Columbus Clippers: The Clippers have started their stretch of six games in row against Pawtucket with a bang, edging the Red Sox by one run for the second straight day in a 3-2 victory on Monday. 1B Mitch Jones remains as hot as the month of June, going 2-3 with two doubles and two RBI. It was the sixth time this season that he had more than one extra-base hit in a game and he increased his batting average to .418 against left-handed pitching this season. After having his 14-game hit streak snapped on Sunday, Andy Phillips went 1-4 with a run scored on Monday while playing his first game at third base this season. It was just his second run scored in his last six games after scoring seven runs in his previous six games. LF Kevin Reese went 1-4 at the plate and he has now hit safely in 7 of his last 8 games, hitting .324 during that time.
RHP Brad Voyles, who entered Monday's game with a 9.00 ERA in his previous three starts, allowed just one earned run on five hits and one walk in six innings in a no-decision. He sure has enjoyed pitching at home this season after lowering his ERA to 2.72 at home with his performance on Monday. LHP Wayne Franklin struck out two more batters in his one inning of scoreless relief in the victory, giving him 9 strikeouts in his last 4 2/3 innings pitched. RHP Scott Proctor blew his third save of the season on Monday after allowing a solo home run in the 9th, but picked up the victory after Deivi Mendez singled home Ryan Hankins in bottom half of the frame. It was the first home run Proctor had served up in his last 19 appearances, lasting giving up a long ball to the Toledo Mudhens on May 1st.
Trenton Thunder: The Thunder opened up a four-game series at home Monday against Bowie with a 4-3 victory over the Baysox. LF Kevin Thompson, who went 1-5 with an RBI, picked an opportune time for his first hit of the game, singling home Eric Duncan with the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth. He has now hit safely in six straight games and his RBI on Monday was already his 9th this month, tying his RBI total from April and he is just two shy of his total from May (11). 2B J.T. Stotts went 1-3 with two RBI in the victory, both coming with two outs, increasing his average to .375 this season with runners in scoring position and with two outs. 10 of his 11 RBI this season have come at Waterfront Park. 1B Shelly Duncan went 1-3 with an RBI on Monday and he's now hitting .318 over his last 12 games with 11 RBI during that time.
RHP Jeff Karstens, who had an 0-2 record and a 9.00 ERA in his previous three starts, picked up a no-decision on Monday after allowing just two runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings, striking out seven batters. He has been a totally different pitcher at home, sporting a 2.78 ERA at Waterfront Park this year while posting a 4.69 ERA on the road. Monday was his third straight start walking at least two batters and he already has walked more batters this month (7) than in any other month this year. LHP Ben Julianel struck out three more batters in his two innings of relief, allowing one earned run on one hit. Unlike Karstens, Waterfront Park has been a house of horrors for Julianel. 15 of his 17 earned runs this season have come at home where he owns a 7.64 ERA. RHP Justin Pope pitched a scoreless 9th inning to pick up the win and give him six straight scoreless appearances. Opposing batters are hitting just .105 off of him in his last six games.
Tampa Yankees: Tampa dropped their fourth straight series on Monday in a 4-2 loss to Dunedin. RHP Tyler Clippard fell to 0-2 in his last three starts with the loss on Monday. He allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings, striking out another seven batters. His record in his last three games masks just how well he has been pitching. He has a 2.53 ERA in his last three starts with just 5 walks in 21 1/3 innings, striking out 25 batters. RHP Mike Knox threw one inning of scoreless relief in the loss, lowering his ERA to 18.00 over his last five appearances. It was also the first time in his last six games that he did not walk a batter.
|ROAD WARRIOR: Hector Made is hitting .282 on the road this season and just .182 at Legends Field. (Photo: Patrick Teale)|
Charleston Riverdogs: The Riverdogs couldn't clinch the first-half title on Monday in a 7-3 loss to the second-place Augusta Greenjackets. RHP Christian Garcia surrendered six runs (four earned) on a season-high ten hits in just five innings of work to even his record at 4-4. For some reason Garcia has been dreadful at home this year, sporting a lofty 6.11 ERA and allowing 20 of his 29 walks at home. Opposing batters are hitting .306 off of him in his last five starts. LHP Shaun Parker walked three batters and and allowed one hit while he served up one earned run in his two innings of relief on Thursday. It was just the first time all year that Parker had allowed at least one earned run in consecutive appearances. RHP Michael Gardner pitched one inning of perfect relief for his four straight scoreless appearance.
SS Marcos Vechionacci had a 2-4 night at the plate on Thursday, hitting a double while scoring one run and driving in another. A switch-hitter, it was his sixth double in his last eight games and ll of his 14 doubles this season have come from the left-side of the plate. 2B Mario Holmann, who broke his four-game hitless streak on Sunday, went 2-3 with a run scored, an RBI, and a stolen base in the loss. Monday's run driven in was just his first at home this season and he increased his batting average to .163 at home this year with the two hits. It's official. LF Estee Harris is already having his best month of the year and he's just 11 games into the month. Harris went 1-4 with a double and a run scored on Monday to give him eight extra-base hits this month, one more than he had the entire month of May. Monday was also the first time all year that Harris' batting average was above .200 for two straight days.
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