Minor League Wrap

From a former major leaguer starting at Triple-A to a potential major leaguer coming back from Tommy John surgery, we've got minor league news and notes from top to bottom.

Scranton 11
Lehigh Valley 3

Kyle Kendrick's battle to return to the majors started in the IronPigs opener. Kendrick threw four innings and gave up just two unearned runs in an outing that wasn't exactly dominating, but was good enough to keep the 'Pigs in the game. Actually, Lehigh Valley held a 3-2 lead when Kendrick exited, but the bullpen didn't allow the lead to last for too long. 

Dave Borkowski gave up two runs in the fifth and John Ennis didn't make it out of the sixth and gave up five earned runs as Scranton Wilkes-Barre buried the 'Pigs. Jake Woods came on and gave up one earned run over 1 2/3 innings.

Lehigh Valley's offense came up with nine hits in the game, including three from J.J. Furmaniak and two from Pablo Ozuna.

Harrisburg 6
Reading 5 (10 innings)

Brian Stavisky and Tuffy Gosewisch provided offense for the Reading Phillies, each picking up two hits. 

Tyson Brummett started for Reading and threw six good innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits and one walk. When Brummett left the game, Reading had a 5-2 lead, but the bullpen quickly let Harrisburg back into the game.

Joe Bisenius could get just one out in the seventh and was charged with two earned runs on three hits and a walk. He gave way to Matt German, who got the final two outs of the inning. Sergio Escalona kept Harrisburg off the board in the eighth, but gave up the tying run in the ninth when he gave up a home run to Seth Bynum.

Josh Shortslef came on to pitch the tenth and wound up taking the loss when he gave up a walk, stolen base and two singles as Harrisburg took a 6-5 lead. Reading put runners on first and second in the bottom of the inning, but Zech Zinicola worked out of his own jam to record the save.

Dunedin 2
Clearwater 5

Kyle Drabek, who is returning from Tommy John surgery, started on Opening Night for the Clearwater Threshers and gave them five strong innings. Drabek allowed two earned runs on two hits and three walks, while striking out seven hitters. Both of the hits that Drabek allowed were singles.

The Clearwater bullpen turned out to be the story of the night, giving the Threshers four shutout innings, without allowing a hit and gave up only one walk to preserve the win.

Offensively, Freddy Galvis hit a two-run home run and Mike Rizzotti went 3-for-4 on the night in the Threshers 5-2 win.

DelMarVa 2
Lakewood 1

Delmarva starting pitcher Richard Zagone, a sixth round pick in the 2008 draft, began 2009 as he left off 2008 with an impressive debut. The lefty, who went 7-1 last season with a 2.89 ERA with Sinlge-A Aberdeen, went five innings, allowing just one hit and three walks while striking out five. He was then relieved by Nate Nery, who threw a one-two-three three sixth, before the BlueClaws were able to score an unearned run off of Colin Allen.

The Shorebirds got ahead early in the game in just the second inning as first baseman Joe Mahoney laced a single to center field with two outs in the inning ahead of LJ Hoes who doubled down the right field line for the 1-0 lead.

They tallied again in the fourth inning as Mahoney reached on an infield single, stole second and came around to score on a Tyler Kolodny single to center.

Tyler Cloyd impressed in his first outing as a Lakewood BlueClaw. He went six innings and allowed six hits while striking out four. He gave way to Jon Velasquez, who worked a clean seventh inning in his professional debut. Finally, Esmelvin Jimenez came on to close out the game, and shut down the Shorebirds in the eight and ninth innings.

The BlueClaws began their comeback in the seventh inning as D'Arby Myers reached second base on an error by relief pitcher Colin Allen. The first run of the season was then scored by Myers on a single by the next batter Anthony Gose as he sent the ball into right field. However, the run would not be enough as the BlueClaws had only two hits on the night, hardly threatening in the ninth against Shorebirds closer Brandon Cooney.

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