On Thursday, Threshers' starter Austin Wright was named Florida State League pitcher of the year. Then on Friday, Wright notched his 11th win of the year, as the Threshers beat Dunedin, 8-5, and tied them for first place with 2 games left. Austin (11-5, 3.47) went 5.2 innings and allowed just 3 runs on 3 hits and 1 walk for the Threshers. Colton Murray recorded his 4th hold for Clearwater, and Kenny Giles got his 3rd save, striking out 2 in the 9th. Cameron Rupp (.271) had 4 hits and 4 RBI to pace the Clearwater attack, and Jim Murphy (.272) had 3 doubles and scored 3 times. The Threshers, Blue Jays and Lakeland Flying Tigers are all deadlocked at 35-29 with 2 games left.
Gabriel Arias has been promoted to Clearwater, and will likely start 1 of the 2 remaining games. Moises Rivas will make Arias' scheduled start for Lakewood Saturday night.
In Lakewood, Hoby Milner wrapped up a very successful 2012, with 6 shut out innings (2 hits, 2 walks, career high 8 Ks) in the Claws' 4-1 win over Greensboro. Hoby was 6-3, 3.49 in his stint with Lakewood and last night was probably the last we will see of him, as he has proved he is ready to move up to the next level. Alejandro Villalobos, Aaron Altherr, Maikel Franco (team leading 83rd RBI), and Josh Ludy all picked up 2 hits for the BlueClaws, and Austin Brough threw another 1.1 innings of scoreless ball. I believe that is 17 straight innings for Austin without allowing a run!
In Allentown, the IronPigs dropped a 5-2 game to Syracuse and have been pushed to the brink of elimination in the International League wild card hunt. Lehigh Valley will have to win all 3 of their remaining games and hope that Pawtucket losses all 3 of theirs. Justin De Fratus threw 2 perfect innings of relief and should be recalled to the Phillies after the weekend.
In Portland, Reading lost a 13-6 game to the Sea Dogs, but MVP Darin Ruf drove in his league leading 103rd run. Ruf is 1 point behind Altoon'a Brock Holt for the batting title and the triple crown. Holt has been promoted and is stuck at .322, so Ruf can pass him with a few good games.
In San Bernadino, Domingo Santana (.301) had 4 hits, including his 21st home run, and drove in 2 runs (95) for Lancaster as the JetHawks pummeled the Mavericks, 11-1............In Durham, the Knights topped the Bulls, 7-2, Greg Golson (.279) had a hit and a walk and scored a run for the Knights..........In Colorado Springs, Anthony Gose (.289, 2singles, 2 runs scored, 3 stolen bases), Kevin Howard (.307, single, triple, 2 RBI) and Tuffy Gosewisch (.289, 2 double, a walk, and a run scored) all had 2 hits for Las Vegas as the 51s beat the SkySox, 8-4.........In Salt Lake City, Michael Taylor (.288) had a double and 2 RBI for Sacramento, but the River Cats lost to the Bees, 10-6........In Frisco, Jonathan Singleton (.284) hit his 21st home run for the Hooks, but the RoughRiders beat Corpus Christi, 4-3......In Midland, Matt Rizzotti (.317) was 1 for 4 for the Rock Hounds in their 4-2 loss to San Antonio.