On Saturday in Atlanta, the Orioles Jason Hammel threw a 1-hit shut out at the Braves, ending Michael Bourn's 14-game hitting streak. Bourn (.314) was 0 for 4 in the 5-0 loss.
In the Florida State League All-Star Game in Fort Myers, the South beat the North 6-3. Threshers in the game included Cody Asche (1 for 4), Peter Lavin (0 for 1), Cameron Rupp (0 for 2) Jesse Biddle (1 IP, 2 hits, 3 Ks) and Tyler Knigge (3 walks, 2 runs 1 earned, only 1 out).
In Allentown, Austin Wright, who was promoted from Clearwater directly to Lehigh Valley, made his 2nd start for the Ironpigs and was solid for 6.2 innings against Durham. Austin allowed just 1 run on 3 hits and 2 walks, but took the loss in the Bulls' 3-0 win.
In Reading, the R-Phils split a doubleheader with Akron. In the opener, Darin Ruf (.338) had 2 hits, including his 11th home run of the year in a 2-1 Reading victory. Brandon Tripp got the walk off hit, a 7th inning home run to make a winner of Mike Cisco. Mike (3-2, 1.04) went 2 scoreless innings in relief of David Buchanan, who started and went 5 , allowing just 1 run on 5 hits. Akron won the nightcap, 6-4. Leandro Castro (.294) was 3 for 3, including a double, and Jiwan James (.260) added 2 hits and drove in 3 runs for Reading. Lisalberto Bonilla (2.42) went 3 scoreless innings, striking out 5 on the way, and Tim Kennelly had to come on to pitch for the final out!! Catcher, infielder, outfielder, and now pitcher, Tim is surely a handy guy to have on your team!
In Lakewood, Kelly Dugan had 2 doubles, a walk, an RBI and scored 2 runs to pace the BlueClaws to a 4-3 win over Hickory. Chris Duffy also had 2 hits and has still reached base in every game he has played for the Claws, and Aaron Altherr had a hit, 2 RBI and 2 stolen bases. Lakewood got good pitching again. Colin Kleven was cruising along when he seemed to run out of gas in the 5th inning, giving up a 3 runs after he recorded 2 outs. Even with that result, you cannot complain about the effort we are getting from Kleven in the past month, which has been very good. Gabriel Arias was the winner, throwing 2.1 innings of scoreless relief, striking out 5 of his 7 outs, and the save goes to Yari Sosa, who finished it off for the Claws, won have now won 5 of 7 as we wrap up the first half of the season Sunday afternoon. Lakewood gives the ball to Ethan Stewart, who has also been throwing very well in his last 6 starts.
The Matt Maloney experiment, that is the Twins trying him back in the rotation with Rochester, took another hit as the Louisville Bats got to Maloney for 9 runs, 8 of them earned, on 8 hits and 3 walks in just 3.2 innings of work as the Bats recorded an 11-5 win. Maloney has now made 5 starts since May 25, and has allowed 20 earned runs on 38 hits in just 18.1 innings of work. Maloney is the winningest pitcher in Lakewood history, but has been working out of the pen almost exclusively the last few years. If the current trend continues, he could be headed back to relief work.
In Nashville, Jason Jaramillo (.310) was 1 for 2, and also walked and scored in the Sounds 7-run rally in the 6th inning, as Nashville beat Omaha 10-3 in the 2nd game of a doubleheader.......In Gwinnett, Jason Donald (.282) had a hit, a walk, an RBI and scored 2 runs for Columbus, helping the Clippers take a 6-1 win from the Braves...........In Charlotte, the Knights rallied for 2 in the bottom of the 11th to snatch a 5-4 win over Indianapolis. Greg Golson (.285) had 2 hits, an RBI, and stole 2 bases (15) for the Knights........In Las Vegas, Anthony Gose and Kevin Howard each had a hit, a walk, and an RBI, and Gose scored 2 runs as the 51s topped Colorado Springs, 9-3.............In Frisco, Jonathan Villar (.267) had a single, and a double, and drove in a run to help Corpus Christi take a 5-0 win from the RoughRiders.