BJ Rosenberg is getting good at this starting stuff!! Sunday in Syracuse, Rosenberg (4-2) threw 90 pitches, making it through 5.2 innings and picking up the win in a 6-3 triumph over the Chiefs in the first game of a doubleheader. Brian (which is actually his name) has made 20 appearances for Lehigh Valley, 6 of them starts, and posted a 2.00 ERA in 54 innings of work. He has looked more and more comfortable in each of his 6 starts. He also had a single and a double in 3 at bats!! Mike Spidale (.263) had 2 hits and a walk, and scored twice, and Domonic Brown (up to .292) picked up 2 hits in that game, and another hit in the nightcap, a 6-1 Chiefs win. Mike Cisco had his first difficult outing since his promotion in his 10th appearance for the IronPigs, allowing 5 runs, 3 of them earned on 5 hits (2 HRs)and 3 walks. His ERA is still a very good 2.50 for Lehigh Valley, and 1.51 overall this year!
In Reading, Troy Hanzawa (.263), Darin Ruf (.308), and Sebastian Valle (.261) had 2 hits each, and D'Arby Myers hit a home run in the R-Phils' 8-3 win over New Britain. Mario Hollands was the winning pitcher, going 5 innings and allowing just 1 earned run. The series sweep of the Rock Cats has put Reading just 1.5 games behind New Britain in the race for a playoff spot!
In Jupiter, Thresher's starter Adam Morgan retired the first 22 hitters he faced, before he allowed 3 singles and a run scoring ground ball, and a perfect game turned into a 2-1 loss. Another fine effort for Morgan, who has a 4-9 record, but a very good 3.05 ERA in 118 innings so far. The Threshers remain just a half game behind Tampa for first place.
In Lakewood, the West Virginia Power defeated the BlueClaws, 4-1, as once again the Claws could collect just 4 hits. It was the 9th loss in the last 13 for Lakewood, who are now in 4th place, but still only 2 games off the top. They will have to pick it up if they want to stay in the race. The Claws open a series in Salisbury tonight against the Shorebirds.
In Reno, Michael Taylor (.300) had a walk, a stolen base (#14) and scored a run for the River Cats, but Sacramento lost a 3-2 game to the Aces.............In Nashville, Jesus Sanchez threw another scoreless inning for the Sounds, who lost to Albuquerque, 4-2 in the first game of their twin bill. Sanchez has thrown 9.2 innings without allowing an earned run since his promotion to AAA..........In Columbus, Jason Donald (.265) had 2 hits and scored a run for the Clippers in their 8-5 loss to Rochester.............In Tucson, Jesus Merchan (.404) was 3 for 4, including a double, stole a base, scored 2 runs, and laid down a sacrifice bunt to help lead the Padres to a sweep of Tacoma, 4-2 and 2-0..........In Huntsville, Darren Byrd (3.05) retired 4 hitters, striking out 3 of them to notch his 10th hold of the year, as the Stars defeated Chattanooga, 3-1.........In Bakersfield, Moose Mattair hit his 17th home run for the Blaze in their 6-5 victory over Stockton.