Saturday, June 09, 2007

System check

International League South
(31-31, second place, 4.5 GB)
RHP Mitch Talbot threw a seven-inning, five-hit shutout Wednesday. He threw 52 strikes in 84 pitches. Talbot is 4-1 with a 1.75 ERA in six starts since his 10-run, no-out game May 5.
RF Justin Ruggiano was 0-for-2 Friday to snap a 12-game hit streak in which he was 18-of-48 with six home runs, eight RBIs and 10 runs scored. Ruggiano has a .305 average and 10 homers this year.
RHP Richard De Los Santos worked two shutout innings to win his debut Wednesday. He allowed two hits.
RHP Ruddy Lugo is 2-0 with a 1.32 ERA in 10 appearances.
3B Joel Guzman is 8-of-14 with three runs scored and three RBIs in his last four games. He hit a seventh-inning home run Wednesday to break a scoreless tie. This season, he has a .237 average, eight homers and 28 RBIs.
RHP Jeff Niemann is 4-4 with a 4.29 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 63 innings.
LHP Jon Switzer has allowed one earned run and 14 hits in 11.2 innings.

Florida State League Eastern
(28-32, fourth place, 5.5 GB)
RHP Wade Davis pitched seven innings of two-hit, one-run ball in a no-decision Wednesday. He’s 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA and a .206 average against.
LHP Jake McGee was tagged for eight hits and six runs in 5.2 innings Tuesday. He fell to 4-2 with a 2.63 ERA and a .205 average against.
LF J.T. Hall is 12-for-28 in his last seven games, pushing his average to .280.

South Atlantic League Southern
(39-23, third place, 4.5 GB)
RHP Jeremy Hellickson threw seven shutout innings Tuesday, cutting his ERA to 2.25 in seven starts.
RHP Heath Rollins surrendered eight runs, including two home runs, in five innings to lose Wednesday. He’s 6-1 with a 1.51 ERA.
C Nevin Ashley has a .285 average and 28 RBIs.
RHP Wade Townsend is 1-3 with a 5.55 ERA in his last five starts.

Those who strayed from the Rays
CF Joey Gathright had a .328 average and 33 runs scored at Class AAA Omaha when he was promoted to Kansas City this week.
OF Jesus Feliciano is hitting .300 with 20 runs scored for Class AAA New Orleans (Mets).
3B Rico Washington has a .289 average with Class AAA Memphis (Cardinals).
LHP Jason Cromer, who is 2-4 with a 5.98 ERA, has moved back into the bullpen with Class AA Wichita (Royals).
C Iker Franco has a .207 average at Class AAA Richmond (Braves).
RHP Marcos Carvajal is 1-4 with a 4.64 ERA with Class AA Binghamton (Mets).
RHP Willie Glen threw a four-hit, 10-strikeout complete game for independent Gary on Friday. He’s 3-0 with a 3.82 ERA in six starts.
OF Francisco Leandro has a .347 batting average, 15 walks and eight runs scored for independent New Jersey.
OF Amado German has scored 13 runs in 19 games for independent Edinburg.
OF Joey Gomes has a .317 average at independent Newark.
DH Jose Velazquez is hitting .180 with independent Nashua.

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