In Lakewood, the BlueClaws used the big inning again, scoring 7 times in the 6th to take a 7-3 win from Greenville. Completely shut down by Boston's top prospect, Matt Barnes for 5.2 innings, the BlueClaws got him out of the game and exploded for the game winning rally. Gustavo Gonzalez had 2 hits during the big inning, the first BlueClaw to have 2 hits in an inning in over 2 years. (Jonathan Villar AND Jiwan James both had 2 hits in an 8-run inning back in 2010). After a slow start, Gonzalez is turning it on, going 10 for 26 (that's .385) in his last 7 games. Another good outing for Bryan Morgado, who threw 3 scoreless inning in relief of Ervis Manzanillo, to notch his first win. After a few shaky outings to start the year, Bryan has now thrown 8 straight shut out innings over his last 3 appearances.
More good news out of Lakewood, I spoke with Guantlett Eldemire and his x-rays were negative, there was no break as a result of his being hit by a pitch near his left wrist on Saturday. He is swollen and will probably just sit out a few days, no need for the DL.
In Portland, the Reading Phillies scored 2 in the 8th and another in the 9th to take a 4-2 victory over the Sea Dogs. Sebastian Valle (.283, RBI), Mike Spidale (.375, single, double, 2 RBI), and Miguel Abreu had 2 hits each for Reading. Tyler Cloyd threw 6 1-hit innings, walking 3 and striking out 7, receiving no decision.
The win went to Tyson Brummett, who allowed a run in his 2 innings. Cloyd and Brummett each have posted identical 1.80 ERAs for Reading.
In Allentown, the Yankees beat the IronPigs, 8-2, with the 2 runs runs coming on a first inning home run by Cody Overbeck, his second. Cody is now hitting .313 for Lehigh Valley. Domonic Brown (.265) singled and was on board when Overbeck went deep. Derrick Mitchell (0 for 4) and Tuffy Gosewisch (0 for 3) also played for the Pigs. Jacob Diekman continues to pitch well, even if in trouble almost constantly. Sunday he allowed a hit and 2 walks, recording 4 outs, 3 Ks. The big strike out with men on base has become a big weapon for "Diek".
In Syracuse, Greg Golson (.321) had a single and a double, drove in 2 runs, stole his 6th base and scored a run for Charlotte to lead the Knights to a 5-2 win over the Chiefs. The Knights come to Lehigh Valley this week, and I will be in Coca Cola Park Wednesday for the day game!............In Toledo, the Gwinnett Braves took a 2-1 win in 10 innings from the Mud Hens, but Quintin Berry (.292) did have 2 hits for Toledo.......In Salt Lake City, Randy Ruiz had 2 more hits, including his 6th home run of the month, and drove in 2 runs (22) to help Reno top the Bees, 9-5. "Homie" is hitting .373 for the Aces!...........In Sacramento, Michael Taylor (.360) had a hit, his 18th RBI and stole his 5th base of the year to help the River Cats defeat Tucson, 11-3.......In Pearl, Darren Byrd threw 2 scoreless innings of relief (just 1 walk) for Huntsville to help the Stars top the Braves, 7-3.
On Friday, the Toronto Blue Jays promoted Kevin Howard from New Hampshire to Las Vegas, where he made his season debut for the 51s in Sunday's 5-2 win over Tacoma. Kevin had a single and a walk, and knocked in a run for Vegas. Travis d'Arnaud (.263) was 1 for 4 and scored a run for the 51s..........In Memphis, the Redbirds beat Omaha, 5-4. RJ Swindel recorded a hold, despite allowing 2 runs on 2 hits while getting just 1 out for Memphis