Players of the Week
Pitcher: RHR Zach Cooper, Lakewood
Relieved three times and posted three saves, four scoreless innings, three hits, zero walks and two strikeouts. Cooper was selected by the Phillies in the 15th round this summer out of Central Michigan University and signed by David Seifert. Cooper began his pro career at Williamsport, going 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA and two saves in six games. He was promoted to Lakewood on July 13. At Lakewood, Cooper is 0-1 with a 0.69 ERA and five saves in 10 games. Cooper hasn't allowed a run since July 23 (nine innings). Cooper is one of five 2012 draftees on the BlueClaws' roster.
Player: 1B Darin Ruf, Reading
Ruf hit .385 in six games, with an organization-high 10 hits, including three homers and two doubles. Ruf Scored six times and drove in five. Ruf has seven homers and nine RBIs this month. He also had seven homers in May with 27 RBIs. Cooper is batting .395 in last 10 games. He leads the league in homers (25), total bases and slugging percentage and is among the top five in average, runs, hits and doubles. In three previous seasons, Cooper totaled 29 home runs in 319 games while hitting .300. He won player of the week honors for April 16-22 this season. Cooper was selected in the 20th round in 2009 out of Creighton University and signed by David Seifert.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs, International League North Division
2-4, third place, 3 1/2 games out ... The IronPigs ended the week scoreless over 20 innings, being shut out Saturday and Sunday. ... OF Steve Susdorf hit .412 and led the club with seven hits and three doubles. Susdorf is hitting .371 in last 10 games ... 2B Cesar Hernandez has hit in 13 of his last 15 Double-A and Triple-A games. ... C Sebastian Valle has three hits since joining Triple-A, two being homers and one in each of Pettibone's last two starts. ... RHS Tyler Cloyd got a no-decision on Wednesday, after allowing four runs in 6 2/3 innings. This is the most runs Cloyd's allowed since May 20, when he gave up a season-high five. ... RHS Jonathan Pettibone (2-0) won on Friday after going seven innings and giving up zero runs on two hits and four walks. Pettibone also had two stikeouts and recorded 15 ground-ball outs. He's gone 11-7 this season between Double-A and Triple-A. ... RHR J.C. Ramirez (3-1) was the winner in Wednesday's 12-inning win. Ramirez had three strikeouts over two scoreless innings. ... LHR Joe Savery hasn't allowed a run in his last eight games. Savery has nine strikeouts in nine total innings. ... LHR Jake Diekman has given up zero runs in 10 of last 11 Triple-A outings.
Reading Phillies, Eastern League Eastern Division
3-3, third place, six games out ... 3B Cody Asche hit .333, with an organization-high six doubles among his nine hits. He also had five RBIs. The six doubles came in the final four games. Asche ended the week on an eight-game hitting streak, raising his average from .229 to .249. ... OF D'Arby Myers leads the club with a .361 average in August. ... OF Tyson Gillies has gone 4-for-13 in three games since returning to Reading. Gillies has hit in 11 straight Double-A games in which he has appeared. ... RHS Ethan Martin (2-0) won on Tuesday, giving up two runs, one earned, in 6 1/3 innings. ... LHS Adam Morgan (1-0) won his Double-A debut the next night and only gave up one hit (leadoff single in the second). Morgan threw seven innings, with six strikeouts and zero runs. ... RHS Trevor May (9-10) ended a personal two-game losing streak on Sunday. May gave up two runs in six innings and had eight strikeouts. ... RHR Justin Friend (18) and RHR Michael Cisco (two) each posted saves.
Clearwater Threshers, Florida State League North Division
2-4, fifth place, 3 1/2 games out ... The Threshers won their last two games, ending a seven-game losing streak. .. RF Anthony Hewitt hit .368 with seven hits, including two doubles and his 13th home run. Hewitt went into the season with 16 career homers in 329 Minor League games over four seasons. ... 1B Jim Murphy leads the club with 107 hits, 36 doubles, 14 homers and 73 RBIs. Murphy is hitting .308 against LHP, with seven homers and 22 RBIs. ... OF Peter Lavin went 4-for-13 over his last three games. ... C Cameron Rupp played in five games and got five hits, five walks and five strikeouts. ... RHS Perci Garner (5-8) won on Saturday. ... LHS Jesse Biddle (8-5) was Sunday's winner after giving up two runs over six innings. ... RHR Kenny Giles posted his first Clearwater save in that game. ... Tim Kennelly is being converted to a pitcher and has pitched in two games for a total of two innings and collected two strikeouts. Including Reading, Kennelly has pitched in five games, struck out six and given up zero runs.
Lakewood BlueClaws, South Atlantic League North Division
4-1, fourth place, one game out ... The BlueClaws ended a three-game losing streak and began a three-game winning streak on Monday. ... RF Kelly Dugan hit .381 with eight hits in five games. Dugan ended the week on a seven-game hitting streak. ... 3B Maikel Franco hit .353, got six hits and scored five runs. He has played every day since June 1. During the second half, Franco is hitting .315 with six homers and 39 RBIs. In the first half, Franco hit .207 with six homers and 27 RBIs. ... 2B Alejandro Villalobos has five hits, including thee doubles, in his last four games. ... C Gabriel Lino, hit his first homer at Lakewood on Saturday. After a 10-for-70 start in 21 games following the trade, Lino is 5-for-13 in his last four games. At 19 years of age, Lino is the youngest player on the club. ... 1B Brock Stassi had a pair of three-hit games and won Monday's game with a three-run double. ... LHS Lino Martinez (6-5) was Monday's winner. ... LHS Hoby Milner (4-2) won the next night, giving up zero runs in 6 1/3 innings. Milner stretched his scoreless streak to 18 2/3 innings. ... RH Gabriel Arias (4-6) picked up Wednesday's win after striking out seven and giving up one run in six innings. In four starts, Arias has given up three earned runs in 18 1/3 innings. ... Saturday's win went to RHR Luis Paulino (5-2).
Williamsport Crosscutters, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division
4-2, sixth place ... SS Roman Quinn hit .389 with seven hits in four games. Quinn is hitting 341 in his last 10 games. ... 1B-DH Cameron Perkins hit .360 with nine hits and four RBIs. ... CF Kyle Hoppy hit .346 with nine hits and three RBIs. Hoppy ended the week on an eight-game hitting streak. ... 1B Chris Serritella had six hits, including three doubles. Serritella leads the league with 20 doubles. He leads the club with 33 RBIs. ... C Chace Numata hit .313 and led the club with six runs scored on five hits, including two homers. Numata also had three RBIs. ... Wins went to RHS Kevin Brady (1-1), who gave up zero earned runs, while striking out seven in 5 2/3 innings; RHS Ulises Joaquin (1-1), who gave up zero runs in five innings; RHR Jonathan Musser, (1-4) who gave up zero runs in three innings; and RHR Greg Broussard (2-0), who gave up zero runs in two innings.
Gulf Coast League Phillies, North Division
1-5, losing last four; fourth place ... 3B Zach Green hit .300 with two doubles among six hits. Green leads the club with 12 doubles. He's hitting .342 in his last 10 games. ... RF Dylan Cozens hit his club-high third homer on Saturday. Cozens had walk-off single in the 10th inning on Tuesday. ... Cozens, Zach Green and 1B William Carmona, now at Lakewood, share the club RBI high with 20 each. ... OF Jiandido Tomp had his first four-hit game that day. ... RHR Keivy Rojas (3-1) won on Tuesday. ... RH Shane Watson, relieved twice, striking out five and giving up one hit over two innings.
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