OK, we got some strong pitching from our boys on Sunday, but I have to begin in Hagerstown, where Ethan Stewart won his 4th straight with sparkling performance against the Suns. "Stew" (4-6 after an 0-6 start) went 6 solid innings, allowing just 1 hit and an UNearned run, and walking only 2 in the Claws 5-3 win. Aaron Altherr was 2 for 4, including a 3-run home run (#5) in the top of the 1st, giving Stewart a 3-0 advantage before he ever took to the mound. The win gave Lakewood a split of the 4-game set to open the second half, and now will return home for a 9-game homestand beginning tonight against West Virginia.
In Palm Beach, Jim Murphy hit his 8th home run of the year, and Percy Garner, Juan Sosa and Tyler Knigge combined on a 2-hitter, as the Threshers beat the Cardinals, 3-1. Murph's home run made a winner of Sosa, who threw 3 solid frames in relief, allowing just 1 walk to notch his 4th win of the year, and Knigge (0.73) struck out the side in the 9th for his 6th save! Tyler is the next one on my list to be promoted.
In Frisco, Jarred Cosart (4-4, 3.65) threw 6 shut out innings for Corpus Christi, and the Hooks beat the RoughRiders, 3-2. Jonathan Singleton has fallen on hard times, just 4 for his last 30 (.133) for the Hooks.......In Jackson, the Huntsville Stars scored 3 in the 9th to break a 2-2 tie and take a 5-2 win over Generals. Darren Byrd threw a scoreless inning and picked up the win, and Jesus Sanchez (1.26)notched his 9th save, picking up the final out.
In Bowie, Austin Hyatt allowed 6 runs on 8 hits in just innings of work, and the BaySox beat Reading, 9-4. Leandro Castro (.297, HR), Troy Hanzawa (.281) and Jiwan James (.259, 2 runs) all had 2 hits for the R-Phils.......In Columbus, the Clippers shut out the IronPigs on 4 hits, 4-0. HomeSiders were hitless in this one. Moving on......
In Rancho Cucamonga, Travis Mattair picked up 2 hits and an RBI for Bakersfield, who scored 9 times in the 9th inning for a 14-9 win over the Quakes. "Moose" has now had 5 multi-hit games in the last 10, and is 6 for 16 in the last 4, and while .242 does not sound like much, he is hitting .333 over the last 10............In Trenotn, Mike Dubee (2-3, 4.32) allowed 2 runs on 3 hits over 3 innings and was the losing pitcher for the Thunder, as Portland came from behind to win, 6-5........In Rochester, 4 Charlotte pitchers combined to throw a 2-hit shut out, and the Knights beat the Red Wings, 6-0. Greg Golson (.277) had a hit and scored a run for the Knights.
Finally, in Las Vegas, the Sacramento River Cats beat the 51s, 6-1. The interesting tidbit from this game was that Travis d'Arnaud (0 for 4, .331) played first base for the first time that I have noticed. Could it be the Blue Jays want to find a way to add Travis' bat (16 HR, 52 RBI in 66 games) without removing catcher JP Arencibia? Inquiring minds (and Superfan, too!) want to know!