As expected, the Phillies named Jesse Biddle minor league pitcher of the week yesterday, but selected Biddle's teammate Cesar Hernandez as the player of the week (my pick was Aaron Altherr, but Hernandez was also worthy).
Last night in Los Angeles, Josh Outman was in the right place at the right time for the Rockies, pitching 2 shut out frames for Colorado (1 hit, NO walks) and picking up the victory over the Dodgers, 7-3. It was win #10 for HomeSiders in the majors this year. Kyle Kendrick and Jay Happ will each get the ball tonight looking to add to that total. Kendrick comes off his masterful, 3-hit, complete game shut out in New York last week. Speaking of the Phillies, they will be glad to get out of Cleveland after their 6-0 loss last night. The Tribe outscored Philadelphia, 20-2 in the 2-game set. Domonic Brown had 2 of the Phillies' 3 hits.
In Lakewood, Chace Numata had 3 hits, including the go-ahead home run in the bottom of the 7th to pace the BlueClaws to a 4-3 win over Charleston. Chace has been hot, 10 for 24 (that's .416) in his last 7 games, and has his season average up to .305. Willie Carmona (9 for his last 16) doubled home the eventual winning run, and made a run-saving stab of a line drive with the infield in and the tying run at third base in the top of the 8th. Willie was playing first for the injured Art Charles, who injured his wrist Monday in Asheville. The good news is it is not broken, and Charles will probably be out just a week or so. Yoel Mecias pitched 4 very good ininngs, before seemingly losing his cool a little when second baseman Angelo Mora made a throwing error to start the 5th. In truth Mecias recovered and after 2 runs were in and runners on 2nd and 3rd- still no out- Yoel and Miguel Nunez combined to stop the bleeding, which led to the 1-run win! Nunez improved to 3-0, with a 2.91 in his 5 appearances, allowing 1 run on 2 hits, NO walks, after coming into the bases loaded, 2-out jam in the 5th, and stranding all 3 runners. I also have to mention 17-year old Carlos Tocci, who had 2 hits, 2 stolen bases and 2 diving catches in center field.
In Reading, Jim Murphy's 4th home run was the lone run in a 2-1 loss to Portland. Brody Colvin came off the DL and pitched 3 innings and gave up a run on 3 hits and 1 walk, striking out 3, Tyler Knigge threw 2 scoreless frames, and Cameron Rupp had 2 of Reading's 5 hits.......In Corpus Christi, the Hooks beat Midland, 3-2 in 11 innings. In the top of the 10th, D'Arby Myers led off with a single and scored the go-ahead run for the Rock Hounds. The Hooks tied it in the 10, then in the bottom of the 11th, Domingo Santana led off with a walk, and scored the winning run!
In Oklahoma City, Jonathan Villar was 1 for 4, an RBI double for the RedHawks in their 6-2 win over Nashville..............In Salt Lake City, Greg Golson had a single, a stolen base, and scored a run for the SkySox, but the Bees took an 8-7 win..............In Fresno, Michael Taylor (.319) had 2 more hits and scored a run for Sacramento in the River Cats' 4-1 win over the Grizzlies.