Monday, July 9, 2012

Singleton shines bright!

In Kansas City, at the Future Stars Game, Jonathan Singleton banged out 3 hits and a walk, drove in a run and scored 2 more, helping to lead Team USA to a 17-5 pounding over the World Team.  Jonathan played half the game at first base, and then moved into left field, displaying not just his offensive prowess, but his defensive flexibility also.  Anthony Gose also had a hit and a walk in his 2 plate appearances, as well as a wonderful diving catch of a drive hit over his head in center field.  Julio Rodriguez recorded 3 outs for the World Team, and was charged with 2 runs on 3 hits.  Lisalberto Bonilla and Travis d'Arnaud did not play due to injuries, but Bonilla was there, soaking up the experience.

In Rochester, the Red Wings and IronPigs split a doubleheader.  In the opener, a 1-0 Rochester victory, Steve Susdorf (.291) was 2 for 3, while Tyler Cloyd threw 6 more shut out innings, giving up just 3 hits and 2 walks.  With his AAA ERA down to 2.01, the 25-year old Cloyd is getting a lot of attention, and with the Phillies fading fast in the NL East, I would not be surprised to see Cloyd make his major league debut sometime this summer (or fall).  In the nightcap, Lehigh Valley scored 7 times in the 2nd inning, and coasted to a 7-1 win.  Tyson Brummett started and went 4 shut out innings, but the win went to Mike Cisco, with another scoreless frame.  Cisco has now pitched 9 innings for the Pigs, allowing just 1 run over that time.

In Richmond, the Reading Phillies lost their 4th straight game, this time 7-2 to the Flying Squirrels.  Darin Ruf (.312) had 2 hits, including a  home run, and drove in both runs to account for Reading's scoring.  It was the 15th home run for Ruf, and RBIs 54 & 55.  Red hot Leandro Castro also had 2 more hits, and is up to .317 for the R-Phils, who are now 47-42, and 3 games behind first place Trenton.

In Viera, Albert Cartwright had 4 hits, 3 of them doubles, to lead the Threshers to a 9-2 pounding of the Manatees. Cameron Rupp (.253) had 3 hits, 2 doubles and 2 RBI, and Zack Collier and Jim Murphy hit home runs for Clearwater.  Brody Colvin was the winner, going 6 good innings and allowing just 2 runs, 1 earned on 5 hits and no walks.  Colton Murray and Tyler Knigge (0.60) finished it off.

In Charleston, Chris Duffy hit a grand slam home run (that's the 3rd of the year for Lakewood), and Maikel Franco had 2 hits, including the game winner, as the BlueClaws escaped West Virginia with a 7-5 win.  Lakewood (10-8) returns home for 8 games Tuesday, the first 4 games against first place Hickory.

In Iowa City, Adrian Cardenas (.321) singled in the game winning run in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Cubs a 6-5 win over Omaha.  "AC" had also walked and scored earlier in the game.  It was nice that the Cubs had called him up to the big team for a while, but they really never gave him a chance.  With the team in last place and going nowhere, would it hurt them to put him in the regular line-up?  Could he do any worse than the guys they have? 

In Fresno, Michael Taylor (.301) had a double and a walk, scored 2 runs and drove in another one for Sacramento, who lost to the Grizzlies, 8-6........In Tulsa, Jonathan Villar (.264)  had 3 hits, including a lead off home run (his 10th of the year), for Corpus Christi, but the Hooks dropped a 7-4 decision to the Drillers........In Lakeland, the Daytona Cubs beat the Flying Tigers, 5-2.  Brian Schlitter recorded his 1st save since he was demoted from Tennessee.

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