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YMLN - Phil Hughes Wins First Game as a Pro
LHP Charlie Manning pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief Tuesday to pick up his first win with the Clippers. He didn't allow a hit but did walk one batter. It was his second straight game walking at least one batter and not striking out a batter and the third time in his first nine appearances this season. RHP Jason Anderson threw another scoreless inning of relief in the victory, giving him nine scoreless relief appearances in his first ten games and he still has not given up a run on the road this season.
Trenton Thunder: Trenton's six-game win streak came to an end Tuesday in a big way, falling 11-0 to the Norwich Navigators. RHP Jonathan Skaggs (0-2) got touched up for eight runs (six earned) on eight hits and one walk in four innings to pick up his second loss of the season. Home has not been kind to him as he now boast a 12.9 ERA in two starts at Waterfront Park this season. It was the third time in his first four starts that Skaggs was not able to get into the 5th inning and opposing Eastern League batters are hitting a robust .342 off of him this season. RHP Jeremy King, promoted this past weekend from Tampa, allowed one earned run on three walks and one hit in two innings of work Tuesday, but did manage to strike out five batters. It was only the second time in his last 35 appearances, dating back to last season, that King has walked more than two batters in an appearance (he walked 3 batters for Tampa back on June 1st of last season).
Offensively, the Thunder could only muster six hits in the loss...all singles. LF Kevin Thompson went 2-4 and he was the only Trenton batter to get more than one hit in the game. Thompson, among the team leaders in extra-base hits this season, has now gone five straight games without an extra-base hit with just two runs scored. 2B Gabe Lopez went 0-4 at the plate with one strikeout, failing to reach base for the first time in 17 games this season and snapping his hit streak at six games. CF Melky Cabrera also went 0-4 Tuesday and is now hitting just .074 with 0 RBI in his last seven games!
Tampa Yankees: The game between Tampa and Sarasota Tuesday was suspended in the fifth inning with the Yankees leading 6-1. RF Matt Carson had hit his 4th home run in the game. John Urick, Rudy Guillen, and Tommy Rojas each had two hits in the game before it was called. RHP Matt Brumit had tossed three scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and one walk, in his first start this season. His five strikeouts were not only a season high but it marked the first time he has struck out more than one batter in any of his five appearances this season.
Charleston Riversdogs: RHP Phil Hughes, scratched from his Saturday start because of a nagging thumbnail, pitched five shutout innings Tuesday. He allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out eight batters to not only pick up his first win of the season, but his first win as a professional pitcher! His 8 K's were a career-high and he lowered his career ERA to 1.11, albeit through just seven appearances. RHP Josh Smith threw two scoreless innings of relief Tuesday, allowing just one hit and striking out two batters. It was the fifth time in his last six appearances that Smith has not allowed an earned run, and playing in Augusta, Smith has kept his ERA to 0.00 on the road this season.
LF Estee Harris may be coming out of his season-long funk, going 2-4 with two runs scored and a solo home run, his second dinger of the season. It was just Harris' second multi-hit game of the season but his two Tuesday extended his hit streak to a season high four games and he has now hit safely in six of his last seven games played. RF Jonathan Poterson, who went 1-4 with an RBI, is also finally starting to heat up a bit. After going hitless in 8 of his first 10 starts this season, Poterson has now strung together a modest three-game hit streak, while driving it one run in each of those games. Talk about RBI streaks! 1B Cody Ehlers continues to be an RBI machines these days, going 1-3 with an RBI Tuesday to give him at least one RBI in each of his last five games, driving in 13 in all during that time. 2B Justin Christian went 1-3 with a solo home run (his 3rd HR of the season) and two runs scored, tying Timothy Battle for the team lead. Christian has scored two or more runs in 5 of his last 7 games.