Pharm Phocus: Crawford homers twice, Nola strong and more
Jun 12, 2013; Long Beach, CA, USA; Lakewood High shortstop J.P. Crawford poses at portrait session at Blair Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
The Williamsport Crosscutters were blanked by the Auburn Doubledays Sunday as Mitch Gueller struggled in 2.2 innings of work.
The Williamsport starter moved to 5-5 after allowing seven earned runs on six hits and two walks. Gueller has lost his last three decisions.
Auburn (29-37) is a game behind Williamsport (31-37) in division standings. The Crosscutters are ten games behind the first place State College Spikes.
Lakewood was outhit 12-7 and lost 4-1 to the Greensboro Grasshoppers Sunday.
Joey Denato, who was drafted in the 19th round of this year’s draft, pitched two earnings of relief and gave up one run on two hits. Denato has given up just three runs for Lakewood in 22 innings. His ERA is 1.23 and he has 19 strikeouts in that time.
Aaron Brown drove in the only run for the BlueClaws as part of his 2-for-4 day. He snapped a three-game hitless streak, but still has a .355 batting average.
The Brevard County Manatees managed to edge the Clearwater Threshers by scoring four runs in the ninth inning of Sunday’s matchup.
Lee Ridenhour came in for the save with his team up 2-1, but he allowed four runs on three hits and two walks.
Starter Miguel Nunez was sharp over eight innings, allowing one run on four hits and striking out five.
Shortstop J.P. Crawford went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs.
Art Charles added a solo home run for one of his two hits.
READING FIGHTIN’ PHILS:
Aaron Nola and the Reading Fightin’ Phils were unsuccessful in a 5-3 loss to the Erie SeaWolves.
In five innings Nola made just one mistake, a solo home run. The round tripper was one of four hits allowed by the righty on Sunday. Nola struck out five and walked one.
Leadoff hitter Carlos Alonso went 2-for-4 with a double while driving in two.
Reading had three with muli-hit games and ten hits in the game, the same number of runners left on base.
LEHIGH VALLEY IRONPIGS:
The IronPigs plated five runs on 11 hits to beat the Syracuse Chiefs 5-3 Sunday.
A day after hitting for the cycle, third baseman Maikel Franco went 2-for-4 with a double.
John Mayberry‘s rehab continued with the Pigs and he went 1-for-3 with a strikeout.
Luis Garcia recorded his 2oth save, but gave up a run on two hits. He owns a 1.03 ERA and has 48 strikeouts over 43.2 innings.