Columbus Clippers. It was an all out slug fest between the Durham Bulls and Columbus Clippers on this night but unfortunately Columbus came out on the short end of a 14-10 score. There was no shortage of offense in this game for the Clippers though. As a team, they had 13 hits. The leadoff man, Homer Bush picked up two of those hits, one of which was a double and he also had a run scored. Bush raised his season average to .267. Second baseman, Caonabo Cosme has remained a pleasant surprise on offense for the Clippers as he picked up another two hits in this game while also racking up three more RBI. He also smashed his 1st home run of the year as well. Cosme now leads the team with his .324 batting average and has arguably been the team's most consistent hitter. Speaking of team leaders, Todd Betts blasted a home run in this one and now has a team leading 3 for the year. Mike Vento's bat has also heated up as he blasted his 2nd homer of the year as well. But the top offensive performer was Brian Myrow as he went 3-5 with three doubles and two runs scored. Myrow has his batting average rising fast and it is now at .303 for the year. The struggling John Rodriguez and David Parrish also picked up two RBI apiece. Buddy Carlyle was promoted to Columbus from Trenton and he immediately was handed the start on this night. However, Carlyle was rocked as he only lasted 3 innings. He gave up four runs on six hits while walking three and fanning one. Carlyle got a no decision. The Clippers were leading into the ninth inning with a lead but the game was blown by the closer Sam Marsonek. Marsonek game up 6 runs in the ninth to hand Durham the victory. He has been very ineffective thus far this season. Marsonek took the loss.
Trenton Thunder. In another lost game and another slugfest, Trenton dropped this contest to Portland due to lack of pitching. The offense was once again, more than present for Trenton though. After one night going hitless, Kevin Reese picked up right where he left off with another two hits and maintains his team leading .371 batting average. Andy Phillips was sent to Trenton from Columbus and made an immediate impact. Phillips, in the two slot, also picked up two hits including a home run and two RBI. Robinson Cano's batting average is continuing to climb with another two hits tonight. Cano also had an RBI and now has a .286 batting average. The struggling Aaron Rifkin showed signs of breaking out of his slump as he cracked a double and picked up an RBI. Mitch Jones is seeming to fall back into 2003 form as he has the power numbers but can't seem to maintain a high batting average or keep his strikeout numbers down. Jones went hitless and fanned twice. He now has a lowly .207 average for the season. Jason Grove also had a nice game picking up a home run and 2 RBI. As stated, the pitching was once again not there for Trenton. Rik Currier was on the hill for Trenton and was knocked out after only 1 2/3 innings of work. Currier gave up 5 runs on 5 hits while walking one and striking out 3. He now has a season ERA of 9.00. Jeff Kennard took the loss for Trenton as he gave up the winning run in the ninth inning.
Tampa Yankees. Good pitching, good hitting, good results for the Tampa Yankees as they took this one by the score of 5-3. With the bats, some of Tampa's hottest hitters have been cooled off or were silenced in this game. However, some new contributors did their share in this game. Gabe Lopez finally fell silent but Bronson Sardinha stated hot and he is now batting an amazing .438 on the year. Rudy Guillen picked up another hit and an RBI. Jayson Drobiak picked up a single of his own but he is still batting .229. Jon-Mark Sprowl finally awoke his previously dormant bat with two hits and an RBI. Jared Koutnik also pitched in with a singe and an RBI as well. The number 9 hitter, Tommy Winrow had a big night at the plate, picking up two hits and a run scored. Winrow is now batting .350 on the season. Despite the eleven hits, pitching was the story of the game for Tampa. Matt DeSalvo started this game for Tampa and was outstanding. He went 6 strong innings, surrendering 1 earned run on four hits while striking out 5 and walking only two. He now has a 3.95 season ERA but only got a no decision in this game. Once again, the Tampa closer Edwardo Sierra and nailed down the save in easy fashion. It was his 5th of the year.
Battle Creek Yankees. The Battle Creek Yankees nailed down a nail biter in a 3-2 victory over West Michigan. On the offensive side, Melky Cabrera had a really big night as he picked up three hits and broke out of his mini slump. Melky also had 2 RBI on the night. He raised his season average to a solid .286. Willie Vazquez also had a big night, putting two hits of his own into the book while driving in the only other Battle Creek run of the game. Also picking up hits were the red hot Eric Duncan, Erold Andrus and Omir Santos. John Urick, still the teams hottest hitter, went hitless but picked up 3 walks in the game. On the mound, Chase Wright had another good outing. He went 7 innings, surrendering 1 earned run on four hits while striking out eight and walking four. Wright now has a superb 1.45 ERA for the season thus far. Paul Thorp came in to get the save in this one with no problems. Wright got the victory and he is now 1-1.