A lot to cover from Sunday, but we begin in Trenton, where the Thunder eliminated the Reading Phillies with a 5-4 win over our boys. Leandro Castro had 2 hits and an RBI, and Darin Ruf hit a home run. Congratulations to the entire team and staff there who had a great season! Speaking of Ruf, the Phillies have announced he will join the big team today.
Next order of business is to correct something I wrote yesterday. I incorrectly said that Sacramento had clinched their series with Reno, when actually it was even at 2 games each. On Sunday, it was Reno who won the series with a 7-4 win to advance to the Championship series. Michael Taylor (.471 in the series) had a hit and an RBI for the River Cats. I look for Taylor to join the surging Athletics for their stretch drive.
In Bakersfield, Travis Mattair had a single, a double and scored a run for the Blaze, who took a 2-0 lead in their series against Modesto with an 8-5 win. This series will move to Modesto for game 3. In San Bernadino, the High Desert Mavericks evened up their series with Lancaster, beating the JetHawks, 16-3. Domingo Santana was 0 for 4, with a walk and a run scored for Lancaster. The JetHawks head home to play game 3.
Congratulations are in order for Lakewood hurler Colin Kleven, who is the first recipient of the Phillies Minor League Community Service Award. The award is designed to acknowledge to member of the Phillies organization for outstanding work in the community, and Kleven was recognized for his work with the ALS Foundation, Boys and Girls club, and the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America.
Moving on the Philadelphia, where the Phillies swept a pair of games from the Colorado Rockies. Don't look now, but the Fightin' Phils have put themselves back in the hunt for a wild card with this late season move. The Phillies won the opener, 3-2, behind solid pitching from Cole Hamels, who threw 7 innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits, but came up short again for the elusive 15th win. Antonio Bastardo got 2 outs in the 8th inning, giving up just 1 hit. Domonic Brown had 2 hits, Ryan Howard had a 2-RBI double, and John Mayberry had the walk off hit in the bottom of the 9th. In the nightcap, Tyler Cloyd did not have his good stuff and was charged with 4 runs on 8 hits in just 4 innings of work, leaving the game trailing, 4-1. Justin De Fratus threw a scoreless 5rh, and BJ Rosenberg struck out 2 of 3 in the 6th. Rosenberg became the winning pitcher, his first major league win, when the Phillies took the lead back in the bottom in the 6th. It was the 59th win for the HomeSide this year, and "Rosie" becomes the 12th different former Claw to post a major league victory this year! Carlos Ruiz returned to the line-up like he never left, belting 2 line drive singles and knocking in an insurance run in the 7-4 win. Domonic Brown had another hit, and Ryan Howard drove in 2 more runs.
In New York, Michael Bourn (.283) had 2 hits, stole his league leading 39th base, and scored a run for the Braves, as Atlanta completed their sweep over the Mets with a 3-2 win.............In Boston, Anthony Gose had 2 hits, his 14th stolen base and scored a run for the Jays in Toronto's 4-3 win over the Red Sox. It was the second straight 2-hit game for Gose, who is hitting .233 now for the Jays, and his single in the 9th inning helped to build the game winning run. Go, Go, Gose!!!............In St Paul, the Twins outscored the Indians, 8-7. Jason Donald had a triple, a walk, an RBI and scored a run, and Lou Marson had a walk in 3 at bats for the Tribe.