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Around the Minors Starring Pedro

Reading – As J.A. Happ spun a complete-game shutout at Citizens Bank Park, Pedro Martinez was an hour away doing his part to earn a rotation spot last night. Martinez struck out 11 batters in 6 innings against the Trenton Thunder to earn the win in what should be his third and final rehab start before joining the Phillies next week. He needed just 82 pitches (60 strikes) to finish the sixth, allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits. Martinez did not walk a batter.

It was smooth sailing for Martinez through five innings, as the 3-time Cy Young winner struck out 10 batters while allowing just two hits, including a first-inning homer to Eduardo Nunez. As was the case in his last start for triple-A Lehigh Valley, Martinez struggled pitching from the stretch in the sixth inning. After allowing a leadoff single, Pedro gave up two more base-knocks in the sixth, and all three runners came across after two errors by the R-Phils. Martinez topped out at 92 mph on the radar gun, effectively fooling double-A hitters with his dazzling changeup and curveball. He threw first-pitch strikes to 18 of 23 batters.

Domonic Brown provided the offense to back Pedro, slugging a 426-foot first-inning homer that cleared the right-field wall at FirstEnergy Stadium and skied into the parking lot. It was his first in four games with Reading. Brown also roped a double off into the gap and knocked in two runs in the game, raising his average to .286 at double-A. Strangely enough, it wasn’t until tonight (with hordes of media in town to see Pedro) that Brown told everyone his first name is spelled Domonic, not Dominic. Turns out the 21-year-old 5-tooler was too shy to tell anyone they were spelling his name wrong.

Clearwater – For the fourth straight start, Darren Byrd kept opposing hitters desperate for hits as the Threshers won, 5-1, over Dunedin. Byrd allowed just one run on 3 hits in 6 innings, striking out 5 against 3 walks. He has now given up one run in his last 27 innings and won each of his last 4 starts.

Chad Durbin pitched a scoreless inning of relief in a rehab appearance, striking out two while allowing a hit and a walk.

Lakewood – Third baseman Travis Mattair went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles, but the Blue Claws dropped their game with Lake County, 3-2 in 11 innings. Outfielder Anthony Gose walked twice and stole two bases, stretching his team record and minor-league leading total to 62 stolen bases. His two swipes Tuesday night set the club record.

Williamsport – The Crosscutters lost, 11-8, against Staten Island, but several players have had standout weeks at short-season A-ball for the Phillies. Third baseman Anthony Hewitt went 2-for-5 with two RBI and homered in his second straight game. Tuesday night he was a double short of the cycle with 3 runs knocked in. Shortstop Jeremy Barnes was 4-for-5 with two runs scored and now has 6 hits over his last two games, including a pair of doubles. He is now hitting .310 in 43 games with Williamsport.

With an RBI single last night, outfielder Zach Collier now has 8 hits and 6 RBI in his last 4 games, including a triple and his first home run of the season. Since dropping from Lakewood to Williamsport, Collier is hitting .262 with a .410 slugging percentage. Though he went 0-for-5 last night with three strikeouts, 19-year-old catcher Sebastian Valle still has 8 hits and 6 RBI in his last four games, and is also showing improvement after being dropped down from Lakewood, hitting .338 in 34 games with Williamsport.

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  1. William of Schuylkill County

    August 6, 2009 at 9:01 am

    “slugging a 426-foot first-inning homer that cleared the right-field wall at FirstEnergy Stadium and skied into the parking lot. ”

    Not trying to be a dick…but there is no parking lot in Right Field…its a highway… its Route 61 past the wall, a sign and a few tree things…

    Left Field has a dirt parking lot…

  2. William of Schuylkill County

    August 6, 2009 at 9:07 am

    I was there last night and is going tonight…

    But this is right from Readingphillies.com

    “They tied the game in their first at-bat when Domonic Brown, the top prospect in the organization, blasted his first Double-A home run, which cleared everything in right field and landed on Route 61, some 426 feet from home plate. Brown also doubled in a run in a three-run third that featured Neil Sellers’ two-run shot to left, his 13th of the season.”

  3. Manny

    August 6, 2009 at 9:28 am

    Domonic sounds more powerful…

  4. Georgie

    August 6, 2009 at 10:56 am

    I,m going to Reading tonight, think Worley’s pitching. Our local tv news shows highlights of Reading Phils games, and Tues. they showed a clip of Domonic throwing a guy out at 3rd from the OF. I’m telling you, that ball looked like it was going about 150mph, and it was right on the mark, dude apparently has it all, and I’ll be checking him out VERY carefully tonight!

