In Miami, Kyle Kendrick followed up Cole Hamels' effort with 7 shut out innings of his own, and the Phillies used a home run by Jimmy Rollins to top the Marlins, 1-0. Kendrick (5-9) allowed just 5 hits, NO walks, striking out 5 as the Phillies once again looked like the team we have been seeing for the last few years.
The win for Kendrick was the 50th this season for HomeSiders.
In Atlanta, Michael Bourn (.292) had 2 hits, scored 2 runs and stole his league leading 31st base of the year for the Braves in a 6-0 win over San Diego.......In Chicago, the Astros pounded the Cubs, 10-1. Lendy Castillo made his first appearance since May 12, and showed the rust. Lendy gave up 5 runs, 3 of them earned, on 5 hits and 2 walks in just .2 innings of work for the Cubs, and Adrian Cardenas had another pinch hitting at bat, and grounded out in the 8th inning......In Minnesota, Quintin Berry, who has only been in the starting line up once in the last 10 games, had a pinch hit sacrifice bunt in the 8th inning and then grounded out in the 9th in the Tigers' 8-4 win over the Twins..........In Anaheim, Jason Donald (.225) had 2 more hits and scored a run for the Indians, who lost to the Angels, 9-6.
Apparently the Diamondbacks cannot make up their minds with Mike Zagurski, who was recalled again yesterday, and is back with the big team.
Another day, another dinger!! Darin Ruf smashed his 28th home run, one of his 3 hits on the night, in Reading's 7-2 win over Trenton. Ruf (.311) has hit 3 in the last 2 days, and 8 in the last 10 games, while running his RBI total up to 81. Cody Asche (.270 since moving up from Clearwater) also had 3 hits for the R-Phils, who have moved to within 4 games of first first place Trenton. Adam Morgan (6-10, 3.11) won his 2nd straight start since his promotion..........In Tampa, Austin Wright (10-4, 3.09) threw 6 shut out innings for the Threshers in their 4-0 win over the Yankees. Hector Neris and Colton Murray completed the shut out, and Harold Martinez had 2 hits for the offense............In Tucson, Jesus Merchan (.404) had a double and a triple, knocking in 2 runs and scoring 2 more for the Padres in their 12-7 loss to Iowa.............In Lancaster, Domingo Santana (.291) was 3 for 3, including a double and a walk, and scored a run for the JetHawks, but the Mavericks won the game with 4 in the 9th, 8-4.