Minor League Notes
Players of the week (April 6-16)
Player: Bobby Scales, a switch-hitter who has played 2B, 3B and the OF for Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, hit .424 in 10 games with 14 hits, including 3 doubles, 2 homers and 7 RBI. Scales, 29, was signed as a minor league free agent by the Phillies last December.
Pitcher: LHP Gio Gonzalez of the Reading Phillies. In 2 starts, 0-0 record, 0.00 ERA, 12 innings, 7 hits, 4 walks, 13 strikeouts. The 20-year-old was acquired last November from the White Sox in the Jim Thome trade.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons
C Carlos Ruiz homered and drove in 2 runs on Wednesday, followed with 2 homers and 3 RBI the next day and capped his week with his fourth HR on Sunday . . . RHP Yoel Hernandez was 3-for-3 in saves . . . LHP Matt White pitched 2-hit shutout ball for 7 innings in a 6-0 win over Norfolk on Saturday; 52 of his 79 pitches were strikes . . . SS Danny Sandoval has been placed on the 7-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain. SS Angel Chavez has been promoted from Reading.
LHP Gio Gonzalez combined on a 1-0 shutout in Reading’s home opener on Thursday; Gonzalez allowed 5 hits and 2 walks in 7 innings while fanning 6 . . . 2B Tim Moss ended a season-long hitless streak of 25 at-bats with a first-inning single on Friday night. Moss last year at Clearwater had 52 extra-base hits (30 doubles, 5 triples, 17 homers), second-highest total in the Phillies minor league system. His first extra-base hit at Reading was a triple on Saturday . . . CF Michael Bourn made the play of the game on Friday with a leaping catch high off the fence in left-center to take extra bases away from Altoona’s Craig Stansberry in the first inning. Offensively, Bourn is 8-for-8 in stolen base attempts for the season.
LHP Cole Hamels had a second straight strong start on Tuesday, 5 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, 9 strikeouts . . . Then, there was a 4-3, 20-inning marathon win in Ft. Myers on Thursday night, a game that lasted 5 hours and 2 minutes. LHP James Happ gave up 3 first-inning runs. The Miracle was held scoreless for the next 19 innings by Happ (5.1 IP) and 7 relievers. 3B Mike Costanzo delivered the game-winning single in the 20th inning, his only hit of the game in 9 at-bats. Combined totals: 130 at-bats, 19 hits (16 singles), 11 walks, 30 strikeouts . . . LHP Derek Griffith allowed 1 run on 2 hits in 6 innings in going 2-0 and lowering his ERA to 0.75 on Friday.
While the BlueClaws were in the midst of losing their ninth straight game to start the season Friday night, GM Geoff Brown and some of his staff decided they would guarantee a win in their next game (Saturday afternoon). “We decided on the spur of the moment during Friday’s game to guarantee a win on Saturday and give every fan a free ticket when that happened. It was difficult to get the word out because Saturday was a 1:05 afternoon game but the people who came Saturday seemed to be aware,” explained Brown. Attendance on Friday was 4,737. Saturday’s was 4,990. Every fan got a free ticket because the BlueClaws won, 8-7, in 13 innings. A 4-run ninth inning sent the game into extra innings. RHP Andrew Barb picked up the win with 4 scoreless relief innings.
To promote Lakewood’s May 15 game at Citizens Bank Park against the Delmarva Shorebirds, the BlueClaws abandoned their normal uniforms and wore Phillies uniforms on Saturday. Any chance they would continue wearing the Phillies uniforms? “No, they are washed and ready to be sent back to extended spring training in Clearwater,” stated Brown.
(Phillies Minor League Notes will be posted every Tuesday).