If you haven't already heard or seen the video, Jay Happ got hit in the head by a line drive last night in the 2nd inning in St Petersburg and had to be carried off the field. This video is not for the faint of heart, so be forewarned! I will not speculate on how bad it is until we get a report.
Meanwhile, on the field, Kyle Kendrick won his 3rd start in a row, beating the Giants in San Francisco, 6-2. Kyle (4-1, 2.45) went 7 solid innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, NO walks, and struck out 6. Ryan Howard (.282) was 2 for 3, including his 6th home run, and walked twice. The win by Kendrick was #13 for the HomeSide this year. The Phillies also announced that Tyler Cloyd will make the start on Friday night in place of Roy Halladay, and for the first time ever, the Phillies will have 4 former Claws in the rotation!!
In Lakewood, the BlueClaws wrapped up their homestand with a combined 3-hit shut out, and beat the Legends, 1-0, Another great outing for Nick Hanson, who threw 6 shut out frames and has thrown 11 such innings in his 2 starts. The win went to Delvi Francisco, who retired all 6 hitters he faced, and Steven Inch rebounded from Sunday's dissaster for a 1-2-3 9th for his 3rd save. Chace Numata drove in the game's only run with a 7th inning double. Numata was also 3 for 3 throwing out potential base stealers!! Carlos Tocci had another great play in centerfield, and had another single. Carlos has 5 hits in the last 4 games and is showing some good understanding of the strike zone at bat! His poise for a 17-year old in noteworthy!!
In Palm Beach, Hoby Milner tossed 7 shut out innings (8 hits, 1 walk, 6 Ks) to lead the Threshers to a 3-0 win over the Cardinals. Hoby improves to 4-2, 4.24 on the year, and Colton Murray notched his 2nd save with a scoreless 9th............In Portland, Hector Neris continues to shine for Reading, this time with 6 good frames in a 5-1 victory over the Sea Dogs. Neris (3-1, 3.41) allowed just 1 run on 4 hits and NO walks to secure the win. Mike Nesseth, recently pormoted from Clearwater tossed 2 shut out frames in relief, and Derrick Mitchell and Jim Murphy hit home runs for Reading. It was the 6th home run for Murphy..................In Allentown, the BJ Rosenberg as a starter experiment is getting mixed reviews. "Rosie" went 6 innings last night in a 6-4 loss to Louisville, and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits and 5 walks. Steve Susdorf (.297) knocked in 3 runs for the IronPigs.
In Columbus, Michael Bourn made a rehab start for the Clippers in the first game of their doubleheader, and had a hit, a walk, and a stolen base in a 4-2 loss to Charlotte.............In Toledo, the Mud Hens lost in 16 innings, 8-7 to Rochester. Quintin Berry walked 4 times in the game, stole a bae (#12) and scored a run for Toledo..............In Buffalo, Anthony Gose had a hit and a walk, and stole home for the Bisons in their 6-4 win over the Tides.........In Oklahoma City, Jarred Cosart improved to 4-0, 2.18 on the year, throwing 5.2 innings of shut out ball in the RedHawks' 6-1 win over Tacoma. Jarred allowed 6 hits and 3 walks, and struck out 10. Josh Zeid retired all 4 hitters he faced (2 Ks), and stranded an inherited runner in the 6th............In Midland, D'Arby Myers had an RBI hit, stole a base (#7), and scored a run for the Rock Hounds in an 8-5 win over Frisco.