Minor League Notes

Players of the Week (August 14-20)

Player: LF Gary Burham, Reading.  Hit safely in all 7 games last week, .500 (12-24 with 4 HR, 9 RBI.  On Saturday night, he hit his 54th home run in a Reading uniform, break the club record held by Dan Held (1995-97).  For the season, he is hitting .342 with 16 homers and 57 RBI in 80 games.  Burham, who first played in Reading from 1999 through 2001, was signed as a minor league free agent on May 24, 2006.

Pitcher:  RHP Julio De la Cruz, Clearwater.  Pitched a 9-inning, 5-0, no-hitter against Sarasota on Friday (Aug. 18).  He walked 1 and struck out 5, facing 2 batters over the minimum.  He threw 94 pitches, 66 for strikes. His last pitch was 96 mph, a soft liner to second base. For the season, De la Cruz is 6-9 with a 4.04 ERA.  The 25-year-old missed the last two seasons because of an elbow injury.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons
3-4 week, including 4 straight losses . . . Lead over Rochester is 1 game . . . RHP Gavin Floyd (7-4) split 2 decisions, allowing 4 total runs in 15 IP . . . RHP Justin Germano (1-0) had a win and a no decision; 1 run in 14.1 total IP . . . RHP Clay Condrey had a loss and 2 saves . . . C Carlos Ruiz had 9 hits, including 12th and 13th HR . . . CF Michael Bourn hit a grand slam on Tuesday in his final game before reporting to Team USA that will be competing in the Olympic tournament next month in Cuba.

Reading Phillies
4-3, 5.5 games behind 2nd-place Altoona and a wild card playoff berth in the Southern Division . . . RHP Joe Bisenius had a win, loss and a save . . . RHP Tim McClaskey (4-6) and LHP Allen Davis (4-6) each won . . . LHP Gio Gonzalez (7-10) won on Saturday, 9 SO in 6 IP . . . LHP Chris Key recorded 17th and 18th saves . . . Burnham was also named the Eastern League Player of the seek.

Clearwater Threshers
4-3 week . . . Fell to 3rd place, 1.5 games out of 1st place in the West Division . . . Wins went to Patrick Overholt (4-2), Derek Griffith (9-8), De la Cruz and Luke Lockwood (2-2) . . . Overholt has 25 SO in 17.1 IP over 11 appearances since joining Clearwater from Lakewood . . . LF Branden Florence had 12 hits and 8 RBI.

Lakewood BlueClaws
5-2 . . . Increased Northern Division lead to 7 games . . . RHP Ben Pfinsgraff (1-0), LHP Zachary Cline (7-3), LHP Joshua Outman (12-6), RHP Carlos Carrasco (10-6) and RHP Wilfrido Laureano (1-0) were the winners . . . Saves for Brett Harker (15) and William Savage (3) . . . 3-1 win behind Outman on Wednesday was Lakewood’s 10th straight win at home . . . In last 4 starts, Outman has allowed 1 earned run in 27 IP, while striking out 29 . . . SS C. J. Hendry had 6 hits and 5 RBI in 5 games . . . LF Jeremy Slayden had 5 doubles among his 9 hits;  40 doubles lead the South Atlantic League and tie the Lakewood club record (Jake Blalock, 2004).

Batavia Muckdogs
2-3 week . . . 5th place in Pinckney Division, still only 4 games out of 1st place . . . RHP Andrew Cruse (3-4) picked up a win . . . RHP Reymond Cruz had his first save . . . RHP Mike Dubee won his first pro game with 5 shutout innings on Friday . . . 3B P. J. Antoniato had 7 hits and 3 RBI . . . LHP Daniel Brauer, Cruse, SS Jason Donald and 2B Zachary Penprase were named All-Stars for Wednesday’s game.

Gulf Coast Phillies
1-3, 5th place in the Northern Division . . . RHP Andrew Carpenter, 3rd round pick this summer, made his pro debut with 1 scoreless relief inning on Monday.  He came out of Stanford U. with a tired arm.  The Phillies decided to ease him into pro ball  . . . . RHP Kyle Drabek had a no-decision on Thursday, 5 IP, 1 unearned run . . . CF D’Arby Myers had 7 hits, including 3 doubles . . . SS Adrian Cardenas continues to lead the club with a .318 average.  He had 6 hits in 3 games.

Minor League Playoff Picture (through August 20)
Three of the Phillies teams are in the running for playoffs and two other clubs are still mathematically in the hunt:
**International League, season ends September 4 . . . 3 Division winners and 1 wild card team in best of 5 round . . . Governors’ Cup championship, best of 5.
**Eastern League, season ends September 4 . . . Top 2 teams in each division in best of 5; championship also best of 5.
**Florida State League, season ends September 3 . . . First half champ meets second half champ in best of 3; championship, best of 5.
**South Atlantic League, season ends September 4 . . . First half champ meets second half champ in best of 3; championship, best of 5.
**New York-Penn League, season ends September 7 . . . 3 Division winners and 1 wild card team in best of 3; championship, best of 3.
**Gulf Coast League, season ended August 21.

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