In Clearwater Friday night, Jesse Biddle threw 7 no-hit innings against Brevard County to pitch the Threshers to an 11-0 win over the Manatees. Biddle (9-5, 3.26) walked 2 and struck out 12. Kenny Giles came on and struck out 4 of the 6 outs he needed to get, but did allow a 1-out 9th inning single to Nick Shaw. Zack Collier (.270) had 2 hits and 2 walks, including his 4th home run and drove in 3 runs, and Peter Lavin, Cameron Rupp and rehabbing Placido Polanco all had 3 hits in the game. The Threshers are now just 2.5 games behind first place Tampa.
In Greensboro, the BlueClaws exploded for 15 runs on 15 hits, making it 2 in a row over the Grasshoppers with the 15-9 victory. Lakewood hit 4 home runs, Brock Stassi, Kelly Dugan (#12), Maikel Franco (#13) and Miguel Alvarez all going deep, with Franco driving in 5 more runs. Maikel now has 74 RBI, 48 of which have come in the second half!! More good news, Willie Carmona got a couple of hits, maybe we can get him going to make this final playoff push. Ethan Stewart made his first start in over 3 weeks, and was a little rusty, going just 2.2 innings. Yari Sosa got the win, and Austin Brough and Blake Mascarello pitched well in relief. The Claws are still breathing for a shot at the post-season.
Everytime I think Trevor May has found his groove, he has a game like last night. May (9-11) gave up 6 runs on 7 hits and a walk, and did not get out of the 3rd inning in Akron, as the Aeros pounded the R-Phils, 9-1. It was the 3rd loss in a row for Reading, who remain 1.5 games behind New Britain for the final playoff spot. Darin Ruf did not hit a home run, but drove in the lone run for the Phillies, his HomeSide leading 84th of the year!
In Buffalo, the Bisons defeated the IronPigs, 4-2. No Lehigh Valley hitter had more than 1 hit, but Cesar Hernandez, Steve Susdorf, Cody Overbeck and Derrick Mitchell all had a knock. The Iron Pigs still trail Pawtucket by 1 game for the wild card playoff berth.
In Charlotte, the Knights got past Louisville, 2-0. Greg Golson (.276) had a single, a double, a walk, and scored 1 of the runs for Charlotte...........In New Orleans, the Zephyrs rallied for 2 in the bottom of the 11th inning to steal a 4-3 win from Sacramento. Michael Taylor (.288) had 3 hits, including a double and scored a run for the River Cats.........In Las Vegas, Kevin Howard hit his 1st home run for the 51s, in their 5-1 win over Omaha. Tuffy Gosewisch also had a double for Las Vegas............In Colorado Springs, the SkySox got to Will Savage (10-6) for 4 runs (only 2 of which were earned) on 5 hits, in just 5 innings and went on to a 6-3 win over the Isotopes..........In Huntsville, the Stars rallied for 2 in the bottom of the 8th inning to take a wild 9-8 win from Montgomery. Darren Byrd (2.66) pitched a scoreless 9th to record his 5th save for Huntsville..........In San Bernadino, Domingo Santana (.288) had a single, a double, a walk, and scored the lone run for Lancaster, in the JetHawks' 5-1 loss to the 66ers.......In Bakersfield, Travis Mattair (.274) had 3 hits and scored 2 runs for the Blaze, who dropped an 11-10 decision to the High Desert Mavericks.