Lehigh Valley Ironpigs - Triple A
Charlotte Knights starter Eric Surchamp has thrown 13 innings against the Ironpigs and allowed only one run after two appearances. Needless to say, he had their number again Monday.
Maikel had the sole extra base hit of the game for Lehigh, moving Tyler Henson to third base in the ninth inning, which led to the team's single run following a Cam Perkins RBI ground-out.
On the other side, it all came down to starter Barry Enright's explosive fourth inning, in which he gave up three solo home runs. Cameron Rupp's throw to second sailed into center and allowed an unearned run to score as well an inning later.
The 5-1, homer-fueled victory for the Knights in commonplace, as they lead the International League in dingers with 78.
Reading Fightin' Phils - Double A
The Fightins did not play Monday, and will take on Akron at 7:05 on Tuesday at home.
Clearwater Threshers – Class A-Advanced
Reigning Florida State League Player of the Week Ryna Demmin took the mound against the Lakeland Flying Tigers Monday night, only to have his offense do little more than sit idly by.
An RBI ground-out in the third and a one-out RBI double in the fifth led to a 3-0 deficit prior to Demmin's exit after the sixth. His start included seven strikeouts and only one walk.
The offense, which went nowhere, continued going nowhere even after Demmin's departure. Only five Threshers reached base all night, and a wild pitch to Brian Pointer was the sole source of runs as Angelo Mora scored from third base, having doubled.
Relievers Dan Child and Kevin Walter allowed many more base runners, and were responsible for the combined nine hits and three earned runs that finalized Lakeland's 7-1 rout. Jordan Ruth pitched two thirds of a scoreless eighth.
Lakewood BlueClaws - Class A
The BlueClaws closed out the first half of their season with four players making the South Atlantic League All-Star team, and by getting stomped 14-4 by the Hickory Crawdads.
Hickory scored every inning from the second to the seventh. Starter Tyler Viza exited after giving up six runs - four earned - and nine hits in three innings. Shane Martin followed him and gave up four runs of his own through 1.2. Jesse Therrien lasted slightly fewer innings, 1.1, and surrendered slightly fewer runs, three.
Tyler Buckley took the ball in the seventh and threw two innings, allowing only one run. Ulises Joaquin closed things out in a scoreless ninth, but the offense was so drastically unhelpful, it didn't matter.
As the Crawdads circled the bases, the BlueClaws took advantage of a nuclear Daniel Bard implosion, during which the beleagured Hickory pitcher walked two and hit two batsmen with pitches. Janluis Castro of the Crawdads tied the record for opponents hits vs. Lakewood, going 5-for-6.