Monday, April 29, 2013

HomeSiders enjoy weekend in NY

The Phillies completed a sweep of the Mets in New York on Sunday, and for the 3rd day in a row, HomeSiders played a huge role.  Cole Hamels recorded his first win of the season, plowing through 6 innings and giving up just 1 run on 2 hits and 6 walks, striking out 8, in Philadelphia's 5-1 win. Freddy Galvis hit his 2nd home run of the season, but the big hit was a 2-run pinch hit double by Ryan Howard in the top of the 7th to break a 1-1 tie.  Carlos Ruiz (making his season debut) and Domonic Brown added a hit each and Antonio Bastardo tacked on another scoreless inning.  The trio of Kendrick,  Pettibone, and Hamels each notched a win, and Galvis, Brown and Howard all had big hits in the 3-game sweep!!   The win for Hamels was #9 for the HomeSide in the majors this year..........In Phoenix, Josh Outman retired all 6 hitters he faced for the Rockies in their 4-2 loss to the Diamondbacks.

On the flip side of the coin, Gavin Floyd has been placed on the DL by the White Sox with a flexor muscle strain in his pitching arm, and Lou Marson has returned to Indians' DL with right shoulder inflammation.  This leaves us with 12 active HomeSiders currently on major league rosters.

In Louisville, Darin Ruf had 2 doubles, 2 home runs, scored 3 runs and drove in 5 to pace the IronPigs to a 12-7 win over the Bats.  Leandro Castro  added 2 hits, including his 2nd home run.  Jake Diekman was lit up for 5 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks in just 1.1 innings of work..........In Reading, we had a great match up of Jesse Biddle for Reading and Tyson Brummett for New Hampshire and neither one disappointed.  Brummett allowed just 2 hits and 2 walks, striking out 6, and Biddle went 1 better, allowing just 1 hit and 3 walks, striking out 10.  Both left the game after 6 innings in a scoreless tie.  Reading won it in 12 innings, 2-1.  Zack Collier started the winning rally with a single, Sebastian Valle drove in the tying run with a bases loaded walk, and then Miguel Abreu was hit by a pitch which pushed across the winning run.  Biddle (can you say pitcher of the week?) has now fanned an amazing 26 hitters in his last 2 starts!!.............In Clearwater, Josh Ludy and Maikel Franco both homered in the bottom of the 9th inning, but the Threshers' 5-run rally came up 1 run short in an 8-7 loss to Fort Myers.  It has been a great start for Franco, who has 5 home runs, 25 RBI and is hitting .296 for Clearwater.  Ethan Stewart was the losing pitcher, but threw well, allowing just 2 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks in 6 innings of work.  Colby Shreve retired just 2 of 8 hitters, and was charged with 5 runs in .2 innings..........The BlueClaws were rained out for the 2nd straight day in Asheville, and will once again try to play 2 today.

In Sacramento, Michael Taylor homered (#5)  for the 2nd straight day, a 3-run shot to pace the River Cats to a 7-2 win over Salt Lake................In Tucson, Greg Golson had 2 hits, stole a base, scored a run and knocked in another for Colorado Springs in their 7-4 loss to the Padres................In Oklahoma City, red hot Jonathan Villar had 2 more hits, including his first home run of the year, and is 19 for his last 46 (.412) in his last 11 games.   Josh Zeid allowed a run on a hit and 2 walks in his inning, as the RedHawks beat New Orleans, 5-3............In Nashville, Jesus Sanchez allowed his first earned run of the year in the Sounds' 2-1 loss to Memphis in the second game of their doubleheader.  Sanchez has throw 11 innings and given up just 7 hits and 1 walk.............In Indianapolis, Mike Zagurski (1.74) tossed a scoreless frame, striking out 2 and notching his 3rd hold, as the Indians beat Gwinnett, 5-2..................In Norfolk, Quintin Berry had a double and stole his 10th base in 11 tries for Toledo, but the Mud hens dropped a 4-3 decision to the Tides.........In Rochester, Anthony Gose had 2 hits, a walk, an RBI and scored a run for the Bisons in Buffalo's 5-3 victory over the Red Wings.

Among our boys signing to play in the independent leagues, Chris Duffy will suit up for the Camden River Sharks, and CJ Henry will play for the Evansville Otters.

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