In Allentown, the IronPigs pounded the Red Wings, 10-3. Chase Utley homered, and Jason Pridie had 4 hits to lead an 18-hit barrage. Steve Susdorf (.301) had 2 hits and a walk, and drove in 2 runs. Susdorf is currnetly the only HomeSider playing everyday for Lehigh Valley. Pridie arrival has taken Mike Spidale's spot, Domonic Brown and Derrick Mitchell continue to be sidelined, and Tuffy Gosewisch is splitting time. Pitching is another matter, and Tyson Brummett (3-1, 3.25) battled his way in and out of trouble over 3.2 scoreless innings of relief to earn the victory.
In Reading, Mario Hollands made it 2 wins in 2 starts for the R-Phils, with a fantastic 6 inning performance in Reading's 10-2 win over Richmond. Hollands allowed just 1 run on 2 hits and 3 walks, and Colby Shreve, another guy who was here in Lakewood this spring, went the next 2 innings. Hollands also drove in a run with a single! Leandro Castro, who is smokin' hot, had 3 more hits, including 2 doubles, and knocked in 4 runs to pace the Reading attack. It was the 5th time in his last 9 starts that Castro has had a multi-hit game, and he is 10 for 20 in the last 5 games. Jiwan James (.261) was on base all 5 times (2 hits and 3 walks), and Troy Hanzawa (.280) had a double and a triple and drove in 3 runs.
In Palm Beach, the good and the bad were on display, as the Threshers got past the Cardinals, 5-3. First the good, Austin Wright (7-2, 3.62) sparkled for 7 innings, allowing just 1 run on 7 hits and 1 walk. Then, Chris Kissock came on. I am not sure what is wrong with Chris (8.10 ERA) , but he is not having a good time this year. He faced 5 hitters and gave up 4 hits and 2 runs, and had to be bailed out by Tyler Knigge. Tyler standed the 2 runners, and then concluded the game with a 1-2-3 9th, notching his 7th save and lowering that ERA down to 0.70!! Carlos Alonso (.276), Jim Murphy (.265) and Peter Lavin (.276) all had 2 hits for Clearwater.
Another guy having a great year out of the pen is Jesus Sanchez. Jesus saved his 10th game of the year for Huntsville last night, retiring 4 hitters in a row and lowering his ERA to 1.10. Put him on the list behind Knigge and Cisco of guys deserving a promotion.
In Albuquerque, the Isotopes defeated Nashville, 7-3. Jason Jaramillo (.279) had an RBI-double for the Sounds..........In Las Vegas, Anthony Gose (.296) had 3 hits, and scored 2 runs to lead the 51s to an 11-4 win over Sacramento. Michael Taylor (.303) had a double in 4 at bats for the River Cats..........In Portland, Kevin Howard (.312) hit a 2-run home run in the top of the 13th inning, his second hit of the game, to give the New Hampshire Fisher Cats a 5-3 win over the Sea Dogs.