Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Valle to be promoted

Watching the Phillies game, and in an interview with Tom McCarthy, Ruben Amaro  said that Tommy Joseph will be assigned to Reading and Sebastian Valle will be promoted to AAA.

Deadline Day

A quick check of the internet chatter showed me that Domonic Brown will be recalled if the Victorino to the Dodgers deal goes down.  Brown has been hitting very well since coming off the DL after a month, including 9 for 26 (.346) the last 7 games, which includes an 0 for 4 last night.

12:05 PM-  the deal is done, Vic to LA for 2 minor league pitchers.

12:10 PM-  Phillies receive reliever Josh Lindblom and former first round pick Ethan Martin, who was pitching in Chattanooga.  Martin was 8-6, 3.58 in 20 starts for the Lookouts.

Domonic Brown is on his way to Washington to join the Phillies.

12:27 PM-  Phillies trade Hunter Pence to the Giants.

 2:05 PM- Phillies get outfielder  Nate Schierholtz, minor league catching prospect Tommy Joseph, and right hand pitcher Seth Rosin from Giants for Pence.  Schierholtz can play immediately, and Joseph is considered a great prospect.  Rosin could be bullpen help for the big team at some point.

Kleven tosses 8 shut out frames; Pettibone debuts

Colin Kleven pitched 8 spectacular innings in Delmarva Monday night, allowing just 2 hits, NO walks and striking out 6 in the Claws' 8-0 win over the Shorebirds.  It was the longest outing of the year for Colin (6-7, 4.40).  William Carmona made his Lakewood, debut, going 0 for 5 and playing first base, and the BlueClaws scored the 8 runs with just 5 hits.  It was a great win, but the offense will have to pick it up if this is going to be a playoff run.  The BlueClaws a re in 4th place, 1 game behind 3 teams, and are in the race despite their struggles lately.

In Syracuse, Jonathan Pettibone made his AAA debut with 5 innings for the IronPigs.  He allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks, and received no decision in Lehigh Valley's 3-2 loss to the Chiefs.

In Clearwater, Chris Duffy's change of uniform did not effect his hitting, as he was 3 for 3 with a walk, and 2 RBI for the Threshers in their 8-3 loss to St. Lucie. Jim Murphy and Harold Martinez added 2 hits apiece for Clearwater.  5 relievers pitched this game to make up for Brody Colvin's promotion to Reading, including Brian Morgado, who had been sidelined for over a month.

In Reno, Michael Taylor (.305) was 3 for 4, including his 11th home run for Sacramento, but the River Cats lost a 9-7 game to the Aces..........In Corpus Christi, Jonathan Singleton (.281) was 3 for 4, including a double for the Hooks in their 3-2 win over Midland.  Matt Rizzotti (.320 for Midland, .253 overall) had a hit for the Rock Hounds.

Jays trade 2 young outfielders

It is deadline day today, and while some trades have already been done, there is usually a flurry of activity in the final few hours.  Last night, the Blue Jays made 2 deals, trading young outfielders for pitching help, and making what looks like a permanent spot for Anthony Gose for the remainder of the season. Gose was 0 for 2 and was caught stealing for the first time in last night's 4-1 loss in Seattle.

In Boston, Quintin Berry (.286) doubled off the green monster in his first at bat at Fenway Park.  It was his only hit in the Tiger's 7-3 loss to the Sox.........In Atlanta, Michael Bourn (.293) was 1 for 5 and drove in 2 runs for the Braves in their 8-2 whipping of the Marlins.......In Cincinnati, the Padres were all over the Reds, 11-5.  Alfredo Simon had a rare off game, allowing 5 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks over just 2.1 innings.  His ERA went up to a still very good 2.45.

I still expect the Phillies to make a move at some point today.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Barnes released; Pettibone promoted

The Phillies have announced the release of Jeremy Barnes from the Clearwater roster.  The Threshers have also activated pitcher Bryan Morgado, and catcher Kyle LaFrenz from the DL.   Kyle Simon, who came over in the Jim Thome trade, has been moved up to Reading, with Bob Stumpo moving from Reading back to Clearwater.

Reading has announced that Brody Colvin will make his debut Tuesday night in Richmond, in place of Jonathan Pettibone, who has been promoted to Lehigh Valley.

Duffy, Giles promoted

The Phillies have promoted Chris Duffy and Kenny Giles from Lakewood to Clearwater, and brought William Carmona from the GCL, and Chris Nichols from Williamsport onto the BlueClaws roster.  Carmona hit .348 in 25 games in the GCL, after playing for Stony Brook in the College World Series in June.  Nichols was selected in the 31st round and is the son of former BlueClaw's pitching coach Rod Nichols.  He has pitched 20.1 innings between the GCL and Williamsport.

I missed Brody Colvin being moved up to Reading the other day.

2011 BlueClaw Bill Rice has been promoted from Kannapolis to Winston-Salem.  Rice, a New Jersey native,  was hitting .328 in 35 games for the Intimidators.

Rosenberg wins 2nd straight start

BJ Rosenberg is getting good at this starting stuff!!  Sunday in Syracuse, Rosenberg (4-2) threw 90 pitches, making it through 5.2 innings and picking up the win in a 6-3 triumph over the Chiefs in the first game of a doubleheader.  Brian (which is actually his name) has made 20 appearances for Lehigh Valley, 6 of them starts, and posted a 2.00 ERA in 54 innings of work.  He has looked more and more comfortable in each of his 6 starts.  He also had a single and a double in 3 at bats!!  Mike Spidale (.263) had 2 hits and a walk, and scored twice, and Domonic Brown (up to .292) picked up 2 hits in that game, and another hit in the nightcap, a 6-1 Chiefs win.  Mike Cisco had his first difficult outing since his promotion in his 10th appearance for the IronPigs, allowing 5 runs, 3 of them earned on 5 hits (2 HRs)and 3 walks.  His ERA is still a very good 2.50 for Lehigh Valley, and 1.51 overall this year!

In Reading, Troy Hanzawa (.263), Darin Ruf (.308), and Sebastian Valle (.261) had 2 hits each, and D'Arby Myers hit a home run in the R-Phils' 8-3 win over New Britain.  Mario Hollands was the winning pitcher, going 5 innings and allowing just 1 earned run.  The series sweep of the Rock Cats has put Reading just 1.5 games behind New Britain in the race for a playoff spot!

In Jupiter, Thresher's starter Adam Morgan retired the first 22 hitters he faced, before he allowed 3 singles and a run scoring ground ball, and a perfect game turned into a 2-1 loss.  Another fine effort for Morgan, who has a 4-9 record, but a very good 3.05 ERA in 118 innings so far.  The Threshers remain just a half game behind Tampa for first place.

In Lakewood, the West Virginia Power defeated the BlueClaws, 4-1, as once again the Claws could collect just 4 hits.  It was the 9th loss in the last 13 for Lakewood, who are now in 4th place, but still only 2 games off the top.  They will have to pick it up if they want to stay in the race.  The Claws open a series in Salisbury tonight against the Shorebirds.

In Reno, Michael Taylor (.300) had a walk, a stolen base (#14) and scored a run for the River Cats, but Sacramento lost a 3-2 game to the Aces.............In Nashville, Jesus Sanchez threw another scoreless inning for the Sounds, who lost to Albuquerque, 4-2 in the first game of their twin bill.  Sanchez has thrown 9.2 innings without allowing an earned run since his promotion to AAA..........In Columbus, Jason Donald (.265) had 2 hits and scored a run for the Clippers in their 8-5 loss to Rochester.............In Tucson, Jesus Merchan (.404) was 3 for 4, including a double, stole a base, scored 2 runs, and laid down a sacrifice bunt to help lead the Padres to a sweep of Tacoma, 4-2 and 2-0..........In Huntsville, Darren Byrd (3.05) retired 4 hitters, striking out 3 of them to notch his 10th hold of the year, as the Stars defeated Chattanooga, 3-1.........In Bakersfield, Moose Mattair hit his 17th home run for the Blaze in their 6-5 victory over Stockton.

Floyd not quite good enough

In Arlington Sunday night, Gavin Floyd was very good, but suffered a loss to the Texas Rangers as the Sox were shut out, 2-0.  Gavin (8-9) went 6.2 innings and allowed 2 runs, just 1 earned on 7 hits and 5 walks against the Rangers.  Good enough on most nights, but not this one.

In Toronto, Anthony Gose had a hit and stole his 2nd base for the Blue Jays, but the Tigers prevailed, 4-1..........In Atlanta, the Braves completed the sweep of the Phillies, 6-2, dropping them to 45-57, and probably making them sellers over the next day and a half until the trade deadline.  Look for Victorino, Pence, and possible Blanton to be moved.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

R-Phils sweep; Claws hanging around

In Toronto Saturday afternoon, the Blue Jays beat the Tigers, 5-1.  Anthony Gose had a hit and scored a run for the Jays, and Quintin Berry took an 0 for 3 for the Tigers.  Jay Happ made his 2nd appearance for Toronto, and threw 2 scoreless frames, allowing just 1 walk, and struck out 1.

In Atlanta, the Braves edged the Phillies, 2-1.  Michael Bourn had a hit and scored a run for Atlanta, and Ryan Howard was 0 for 3 for the Phillies.  Carlos Ruiz was retired in a pinch hitting assignment, and Antonio Bastardo tossed another scoreless inning out of the Phillies' pen.

In Syracuse, the Chiefs topped the IronPigs, 6-4. Domonic Brown (.287) had a double and a walk, knocked in a run and made a great catch in right field.  Check it out on milb.com!  Tyson Brummett made the start for the Pigs, going 4 innings, allowing 1 run on 5 hits and NO walks.

In Reading, the R-Phils swept a pair from New Britain, 5-4 and 6-0.  In the opener, Darin Ruf (.306) had a double, his 18th home run and drove in 2 runs, and Jiwan James added 2 hits to back Trevor May, who recorded his 8th win.  The nightcap was all about Julio Rodriguez, who threw 6 shut out innings, allowing just 3 hits and 4 walks, striking out 8 to improve to 6-4, 4.02.  D'Arby Myers and Troy Hanzawa had 2 hits each, and Leandro Castro hit his 7th home run for Reading.

