Sunday night in San Francisco, the Braves beat the Giants, 7-1 to gain a split of their series. Michael Bourn (.287) had a walk, 2 stolen bases (37 on the year) and scored a run for Atlanta.......In Detroit, Quintin Berry (.272) came in the game late, and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in his only at bat, as the Tigers salvaged the final game of their series with the Angels, 5-2. It was RBI #25 for Berry...........In Chicago, Gavin Floyd left the game with some soreness in his pitching elbow after throwing just 42 pitches in 2 innings. We await the results of an MRI, which Gavin will have today in Chicago. He spent some time on the DL earlier this year with tendinitis in that elbow............In Phoenix, Mike Zagurski retired 4 hitters (1 walk, 2 Ks) for the Diamondbacks in Arizona's 5-4 loss to the Padres.
In Reading, Darin Ruf's 35th home run was the only thing to cheer about in a 9-1 defeat at the hands of the Erie Sea Wolves. Darin also had a double, is hitting .316, has 95 RBI and is within 2 home runs of Ryan Howard's mark! Did I mention he threw out a runner at the plate? Can you say MVP?
In Allentown, the IronPigs dropped a 6-2 decision to the Yankees, picking up just 4 hits in the game, and slipped a half game behind Pawtucket in the race for the wild card playoff berth with a week to go in the season. Jonathan Pettibone (4-0, 1.70 since being promoted) started and went 5 innings, allowing 1 run on 4 hits and 3 walks, and getting no decision. Jake Diekman had his first sub-par night in a long time, giving up 3 runs on 3 hits and a walk in his inning, his ERA moving all the way up to 1.73. Overall, it has been a great 2012 season for Diekman. Getting back to Pawtucket, the Sox took a 5-4 win in Charlotte. Greg Golson (.274) had 2 hits and scored a run for the Knights.
In Iowa City, Adrian Cardenas had a pinch hit, RBI-single in the bottom of the 9th inning for the Cubs, but the rally fell a run short, and Oklahoma City escaped with a 4-3 win over the Cubs.............In Tacoma, Bobby Korecky made the start for the Las Vegas 51s, and put in 5 good innings. Bobby (3-3, 3.46) threw 71 pitches, and gave up 2 runs on 4 hits, NO walks, and struck out 4. Kevin Howard (.292 in 27 games at AAA this year) had 2 of the 3 hits the 51s managed to get, and he scored the lone run in a 2-1 loss to the Rainiers. Anthony Gose is showing a little jet lag, going 0 for 7 in 2 games since his odyssey to get back to the Pacific Northwest (and I would not be surprised if he had to go back, with Bautista going BACK on the DL yesterday).........In Sacramento, the River Cats won a 4-2 game over the Salt Lake Bees. Michael Taylor (.291) had a single, a double, a walk, and an RBI, and Jason Jaramillo also picked up a hit for the Cats........I also have to mention Yohan Flande. Flande (6-10, 4.33) started out the season strong, but in his last 3 starts for the Gwinnett Braves, he has given up 12 earned runs on 23 hits, and 6 walks, in just 14 innings of work. (Flande never played for Lakewood, but played in the system alongside so many of our boys, I just sort of adopted him in.) Yohan won 34 games in the Phillies minor league system over 6 years before moving over to Atlanta in 2011.
In Corpus Christi, Josh Zeid came off the DL, making his first appearance in 3 weeks for the Hooks. He worked 2 innings, and allowed 1 run on 2 hits, earning his 8th hold as the Hooks topped San Antonio, 2-1........In Lancaster, Domingo Santana hit his 19th home run for the JetHawks in their 7-4 win over the Storm. Domingo has had a fine season for the JetHawks, hitting .289, and driving in 90 runs. Not bad for a guy who just turned 20 years of age this month!! Lancaster is a "High A" level team, like Clearwater.
It was a great day for me in Lakewood as I was honored to spend some quality time with the BlueClaws before yesterdays game. The 2012 team has been easy to root for and, over the course of the year, has given us many reasons to cheer. They are a better team today than they were in April, and that is the goal every year. They are also an engaging, intelligent, accommodating, and respectful group of young men, and I look forward to following all of their careers here in the years to come.
The Claws lost the game, 4-0 to Kannapolis, but I found the silver lining. 2 more scoreless innings from Austin Brough, who has now thrown 16 innings and not allowed an earned run since July 23.