The Phillies continued their winning ways Thursday with a 9-4 win over San Diego in a make up of an earlier rain out. Cole Hamels pitched his way to his 6th win of the year, going a strong 7, and giving up all 3 of his runs in the 4th inning. Carlos Ruiz belted his 5th home run of the year and Ryan Howard picked up RBI #70. Recently promoted Drew Carpenter came in for the 8th inning, and gave up a run on 3 hits, recording just 1 out.
In Charlotte, Michael Taylor had 3 hits, including his 2nd home run for the IronPigs, and Lou Marson (.302) added a double as Lehigh Valley beat the Knights, 4-3. In New Orleans, Greg Golson (.272) had 2 hits and 2 steals (only 12 for "Golie"), as the RedHawks topped the Zephyrs, 7-6 in 12 innings.
Reading managed just 6 hits in their 8-0 loss to Altoona and Clearwater could only get 4 hits in their 4-1 loss to Charlotte.
The BlueClaws kept their winning streak going with a 6-4 win in Asheville. Troy Hanzawa smacked a 3-run homer and Anthony Gose and D'Arby Myers had 3 hits and a stolen base each. For Gose, it was #54, as for D'Arby, his hot hitting gets better everyday. Myers is 5 for his last 8, 8 for his last 16 and is hitting .378 over the last 10 games. Freddy Ballestas got his first win of the year for Lakewood, going 5.2 innings, and giving up 3 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks. B.J. Rosenberg recorded his 16th save with 2 more scoreless innings. "Rosie" has now not given up an earned run in 21.1 innings of work, dating back to May 31.