In Jupiter, the Clearwater Threshers came from behind to beat the Hammerheads, 4-3.  Albert Cartwright led the way with 3 hits, and Jim Murphy added 2 hits and 2 RBI, and Harold Martinez had 2 hits including the game winner, driving in Anthony Hewitt, who had tripled to lead off the 9th inning.

In Lakewood, the BlueClaws got great pitching from Hoby Milner, Luis Paulino, and Kenny Giles to defeat West Virginia, 2-0.  Brian Pointer lead the attack, going 4 for 4 with an RBI.  It was just the 4th win in the last 12 for the Claws, and they find themselves in a 4-team race with Hagerstown, Hickory and West Virgina all within 1 game of each other with 34 games to go!

In Columbus, Jason Donald (.262) had a hit, a walk, and stole a base for the Clippers in their 8-5 win over Rochester.........In Corpus Christi, Matt Rizzotti (.326 since joining the team) had a single, a double, a walk and scored a run for the Rock Hounds, as Midland beat the Hooks, 8-3.  Jonathan Singleton (.275) had a double, a walk, and scored a run for the Hooks.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Pigs, R-Phils fight to stay in contention

Saturday night in Allentown, the IronPigs swept a double dip from Norfolk!  In the opener, Tyler Cloyd (10-1 for LV, 13-2 overall) pitched a complete game shut out, allowing just 4 hits and 1 walk over the 7-inning 3-0 win.  If the Phillies make a trade for one of their starters (Lee or Blanton), it appears that Tyler would be next to get a major league shot.  Domonic Brown (.286) had 2 hits and Cody Overbeck's 10th home run was one of his 2 hits in the game.

Brown had 2 more hits in the nightcap, and Jason Pridie's 3-run home run tied the game in the 6th, before Lehigh Valley rallied for 2 in the 10th for a 5-4 walk-off.  The sweep leaves the Pigs at 58-49, 1.5 games behind Pawtucket and 2 back of Scranton.

In Reading, Sebastian Valle (.260) had 3 hits to lead a 15-hit attack for the R-Phils in a wild 10-9 win over New Britain.  Troy Hanzawa and Jiwan James chipped in with 2 hits each, and Cesar Hernandez belted a 3-run home run for Reading.   Austin Hyatt (5-3) was the winner, but Colby Shreve, Tyler Knigge and Jay Johnson  allowed 2 runs each  in their stints.  Reading (53-51) trails New Britain by 4.5 games for the final playoff spot in the division.

In Jupiter, Matt Hillman belted a 3-run homer, and Jeremy Barnes and Edgar Duran added 2 hits each, and the Threshers took a 7-4 decision from the Hammerheads.  Jesse Biddle was hit hard, allowing 4 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks in just 3.1 innings.  Mike Nesseth picked up his 5th save for the Threshers, as Kyle Simon got the win.  Simon came over from the Orioles in Thome trade.

In Lakewood, the BlueClaws lost for the 8th time in their last 11, this time 6-0 to West Virginia. Lakewood scratched out just 6 hits and looked listless all game.  Chris Duffy (.388) did have 2 hits for the Claws.

In Gwinnett, Yohan Flande (5-7, 4.17) threw 7 shut out innings, allowing just 4 hits and 2 walks as the Braves pounded Duham, 13-1................In Oklahoma City, Jarred Cosart got no support from his teammates, as the Iowa Cubs beat the RedHawks, 5-0.  Jarred allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and a walk, striking out 5 in 3.2 innings of work.  Adrian Cardenas (.333) had 2 hits, including a double, a walk and scored a run for the Cubs.........In Nashville, Memphis beat the Sounds, 4-3 in 10 innings.  Jason Jaramillo was 1 for 4 and scored a run, and Jesus Sanchez tossed 2 scoreless innings (1 hit, 1 walk, 3 Ks) and has yet to allow an earned run since his promotion...........In Salt Lake City, Michael Taylor (.302) had an RBI-hit (#56)  and 2 walks, and scored 2 runs for Sacramento in the River Cats' 7-2 win over the Bees...........In Tulsa, Josh Outman looked a little better, working 5.1 innings for the Drillers in their 5-2 loss to the Travelers.  Josh surrendered 4 runs, just 2 earned, on 7 hits and 2 walks, striking out 5............In Corpus Christi, the Hooks rallied for 4 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to steal a 6-5 win from Midland.  Matt Rizzotti (.310) had a single, a double and an RBI for the Rock Hounds.

McCann can.....again

In Atlanta, Brian McCann homered for the 6th straight game against the Phillies, a 3-run shot in the 5th inning off Cole Hamels (11-5) to secure a 6-1 win for the Braves.  It is the first time ever that  1 player has homered against the Phils 6 straight times!  Cole struggled with his control, walking 6 and allowing 5 runs (only 3 earned) on 4 hits in just 5 innings of work.  Ryan Howard (.245) and Carlos Ruiz (.344) had a hit each for Philadelphia, and Michael Bourn (.298) had an RBI single and scored a run for the Braves.

In Toronto, the Blue Jays beat Detroit, 8-3.  Quintin Berry (.291) had 2 more hits for the Tigers, and Anthony Gose (3 for 18 since call-up) had an RBI hit and stole his 1st major league base.  Watching some of the Jays' games this week, Gose is starting to look more comfortable.

In Minnesota, Lou Marson (.266) was 0 for 3 in the Indians' 11-0 loss to the Twins.........In Denver, Alfredo Simon (1.41) recorded his first hold, retiring 4 hitters (1 hit) for the Reds in their 3-0 victory over the Rockies.

Friday, July 27, 2012

4 HomeSiders go deep despite light schedule

Between it being a travel day for much of the majors, and rain throughout the northeast causing postponements all around the region, not much to report from Thursday.

Here it is, short and sweet:

Only 2 HomeSiders were in action in the majors, Quintin Berry (.286) who had a single in the Tigers 5-3 loss in Cleveland, and Mike Zagurski, who pitched a scoreless frame (1 walk, 1 K)  for Arizona in their 3-1 loss to New York.

In Hagerstown, Chris Duffy (.385) had 3 more hits, including his 11th home run (and 2nd in 2 days) and drove in 4 more runs, and Miguel Alvarez (.286) had 4 hits, 3 of them doubles, in Lakewood's 8-6 loss to the Suns.  Hagerstown took 3 of 4, and the  Claws ended their road trip at 3-5 and return to New Jersey for the weekend to face West Virginia.

In Jupiter, the Hammerheads defeated the Clearwater Threshers, 7-4.  Jim Murphy and Anthony Hewitt each homered, and red hot Cameron Rupp (6 for his last 12, with 4 walks) had 2 more hits and 2 walks.

Both Reading and Lehigh Valley were rained out.

Domingo Santana (.303) hit his 17th home run (RBI #78) for Lancaster, who lost at Lake Elsinore, 5-4.

Will Savage (10-4) pitched 7 good innings, allowing 3 runs on 8 hits, NO walks, for Albuquerque, in the Isotope's 3-2 loss in Round Rock.  2 of the 3 runs came in the deciding 7th inning, when Savage allowed 3 hits and threw a wild pitch, giving the Express the victory.

Jarred Cosart, who was promoted to AAA-Oklahoma City, will start for the RedHawks tonight.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Duff'y's 5 hits lead Claws to win

In Hagerstown Wednesday, Chris Duffy (.380) had 5 hits, including a double and his 10th home run, and scored 3 runs to lead the BlueClaws to a 10-3 win over the Suns.  Maikel Franco had 3 hits and 2 walks, Kelly Dugan (.293) had a pair of hits, including his 9th home run, and scored 3 runs, and Brian Pointer knocked in 3 runs in his first game back from Williamsport.  The BlueClaws trail the Suns and the Hickory Crawdads by 1 game for first place.

In Reading, Cody Asche had 3 hits, including 2 home runs and 4 RBI, and Jonathan Pettibone pitched 7 strong innings to lead Reading to a 6-1 win over Altoona.  "Bone" allowed just 1 run on 3 hits, NO walks, and struck out 6 to improve to 9-7, 3.30 on the year.

In Dunedin, Zack Collier (.298) had 3 hits, scored a run and drove in another, but the Threshers were outdone by Dunedin, 9-6.  Brody Colvin (4.2 IP, 6 runs, 5 hits, 5 walks) and Chris Kissock (1.1 IP, 3 runs, 3 hits) both continue to struggle, but Hector Neris threw 2 scoreless innings out of the pen, striking out 3 of the 6 hitters he faced.   At 19-13, Clearwater trails first place Tampa by half-game.

In Tacoma, Jesus Merchan (.391) hit a 3-run home run for Tucson, but the Padres lost 1 4-3 game to the Rainier's.  Jesus has 18 hits and 9 RBI in just 15 games for Tucson..............In Oklahoma City, the RedHawks beat Iowa, 10-8.  Adrian Cardenas (.332) had 2 hits and scored a run for the Cubs...........In Bakersfield, Travis Mattair (.261)  had 2 hits and an RBI (#59) to help the Blaze beat San Jose, 4-2.

3 hits for Q

Wednesday night in Cleveland, Quintin Berry (.289) was 3 for 4 with a walk, and 2 RBI to help the Tigers defeat the Indians, 5-3.  Berry has 22 RBI, a .373 OBP and is 15 for 15 stealing bases!

In Miami, Michael Bourn (.299) smacked his 8th home run of the season for the Braves, a 2-run job in the 5th inning, as Atlanta kept pace with Washington with a 7-1 win over the Marlins.

In Philadelphia, the Phillies had another walk off win, scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the 10 to sweep the Brewers, 7-6. Carlos Ruiz (.345) had a pinch hit sacrifice fly to tie the game in the 10th, and it was the 27th RBI for "Chooch" in the 7th inning or later, tying him for the major league lead in that category.  Once again, Vance Worley was cruising along, and then stumbled in the 6th inning, before Kyle Kendrick bailed him out.  Antonio Bastardo blew the save, giving up a 2-run homer to Ryan Braun in the 8th.  Ryan Howard (.244) had a single and a walk for Philadelphia.

