Minors Report: Costanzo, Hamels Look Good

Scranton, Reading and Clearwater all opened their seasons Thursday night, but the Lakewood BlueClaws were rained out for their opener in Lexington. All eyes were on Cole Hamels as he pitched Clearwater's opener.

Scranton 1 (0-1)
Columbus 13

The Columbus Clippers jumped all over starter Allen Davis (0-1, 18.90), who lasted just 3 1/3 innings, giving up seven earned runs. Three other pitchers - Ben Shaffar, Travis Minix and Ryan Cameron - didn't fare much better as the bullpen combined to allow six earned runs over 4 2/3 innings of work. Jim Crowell was the only pitcher to escape unscathed as he threw a perfect eighth inning.

The Red Barons' lone run came in the fourth when Chris Coste doubled with two outs and scored on a single by Carlos Ruiz, making the game 5-1 at that point.

Reading 1 (0-1)
Bowie 3

Bryan Hansen singled to drive in Michael Bourn in the top of the third to give Reading a 1-0 lead at Bowie Thursday night. Unfortunately, the R-Phils quickly lost the lead in the bottom of the inning, when the Bay Sox picked up two runs off starter Scott Mathieson (0-1, 5.06), who pitched 5 1/3 innings.

Dan Giese and Evan Fahrner pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief, allowing just one hit and one walk, while combining to strike out five hitters.

Bourn and catcher Jason Jaramillo each collected two hits in the game, with Bourn also stealing a base in the top of the third.

Dunedin 1
Clearwater 3 (1-0)

All eyes were on Cole Hamels (0-0, 0.00) and he didn't disappoint. Hamels went six innings, giving up just three hits and no walks while striking out seven. Hamels left the game with a 1-0 lead, but Matt Parris (1-0, 9.00) gave up a tying run in the top of the seventh. Fortunately for Parris, the Threshers scored two in the bottom of the inning to hand him the win. Brian Reed and Adam Shafer both pitched a perfect inning of relief, with Shafer picking up the save.

Mike Costanzo went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs for the Threshers. Outfielder Branden Florence went 3-for-4 for the Threshers.

Lakewood (0-0) at
Lexington (PPD)

Minor Matters: Phillies minor leaguers didn't hit any Opening Day homeruns...The Clearwater Threshers committed the only error of the night, which was on shortstop Brad Harman.


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