In Atlanta Sunday, the Braves rallied for 5 runs with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th inning to complete a comeback after trailing the Phillies by the score of 7-1 after 3 innings to take an 8-7 win and avoid the sweep. Cole Hamels pitched well enough, 6 innings, 2 runs, 6 hits, 2 walks and 6 Ks, and also belted a 2-run double in the 3rd inning. Ryan Howard added a 2-run double of his own in the 1st inning,and now has 36 RBI. Michael Bourn (.285) had 2 hits, 2 walks, stole his 38th base, and scored a run for the Braves.
After the game, the Phillies called up Justin De Fratus from Lehigh Valley.
In Cleveland, the Rangers battered the Indians, 8-3. Lou Marson (.238) was 1 for 3 , with a walk, and Jason Donald was 0 for 5, playing 3rd base. That's 3 different positions the last 3 days for Donald.
In Portland, Ethan Martin, who came to the Phillies in the Victorino trade, improved to 5-0 with the Phillies, combining with Tyler Knigge to throw a 3-hit shut out and move the R-Phils 1 step closer to the playoffs. Reading still leads New Britain by 1 game, with 1 remaining today. If the teams finish tied, there will be a 1-game playoff Tuesday night in Baseballtown.........In Allentown, Steve Susdorf (.282) had 3 hits, and Cody Overbeck knocked in 4 runs as the IronPigs beat Buffalo, 6-0. Mike Cisco threw 2 scoreless frames for Lehigh Valley.
In Dunedin, the Threshers wrapped up their season with a 12-inning, 7-5 win over the Blue Jays. Jim Murphy (.274) and Harold Martinez had 3 hits each, with Murphy knocking in his 85th run. Kenny Giles was the winning pitcher, with a scoreless frame in which he struck out the side. The Threshers finish the year at 36-30 in the second half, and 72-60 overall.
In Lakewood, the BlueClaws beat Greensboro, 4-2 behind solid pitching from Colin Kleven. Colin (9-8, 3.99) went 6.1 innings and gave up just 2 runs on 5 hits and a walk to pick up the win. He becomes just the 6th pitcher in 12 years to make every start this season. Austin Brough threw another 1.2 innings of scoreless relief, and has thrown 19 consecutive scoreless innings!! Maikel Franco (.280) had 2 more hits and drove in his team-leading 84th run of the year. This places him 4th on the single season RBI list for the Claws. Only Randy Ruiz (91), Jake Blalock (90), and Ryan Howard (87) have driven in more in 1 year in Lakewood.
In Colorado Springs, Kevin Howard (.313) had a pinch hit, 2-RBI double in the 9th inning for Las Vegas, but the 51s dropped a 5-3 decision to the SkySox.........In San Bernadino, Domingo Santana (.302) homered for the 3rd straight game for Lancaster, a 9th inning shot that gave the JetHawks a 2-1 lead. Unfortunately, they blew it in the bottom half of the inning, and the Mavericks won, 3-2. It was the 23rd home run for Santana and his 97th RBI of the year.