In Toronto, the Athletics shut out the Blue Jays, 16-0!  Anthony Gose (2 for 14 since his call-up) was 1 for 3 for the Jays, an 8th inning double, and was the only Toronto base runner to reach third base all night.  In the game, Toronto catcher J.P. Arencibia broke a bone in his hand, and if Travis d'Arnaud were healthy, it would have been his opportunity to make his debut.  Travis' knee injury seems to have ended his season.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Cole signs deal

The Phillies have signed Cole Hamels to a 6-year extension for a reported $144 million, a slightly better neighborhood than I stated this morning!  Congratulations again to Cole, and kudos to the Phillies for finally getting this done.

Duran, Hyatt honored

The Threshers' Edgar Duran was named Florida State League player of the week, for the period ending July 22.  Duran was 8 for 18, that's .444 in 6 games last week for Clearwater.  Edgar collected 3 doubles, 2 home runs, 2 stolen bases, and 6 RBI. 

Reading's Austin Hyatt was named Eastern League pitcher of the week.  Hyatt won both of his starts, allowing just 1 earned run in 13.2 innings of work, including the game I witnessed Saturday night in Trenton.

In another note, Max Stassi, brother of BlueClaws' Brock, won the honor in the California League, hitting 4 home runs and driving in 5 for the Stockton Ports.

Rosie to the rotation looking good

In Clearwater Tuesday, Adam Morgan struck out 13 Blue Jays over 7 solid inning (1 run, 4 hits) to lead the Threshers to a 3-1 win over Dunedin.  Rehabbing Brian Schneider had the big hit, a 2-run double in the Threshers' 3-run rally in the 6th inning.  Colton Murray (2nd hold) and Mike Nessteth (4th save) finished it off with an inning each.

In Allentown, BJ Rosenberg (3-2, 1.68) struck out 9 and walked only 1, and allowed just 2 hits as the IronPigs topped Norfolk, 4-1. BJ threw 90 pitches and it looks like moving him into the rotation is starting to pay dividends.

In Reading, the R-Phils got just 6 hits, 2 of them by D'Arby Myers (.241 since promotion), and Sebastian Valle hit his 13th home run of the year, as Reading dropped a 6-2 decision to Altoona.  Mario Hollands suffered the loss allowing 3 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks over 6.2 innings. 

In Hagerstown, the Suns made it 2 in a row over Lakewood with a 6-2 win.  A key error by Stephen Malcolm opened the door for 3 unearned runs and that was enough to bury Ethan Stewart (4-9) , who also struggled with control issues as a result of these blister problems on his pitching hand.  Aaron Altherr had the only 2-hit game for the Claws, who now trail the Suns by 2 games.

In Midland, Matt Rizzotti (.294) hit his 2nd home run for the Rock Hounds (and his 4th this year), and Midland beat Frisco, 10-4.

Hamels close to deal

Reports out of Philadelphia late Tuesday night are that Cole Hamels is close to signing a 6-year extension worth in the neighborhood of $137 million.  Congratulations to Cole on the payday of a lifetime, and the Phillies for getting to job done, signing their youngest superstar to stay with the team!

Are the Phillies back?

For the last 2 nights, the Philies have started to resemble their old self.  After the 4-run rally in the 9th on Monday, Philadelphia rallied from down 6-1, with 6 in the 8th and beat the Brewers again.  Carlos Ruiz (.345) had the big hit again, this time a 2-out, 3-run double to tie it, and then scored the winning run on a Hunter Pence single.  Ryan Howard (.244) was 1 for 3, and knocked in his 9th  run.

In Cleveland, our boys were pivotal in the Indian's 3-2 win over the Tigers.  Quintin Berry (.279) had a single, a walk, his 15th steal, and was on base when Miguel Cabrera hit his 24th home run to tie the game at 2-2 in the top of the 7th.  In the bottom of the inning, Lou Marson entered the game to run for Travis Hafner, who had tripled with 1 out.  The Lou scored the deciding run on a beautifully executed suicide squeeze bunt by Aaron Cunningham!

In Toronto, Jay Happ made his Blue Jays debut, and after allowing a couple of runs in his first inning, settled in for a couple of well pitched frames.  Happ was charged with 3 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks in just his second relief appearance of his career.

In Miami, Michael Bourn (.300)  had a hit, a walk, and scored a run for the Braves, in their 4-3 loss to the Marlins.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


I am guilty.  In all the excitement about the Phillies win last night, I neglected to mention the win for Joe Savery was his first major league victory.  While he never played for Lakewood, Savery has come up through the Phillie's system playing with and alongside our boys.  Congratulations to him on the win, any many more!

Ruf, Murph, Altherr and Franco

Monday in Allentown, Jason Donald (.268) smacked 2 doubles and had a walk, scored 3 runs and drove in another to help lead the Columbus Clippers to a wild 14-9 win over the IronPigs.  Steve Susdorf (.273) had 2 hits, scored a run and threw out a runner at home for Lehigh Valley, who will be glad to see the Clippers leave town after a 4-game sweep!  Lehigh Valley has now lost 8 of 10 and has slipped 2 games behind Scranton in the wild card race.

In Reading, the R-Phils dropped a 7-1 game to Altoona, collecting just 5 hits.  Jiwan James (.251) had 2 of the hits and stole a base, and Darin Ruf (.309) hit his 17th home run to account for Reading's lone run.  Trevor May was the losing pitcher, allowing 6 runs, 4 of them earned on 6 hits and 4 walks in just 5 innings.  Beginning the year as the Phillies #1 prospect, May has struggled with his control all year and has posted a 5.25 ERA for the R-Phils.

In Clearwater, Jim Murphy (.274) had 2 hits, including his 12th home run of the year, and Cameron Rupp (.263) added 2 hits to back great pitching from Austin Wright in Clearwater's 2-1 win over Dunedin.  Wright (9-4, 3.45) went 7 strong innings, allowing just 1 run on only 4 hits and 2 walks, striking out 7 on the way.  Mike Nesseth tossed a 1-2-3 9th to pick up his 3rd save since his promotion.

In Hagerstown, Aaron Altherr and Maikel Franco both homered for Lakewood, but Austin Brough allowed a run in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Suns edged the BlueClaws 5-4 to break the tie and grab first place.

In Harrisburg, Kevin Howard (.291)  had 2 hits for New Hampshire in the Fisher Cats' 5-1 loss to the Senators.........In Corpus Christi, the Frisco RoughRiders took an 11-3 game from the Hooks.  Jonathan Singleton (.277) had a single and triple for the Hooks, scoring a run and driving in another (#56).  Josh Zeid's tribulations continued, as he allowed 3 runs on 3 hits and a walk in just 1.2 innings, watching his ERA balloon to 6.00.  Ouch!

Off the DL and in the win column

In Chicago Monday, the White Sox activated Gavin Floyd and sent him out against the Twins.  The inactivity had him struggle with his control, but like the warrior he is, Floyd made his way through 6 innings, holding Minnesota to just 3 runs, despite walking 6 and allowing 6 hits.  Aided by 4 double plays in his 6 frames, Floyd posted his 8th win of the year, as the Sox triumphed, 7-4.

It was win #45 for HomeSiders in the majors this season.

In Philadelphia, Ryan Howard had 3 hits, including a huge 2-strike, 2-RBI single in the 9th inning, as the Fightin' Phils rallied for 4 in the bottom of the 9th to steal a 7-6 win  from Milwaukee.  Carlos Ruiz (.346) had 2 walks and drove in tying run in the 9th with a line drive single, and Ty Wigginton's sacrifice fly made a winner of Joe SaveryJake Diekman also threw a scoreless inning for Philadelphia.

In Miami, the Marlins held the Braves to just 4 hits in a 2-1 win.  Michael Bourn (.300) had 1 of the hits and scored the Braves' run in the 9th inning.......In Arizona, Mike Zaguski allowed a home run to Carlos Gonzalez and then walked the only other he faced for the Diamondbacks, who won anyway, 6-3 over Colorado.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Reading can't hold big lead(s)

In Allentown, Jason Donald (.264) had a single and a double, scored a run and drove in another for the Clippers, as Columbus beat Lehigh Valley, 5-3.  Pete Orr had 3 hits for the IronPigs.

In Trenton, the Reading Phillies had a 9-0 advantage in the 5th inning,  led the game 11-6 going to the bottom of the 9th, and had the lead again in the 10th, only to drop a 13-12 game to the Thunder.  D'Arby Myers had 4 hits and scored 2 runs for Reading, and Sebastian Valle hit his 12th home run of the year in the losing effort.  The bullpen failed big time, with Colby Shreve, Tyler Knigge and Jay Johnson all giving up runs and a lead.

In Hickory, the BlueClaws and Crawdads split a doubleheader and their 4-game series, and the 2 teams are now tied with Hagerstown at 17-13 in a 3-way logjam atop the division. Red hot Kelly Dugan (.294) had 2 hits and Chris Duffy (.374) hit his 9th home run, as the Claws won the opener, 7-3, behind Lino Martinez (5-4).  Lakewood got just 2 hits in the nightcap, falling 2-1. Lakewood and Hickory are done for the season with each other, but the BlueClaws move into Hagerstown today to begin another crucial 4-game series.

In Sacramento, Jesus Merchan (.425) had 2 hits and a bases loaded walk to knock in the deciding run, as the Tucson Padres beat the River Cats, 5-3. Michael Taylor (.305) was 0 for 3 for the Cats, but drove in his 51st run of the season........In Visalia, Travis Mattair (.259) had 3 hits, including his 16th home run for Bakersfield, pacing the Blaze to a 10-3 win over the Rawhide.

"Thunderclap" goes deep!!

In Detroit on Sunday, the Tigers completed the sweep of the White Sox, winning their 5th in a row and 13th in the last 15 by the score of 6-4.  Quintin Berry (.279) was 1 for 4, but the 1 was his 2nd major league home run, one of 4 hit by the Tigers on the afternoon.  On Foxsports Detroit, the Tiger's announcers have been calling him "Thunderclap" Berry, based on the way he claps his hands so hard when things go good!

In Philadelphia, Jimmy Rollin's walk off single scored Carlos Ruiz, and made a winner of Kyle Kendrick, as the Phillies salvaged the final game of their series with the Giants with a 4-3, 12-inning win.  Kendrick pitched the last 2.1 innings, allowing no runs, and recording his 4th win of the season, and his 2nd since moving to the bullpen.  It was win #44 for the HomeSide in 2012.  Antonio Bastardo struck out the side in the 9th inning, and has been pitching better lately.

