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Across the Affiliates 08/23/07

The Columbus Clippers split a doubleheader with Louisville dropping the opener 3-1 in 11 innings before blanking the Bats 1-0 in the second game (box1/box2).

In the first game, it was all hands on deck as six Columbus pitchers combined to allow three runs on eight hits and three walks over eleven innings. Chris Michalak started, going five innings allowing only a solo home run and striking out four. Billy Traber, Chris Booker, Arnie Munoz, and Winston Abreu pitched the next five shutout innings allowing only two hits and two walks (all by Booker) while striking out four. Leval Speigner took the loss getting knocked around for five hits (all singles) and two runs in the top of the eleventh. Every Clipper starter had at least one hit though none came after the bottom of the seventh inning. 2B Bernie Castro was 2/5 with his 26th stolen base of the season. In the second game, Matt Chico and Edward Valdez combined on a two-hit shutout. In his first appearance for Columbus, Chico went six allowing only one hit but walking four while striking out three. Valdez picked up the save with a scoreless ninth. Castro scored the only run of the game in the first inning, singling, moving to third on an errant pickoff throw, and scoring on a Brent Abernathy groundout. RF Abrham Nunez had the other Columbus hit.

Tonight: RHP Collin Balester (2-2, 4.54) wraps up the series with Louisville (pitcher TBA) at 7:05PM

Harrisburg split a doubleheader of their own, getting blanked 6-0 in game one before returning the favor and shutting out Connecticut 2-0 in game 2 (box1/box2/gamer). Mike O’Connor took the loss in game one surrendering six runs on five hits and four walks over five innings with five strikeouts. The Senators could only muster two hits on offense, singles by 1B Josh Whitesell adn RF Steve Mortimer. The Senators managed only one hit in the second game, a two-run single by CA Javi Herrera but it was enough offense for Harrisburg to gain the split. In the second inning, Whitesell and CF/RF Frank Diaz both walked and moved to 2nd and 3rd on a sacrifice by Dee Brown. After an Ofilio Castro strikeout, Herrera brought them home with a single. Those three were the only Harrisburg baserunners of game two. Gerald Plexico made the spot start going four innings allowing four hits and one walk while striking out five. Alex Morales picked up the win with two scoreless innings striking out four. And Zech Zinicola picked up the save with a scoreless ninth.

Tonight: Harrisburg opens a series in Altoona with RHP Beltran Perez (6-5, 4.45) facing off with Curve LHP Josh Shortslef (3-12, 4.45) at 7:05PM

2007 5th round selection Brad Meyers made his Carolina League debut going three innings in a 6-3 Potomac win over Kinston (box). Meyers struck out two and allowed three runs on five hits and two walks. No word on whether it was pitch count or other reason for his early evening. Craig Stammen picked up the win with 3 2/3 innings of one hit/one walk relief, striking out four. In August, Stammen is 1-0 in four appearances allowing no runs, only four hits & one walk while striking out twelve over eleven innings of work. CF Justin Maxwell was 2/5 with a double, run scored and RBI. RF Mike Daniel was 1/5 with a two-run home run. LF Chris Marrero was 3/5 with two double and one RBI. 3B Leonard Davis was 1/4 with a double and a run scored and is batting 0.275 since his promotion from Hagerstown. And, 1B Brett McMillan was 1/2 with a pair of walks and two runs scored. Over his last twn games, McMillan is batting 0.355 with five runs, five RBI and five walks.

Potomac does not play today.

Hagerstown dropped another game in Delmarva, losing 4-2 on Wednesday evening (box). Yunior Novoa allowed three runs on seven hits over five innings to take the loss, though he did strike out seven Shorebirds. DH Marcos Cabral was 2/3 with a run scored. CF Francisco Plasencia was 2/4 with a run scored. And, 3B Trevor Lawhorn was 1/4 with a double and two RBI.

Tonight: The Suns look to salvage a game in Delmarva at 7:05PM tonight. RHP Erik Arnesen (5-7, 4.79) takes on RHP Kyle Schmidt (6-8, 3.49)

Hassan Pena and Randy Matias were torched for eleven runs (nine earned) over less than four innings of work as the Lake Monsters were blown out by Staten Island 13-2 (box/gamer). Pena was touched up for six runs on four hits and five walks in onl 3 2/3 innings of work. Matias had it even worse allowing five runs (three earned) on three hits, one walk and a hit batter without recording an out. SS Dan Lyons drove in the only two Vermont runs with a double. LF Aaron Seuss, CA Sean Rooney, and 3B Jake Rogers each had two hits for Vermont. 2B Stephen King was 1/4 and his had a hit in all four of his Lake Monsters starts.

Tonight: RHP Cole Kimball (2-4, 4.03) takes on Staten Island RHP Jason Stephens (3-0, 1.05) at 7:05PM

The GCL Nationals defeated the GCL Marlins 7-2 (box). LF Clint Pridmore was 2/4 with one run and one RBI. DH Derek Norris was 2/5 with a double, triple, run and two RBI. 1B Zach Booker was 2/3 with a pair of walks, one run scored and two RBI. CF Chris Blackwood was 1/4 with one RBI and two stolen bases. And 3B Steve Souza was 0/3 with a pair of walks, two runs scored and one stolen base. Atahaulpo Severino picked up the win with five shutout innings allowing only two hits and striking out six. Kyle Gunderson pitched the final two scoreless innings, extending his scoreless inning streak to 13 2/3 innings.

Today: The GCL Nationals visit the GCL Dodgers at 12:00PM

The DSL Nationals1 game with the DSL Padres was cancelled due to rain. The DSL Nationals2 defeated the DSL Mets 4-3 in a rain-shortened game (box). 21-year old RHP Yael Arias allowed three runs on three hits over three innings of work with three strikeouts. 20-year old RHP Ruben De La Rosa picked up the win with four shutout innings allowing only three hits and striking out nine. 3B Felix Fermin Jr was 2/3 with a run scored.

Today: The DSL Nationals1 & 2 face off at 11:00AM. It’s the last scheduled game for the DSL Nats1. The DSL Nats2 have one game after today’s

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