Madson Wins Again For AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre

Since the Phillies and Braves have a good major league rivalry, the AAA meetings between Scranton Wilkes-Barre and Reading are pretty interesting, too. Monday afternoon, Ryan Madson showed what Phillies fans what they hope Madson will be showing Braves' major leaguers in the not too distant future, going seven strong innings to beat Richmond 6-2.

Ryan Madson has really grown very comfortable at AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre. Madson threw 7 strong innings against Richmond and then let the Red Barons offense expand a 3-2 lead before the bullpen took over to lock up the win. In his 7 innings, Madson allowed 6 hits and walked just 1 hitter, while striking out 5. Madson's outing lowered his ERA to 3.85 and he has now walked just 5 hitters in 35 innings, while striking out 21.

Jim Crowell pitched two-thirds of an inning, but got himself into some trouble, giving up a walk and a hit. Julio Santana came on in relief and finished off the final inning and one-third to record his third save of the season.

Offensively, Nick Punto had a double and a triple to drive in two runs. Punto's two-run triple in the bottom of the seventh stretched the Red Barons' lead to 6-2. Chase Utley drove in a first inning run with a groundball in the first inning and then singled to score Juan Sosa with the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Jason Marquis, who formerly pitched in the majors with Atlanta, pitched six innings, giving up one earned run, but he struggled with his control, walking four batters. Reliever Buddy Hernandez (2-3) took the loss for Richmond.

The win gave Scranton a split of the series.

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