Friday night in Detroit, Doug Fister outpitched Cole Hamels in a 2-1 Tigers victory over the reeling Phillies. Now losers of 6 out of 7 since the break after winning the first one, the Phillies could all of a sudden go into "sell" mode, with no one being safe from trade. Philadelphia got just 4 hits Friday, 1 each by Darin Ruf and Carlos Ruiz. Hamels (4-13, 4.09) threw 7 strong innings, allowing just 2 runs on 46 hts and 3 walks, striking out 6 on the way................In Cleveland, the Indians walked off in the 11th inning on a Ryan Raburn home run, getting past the Rangers, 11-8. Michael Bourn had a hit and drove in 3 runs for the Tribe........In Toronto, Jonathan Villar was 1 for 5 for the Astros in their 12-6 loss to the Blue Jays.
In Reading Maikel Franco had 3 hits, i9ncluding 2 more home runs, and drove in 5 runs to power the Fightin Phils to a 7-2 win over New Britain. It was the 7th home run Franco has hit since being called up, and #23 altogether for 2013. He also has a total of 77 RBI between Clearwater and Reading. Kelly Dugan had 2 hits, including his 2nd AA homer this week!....................In Pawtucket, Cody Asche drove home Leandro Castro (who had 2 hits) with the tying run in the top of the 8th inning, then scored the game winning run on a hit by Josh Fields in the IronPigs exciting, 4-3 come from behind win over the Red Sox. The win puts Lehigh Valley (53-54) just 4.5 games behind the first place Sox and right in the race for a wild card spot in the International League........................In Lakewood, Willie Carmona and Art Charles had 2 hits each to power the BlueClaws to a 7-6 win over Greenville, with Miguel Nunez winning his teasm leading 8th game of the year.
In Midland, Domingo Santana had a single, a triple, and his 15th home run, driving in 3 runs to help Corpus Christi top the Rock Hounds, 12-6 in the first game of their double dip, then added a nother hit and another RBI in the nightcap, a 2-0 Hooks' win for the sweep. D'Arby Myers (.274) had 4 hits for Midland on the day, including a triple, with a run scored and an RBI............In Pearl, Travis Mattair had 2 hits, 2 walks, and 2 RBI for the Blue Wahoos in their 5-3 win over the Braves...............In Tulsa, Mike Cisco picked up his 3rd win of the season for Arkansas in the Travelers' 4-1 win over the Drillers.
In Louisville, Randy Ruiz (.297) had 3 hits, including a single in the game winning 2-run 10th inning rally to help the RailRiders defeat the Bats, 6-5. Mike Zagurski picked up his 6th win since joining the Yankees affiliate and is pitching great for them, a 2.19 ERA. Are we watching this in the Bronx? Both of these guys have earned another shot at the big team!
In a move I overlooked last week, Greg Golson has been released by the Colorado Rockies, and is once again a free agent.