Monday in Allentown, Jason Donald (.268) smacked 2 doubles and had a walk, scored 3 runs and drove in another to help lead the Columbus Clippers to a wild 14-9 win over the IronPigs. Steve Susdorf (.273) had 2 hits, scored a run and threw out a runner at home for Lehigh Valley, who will be glad to see the Clippers leave town after a 4-game sweep! Lehigh Valley has now lost 8 of 10 and has slipped 2 games behind Scranton in the wild card race.
In Reading, the R-Phils dropped a 7-1 game to Altoona, collecting just 5 hits. Jiwan James (.251) had 2 of the hits and stole a base, and Darin Ruf (.309) hit his 17th home run to account for Reading's lone run. Trevor May was the losing pitcher, allowing 6 runs, 4 of them earned on 6 hits and 4 walks in just 5 innings. Beginning the year as the Phillies #1 prospect, May has struggled with his control all year and has posted a 5.25 ERA for the R-Phils.
In Clearwater, Jim Murphy (.274) had 2 hits, including his 12th home run of the year, and Cameron Rupp (.263) added 2 hits to back great pitching from Austin Wright in Clearwater's 2-1 win over Dunedin. Wright (9-4, 3.45) went 7 strong innings, allowing just 1 run on only 4 hits and 2 walks, striking out 7 on the way. Mike Nesseth tossed a 1-2-3 9th to pick up his 3rd save since his promotion.
In Hagerstown, Aaron Altherr and Maikel Franco both homered for Lakewood, but Austin Brough allowed a run in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Suns edged the BlueClaws 5-4 to break the tie and grab first place.
In Harrisburg, Kevin Howard (.291) had 2 hits for New Hampshire in the Fisher Cats' 5-1 loss to the Senators.........In Corpus Christi, the Frisco RoughRiders took an 11-3 game from the Hooks. Jonathan Singleton (.277) had a single and triple for the Hooks, scoring a run and driving in another (#56). Josh Zeid's tribulations continued, as he allowed 3 runs on 3 hits and a walk in just 1.2 innings, watching his ERA balloon to 6.00. Ouch!