In this week’s edition of the Mountaineer Diamond Review, hits came in bunches for both rookie and veteran WVUPros alike in pro baseball over the Fourth of July holiday week.
It was a busy yet productive week for Kuhn with eight games over the past seven days, as the Winnipeg Goldeyes infielder collected 12 hits, 14 RBI and 11 runs scored to help extend the club’s 11-game win streak dating back to June 26.
Through those eight games, Kuhn had at least a hit in all but one game, and had at least an RBI in all but two games in Winnipeg.
After a slow game with two walks against Salem-Keizer last Monday, McBroom caught fire the rest of the week that ended with three straight games over the weekend with two hits and at least an RBI against the Spokane Indians.
McBroom’s .318 batting average for Vancouver has the first baseman sitting seventh in the Northwest League this season.
Just like his West Virginia teammate McBroom, Boyd had his own streak of three games with at least two hits in each game for the Tri-City ValleyCats from Monday through Wednesday last week.
He topped the week off Sunday with three hits and three runs scored in an 11-3 win against the Lowell Spinners to extend their division lead to four games in the NY-Penn League’s Stedler division.
Fleming had his best week of his short time with the Bourne Braves, as the second baseman collected six hits and four RBI with four runs scored to keep the team on top of the West division in the American Association.
The strikeout problem that plagued Belnome over his past 10 games with the Durham Bulls before getting called up to the show with the Tampa Bay Rays followed him in only appearance last Wednesday against the Detroit Tigers.
He both struck out swinging and looking on five pitch at-bats against Detroit’s Max Scherzer in the second and fourth innings, respectively.
Buckner had a nearly identical week at the plate the past week with three hits and an RBI for the Winston-Salem Dash as the outfielder had from June 23 through June 29 that we featured in last week’s Mountaineer Diamond Review.
In his first appearance with the Vermont Lake Monsters, Walter pitched three innings of one-hit baseball in relief during the second half of the team’s doubleheader against the Connecticut Tigers Sunday.
Prior, he allowed just two hits and struck out seven batters over 6.2 innings with the Oakland Athletics’ Arizona League affiliate before being promoted to Vermont.
You’ll have to go back to Monday for Carley’s only appearance of the past week with the New York Yankees’ Gulf Coast League affiliate, giving up three hits, three strikeouts and an earned run against the Atlanta Braves’ Gulf Coast affiliate.
Means closed out the week with his first start for the Aberdeen Ironbirds since joining the club from the Baltimore Orioles’ Gulf Coast League affiliate, allowing just one hit and striking out one batter before the team ultimately lost to the Brooklyn Cyclones, 7-0.
He also pitched an inning and struck out two batters against Staten Island Yankees last Wednesday.
In back-to-back starts on last Thursday and Friday, Tuntland made the most of his time on the field, including a homerun and two RBI in the latter game, to help lead the Augusta GreenJackets to wins over the Rome Braves and Greenville Drive, respectively.
At least for the first week of his pro baseball career, things have not been very easy for Musgrave with two losses for the Grand Junction Rockies on Monday and Saturday last week. The first start saw him get lit up for seven hits and eight runs, including six earned, but bounced back to some extent in relief over the weekend with four hits and four runs with three earned against the Orem Owlz.
Carpenter returned from the disabled list last Wednesday for an Atlanta Braves team that has been streaking as of late, winning 9 of the last 10 and 12 of the last 13. He’s yet to pitch since going an inning on June 16, where the reliever allowed two hits and struck out two in a Philadelphia Phillies’ 6-1 victory.
San Diego Padres manager Bud Black set that Gyorko will report to the club’s rookie level team in Peoria, Arizona this week to get back into baseball shape by taking grounders and stepping into the batting cage.
Despite improvements with getting back on the field, the Padres second baseman will not return to the club until after the Major League All-Star break this month.
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