August 14, 2009 12:00 AM

Bunts and Balks (8/13)

USA World Baseball Classic team practice

The Colorado Rockies recalled Adam Eaton from AAA. The Rockies have a three-game series against the Florida Marlins this weekend, so Eaton's considerable pitching deficiencies may continue to haunt the Phillies.

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA) had a 8-7 lead, after seven innings, but fell to the Louisville Bats, 12-8. Joe Bisenius' return to AAA did not go well. He allowed four runs, on six hits, in one and one-third innings of "relief." Perfomances like that could get Bisenius booted off the 40-Man Roster, in a timely manner.
Joe Savery made his third start in AAA, and managed to pitch four scoreless innings, escaping numerous jams. But he couldn't escape jams in the fifth and sixth innings, and his 2.45 ERA was horribly scarred. Savery finished with a 3.78 ERA, after his five and two-thirds innings of work. Savery gave up six hits and three walks (five whiffs), leading to six runs (four earned).

The Reading Phillies (AA) also suffered from bullpen issues, losing to the Trenton Thunder, 5-1. Yohan Flande took a no-hitter into the fifth inning for the R-Phils. Flande pitched six innings, allowing two runs, on only four hits (two walks/five whiffs). Chance Chapman and Mike Zagurski combined to surrender three runs in the seventh inning, and the R-Phils were held to only five hits.

The Clearwater Threshers (A) started their game against the Lakeland Flying Tigers at 6:30pm, so they could host a concert by rising country band Love and Theft! The Threshers remained undefeated, in Thursday night home games preceding Love and Theft concerts, with a 6-2 win. Tyler Cloyd pitched seven scoreless innings (three hits, two walks/six whiffs) for his third win, lowering his ERA to 4.02 ERA.

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