In Phoenix, Mike Zagurski threw another scoreless frame for the Diamondbacks, as Arizona beat Houston, 8-2.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Hyatt, Biddle & Cosart all solid!

I will begin today in Trenton, where I watched the Reading Phillies score 5 in the first inning en route to a 7-1 win over the Thunder.  Darin Ruf (16th home run), Leandro Castro and Sebastian Valle all had 2 hits for the R-Phils to back the strong pitching of Austin Hyatt.  Austin (4-3) threw 6.2 innings, and gave up just 1 run on 7 hits, NO walks, striking out 5.  He left the game after he was struck by a line drive in the leg.  He walked off under his own power and appeared to be OK, but we will wait for the report.

In Allentown, Justin De Fratus gave up a game winning home run to Matt Pagnozzi and the Clippers beat the IronPigs, 4-3.  Jason Donald (.260) had 2 hits for the Clippers, including a home run off Tyler Cloyd, who pitched the first 6 innings for Lehigh Valley.  Tyler gave up 3 runs in his 6 innings, and saw his ERA go up to 2.11.  Mike Cisco (1.23) then retired 5 hitters before yielding to De Fratus.  Tuffy Gosewisch hit his 4th home run for the Pigs, and Domonic Brown  (.281) had a double and an RBI and has hit in all 5 games since coming off the DL, going 8 for 19 (that's .421).

In Port Charlotte, Jesse Biddle (6-4) tossed 8 solid innings, allowing just 1 run on 7 hits and 1 walk, striking out 8, and Edgar Duran (.261) hit 2 home runs and drove in 4 as the Threshers beat the Stone Crabs, 9-2.  Anthony Hewitt also had 2 hits, including his 11th home run of the year for Clearwater.  Not bad for a guy who got a late start this year!

The BlueClaws were rained out in Hickory and will try to play 2 this afternoon.

In Corpus Christi, Jarred Cosart (5-5, 3.52) pitched 7.2 innings of shut out ball, allowing just 3 hits and 3 walks, and striking out 4 as the Hooks topped Frisco, 3-0.  Jonathan Singleton (.274) walked and scored a run, and drove in another (#55) with a sacrifice fly for Corpus Christi........In Visalia, Travis Mattair (.254) had a double, a walk, scored a run and drove in #55 for Bakersfield, in the Blaze's 10-6 win over the Rawhide.........In New Orleans, Jesus Sanchez recorded his 1st win for Nashville, as the Sounds took the second game of a doubleheader from the Zephyrs, 3-1. Jesus threw a scoreless frame, but did allow an inherited runner to score.  Jason Jaramillo was 1 for 3 for Nashville...........In Las Vegas, Bobby Korecky threw 4 innings of solid relief for the 51s, allowing just 1 run on 4 hits and a walk, striking out 4, but Vegas lost to Reno, 6-5 in 11 innings...........In Sacramento, Jesus Merchan (.405) had 2 hits and an RBI for Tucson, as the Padres beat the River Cats, 8-4.  Michael Taylor (.308) had an RBI single, stole a base and scored a run for the Cats.......In Rancho Cucamongo, Domingo Santana (.306) had a hit and drove in his 77th run of the season for Lancaster, as the JetHawks beat the Quakes, 4-2.

Hamels homers in loss

Saturday in Philadelphia, the Giants beat the Phillies, 6-5 in 10 innings.  In this game, Giants' pitcher Matt Cain homered off Cole Hamels in his first at bat, only to have Hamels hit HIS 1st home run of his career in the next inning!!  Hamels threw 7.2 innings, allowing 5 runs on 10 hits and getting no decision.  Antonio Bastardo finished off the 8th inning, retiring the only hitter he faced, and stranding 2 runners.  Ryan Howard smashed his 3rd home run since his return, a 3-run bomb to give the Phillies a lead in the 6th.  Carlos Ruiz (.347) was 1 for 4.

In Washington, the Braves and the Nationals split a pair of game, with Atlanta winning the opener, 4-0, and Washington coming back in the nightcap, 5-2.   Michael Bourn (.304) was 3 for 9 on the day, with 2 stolen bases (28) and a  run scored for the Braves.......In Boston, the Blue Jays topped the Sox, 7-3.  Anthony Gose was 0 for 3, and is just 1 for 11 in his first week in the majors.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Reading and Lakewood winners

In Allentown Friday night, the Columbus Clippers took a 6-2 victory off of the IronPigs.  Jason Donald (.255) had a double, a walk, and an RBI for the Clippers, and Mike Spidale (.267) had a single and scored a run for the Pigs.  Tyson Brummett threw 2 innings of relief, allowing a run on 3 hits and a walk for Lehigh Valley.  The IronPigs are currently 55-45, a half game behind Pawtucket for first place.

In Trenton, Sebastian Valle (.252) had 3 hits, including his 11th home run during the R-Phils 6-run 8th inning, helping Reading to an 8-3 win over the Thunder. Jonathan Pettibone (8-7) was the winner, going 5.2 innings of shut out baseball, allowing just 5 hits and 1 walk, striking out 7.  Tyler Knigge had a rare bad outing, allowing his first runs since his promotion.  Knigge allowed 3 runs on 2 hits and 3 walks, without recording an out. Ouch!!  Reading is 50-48, and are 5.5 games out of a playoff spot.

In Port Charlotte, the Stone Crabs beat Clearwater, 10-4.  Edgar Duran (.258) had 3 hits, including 2 doubles and 2 RBI for the Threshers.  Garrett Claypool made his 2nd appearance after spending over a month on the DL, working 2.2 innings and allowing just 1 hit.

In Hickory, the BlueClaws scored a run in the 8th inning on a Tim Carver double and a single by Kelly Dugan to tie the game, and then turned singles by Miguel Alvarez and Brock Stassi into the winning run in the 9th for a thrilling 9-8 win over the Crawdads.  Dugan (up to .291)  had 2 hits, 2 walks, and 3 RBI, and Aaron Altherr had a single, a double and a triple, knocking in a run and scoring 2 more to pace the Lakewood attack.  Kenny Giles picked up the win in relief, throwing 3 perfect innings and striking out 7 of the 9 hitters he faced!  The win leaves Lakewood and Hickory tied for first place, and the 2 teams will square off again tonight!

In Rancho Cucamonga, Domingo Santana (.307) belted his 16th home run of the season in the 9th inning to put the exclamation point on an 8-2 win for Lancaster. Santana's 76 RBI are second best in the California League...........In Albuquerque, Adrian Cardenas (.329) had 2 doubles and scored 2 runs for Iowa off Will Savage,  but the Isotopes prevailed, 10-7.  Savage was lit up to the tune of 6 runs on 8 hits and a walk in just 3 innings of work.  Will is 10-3 for Albuquerque, but has given up 35 earned runs in his last 44.2 innings, and ERA of 7.05 in his last 10 appearances............In Corpus Christi, the Hooks defeated Frisco, 7-5.  Josh Zeid continues to struggle, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits in 2 innings of work.  Josh's ERA for the season stands at 5.61............In Jackson, Darren Byrd (3.31) allowed a run on 2 hits in his inning for Huntsville, who dropped a 7-3 decision to the Generals.

Braves shock Nats with comeback win

A few of our boys were front and center last night, and we will start in the nation's capital where the Atlanta Braves came from behind 9-0 to take an 11-10, 11 inning win from the Nationals.  In the top of the 9th, with the Nats ahead  9-8, Michael Bourn (.305) belted a 2-run triple to give the Braves a 10-9 lead.  Wasington tied it in the bottom half, only to lose in the 11th.  Bourn also had a walk and stole his 26th base of the year.  The Braves now trail the Nationals by 2.5 games for the division lead.

In Detroit, the Tigers pull to within a half game of division leading Chicago with a 4-2 win behind Justin Verlander. Quintin Berry (.280) was hit by a pitch and scored a run, and ended the game with another fine diving play in left field.  Be sure and catch the video on mlb.com!

In Philadelphia, the Giants beat Vance Worley and the Phillies, 7-2.  Vance (5-6) was cruising through 5 innings before allowing the game winning rally; 5 runs in the 6th.  In all: 6 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks, with 9 Ks in 6 innings of work.  Ryan Howard hit his 2nd home run, a long shot to straight away center field, and Carlos Ruiz (.349) had a double in 4 at bats for the Phillies.

In Boston, the Blue Jays topped the Sox, 6-1.  Anthony Gose had 2 walks and scored a run for Toronto.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Happ to Blue Jays

The Houston Astros have traded Jay Happ to the Toronto Blue Jays in a 10-player deal.  Happ (7-9 with Houston) now finds himself in the AL East , and in the middle of the wild card race.  Not to mention, a teammate named Anthony Gose.  If Kyle Drabek or Travis d'Arnaud can return from their injuries, I will be calling them the Toronto BlueClaw Jays!

Simon wins; Hewitt gets 3 hits in loss

In Cincinnati, the Reds rallied for 4 runs in the 7th to break open a tie game to gain a 7-6 win over the Diamondbacks.  Alfredo Simon was in the right place at the right time for the win, his 2nd this week.  Simon (2-1, 1.36) retired 5 hitters, and allowed 1 hit.  Mike Zagurski retired the only hitter he faced for Arizona.

The win for Simon is #43 for HomeSiders this year.

In Atlanata, Michael Bourn (.305)  had an RBI triple to help the Braves defeat the Giants, 3-2.

In Durham, Mike Spidale (.268) had 3 hits and a walk, and drove in 2 runs, and Domonic Brown hit his 5th home run of the year, as the IronPigs took it to the Bulls, 10-1.  BJ Rosenberg (1.87) started and threw 4 shut out innings.   Rosenberg has looked good as a starter, and threw 82 pitches as they continue to stretch him out.

In Trenton, the R-Phils wasted a great effort by Mario Hollands, dropping a 1-0 decision to the the Thunder.  Hollands (2-4) allowed just 1 run on 5 hits and 2 walks in 7.1 innings of work.  A similar story in Port Charlotte, where the Threshers lost a 2-1 game to the Stone Crabs. Brody Colvin (5-5) was the hard luck loser there, allowing just 2 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks over 7 innings.  Anthony Hewitt had 3 hits and scored the lone run for Clearwater.

