Minor League Notes

Players of the Week (July 17-23)

Player: C Carlos Ruiz, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.  Hit .417 with 3 doubles, 2 Homers among his 10 hits; drove in 10 runs.  He is hitting .442 for the month.  For the season, Ruiz is batting .318 with 9 homers and 44 RBI.  The 27-year-old was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent in 1998.

Pitcher: LHP James Happ, Reading Phillies.  2-0 for 2 starts, allowing 1 R, 9 H and 3 BB while striking out 16.  Since his promotion from Clearwater (3-7, 2.81 ERA, 13 GS) on June 30, Happ is 4-1.  He has won his last 4 starts, posting a 2.10 ERA with 32 SO in 25.2 IP.  The 23-year-old was a third round pick in 2004 out of Northwestern University.  In 2 previous pro seasons, he was 6-6 with a 2.21 ERA.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons
5-2 week to pull within a game of first place in the North Division; they have won 8 of last 10 . . . LHP Brian Mazone won 2 games (6-game winning streak) to improve to 8-1 . . . RH closer Brian Sanches had a win and 2 saves . . . RHP Gavin Floyd improved to 4-1) on Wednesday, 7 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 7 SO . . . RHP Scott Mathieson (2-0) topped out at 97 mph on Thursday during an 8-5 win . . . 3B Brennan King hit his 10th and 11th HR, including a 12th inning game-winner on Sunday.

Reading Phillies
Ended 5-2 with 4-game winning streak; 16 wins in last 20 games; fourth place in Southern Division . . . LHP Gio Gonzalez battled location problems, walking 13 and hitting 3 batters in 9.1 total IP over 2 GS . . . RHP Zack Segovia (8-4) won his fifth straight on Thursday, 6 shutout innings . . .  CF Peter Bergeron hit .462 for the week, scoring 8 runs . . . OF Pedro Swan has hit in 13 of 14 games since joining Reading (.421).

Clearwater Threshers
3 wins, 3 losses, 2 rainouts to maintain lead in the West Division . . . RHPs Andrew Baldwin (7-6), Kyle Kendrick (5-4) and Patrick Overholt (1-0) were the winners . . . RF-DH J.J. Johnson hit .500 for the week with 3 doubles, 2 homers, 8 RBI . . . RHP Joe Bisenius (4-1, 1.93 ERA, 35 G) was promoted to Reading’s bullpen.

Lakewood BlueClaws
5-1 week began with 4 straight wins . . . Northern Division leader by 3.5 games . . . LHP Matt Maloney began the week with a win on Monday and ended with a win on Saturday.  He leads the league in wins (12-5), ERA, (1.63) and strikeouts (125) . . . LHP Joshua Outman (8-5) won his third straight . . . RH relievers Andrew Barb (14) and Brett Harker (12) recorded saves . . . 2B Avelino Asprilla extended his hitting streak to 12 games (.400), boosting his average from .250 to .280 . . . 1B-3B-DH Clay Harris has an 8-game hitting streak, .419, 2 HR and 10 RBI . . . OF Greg Golson and RHP Ron Hill were promoted to Clearwater.

Batavia Muckdogs
2-5 week drop Batavia to fourth place but only 1.5 games out of the Pinckney Division lead . . . RHP Andrew Cruse (2-2) won both starts, pitching shutout ball over 12 innings . . . RHP Mike Dubee had a pair of no decisions, allowing 2 R in 9 total IP . . . LHP Daniel Brauer (1-1) fanned 10 in 6 IP in 3-1 loss on Thursday . . . RHP Samuel Walls (0-1) lost on an unearned run on Friday.  He has 4 saves in 10 appearances, a 0.00 ERA for 14 IP, 0 BB, 14 SO.  He has been charged with 2 unearned runs.

Gulf Coast Phillies
2-2 week . . . After hitting .195 as a team through the first 21 games, the Phillies started the week with 15-11 and 12-11 wins . . . SS Adrian Cardenas drove in 5 of the 15 runs . . . OF D’Arby Myers had 3 hits and first pro homer in the first win.  He went 5-for-6 with 2 doubles, a triple and 3 RBI in the second win.  He was credited with a triple when he failed to touch home plate after hitting an apparent home run over the fence.  “I’ve never seen that before,” explained Mike Arbuckle, Assistant GM.  “We were trailing 11-10 when Myers homered in the 8th inning with a runner on base.  When the next batter stepped in, the pitcher stepped off the mound, threw to the catcher who stepped on home plate and the umpire called D’Arby out for missing the plate by a couple of inches.  I think the catcher and the umpire were the only ones to see the play.”  Instead of a 12-11 lead going into the ninth, the teams were tied.  The Phillies won in the 12th inning . . . RHP Carlos Pena struck out 7 in 4.1 IP over 2 appearances.

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