Columbus Clippers: After getting trounced in the series opener against Pawtucket on Saturday, the Clippers bounced back on Sunday, edging the Red Sox 8-7. LF Kevin Reese went 4-5 with a double, a home run, two runs scored, and three RBI to pace the Columbus offensive attack. His four hits on Sunday were a season-high and with 8 RBI in his 11 games this month, he's already just one RBI shy of his total from May. 1B Mitch Jones has already shaken off a bad month of May. Jones, who went 2-3 with a solo home run in the victory, now has five home runs in June after collecting just three last month and he already has more runs scored in June (11) than he did in May (10). DH Andy Phillips had his season-high hit streak snapped on Sunday after going 0-4 at the plate. Phillips hit .349 during his streak with 6 home runs and 9 RBI.
RHP Jorge DePaula, who had a 2.16 ERA in his previous four starts, had his shortest outing of the season for the Clippers on Sunday. He surrendered six runs (four earned) on a season-high ten hits and three walks in just 2 2/3 innings, picking up a no-decision. DePaula, who now owns a 5.40 ERA at home, is still seeking his first home victory. RHP Scott Proctor pitched a scoreless 9th inning to pick up his second win of the season. Horrific at the start of the season, posting a 6.97 ERA in his first 10 games, Proctor has turned things around since the beginning of May. He has posted a 2-0 record with 11 saves and a 2.61 ERA in his last 19 appearances.
Trenton Thunder: Trenton, playing a doubleheader in New Britain on Sunday, got swept by the Rock Cats in both games, losing 7-3 in game one before falling 10-1 in game two. RHP Ramon Ramirez, Trenton's starter in game one, fell to 2-3 on the year after allowing six runs (five earned) on four hits and four walks in five innings. Ramirez has been dreadful away from home, allowing 19 of his 20 earned runs for the Thunder away from Waterfront Park where opposing batters are hitting .290 off of him (opposing batters are hitting just .184 off of him at home). RHP Edwardo Sierra was touched up for four earned runs on two hits and four walks in just 1 1/3 innings of relief in game one. It was the 9th time this season he has walked two or more batters. Despite allowing a total of just three hits in his last six appearances, Sierra has been hurting his own cause, walking seven batters during that time.
LF Kevin Thompson, who went a combined 3-5 with a double and one run scored in the two games, was the only Trenton batter to hit safely in both games on Sunday. Showing he isn't slowing down, he went 2-3 in game two, giving him five multi-hit games already in June...he had a total of six in the entire month of April. Despite going just 1-6 with a double in the two games, CF Melky Cabrera is finally starting to flash his extra-base hit power. His double in game one gave him 8 extra-base hits in his 11 games in June after collecting just 7 in his 29 games in May. 3B Eric Duncan is in the midst of his longest drought of the year. After going 0-7 in his two games on Sunday, Duncan has rung his hitless streak to a season-high four games. He's now hitting just .226 in his last 40 games. Conversely, 1B Shelly Duncan has turned things around over the last month and a half. Shelly, who went a combined 1-5 with a solo home run, is hitting .299 in his last 40 games with 10 doubles, 10 home runs, and 30 RBI.
|CAREER DAY: Rudy Guillen had a career-high 5 RBI on Sunday, which is the most he has driven in since July 14th of last season when he had 4 RBI against the St. Lucie Mets. (Photo: Patrick Teale)|
LHP Abel Gomez started Sunday's game and lasted a season-low 3 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs (just two earned) on five hits and five walks. It was his third straight start walking at least five batters and he has walked at least two or more in 10 of his 11 starts for Tampa this season. His control has been absolutely brutal on the road, walking 25 of his 34 batters this year away from Legends Field. RHP Brandon Harmsen, who was charged with two runs (one earned) on three hits and one walk in 2 1/3 innings of relief on Sunday, continues to struggle. It was the 12th time in his 16 appearances this season he has allowed at least one earned run and opposing Florida State League batters are now hitting .329 against him this season. LHP Heath Castle picked up his first loss of the year on Sunday after allowing on earned run on two hits in his 1 2/3 innings of work. It was just the second earned run he has allowed in his last 14 relief appearances.
Charleston Riverdogs: The Riverdogs edged Augusta 5-4 in 10 innings on Sunday to extend their lead over the second-place Greenjackets to five games in the Southern Division of the South Atlantic League. LF Estee Harris went 2-4 with a home run and two RBI in the victory. He sure has found his power stroke lately. After hitting just three home runs in his first 45 games this season, Harris has clubbed four in his last ten games, including three in his last four games. 17 of his 18 extra-base hits this season have come against right-handed pitchers and his 10 RBI in the month of June are already more than he had in the entire month of May and the month of April. On the flip side, 1B Ben Jones, who was red-hot the first two months of the season, has cooled off in June. Jones, who did manage to go 1-3 with two runs scored, a home run, and two RBI, is now hitting just .205 in his 12 games this month. However, he walked once on Sunday, giving him three walks in June. He had just three walks the entire month of May! SS Marcos Vechionacci went 2-3 with a double and two runs scored on Sunday, giving him 11 games this season with more than one run scored. 5 of his 15 extra-base hits this season have come in the last seven games and Sunday was the first time all year that he batted second in the lineup after batting third in his first 53 games.
RHP Phil Hughes got the starting nod in Sunday's game and failed to win his sixth straight start (he had won each of his last five starts) after allowing a season-high three earned runs on six hits in six innings. He did walk just one batter and tied a season-high with eight strikeouts. It was just the second time this season that he had allowed as many as three runs in a game, although only two of the three were earned in his May 15th game against Savannah. RHP Josh Smith, who had 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief for AAA-Columbus, found his way back down to Charleston on Sunday and allowed one run (unearned) on two hits in two innings. He hasn't allowed an earned run in each of his last nine appearances, including the two with Columbus. RHP T.J. Beam picked up his first win of the season by tossing two innings of perfect relief. It was his second straight scoreless relief appearance, which is the second time he's done that in 2005.
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