The BlueClaws have placed Carlos Perdomo and Guantlett Eldemire on the DL, and have recalled Stephen Malcolm from Williamsport to replace Perdomo, and Miguel Alvarez has been returned from Clearwater to take Eldemire's spot.  Lakewood managed just 5 hits in their 5-1 loss to Hickory in the first game of the roadtrip.  Silver lining here was Austin Brough, striking out the side in the 9th inning for the Claws!

In Columbus, the Clippers outscored the Bats, 13-12 in a game that featured 7 home runs!  Jason Donald (.255) was 2 for 4 for Columbus, including his 4th home run, and Mike Costanzo (.259) hit his 7th home run and drove in 3 runs for Louisville................In Albuquerque, Derrick Loop went 6 strong innings, allowing just 1 run on only 3 hits to improve to 9-2 on the season in the Isotopes' 4-3 win over Memphis in the first game of a doubleheader.............In Nashville, Jesus Sanchez allowed a run, but it was unearned, on a walk and a hit in .2 innings for the Sounds, who won 4-3 with a run in the bottom of the 9th.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

De Fratus on comeback trail

In Durham Wednesday, the Bulls topped the IronPigs, 6-4.  Domonic Brown had 2 more hits, including a double and an RBI, and is now 6 for 12 in the 3 games since being activated.   Justin De Fratus has returned to Lehigh Valley, and threw a scoreless 9th inning for the Pigs, striking out 2 of the 3 hitters he retired.

The news was bad from Portland also, where the Sea Dogs held Reading to just 2 hits in a 12-0 bombing of the R-Phils.  Trevor May walked 8 hitters and allowed 6 runs in 5 innings.  D'Arby Myers and Cody Asche had the hits for Reading.

Clearwater's game was suspended in the 6th inning, tied at 2-2 with Bradenton.

In Midland, the Rock Hounds and Hooks split a pair of games, with Midland winning the opener, 5-0, and Corpus Christi coming back in the nightcap, 4-1.  Matt Rizzotti had 3 hits and 2 RBI  on the day for Midland, and Jonathan Singleton had 3 hits for the Hooks.

In Lancaster, Domingo Santana (.310)  hit his 15th home run and drove in 3 runs for the JetHawks in their 9-0 trouncing of San Jose.  Domingo has 74 RBI, which is second best in the California League.

In Iowa City, Adrian Cardenas (.325) had a hit and 3 walks to help the Cubs to 2-1, 11-inning win over New Orleans...........In Nashville, the Sounds dropped an 8-5 game to Round Rock.  Jason Jaramillo was 0 for 3, but drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, and Jesus Sanchez tossed another scoreless frame for the Sounds.  Sanchez' ERA for the season is 1.46 in 49.2 innings combined between AA and AAA, and has thrown 4 straight shut out innings since his promotion.

Kemp ends Phils streak

In Los Angeles Wednesday, Matt Kemp hit a walk off home run in the 12th off Jake Diekman to give the Dodgers a 5-3 win in the finale of their series with the Phillies.  After using 4 pitchers to keep the game tied at 1-1 in the 9th, Jonathan Papaelbon blew a 2-run 10th inning lead before Kemp won it.  The blast ended the Phillies modest 4-game winning streak, leaving them at 41-52, and 14 games behind first place Washington.  Carlos Ruiz (.350)  had 2 hits and a walk, and drove in a run, and Ryan Howard had a pinch hit single in his only at bat.

In New York, Anthony Gose made his first start for the Blue Jays, and was 0 for 3 in the Yankees rain-shortened 6-0 win over Toronto.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Mattair & Taylor go deep

In Durham, Domonic Brown had 3 hits and scored a run for the IronPigs in their 8-6 loss to the Bulls.  Dom is 4 for 8 in his first 2 games after sitting out for over a month.  Mike Cisco  (1.38 since his promotion) pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless relief, although he did allow an inherited runner to score.

In Portland, the Reading Phillies managed just 5 hits in their 7-0 loss to the Sea Dogs.  Julio Rodriguez (5-4) was the starter and loser for Reading, allowing 4 runs on 4 hits and 5 walks in just 5 innings.

In Clearwater, Austin Wright (8-4), Chris Kissock and Mike Nesseth combined on a 3-hit shut out, and Anthony Hewitt hit his 10th home run of the year, as the Threshers beat Bradenton, 2-0.   Jim Murphy had an RBI double for the other Clearwater run.

In Lakewood, the BlueClaws were beaten, 10-2 by Savannah, but the silver lining is that both Hickory and Hagerstown lost also, so the 3 teams enter the day still tied atop the division.  Lakewood opens a 4-game set in Hickory Thursday night in the first game of a big 8-game trip.

In Adelanto, Travis Mattair hit his 15th home run, a 2-run shot in the top of the first inning, but Bakersfield lost 4-2 to the High Dessert Mavericks.  "Moose" is coming on strong as the season goes along, and has his average up to .262 for the Blaze...............In Midland, Jonathan Singleton (.276) had a single, a double, a walk, and 2 RBI (54) for Corpus Christi in the Hook's 9-3 win over the Rock Hounds.  Matt Rizzotti was 0 for 4 for Midland.............In Tacoma, Michael Taylor (.306) had 3 hits, including his 9th home run of the year for Sacramento, as the River Cats took a 9-8, 13-inning win over the Rainiers.................In Indianapolis, Yohan Flande won his 4th game of the year for Gwinnett, with 6.1 innings of work for the Braves in their 8-5 win.  Flande did give up 5 runs, 4 of them earned, on 5 hits and 2 walks to pick up the victory, his first since June 11.

Gose is #46

The Toronto Blue Jays have called up Anthony Gose and he made his major league debut in the Bronx last night!  Anthony came into the game in the 7th inning, pinch hitting for Ben Francisco, and grounded out.  His first major league hit was a bunt single in the top of the 9th inning!  (That was very "Berry" of him!).

I want to wish Anthony the best of luck, as he is a HomeSide favorite.  He becomes the 46th former BlueClaw to appear in the major leagues.

On the downside, the White Sox have placed Gavin Floyd on the 15-day DL with elbow tendinitis.

In Tampa, the Rays topped the Indians, 4-2.  Lou Marson (.287) had a walk and scored a run for Cleveland.......In Cincinnati, the Reds shut out the Diamondbacks, 4-0.  Mike Zagurski threw another scoreless frame for Arizona.  Mike has allowed only 1 run in his last 8 appearances.

In Los Angeles, the Phillies rallied for 2 runs in the top of the 8th inning to take a 3-2 win from the Dodgers, their 4th win in a row.  Kyle Kendrick was the winning pitcher, pitching 1.2 innings of shut out relief, and Antonio Bastardo struck out the only hitter he faced to notch his 17th hold of the year.

The win was the 3rd this year for Kendrick and #42 for the HomeSide this season.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Rampaging Duffy knocks in 5 again!

In Durham, Tyler Cloyd (9-1, 1.96) pitched 6.2 strong innings, allowing just 1 run on 6 hits and 4 walks, as the IronPigs topped the Bulls, 6-3.  Tyler, who has won 12 games overall this year, is having an eye-catching season, and if the Phillies move Cole Hamels it could very well be Cloyd who gets the call to the major leagues soon.  I believe it will happen anyway at some point this year if the current 3-game winning streak does not continue for much longer.  Steve Susdorf had 2 hits for Lehigh Valley and Domonic Brown returned from the DL and had a hit and a walk, and scored 2 runs.

In Portland, 6 different R-Phils had 2 hits, including Darin Ruf (.318) and Jiwan James (.255), and Reading took it to the Sea Dogs, 11-4.  Austin Hyatt (3-3) was the winning pitcher, throwing 7 shut out innings, giving up just 2 hits and 3 walks, striking out 8.

In Clearwater, Justin De Fratus, on the DL all season, pitched a scoreless inning for the Threshers in their 7-5 win over Bradenton.  De Fratus had made some appearances in the GCL and seems to being coming back well from his surgery.  In the game, Drew Hillman had 2 doubles and 3 RBI, and Cameron Rupp hit his 9th home run of the year ( he hit just 3 in Lakewood last season) to pace the offense.

In Lakewood, the BlueClaws wasted a 6-1 advantage, 2 home runs by Chris Duffy (5 RBI for the second time in 3 days), and the 5th staright multi-hit game by Carlos Perdomo, and dropped an excruciating 9-8 game to Savannah.  Kelly Dugan and Josh Ludy also had 2 hits each for the Claws in the losing effort.  A glance at the standings this morning shows Lakewood, Hickory, and Hagerstown all tied for first at 15-10.   The homestand wraps up with a day game today, before Lakewood leaves on a trip that will see them play 23 of the next 30 on the road.

In Nashville, recently promoted Jesus Sanchez pitched another scoreless inning for the Sounds, recording a hold, in Nashville's 3-1 win over Round Rock,  Jesus has thrown 3 times so far since his promotion, allowing no runs. His combined numbers for the season are 48 IP, with a 1.49 ERA!...........In Columbus, Jason Donald (.257)  hit his 3rd home run for the Clippers in their 8-2 win over Louisville.........In Lancaster, Domingo Santana's RBI single (#70)  in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the JetHawks a 2-1 win over Modesto.

Berry gets 3 hits; Ryno slams first dinger

In Detroit Monday night, Quintin Berry (.297) had 3 hits, 2 stolen bases (14), an RBI (18) and scored 2 runs for the Tigers in  their 8-6 win over the Angels.......In Cincinnati, Alfredo Simon (1.53) pitched 3 scoreless innings for the Reds, allowing 3 hits and 2 walks, striking out 2 and keeping the Reds in the game, which the Diamondbacks won, 5-3.  In his last 10 appearances, covering 19.2 innings, Simon has allowed 2 runs, both in the same game for an ERA of 0.92 over that stretch!

In San Diego, Jay Happ (7-9, 4.83) threw 6.1 shut out innings (4 hits, NO walks, 4 Ks) to lead the Astros to a 2-0 win over the Padres. It was win #41 for HomeSiders in the major leagues this year (the 3rd in the last 3 days)........In Los Angeles, Ryan Howard hit his 1st home run of the year, and Carlos Ruiz (.353) chipped in with a hit, a walk and a run scored as the Phillies made 3 in a row, topping the Dodgers, 3-2.

