I will begin today in Trenton, where I watched the Reading Phillies score 5 in the first inning en route to a 7-1 win over the Thunder. Darin Ruf (16th home run), Leandro Castro and Sebastian Valle all had 2 hits for the R-Phils to back the strong pitching of Austin Hyatt. Austin (4-3) threw 6.2 innings, and gave up just 1 run on 7 hits, NO walks, striking out 5. He left the game after he was struck by a line drive in the leg. He walked off under his own power and appeared to be OK, but we will wait for the report.
In Allentown, Justin De Fratus gave up a game winning home run to Matt Pagnozzi and the Clippers beat the IronPigs, 4-3. Jason Donald (.260) had 2 hits for the Clippers, including a home run off Tyler Cloyd, who pitched the first 6 innings for Lehigh Valley. Tyler gave up 3 runs in his 6 innings, and saw his ERA go up to 2.11. Mike Cisco (1.23) then retired 5 hitters before yielding to De Fratus. Tuffy Gosewisch hit his 4th home run for the Pigs, and Domonic Brown (.281) had a double and an RBI and has hit in all 5 games since coming off the DL, going 8 for 19 (that's .421).
In Port Charlotte, Jesse Biddle (6-4) tossed 8 solid innings, allowing just 1 run on 7 hits and 1 walk, striking out 8, and Edgar Duran (.261) hit 2 home runs and drove in 4 as the Threshers beat the Stone Crabs, 9-2. Anthony Hewitt also had 2 hits, including his 11th home run of the year for Clearwater. Not bad for a guy who got a late start this year!
The BlueClaws were rained out in Hickory and will try to play 2 this afternoon.
In Corpus Christi, Jarred Cosart (5-5, 3.52) pitched 7.2 innings of shut out ball, allowing just 3 hits and 3 walks, and striking out 4 as the Hooks topped Frisco, 3-0. Jonathan Singleton (.274) walked and scored a run, and drove in another (#55) with a sacrifice fly for Corpus Christi........In Visalia, Travis Mattair (.254) had a double, a walk, scored a run and drove in #55 for Bakersfield, in the Blaze's 10-6 win over the Rawhide.........In New Orleans, Jesus Sanchez recorded his 1st win for Nashville, as the Sounds took the second game of a doubleheader from the Zephyrs, 3-1. Jesus threw a scoreless frame, but did allow an inherited runner to score. Jason Jaramillo was 1 for 3 for Nashville...........In Las Vegas, Bobby Korecky threw 4 innings of solid relief for the 51s, allowing just 1 run on 4 hits and a walk, striking out 4, but Vegas lost to Reno, 6-5 in 11 innings...........In Sacramento, Jesus Merchan (.405) had 2 hits and an RBI for Tucson, as the Padres beat the River Cats, 8-4. Michael Taylor (.308) had an RBI single, stole a base and scored a run for the Cats.......In Rancho Cucamongo, Domingo Santana (.306) had a hit and drove in his 77th run of the season for Lancaster, as the JetHawks beat the Quakes, 4-2.