Baseball in all facets is in full swing. And with that, we bring you the Mountaineer Diamond Review, where we give you the most up-to-date coverage on your favorite Mountaineers in the professional baseball world.
This week we’ll kick things off with the Durham Rays’ Vince Belnome.
Early in the MLB season, Belnome was called up to Durham’s MLB affiliate, Tampa Bay. The move was short-lived but that was expected when Belnome was called up. Just a season after being the team’s MVP, Belnome is again back in the swing of things in hopes of making a more permanent stay in the majors.
This week, Belnome hit .210, driving in four runs with three doubles and a home run.
His best game of the week came on Thursday when he went 1-for-2 with a walk and two RBIs. For the season, he’s hitting .229 with 18 RBIs, 10 doubles and four home runs.
Another tidbit, fan voting for the All-Star game begins on May 30th. Belnome was named to the International League All-Star team last season.
Moving along, San Diego Padres slugger Jedd Gyorko is still trying to get out of the early season slump. He did, however, have multiple games with multiple hits this past week, racking up six hits in 22 plate appearances, driving in three runs in the process.
On Tuesday, the opening game of the series with Minnesota, Gyorko went 2-for-4 with an RBI. The Padres had five hits the entire game and fell, 5-3.
For the season, Gyorko is hitting a dismal .169 with just five home runs and 23 RBIs. He’s also cracked just five doubles thus far.
With other news in the majors, Atlanta’s David Carpenter added another win to his season. He appeared in three games for the Braves this past week, going 1-0, giving up just three hits in 3.0 innings of work while registering two strikeouts and walking none.
In the win, Carpenter came on in the top of the eighth inning with the game tied, 2-2. The Fairmont native induced a groundout and a strikeout before surrendering a double. With the go-ahead run in scoring position with two outs, Carpenter induced another groundball to get out of the inning unscathed. The Braves went on to score the go-ahead run themselves in the bottom half of the inning before Carpenter was taken out for a pinch hitter.
For the season, Carpenter is 4-0. He’s pitched in 23 games for the Braves and has a 2.53 ERA and two saves in three opportunities.
Going back down through to the minor leagues, Grant Buckner is in a slight rough patch with the Winston Salem Dash, a minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.
This past week, Buckner hit just .090 with an RBI. His best game came on Tuesday when he went 1-for-3 with an RBI.
For the season, Buckner is hitting .256 with 11 RBIs.
Rounding out this week’s performances is Ryan Tuntland, who is with the Augusta GreenJackets, a minor league affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.
This week, Tuntland hit .272 with an RBI. His best game came on Tuesday when he went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and an RBI.
For the season, the third baseman is hitting just .194 with five RBIs and eight doubles.