  5. Manny

    August 6, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Georgie is our very own, exclusive Phillies Nation scout… keep us posted!

  6. Georgie

    August 6, 2009 at 11:12 am

    haha, will do Manny. I’m one of the few people there that actually watches the game, it seems. There was a mom and dad with their kids sitting in front of us last week, and the mom was turned completely around in her seat looking back at us the WHOLE game, drove me NUTS!

  7. Don M

    August 6, 2009 at 11:28 am

    you can’t take kids to a baseball game until they are old enough to at least play T-ball .. .or have some idea what is going on

    I hate when parents bring their kids to the game, and the kids dont even watch it… they just want ice cream, and then cotton candy, and then a pretzel, and then a hot dog, and then another bathroom trip, and then a hot dog..

    ESPECIALLY when those kids have good seats.. little punks

  8. Georgie

    August 6, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    EXACTLY, Don….

  9. Chuck

    August 6, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    I hate it too…..but it DOES help to keep the “family atmosphere” thing…
    …otherwise it would be WFC this and WFC that…..ALL the time….

  10. Georgie

    August 6, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Ohhhhh, maybe that’s why that mom kept looking at me^…jk.

  11. The Original Chuck P

    August 6, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    C’mon guys… I have three boys (a 6 year old and 2 year old twins) and partial season tickets and although most of the time, my wife and I leave them at home with a sitter (or just bring the oldest) we try to take all of them at least once a year… needless to say, they’re certainly NOT interested in the game. My oldest is mainly there for cotton candy and the phanatic. The twins are there to cause havoc (that’s their aim in every facet of life, it seems). Regardless of how stressful it is, I still love taking them to the game. Taking my oldest is always fun… we usually come a little late (2nd inning) and spend some time walking around the park. We usually take our seats by the 4th inning with food in hand (that keeps him entertained for a while)… we take a bathroom break around the 7th (grab a snack) and watch the 8th/9th together. It’s well worth it just for those one or two innings that he’s actually interested in the game. He is a Phillies Phan… he ADORES Jimmy Rollins and wears Phillies shirts 4 out of 5 days of the week. He knows the batting order better than most people and he does a wicked Harry Kalas impersonation… he’s been coming to Phillies games since he was a wee little guy and it’s worth it.

  12. saucy

    August 6, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    anyone know when/where Pedro’s next start may be?

    thanks in advance

    -saucy

  13. Ben Seal

    August 6, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Pedro’s next start is most likely going to be with the Phillies, or at least that can be assumed until further notice based on what Ruben Amaro and company have said. It’s possible that they leave him in the minors to see if he can pitch 7 or 8 innings, but both Pedro and Amaro have said that he is ready to get out major league batters.

  14. Don M

    August 6, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    a 6 year old.. who’s about t-ball age ….. thats cool.. he likes the Phillies it seems

    I’ve also seen games where 10 year old kids, in Phillies gear, have been sitting in their seats playing PSP or Nintendo DS and stuff..

    stay home if you dont want to go to the game kids.. and what parents spend $25-60 on a ticket for their kid to play video games??

  15. William of Schuylkill County

    August 6, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    I’ll be at Reading tonight too Georgie ha

  16. The Original Chuck P

    August 6, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    He does like the Phils but he’s not always attentive, either… he’s still a 6 year old… I wouldn’t bring him if he wasn’t into the Phils. I haven’t let him get into video games; if a kid is sitting there playing video games, that means that he doesn’t really want to be there… I wouldn’t force my kid to come to a game… but if he’s coming to a game and he wants to eat some cotton candy, I’ll buy him some. It’s part of the experience.

    My point is that phans are created early… if I make it a privilege and an event, hopefully they will want to come with dad when they’re old enough to understand the ins and outs of the game. If he doesn’t really want to come, he doesn’t have to… we bring the twins to take some pictures and because it’s something to do. Like I said, they’re sole purpose in life is to terrorize but that doesn’t mean I have to board myself up at home. We try to take them out… I will say this; nothing pisses me off more than catching looks from people (usually old people) at a restaurant. Two year olds aren’t perfect… get over it.

  17. Georgie

    August 6, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    OCP, it was the kids turning around and staring every time we cheered or made any kind of noise that surprised me, so apparently it goes both ways.

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