I have to begin right here in Lakewood, as the BlueClaws are having a great home stand. Once again, for the second time in 3 nights, Lakewood spotted the opposition a 6-0 advantage before coming back for the win. Saturday it was the Hagerstown Suns who jumped out to the big lead, only the see the BlueClaws respond for a 12-9 victory! Kyrell Hudson led the 15-hit comeback attack with 4 hits, stole his team-leading 23rd base, and scored 2 runs and knocked in another. Hudson has now hit in 5 straight games, going 9 for 20 over that span. Alejandro Villalobos had 3 hits, a single, a double, and a triple and knocked in 3 runs, and Chris Duffy had 2 more hits and an RBI. Duffy has now hit in 16 straight games, and 11 of those have been multi-hit performances. Maikel Franco got the game-winner, a bases clearing double in the bottom of the 8th inning to complete the comeback. Ryan Howard had 2 hits, 3 walks, an RBI and scored 2 runs, and is 5 for 8 over his 3 game rehab stint. The Claws are now 6-4 in the second half and trail first place Hickory by 1 game.
In Reading, Sebastian Valle and Darin Ruf each had 2 hits including a home run as the R-Phils defeated New Hampshire, 4-3. Trevor May picked up his 7th win with 5 innings of work, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits and 6 walks (too many!), and Jay Johnson (3rd hold) and Lisalberto Bonilla (2nd save) pitched scoreless relief........In Clearwater, Edgar Duran had 3 hits, and Jim Murphy and Carlos Alonso had 2 hits each, but the Threshers lost to Lakeland, 6-4. Jesse Biddle went the first 6 innings, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks, but the loss went to Juan Sosa who allowed 3 runs in his 2 innings. Tyler Knigge threw another scoreless frame, dropping that ERA down to 0.68. While we are moving pitchers around, don't you think we could move Knigge up? I do!!
In Nashville, recently returned Adrian Cardenas (.315) was 1 for 5 with a stolen base for the Iowa Cubs, who dropped a 4-3 game to the Sounds. Jason Jaramillo (.250) had a walk and scored a run for Nashville.......In Omaha, the Storm Chasers got past Albuquerque, 8-7. Will Savage started for the Isotopes, and gave up 7 runs, just 4 of them earned on 12 hits in just 4 innings, registering no decision.......In Reno, Anthony Gose (.292) had 2 hits, a walk, an RBI, and scored 2 runs for Las Vegas, who beat the Aces, 7-2...........In Tucson, Jesus Merchan came off the DL, and had 1 for 4 for the Padres in their 10-7 loss to Salt Lake............In Corpus Christi, Jonathan Villar (.264) had 2 hits and 2 walks, knocked in a run and scored 3 times for the Hooks as they beat the Naturals, 13-7.