Minor League Notes
Players of the week:
Pitcher: RHP Kyle Kendrick, Lakewood: 1-0 for 1 start, 2 hits, 8 IP, 1 BB, club-high 12 SO. For the season, Kendrick is 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA for 3 starts, 23 SO in 18.2 IP. A 21-year-old from Mount Vernon, WA, Kendrick was a 7th round selection in 2003.
Player: C Carlos Ruiz, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre: .462 in 7 games, 12 hits, 2 doubles, 1 HR and 4 RBI. For the season, Ruiz is hitting .377, 5 HR, 13 RBI. A right-handed hitter, the 27-year-old Ruiz was signed as an amateur free agent in 1998 out of Panama.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons
Climbed from fourth to second place with an undefeated week (7 wins) stretching their winning streak to 9 in a row . . . RHP Yoel Hernandez picked up 3 saves during the week and shares the International League lead with 6 . . . C Carlos Ruiz had 3 3-hit games . . . LF Shawn Garrett had a pair of triples, 3 RBI on Monday . . . 2B Joe Thurston, 2 homers the next day . . . LHP Eude Brito allowed 1 hit in 6 innings on Wednesday but didn’t get a decision . . . LHP Cole Hamels (Florida State League-leading 29 strikeouts in 20.1 innings) and RHP Chris Booker (0-0, 5.40 ERA also at Clearwater) will join the Red Barons tonight in Norfolk. Hamels will make his AAA debut at Norfolk on Thursday.
Won 3 out of 5 games and had 2 postponements . . . LHP Daniel Haigwood picked up 1st win, one of four Reading hurlers to combine on a 3-0 shutout on Tuesday; Haigwood’s line: 6 IP, 3 H, 5 BB, 6 SO. “Fast ball was sneaky quick, downward plane; curve was more consistent,” reported pitching coach Tom Filer . . . Reading pulled out an 8-7 win at New Britain on Thursday by scoring 7 runs over the final 2 innings.
Had a 4-3 week . . . LHP Cole Hamels had a pair of no-decisions, allowing 8 runs (4 earned) in 9.1 innings . . . DH Brian Sellier had a 2-homer game . . . 3B Mike Costanzo hit homers in back-to-back games for the first time in his pro career . . . RHP Zack Segovia won 2 games, boosting his season record to 3-1. His 27.2 innings lead the Florida State League . . . RHP Joe Bisenius hasn’t allowed an earned run in his first 6 relief appearances.
After starting the season 0-9 and being guaranteed a win by the club’s front office, the BlueClaws ran off a 5-game winning streak . . . For the week they were 4-1 . . . RHP Kyle Kendrick, in working 8 IP of a shutout on Tuesday, retired the first 13 batters and fanned the first 6. He was named the South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week . . . LHP Matt Maloney (6 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 6 SO) and 3 others combined for a shutout the next day . . . Greensboro scored in the first inning on Thursday to break Lakewood’s consecutive scoreless streak at 22.0 innings . . . On Friday, LHP Joshua Outman (6 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 6 SO) and two others combined for Lakewood’s third shutout of the week.