Sunday, August 12, 2012

Claws win to stay in race

In Lakewood, Brock Stassi (.239) had 3 hits and a walk, knocked in a run and scored 2 more to lead the BlueClaws to an 8-5 win over Kannapolis.  Gabriel Lino belted a double and his first BlueClaw home run, as 6 different Claws drove in runs in a very good team batting effort.  Moises Rivas started and pitched well once he got himself out of the 1st inning, where he allowed 3 runs.  He did not complete 5 innings, however, and the victory went to Luis Paulino (5-2) out of the pen.  Bill Rice (.327) had 3 more hits for the Intimidators.  With each of the teams in front of them also winning, the standings did not change and the Claws remain 1 game out of first place, in a 4-team race with 21 games left.

The Threshers did Lakewood 1 better, with 7 different Clearwater players driving in runs in a 7-4 win over Lakeland.  Albert Cartwright (.254), Zack Collier (.275), Anthony Hewitt (.247) and Edgar Duran (.258) all had 2 hit, with Duran and Harold Martinez going deep.  Perci Garner (5-8) was the winning pitcher, with Colton Murray (3rd hold) and Mike Nesseth (6th save) throwing scoreless relief.

In New Britain, the Rock Cats made it 2 in a row over Reading with a 10-6 win.  Darin Ruf (.309) hit his 24th home run, and his 6th in the last 9 games, and D'Arby Myers (.281) had a hit and a walk, and is 10 for 28 (a .357 clip) with hits in 7 of the last 8 games played.  Brody Colvin struggled with his control, walking 7 and allowing 8 runs on 4 hits in just 2.2 innings.  The Phillies (63-56)  now trail New Britain by 1.5 games for the last playoff spot.

In Allentown, the IronPigs were held to just 3 hit, 1 a double by pinch hitter Steve Susdorf (.284) in a 6-0 white washing by Syracuse. Derrick Mitchell was activated before the game and played for the first time since June 3.  Justin De Fratus gave up 3 runs on 3 hits in his inning, but Jake Diekman (0.92) was solid, throwing a scoreless 9th (1 walk, 2 Ks).  Lehigh Valley (65-57) now trails Pawtucket by 1.5 games in the race for the wild card.

In Charlotte, Greg Golson's 7th inning double drove in the winning run for the Knights in their 2-1 win over Norfolk.  Golson (.277) also threw out a runner at home to help preserve the win..........In Adelanto, Travis Mattair (.267) had 3 hits, including a double, and scored a run for Bakersfield, but the Blaze dropped a 4-3 decision to the High Desert Mavericks................In Kodak, the Tennessee Smokies beat Huntsville, 2-0.  Brian Schlitter picked up his 4th save for the Smokies (and his 6th this year) with a scoreless 9th inning............In Corpus Christi, Jonathan Singleton (.277) had 2 hits and 3 RBI (68) for the Hooks in their 9-3 win over Springfield.........In Tucson, Jesus Merchan (.408) had 2 more hits for the Padres, but Omaha won the game, 7-2.

The Albuquerque Isotopes have placed Will Savage on the 7-day DL with a lower back strain.

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