Minor League Report - April 16, 2004

Lakewood put together a three-run rally to pick up a win over Hickory, but Tim Moss continues to struggle at the plate. Pitching is the name of the game for Reading as they beat Akron 2-1 in the R-Phils home opener. Scranton is off to a bit of a slow start, which is a little surprising. Meanwhile, Clearwater's offense cooled in their 2-1 loss to Ft.Myers.

AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre Red Barons

Shane Bowers (0-1, 7.36) struggled through 4.1 innings and suffered the loss as Rochester beat Scranton 4-3 Thursday night at Lackawanna County Stadium. Bowers allowed nine hits and four earned runs. Dan Giese restored some order, giving the Red Barons 3.2 innings of work and allowing no hits and just one walk in his outing. Geoff Geary pitched well, allowing just a walk in one inning of work for Scranton.

Mark Budzinski, Chase Utley and Mark Smith each drove in a run for Scranton. Utley went 0-1 with two walks. His season average has dipped to just .217 in the early going. Jim Rushford upped his average to .385 with a 2-3 night.

AA Reading Phillies

The Reading Phillies came out on top in a pitcher's duel with Akron Thursday night, winning 2-1. Franklin Perez went five innings and was only touched for a solo homerun from Corey Smith that did any damage. Perez allowed six hits and one walk. Perez is now 1-0, 1.00 on the season. Matt Squires threw two shutout innings, allowing no hits and one walk. The only struggle of the night came from Brian Sanches, who lasted just 0.2 innings and allowed two hits before giving way to Spike Lundberg. Lundberg, pitched the final 1.1 innings and allowed just one hit to record his first save of the season.

Scott Youngbauer went 2-4 while Jeff Phelps and Russ Jacobson each drove in a run for Reading. Reading's top two hitters this season, Miguel Quintana and Kurt Keene both went 0-4 on the night.

The game was the home opener for the R-Phils and was played in front of 6,512 fans.

A Clearwater Threshers

It's not easy to slow down the Threshers hot bats, but Ft.Myers' Scott Baker and two relievers held Clearwater to just four hits. Ryan Barthelemy went 2-4 and is now hitting .452 for Clearwater.

Josh Paddock (0-1, 1.59) took the loss in the 2-1 game, but threw four good innings of relief. Paddock allowed two hits and struck out two, but gave up an RBI single to Kaulana Kuhaulua in the fifth that plated what would be the winning run. Nick Bourgeois started and allowed one earned run over four innings of work. Beau Richardson threw one shutout inning in the ninth for Clearwater.

Read about Ryan Barthelemy's climb through the Phillies farm system and what may lie ahead for the young first baseman; Will We Get To Know Ryan Barthelemy?

A Lakewood BlueClaws

It wasn't easy, but the BlueClaws picked up a 7-5 win over Hickory Thursday night. Javon Moran drove in two runs with a double in the bottom of the eighth to give Lakewood a 6-5 lead. Michael Bourn then singled home the speedy Moran for an insurance run. Moran has hit in six of the BlueClaws seven games this season and Bourn's 2-3 night boosted his average to .320 on the season.

Dan Hodges recorded his second save of the season, but it wasn't easy. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases in the ninth, but Hodges picked up two strikeouts to work out of the jam with no damage. Kyle Kendrick pitched four innings and was hurt by two errors by third baseman Marc Tugwell that led to three unearned runs. Victor Menocal threw two shutout innings, but Cory Schultz (1-0) got the win thanks to the eighth inning rally. Schultz allowed two earned runs in his two innings of work.

Last year's third round draft pick, Tim Moss, continues to struggle. Moss was 0-5 to drop his average to .087 this season. He also committed an error.

The BlueClaws are now 4-3 on the year.

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