Monday in Atlanta, the Yankees shut out the Braves, 3-0, but Michael Bourn (.319) had a hit to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.
In Syracuse, the IronPigs scored 4 runs in the 6th inning to back another fine performance from Tyler Cloyd to beat the Chiefs, 4-1. Cloyd (6-1, 2.15) went 7 innings, allowing just 1 run on 7 hits and 1 walk, and even had an RBI hit and scored during the rally! Tyler is hitting .364 with 2 RBI for the Pigs!! Mike Spidale (.325) had the hit that started the rally and Domonic Brown (.269) capped it off with an RBI double. Lehigh Valley is now 37-27, and just 2 games behind first place Pawtucket, who lost to Yohan Flande and Gwinnett, 11-8. Flande threw 99 pitches in just 5 innings (2 runs, 5 hits, 3 walks), improving to 3-5, 3.90 for the Braves.
In Dunedin, D'Arby Myers (.304) had a single and a double and drove in 2 runs to help the Threshers beat the Blue Jays, 7-2. Edgar Duran (.265) also had 2 hits, including a bases clearing triple, and 3 RBI, and Cameron Rupp added his 4th home run of the year for Clearwater. This trio, hitting 7-8-9 in the batting order, collected 5 of Clearwater's 6 hits on the night. Percy Garner (3-3, 5.05) pitched very well for 6 innings- just 1 run on 2 hits and 4 walks, with 5 Ks. Hector Neris (2 IP, 1 run, 2 hits, 3 Ks, 7th hold) and Tyler Knigge (0.82, struck out 2 of the 3 hitters he faced) finished it off strong.
In Lakewood, the BlueClaws and Delmarva split a pair of games. The Claws won the opener behind another solid performance from All-Star Colin Kleven. Kleven (4-5, 3.66) went 6.1 innings (remember it was a 7- inning game) and allowed just 1 run on 5 hits, and was in control all night long. Bob Stumpo had 2 hits for Lakewood in the 2-1 victory. The Shorebirds did rebound to win the nightcap, 6-4 in 11 innings. Chris Duffy had a double and a home run, and drove in 2 runs for the Claws. Duffy has reached base in all 18 games he has played for Lakewood this year. Alejandro Villalobos and Carlos Perdomo also had 2 hits for Lakewood, but the big hit was a 2-out double by Guantlett Eldemire, which tied the game in the bottom of the 6th. Guantlett then scored the go-ahead run, but the Shorebirds would not be denied, scoring the tying run in the 7th off Gabriel Arias (who has pitched very well lately, but did give it up last night), and the won it off Matt Campbell in the 11th.
In Indianapolis, the Indians jumped on Matt Maloney for 6 runs, 4 earned, on 4 hits in just 2 innings on their way to a 16-0 trouncing of the Red Wings. Maloney has now made 4 starts, and 5 innings has been his longest outing. In the 4 starts, Matt had allowed 13 earned runs in 14.2 innings. That will not keep him in the rotation for much longer. Tough news for the pitcher who has won the most games in Lakewood history.
In Las Vegas, the 51s collected 17 hits en route to a 13-3 win over Tucson. Travis d'Arnaud (.333) had a double and his 14th home run of the year, and is benefiting from having Vladimir Guerrero in the line up. Yes- THAT Vladimir Guerrero! Anthony Gose (.289) added 2 hits, and Bobby Korecky threw 3 innings of relief, allowing just 1 run on 1 hit and 1 walk, striking out 3 for Vegas.
In Stockton, Travis Mattair had a 2-RBI hit and then scored a run in Bakersfield's 4-run 9th inning rally , as the Blaze came from behind to top the Ports, 6-3. Travis (.228) had 2 hits on the night for the Blaze. Go, Moose!!.........In Mobile, Jesus Sanchez had a rare off night, and took a loss bu allowing a run on 2 hits and a walk, and retiring just 1 hitter in Huntsville's 6-5 loss to the Bay Bears in the first game of their doubleheader. It was the first blown save in 6 tries for Jesus, who is 3-2, with a nice 1.36 ERA so far for the Stars..........In Kodak, Brian Schlitter's tribulations continue. Brian (5.30) allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and a walk for the Smokies in their 14-7 loss to the Mississippi Braves...........In Corpus Christi, Jonathan Singleton (.295) had 2 doubles and a walk, and scored 2 runs, and Josh Zeid tossed a scoreless inning of relief (his 3rd hold) for the Hooks, as they beat San Antonio, 5-1............In Rancho Cucamonga, Domingo Santana (.275) came off the DL and picked up a hit and 2 RBI (37 for the year) for Lancaster, but the JetHawks dropped a 5-4 decision to the Quakes.