As we change the calendar from May to June, there are some of our WVU Pros in the world of professional baseball that have made great contributions to their teams in the past month. Others will gladly see May disappear in the distance as seasons continue into the summer.
We begin our recap this week not in the Major and Minor Leagues, but north of the border in Canada.
Far and away, Kuhn had the best performances of any WVU Pro in baseball in the past seven days, as the Winnipeg Goldeyes’ shortstop collected 10 hits, a pair of doubles and triples and three RBI. The week at the plate for Kuhn has himself ranked No. 3 in the American Association with a .387 batting average, which is behind Sioux Falls’ Shelby Ford (.395) and Sioux City’s Nate Samson (.426).
Winnipeg would go 3-3 in the past week, sitting tied for second place in the league’s North Division with the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks (10-7) and one game behind the St Paul Saints (11-6).
Belnome continued to improve on his resume to return to the Major Leagues with four hits and an RBI for the Durham Bulls this past week. He helped that with chipping in with a double and an RBI to help Durham defeat Lehigh Valley, 4-2, to sweep the weekend series from the IronPigs.
Durham, the International League South Division by 4.5 games, has been streaking as of late, winning three straight games and nine of their last 10 games.
Tuntland, who had three hits and an RBI, had his chances at the plate limited by Mother Nature last week, as three games of the Augusta GreenJackets’ four game series against the Savannah Sand Gnats were postponed due inclement weather.
If not for the rain postponements last week, Augusta could have possibly closed the 10.5 game back between themselves in third place and Savannah, the division leaders of the South Atlantic League Southern Division.
Carpenter, the only West Virginia pitcher in Major Leagues, was untouchable in his two of his appearances, but was only able to retire one batter of nine batters faced in his other two for the Atlanta Braves this past week.
In his successful appearances, Carpenter would allow no hits and struck out two in games against the Boston Red Sox and the Miami Marlins on Monday and Saturday, respectively. However, Carpenter would allow seven hits, four earned runs and a walk in games against Boston and Miami.
Following our recap last Monday, Atlanta would go on to lose four straight games to the Red Sox in both Atlanta and Boston, but bounced back for a road sweep against Miami over the weekend.
Gyorko had moments in recent weeks of finally breaking through the slump that’s been around since the beginning of the season, but after three hits and an RBI last week, it might be sticking around for a little while longer.
Just the like the production of Gyorko on the field, San Diego has been able to find any consistency in the win-loss column, failing to win more than two-straight games since May 11 and 13 against Miami and the Cincinnati Reds.
Buckner continues to be unable to escape the slump that he’s been mired in for the Winston-Salem Dash, as he had only two hits and an RBI in just four games in the past week.
Winston-Salem, an MLB affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, is currently 15.5 games back from Carolina League Southern Division leader Myrtle Beach, and will be eliminated from playoff contention with one more loss this season.