Saturday, June 23, 2007

System check

International League South
(38-37, second place, 5.5 GB)
3B Joel Guzman is hitting .379 with 13 RBIs and nine runs scored in his last 16 games. He hit three home runs in a four-game span this week. Guzman has a .252 average, 11 homers and 38 RBIs this season.
RHP Jeff Niemann won his third straight start Monday and is 7-4 with a 3.83 ERA this year. He’s struck out 82 in 82.1 innings.
RHP Mitch Talbot allowed one run over 6.1 innings in a no-decision Thursday. He’s 6-6 with a 4.52 ERA.
RHP Jae Seo gave up only one hit over seven shutout innings to win Friday.
SS Ben Zobrist is hitting .237.
1B Brent Butler’s .244 average includes 12 extra-base hits.
OF Jeremy Owens has a .217 average, four homers and 17 RBIs.

Florida State League Eastern
(2-0, tied for first)
RHP Josh Butler gave up one run on six hits in his seven-inning debut Thursday. He was 5-1 with a 2.33 ERA at Columbus.
RHP Greg Dupas has allowed one run in his last 11 innings. He’s 4-3 with five saves and a 4.70 ERA this year.
1B Rhyne Hughes has 10 RBIs and seven runs scored in his last nine games.
LHP Jake McGee won Friday for the first time in five starts. He’s 5-2 with a 2.58 ERA.

South Atlantic League Southern
(1-1, tied for third, 1 GB)
CF Desmond Jennings, who had two hits in Tuesday’s All-Star Game, was 4-for-4 with three doubles and three runs scored in the last game before the All-Star break. He has a .379 on-base percentage, 28 steals and 42 runs scored.
RHP Wade Townsend allowed no earned runs over five innings in a loss Thursday. He’s 4-6 with a 4.40 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 61.1 innings.
C Nevin Ashley has a .269 average, 32 runs scored and 32 RBIs.

New York-Penn League McNamara
(1-3, tied for third, 2 GB)
RHP Doug Waechter gave up two runs and four hits over three innings to lose Friday. The former major-leaguer struck out none in his first appearance since offseason shoulder surgery.
CF Emeel Salem is 5-for-5 on steals.
RHP Claudio Rodriguez threw four shutout innings of relief Friday.

Appalachian League East
(0-2, fourth place, 2 GB)
RHP Tyree Hayes’ 5.1 innings in Thursday’s season opener included eight hits and five runs.
2B Michael Ross was 3-for-5 Friday.

Those who strayed from the Rays
3B Dan DeMent was 3-for-5 with a career-high five RBIs Friday at Class AA Harrisburg (Nationals). He has a six-game hit streak and has knocked in eight runs in his last four games.
3B Rico Washington, who was 4-for-5 with five RBIs Monday, is 12-for-22 in his last seven games at Class AAA Memphis (Cardinals). His season totals include a .317 average, seven homers and 23 RBIs.
RHP John Webb threw eight shutout innings to win Wednesday for Class AAA Iowa (Cubs). He allowed three hits. Webb is 2-4 with a 5.13 ERA.
LHP Jason Cromer is 2-5 with a 6.18 ERA with Class AA Wichita (Royals).
C Ryan Christianson has a .208 average for Class AAA Memphis (Cardinals).
UTIL Johnny Raburn is hitting .199 at Class AA Carolina (Marlins).
RHP Willie Glen is 6-0 in nine starts with independent Gary, where he has a 26-8 career record.
OF Francisco Leandro has a .333 average at independent New Jersey. He’s scored 22 runs in 25 games.
OF Joey Gomes has a .333 average for independent Newark.
RHP Franklin Nunez is 1-0 with a 5.91 ERA in nine appearances at independent York.
RHP Chris Flinn is on the disabled list of the Road Warriors in the independent Atlantic League.

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