In Allentown, Tyler Cloyd won his 11th game for the IronPigs with 7 solid innings, and Sebastian Valle got the game winning hit in his AAA debut, as the IronPigs defeated Pawtucket, 2-1. Cloyd (11-1, 1.93 for the Pigs) allowed just 1 run on 3 hits and 1 walk, and Justin De Fratus notched his 2nd save with a scoreless 9th inning. With Scranton losing again, the Pigs are just a half game behind both the Yankees and Red Sox for first place.
In Richmond, the Flying Squirrels took a 2-0 win from Reading, ending the Phillies' winning streak at 7. Trevor May was the hard luck loser, as the R-Phils managed just 3 hits on the night. May (8-9) went 7 good inning and gave up just 2 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks. Reading remains a half game behind New Britain in the race for the final playoff spot.
In Clearwater, Jim Murphy belted a 3-run home run in the bottom of the 8th inning to give the Threshers a 5-2 win over the Mets. It was the 14th home run for Murphy, and Chris Duffy and Anthony Hewitt added 2 hits each for Clearwater. The win went to Hector Neris (4-2) in relief, and Colton Murray added another scoreless frame, striking out all 3 hitters he faced, to pick up his 2nd save for the Threshers. The victory pulls Clearwater within 1.5 games of first place Tampa.
In Delmarva, Tim Carver hit a grand slam home run, and Maikel Franco pounded 3 hits and drove in 2 more runs, as the BlueClaws shut out the Shorebirds, 10-0. Franco now has 65 RBI on the year, with 39 of them coming since the All-Star break. Hoby Milner (3-2, 3.41) continues to impress, this time 7 shut out innings, allowing just 3 hits, NO walks and 7 Ks. Felix Santos retired all 6 hitters he faced. The standings this morning show Lakewood in a 3-way tie for 2nd place, 1 game behind Hagerstown. The Claws head for Charleston next, to take on the Power in a big 4-game series, looking for a little revenge after dropping 2 of 3 last weekend in Lakewood.
In San Jose, Travis Mattair (.259) had 2 hits, including a single to start the game winning rally in the 9th, and drove in 2 runs for Bakersfield, helping lead the Blaze to a 9-8 win over the Giants..........In Louisville, Greg Golson (.279) had 2 hits and scored a run for the Knights, in Charlotte's 8-1 win over the Bats........In Durham, Yohan Flande pitched 6 innings and allowed just 1 UNearned run, but that run was the difference in the Braves 1-0 loss to the Bulls. Flande is now 5-8, 3.96 for Gwinnett on the year........In Round Rock, Jesus Merchan (.394) was 2 for 2, including his 2nd home run, for the Padres in Tucson's 2-0 win over the Express........In Manchester, Kevin Howard had 3 hits, including his 4th home run, which tied the game in the bottom of the 11th inning, but the Fisher Cats lost in 17, 9-7 to Erie. Mike Dubee tossed 3 shut out innings in extra innings for New Hampshire............In Huntsville, Darren Byrd (2.90) threw 2 scoreless innings (1 walk, 1 K) to pick up his 11th hold for the Stars as Huntsville beat Chattanooga, 3-1.