PBN News & Notes: Phils, Threshers Get Bombed

It was a tough night throughout the Phillies organization, with not a win to be found. The Phillies and Threshers were both pounded, while in Reading, there was no offense to back up a strong pitching performance. Scranton's bullpen was hit hard and Lakewood saw an inside the park homerun sink their chances at a win.

Padilla & Floyd Hammered Big-Time

Vicente Padilla (0-1) and Gavin Floyd combined to give up a Mets franchise record seven homeruns in the Mets 16-4 pounding of the Phillies.

Both Padilla and Floyd lasted just three innings and allowed eight earned runs. Padilla allowed five of the homeruns, while Floyd gave up two others.

On the upside, David Bell went 1-for-4 with a two-run homerun. Bell, who started the season mired in a slump, now has four hits in his last 11 at bats (.364). He's raised his season average from a low of .163 to .204 over the last three games. Chase Utley hit his second homerun of the season.

Aaron Fultz pitched two innings, giving up no hits and one walk. He also struck out four.

Barons' Bullpen Pounded In Ottawa

Dan Giese (2-2) and Martire Franco pitched just three innings, but were tagged for eight earned runs as Ottawa beat Scranton 11-7. Giese was the main culprit, giving up seven earned runs in 1 1/3 innings of work. Giese has had an up and down season. He allowed four earned runs in his first appearance this season, then went 6 2/3 innings, giving up just one earned run over the stretch until Tuesday night's meltdown.

John Castellano hit his second homerun of the season and Danny Sandoval went 3-for-4.

Lack of Offense Dooms Smith

Mike Smith (0-2) did all he could to get Reading a win Tuesday night, throwing seven innings and allowing just one earned run.

Reading's offense managed just five hits. Jim Deschaine went 1-for-4, giving him hits in all six games that he has started, hitting .368 (7-for-19) in his starts, while he's 0-for-3 as a pinch-hitter.

Threshers Look Like Phillies in 14-5 Loss

With the Phillies getting pounded by the Mets, the Clearwater Threshers were pounded by Ft.Myers.

Matt Sweeney (0-3) started and allowed five earned runs over three innings. Sweeney has struggled in the early going, posting a 13.06 ERA in three starts. In 10 1/3 innings of work, Sweeney has allowed 24 hits and has struck out six. He walked his first two hitters of the season in Tuesday night's loss.

Tim Moss stole two bases, giving him four stolen bases on the season. He also scored two runs, giving him a team-high eight runs scored in 12 games this season.

Inside The Parker Beats BlueClaws

The Hagerstown Suns scored late and often as they beat Lakewood 5-2. Dante Brinkley connected for an eighth inning three-run inside the park homer to help the Suns win.

It was a pitching duel early on as no runs were scored until the sixth when the Suns got on the board.

The BlueClaws tied the game in the seventh when Sam Orr lined a triple into the right-field corner scoring Jason Crosland. Kiel Fisher would then follow up with an RBI base-hit and the BlueClaws were in control 2-1.

Lakewood starter Derek Griffith (1-1), ran into trouble in the eighth, allowing back to back base-hits. After striking out Carlos Gomez, Griffith was lifted for reliever Jose Correa. Brinkley stepped in and lined a pitch to straight away center over the head of Greg Golson. The ball hit off a sign in left-center field and scooted away from Golson allowing Brinkley to score for an inside the park three-run home-run.

Griffith went 7 1/3 innings allowing three runs on six hits while striking out three and walking one.

Brad Harman was 2-for-2 in the game and Sam Orr finished 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

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