Monday, July 23, 2012

Reading can't hold big lead(s)

In Allentown, Jason Donald (.264) had a single and a double, scored a run and drove in another for the Clippers, as Columbus beat Lehigh Valley, 5-3.  Pete Orr had 3 hits for the IronPigs.

In Trenton, the Reading Phillies had a 9-0 advantage in the 5th inning,  led the game 11-6 going to the bottom of the 9th, and had the lead again in the 10th, only to drop a 13-12 game to the Thunder.  D'Arby Myers had 4 hits and scored 2 runs for Reading, and Sebastian Valle hit his 12th home run of the year in the losing effort.  The bullpen failed big time, with Colby Shreve, Tyler Knigge and Jay Johnson all giving up runs and a lead.

In Hickory, the BlueClaws and Crawdads split a doubleheader and their 4-game series, and the 2 teams are now tied with Hagerstown at 17-13 in a 3-way logjam atop the division. Red hot Kelly Dugan (.294) had 2 hits and Chris Duffy (.374) hit his 9th home run, as the Claws won the opener, 7-3, behind Lino Martinez (5-4).  Lakewood got just 2 hits in the nightcap, falling 2-1. Lakewood and Hickory are done for the season with each other, but the BlueClaws move into Hagerstown today to begin another crucial 4-game series.

In Sacramento, Jesus Merchan (.425) had 2 hits and a bases loaded walk to knock in the deciding run, as the Tucson Padres beat the River Cats, 5-3. Michael Taylor (.305) was 0 for 3 for the Cats, but drove in his 51st run of the season........In Visalia, Travis Mattair (.259) had 3 hits, including his 16th home run for Bakersfield, pacing the Blaze to a 10-3 win over the Rawhide.

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