On a day when no fewer than 6- count 'em, 6- aces lost or got bombed, Cole Hamels could not hold a 4-run 1st inning lead, and the Royals took a 9-8 victory in the rubber game of their series. Steven Strasburg, Justin Verlander, R.A. Dickey, Matt Cain, David Price, and Hamels were all knocked around! Cole's line was 5.1 innings, 8 runs, 9 hits, 4 walks and an ERA at the end of the day of 10.97 in his 2 starts. Ouch!!! Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown each had a hit and an RBI for the Phillies, who left the tying and winning runs on base at the end of the game......... In St. Pete, the Cleveland Indians bombed David Price (5 IP, 8 runs, 10 hits) en route to a 13-0 win. Michael Bourn had a single, a double, stole his 1st base, knocked in a run and scored another for the Tribe.
In the Phillies' system, well, let's just say "there is no joy in Mudville" this morning. The Syracuse Chiefs scored 2 in the 8th and 2 in the 9th to steal an 8-6 win from the IronPigs. Leandro Castro, Dairn Ruf, and Cesar Henandez had 2 hits each, and Steve Susdorf had 1 for Lehigh Valley. Castro is hitting .400 through the 4 games. For our puposes, let's say I was glad no HomeSiders pitched in this one!..........In Manchester, Jim Murphy (.412), Cameron Rupp (.385) and Sebastian Valle (.188) all homered for the Fightin' Phils, with Valle's 7th inning shot tying the game, but the Fisher Cats scored a run off of Tyler Knigge and Jay Johnson and escaped with a 6-5 win and a split of the 4-game set. Austin Wright started and struggled with his command. He gave up 2 runs on just 1 hit , but 6 walks in 5 innings. He did a good job with damage control, and kept Reading in the game. Juan Sosa took over and gave up 3 runs, only 1 of which was earned, on 3 hits and 2 walks in just 2 innings..........In Clearwater, the Threshers lost to the Blue Jays, 6-1. Colin Kleven completed 4 innings and pitched to 2 hitters in the 5th. He was charged with 5 runs on 5 hits and a walk, but he struck out 7 of his 12 outs! Colby Shreve (2 hits, 3 walks) and Mike Nesseth (1 run, 2 hits, 1 K) each threw 2 innings. The only 2-hit game for the Threshers was by Chris Seritella. The 23-year old first baseman hit .297 in 300 at bats with Williamsport, and skipped Lakewood straight to Clearwater this year........In Lakewood, the BlueClaws are glad to see Kannapolis hit the road, losing 11-4 Sunday, and slipping to 1-3. Roman Quinn (.333-faster than Gose?), Angelo Mora, and Willie Carmona had 2 hits each for the Claws. Quinn has looked at home in the batters box, and a little nervous in the field. He is also driving the opposing pitchers crazy when he on the bases.
In Sacramento, Michael Taylor hit his 2nd home run for the River Cats as they salvaged the final game of their series with Las Vegas, 8-4...........In Colorado Springs, Josh Outman tossed 2.2 scoreless innings in relief, stranding an inherited baserunner, allowing 2 hits, and striking out 4 in the SkySox' 14-1 loss to Reno...................In Nashville, the Sounds lost to New Orleans, 3-1. Jesus Sanchez pitched 2 scoreless innings for Nashville, and allowed just 1 hit..........In Springdale, Darren Byrd threw 2 scoreless innings (2 walks) to record the save for Midland in the Rock Hounds' 4-1 win over the Naturals.
THEN AGAIN, THERE WAS THIS-
On the other side of the coin Sunday, Jonathan Villar was 0 for 5 for Oklahoma City, Jason Donald was 0 for 4 for Louisville, Jesus Merchan was 0 for 4 for Tucson, Anthony Gose was 0 for 5 for Buffalo, Domingo Santana was 0 for 3 for Corpus Christi, and Quintin Berry was 0 for 1 for Toledo.
In Rochester, Tyson Brummett started the game for Buffalo and could not get any outs. Well, he got 1 out, he allowed 3 hits and 3 walks, and 5 of the 6 scored. It gets worse- Bobby Korecky relieved Brummett, and also allowed 5 runs- on 8 hits and a walk in just 2.1 frames.