Players of the Week
Pitcher: LHR Jake Diekman, Lehigh Valley. Was 1-0 with 2 saves in 4 outings, 4.2 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 2 walks, 8 strikeouts. Struck out the side in getting a save on Tuesday (14 pitches, 10 strikes), the third time in 12 appearances he has fanned 3 in 1 inning. Picked up a win on Wednesday and his 6th save on Saturday, 2 innings, 2 strikeouts. For the season, 0.63 ERA, 22 strikeouts in 14.1 innings. The 25-year-old was a 30th round selection in 2007 out of Cloud County Community College and signed by Jerry Lafferty.
Player: 2B Cesar Hernandez, Reading. Hit .387 in 7 games, organization-high 12 hits, 4 doubles, 2 triples, 6 RBI. Ended the week on a 6-game hitting streak. Had four multi-hit games. Raised his average from .293 to .321. The switch-hitter leads Reading with 16 RBI. Defensively, he has 3 errors. The 21-year-old Venezuelan was signed in 2006 by Sal Agostinelli and Jesus Mendez.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs, International League North Division
4-1 plus a game that was suspended in the third inning; 2nd place . . . INF Mike Fontenot, .438 in 5 games. Has hit safely in 7 of 11 games since joining LV . . . INF Hector Luna, .389 in 6 games, 6 RBI. Was 7-10 in last 3 games . . . C Tuffy Gosewisch hit a walk-off single on Wednesday . . . LF Domonic Brown left that game after 2 at-bats with a strained left hamstring. In a pinch-hitting role on Sunday, he had a 2-run triple . . . RHS Scott Elarton (3-1) was 2-0 for 2 starts, 1 run in 12 innings . . . RHS Tyler Cloud, who tossed 6 perfect innings in the season opener for a win at LV, was promoted to the IronPigs after 3-0 at Reading. In his 1st start at LV on Saturday, he gave up a homer to the first batter but didn't allow another run in 7 innings. Combined between Reading and LV, he is 5-0, 1.42 ERA.
Reading Phillies, Eastern League Eastern Division
4-3, 1st place . . . Phillies have 7 players with 11 or more RBI . . . 1B Darin Ruf, .357 in 7 games, 10 hits, 5 RBI. Leads club with .368 average . . . OF Tyson Gillies, .320, 8 hits in 7 games; hitting .324 in last 10 games . . . After going 0-30, OF Leandro Castro, had 5 hits in last 5 games . . . RHS Trevor May ended April with a 5-0 record, leading the EL in wins and strikeouts (33). First EL pitcher to have a 5-0 April since Bowie's LHP Chris Waters in 2008. Undefeated streak ended with a 6-2 loss on Saturday, losing to former Phil Zack Segovia . . . RHS Julio Rodriguez (2-0) won on Wednesday, 0 runs, 5 innings, 7 strikeouts . . . RHS Drew Naylor won on Friday, his first appearance since 9/6/10 because of Tommy John surgery on 5/31/11 . . . RHR J. C. Ramirez, being converted to a reliever, recorded his first pro save on Friday in 141 minor league games . . . RHR Lisalverto Bonilla, promoted from Clearwater, struck out the side in his AA debut on Saturday . . . RHR Justin Friend picked up 6th and 7th saves . . . RHR Jordan Whatcott began the week with his 1st AA save.
Clearwater Threshers, Florida State League North Division
5-2 for the second straight week, moving into a tie for 2nd place . . . 3B Cody Asche, .417 in 6 games, ending the week on a 7-game hitting streak, boosting average from .319 to .344 . . . OF Brandon Tripp, .355 and led the club with 11 hits. 8 RBI match 1B Jim Murphy for the organization-high during the week; Murphy's 25 RBI lead the organization . . . RF Anthony Hewitt, 8-11 in last 3 games; hitting .342 in last 10 . . . INF Carlos Alonso, 6 hits in 4 games . . . RHS Brody Colvin (2-2) won both starts, 3 earned runs in 11 innings; walked 11 and struck out 11 . . . LHS Jesse Biddle left the game after .1 inning on Tuesday when hit on his pitching forearm by a line drive; made next start on Sunday and picked up 1st win (2 losses) . . . LHS Austin Wright (4-0) was Wednesday's winner, 2 earned runs, 7 innings . . . RHR Tyler Knigge, 5.2 hitless innings over 3 scoreless appearances, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts.
Lakewood BlueClaws, South Atlantic League North Division
1-5, winning on Sunday to snap a 5-game losing streak . . . BlueClaws are 7-7 at home and 2-11 on the road . . . C-1B Bob Stompo, .438 in 4 games, 7 hits, 4 RBI. In six games with Lakewood, he's batting .500 with 5 multi-hit games. Combined between Clearwater and Lakewood, .425 . . . After a 4-39 start through April 18, SS Gustavo Gonzalez is 12-36 . . . INF Carlos Perdomo had 6 hits in last 7 games . . . RHS Colby Kleven, no decision on Thursday, 0 runs, 6 innings, 8 strikeouts.