Columbus Clippers: The Clippers edged the Ottawa Lynx 7-5 in the second game of a doubleheader on Thursday after beating them 3-1 in the first game to run their winning streak to five games. RHP Josh Smith, called up from Charleston on Wednesday, picked up the victory in game two for the Clippers by pitching 1/3 of an inning of scoreless relief. He hasn't given up an earned run in his last seven appearances, including his time with the Riverdogs. RHP Jason Anderson pitched a perfect 7th inning of relief to notch his second save of the season. It was his second straight scoreless appearance in June after beginning the month allowing four earned runs in his first two appearances...he gave up a total of four earned runs the entire month of May. LHP Alex Graman allowed just one earned run on three hits in six innings in the first game to improve to 4-4 on the year. He has now allowed one earned or less in six of his last seven starts, allowing one walk or less in four of those games.
1B Mitch Jones went 1-2 with a home run and three RBI in the game one victory before extending his hit streak to five games by going 1-3 with a run scored in game two. In addition to his hit streak, Jones has scored at least one run in five straight games, scoring a total of eight runs during that time. SS Felix Escalona hit a pinch-hit, three-run home run as part of a five-run 6th inning in the second game to help the Clippers to victory. It was his first home run since May 5th and he has now hit safely in five of his last six games. Catcher David Parrish chipped in with a solo home run, going 1-3 at the plate. Parrish, playing in limited action this season, has delivered when given the opportunity to play this year. He's hitting .324 with runners in scoring position this year and three of his four runs this year have come with runners on base. Andy Phillips, who went 2-3 with a double in the game one victory, played just his second game this year at second base in the nightcap, going 1-3 to extend his season-high hit streak to 12 games.
|Just Like Last Year?: Eric Duncan had 11 games with more than one extra-base hit in 2004. (Photo: Patrick Teale)|
RHP Charlie Isaacson made his fourth straight start for Trenton on Thursday and picked up a no-decision after allowing two runs (both unearned) on seven hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings pitched. It was the first time he didn't allow in earned run as a starter this season. RHP Edwardo Sierra picked up his fourth win of the year in the game, tossing 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. He struck out one batter and didn't walk a batter in his second straight appearance, a feat he's done just three times in 2005. RHP Justin Pope picked up his 12th save of the season by throwing his fourth consecutive scoreless appearance on Thursday, which ties his longest scoreless streak of the year. Matt DeSalvo, scheduled to start Friday's game, has landed on the disabled list agains and will not only miss Friday's game, but he could miss his start next week as well.
Tampa Yankees: Tampa dropped their fourth straight game with a 4-1 loss to Fort Myers on Thursday. RF Matt Carson collected two of thee Tampa hits Thursday, going 2-4 with an RBI. Batting third or fourth all season, it was Carson's first RBI in his last 10 games played and he's hitting just .206 with runners in scoring position this year. 3B Hector Zamora had the only other Tampa hit, going 1-4 at the plate. He has hit safely in four of his last five games. CF Rudy Guillen went 0-3 in the loss but did manage to draw a walk for the first time in his last 12 games.
RHP Brett Smith lost his second straight decision for the first time all year Thursday despite having one of his better starts with Tampa. Smith allowed three earned runs on just three hits and one walk in seven innings of work. His seven innings Thursday were the most since he was promoted from Charleston and he has now allowed at least three earned runs in all six of starts with Tampa this year. LHP Heath Castle tossed one inning of scoreless relief in the loss and he gave up just one hit. He still have not given up an earned run at home this season and Thursday was the first time in his last five appearances that he did not walk a batter.
Charleston Riverdogs: After having their 8-game win streak halted on Wednesday, Charleston dropped their second straight game to Kannapolis with a 6-2 loss to the Intimidators on Thursday. It was the first time they've lost consecutive games since May 12-13th. RHP Jeff Marquez, who entered Thursday's start with a 1.69 ERA in five home starts this year, allowed a season-high five earned runs on seven hits and four walks in just 5 1/3 innings pitched to drop to 4-6 on the season. Opposing batters are hitting .326 off of him in his last three starts and he has walked two or more batters now in 9 of his 11 starts this season. LHP Shaun Parker gave up one earned run on two hits and two walks in just 1 2/3 innings of relief. It was just the second earned run he has allowed at home all year and even though opposing SAL hitters are batting just .205 off of him overall this season, they are hitting .286 off of him with runners in scoring position.
LF Estee Harris went 1-2 and drove home half the Charleston runs with a solo home run in the game, his fifth home run of the year. While his batting average has stood at .200 or below in all 52 of his games this year, Harris has been very effective in contributing extra-base hits. He's collected five extra-base hits in his last five games and he has now hit 48.5% of his hits this season for extra bases. SS Marcos Vechionacci went 1-4 with a double and a run scored in the loss. With just 13 extra-base hits this season, three of them have come in the last four games. 3B Grant Plumley went 2-4 and he's now hit safely in five of his last six games while catcher Irwil Rojas went 1-3 to hit safely in five of his last six games.
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