Players of the Week
Pitcher: Right-hander Tyler Cloyd, Lehigh Valley-Reading. Started two games, one at each level, and was 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA. Scheduled to begin the season at Reading, he was called to start the LV season opener on April 5 because Dave Bush was suspended for a Spring Training brawl. Cloyd threw six perfect innings, striking out eight, throwing 73 pitches. He had five three-ball counts. He returned to Reading and won his first start there on Thursday, allowing two runs on six hits in six innings. The 24-year-old was an 18th-round selection in 2008 and signed by Jerry Lafferty. It marks the third time in the last six awards that Cloyd has been named Pitcher of the Week.
Player: Outfielder Jiwan James, Reading. Starting in all three outfield positions, James hit .364 in 11 games, with 12 hits and a club-high seven runs. Among his dozen hits were a double, two triples and two homers. He stole six bases in seven attempts. His .697 slugging percentage was tops in the organization. He had a seven-game hitting streak (.444) end on Saturday. The 23-year-old switch-hitter was a 22nd-round selection in 2007 and was signed by Chip Lawrence. It is the third time in his four-year Minor League career he has won the weekly honors.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs, International League North Division
9-2, first place. Record is second only to the Lansing Lugnuts (9-1) in the Midwest League. ... Four pitchers combined to toss a 3-0 one-hitter in the season opener on April 5 vs. SWB. Lone hit was a single with one out in the seventh. ... Left fielder Domonic Brown hit safely in seven of his past eight games (.367) to boost season average to .297; had two hits each in the past three games; led LV with 11 hits and tied first baseman Cody Overbeck with seven RBIs. ... Cacher Tuffy Gosewisch hit the organization's first grand slam on Thursday. ... Right-hander Scott Elarton went 1-0 with a 0.82 ERRA in two starts, allowing one run in 11 innings. ... Bush (1-0, 0.90 ERA) for two starts . . . Reliever Phillippe Aumont, four saves in five appearances, six innings, two hits, one run, two walks, nine strikeouts. ... Left-hander Jacob Diekman, two saves in four appearances, five innings, eight hits, zero runs, 0 walks, six strikeouts. ... Right-hander Michael Schwimer, two saves; left-hander Raul Valdez, one save . . . Relievers had a save in each of the nine wins. ... Right-hander Austin Hyatt won his Triple-A debut on April 11, allowing two runs in five innings. He retired 10 of last 13 hitters after throwing 58 pitches in first two innings. ... Right-hander Tom Cochran won both of his starts.
Reading Phillies, Eastern League Eastern Division
8-3, first place. ... 5-0 start matched the club record set in 1977. ... Won opener, 4-2, on left fielder Leandro Castro's walk-off homer. He drove in five runs in first four games. ... First baseman Darin Ruf led club in hitting (.371) and hits (13). . . . Second baseman Cesar Hernandez led club with seven RBIs. . . . Right-hander David Buchanan (1-0) for two starts, 2.08 ERA. . . . Right-hander Tyson Brummett, four games, seven innings, two hits, one run, nine strikeouts. . . . Right-hander Justin Friend, three saves in four scoreless outings. ... Right-hander Trevor May won first two starts, five runs, 12 innings, 12 strikeouts. . . . Right-hander Jonathan Pettibone (1-1), three starts, six runs, organization-high 18 1/3 innings . . . Right-hander Julio Rodriguez 1-0 for two starts. . . . Right-hander B.J. Rosenberg picked up two saves in two appearances, three scoreless innings.
Clearwater Threshers, Florida State League North Division
4-6, fifth place. ... Played games of 11, 12 and 10 innings in the first seven games. ... Center fielder Peter Lavin, .333, with an organization-high 15 hits (four doubles, one homer); nine-game hitting streak ended Sunday. ... DH Jeremy Barnes and catcher Cameron Rupp drove in four runs each on April 9. ... Left fielder D'Arby Myers hit .389. ... First baseman Jim Murphy shared organization high with nine RBIs. ... Outfielder Brandon Tripp, .324 with 12 hits. ... Left-hander Austin Wright is the lone starter with a win -- 2-0 for two starts, three earned runs in 11 innings, 13 strikeouts. ... Right-hander Jordan Whatcott (1-0), no runs, one hit, seven innings, four games, nine strikeouts. ... Right-hander Hector Neris (1-0), no runs, one hit, seven innings, four games. ... Left-hander Adam Morgan (0-0) for two games (one start); leads the organization with 15 strikeouts in 10 2/3 innings ... Clearwater twice faced Andy Pettite, who allowed four hits, one run and notched five strikeouts in seven innings pitching for Tampa.
Lakewood BlueClaws, South Atlantic League North Division
5-6, tied for sixth. ... Started season with a seven-game road trip (2-5). ... First win came in Game 2 at Greenville, in which the BlueClaws were 2-for-17 with runners in scoring position, received 10 walks, drew a balk and stole seven bases. ... Club leads SAL with 28 stolen bases (caught four times). ... Returned home Thursday and took three of four from Hagerstown ... RF Brian Pointer (.333), three homers (all in a four-game span); nine RBIs shares the organization high. ... Center fielder Gauntlett Eldemire, who missed the 2011 season with a wrist injury, hit .324 in his first nine games (11 hits); leads organization with 11 runs scored and eight steals (caught once). ... Left-hander Lino Martinez is 2-0 in three starts. ... Right-hander Ryan Duke, three saves in four scoreless appearances.
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