In Allentown, Derrick Mitchell (.256) had 2 singles, a double, scored a run and drove in 4 to lead the IronPigs to a 5-4 win over Pawtucket in the first game of their doubleheader. Then he hit a grand slam home run in game #2, a 7-6 Sox victory, to make it an 8 RBI day!!! Domonic Brown had 2 hits and a walk, and scored twice on the day, while Tuffy Gosewisch was 1 for 3 in game 1, and Cody Overbeck and Steve Susdorf had 2 hits each in game 2. The split leaves Lehigh Valley (31-25) tied for 2nd place, 3.5 games behind Pawtucket.
In Bowie, Darin Ruf (.344) had single, a double and his 10th home run of the year, knocking in 4 runs to power the Reading Phillies to a 7-3 win over the BaySox. Leandro Castro also homered, 1 of his 2 hits on the day. Austin Hyatt, recently returned from Lehigh to Reading, was the winning pitcher, throwing 5.2 innings and giving up just 3 runs on 3 hits, but 5 walks. Lisalberto Bonilla notched the save with 2 perfect innings of relief, striking out 3 of his 6 hitters. Reading is now 30-22, and trails first place New Britain by 1 game.
In Clearwater, recently promoted Mario Hollands made his debut for the Threshers and threw 5 no-hit innings to record a win in the Threshers' 7-1 victory over Palm Beach. Mario walked just 1 and struck out 5. Brody Colvin and Hector Neris threw 2 innings apiece to wrap it up. Jim Thome had a hit and a walk in his rehab effort, and Edgar Duran, Zack Collier, Peter Lavin and Albert Cartwright had 2 hits each. Clearwater is 28-24, and trailing first place Dunedin by 6.5 games.
The BlueClaws lost their 7th straight game, 3-0 in Kannapolis. So far the roster shuffling has not helped the Lakewood offense, as they slip to a woeful 19-36, and can't wait to end the first half and get a fresh start after the break in 2 weeks.