Rob Tejeda (1-0) picked up his first win of the season Saturday. Don't blame Tejeda for the perceived slow start though. His ERA stands at 1.04 and he's allowed just 11 hits in 17.1 innings of work. In fact, all of his numbers are strong. Opponents are hitting just .183 against him. While the Red Barons put eight runs on the board Saturday, they had scored just three in Tejeda's first two starts and one of those runs came in the bottom of the tenth inning in a game against Norfolk on April 10th.
Shane Victorino is quietly putting up strong numbers at Scranton. In 11 games, Victorino is hitting .306 with a .419 OBP. That could be huge since the Phillies are considering adding another outfielder to their roster and Marlon Byrd has started swinging a bat.
It just seemed like putting Gavin Floyd in the bullpen was a bad idea from the start. There was no way he would be able to stay stretched out and it was a completely different world for him. Ryan Madson made the transition just fine last season, but Floyd's future is in the starting rotation. Moving Floyd back to AAA is what the Phillies should have done from the start.
Coming into the weekend, Floyd was dealing with the news that his older brother, Mike Floyd had been traded by the Phillies to the Houston Astros for a player to be named later. The elder Floyd isn't considered much of a prospect and Houston was desperate for an outfielder, so the move was made. "It might be better for him. Maybe he'll move up quicker there," said Gavin. "I just hope he keeps his head on straight and continues to play well."
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Rain shortened Saturday night's contest between Norwich and Reading to 6 1/2 innings. The game was called and considered official with Reading leading 8-1. Allen Davis (2-1, 3.04) was in complete command and gets credited with a complete game victory for his effort. In his last two starts, Davis is 1-0, 2.63 with 13 2/3 innings pitched.
After being one-hit by Norwich Thursday night, the offense has come alive, scoring 15 runs in 15 offensive innings. They've collected 25 hits over the span, including 16 hits in six innings Saturday and are hitting .362 over the last two games.
Chris Roberson has hit in five of the last six games and is batting .304 (7-for-23) over that span.
Doug Gredvig broke an 0-for-10 slump with a base hit in Saturday's loss to Sarasota. Gredvig was impressive early on, raising his average to a high of .357 only to have it fall to a low of .184 after Friday's game. His 1-for-4 Saturday raised him to the .190 mark.
Clearwater starters have pitched better over their last four games, although they haven't picked up a win. Over the stretch, the starters - Zack Segovia, Scott Mathieson, Erick Arteaga and Eric Glaser - have gone 0-2, 3.48, allowing 21 hits in 23 1/3 innings.
Tim Moss had his six game hitting streak snapped with an 0-for-4 Saturday. He has still hit in 11 of the last 13 games at a .311 pace.
There was no way the game in Lexington was going to be played Saturday night. High winds pushed the wind chill to the upper 20s and there was the threat of precipitation, so the game was called about two hours before it was set to start. The game will be made up as part of a double-header Sunday (April 24th) afternoon.
Sam Orr has quietly hit in seven of the last eight games, going 7-for-26 (.269) over the span.