On Saturday, the Oakland Athletics recalled Michael Taylor from AAA-Sacramento to take the place of Yoenis Cespedes, who was placed on the DL with a strained muscle in his left hand. Taylor is red hot, hitting .410 with 3 home runs and 11 RBI in 9 games for Sacramento. Mike did not get in the game for Oakland Saturday night, a 7-4 loss to Detroit at home.
In Miami, Cole Hamels pitched better, but is still winless in 3 starts. Cole went 6 innings against the Marlins, allowing 1 run on 3 hits and 3 walks and striking out 5 in the Phillies' 2-1 loss to Miami. The Phillies managed just 5 hits on the night, with Ryan Howard (.233, double), Domonic Brown (.262, run scored), and Freddy Galvis each getting one. It was the first start of the season for Galvis, who played third base for Michael Young. Antonio Bastardo pitched another 1-2-3 inning, and has not given up a run (1 hit, 2 walks, 5 Ks) in 5 innings so far.........In Cleveland, Michael Bourn was 0 for 5 for the Indians in their 9-4 win over the White Sox...............In Pittsburgh, the Pirates defeated the Reds, 3-1. Alfredo Simon was the losing pitcher, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk in 2 innings of work for Cincinnati.
In Syracuse, Adam Morgan allowed just 3 hits in 8 shut out innings against the Chiefs, and 9 different IronPigs had 1 hit each in a 6-0 Lehigh Valley victory. Leandro Castro (.321), Darin Ruf (.310) , and Steve Susdorf (.400) all contributed for the IronPigs..........In Reading, Austin Wright walked 5 consecutive hitters to start the 2nd inning and had to come out of the game against Erie, and Sea Wolves went on to a 9-5 win over the Fightin' Phils. Austin was charged with 4 runs, all earned despite not giving up a hit. Juan Sosa came on and did not fare much better. Besides letting all of Wright's runners score, Sosa gave up 4 of his own in just 2.1 innings. Hector Neris (2.2 IP, 1 run, 4 hits, 1 walk) and Tyler Knigge (2 IP, 1 walk, 1 K) restored order for Reading. Edgar Duran and Jim Murphy had 2 hits each for the Phils..................In Viera, Colin Kleven was bombed to the tune of 9 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks in just 2.2 innings of work in the Threshers' 10-2 loss to the Manatees. Colin did strike out 6 of the 8 outs he recorded. Colby Shreve came on and allowed 1 run on 3 hits in 2.1 innings. Maikel Franco (.308) had 2 hits and drove in both runs with a double, and Aaron Altherr had 2 hits and a walk, and raised his early season average to a lofty .412.
In Reno, Tuffy Gosewisch hit a 2-run home run, and drove in a 3rd run with a sacrifice fly for the Aces, but Sacramento won the game, 15-11!...........In Toledo, Quintin Berry had 3 hits, including 2 doubles, drove in 2 runs and stole his 4th base of the year, pacing the Mud Hens to an 8-0 win over Louisville.......In Midland, D'Arby Myers (.280) had 3 hits, including a double and scored a run for the Rock Hounds, who dropped a 4-1 decsion to the Naturals...............In New Orleans, the Zephyrs edged Round Rock, 3-2. Lisalverto Bonilla recorded the final 5 outs for the Express, allowing just 1 hit and striking out 3.......In Oklahoma City, the RedHawks lost an 8-7 game to Memphis. Jonathan Villar and Jason Jaramillo (RBI) had a hit each for Oklahoma City............In Omaha, Jesus Sanchez picked up the victory for Nashville in the the Sounds' 8-5 win. Sanchez came into the game with bases loaded and allowed all 3 inherited runners to score, which tied the game at 5-5, but the Sounds took the lead in the next frame and Jesus got the lucky win!..............In Las Vegas, the SkySox defeated the 51s, 11-6. Travis d'Arnaud had 2 doubles, 2 RBI and scored a run for Vegas..........In Tucson, Jesus Merchan was 1 for 3 for the Padres in their 5-3 win over Fresno..........In Springfield, Domingo Santana had 2 hits and scored a run for Corpus Christi, and the Hooks improved to 7-2 with a 3-2 win over the Cardinals..........In Mobile, the Bay Bears defeated Pensaclo, 5-2. Travis Mattair hit his 3rd home riun of the year for the Blue Wahoos in the losing cause.