I can only begin in Lakewood, where Nicholas Hanson continues to pitch lights out!! On Monday, Hanson threw 7 stellar frames, retiring the first 16 hitters in a row, allowing a run on 2 hits and a walk, striking out 4. That is the only run he has allowed in 18 innings since he became a starter. He left the game with a 3-1 lead, which we let get away, but a bases loaded walk to red hot Zack Taylor drove in the game winning run in the bottom of the 9th, and Lakewood has won 4 staright. Taylor has 8 hits in last 15 official at bats. Chace Numata had 2 more hits, and is now hitting .323, having reached base in 17 consecutive games in which he has played.
In Clearwater, Kelly Dugan (.305) hit his 2nd home run, 1 of his 2 hits on the day, and Maikel Franco (.295) also had 2 hits, but the Threshers dropped a 5-3 game to Bradenton. Outfielder Cameron Perkins (.373) had 3 hits, an RBI and scored a run for Clearwater. Hoby Milner started and went 5 innings, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits and 1 walk, striking out 7. The loss went to Luis Paulino (0-3, 7.85) who is having a terrible time this year. He allowed the 2 deciding runs on 3 hits in his 2 innings of work..........In Erie, Reading got off to a good start behind David Buchanan, and had a 4-1 lead after 6 innings. Buchanan went 7, and gave up 2 runs on 5 hits, NO walks, 4 Ks. But Mike Nesseth gave up the tying runs and Mauricio Robles gave up the winning run and the Sea Wolves grabbed a 5-4 win. Anthony Hewitt had a single and a double, scored a run and drove in another for Reading...............In Oklahoma City, the Salt Lake Bess edged the RedHawks, 3-2. Jonathan Villar (.308) had a single, a double and a triple, and scored both runs for OKC.........In Colorado Springs, Greg Golson (.292) had 2 hits for the SkySox, who rallied for 4 in the bottom of the 9th for a 7-6 win over Omaha.........In Tucson, Jesus Merchan was 3 for 3 and a walk for the Padres, who beat Lisalverto Bonilla and Round Rock, 6-5 in 10 innings. Bonilla (2-2, 7-58) wild pitched home the game winning run.