Player - DH/INF, Willie Carmona, Lakewood… Six games… Batted .550 (11-for-20), 3 R, 2B, HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB… Carmona has hit safely in seven-consecutive games as of print (12-23, .552)… He has a team-best 16 multi-hit games this year… Carmona is batting .370 (27-73) since 5/21 and .393 (22-56) since 5/26... On 4/25 his average stood at .182, as of print he is batting .286… The 22-year-old was selected in the 11th round of the 2012 draft out of Stony Brook University (NY) and signed by Eric Valent.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs - International League North Division…36-33, 2nd place… 4-2 for the week… After a 5-4 walk-off win 6/16 vs SWB, the Pigs finished their eight-game set at Coca-Cola Park with a 6-2 record… LV has won seven of nine, and 12 of their last 16 games. Additionally, the club has gone 20-9 over their last 29 games since 5/16 when they stood at a season-worst eight games under the .500 mark at 16-24… LV has won 15 of their last 19 at home. After starting the season 2-7 at Coca-Cola Park, LV has gone 19-9 in their last 28 G at the friendly confines… 1B Cody Overbeck walked the Pigs off on 6/16 with a sac fly in the bottom of the 11th. For Overbeck it was his 4th career walk-off as an IronPig, a franchise record (those with 3: Castro, Gosewisch & Knott)… 3B Cody Asche has hit safely in 12 consecutive games (16-47, .340), 6 R, 3 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 4 RBI… For the week Asche hit .318 (7-22), 2 HR, SB… Over his last 11 G, OF/1B Darin Ruf is batting .343 (12-35), 9 R, 2 2B, HR, 8 RBI, 8 BB… For the week Ruf hit .333 (6-18), HR, 5 RBI, 5 BB… C Cameron Rupp earned a promotion from REA and had 4 H including 2 2B… LHP Jake Diekman continued his impressive run at triple-A, picking up another SV (11) prior to getting the call to Philadelphia… RHP Phillippe Aumont picked up a SV… RHP Cesar Jimenez made 3 scoreless appearances, picking up a W (6/16 vs SWB) and a SV (6/13 vs SWB).
Reading Fightin Phils - Eastern League Eastern Division…28-39, 6th place… 5-2 for the week… The Fightins are winners of four straight including a 3 G sweep of Richmond this past weekend… Reading pitching combined for a 2.80 ERA (19 ER, 61.0 IP)… Reading's starters have combined to post a 1.74 ERA (8 ER, 41.1 IP), allowing 3 R or less over the last 6 G… The rotation has struck out 35 batters in 41.1 IP (7.62 SO/9.0 IP) while walking just 12… Additionally, opponents are hitting just .194 (28-144) against Reading starters over the last 6 G… RHP David Buchanan went 1-0, 7.0 IP, 3 H, R, BB, 7 SO… LHP Austin Wright, in 2 starts, 2-0, 11.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 11 SO… LHP Jesse Biddle- ND, 5.0 IP, ER, 7 SO in 1 start… RHP Brody Colvin made his 1st start since joining the Reading bullpen 5/1- ND, 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 5 SO… RHP Luis Garcia, in 3 appearances, went 1-0, SV, 4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 7 SO… LHP Jay Johnson made 4 scoreless appearances in relief… RHP Tyler Knigge earned a SV and made 3 scoreless appearances… 1B Jim Murphy hit safely in all 6 games, batting .304 (7-23) 2 2B… OF Anthony Hewitt belted 2 HR and swiped 3 bags… C Sebastian Valle (3-4, 2 RBI) in Reading's 4-3 win 6/13 vs Bowie… 2B Albert Cartwright had 7 H and 4 R in 7 G.
Clearwater Threshers - Florida State League North Division…34-31, 4th place… 1-3 for the week… Clearwater played only 4 due to the All-Star Break… 3B Maikel Franco is making quite a name for himself as he batted .389 (7-18), 4 HR, 7 RBI in only 4 games. He hit safely in all 4 G, with 2 H in 3 of the 4 games. He homered in 3 of the 4 games including 2 in Clearwater's 6-0 W 6/12 vs St. Lucie. At the time of print, Franco has both the FSL and organizational lead in the following categories: total bases (152), RBI (52), doubles (23) and HR (16)… OF Kelly Dugan batted .400 (6-15), HR, 2B, 5 BB… Dugan is batting .349 (59-169) on the year which leads both the FSL and organization… LHP Hoby Milner earned Player of the Week honors for the 2nd time in three weeks (1-0, 7.2 IP, BB, 7 SO)… Over his last 10 starts he is 6-0, 1.72 ERA (12 ER, 62.2 IP), 60 SO, 11 BB… RHP Juan Sosa struck out 6 in 4.0 scoreless innings allowing only 1 H… RHP Severino Gonzalez (3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 5 SO, 0 BB) continues to limit free passes while racking up the K's. As of print Gonzalez's ERA has fallen to 0.37 (1 ER, 24.2 IP) with 30 SO to only 2 BB.
Lakewood BlueClaws - South Atlantic League North Division…26-41, 7th place… 2-5 for the week… Lakewood has completed the first half of the 2013 season… DH/INF Willie Carmona batted .550 (11-20) HR, 2B, 6 RBI, earning Player of the Week honors… 3B Mitch Walding batted .320 (8-25), 7 R, HR, 2B, 4 RBI. Walding went 3-5 and belted his first HR of the season in LWD's 11-5 W over Hagerstown on 6/14… OF Carlos Tocci batted .333 (6-18), 2B including a 3 H performance 6/16 at HAG… Tocci has hit safely in 5 of his last 6 G… SS Roman Quinn swiped his 30th base of the season which ties his total from last year at Williamsport… 1B Art Charles had 7 BB and sports a .389 OBP over his last 10 G… RHP Shane Watson made 1 start (5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 4 SO)… LHP Yoel Mecias picked up the W in his only start (5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 7 SO)… RHP Chris Nichols allowed 2 unearned runs in 7.0 relief innings… RHP Jeb Stefan made two appearances in relief, holding the opposition scoreless over 3.0 innings.