First order of business is congratulations to Jesse Biddle, who was voted Eastern League Pitcher of the week. Jesse pitched twice during the week, going a total of 13 innings and not allowing a run, and struck out 26 hitters in the 2 starts!! I expect him to be named Phillies minor league pitcher of the week, also, if that announcement has not been made yet.
In Cleveland, the Indians bombed the Phillies, 14-2 hitting 7 home runs. The combination of Ryan Howard, Domonic Brown, Carlos Ruiz and Freddy Galvis managed just 1 for 11, with 2 walks. None of our boys pitched, thank goodness!!........In Detroit, Vance Worley completed his winless April with 4.2 innings of work against the Tigers, allowing 6 runs on 10 hits (3 home runs) and a walk. After a fine spring training where he won the opening day assignment, Vance is 0-4, 7.22 in his first month with Minnesota. Yikes!!
In Louisville, the Bats beat the IronPigs again, 9-5, Darin Ruf (.267) had 2 hits including his 4th home run, and drove in 3 runs for Lehigh Valley, and Justin De Fratus threw the final 2 innings, and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits. Justin has pitched 14 innings so far, and allowed just 3 earned runs, posting a 1.93 to go along with his 3 wins.......In Reading, the Fightin' Phils dropped a 5-3 decision to Portland, getting just 5 hits, and in Clearwater, the Threshers lost a 5-3 game to the Miracle. Aaron Altherr (.348) hit his 3rd home run, 1 of just 6 hits by Clearwater. Aaron is my choice for Phillies minor league player of the week.
In Indianapolis, the Indians beat Gwinnett, 9-2. Mike Zagurski tossed the final frame, and gave up 1 run on 1 hit, as the Indians complete a 20-7 month to start the year............In Pawtucket, Carlos Carrasco pitched just 3 innings for the Clippers, and allowed 4 runs on 3 hits, 1 walk, and 1 plunk! Carlos left the game down, 4-0, but Columbus came back for a 6-5 win in 15 innings..............In Oklahoma City, Jarred Cosart picked up his 3rd win with 5.1 innings of work, giving up just 1 run on 4 hits and 1 walk, striking out 6 in the RedHawks' 4-2 win over Nashville. Josh Zeid recorded his 2nd save of the year, and Jonathan Villar had another hit, and stole home (#7) for Oklahoma City. Jon is 23 for 54 in the last 13 games, a .426 clip!.............In Salt Lake City, Greg Golson had 3 hits, including a home run and drove in 3 runs for Colorado Springs to pace the SkySox to a 9-3 win over the Bees...............In Fresno, the Grizzlies lost a 10-2 game to the River Cats. Michael Taylor (.308) had 2 hits and scored a run for Sacramento.