Minor League Notes
Players of the Week (May 22-28)
Pitcher: LHP Eude Brito, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Picked up a win on Saturday, 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO. The 27-year-old from Sabana de La Mar, DR, has allowed one run or less in six of his 10 starts. Opponents are batting .188 against him. For the season, Brito is 5-2 with a 3.02 ERA. Brito was signed as an amateur free agent in 1998.
Player: SS Fidel Hernandez, Lakewood. Posted six straight multi-hit games last week and is currently on a 10-game hitting streak (.487). 14 hits matches SWB’s Bobby Scales for the most hits in a week by a Phillies minor league player this year. For the season, the 20-year-old from Puerto Ordaz, Bolivar, VZ, is hitting .289. He was signed as an amateur free agent three years ago.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons
Split six games . . . LHP Brian Mazone (2-0) picked up a win on Wednesday, 1 R in 6 IP . . . LHP Jim Crowell was pressed into a start two days later. He pitched 5 hitless innings and was lifted after a 55-minute rain delay . . . RF Josh Kroeger hit in all 6 games, extending his hitting streak to 10 games (.405) . . . 2B Joe Thurston had 10 hits and batted .400 during the week.
Began the week with 3 straight losses, stretching the losing streak to 8 . . . Rebounded to win the next 4 . . . A streak of 11 straight 1-run losses ended with a 7-6 win on Thursday even though Reading was out-hit, 12-6. RHP Zack Segovia (2-1) got the win . . . The next night was filled with a little of everything. Reading won, 3-0. RHP Scott Mathieson improved to 4-2 but was ejected after 5.2 IP when he hit his 3rd batter of the game. A brawl followed in which 4 Reading players and 5 from Connecticut were ejected. To top off the night, the game included a 54-minute rain delay . . . LHP Gio Gonzalez was 1-1 for 2 starts, 16 SO in 13.2 IP, 6 runs (2 earned). His win came Sunday. Pitching coach Tom Filer: “Best overall outing of the year. Mike Lieberthal worked him well” . . . Veteran OF Matt Padgett and former Reading star Gary Burnham were signed as minor league free agents . . . C Jason Jaramillo has a broken bone in his right hand. He hasn’t played since May 7 and will be out a couple more weeks.
Ended a 1-5 week with 4 straight losses . . . RHP Julio De la Cruz picked up a 2-1 win on Tuesday, fanning 11. He has 29 strikeouts in his last 21 IP . . . RH reliever Nathan Johnson gave up 3 runs (2 earned) in the last of the ninth for a 5-4 loss the next day. The earned runs were the first off Johnson since his first game on April 9 . . . RHP Kyle Kendrick dropped a 2-1 decision on Thursday, allowing 4 hits (2 solo homers) in 7 IP. Other than the homers, only 1 other base runner reached second base . . . CF Brian Burgamy has reached base in 25 consecutive games. He hit .364 for the week.
Week included a 4-game winning streak out of 7 games . . . LHP Joshua Outman struck out 11 in 7 IP but didn’t get the win in an 8-7, 11-inning Wednesday victory . . . RH reliever Justin Blaine picked up the win the next day with 4 scoreless innings . . . RHP Scott Mitchinson was a 6-2 winner on Friday, throwing 70 strikes out of 94 pitches . . . LHP Matt Maloney split a pair of decisions, fanning 16 in 12.1 IP . . . LF Jeremy Slayden drove in 8 runs on 9 hits during the week . . . CF Greg Golson hit .323 for the week.
Phillies have five pitchers among the top 11 strikeout leaders in all of the minor leagues: LHP Matt Maloney (74), RHP Kyle Kendrick (72), RHP Scott Mathieson (71), RHP Carlos Carrasco (70) and LHP Gio Gonzalez (69).