Madson, Chapman Snap SWB Four Game Skid

After a couple of rehab starts at Clearwater, Ryan Madson was set to take his rightful place in the Scranton Wilkes-Barre rotation Monday night with his AAA debut. The outing went much better than his starts at Clearwater as the Red Barons beat Rochester 7-2. Madson's struggles at Clearwater had some people concerned about the young right-hander's health.

The Phillies view Ryan Madson as the type of pitcher that can be a stopper on a pitching staff. A guy that can be counted on to keep a team in the game with solid pitching. That side of Madson hadn't appeared in his two starts at Clearwater this season, but he seemed to be in near perfect form Tuesday night against Rochester. Madson (1-0) pitched five innings and allowed two earned runs on four hits to help Scranton snap a four game losing streak. Madson also struck out four in his five innings of work.

Scranton manager Marc Bombard was impressed with Madson's debut. "I don't know why he struggled at Clearwater, but he looked real strong here," said Bombard.

While Madson was impressive, thirdbaseman Travis Chapman handled the offensive side of things for Scranton. Chapman hit two homeruns and drove in a total of six runs for the Red Barons. J.P. Roberge had an RBI single to drive in the other run for Scranton. Wendell Magee continued to hit, going 3-for-4 with a run scored.

Elsewhere…

Reading 5, Akron 4

Brian Hitchcox' walk-off homerun with two outs in the bottom of the ninth helped the Reading Phillies snap a seven game losing skid. Eric Weaver (1-1) picked up the win in relief.

Clearwater 6, St.Lucie 4

Juan Camilo went 3-for-4 with a triple and three RBI for the Clearwater Phillies. Elizardo Ramirez (2-1) didn't have his strongest outing of the season, but pitched well enough to pick up the win and Bobby Korecky recorded his first save of the season.

Lakewood 3, Hagerstown 2

Jeremy Isenhower doubled for the only hit of the game for Lakewood, but they took advantage of 10 walks issued by Hagerstown pitchers to win 3-2. Vinnie DeChristofaro (1-0) picked up the win.


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