Friday, July 6, 2012

Claws, Threshers, Pigs all win

In Allentown, with the IronPigs playing as the visiting team, Lehigh Valley took a 7-2 win from the Yankees. Steve Susdorf (.300) had 3 hits and scored a run,  Ryan Howard had 2 hits, 2 walks and an RBI and Mike Spidale (.261) also had 2 hits and scored a run for the Pigs.  Tyson Brummett had a 1-2-3 inning in relief.

In Lakeland, the Clearwater Threshers (9-6)  took first place in the Florida State League's North Division with a 4-2 win over the Flying Tigers. Jesse Biddle registered his 5th win, going 6.1 innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks, and lowered his ERA to 3.23.  As his confidence grows, this guy gets better and better. If he stays healthy,  he looks like the real deal to me.  And he won't be 21 years old until October.  Cameron Rupp had 2 hits, a walk, and an RBI to lead the shark attack, and Hector Neris (5 outs, 8th hold) and Tyler Knigge (1-2-3 9th, 9th save).  I don't remember the last time Knigge (0.63) gave up a run, but I think Clinton was president!  The actual number are 42.2 innings worked this year, only 36 baserunners (25 hits, 11 walks) and 3 runs allowed.  I reiterate: Promotion time!!

In Charleston, the BlueClaws collected 15 hits, 3 each for Guantlett Eldemire (.221, triple, 2 runs, RBI), Kelly Dugan (.270, 2 runs) and Maikel Franco (.236, double, 2 runs, 2 RBI) , scoring early (4 in the 1st) and late (3 in the 9th) to take an 11-4 win from the Power. Chris Duffy (.373) had a hit and 2 walks, 1 day after having his hitting streak ended at 19, and Aaron Altherr extended his streak to 11 straight.  The BlueClaws (9-6) trail Hickory by 2 games and will play the Crawdads 4 games when they return home Tuesday.

In Altoona, Reading rallied for 2 runs in the 8th inning to tie their game with the Curve, only to lose it in the bottom half of the inning, 4-2.  Darin Ruf and Leandro Castro had 2 hits each, and scored the 2 runs during the R-Phils rally.  Trevor May allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and 4 walks (still too many) over just 5 innings, and received no decision.

In Lancaster, Domingo Santana (.297) had a 2-out, 2-run pinch hit single in the bottom of the 9th inning to draw the JetHawks within a run of Visalia, but the rallied ended there and the Rawhide escaped with an 8-7 nail biter............In Albuquerque, Will Savage started for the Isotopes, and went 5.2 innings against Round Rock, allowing 4 runs, 3 earned, on 5 hits and 2 walks, striking out 5 in Albuquerque's 10-9 come from behind win.........In Spingdale, Jonathan Singleton had a double, a triple, a walk, and 2 RBI, and Jonathan Villar belted a 3-run home run, his 9th, as the Corpus Christi Hooks romped over the Naturals, 10-2.

In case you haven't noticed, Greg Golson is on the 7-day DL with Charlotte, I am unaware of the actual injury and will keep looking.

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