Lehigh Valley 1 (4-8, 7.0 GB)
Carlos Carrasco (0-1, 2.37) carried a perfect game into the fifth inning before giving up a one-out double to Ryan Langerhans. He then returned to form and retired the next five hitters before running into trouble in the seventh inning, when he allowed three runs, two on a home run by Seth Bynum.
The only offense that Lehigh Valley could generate came in the sixth when Jason Donald singled and scored on a Mike Cervenak double to left to score Donald. It was just last week when the IronPigs lit up Syracuse starter Collin Balester (0-2, 6.89) for six earned runs in 5 2/3 innings at Coca-Cola Park.
Cedric Bowers (0-0, 2.08) threw a scoreless eighth, but the Syracuse bullpen kept Lehigh Valley off the board for the final three innings to get the win for the Sky Chiefs.
Reading 3 (7-3, 1.0 GB)
Tyson Brummett (1-1, 2.55) allowed just one earned run over 7 2/3 innings of work to get the win over Altoona. Antonio Bastardo (1-0, 1.23) covered the final inning-and-a-third to pick up his second save of the season.
Reading picked up a pair of two-out runs in the first off starter Anthony Watson (0-2, 11.57), who took the loss. Michael Taylor singled to right and scored on an RBI triple by Brian Stavisky, who later scored on a single by Kevin Mahar to give Reading a 2-0 lead. Mahar now has a four-game hitting streak and is hitting .471 (8-for-17) during the streak. The same three hitters combined to give Reading another run in the third; Taylor picked up a one-out walk and stole second. From there, Stavisky singled to right to move Taylor to third and Mahar then lifted a sacrifice fly to left to score Taylor before Stavisky was doubled trying to advance to second on the throw.
Clearwater 4 (7-4, 0 GB)
Kyle Drabek (3-0, 0.96) was matched up against Dontrelle Willis, who is rehabbing for the Tigers with Lakeland. Clearly, Drabek outpitched Willis, who was hit for four earned runs in seven innings as Drabek continued to put down Florida State League hitters with ease. Drabek, who was technically pitching in relief because Mike Zagurski (0-0, 0.00) was making another rehab start with Clearwater, threw 6 2/3 innings, giving up four hits and two walks, while striking out ten hitters. Drabek has now thrown 15 1/3 straight innings of scoreless baseball and has struck out 20 hitters over that stretch. Zagurski has now thrown two shutout innings in his rehab from Tommy John surgery.
|Jason Knapp continues to pitch in tough luck for Lakewood. With a 1.96 ERA and 30 strikeouts to lead all of minor league baseball, you wouldn't think he would be winless.|
Matt Rizzotti and Michael Durant each had two hits for Clearwater, with Rizzotti driving in two runs on the night on a two-run home run - his first of the season - off Willis in the sixth. Rizzotti is now hitting .351 on the season.
Lake County 2
Lakewood 0 (6-6, 2.5 GB)
Jason Knapp (0-2, 1.96) tied a Lakewood franchise record with 14 strikeouts as he threw seven shutout innings against Lake County in a game that the BlueClaws eventually lost. Knapp allowed just one hit and leads all of minor league baseball with 30 strikeouts on the year, although he hasn't been able to pick up a win even though he's pitched very well in each of his starts. "Sometimes things don't work out, and it's just something you have to deal with," said Knapp after his record tying performance.
"I was on the same page with my catcher [Travis D'Arnaud], and felt like I had pretty good command," said Knapp. "I had three pitches that were working for me, so that definitely helped. [Lake County] has a good lineup, and last time I faced them [April 15], they put some good swings on the ball and I gave up some runs. Today I came out on top more often than not."
Ryan Bergh (0-1, 2.84) allowed two runs - the first earned runs he has allowed all season - in the top of the ninth to take the loss.
Lakewood managed just three hits in the 2-0 loss.