I begin this morning with a correction from yesterday: Mike Nesseth was not promoted to Reading, as was previously released, but to Clearwater, where he made his debut Friday in the Thresher's 12-6 loss to Lakeland. Mike allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk, in just 1.2 innings. Chris Kissock's nightmare season continues, Chris let in 3 runs on 4 hits in just 1.1 innings of work, and Hector Neris let in a run in his inning. Cameron Rupp (.241) homered for the second straight day, one of his 2 hits on the night, and Jeremy Barnes and Jim Murphy also had 2 hits for Clearwater.
In Allentown, Tuffy Gosewisch doubled in a run in the bottom of the 8th inning for Lehigh Valley to tie the game, and then doubled in the game-winner in the bottom of the 10th, as the IronPigs came from behind for a thrilling 6-5 win over Rochester. The win put Lehigh Valley (46-34) in first place in the IL North...........In Reading, the R-Phils scored 4 run in the bottom of the 7th inning to take a 4-3 decision from Richmond. Darin Ruf (.318) hit his 13th home run for the first 2 runs, and Troy Hanzawa (.279) got a big 2-RBI hit for the deciding runs. Red hot Leandro Castro had 2 more hits, extending his hitting streak to 8 games. Leandro (.310) is 15 for 30 in the 8 games! Austin Hyatt pitched well, going 6 good innings, and allowing just 2 runs on 5 hits, NO walks, and striking out 5. Ryan Duke made his AA debut, gave up a run in his inning, and then was awarded the win when the big rally came in the same frame. Colby Shreve picked up his 2nd save for Reading (his 4th this season) with 2 scoreless innings of work to wrap it up. The win puts Reading (45-34) in first place, a half game ahead of Trenton.
In Lakewood, Maikel Franco hit a grand slam home run in the bottom of the 8th inning to break open a close game and give the BlueClaws a 6-1 win over Hagerstown. Ryan Howard was 1 for 2, playing 5 innings at first base, and will return to Lakewood tonight as the DH to continue his rehab. Ethan Stewart pitched well enough to win, but gave up an UNearned run in the 6th inning and left with no decision. Stewart allowed just 5 hits and 2 walks and deserved better. Blake Mascarello made his debut, threw 1.1 innings of scoreless relief and was the winning pitcher when the Claws broke the game open.
In Columbus, Jason Donald (.252) had 2 hits, scored 2 runs, and drove in 2 more for the Clippers in thier 9-4 victory over Norfolk.........In Tacoma, Bobby Korecky threw 2 scoreless innings (1 hit, 3 Ks) for Las Vegas, as the 51s shut out the Rainiers, 4-0.........In Sacramento, Michael Taylor (.303) had 2 hits for the River Cats, and they beat Salt Lake, 1-0 in 10 innings.........In Huntsville, Jesus Sanchez allowed 2 rare runs in the 9th inning of the Star's 4-3 win over Mobile. Jesus gave up the 2 runs on 4 hits, but struck out the side to record his 11th save. His ERA rose to a still excellent 1.59.......In Lancaster, Domingo Santana (.289) had a hit, 2 walks, and knocked in a run for the JetHawks, who lost 8-7 to the Quakes.