In Allentown, Steve Susdorf (.340 since promotion) had a big, RBI double, and then scored a run in the IronPigs' 5-run rally in the 7th inning that resulted in a 5-2 victory over Gwinnett. Tyson Brummett (2-1) picked up the win, being in the right place at the right time never hurts, despite allowing a run in his inning. Scott Elarton started and threw 6 solid frames, giving up just 1 run on 4 hits and 3 walks. Lehigh Valley is now 34-26 and in the middle of a 4-team race for first place in the division. Could be an interesting summer!!
In St. Lucie, Zack Collier (.389) had 2 hits, including a home run, to power the Threshers to a 3-2 win over the Mets. Drew Hillman (.333) and Edgar Duran (.254) also had 2 hits each for Clearwater. Mario Hollands was great, going 6 strong innings, allowing just 2 runs, 1 earned, on only 3 hits and NO walks. It was the 2nd win for Mario since joining the Threshers. Hector Neris (6th hold) and Tyler Knigge (5th save, 0.86 ERA) pitched scoreless relief.
In Reading, it was a debut that Colby Shreve will want to forget ASAP. Colby allowed 5 earned runs in just .2 innings as Altoona blew open a tie game to an easy 7-1 win. Shreve has pitched very well this year, both in Lakewood and with Clearwater, so I am sure he will make the appropriate adjustments. Austin Hyatt started the game and was very good for 6 innings: 1 run, 5 hits, 3 walks, 7 Ks. Lisalberto Bonilla threw a 1-2-3 7th, before the Curve got to Shreve in the 8th. Leandro Castro (.284) had 2 hits for the R-Phils.
In Lakewood, the BlueClaws lost another 4-1 decision to Lexington, and has now lost 14 of the last 16. The good news is Alejandro Villalobos (.293 in 10 games) continues to provide a spark, a double, and an RBI-triple last night. Maikel Franco also had 2 hits, and hit another ball very hard right at an outfielder. The BlueClaws will spend the weekend in Delmarva, before wrapping up the first half with 8 games at home beginning Monday.
In Toledo, Greg Golson belted a bases-clearing double in the top of the 9th inning to break open a close game, and the Charlotte Knights beat the Mud Hens, 6-1. Golson (.286) now has a 7-game hitting streak, going 11 for 33 with 3 doubles, a triple, and 9 RBI in the 7 games!!..........Over in Columbus, the Bisons edged the Clippers, 3-2. Jason Donald (.324) had 2 hits for the Clippers............In Iowa City, the Cubs rallied to beat Nashville, 5-4. Jason Jaramillo (.304 since his promotion) was 1 for 4, and drove in a run for the Sounds...........In Fresno, Travis d'Arnaud (.329) was 3 for 4, and a walk, and scored a run for Las Vegas, as the 51s defeated the Grizzlies, 9-6. Anthony Gose (.290) added an RBI-double to the Las Vegas cause............In Kodak, the Smokies defeated Mississippi, 8-7. Brian Schlitter retired 6 consecutive hitters for Tennessee..........In Corpus Christi, the Hooks doubled up Midland, 6-3. Jonathan Villar had 2 walks, 2 stolen bases (24), and scored 2 runs for the Hooks.
The Lancaster Jet Hawks have placed Domingo Santana on the DL. I am currently looking for the nature of the injury.