Saturday, July 28, 2012

Pigs, R-Phils fight to stay in contention

Saturday night in Allentown, the IronPigs swept a double dip from Norfolk!  In the opener, Tyler Cloyd (10-1 for LV, 13-2 overall) pitched a complete game shut out, allowing just 4 hits and 1 walk over the 7-inning 3-0 win.  If the Phillies make a trade for one of their starters (Lee or Blanton), it appears that Tyler would be next to get a major league shot.  Domonic Brown (.286) had 2 hits and Cody Overbeck's 10th home run was one of his 2 hits in the game.

Brown had 2 more hits in the nightcap, and Jason Pridie's 3-run home run tied the game in the 6th, before Lehigh Valley rallied for 2 in the 10th for a 5-4 walk-off.  The sweep leaves the Pigs at 58-49, 1.5 games behind Pawtucket and 2 back of Scranton.

In Reading, Sebastian Valle (.260) had 3 hits to lead a 15-hit attack for the R-Phils in a wild 10-9 win over New Britain.  Troy Hanzawa and Jiwan James chipped in with 2 hits each, and Cesar Hernandez belted a 3-run home run for Reading.   Austin Hyatt (5-3) was the winner, but Colby Shreve, Tyler Knigge and Jay Johnson  allowed 2 runs each  in their stints.  Reading (53-51) trails New Britain by 4.5 games for the final playoff spot in the division.

In Jupiter, Matt Hillman belted a 3-run homer, and Jeremy Barnes and Edgar Duran added 2 hits each, and the Threshers took a 7-4 decision from the Hammerheads.  Jesse Biddle was hit hard, allowing 4 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks in just 3.1 innings.  Mike Nesseth picked up his 5th save for the Threshers, as Kyle Simon got the win.  Simon came over from the Orioles in Thome trade.

In Lakewood, the BlueClaws lost for the 8th time in their last 11, this time 6-0 to West Virginia. Lakewood scratched out just 6 hits and looked listless all game.  Chris Duffy (.388) did have 2 hits for the Claws.

In Gwinnett, Yohan Flande (5-7, 4.17) threw 7 shut out innings, allowing just 4 hits and 2 walks as the Braves pounded Duham, 13-1................In Oklahoma City, Jarred Cosart got no support from his teammates, as the Iowa Cubs beat the RedHawks, 5-0.  Jarred allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and a walk, striking out 5 in 3.2 innings of work.  Adrian Cardenas (.333) had 2 hits, including a double, a walk and scored a run for the Cubs.........In Nashville, Memphis beat the Sounds, 4-3 in 10 innings.  Jason Jaramillo was 1 for 4 and scored a run, and Jesus Sanchez tossed 2 scoreless innings (1 hit, 1 walk, 3 Ks) and has yet to allow an earned run since his promotion...........In Salt Lake City, Michael Taylor (.302) had an RBI-hit (#56)  and 2 walks, and scored 2 runs for Sacramento in the River Cats' 7-2 win over the Bees...........In Tulsa, Josh Outman looked a little better, working 5.1 innings for the Drillers in their 5-2 loss to the Travelers.  Josh surrendered 4 runs, just 2 earned, on 7 hits and 2 walks, striking out 5............In Corpus Christi, the Hooks rallied for 4 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to steal a 6-5 win from Midland.  Matt Rizzotti (.310) had a single, a double and an RBI for the Rock Hounds.

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