In Richmond, Darin Ruf and Cesar Hernandez had 5 hits each, as the Reading Phillies exploded for 19 runs on 22 hits to beat the Flying Squirrels, 19-6. Ruf (.432) scored 4 runs, while Sebastian Valle and Leandro Castro had 3 hits each, with Castro driving in 6 runs to run his early season total to 14 RBI! Trevor May (3-0, 3.18) was the winning pitcher, and even got 2 hits in the game!! May went 5 innings, allowing just 1 run on 4 hits and 2 walks, striking out 7.
In Buffalo, the Bisons stopped the IronPigs winning ways, with a 4-1 win Tuesday afternoon, holding Lehigh Valley to just 4 hits, one by Derrick Mitchell. Mike Schwimer retired 4 straight hitters, striking out 2, and Joe Savery gave up a run on 1 hit, striking out 2 in his inning of work.
In Tampa, D'Arby Myers (.360) had his 3rd 2-hit game game this week, but the Threshers wasted a great pitching performance by Brody Colvin, losing 2-1 to the Yankees. Brody threw 6 shut out innings, allowing just 2 hits, NO walks, and striking out 6, leaving the game with a 1-0 lead. Hector Neris and Lisalberto Boniila each gave up a run later. A quick word about Myers: if the Phillies would move up some of the Reading outfielders to where they belong in Lehigh Valley, D'Arby could move up to where he should be, which is AA. Some of these guys are being held back needlessly in my opinion.
In Lakewood, the Grasshoppers took a 4-3 10-inning game from the BlueClaws. Carlos Perdomo had the only 2-hit game for the Claws. Excellent pitching out of the pen from both Bryan Morgado (3 IP, 2 hits, NO walks, 3 Ks) and Kenny Giles (3 IP, 1 walk, 3 Ks) kept Lakewood in the game after starter Mike Nesseth struggled early with his control, walking 5 in just 2 innings.
Here is a quick look at the rest of the guys outside Philadelphia's system:
Charlotte- Greg Golson (.318) 1 for 3 with an RBI for the Knights in a 3-2 win over Durham.
Louisville- Quintin Berry (.304) had 2 hits, including a double, and a walk, drove in a run and scored 2 more, and stole his 7th base of the year for Toledo, as the Mud Hens outscored the Bats, 9-7.
Albuquerque- Adrian Cardenas (.370) had 2 hits, including a double, and drove in 2 runs for Iowa, but the Isotopes beat the the Cubs, 13-6.
Salt Lake City- Our Las Vegas 51s continue their struggles. Anthony Gose was 0 for 3, striking out twice and seeing his average slip all the way to .151, while Travis d'Arnaud went 0 for 4, falling to .200. Andrew Carpenter did toss 1.1 scoreless innings, allowing just 1 hit, and striking out 2 for Vegas.
Fresno- Randy Ruiz (.286) had 1 for 4 for Reno in their 4-2 loss to the Grizzlies.
Sacramento- Michael Taylor (.429) had 2 doubles and a walk, and scored a run for the River Cats, helping them to a 5-1 win over Tacoma.
Tulsa- Edwar Cabrera threw 1-hit ball for 8 innings against the Corpus Christi Hooks, both Jonathan Singleton and Jonathan Villar held hitless in the Drillers' 4-0 win.