The Phillies have acquired infielder John McDonald from the Indians for a player to be named (maybe a HomeSider?), or possibly cash.
In LA last night, Jonathan Pettibone shook off an ineffective 1st inning (3 runs, 3 hits and a walk), then pitched 5 scoreless frames, allowing just 1 more hit, and left after 6 with the game tied. He even got a hit to start the 2-run, game-tying rally in the 5th. Justin De Fratus was the losing pitcher, allowing 2 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks in just .2 innings, as the Dodgers won it, 6-4. Domonic Brown hit his 21st home run to give the Phillies their first run in the 2nd inning.........In Baltimore, the Orioles topped the Indians, 7-3. Michael Bourn (.296) had 2 hits for the Tribe.
Maikel Franco had 3 more hits for Reading in their 9-2 win in New Britain. Since joining the Fightin Phils, Franco has played 8 games, and is 17 for 34. A mere .500!! He has a double, 2 triples, 3 home runs and 8 RBI. His combined numbers for this year between Clearwater and Reading: .322, 19 home runs, 60 RBI in just 73 games. Remember he had 57 RBI for Lakewood in the second half last year, hitting .346 after the break. The phrase "coming into his own" comes to my mind. Austin Wright was solid for 8 innings to pick up his 3rd win, and Jim Murphy (.296) had 2 hits and 2 more RBI, running his total to 49.
In Clearwater, excellent pitching from Ethan Stewart- 5 shut out innings, just 2 hits and 1 walk, with 4 strike outs to help the Threshers win the second game of their doubleheader against the Manatees, 2-1. Carlos Alonso drove home Harold Martinez with the winning run in the bottom of the 8th............In Gwinnett, Joe Bisenius made it 2 good starts for the Braves, throwing 5 innings and scattering 7 hits, allowing just 1 run. He walked 1 and struck out 4 in the Braves' 7-5 win over Buffalo. Joe is 2-0, 3.09 in his 2 starts for Gwinnett..........In Sacramento, Michael Taylor (.311) hit his 9th home run for the River Cats, who defeated Reno, 7-4. Tuffy Gosewisch (.292) had 2 doubles and an RBI for the Aces..............In Indianapolis, Vance Worley won his 3rd straight start for Rochester with 6 innings of work against the Indians. He did allow 4 runs on 10 hits, but just 1 walk in the Red Wings' 8-4 win. Vance is now 4-3, 3.47 since being sent down.