Players of the Week
Pitcher: RHR Tyler Knigge, Reading. Following promotion from Clearwater, Knigge made his AA debut on Thursday and got his first save there the next night. He allowed one hit, no runs and no walks in two innings while striking out two. Two scoreless outings stretched his scoreless streak to 18 2/3 innings in 16 games, with 24 strikeouts. The last run he allowed was on May 29. The only other time he allowed a run was when he gave up two on April 27. For the season Knigge is 4-1 with an 0.58 ERA, 46 strikeouts and opponents batting .168 in 36 games and 46 2/3 innings. The 23-year-old was selected in the 12th round in 2010 out of Lewis-Clark State College (ID) and was signed by Tim Kissner.
Player: 1B Chris Duffy, Lakewood. Winner for the second time in the last three weeks. Last week: .458 average, club-high 11 hits, nine RBIs, scored five runs. Duffy has two grand slams this month, July 8 and last Saturday. His 19-game hitting streak (.438) ended on July 3. Since then he's hitting .417 (15-36). Duffy began his season at Lakewood (.350, 7 games), went to Clearwater (.205, 20 games) and returned to BlueClaws on May 29. Since returning on Memorial Day, he's hitting .390 with 38 RBIs in 40 games. The 24-year-old was selected in the 26th round in 2010 out of the University of Central Florida and was signed by Chip Lawrence.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs, International League North Division
1-3, first place, one game ahead of SWB . . . INF Kevin Fransden had a pair of multi-hit games, 2-4 on Tuesday, 3-4 on Saturday. Included was his organization-best 30th double . . . INF-OF Pete Orr had a pair of triples and three RBIs on Friday in the lone win, 4-1 . . . 1B Cody Overbeck hit a grand slam in Sunday's 6-5 loss, his ninth homer . . . Win went to LHS Pat Misch (7-10), seven innings, two hits, one run. Misch has allowed three runs in 14 innings over his last two starts, both wins . . . LHR David Purcey had a pair of scoreless outings. He has allowed one run in five July appearances . . . RHR Phillippe Aumont notched his 11th save on Friday.
Reading Phillies, Eastern League Eastern Division
1-3, third place . . . 1B Darin Ruf, .400, three doubles (22) among his six hits. Ruf is hitting .353 in last 10 games and leads the club with 46 walks . . . 2B Cesar Hernandez, .333, had a pair of two-hit games, including his 23rd double . . . Home runs: C Sebastian Valle, 10th and 3B Cody Asche, first in AA . . . CF Tyson Gillies returned to Reading lineup on Sunday and went 2-3 . . . LHR Jay Johnson picked up the lone win in a 7-6 verdict over Bowie on Friday . . . RHS Jonathan Pettibone (7-7) lost on Sunday, 3-1, allowing two hits in six innings, both solo home runs.
Clearwater Threshers, Florida State League North Division
4-2, including a three-game winning streak. Threshers are .008 behind first-place Tampa in second half . . . INF-OF Carlos Alonso, .429 with organization-high 12 hits, is hitting .341 in last 10 games . . . OF Zach Collier ended the week on a six-game hitting streak, hitting .350 during the week . . . 1B Jim Murphy, homered on Monday and Tuesday (10-11) making it three straight games in which he had gone deep. Murphy drove in six runs boosting his RBI total to 59, tops in the organization. He ended the week with three doubles in five at-bats on Sunday . . . C Cameron Rupp, .368 with six RBIs, including a walk-off single on Thursday in the 12th inning, ended his week on a nine-game hitting streak (.395) . . . RHS Perci Garner (4-5) won on Monday giving up two earned runs in six innings. He earned a no-decision when he was charged with three unearned runs in five innings on Sunday. . . . RHR Kyle Simon, 1-0, has one save and one earned run in three appearances, getting through six innings with zero walks and six strikeouts . . . Relievers also picked up the other two wins, RH Hector Neris (2-2) and RH Juan Sosa (5-4) . . . RHR Michael Nesseth had his first pro save on Friday . . . LHS Adam Morgan got a no-decision in that game, giving up two runs in seven innings with eight strikeouts . . . RHR Colton Murray has six strikeouts in four innings and two scoreless appearances.
Lakewood BlueClaws, South Atlantic League North Division
5-1, winning last five; Second place, 1/2 game out in second half . . . 2B Carlos Perdomo, .556 in 4 games, (10-18). He's had games of 3-2-2-3 hits , going from .210 to .242 . . . RF Kelly Dugan, .364, led organization with eight runs. He's had four doubles among eight hits, hitting .400 in his last 10 games . . . 3B Maikel Franco, eighth and ninth homers, nine RBIs. Prior to this season, Franco had five career homers in 122 games . . . 2B Alejandro Villalobos, eight-game hitting streak, .387 . . . Starters picked up three wins: LH Lino Martinez (4-4), LH Hoby Milner (1-1), first pro win, zero runs in 5 2/3 innings and RH Moises Rivas (1-0) in his first Lakewood start on Saturday . . . LH Blake Mascarell0 (3-0) won in relief on Friday . . . Saves: RH Zach Cooper (one), RH Gabriel Arias (one), RH Kenny Giles (one).
Williamsport Crosscutters, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division
1-5, ending five-game losing streak on Sunday; 6th place . . . 1B Chris Serritella, .417, club-high 10 hits, including three doubles (13). Serritella leads club with 19 RBIs . . . LF Larry Greene, .364, eight hits, hit his first pro homer on Sunday. Greene has five RBIs and three three-hit games this month. He leads the club with 17 walks . . . OF Yan Olmo, SS Roman Quinn, C Logan Moore had three-hit games as well . . . LHS Delvin Perez (2-2) won on Sunday, two runs (one earned), five innings.
Gulf Coast League Phillies, North Division
4-2, including three-game winning streak; third place . . . Lost, 3-1, to Braves on Sunday. four Phillies pitchers combined for 17 strikeouts, eight by starter LH Franklin Vargas (2-1) . . . RF Dylan Cozens, .471, eight hits, four RBIs and four steals. He's hitting .382 in last 10 games . . . OF Carlos Tocci, .467, seven hits, four RBIs . . . 1B William Carmona, .320, eight hits, including two doubles and a triple, drove in club-high five. Carmona is hitting .375 in last 10 games . . . C Willians Astudillo has one walk and two strikeouts in 58 at-bats during the season . . . INF Jairo Cardozo, five hits, five runs in three games . . . Wins: RH Felix Santos (3-1), RH Keivy Rojas (1-1) and RHS Manaure Martinez (2-2), his second straight win . . . Rojas' last three games, 12 strikeouts, seven innings, zero runs, zero walks.
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