First note of interest is that Tuffy Gosewisch has been traded to Toronto, and will probably report to Las Vegas, where he can fill in for Travis d'Arnaud for the rest of this year........Toronto's list of "BlueClaw Jays" seems to grow everyday!
On the field, Andres Blanco hit a 10th inning walk-off home run to give the IronPigs a thrilling 3-2 win over Pawtucket! Mike Spidale (.271) had 2 hits and an RBI, and Steve Susdorf (.267) had a double and scored a run for Lehigh Valley. Tyson Brummett struck out 2 of the 6 hitters he faced, recording 5 outs along the way, and Jake Diekman and Joe Savery each went a scoreless inning upon their return from Philadelphia, with Savery picking up the victory. Lehigh Valley now trails both Scranton and Pawtucket by 1.5 games. Only 2 of the 3 can get in the playoffs, and only 1 is guaranteed (the division winner). Its going to be a fun month of August in the IL North!
Speaking of fun, in Richmond the Reading Phillies won their 7th straight game, 7-4 over the Flying Squirrels. Leandro Castro (.292) and newly acquired Tommy Joseph had 3 hits each to pace the attack. Austin Hyatt recorded his 6th win with 6 strong innings before tiring in the 7th. Tim Kennelly made his debut as a full time pitcher, and threw a scoreless inning-striking out 2 of his 3 hitters, and got a hold! Reading (58-51) is now just a half game back of New Britain for a playoff spot.
In Clearwater, Zack Collier had 2 hits, including his 3rd home run, and Harold Martinez added 2 doubles and scored 2 runs as the Threshers beat the St Lucie Mets, 7-3. Collier is having a solid season despite his late start, hitting .284 in 53 games, while Martinez has struggled at Clearwater- hitting just .179 since being moved up basically because we needed someone to play 3rd base there. Jesse Biddle (7-4, 3.23) was impressive, tossing 7 shut out innings, 5 hits, 3 walks, 9 Ks. Speaking of impressive, Colton Murray threw another scoreless inning, and in 11.1 innings since moving up from Lakewood, Murray has allowed just 3 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 14.
In Delmarva, the BlueClaws made the most of just 5 hits, but came up short in a 6-5 loss to the Shorebirds. Alejandro Villalobos had 2 of the Claws' 5 hits. Miraculously, the BlueClaws are still just 1 game out of the lead in the Northern Division, and just a winning streak away from stealing this thing.
In Fresno, Jesus Sanchez pitched another 1.2 scoreless innings and picked up his second win in 10 appearances for Nashville, in the sounds' 7-5, 11-inning win over the Grizzlies. Jesus has pitched 11.1 inning of AAA ball, and allowed just 1 UNearned run, only 8 hits and 5 walks. Add in his AA season, and he has pitched 56.2 innings and posted an ERA of 1.27!! Dare I say my favorite converted catcher may find himself in Milwaukee in September? Yes, I dare!
In Frisco, Matt Rizzotti had 2 doubles and his 3rd home run in just 15 games for Midland in the Rock Hounds' 6-5, 12-inning win. "Riz" is hitting .317 since joining Midland and is benefiting from regular at bats..............In Corpus Christi, Jonathan Singleton had 2 more hits and scored 2 runs to help the Hooks win a wild one, 10-9 over San Antonio. Singleton is back up to .287, and is hitting .400 (14 for 35) over the last 10............In Stockton, Domingo Santana (.294) had a single, a double, 2 walks, and RBI and scored 2 runs to contribute to Lancaster's 15-2 win over the Ports...............In San Jose, the Giants beat Bakersfield, 7-6. Travis Mattair (.257) had a single and a double, and scored a run for the Blaze. (I keep hoping for Moose to be traded to the Giants, then next year he could play for the Flying Squirrels!)