In Toledo, BJ Rosenberg picked up his 2nd win since being sent back to Lehigh Valley, throwing 1.1 innings of scoreless relief and benefiting from the 3-run rally the IronPigs had after that. Second baseman Kevin Frandsen led Lehigh with 3 hits in the 7-4 win over the Mud Hens.
Mario Hollands has been promoted from Clearwater to Reading and made his debut for the R-Phils Thursday night in Manchester. Hollands, who started the year in Lakewood and has been moved up twice already, scattered 11 hits over 6 innings for the win in a 9-3 victory over the Fisher Cats. Tim Kennelly led the attack for Reading with 3 hits, including a triple, 2 RBI and 2 runs scored and has become a catalyst for Reading since he inserted into the lead off spot. Leandro Castro (.290) and Jiwan James (.252) added 2 hits each for the R-Phils.
In Hagerstown, the BlueClaws opened the second half season with a 5-3 win over the Suns. Chris Duffy (.372) had 3 hits, including 2 doubles and 2 RBI, and scored a run, and Alejandro Villalobos hit his first home run to pace the attack. Ervis Manzanillo won his first game of the year with a fine effort, allowing just 1 run on 3 hits and 1 walk over 6 stellar frames. Colton Murray allowed 2 UNearned runs in his 2 innings, and Kenny Giles recorded his 2nd save with a scoreless 9th.
In Tucson, Anthony Gose (.294) celebrated his selection to play in the Future Stars Game with 3 hits, including a double, a walk, a run scored, an RBI and 2 stolen bases (26) to pace the Las Vegas 51s to a 4-2 win over the Padres........In San Antonio, Josh Zeid continues to pitch well for Corpus Christi. After a rough start, Josh has found his rhythm, throwing 2 more scoreless frames last night for the Hooks in their 5-3 loss to the Missions......In Jackson, the Huntsville Stars scored a run in the top of the 9th inning, and Jesus Sanchez (1.27) came on for a 1-2-3 bottom half to notch his 8th save of the season for the Stars..........In Rancho Cucamonga, Travis Mattair had a double and his 9th home run of the year for Bakersfield, as the Blaze pounded the Quakes, 12-2.
Matt Maloney's transition back to the starting rotation for Minnesota's AAA Rochester has not gone well. Matt was lit up again last night: 6 runs, 5 earned on 7 hits and 2 walks in just 1.2 innings against Durham. Maloney has made 6 starts now, going 5 innings just once, allowing 25 earned runs on 32 hits in just 20 innings of work. I would not be surprised if the experiment were terminated and he was returned to the bullpen.