The story of the night Thusday happened in Lakewood, as Ryan Howard and Chris Duffy led the BlueClaws back from a 6-0 deficit, to a thrilling 7-6 walk-off win. Ryan was 2 for 4 , with 3 RBI, and Duffy (.404) just keeps on producing, first with another home run in the 8th and then the 2-out, 2-run single to give Lakewood the victory. Kyrell Hudson, Miakel Franco and Alejandro Villalobos also had 2 hits each in the total team effort. Kudos also to Colin Kleven, who allowed 6 runs on 8 hits in the first 3 innings, before righting the ship and throwing 4 shut out frames as Lakewood worked its way back into the game. Good job by Kleven, shaking off the early barrage to keeping West Virginia right where they were as the offense mounted the comeback.
Howard will be at first base tonight for the Claws as they open a 5-game set with Hagerstown.
I almost forgot, there were other games yesterday............
First of all, sometimes you ask for things, and you get them!! Just last week I asked for Mike Cisco to be promoted and what do you know? Cisco made his Lehigh Valley debut last night, threw 3 scoreless innings of relief, and was credited with a save in the IronPig's 10-1 win over Rochester. It was Tyler Cloyd's 8th win with the Pigs, and 11th overall. Cloyd, who is 8-1, 2.11 for Lehigh Valley threw 6 innings, and gave up just 1 run on 7 hits and 2 walks, striking out 6.
Reading has added 2 former Claws. Mike Nesseth has been promoted directly to Reading, and Ryan Duke, who started the year in Lakewood, but has been at Clearwater, also got the call. Catcher John Hill, who caught the game in Lakewood last night, has also been promoted to the Threshers.
And speaking of Reading, 6 R-Phils (4 HomeSiders) were named to the Eastern League All-Star Game, which will be played in Reading. Sebastian Valle, Darin Ruf, Troy Hanzawa, Julio Rodriguez, Cesar Hernandez and Justin Friend were all named. Dusty Wathan will manage the team. Best of luck to all of them!!
In the game in Reading, Richmond took a 5-2 decision from the home team. Jiwan James and Leandro Castro had 2 hits each, both have been hot, and D'Arby Myers had a pinch hit single and scored a run for Reading.
In the Texas League All Star game, all 3 of our Corpus Christi Hooks got into the game. Jonathan Villar stuck out in his at bat, and played 3 innings at shortstop, Jonathan Singleton walked and flied out to left, and Jarred Cosart threw a 1-2-3 inning with a strike out for the South Division, who lost, 3-1.
In Clearwater, the Threshers came home and took a 7-1 win from Lakeland. Cameron Rupp (.235) had a double, his 6th home run, and 2 RBI, Anthony Hewitt (.240) had a single and a double, stole a base (#8) and scored a run, and Carlos Alonso (.280) had 2 singles and scored twice. Brody Colvin (4-4) was the starter and winner, throwing 7 shut out innings by scattering 8 hits, NO walks, and striking out 9. Austin Brough pitched the final 2 frames, allowing 1 run on 3 hits and 1 walk, striking out 4.
In Pawtucket, Greg Golson homered in the top of the 11th inning to give the Charlotte Knights a 1-0 win over the Sox. It was his 4th home run and RBI #37 for Greg. A note for you Phillies fans, Brandon Duckworth threw 7 shut out innings for Pawtucket, 2 hits, NO walks, and 5 Ks.