In Allentown Tyler Cloyd won his 12th game for the IronPigs, and his minor league leading 15th overall in Lehigh Valley's 5-3 win over Rochester. Cloyd (12-1, 2.23) went 6 innings, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks and is a sure bet for a September call up, if not sooner. Jake Diekman and Justin De Fratus each threw a scoreless inning of relief, and struck out 2 apiece. Pete Orr had 4 hits, including a home run, stole 2 bases, and scored 2 runs for Lehigh Valley, and Sebastian Valle added a single, a double, and an RBI for the Pigs. The victory allows the IronPigs to keep pace with Pawtucket and Scranton, and at 66-58, Lehigh Valley trails the Red Sox by 1.5 games in the wild card race.
In Reading, Darin Ruf is on a home run tear. Ruf belted 2 more long balls to give him 27 this year in the R-Phils' 8-4 win over first place Trenton. In the last 9 games, Darin is hitting .417 (15 for 36) with 7 home runs and 10 RBI. He has now driven in 79 runs for Reading this year. Jiwan James and Cody Asche collected 3 hits each for Reading, who draw even with New Brtain for the final playoff position.
In Augusta, the BlueClaws rallied for 2 in the top of the 8th inning to tie their game with the Green Jackets, only to have the home team score 3 in the bottom half for a 7-4 win. Miguel Alvarez (.276) had 3 hits for Lakewood, with Alejandro Villalobos, Maikel Franco and Trey Ford all chipping in with 2 hits each. The loss drops the Claws 2 games out of first place with 19 games remaining.
In Las Vegas, Tuffy Gosewisch had a single, a double, and a triple, scored 2 runs and drove in another one for the 51s, as Vegas pounded Iowa, 14-7. Tuffy is hitting .400 (12 for 30) in 8 games since being traded.............In Tulsa, Matt Rizzotti (.330) smacked a pinch hit single in the 9th inning to drive in the winning run for Midland, in the Rock Hounds' 5-4 win over the Drillers.