Minor League Report - April 17, 2004

Friday night was all about pitching. Good pitching at Scranton, Reading and Lakewood and bad pitching at Clearwater. Reading's Gavin Floyd made his second start of the season and raised more questions about how quickly he'll be making the trip up the ladder to Scranton. Floyd is the young guy on his way up, but a minor league veteran put on a pretty good show on the mound at AAA Scranton, too. At Lakewood, what does Joe Wilson have to do to get a win? Plus, Clearwater gets attacked by Blue Jays.

AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre Red Barons
Brian Powell (1-0, 2.70) was on fire Friday night against Rochester. Powell went 7.2 innings, allowing just 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5 as the Red Barons beat Rochester 3-0. Powell got relief help from Greg Kubes and Geoff Geary, who recorded his second save of the season.

Chase Utley hit a solo homerun, his second of the season and scored two runs on the night. Utley's average is slowly climbing and is at .259 now. Lou Collier continues to hit, going 2-4 with 2 RBI and is now hitting an even .400 for Scranton.

AA Reading Phillies
Gavin Floyd must be slipping. In his first AA outing, he threw five hitless innings. Friday night, he was banged for 3 hits in 5.2 innings. Floyd struck out 6 and walked 3 as the Reading Phillies beat Akron 3-2. Unfortunately for Floyd, he didn't get the win. That went to Martire Franco (1-1, 6.14) who pitched 2.1 innings, allowing just 1 hit in relief. Yoel Hernandez notched his second save of the year, but allowed 2 runs – 1 earned – in the ninth. An error by first baseman Ryan Howard led to Akron's unearned run in the ninth.

A Clearwater Threshers
Unfortunately, the good pitching at Scranton and Reading didn't trickle down to Clearwater. The Threshers were attacked for 15 hits in a 7-1 loss to Dunedin Friday night. Beau Richardson (0-1, 3.68) lasted 4.1 innings and gave up 7 hits and 4 walks as Dunedin scored 4 runs – 3 earned – off Richardson. Brandon Mayfield gave up 3 earned runs in 2 innings of work. The only Clearwater pitcher that had success Friday night was Ryan Hutchison who pitched 1.2 innings of shutout ball.

The Threshers offense has been inconsistent. Vince Vukovich has been getting himself on track at the plate. Vukovich's average was well under .200 not long ago, but after going 2-3 Friday night, he is now hitting .250 for the Threshers. Meanwhile, right fielder Mike Floyd had a horrible night at the plate, going 0-4 and striking out every time at the plate.

A Lakewood BlueClaws
Lakewood's offense consisted only of a solo homerun from Tim Gradoville Friday night as Lakewood lost to Hickory 3-1. Gradoville's homerun was one of just four hits that the BlueClaws managed off three Hickory pitchers. Andy Jarvis had 2 doubles and appears to be putting his slump behind him. Jarvis is now hitting .208 this season.

Joe Wilson (0-2, 3.00) has been somewhat of a hard luck pitcher for Lakewood. Wilson was lifted after 4.0 innings, allowing 3 earned runs. In his first start of the season, Wilson allowed just 1 unearned run in 5 innings and suffered the loss. In the nine innings that Wilson has been in games this season, Lakewood hasn't scored him even one run.

Kyle Parcus threw two perfect innings and has now pitched 5.1 shutout innings this year. Chris Woodrow added 3 shutout innings to his tally and has now been unscored upon in 6.2 innings of work.

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