Lehigh Valley 11 (2-4, 4.5 GB)
Lehigh Valley had three home runs through their first five games and notched two more in their 7-4 win over Syracuse Wednesday night. J.J. Furmaniak hit his first of the season in the fourth off Collin Balester and John Mayberry launched his first of the season off Tyler Clippard in the seventh. The big offense of the night came from the top of the order, where Rich Thompson picked up three hits and Jason Donald had a double and triple for Lehigh Valley.
Kyle Kendrick threw 100 pitches - 68 for strikes - over seven innings of work before handing things over to the bullpen. Kendrick allowed seven hits and one walk, while striking out four and giving up two earned runs. Unfortunately, the bullpen struggles continued as Mike Koplove came on and surrendered a two-run home run to Ryan Langerhans in the eighth, although both runs were unearned due to an error on second baseman Pablo Ozuna.
Pig notes... Jason Donald and Mike Cervenak picked up back-to-back triples, which not only marked the first time in IronPigs history that they had collected back-to-back triples, but the first time that they had more than one triple in a game... Last season, it took Lehigh Valley 13 games to score 18 runs, but they scored their 18th run of the season in the fourth inning of Wednesday night's game, their sixth of the season... Of the 25 runs that the IronPigs have scored, 15 of them - 60% - have come with two outs.
Reading 2 (3-2, 2.0 GB)
The Reading Phillies offense was stymied against Binghamton Wednesday night, managing just four hits, one each for four different hitters. Surprisingly, the R-Phils did have a couple of rallies. In the third, Reading loaded the bases with two outs on a base hit and two walks, only to have Brian Stavisky ground out to end the threat. Then, in the bottom of the fifth, they put runners on first and third with two outs, but this time Stavisky struck out to end the inning. In both of their rallies, Quintin Berry stole a base, giving him three stolen bases on the season.
Reading scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth on Gus Milner's first home run of the season to give Reading their only runs of the night.
Tyson Brummett (0-1, 3.60) allowed two earned runs in four innings of work to take the loss. Antonio Bastardo pitched in his second game of the season and gave Reading two shutout innings, extending his scoreless streak to four innings. On the downside, Alex Concepcion was hit for three earned runs in two innings of work.
Clearwater 8 (4-1, 0 GB)
Kyle Drabek (2-0, 1.50) continues to impress on his way back from Tommy John surgery. In his second start of the season, Drabek went seven innings, allowing just four hits and no walks, while striking out nine hitters. He has now struck out 16 hitters in 12 innings this season and has allowed just nine base runners - six hits and three walks - in his two outings.
Michael Schwimer (0-0, 0.00) pitched 1 1/3 innings in relief and stretched his scoreless innings streak to 4 1/3 innings on the season.
Offensively, Matt Rizzotti is just as hot and was on base in all four of his at-bats Wednesday, with two hits and two walks, to boost his average to .600 (9-for-15) on the season. Rizzotti had a single and double and drove in four runs for Clearwater.
Lakewood 2 (3-4, 2.5 GB)
Lake County 4
Even though he's consistent, Jason Knapp (0-2, 3.18) is having a tough time picking up a win for Clearwater. In both of his starts this season, Knapp has gone 5 2/3 innings and has allowed two earned runs in each start. This time out though, he also was touched for two unearned runs, which turned out to be the difference in Lakewood's loss to Lake County. Ironically, the error that led to two runs was on Knapp.
Three hitters - Anthony Gose, Jim Murphy and Jesus Villegas - collected two hits a piece to account for the six hits that Lakewood collected on the night. Gose delivered an RBI double and Troy Hanzawa drove in a run, when he walked with the bases loaded in the third inning.