On Wednesday in Minnesota, the Twins rallied for 2 runs off Antonio Bastardo in the bottom of the 8th inning and took a 4-3 decision from the Phillies. Tyler Cloyd started and kept the Phillies in the game with 5 innings of work, letting in just 1 run on 6 hits and 3 walks. Joe Savery allowed a run on 2 hits in the 6th, but Philadelphia still had a 3-2 advantage. When Savery gave up a lead off single to Joe Mauer in the 7th, Mike Stutes was called in. Stutes got Ryan Doumit and Josh Willingham, before yielding to Bastardo. Bastardo retired Justin Morneau on 1 pitch to end the inning, but gave up 3 straight hits on just 6 pitches to start the 8th, leaving in favor of Justin De Fratus. Justin got 2 outs before a wild pitch let the game deciding run score in heart breaking fashion. Ryan Howard, Domonic Brown and Freddy Galvis were a combined 0 for 10 in the game.
In Arlington, Michael Bourn had 2 hits and a walk, and scored a run for the Indians in Cleveland's 5-2 win over the Rangers..........In Clearwater, Hoby Milner was spectacular! Milner (6-2, 3.36) went 7.2 innings of shut out baseball against St Lucie, allowing just 1 hit and 1 walk, while striking out 7 as the Threshers won an important game, 6-0 over the Mets. Maikel Franco belted 2 home runs for Clearwater, and now has 47 RBI. Remember, Franco drove in 57 runs in the second half with the BlueClaws last year. The Threshers are currently in a tie for 1st place with Dunedin, just half a game ahead of Brevard County, and a full game in front of Daytona in the final week of the first half!
In Frisco, Sergio Escalona was the winning pitcher for the Corpus Christi Hooks, pitching 3 innings of effective relief (4 hits, 1 walk, 3 Ks) in the Hooks' 8-5 victory over the RoughRiders. Domingo Santana had a single and a double and scored 2 runs for Corpus Christi.