In Columbus, Jason Donald (.265) had a hit and a walk for the Clippers as they beat the IronPigs, 4-2. Cody Overbeck had 3 hits, including a home run (#8) to account for the Lehigh Valley runs.
In Bowie, the BaySox beat Trevor May and Reading, 3-1. May (6-6, 4.97) went 5 innings and gave up 3 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks, before yielding to Mike Cisco. Cisco (1.08) did what he does, 2 more scoreless frames (just 1 hit, 1 walk, and 3 Ks). After Knigge, I think Cisco has had the best year out of the pen. Mike has only allowed 5 earned runs in 41.2 innings in 21 appearances. Knigge gets to go to Reading when the Phillies promote Cisco to Lehigh Valley.
Reading righthander and former Claw Jonathan Pettibone was named Eastern League Pitcher of the week for the week ending June 24. Jonathan made 2 starts, posted a win, and 1.29 ERA, striking out 15 in 14 innings of work. Congratulations to "Bone".
In Palm Beach, Jesse Biddle battled hard into the 7th inning last and picked up his 4th win of the year, as the Threshers beat the Cardinals, 7-5. The Clearwater line up distributed the 8 hits among 7 players, and 6 different Threshers stole a base each! Biddle had got himself through 6 innings giving up 1 run when he came out for the 7th. Back-to-back singles from the Cardinals to open the inning spelled the end for Jesse. Ryan Duke came on, allowed 3 hits, both inherited runners and 2 more to score, but Jay Johnson and Hector Neris threw a scoreless inning each and the game was in the books. The Threshers have 2 more games in Palm Beach before they are supposed to play a home game Thursday in Clearwater. The torrential rains in Clearwater has put much of the facilities there under water, so lets hope it clears and the water recedes soon.
An impressive 6-4 victory for the Lakewood BlueClaws Monday in the first game of a 9-game home stand. Miakel Franco led the attack with 2 hits and 3 RBI, as the BlueClaws rallied for 3 runs in the 6th, and never let the Power have a baserunner after that! The 3-4-5 slots of Kelly Dugan, Chris Duffy, and Aaron Altherr had 2 hits each as the Claws scored early and often! Duffy (.387) has now reached base in all 28 games in which he has played for Lakewood, getting hits in 26 of them! Dugan has now hit in 6 of the last 7 games, and Altherr is blistering hot with 4 straight multi-hit games, going 9 for 16 (that's .563)! The victory went to Luis Paulino, his 2nd of the year out of the pen, but to me the story was Mike Nesseth who retired all 9 hitters he faced, slamming to door shut on what had been a back-and-forth game up to that point. The epitome of team effort last night!
In Albuquerque, Will Savage won his 10th game of the year as the Isotopes defeated Nashville, 11-9. Savage (10-3, 5.21) lasted 6 innings, allowing 4 runs, 2 on a home run by Jason Jaramillo, on 8 hits and walk to record the win. Jaramillo (.277) had 2 hits and 3 RBI on the night for the Sounds .............In Rochester, the Red Wings beat Charlotte, 4-2. Greg Golson (.277) was 1 for 3 with an RBI for the Knights........In Las Vegas, Michael Taylor (.304) had a hit and walk, and scored 2 runs for Sacramento, as the River Cats outlasted the 51s, 9-8. Anthony Gose had a walk, was hit by a pitch, and stole second twice to run his steal total up to 29. Travis d'Arnaud (.333) was 1 for 1 before coming out of the game, I don't know why and can only hope this great season has not been interrupted by an injury. Keep your collective fingers crossed! Bobby Korecky retired 5 straight hitters for the 51s..........In Frisco, Jonathan Villar (.259) led off the game with his 7th home run of the season for Corpus Christi, but that was the only run of the game for the Hooks, who fell to the RoughRiders, 4-1.......In Lancaster, the Modesto Nuts beat the JetHawks, 14-4. Domingo Santana (.283) had a single and a double, and scored a run for Lancaster.