Minor League Notes
Players of the Week (May 1-7)
Pitcher: LHP Cole Hamels, Scranton/Wilkes Barre Red Barons (see below).
Player: OF Peter Bergeron, Reading Phillies: batted .407 in 7 games, 11 hits and 7 RBI. A left-handed hitter, Bergeron was signed as a minor league free agent last December.
Scranton/Wilkes—Barre Red Barons
LHP Cole Hamels repeated as the International League Pitcher of the Week: 1-0 for 2 starts, 0.56 ERA, 22 SO in 16 IP, allowing 1 run. The Tuesday win in Richmond was his first ever complete game. “Dominated the game and made it look easy” reported pitching coach Rod Nichols. Of the top 9 strikeout games in SWB franchise history, Hamels owns 2 in 3 starts; His overall 0.39 ERA and 65 strikeouts lead all minor league pitchers . . . LHP Eude Brito retired 12 of the last 13 hitters he faced in winning his third straight . . . Three LHP, Brito, Hamels and Matt White are a combined 7-4, 1.93 ERA . . . White lost twice during the week despite allowing only 3 ER in 13 IP . . . INF Danny Sandoval has hit in 14-straight games . . . RHP Brian Sanches has retired 28 consecutive batters, a SWB record . . . CF Chris Robertson batted .345 for the week with 4 RBI, 2 steals . . . INF Bobby Scales, SWB’s leading hitter at .408, is still on the DL with an abdominal injury from April 23 . . . RHP Yoel Hernandez is Clearwater rehabbing his strained Latissimus Dorsi muscle on the right side of his back. He’s expected to be out 4-6 weeks.
RHP Nick Mattioni, a Reading native signed as a minor league free agent last December, saved 3 of Reading’s 4 wins . . . John Castellano, signed as a minor league free agent on April 17, extended his overall hitting streak to 17 games (7 last week in Reading and 10 previous games in Lakewood). He was named the Eastern League Player of the Week . . . RHP Scott Mathieson had a no-decision on Friday but hit his first professional home run . . . CF Michael Bourn has scored in 6 consecutive games and 12 of his last 13. 4 steals boosted his season total to 14 without being caught . . . Tomorrow, Reading plays its fifth annual 9:35 a.m. game designed to accommodate second and third shift workers as well as Senior Citizens. Ironically, tomorrow is National Shift Workers Day. During the first such game in 2002, manager Greg Legg was ejected at 9:44 a.m., believed to be the earliest ejection in baseball history. Average attendance for the previous four years is 7,262.
RHP Joe Bisenius, a reliever, picked up 2 of Clearwater’s 3 wins, 0 runs in a combined 5 innings in which he allowed 4 hits and struck out 6 . . . 3B Mike Castanzo had a 3-for-4 game that included a grand slam and 6 RBI against Tampa on Thursday . . . RHP Zach Segovia won his third straight game that same day. He leads the Florida State League with 42.2 innings pitched . . . 2B Peeter Ramos batted .348 for the week.
RHP Kyle Kendrick and LHP Matt Maloney each picked up their third win of the season. They rank 1-2 in the South Atlantic League in strikeouts, 48 and 45, respectively . . . Lakewood’s staff leads the SAL with 6 shutouts . . . 1B Clay Harris had 2 doubles, 2 HR and 6 RBI for the week . . . 7,449 were on hand Sunday when the BlueClaws played a 9-inning game against Hagerstown after finishing a suspended game of April 26. Tied at 7-7 after 17 innings, the game was suspended because of a curfew rule in Minor League Baseball (no new inning can start after 12:30 a.m.). 1B-DH John Urick drew a bases-loaded walk in the 22nd inning giving the BluleClaws an 8-7 win, the longest game in SAL history which dates back to 1904. The marathon took 7 hours, 47 minutes . . . Closer Andrew Barb picked up 3 saves, boosting his season total to 5. He has 10 consecutive scoreless innings going into this week. During the streak he’s given up 5 hits while striking out 8.