The Rockies won the rubber game of their series with the Philies, 5-2 on Sunday. Another wasted effort in support (or NON-support) of Cole Hamels. Cole again pitched well enough, 7 innings, 3 runs, 6 hits, 2 walks, 7 Ks, but the Phillies offense did not score for him. In his 15 starts, the Phillies have scored a total of 31 runs while he has been in the games. If you only get 2 runs a start, it is hard as hell to win. Ryan Howard had 2 more hits and drove in a run in the "too little, too late" 9th inning rally, and Domonic Brown broke a 2 for 21 funk with a 2nd inning single.................In Cincinnati, Alfredo Simon threw 3 shut out innings in relief of Johnny Cueto, allowing just 2 hits, NO walks, and struck out 6 to record his first save of the season ( to go with 5 wins) in the Reds' 5-1 win over Milwaukee..............In Cleveland, Michael Bourn had a hit and a walk, and scored a run for the Indians in their 2-0 victory over the Washington Nationals. Speaking of the Indians, the Tribe will send Carlos Carrasco against the Royals in Cleveland tonight, looking for his first win of the year!
In Allentown, Carlos Ruiz was 1 for 3 and scored a run for the IronPigs in their 10-inning 5-4 win over Scranton. Steve Susdorf (.317) had 2 hits for Lehigh Valley.........In Richmond, Anthony Hewitt had 2 hits, including a 6th inning home run to provide the eventual winning run as the Fightin Phils beat the Flying Squirrels, 5-4. It was the 5th home run of the year for Hewitt, who is hitting . 262. Derrick Mitchell and Edgar Duran also had 2 hits each for the Phils. Austin Wright was the starting, and winning pitcher, completing 6 innings and allowing just 3 runs, 2 earned on just 3 hits and 1 walk........In Hagerstown, the Suns beat Lakewood in the final game of the first half, 9-6. Carlos Tocci had 3 hits, and Chace Numata and Willie Carmona had 2 hits each. Carmona is in a 25 for 78 (.325) stretch, where he is hitting the ball very well.
In Iowa City, Quintin Berry had 2 hits, drove in 2 runs, and stole a base for Omaha, in the Storm Chasers' 3-1 win over the Cubs..................In Sacramento, Michael Taylor (.296) had a 2-out, 3-RBI double to help the River Cats defeat Tacoma, 6-3.........In Oklahoma City, Jonathan Villar (.279) had 3 hits, including 2 home runs, but it could not save the RedHawks from a 9-4 loss to the Express. Jonathan Singleton had 2 doubles in his first game with the RedHawks, joining them earlier in the day........In Pensacola, Travis Mattair kept his good mojo, going 1 for 3 with an RBI single during the Blue Wahoos 4-run 5th inning in a 4-0 win over Mobile............In Corpus Christi, Adam Buchini had 2 hits and a walk, and drove in 2 runs for San Antonio as the Missions defeated the Hooks, 7-2.
Finally, in Tucson, the Reno Aces pounded 20 hits and beat the Padres, 18-7. Jesus Merchan (.264) had 2 hits for Padres, and even pitched the final inning for Tucson (1 run, 2 hits, 1 walk)!!