First order of business today is congratulations to Nick Hernadez of the Threshers and Art Charles of the BlueClaws, who were named Philadelphia's pitcher and player of the week respectively for the week ending last Sunday. The transaction wire also tells me that Michael Taylor has been optioned back to Sacramento, which leaves us with a total of 12 HomeSiders currently active in the majors, 7 of those in Philladelphia.
Speaking of the Phillies, the team wasted a fine performance from Cole Hamels, losing 2-0 to the Pirates. Cole (0-3 now) went 8 innings, and allowed just 2 runs on 7 hits and 1 walk, striking out 6 on the way. The Phillies scratched out just 4 hits, 1 by Ryan Howard, and fall to 9-12 on the season.......In Cincinaati, the Cubs scored 2 in the 10th to top the Reds, 4-2. Alfredo Simon came on to record the last 2 outs, stranding 2 inherited runners in the process.........Out in Denver, the Braves swept a pair of games from the Rockies, 4-3 and 10-2. Josh Outman threw 2.1 innings in the nightcap, allowing 4 runs on 3 hits and a walk.
In Greenville, the BlueClaws started their road trip with a combined 2-hit shut out, beating the Drive, 4-0. Kevin Brady went the first 5 innings (0 hits 5 walks, 5 Ks) and notched his first win of the season. Nick Hanson and Delvi Francisco finished it off, as the Claws improved to 6-13. Angelo Mora, who had started off slowly, had 3 more hits, knocked in a run and scored another for Lakewood. Mora is 7 for his last 15, covering the last 4 games, a .467 pace!.........In Harrisburg, Zack Collier hit a big 3-run home run in the top of the 9th inning to help the Fightin Phils take a 7-5 come-from-behind win from the Senators. Jim Murphy (.352) had 3 more hit, including a double and a triple, and scored twice, and Derrick Mitchell stayed hot with 2 more knocks. "Mitch" is 6 for his last 13 in the last 4 games. Tyler Knigge threw 2 shut out frames, and Juan Sosa was the winning pitcher and beneficiary of Collier's big hit............In Lakeland, Gabriel Arias made the start for the Threshers and allowed 6 first innings run, although only 2 of them were earned, in Clearwater's 12-3 loss to the Flying Tigers. Delmon Young, on rehab assignment, had 4 hits for the Threshers, Cameron Perkins had 3 hits and 2 RBI, and Aaron Altherr (.342) and Carlos Alosnso (.333) each had a pair of hits for Clearwater, sa the threshers slipped to 8-11 on the year.
In Louisville, the Bats rallied for 2 in the bottom of the 9th to snatch a 3-2 win over the Braves. Jason Donald (.278) had 2 hits for Louisville............In Round Rock, the Express dropped a 1-0 decision to New Orleans. Lisalverto Bonilla threw a scoreless inning (1 walk, 2 Ks) for the home team.