With no HomeSiders active in the major leagues Thursday, I will move directly to the minor league boards.
In Clearwater, Anthony Hewitt belted a 2-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Threshers a 5-3 win over Daytona. A big hit for Hewitt, who has struggled (.162) since coming off the DL, who had 2 on the night. Chris Duffy had a single and a double, and is 3 for 7 with Clearwater, and Edgar Duran (.269) had a double and triple and scored 2 runs. Jesse Biddle went 6, and allowed just 2 runs, only 1 of which was earned, on 4 hits and 4 walks, striking out 4. Juan Sosa (1-2-3 inning), Lisalverto Bonilla, (2 IP, 1 run, 2 hits, 5Ks), and Garrett Claypool (1-2-3 10th) finished it off.
In Allentown, the IronPigs were the visitors in their own home, again because Scranton has no home this year with their stadium being renovated. More on that in a moment. The Pigs took a 6-4 decision from the Yankees. Cody Overbeck (.302) had 3 hits to lead the attack, while Domonic Brown (.278, single, double 2 RBI), Derrick Mitchell (.224, single, double, stolen base, run scored) and Tuffy Gosewisch (.264, single, walk, run scored) all chipped in. Jacob Diekman recorded his 3rd save, allowing 2 hits and fanning a pair in his inning. I understand the Phillies considered calling up Diekman last week, but decided to go with the more experienced Mike Schwimer, instead...........On the subject of the stadium renovation in Scranton, I have heard more than once that there are problems there, and that the "Empire State Yankees" may have played their last game in Scranton.
Reading wasted a very nice outing from David Buchanan, and lost to Richmond, 2-1. Buchanan went 6, and allowed just 1 run on 3 hits and 5 walks, striking out 4, lowering his ERA to 2.16 and receiving no decision. The loss went to Chris Kissock, who gave up the winning run his 2-inning stint, a home run by Ryan Cavan. Cesar Hernandez (.284) and Tim Kennelly (.261) had 2 hits each for Reading...........In Lakewood, the BlueClaws dropped a 4-3 game to Asheville. Aaron Altherr (.319) had 3 hits and is red hot, and Kyrell Hudson and Guantlett Eldemire added 2 hits each. All 3 of them stole a base! Altherr has hit in 7 of the last 8 games, going 13 for 31 (.419) over the stretch, with multi-hit games 4 times. An impressive Lakewood debut for Matt Campbell, who threw 3 innings, and allowed just 1 hit, 1 walk, and 1 UNearned run. O yeah, he struck out 6! Welcome aboard, Matt.
In Iowa City, Adrian Cardenas (.338) had a single, a double, a walk, scored a run and drove in 4 (that's 13), to lead the Cubs to a 7-1 win over visiting Nashville............In Reno, Randy Ruiz (.344) was 3 for 4, including his 4th home run of the year, and drove in 2 runs (15 on the year) to power the Aces to a rain-shortened 4-1 win in Salt Lake City..........In Las Vegas, Travis d'Arnaud had 2 doubles, and Anthony Gose added a hit and his 7th stolen base, but the 51s lost to Tacoma, 6-4. Andrew Carpenter got 4 outs (2 Ks) and Bobby Korecky threw a scoreless frame (1 walk) for the 51s...........In Corpus Christi, Jonathan Villar had 2 hits, and Jonathan Singleton had a double, a walk, an RBI (#13), and scored a run for the Hooks in a 5-4 win over Midland.
In Rochester, the Syracuse Chiefs took a doubleheader from the Red Wings, 5-4 and 3-2. Matt Rizzotti, who has fallen on hard times just when I said how hot he was, was 0 for 2 in the second game for the Wings, and has slipped to .244. Sorry, Riz..........In Gwinnett, Greg Golson (.307) had a hit and scored a run for Charlotte, but the Knights lost to the Braves, 3-1..........In Pearl (that's in Mississippi), Jason Jaramillo had a walk and scored a run for Huntsville, as the Stars took a 5-4 win from the Braves.