Lets start in Lakewood, where first we have to say congratulations to pitcher Colin Kleven, who was the lone BlueClaw to be selected to play in the All-Star game in Charleston in 2 weeks!! Colin has been the most consistent of Lakewood's hurlers so far this year, and will throw again tonight against Lexington. Congratulations are also in order for David Buchanan, and Jesse Biddle, who were named Eastern League and Florida State League pitchers of the week respectively for the week ended June 3.
On Tuesday night, the Claws broke their 8-game losing streak with a 5-4 win over the Legends. Kelly Dugan had a single, a double, and a walk, and Chris Duffy had a big 2-RBI hit to pace the Claws' attack. Ethan Stewart notched his first win of the season, throwing 6 solid innings, and giving up just 2 runs on 3 hits and 4 walks, striking out 5. Luis Paulino (1.90) threw 2 excellent innings of relief to pick up his 2nd save.
In Allentown, Domonic Brown (.282) had 4 hits, including 2 home runs and drove in 3 runs to pace the IronPigs attack in a 10-1 win over the Braves. Steve Susdorf (.364 since his promotion) added 3 hits and also drove in 3 runs. BJ Rosenberg threw 2 innings for Lehigh Valley, allowing a run on a hit, but struck out 4 of his 6 outs.
In St. Lucie, the Mets scored a run off of Hector Neris in the bottom of the 9th inning to take a 3-2 win from the Threshers. Peter Lavin, Albert Cartwright, Cody Asche, and Jim Murphy all had 2 hits for Clearwater.........In Reading, the R-Phils wasted a great performance from Julio Rodriguez, and dropped a 1-0 decision to Altoona. J-Rod (3-1, 2.67) went 8 innings, and gave up just 1 run on 5 hits and 2 walks, striking out 6 in the hard luck loss. Cesar Hernandez and Sebastian Valle had 2 hits apiece for Reading.
In Tacoma, Michael Taylor (.327) had 2 hits and scored 2 runs for Sacramento, in the River Cats' 8-1 win over the Rainiers.....In Columbus, Jason Donald (.328) had 3 hits and a walk, and scored 3 times as the Clippers destroyed Buffalo, 21-3!!