Wednesday in Philadelphia, the Reds squeaked out a 3-2 over Vance Worley and the Phillies. Worley (6-9) scattered 8 hits and 2 walks, allowing just 2 runs in 6 innings of work, but it was not good enough. Domonic Brown (.282 and climbing) had a double and his 1st home run, but that was half of the Phillies' total of 4 hits. The Phillies will go for a split tonight with Cole Hamels looking for win #15.
In Washington, Michael Bourn came off the bench for an RBI hit, stole his 34th base, and then scored a run for the Braves, as Atlanta beat the Nationals, 5-1 to salvage the final game of their series.
Thanks in a huge part to Edgar Duran's first inning home run in each game, the Clearwater Threshers swept 2 games from Daytona, 2-1 and 4-2. Edgar's 8th blast, a 2-run shot in the opener, gave Perci Garner (6-9) all he would need. His 9th, also good for 2 runs was followed by Jim Murphy's 16th. Murphy's homer was the only run not delivered by Duran all night! Kenny Giles and Colton Murray each had a save for Clearwater, who is 1 of 4 teams within 1 game of each other as we head into the final 12 days of the season!
In Allentown, the IronPigs won a big game, 1-0 over the Red Wings. Justin De Fratus (5th hold) and Jake Diekman (8th save) each threw a scoreless inning of relief, and Steve Susdorf (.273) and Sebastian Valle (.245 since his promotion) each picked up a hit. The win moves Lehigh Valley within a half game of idle Pawtucket for the wild card playoff berth.
In Harrisburg, Darin Ruf did not hit a home run, just a double in Reading's 2-1 loss to the Senators. Trevor May (9-12, 4.97) was the hard luck loser, going 7 innings and allowing just 2 runs, only 1 earned, on 4 hits and 3 walks, striking out 9. Tyler Knigge threw a perfect inning, striking out 2, and Troy Hanzawa (.250) had 2 hits for the R-Phils. Thanks to New Britain's 7-2 loss to Portland, Reading is still tied with the Rock Cats for the final playoff spot.
In Lakewood, the BlueClaws suffered a devastating loss, 6-4 in 10 innings to Delamrva, despite 3 hits each from Miguel Alvarez (.292) and Gabriel Lino (over .350 this month). Colin Kleven pitched solid for 6 innings, allowing just 1 earned run on 5 hits and 2 walks. Luis Paulino allowed the game tying home run by Sammie Starr in the 8th inning, and Zack Cooper suffered the 2-run 10th inning. Lakewood did load the bases in the bottom of the 10th, but could not score.
The Cubs have returned Adrian Cardenas to Iowa. He was not getting many at bats with Chicago, so this could be could for him to get his rythym back, before rejioning the Cubs in September. Adrian was 1 for 4 and scored a run for Iowa in their 6-3 loss to Oklahoma City. Jarred Cosart started the game for the RedHawks and pitched 5 shut out innings, allowing 2 hits and 1 walk, striking out 3 for no decision........In Pearl, the Mississippi Braves took 13 innings to top Huntsville, 3-1. Darren Byrd (2.55) tossed 2 scoreless innings for the Stars, allowing 1 hit and picking up 2 Ks..........In Bakersfield, Travis Mattair (.275) had 3 hits and a walk, and scored 2 runs for the Blaze in their 10-5 win over Inland Empire.