Word has come down from the commisioner's office that Carlos Carrasco has been suspended 8 games for throwing at Youkalis on Tuesday. Harsh, because in my opinion, he was not throwing at him, he was just wild. If you go back over Carlos' career, even in the minors, he has plunked many hitters attempting to pitch inside. So he will have to sit out another week.
Meanwhile, in Cleveland, Nick Swisher drove in Michael Bourn in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Indians and Justin Masterson a 1-0 win over the White Sox. Bourn had doubled with 1 out in the inning........In Kansas City, Jay Happ won his second straight start in an 8-4 Jays win over the Royals. Happ (2-0, 3.48) went 5 innings, giving up 4 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks and 4 strike outs, throwing 110 pitches, 70 for strikes. It was win #4 for HomeSiders in the major leagues this season............In Miami, the Phillies put up 2 runs in the 10th inning to take a 3-1 victory from the Marlins. The Phillies first run in the 6th inning came when Domonic Brown doubled in Ryan Howard, who had also doubled. They each had 2 hits in the game. Antonio Bastardo struck out all 3 hitters he faced in the 7th inning.
In Reno, Michael Taylor (.410) had a single, a double, his 3rd home run, a walk, and 5 RBI for Sacramento as the River Cats topped the Aces, 16-8. It was the 3rd home run for Mike, who now has 11 RBI in the Cats' first 9 games! Tuffy Gosewisch walked and scored a run, and threw out a runner stealing for Reno..............In Toledo, the Mud Hens edged Louisville 2-1. Quintin Berry had a single, what turned out to be the game winning RBI, and stole a base (#3). Jason Donald was 0 for 4 for the Bats, and is 0 for 12 since his 4-hit game last Saturday..............In Oklahoma City, Memphis beat the RedHawks, 10-6. Jonathan Villar's struggles continue, as he was 0 for 3 with 2 walks in the game. Josh Zeid tossed a scoreless 9th inning for Oklahoma City. Zeid has not allowed a hit in 3 innings of work so far...............In Mobile, Travis Mattair was 2 for 5 with an RBI in a doubleheader for Pensacola. The Blue Wahoos won the opener, 1-0 and the Bay Bears came back for a 2-1 win in the nightcap.............After not getting out of the first inning for Buffalo last week, Tyson Brummett was sent back to New Hampshire, and he started for the Fisher Cats in Binghamton last night. In 3 innings, Brummett allowed 6 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks in the Cats' 15-7 loss to the Mets.............In Midland, D'Arby Myers had a hit, a walk, and scored a run for the Rock Hounds in their 6-5, 12-innings win over the Naturals.
In Reading, Sebastian Valle had 2 hits, including his 2nd home run of the year, and scored 2 runs as Reading beat Erie, 3-1 in the home opener. Albert Cartwright had 3 hits for the Fightin' Phils, and Anthony Hewitt (.346) had another hit, stole a base, and threw out a runner at home!..........In Viera, Carlos Alonso had 3 hits, including a home run and drove in 4 runs to pace the Threshers to a 9-5 win over Brevard County. Ethan Stewart started and did not have anything, lasting just 1.1 innings and allowing 4 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks. Gabriel Arias came on the restore order over the next 4.2 frames, giving up no runs and allowing Clearwater to come back. Arias is 2-0, 0.93 so far! Mike Nesseth allowed a run on 2 hits in 2 innings of work, recording a hold, and Colton Murray tossed a scoreless 9th for Clearwater........In Greensboro, the BlueClaws dropped a 2-1 decision to the Grasshoppers, falling to 1-8, their worst start since the 2006 team started out 0-9. By the way, the 2006 team came back to win the league championship, so do not give up hope just yet!! Mitch Walding (.344) had 2 of the Claws 5 hits. Kevin Brady was very good, going 6 innings and allowing just 1 UNearned run on 3 hits. Andrew Aizenstadt tossed 2 scoreless frames, before Zack Cooper took another tough loss.