Not a good day in the system as Lehigh, Reading, Clearwater, and Lakewood all sustained losses Friday night. In Allentown, BJ Rosenberg made another start, this time throwing 75 pitches in 3.1 inning of work in the IronPigs' 8-1 loss to the Yankees. Rosenberg allowed 4 runs, 3 earned, on 6 hits and 2 walks to absorb the loss.......In Altoona, Mario Hollands was roughed up to the tune of 6 runs on 8 hits in just 3 innings as the R-Phils dropped an 11-5 decision to the Curve. Leandro Castro (.317), Cody Asche, and Cesar Hernandez all had 2 hits for Reading. Castro also threw out a runner at second base.......In Lakeland, Austin Wright struggled with his control, allowing 5 runs, 4 earned, on 6 hits and 5 walks in just 4.1 innings as the Threshers fell to the Flying Tigers, 5-2. Juan Sosa retired 8 hitters of the 9 he faced, but the Threshers managed just 4 hits, 2 of them doubles by Jim Murphy (.273).
The most bitter pill to swallow on Friday came from Charleston, West Virginia, where a 3-run 5th inning home run by Kelly Dugan (#8) had given the BlueClaws a 3-2 advantage over the Power. In the bottom of the 8th, the Power got to Kenny Giles for 2 runs on 2 hits and 3 walks, and West Virginia escaped with a 4-3 win. Outfielder Diego Gonzalez made his debut for the BlueClaws, and Kyrell Hudson went on the DL. Too bad for Kyrell, who was starting to hit and really seemed to be finding his game.
In Lancaster, Domingo Santana (.299) doubled home 2 runs to tie the game in the bottom of the 9th, then scored the winning run on a hit by Jonathan Meyer, and the JetHawks walked off to a 6-5 win over Visalia.............In Las Vegas, the 51s split 2 games with Tucson, losing the opener, 13-6, and swiping the nightcap, 8-7. Anthony Gose (.290) was 2 for 6 with 2 walks on the day, including his 4th home run and 2 RBI in the game 2 win, and Jesus Merchan (.481 in 8 games so far) had 3 hits in the second game for the Padres.........In Fresno, Michael Taylor (.307) had a single, a double, his 6th home run, a walk, 2 RBI and scored 3 runs for Sacramento as the River Cats pounded the Grizzlies, 12-0........In Tulsa, Josh Outman made his first start for the Drillers in the first game of their doubleheader, and once again did not pitch long enough to get the win. Josh went 4.2 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks, striking out 5 in the Drillers' 6-2 win over San Antonio.............In Huntsville, Darren Byrd recorded 5 outs, 4 of them with strikeouts, and walked just 1 to notch his 8th hold for the Stars in a 4-2 win over Chattanooga.
In a move I overlooked on Wednesday, the Brewers promoted Jesus Sanchez from Huntsville to Nashville. Back on June 27, I wrote that Mike Cisco, Tyler Knigge, and Sanchez were all worthy of promotions. Today, only Knigge remains where he was. And while I am on the subject of moves I overlooked, the Phillies have promoted Colton Murray from Lakewood to Clearwater. (He made his debut for the Threshers with a scoreless inning Friday.) Now can we move Knigge up?