PBN Gameday: April 9

The Phillies broke a three-game skid with a win in St.Louis as Gavin Floyd dazzled the tough Cardinals lineup. Meanwhile, the Red Barons swept through the Norfolk Tide in both ends of a double-header.

Floyd's The Man As Phils Rebound

Pat Burrell launched a three-run homerun to put the icing on the cake as the Phillies beat the Cardinals 10-4 Saturday afternoon in St.Louis. Burrell now has two homeruns and 12 RBI through the first five games of the season. Burrell finished the day 4-for-5 with five RBI and is now hitting .550 on the season.

The Phillies were pretty much in command throughout the game thanks to Gavin Floyd (1-0). After giving up an RBI single in the bottom of the first, Floyd retired 19 hitters in a row. He left the game having thrown seven innings and giving up just three hits and no walks. Floyd struck out two hitters.

In addition to Burrell's homerun, the Phillies got homeruns from Chase Utley and Bobby Abreu as they banged out 14 hits.

The Phillies bullpen continued their struggles. Tim Worrell didn't allow any runs, but gave up two hits in the eighth and Pedro Liriano, making his first appearance of the season, was charged with three runs - one earned - in the ninth.

Coste Helps Red Barons To Win

Chris Coste hit his first homerun of the season to help the Scranton Red Barons to a 5-4 win over Norfolk. A.J. Hinch also collected two hits and two RBI for Scranton.

Dan Giese (1-1) got the win in relief.

Red Barons Take Game For Sweep of Norfolk

Clay Condrey (1-0) threw five good innings, allowing just one earned run on four hits and no walks, while striking out six. The Red Barons pounded out 15 hits, with five different players collecting two hits each.

Eude Brito was hit for four unearned runs in 1 1/3 innings.

Altoona Edges R-Phils 8-7

Mike Smith had a strong Reading debut, throwing five innings and allowing just one earned run. Smith also struck out six hitters.

Michael Bourn and Alex Prieto each collected two hits for Reading and reliever Ryan Hutchison (0-1) connected on a two-run homerun. Unfortunately for Hutchison, he not only hit hard, but was hit hard by Altoona, giving up three runs in one inning of work and taking the loss.

Zack is Back, But Threshers Fall 8-2

by Holly Oswald

Threshers home opener Saturday Night against Dunedin was billed as a come early, stay late event. Starting with the Principal Financial Family Fun Fest (games for the kids focused around baseball acitivies) A minor league history museum exhibit, the game and fireworks. Even our own Elvis was in attendance.

Zack Segovia made his first start since the 2003 season, pitching 4 1/3 innings against Dunedin.
Starting pitcher Zack Segovia was taking the mound for the first time since the 2003 season. "I haven't been this excited about a start since the state high school tournament in 2002," he said. For that game Zack threw nine innings (7 regulation and 2 extra innings) for the win the day after being drafted by the Phillies in the 2nd round. "My arm is feeling good and I am confident about my pitching," Segovia added. Since his injury and Tommy John surgery in 2003 Zack has been working hard to get back to being a part of the team.

Welcome back Zack. In front of a crowd of 4,092 Segovia made his first start back on his road to the show. Pitching 4 1/3 innings, 71 pitches - 40 for strikes - he gave up two runs on eight hits, striking out two and issuing one walk. Segovia's change-up looked to be his most impressive pitch of the evening. All in all a good first start back, even though Segovia (0-1) suffered the loss.

While the pitching was there, the fielding and offense weren't. The Threshers made two errors and a couple other plays that could have been called errors. Offensively, Clearwater picked up just four hits, two from Doug Gredvig.

Clearwater scored a run in the sixth on an RBI single from Jake Blalock after Carlos Leon and Carlos Rodriguez had reached on walks.

Lakewood Rally Gives BlueClaws 4-3 Win

Brad Harman went 3-for-4 with three doubles, an RBI and a run scored to lead the BlueClaws offense. Harman was part of a three-run fifth inning to tie the game. Harman and Derek Brant delivered RBI doubles, while Sean Gamble chipped in with an RBI single.

Jayson Drobiak drove in the go-ahead run with a ground ball in the eighth after Harman doubled and moved to third on a wild pitch.

Jacob Barrack (1-0) picked up the win with two strong innings to finish up the game for Lakewood. Justin Cerrato threw two perfect innings in relief of Derek Griffith, who threw five innings and allowed three runs, but no earned runs.

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