After a nice run to get above the .500 mark, the Phillies have lost 4 in a row, including last night's game in Minnesota, 3-2. Ryan Howard had 2 hits and an RBI, and Philadelphia wasted another good outing from Cole Hamels. Hamels went 6 innings and gave up just 2 runs on 7 hits and NO walks, receiving no decision. Justin De Fratus tossed a scoreless 7th and Antonio Bastardo got the final out of the game, after giving up the game winning hit allowing an inherited runner to score.......The Rockies have recalled Josh Outman, and used him in last night's 8-3 win over Washingtom. Josh retired 2 hitters, allowed 1 hit, and earned his 4th hold of the year.
With all the catching injuries in the Phillies system, Cameron Rupp has moved up to Lehigh Valley and will be replaced in Reading by Justin Dalles. In Allentown, the IronPigs defeated Charlotte 2-1 in the opener of their doubleheader. Jake Diekman notch his 11th save in the game. Rupp made his AAA debut in the second game, and had an RBI double in the Knights' 8-4 win. Darin Ruf had 3 hits and knocked in 2 runs for Lehigh Valley...............In Reading, the BaySox topped the Fightin Phils, 8-4. Jim Murphy and Tommy Mendonca had 2 hits each for the R-Phils.........In Clearwater, Aaron Altherr hit his 7th home run to tie the game in the 7th inning, but the Threshers lost in 10, 4-2 to St Lucie. Brock Stassi had 3 hits for the Threshers, and Kelly Dugan had 2 hits and 2 walks. Dugan's .346 average is tops in the FSL!! Nick Hernandez started and went 5 innings for Clearwater, allowing just 2 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks, Juan Sosa was excellent with 4 shut out frames (just 1 hit and 1 walk with 6 Ks), before Colton Murray gave up the game deciding runs in the 10th. Sosa had struggled in Reading, but has not allowed a run in 8 innings since being sent back to the Threshers.........In Lakewood, Yoel Mecias won his 4th game with 5 more solid innings in the opener of the Claws doubleheader, a 5-2 victory for Lakewood. The 19-year old allowed just 1 run on 2 hits and 2 walks, striking out 7 to improve to 4-2, 3.71 on the season. The Claws got just 3 hits in the game, but took advantage of 6 Greensboro errors. The Grasshoppers came back for a 5-2 win in the nightcap. Willie Carmona and Larry Greene had 2 hits each in the second game, and Geoff Broussard pitched very well, allowing just 1 run in 4 solid innings of relief.
In Oklahoma City, Jonathan Villar had 2 walks, 2 stolen bases and scored 2 runs to help spark the RedHawks to an 8-5 win over the Iowa Cubs.............In Scranton, the RailRiders won both games from the Bisons, 6-5, and 6-2. Anthony Gose had 3 hits on the day, stole a base, drove in a run and scored 2 for Buffalo..............In Louisville, Jason Donald had a single, a walk, a stolen base, and scored a run for the Bats in their 8-5 win over the Bulls............In Midland, D'Arby Myers drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the 3rd inning, then singled and scored what turned out to be the winning run in the 5th, as the Rock Hounds beat Frisco, 4-3................In Pearl, Travis Mattair had 2 hits, a walk, and scored 2 runs for Pensacola, and the Blue Wahoos scored 6 runs in the final 2 innings to grab a 7-3 win from the Braves............In San Antonio, Domingo Santana hit his 12th home run, and Jonathan Singleton had 2 hits and 2 RBI as the pair of former Claws led Corpus Chrsiti to a 6-2 win. Singleton is 5 for 8 in the last 2 games and may be moving on to Okalhoma City before too long. As for Santana, the 20-year old is having a fine AA season, with a .260 mark, the 12 HR and 36 RBI. He is 6 for 7 in steals, and this part of his game is there, just waiting to be utilized.
Greg Golson is on the DL for the Colorado Springs SkySox, that is why we haven't heard from him in a few days.
In Rochester, Vance Worley was OK for 5 innings, but never got out of the 6th, allowing 7 runs on 9 hits in the Red Wings' 9-5 loss to the Mud Hens. (It seems the current adjustment that Worley must make is not coming easy for the 25-year old. This happens to a lot of players, and the key is to stay positive while the whole world is falling down around you) Hang in there, and keep working hard, Vance! The HomeSide is still on YOUR side!