Gavin Floyd had an MRI on his pitching elbow Monday and the good news is there is no structural damage.  There is tendinitis and some soreness in the flexor muscle that will force him to miss his scheduled  start in Boston this week, but it is unclear whether he will have to be put on the DL.  The treatment for right now is rest, and Gavin (7-8) is "day to day".

Monday, July 16, 2012

Taylor honored

Michael Taylor was named PCL player of the week for the week ending July 15.  In 4 games against Las Vegas this weekend, Taylor hit .538 with 2 home runs and 6 RBI.

The IronPigs have activated Domonic Brown from the DL.

Matt Rizzotti played his first game in the Oakland system for Midland last night, and picked up a single, a double, a walk, and an RBI.

Dugan, Cardenas, Taylor & Santana

In Sacramento, Michael Taylor had more 3 hits, including his 8th home run, and 2 walks, and drove in 3 runs to lead the River Cats to a 12-5 win over Las Vegas. That's 2 nights in a row with 3 hits for Taylor (.312).  Anthony Gose (.293) had a triple, his 5th home run and knocked in 2 runs for Vegas.

In Omaha, Adrian Cardenas (.342) had 4 hits, and drove in 3 runs for Iowa, as the Cubs pounded the Storm Chasers, 9-1.  After sitting on the bench for a month in the majors for Chicago, "AC" has been smokin' hot since being returned to AAA.

In Lancaster, Domingo Santana (.313) stayed hot, belting a double and his 14th home run of the year for the JetHawks in their 12-8 win over Modesto.  Domingo is 16 for 36 over the last 10 games, that's .444 if you are counting (and I am).  Can you say "promotion"? A bump for Santana would put him in Corpus Christi, and in the same line up with Jonathan Singleton, provided Singleton does not get moved up.

In Lakewood, a day after getting 4 hits, Chris Duffy (.386) rapped out 3 more hits, and Kelly Dugan (.284) had a 4-hit game of his own, and the Claws won their 5th straight, 6-5 over Savannah. Both Dugan and Duffy had singles in the 8th inning before Aaron Altherr tripled them both home, and scored the game winning run.  Lakewood (15-9) remains tied with Hickory, now just a half game behind Hagerstown, who was rained out.

In Norfolk, Cody Overbeck hit a 1st inning grand slam, but the IronPigs ended up dropping a 6-5 decision to the Tides........In Reading, the R-Phils wasted a fine performance from Jonathan Pettibone (7-7), losing 3-1 to Bowie.  Pettibone went 6 strong innings, allowing just 2 runs on only 2 hits and 1 walk.  Unfortunately, both hits left the yard!  Colby Shreve gave up a run in 2 innings, and Ryan Duke had a perfect 9th.........In Clearwater, Jim Murphy had 3 doubles and drove in a run for the Threshers, but Mike Nesseth walked 4 hitters in the 11th inning, opening the door for a 4-run Bradenton rally in the Maruder's 8-5 win.

In Indianapolis, Jason Donald (.256) had 2 hits and scored a run for Columbus in the Clippers' 4-3 loss to the Indians........In Portland, Mike Dubee made his 2nd appearance for the Fisher Cats, throwing a scoreless inning in New Hampshire's 5-1 win over the Sea Dogs...........In Bakersfield, Travis Mattair hit a home run (#14)  and drove in 2 runs for the Blaze, who dropped a 7-5 game to the Quakes.

Cole sharp in win

In Denver Sunday, Cole Hamels won his 11th game of the year with 8 great innings against the Rockies, and the Phillies took the first series after the break with a 5-1 win over Colorado.  Hamels (11-4) allowed just 1 run on 6 hits and 1 walk, striking out 7.  Antonio Bastardo threw a 1-2-3 9th inning.  Carlos Ruiz (.353)had 2 more hits, a single and a double, scored a run and drove in his 50th, and Ryan Howard grounded into a double play as a pinch hitter.  Ryan is just 2 for 16 since returning to the Phillies.

The win for Hamels was #40 for the HomeSide this year.

In Atlanta, Michael Bourn (.311)  had an RBI double and scored a run during the Braves' 6-run 5th inning, as the Braves completed the sweep of New York with a 6-1 win.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Claws win 4th straight

In Lakewood Saturday night, Chris Duffy (.377) hit a grand slam home run in the 1st, 1 of his 4 hits on the night,  and had a total of 5 RBI to pace the BlueClaws to an 8-1 win over Savannah.  Carlos Perdomo had 3 more hits, the 4th straight multi-hit game for Carlos, who is 8 for 18 (.444) over that stretch, and 15 for 33 (.455) in the last 8. Moises Rivas won his first game for Lakewood with 6 solid innings, allowing just 1 run on 5 hits, and Gabriel Arias threw 3 scoreless innings of relief to pick up a save.  Lakewood (14-9 in the second half) is now tied with Hickory, 1 game behind first place Hagerstown.

In Clearwater, Albert Cartwright had 3 hits, including a triple in the bottom of the 9th which turned out to be the winning run when Jim Murphy delivered the sacrifice fly to give the Threshers a hard fought 5-4 win over Fort Myers.  Red hot Carlos Alonso had 2 more hits, and is 11 for his last 23 (.478) over the last 5 games.  Anthony Hewitt also had 2 hits, including his 9th home run of the season.  Juan Sosa picked up the win with 2.1 innings of scoreless relief.

In Norfolk, BJ Rosenberg (2.06) threw 5 shut out innings, allowing just 2 hits and 2 walks, striking out 5 and leaving the game with a 3-0 lead.  Tyson Brummett was lit up in the 6th, allowing 6 runs, 5 of them earned, on 4 hits and 2 walks, retiring just 1 hitter.  Mike Cisco let in both inherited runners, and then allowed a run in the 7th, as the Tides posted an 8-3 win over the IronPigs..........In Reading, the BaySox beat Mario Hollands and the R-Phils, 4-2.  Hollands (2-3 with Reading) allowed 4 runs on 8 hits over 6 innings. If you get a chance, go watch the catch made by Jiwan James in center field as he robbed a home run on a play that looked like the one Quintin Berry made Friday in Baltimore.

In Indianapolis, Jason Donald (.251) had a single, a double, 2 walks, a stolen base, an RBI and scored 2 runs for Columbus, but the Clippers lost to the Indians, 12-9...........In Sacramento, Michael Taylor (.305) belted a 3-run homer in the 1st inning, and had a double later to help the River Cats to a 7-1 win over Las Vegas.  Anthony Gose (.290)  had a hit and a walk in the losing effort for the 51s..........In Corpus Christi, Jonathan Singleton (.273) had a single and a double, and scored 2 runs for the Hooks in their 11-7 loss to Frisco........In Lancaster, Domingo Santana (.310) had 2 hits, including his 13th home run for the JetHawks, who dropped an 11-3 decision to Modesto.  Santana has now driven in 67 runs for Lancaster..........In Bakersfield Travis Mattair had a double and 2 walks, the second walk coming in the game winning rally as the Blaze scored 3 in the 8th to defeat Rancho Cucamonga, 5-3.  "Moose" is up to .267 and climbing.

Matt Maloney has been placed on the DL by the Rochester Red Wings.

Phils top Rockies, end losing skid

There were some wild games in the majors on Saturday, but we start with the Phillies ended their 5 game losing streak with an 8-5 win in Denver.  Carlos Ruiz (.351) was 1 for 4, but the 1 was a 3-run bomb in the top of the 1st which got the Phillies off early.  Ryan Howard (.133 since being activated) was 0 for 4 with a walk, and scored a run.  Vance Worley (5-5, 3.47) picked up the win, throwing 6.2 innings, and allowing 2 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks, and also had 2 hits himself, driving in 2  runs in the top of the 6th. Jake Diekman came on, stranded a runner in the 6th, and began the 7th.  After retiring the leadoff hitter in the 7th, Jake hit a batter and walked another, before Brian Sanchez came on to allow a 3-run home run by Wilin Rosario before Papelbon restored order with a 5-out save.

The win for Worley was #39 for the HomeSide in 2012.

In Baltimore, the Orioles came back twice in extra innings to take an 8-6, 13 inning win over the Tigers.  Quintin Berry (.297) had 3 hits and drove in 2 runs for Detroit.  Berry now has 17 RBI..........In Toronto, the Blue Jays scored 8 runs in the 3rd inning and held on for an 11-9 win over the Indians.  Lou Marson (.293) was 1 for 4 for the Tribe, extending his hitting streak to 9 games. Marson is  14 for 34 over the 9 games, a .412 clip............In Atlanta, Michael Bourn (.311) had 2 hits, scored a run and drove in 2 more to help the Braves to an 8-7 win over the Mets.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Claws win 3rd straight

In Lakewood, Brock Stassi's pinch hit single in the bottom of the 8th inning gave the BlueClaws a come from behind, 3-2 win over Hickory.  Carlos Perdomo and Chris Duffy had 2 hits each for Lakewood, who are now just 1 game behind both Hickory and Hagerstown for first place.  Nice job by Blake Mascarello (3 shut out innings, 1 walk, 3 Ks) to pick up his 3rd win in 5 appearances for Lakewood.  Zack Cooper made his debut with a 1-2-3 9th inning to get the save.

In Norfolk, Pete Orr drove in 3 runs with a triple, 1 of 2 triples for him on the night, and the IronPigs took a 4-1 win from the Tides..........In Reading, Jiwan James had 2 hits and scored 3 times, Darin Ruf added 2 hit and a walk, and drove in his 56th run, and Reading defeated Bowie, 7-6.  Trevor May started, and his control issues continue.  May allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and 5 walks in just 5 innings of work.  The win went to Jay Johnson, who recorded 4 outs, and was not charged with a run despite walking 3 and allowing a hit.  Tyler Knigge notched his first AA save, and his 10th of the year...............In Clearwater, rehabbing Laynce Nix hit a 2-run home in the 8th inning to give the Threshers a 4-3 win over Fort Myers. Adam Morgan pitched 7 strong innings for Clearwater, allowing just 2 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks, striking out 8.  Hecter Neris picked up the win, and Mike Nesseth recorded the save.

