying run on third, and strong pitching for the victory. Jesus Sanchez made the start and turned in 5 good inning, allowing just 2 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks, striking out 8. I am very impressed with Jesus so far, while his pitching is still a work in progress (in case you didn't know, this is his first full year as a pitcher, converting from a catcher last season) he seems to show more confidence and poise in each game he goes to the mound. Ryan Airial made his second appearance since retuning from the DL, logging an inning, Ryan Bergh picked up his second win with 2 good inning, despite giving up the tying run, and BJ Rosenberg bounced back from Saturday's loss to record save #4. I also have to mention Troy Hanzawa, who had 2 hits and 3 RBI, including a double off the center field wall in front of the "Rat Trap" bar to provide the margin of victory. Lakewood is young, but they are turning into a very exciting team to watch! They are now 16-13 and just 2 game behind Delmarva for first place.
The Clearwater Threshers got a grand slam home run from Cody Overbeck in the first inning and rode that wave to an 8-6 win over Brevard County. Dominic Brown stays hot, with a hit and a walk, Javis Diaz belted 3 hits, including a double and home run, and Fidel Hernandez rapped out 2 more hits and is now hitting .283. Yohan Flande struggled for the first time this year, 6 runs in 6 innings, but picked up his 4th win, thanks to the offensive support. At 16-14, the Threshers are in second place, 6 games behind Brevard County.
They also broke out the pink jerseys in Reading, where Vance Worley improved to 3-0, 2.13 for the year in Reading's 2-1 win over Altoona. Vance went 8 solid innings, giving up just 1 run on 3 hits and 1 walk, striking out 6. Quintin Berry hit his first home run of the year and Orlando Guevara drove in the game winning run in his first start for Reading this year. Orlando has played 1 game for the IronPigs and 1 game for the R-Phils so far. Note to the Phillies: can we just play this guy a little more , please!! Orlando has been in our system for years, and cannot seem to get regular playing time, even if that turns out to be 1 or 2 games a week. The R-Phils are now 17-10, 5 games back of Akron, and just .5 behind Erie for a playoff position.
OK, I have to get down off my soapbox to go to work now, I will try to check to boys outside the immediate system later today.