In New York Friday night, Kyle Kendrick threw a complete game 3-hit shut out, and Ryan Howard's 3-run home run (#3) provided the lion's share of the offense in the Phillies' 4-0 victory over the Mets. It was the second career shut out for Kyle, who is now 2-1, 2.41 on the year, and has allowed just 4 runs in his last 28 innings, covering 4 starts. The win was #7 for HomeSiders in the major leagues this year........In Phoenix, Josh Outman tossed a scoreless 6th for the Rockies in their 6-3 win over the Diamondbacks, allowing 1 hit and recoding his second hold since his call up.
In Asheville, the BlueClaws allowed a franchise record 21 hits, dropping a 14-10 wild one to the Touists. Willie Carmona broke out of a season long funk with a 4-hit game, and Alejandro Villalobos drove in 3 runs to lead the Lakewood attack. Villalobos, Chad Carman, Angelo Mora, Art Charles, and Brian Pointer all had 2 hits, and I will do the pitchers a favor and not mention them, except to say Steven Inch retired all 4 hitters he faced at the end. Inch has had a good opening month, posting a 1.86 ERA so far..............In Clearwater, Maikel Franco (.300) had a double, 2 home runs and drove in 7 runs (22 on the year) to pace the Threshers to a 9-4 win over Tampa. Aaron Altherr also homered and doubled and is now hitting .383 for Clearwater, and Kelly Dugan came off the DL and was 1 for 4 in his season debut. Hoby Milner (2-2)was the starter and winner, going 5 innings and giving up just 1 run on 3 hits and 1 walk, with 5 Ks. Mike Nesseth threw 2 scoreless frames in relief................In Reading, the Fightin' Phils dropped a 3-1 game to the Fisher Cats, with third baseman Tyler Henson getting 3 of their 7 hits. Carlos Ruiz continued his rehab, going 0 for 4 for Reading, and Juan Sosa (2.1 IP, 1 hit, 1 walk, 3 Ks) and Tyler Knigge (2 IP, 2 hits, 1 walk, 2 Ks) threw scoreless relief................In Indianapolis, BJ Rosenberg pitched well, allowing 2 earned runs on 5 hits and 3 walks over 6 innings in the IronPigs' 5-1 loss to the Indians. Mike Stutes gave up 2 runs in his 2 innings and Lehigh Valley was held to just 3 hits, including a Tommy Joseph home run off former major leaguer Jose Contreras.
In Midland, D'Arby Myers (.277) had a single and a double, and drove in his 9th run of the year to help the Rock Hounds pound San Antonio, 11-4...............In Frisco, Domingo Santana came off the DL, and had 2 hits, including his 3rd home run of the season for Corpus Christi, and the Hooks topped the RoughRiders, 4-2...............In Oklahoma City, Jonathan Villar had 2 hits in a rain shortened, 2-0 RedHawks' win over New Orleans. Jon is 15 for 38 in his last 9 games, a .395 pace.