In Pawtucket, Sebastian Valle hit his 1st AAA home run, and Jonathan Pettibone pitched his way to his first victory with the IronPigs, as Lehigh Valley beat the Red Sox, 7-3. Valle belted a 2-run shot in the 3rd inning to jump start the offense, Steve Susdorf (.272) had 2 doubles and 2 RBI, and Cesar Hernandez had 2 hits, stole a base and scored a run for the Pigs, who are now 65-55 and just .5 games out of first place in the division. Pettibone went 6 innings, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks, striking out 7 for the victory.
In Reading, the R-Phils and Binghamton split a pair, with the Mets winning 7-2 in the opener, and the Phillies coming back for a 3-1 win in the late game. Catcher Steve Lerud had 3 hits in the first game, as Julio Rodriguez (6-5, 4.40) took the loss, allowing all 7 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks in just 5 innings. D'Arby Myers (.280) was 3 for 4 on the day, including a pinch hit in the first game and his 2nd home run in 2 days in the second game. Darin Ruf (.303) also went deep in the nightcap, his 21st of the year. Kyle Simon was the winning pitcher, and Tyler Knigge recorded his 2nd save since his call up. Reading trails New Britain by 1 game in the race for the final playoff spot.
In Lakeland, the Flying Tigers beat the Threshers, 5-1. Seth Rosin, who came over in the Victorino trade, was the starter and loser for the Threshers, allowing 4 runs, 3 earned, on 4 hits and 2 walks in 6 innings. Mario Hollands, just returned from Reading, finished it off with 2 innings of work, and gave up a run on 2 hits. No Clearwater hitter had more than 1 hit.
In Charleston, the West Virginia Power socked it to the BlueClaws, 9-1. Colin Kleven (6-8) was the victim of the Power's surge, allowing 6 runs on 9 hits and a walk in just 4.2 innings. Alejandro Villalobos (.275) had 2 hits and a walk for Lakewood.
Congratulations to Kelly Dugan, who was named Phillies minor league player of the month for July. Dugan hit .374 for the month, with 12 multi hit games, including 2 3-hit days, and a 4 for 4 thrown in for good measure. He also drove in 23 runs for the month. Good job, Kelly!!
In Modesto, Travis Mattair (.262) had 3 hits, including a double, stole a base, scored a run, and drove in 2 (67) for Bakersfield, as the Blaze topped the Nuts, 5-3..........In Albuquerque, Tuffy Gosewisch had 2 more hits (he is 4 for 6 in 2 games) and a walk for Las Vegas, in the 51s 6-4 loss to the Isotopes. Bobby Korecky (3.57) started for the 51s, and went 4 innings, allowing 3 runs on 8 hits and 1 walk............In Fresno, Jesus Sanchez retired both hitter he faced for Nashville, in the sounds' 9-1 win over the Grizzlies. Jesus has now pitched 12 innings since his promotion to Nashville, and has not allowed an earned run (8 hits, 5 walks, 10 Ks)........In Huntsville, the Stars rallied for 5 in the bottom of the 11th after giving up 4 in the top half, to beat Pensacola, 6-5. Darren Byrd (2.80) threw 2 scoreless innings (2 hits, 1 walk, 2 Ks) for the Stars........In Midland, the Corpus Christi Hooks scored 11 runs in the top of the 9th inning to break open a tie game for a 17-6 win over the Rock Hounds. Jonathan Singleton (.279) had 2 walks, scored 2 runs, and drove in a run (#60) with a sacrifice fly for the Hooks, and Matt Rizzotti had a single and a double, knocked in a run and scored another for the Hounds. Rizzotti is hitting .319 since joining Midland.