Saturday, June 16, 2012

Bourn streak to 14; Santana & Ruf collect 3 hits each

In Toronto Friday night, 6 Blue Jays pitchers combined to hold the Phillies to 5 hits in a 3-0 Blue Jays win.  Carlos Ruiz (.362) had a hit and a walk, and Vance Worley deserved better.  Worley (3-3, 2.80) went 7 good innings and allowed 3 runs, but only 1 earned, on 5 hits and 2 walks  The Phillies have now lost 10 of 13.  Ruiz came out of the game in the 6th inning, with what looked like a strained oblique on his left side.

In Chicago, the Cubs shut out the Red Sox, 3-0.  Adrian Cardenas had another pinch hit appearance, striking out again.  It seems Adrian is just going to sit on the bench all day with the Cubs, looking for that 1 at bat.  Not unlike what Quintin Berry is going through with the Tigers now that Austin Jackson is back.  In the week since Jackson's return, Berry has started just 1 game, but has been used as a hitti\er and/or a runner in all but 1 contest.  Last night in Detroit, Berry came on as a pinch hitter, and stayed in the game defensively, going 0 for 2 on the night.   He was on the field in the 10th  inning when the Rockies scored 8 times.

In Atlanta, the Braves doubled up the Orioles, 4-2, Michael Bourn (.319)  had a hit to extend his hitting streak to 14 games in a row.

In Reading, Darin Ruf (.333) led a 15-hit Reading attack into a 7-2 win over Akron.  Sebastian Valle (.246, double, home run, 2 RBI),  Jiwan James (.258, single, home run, 2 runs) and Troy Hanzawa (.287, RBI) all chipped in with 2 hits each, backing very good pitching from Trevor May. May (6-4) went 6 solid innings, allowing just 2 runs on 2 hits and 2  walks, striking out 6.  Colby Shreve tossed 2 more scoreless innings and is showing no ill effects from that disastrous first AA outing.

In Lakewood, Kyrell Hudson had 2 hits, and Chris Duffy drove in 2 runs, including the game-winner, as the BlueClaws edged Hickory, 4-3.  Mike Nesseth picked up the win in relief, and is now 5-1 on the year.

In Lancaster, Domingo Santana (.288) pounded 3 hits including a double, drew a walk, scored 2 runs and drove in 3 more to lead a 19-hit attack for the JetHawks in their 14-4 beating of the 66ers............In Charlotte, Greg Golson (.284) had 2 singles, a double, a walk, stole his 13th base, scored 2 runs and drove in 2 more as the Knights defeated Indianapolis, 6-1........In Vegas, Anthony Gose and Kevin Howard had 2 hits each for the 51s in their 4-3 loss to visiting Colorado Springs...........In Kodak, the Tennessee Smokies doubled up the Barons, 6-3.  Brian Schlitter threw the last inning for the Smokies, recording his 2nd save. Meanwhile, down in Huntsville, Jesus Sanchez notched his 6th save with a scoreless 9th inning in the Stars' 6-4 win over Montgomery.  Sanchez has been great for Huntsville this year, with a 1.33 ERA in 27 games covering 40.2  innings.

Congratulations from the HomeSide News to Jonathan Villar and Jonathan Singleton, both of whom were named to play in the Texas League All-Star game June 28 in Tulsa.

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