In Stockton, Travis Mattair had 3 hits, including his 13th home run and drove in 4 runs for Bakersfield in their 9-0 win over the Ports..............In Omaha, Adrian Cardenas (.336) had a double, a triple, a walk, and scored a run for Iowa, but the Cubs dropped a 4-3 game to the Storm Chasers.......In Corpus Christi, Jonathan Villar led off the game with a home run, his 11th, and Jonathan Singleton had a double and home run #13, as the Hooks took it to Frisco, 12-2........In Visalia, Domingo Santana (.307) had 2 hits and 3 RBI (65) in the second game of a doubleheader to help Lancaster to a 13-3 win, and a split of the games with the Rawhide.

In Louisville, Yohan Flande (3-7, 4.37) was rocked by the Bats, giving up 6 runs on 7 hits and a walk, in just .2 innings, and the Bats went on to a 22-1 win over the Braves.......In the first game of a doubleheader in Mobile, Darren Byrd entered the game with a 1-0 lead and gave up 2 runs on 2 hits, blowing his 3rd save and falling to 2-5 for Huntsville.

Phillies slide goes on.............

The Phillies open the second half with a 6-2 loss in Denver Friday night.  Carlos Ruiz (.352) had a single and a double, Ryan Howard was 0 for 3 with a walk, and Kyle Kendrick retired all 4 hitters he faced, including stranding 2 runners he inherited.  Philadelphia has now lost 9 of 10, and is 15 games behind first place Washington.

In Atlanta, Michael Bourn (.309) had a double and scored a run for the Braves in their 7-5 win over the Mets.............In Chicago, the Cubs blasted the Diamondbacks, 8-1, but Mike Zagurski tossed a 1-2-3 inning for Arizona.......In Baltimore, the Tigers beat the Orioles, 7-2.  Quintin Berry (.289) did not have a hit, but made a spectacular catch, robbing a home run from Baltimore's Wilson Betemit........In Toronto, Justin Masterson was great, and the Indians got past the Jays, 1-0.  Lou Marson (.295) was 1 for 4 for Cleveland........In Cincinnati, the Reds beat St. Louis, 5-3.  Alfredo Simon (1.67) picked up the win with 2 innings of scoreless relief (1 hit, 2 walks, 3 Ks).  It was win #38 for Homesiders this year.

Mike Dubee, released earlier this year by the Yankees, was signed by the Blue Jays and assigned to AA-New Hampshire.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Halladay returning to Phils

Roy Halladay will start on Tuesday night, for the Phillies in Los Angeles.  I guess 3 innings is enough rehab if you're a Cy Young Award winner!!  O, well.

Claws win; Knigge promoted

In Lakewood Thursday night, Carlos Perdomo and Josh Ludy had 2 hits each, and Hoby Milner, Yari Sosa, and Kenny Giles combined for a 3-hit shut out, as the BlueClaws won a 4-0 game to pull within 2 games (again) of first place Hickory (and Hagerstown).  Milner picked up his first win for Lakewood in the best of his 3 appearances for the Claws. After 5 great innings, he ran out of gas at the beginning of the 6th and yielded to Sosa.  Yari promptly stranded the runners, then proceeded to toss 2 more scoreless frames before Giles finished it.  Suddenly the quartet of Milner, Lino Martinez, Ethan Stewart, and Colin Kleven is beginning to look formidable.  Kleven getting the ball tonight in the finale of the Hickory series, which is a big swing game early here in the second half.  With a win Lakewood pulls to 1 game behind, a loss drops them  to 3 back.

In Clearwater, Roy Halladay made his first rehab start, going 3 innings for the Threshers in their 4-3, 12-inning win. 3 hits each for Carlos Alonso (.297) and Cameron Rupp (.261), with Rupp getting the game winner, scoring Alonso!  If Halladay feels OK today, his next rehab availability is Tuesday, which happens to be a home game for Lakewood.  I know nothing officially, I am just sharing my thoughts.

Congratulations to Tyler Knigge, who has been promoted to Reading!  Better late than never!!  Knigge made his debut in Reading  with a scoreless inning in Reading's 3-1 loss to Bowie.  The R-Phils got just 3 hits, 1 of them a home run from Sebastian Valle, his 10th.

In Norfolk, the Tides shut out the IronPigs, 7-0.  Mike Spidale had 2 of the Pig's 6 hits on the night......In Omaha, Adrian Cardenas (.324) had 3 hits and an RBI for the Cubs, who won a wild one, 12-11 over the Storm Chasers.............In North Little Rock, Josh Outman started and went 4 innings for the Tulsa Drillers, allowing 5 runs (4 earned) on 6 hits and 2 walks in Tulsa's 7-5 loss to the Travelers............

Matt Rizzotti, released by the Twins last week, has signed a free agent deal with the Oakland Athletics. 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

A night to remember in Reading

Wednesday night in Reading, the home team Phillies played a big hand in the Eastern Division's 5-4 walk off win.  As both teams ran out of pitchers, it was decided that if the game was tied after 9 innings, it would end right there.  With 2 outs and nobody on base, Troy Hanzawa walked on the 10th pitch of his at bat to keep the game alive. (Troy walked in both of his at bats in the game). Singles by Trenton's Joe Mahoney and Binghamton's Eric Campbell ended the game, sending the big crowd into a frenzy!  In the 3rd inning inning, a single by Cesar Hernandez and a double by Darin Ruf led to a 2-run rally, both of the R-Phils scoring.  Leandro Castro was 1 for 4, and Sebatian Valle was 0 for 1, and was hit by a pitch.   It was a great night for Baseballtown, who hosted the game for the first time in 38 years!

In Buffalo, Tyler Cloyd was the starter in the AAA game, and allowed 2 runs in the 1st inning, as the PCL took a 3-0 decision from the IL.  He was the only HomeSider to participate in the game.

In a day game in Lakewood, Maikel Franco drove in 5 runs, and Carlos Perdomo rapped out 3 hits, as the BlueClaws downed Hickory, 9-3.  Kelly Dugan and Chris Duffy knocked in 2 runs each to support Lino Martinez, who leveled his season record at 4-4. Austin Brough pitched 3 scoreless innings of relief, allowing just 1 hit and 2 walks as the Claws pulled to within 3 games of the first place Crawdads.  The series continues tonight with Hoby Milner getting the ball for Lakewood.

In Clearwater, Jim Murphy his his 3rd home run in a week, his 11th of the season, and Carlos Alonso and Zack Collier had 2 hits each, but the Threshers came up short, losing 6-5 to Fort Myers.........In Stockton, Travis "Moose" Mattair (.263) had 3 hits, including his 12th home run for Bakersfield, as the Blaze pounded the Ports, 8-1.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

NL wins 3rd straight

In Kansas City on Tuesday night, the National League scored 5 runs in the first inning and coasted to an 8-0 win, winning home field for the World Series for the 3rd straight year.  Carlos Ruiz and Michael Bourn each had an at bat, and Cole Hamels tossed a 1-2-3 inning. The Giants'  Melky Cabrera had 2 hits including a home run and was awarded the MVP of the game.

In Lakewood, some bad defense and some missed offensive opportunities conspired to allow Hickory to defeat the Claws, 5-4.  Ethan Stewart was victimized, giving up 5 runs, only 2 earned in 5 innings of work.  Alejandro Villalobos had the only 2 hit game for Lakewood, who left 9 runners on base and had many chances to tie this game, but was unable to get the big hit at the right time.  The BlueClaws have now lost 4 of 6, and at 10-9, find themselves 4 games behind the first place Crawdads.

Congratulations again to Jonathan Singleton, who was named Texas League player of the week, going 7 for 17 (.412) with 4 doubles, a triple, a home run and 4 RBI in 5 games for the Corpus Christi Hooks.  That does not include the 3 hits he got in Kansas City Sunday in the Future Stars game.   Clearwater's Adam Morgan was named Florida State League pitcher of the week, throwing 13 shut out innings in his 2 starts, allowing just 5 hits and 2 walks, and striking out 16 hitters.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Hudson disabled, etc.......

The BlueClaws have placed Kyrell Hudson on the DL, retroactive to July 4, and added Marek Minarik from the GCL roster.  Jeremy Barnes, who has become a roster fill the past few weeks,  was moved back to Clearwater.  Barnes has suited up for Clearwater, Reading, and Lehigh Valley in the last month.  The Threshers have also added Delvi Francisco from the GCL team, and promoted Chris Kissock back to Reading.

not much Monday

In Viera Monday, the Threshers wrapped up their series with the Manatees with an 8-4 win.  Cameron Rupp hit a grand slam, Jim Murphy homered for the second straight game, and Carlos Alonso popped out 3 hits..........In Tulsa, Jonathan Singleton had 2 hits, 3 walks, 2 RBI, and scored 3 runs for Corpus Christi, and Jonathan Villar had a walk, a hit and his 38th stolen base as the Hooks drilled the Drillers, 16-2.........In Richmond, the Reading Phillies got just 4 hits, 2 by Darin Ruf,  in a 9-0 loss to the Flying Squirrels.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Singleton shines bright!

In Kansas City, at the Future Stars Game, Jonathan Singleton banged out 3 hits and a walk, drove in a run and scored 2 more, helping to lead Team USA to a 17-5 pounding over the World Team.  Jonathan played half the game at first base, and then moved into left field, displaying not just his offensive prowess, but his defensive flexibility also.  Anthony Gose also had a hit and a walk in his 2 plate appearances, as well as a wonderful diving catch of a drive hit over his head in center field.  Julio Rodriguez recorded 3 outs for the World Team, and was charged with 2 runs on 3 hits.  Lisalberto Bonilla and Travis d'Arnaud did not play due to injuries, but Bonilla was there, soaking up the experience.

