Saturday, June 02, 2007

System check

International League South
(27-28, second place, 6 GB)
RHP Jason Hammel threw a five-hit shutout Monday, walking none and striking out six. Hammel’s 100 pitches included 79 strikes. He’s 3-5 with a 2.85 ERA and has allowed hitters a .196 average.
LHP Jeff Ridgway hasn’t allowed a hit in two appearances since a two-run, one-inning outing May 24. He has a 2.25 ERA.
1B Wes Bankston has home runs in two straight games, including a game-ending 10th-inning shot Friday, to give him eight this season. He’s hitting .253 with a team-high 30 RBIs.
RF Justin Ruggiano is hitting .295 with seven home runs and 24 RBIs.
3B Joel Guzman has seven RBIs in his last 10 games. He has a .225 average, seven homers and 25 RBIs this season.
SS Ben Zobrist’s five-game hit streak has pushed his average to .246.
RHP Seth McClung, with a blown save Friday, is 4-of-8 in save opportunities. He’s 0-2 with a 2.08 ERA.

Florida State League Eastern
(25-28, tied for third, 7.5 GB)
RHP Wade Davis gave up four runs over six innings Thursday and saw his ERA balloon to 1.95. He’s 3-0 with a .217 average against.
LHP Jake McGee’s two-run, 5.2-inning no-decision Wednesday left him with a 1.97 ERA. He’s 4-1 with a .190 average against.
1B Rhyne Hughes is hitting .331 with six home runs and 31 RBIs.
C Christian Lopez is hitting .295 with 18 runs scored.

South Atlantic League Southern
(35-20, third place, 3 GB)
RHP Heath Rollins, who is 6-0 with a 1.09 ERA, gave up his second earned run in his last nine starts in a no-decision Friday. He had won four straight starts and won this week’s South Atlantic League pitching award.
RHP Jeremy Hellickson gave up four runs in four innings to lose his last start.
LF Ryan Royster has 11 RBIs in his last eight games.

Those who strayed from the Rays
2B Fernando Cortez snapped a seven-game hit streak Friday in which he was 12-for-29 at Class AAA Omaha (Royals). He’s hitting .293 with 28 runs scored.
RHP Jean Machi hasn’t allowed a hit to the last 23 hitters he’s faced for Class AA New Hampshire (Blue Jays). He has a 2.97 ERA and a .179 average against.
RHP Jim Magrane allowed two runs over seven innings in a loss Tuesday with Class AA Harrisburg (Nationals). He’s 1-4 with a 4.50 ERA.
SS Jace Brewer has a .255 average for Class AA Wichita (Royals).
UTIL Dan DeMent is hitting .229 at Class AA Harrisburg (Nationals).
C Ryan Christianson is 1-for-5 in two games since coming off the disabled list with Class AAA Memphis (Cardinals). He’s hitting .246.
2B Frank Moore has a .344 average in 13 games at Class AAA Albuquerque (Marlins).
RHP Willie Glen won the independent Northern League’s weekly pitching award for Gary. In his first three starts, Glen was 2-0 with a 1.45 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 18.2 innings.
RHP Jose Diaz is 2-2 with a 3.28 ERA for the Yokohama BayStars in Japan.

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