In Rochester, the Red Wings and IronPigs split a doubleheader.  In the opener, a 1-0 Rochester victory, Steve Susdorf (.291) was 2 for 3, while Tyler Cloyd threw 6 more shut out innings, giving up just 3 hits and 2 walks.  With his AAA ERA down to 2.01, the 25-year old Cloyd is getting a lot of attention, and with the Phillies fading fast in the NL East, I would not be surprised to see Cloyd make his major league debut sometime this summer (or fall).  In the nightcap, Lehigh Valley scored 7 times in the 2nd inning, and coasted to a 7-1 win.  Tyson Brummett started and went 4 shut out innings, but the win went to Mike Cisco, with another scoreless frame.  Cisco has now pitched 9 innings for the Pigs, allowing just 1 run over that time.

In Richmond, the Reading Phillies lost their 4th straight game, this time 7-2 to the Flying Squirrels.  Darin Ruf (.312) had 2 hits, including a  home run, and drove in both runs to account for Reading's scoring.  It was the 15th home run for Ruf, and RBIs 54 & 55.  Red hot Leandro Castro also had 2 more hits, and is up to .317 for the R-Phils, who are now 47-42, and 3 games behind first place Trenton.

In Viera, Albert Cartwright had 4 hits, 3 of them doubles, to lead the Threshers to a 9-2 pounding of the Manatees. Cameron Rupp (.253) had 3 hits, 2 doubles and 2 RBI, and Zack Collier and Jim Murphy hit home runs for Clearwater.  Brody Colvin was the winner, going 6 good innings and allowing just 2 runs, 1 earned on 5 hits and no walks.  Colton Murray and Tyler Knigge (0.60) finished it off.

In Charleston, Chris Duffy hit a grand slam home run (that's the 3rd of the year for Lakewood), and Maikel Franco had 2 hits, including the game winner, as the BlueClaws escaped West Virginia with a 7-5 win.  Lakewood (10-8) returns home for 8 games Tuesday, the first 4 games against first place Hickory.

In Iowa City, Adrian Cardenas (.321) singled in the game winning run in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Cubs a 6-5 win over Omaha.  "AC" had also walked and scored earlier in the game.  It was nice that the Cubs had called him up to the big team for a while, but they really never gave him a chance.  With the team in last place and going nowhere, would it hurt them to put him in the regular line-up?  Could he do any worse than the guys they have? 

In Fresno, Michael Taylor (.301) had a double and a walk, scored 2 runs and drove in another one for Sacramento, who lost to the Grizzlies, 8-6........In Tulsa, Jonathan Villar (.264)  had 3 hits, including a lead off home run (his 10th of the year), for Corpus Christi, but the Hooks dropped a 7-4 decision to the Drillers........In Lakeland, the Daytona Cubs beat the Flying Tigers, 5-2.  Brian Schlitter recorded his 1st save since he was demoted from Tennessee.

break time

The All Star break has come at a good time for the Phillies, who have lost 10 of their last 11 to fall 13 games below .500 at the break.  On Sunday, the Braves completed the 3-game sweep with Brian McCann once again supplying the game winning home run in a 4-3 Atlanta victory.  McCann homered in all 3 games for the Braves.  Michael Bourn (.311)  had 2 more hits and stole his 25th base for Atlanta.  Vance Worley (4-5, 3.54) started for the Phillies and went 6 innings, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits and 4 walks, leaving the game in a 3-3-draw. All-Star Carlos Ruiz (.350) had 2 hits and scored a run for Philadelphia, while Ryan Howard was 0 for 4. The Phillies will hope to regroup over the break.

In Detroit, Quintin Berry (.299)  had a single and a triple and scored a run for Tigers in their 7-1 win over Kansas City.  The Tigers go into the break with 5 wins in a row, improving to 44-42 on the year, and trail first place Chicago by 3.5 games.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

no wins again

It was another bad night in the system on Saturday, and we start in Rochester, where the Red Wings shut out the IronPigs, 4-0.  Silver lining here was a scoreless inning thrown by Mike Cisco.  Mike has made 4 appearances since his promotion, picking up a save and a win in 8 innings of work.

In Richmond, the Flying Squirrels got to Jonathan Pettibone (7-6, 3.65) for 6 runs on 9 hits over 5 innings en route to a 6-1 win over the R-Phils.  Colby Shreve and Jay Johnson tossed scoreless relief for Reading, and Leandro Castro had the only 2-hit game.  Castro (.315)  has 6 2-hit games in the last 10, and 3 in a row.

In Brevard County, the Threshers wasted a stellar performance from Adam Morgan, and lost a 2-1 decision to the Manatees.  Morgan threw 7 shut out innings, allowing just 2 hits and 1 walk, while striking out 9 and left the game with a 1-0 lead, courtesy of a Drew Hillman home run.  After Mike Nesseth tossed a scoreless 8th inning, Hector Neris allowed 2 runs on 2 hits and 3 walks in the bottom of the 9th and the Manatees walked off with the victory.

In Charleston, the Power destroyed the BlueClaws, 8-1.  Kelly Dugan, Chris Duffy and Josh Ludy all had 2 hits for Lakewood, with their run coming on a home run by Guantlett EldemireRamon Oviedo continues to struggle, falling to 1-7 with a 9.15 ERA.

In Lancaster, Domingo Santana (.308) had 4 hits, including his 12th home run of the year to pace the JetHawks to a 9-5 win over Stockton.  Domingo leads the JetHawks with 62 RBI...........In Gwinnett, Yohan Flande started for the Braves, working 6.1 innings against Durham, and allowing 5 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks and getting no decision in the Braves 6-5 win over the Bulls.  Yohan is 3-6, 3.83 in 18 games for Gwinnett........In Memphis, Jesus Sanchez has now made 2 appearances for Nashville, throwing his second scoreless inning in 3 days for the Sounds, striking out 2 of his 3 outs in Nashville's 5-2 win over the Redbirds.............In Springdale, Jonathan Villar had 3 walks, stole 2 bases (37), and scored 2 runs for Corpus Christi in the Hook's 7-3 win over the Naturals.

I failed to mention last week that the Twins have released Matt Rizzotti.

The future stars game is this afternoon in Kansas City, with Anthony Gose and Jonathan Singleton in the starting line up for Team USA.

Bourn sparks Braves over Phils

In Philadelphia Saturday night, the Braves took another one from the Phillies, 6-3.  Michael Bourn (.310) had 3 hits and a walk,  scored 2 runs , and was credited with a stolen base, his 24th.  I also thought he should have gotten credit for stealing home, but the official scorer decided otherwise.  Carlos Ruiz (.348) was 1 for 4 and Jake Diekman recorded 5 outs, walking 1, and allowing 1 of 2 inherited runners to score.  The Phillies are now 12 games under .500 and 14 games behind Washington.

In Detroit, Quintin Berry (.293) was 1 for 4 with a sacrifice bunt for the Tigers in their exciting 8-7 win over the Royals......In Chicago, Gavin Floyd bounced back from an off outing last week to throw 7.2 shut out innings as the White Sox beat Toronto, 2-0.  Gavin allowed just 4 hits and 2 walks, striking out 3 to improve to 7-8 on the year.  He has been very good in 3 of his last 4 starts.  It was win #37 for HomeSiders in the majors this year........In Washington, Gio Gonzalez continues to shine for the Nationals, winning his 12th game of the year as the Nats topped Colorado, 4-1.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Santana, Merchan & Taylor

Not a good day in the system as Lehigh, Reading, Clearwater, and Lakewood all sustained losses Friday night.  In Allentown, BJ Rosenberg made another start, this time throwing 75 pitches in 3.1 inning of work in the IronPigs' 8-1 loss to the Yankees. Rosenberg allowed 4 runs, 3 earned, on 6 hits and 2 walks to absorb the loss.......In Altoona, Mario Hollands was roughed up to the tune of 6 runs on 8 hits in just 3 innings as the R-Phils dropped an 11-5 decision to the Curve.  Leandro Castro (.317), Cody Asche, and Cesar Hernandez all had 2 hits for Reading.  Castro also threw out a runner at second base.......In Lakeland, Austin Wright struggled with his control, allowing 5 runs, 4 earned, on 6 hits and 5 walks in just 4.1 innings as the Threshers fell to the Flying Tigers, 5-2.  Juan Sosa retired 8 hitters of the 9 he faced, but the Threshers managed just 4 hits, 2 of them doubles by Jim Murphy (.273).

The most bitter pill to swallow on Friday came from Charleston, West Virginia, where a 3-run 5th inning home run by Kelly Dugan (#8)  had given the BlueClaws a 3-2 advantage over the Power.  In the bottom of the 8th, the Power got to Kenny Giles for 2 runs on 2 hits and 3 walks, and West Virginia escaped with a 4-3 win. Outfielder Diego Gonzalez made his debut for the BlueClaws, and Kyrell Hudson went on the DL.  Too bad for Kyrell, who was starting to hit and really seemed to be finding his game. 

In Lancaster, Domingo Santana (.299) doubled home 2 runs to tie the game in the bottom of the 9th, then scored the winning run on a hit by Jonathan Meyer, and the JetHawks walked off to a 6-5 win over Visalia.............In Las Vegas, the 51s split 2 games with Tucson, losing the opener, 13-6, and swiping the nightcap, 8-7.  Anthony Gose (.290) was 2 for 6 with 2 walks on the day, including his 4th home run and 2 RBI in the game 2 win, and Jesus Merchan (.481 in 8 games so far) had 3 hits in the second game for the Padres.........In Fresno, Michael Taylor (.307) had  a single, a double, his 6th home run, a walk, 2 RBI and scored 3 runs for Sacramento as the River Cats pounded the Grizzlies, 12-0........In Tulsa, Josh Outman made his first start for the Drillers in the first game of their doubleheader, and once again did not pitch long enough to get the win.  Josh went 4.2 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks, striking out 5 in the Drillers' 6-2 win over San Antonio.............In Huntsville, Darren Byrd recorded 5 outs, 4 of them with strikeouts, and walked just 1 to notch his 8th hold for the Stars in a 4-2 win over Chattanooga. 

In a move I overlooked on Wednesday,  the Brewers promoted Jesus Sanchez from Huntsville to Nashville.  Back on June 27, I wrote that Mike Cisco, Tyler Knigge, and Sanchez were all worthy of promotions.  Today, only Knigge remains where he was.  And while I am on the subject of moves I overlooked, the Phillies have promoted Colton Murray from Lakewood to Clearwater.  (He made his debut for the Threshers with a scoreless inning Friday.)  Now can we move Knigge up?