South Atlantic League Notebook

For the week ending May 6

(Rome Braves)

May 8, 2006 2:14 PM

Asheville Tourists (Colorado Rockies)

The WEEK IN REVIEW: The Tourists enjoyed a 5-2 week, opening with a pair of wins at Columbus. They lost their first two games at Rome before rebounding with three straight wins, including a victory over Charleston.

WHO'S HOT: Outfielder Daniel Carte batted .476 (10-for-21) with five runs scored and five RBIs in six games. For the season, Carte is hitting .271 (19-for-70) with seven doubles and 14 RBIs.

WHO'S NOT: Outfielder Cole Garner is batting .250 (21-for-84) with a team-high 30 strikeouts.

Augusta GreenJackets (San Francisco Giants)

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: The GreenJackets alternated wins and losses, finishing the week with a 4-3 mark, including a wild 11-10 victory over visiting Columbus on Thursday.

WHO'S HOT: Third baseman Pablo Sandoval hit .409 (9-for-22) with six RBIs and four runs scored in six games. On the season, Sandoval is batting .283 (28-for-99) with four doubles, a home run and 15 RBIs. Pitcher Ryan Shaver pitched seven scoreless innings to pick up his win in his lone start of the week. The right-hander allowed four hits and one walk while striking out five. On the season, Shaver is 1-2 with a 2.96 ERA.

WHO'S NOT: First baseman Jose Yens is batting .233 (21-for-90) in 25 games with 20 strikeouts.

Charleston RiverDogs (New York Yankees)

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: The RiverDogs went 5-2 during the week, suffering a 5-2 loss to visiting Greenville on Wednesday and a 10-3 defeat at Asheville on Saturday.

WHO'S HOT: Pitcher Bryan Villalona allowed just one hit and struck out nine over 9 2/3 scoreless innings. For the season, the right-hander is 3-0 record with a 2.48 ERA in seven outings, including five starts.

WHO'S NOT: Pitcher Rolando Japa is tied for second in the league with five losses. The right-hander is 1-5 with a 5.13 ERA in seven appearances, including three starts. In 26 1/3 innings, Japa has allowed 25 runs -- 15 earned -- and opponents are batting .296 against him.

Columbus Catfish (Los Angeles Dodgers)

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: The Catfish went 3-4, finishing on a high note with back-to-back wins at Augusta and Kannapolis.

WHO'S HOT: First baseman David Sutherland batted .478 (11-for-23) with four runs scored and two RBIs in six games. On the year, Sutherland is hitting .318 (28-for-88) with five doubles, two home runs and eight RBIs. Ivan De Jesus batted .421 (8-for-19) with seven runs and an RBI in six games. On the season, De Jesus is hitting .293 (22-for-75) with four doubles, a home run and 10 RBIs.

WHO'S NOT: The Catfish rank last in the league with a 4.80 ERA. Columbus pitchers have issued a league-high 128 walks.

Delmarva Shorebirds (Baltimore Orioles)

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: The Shorebirds posted a 4-3 mark, including a three-game winning streak and a week-ending 4-3 win over Lake County in 10 innings on Saturday.

WHO'S HOT: Outfielder Quincy Ascencion batted .444 (8-for-18) with one run scored and four RBIs in five games. On the season, Ascencion is hitting a team-best .320 (24-for-75) with 10 doubles and 11 RBIs. Lorenzo Scott Jr. batted .421 (8-for-19) with six runs scored and one RBI in five games. On the season, Scott is hitting .309 (25-for-81) with four doubles, a triple, two home runs and five RBIs.

WHO'S NOT: Third baseman Ryan Finan is batting .244 (21-for-86) with 21 strikeouts in 25 games. Shortstop Stuart Musslewhite leads the team with seven errors.

Greensboro Grasshoppers (Florida Marlins)

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: The Grasshoppers enjoyed a 5-1 week, with the only coming in Wednesday's 5-3 defeat to visiting Hickory. On Saturday, Greensboro edged the Crawdads, 8-7, in 11 innings.

WHO'S HOT: Pitcher Aaron Thompson picked up his first win by tossing 7 2/3 scoreless innings last week. He struck out six and walked one. In six starts this season, the left-hander is 1-2 with a 4.26 ERA.

WHO'S NOT: Pitcher Ryan Tucker leads the South Atlantic League with 19 walks. In six starts, the right-hander is 0-3 with a 4.82 ERA.

Greenville Drive (Boston Red Sox)

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: The Drive posted a 4-3 mark, including a 7-1, 10-inning win at Savannah on Monday.

WHO'S HOT: Pitcher Timothy Cox pitched six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out three. The left-hander is 1-1 with a 2.66 ERA this season.

WHO'S NOT: First baseman Logan Sorensen is batting .216 (19-for-88) with 20 strikeouts in 22 games and has hit into a team-leading four double plays.

Hagerstown Suns (New York Mets)

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: The Suns split six games this week. They took two of three at Lake County from Wednesday through Friday.

WHO'S HOT: Pitcher Jeffrey Landing pitched 8 1/3 dominant innings to pick up his first win in five decisions this season. He allowed four hits and struck out five. On the season, the right-hander is 1-4 with a 3.74 ERA in six outings, including five starts. In 33 2/3 innings, he has 23 strikeouts.

FINALLY IN THE BOOKS: Hagerstown wound up on the losing end of an 8-7 decision at Lakewood in a 22-inning marathon that took nearly a week and a half to complete. The game began on April 26, but was called in the 17th due to league rules that state an inning cannot be started after 12:30 a.m. It was finally completed Saturday, taking seven hours and 47 minutes.

Hickory Crawdads (Pittsburgh Pirates)

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: The Crawdads went 2-4, poisting a 10-3 win at Lexington on Sunday and a 5-3 victory on Wednesday at Greensboro. On Saturday, Hickory lost 8-7 in 11 innings at Greensboro.

WHO'S HOT: Outfielders Andrew McCutchen and Jason Delaney lead the Crawdads' offense, batting .330 (37-for-112) and .324 (22-for-68), respectively. McCutchen has four doubles, a triple, four home runs and 17 RBIs in 28 games. Delaney has seven doubles, a homer and eight RBIs in 22 games.

WHO'S NOT: Pitcher Luis Valdez has allowed a league-leading nine homers. On the season, the right-hander is 2-1 with a 3.40 ERA in six starts.

Kannapolis Intimidators (Chicago White Sox)

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: The Intimidators went 2-5 on the week, with the second of the two wins coming Friday in a 14-inning, 8-5 victory at Savannah.

WHO'S HOT: Outfielder Daron Roberts is batting a team-best .336 (37-for-110) with 11 doubles, a triple, one home run and nine RBIs in 27 games.

WHO'S NOT: Pitcher Ryan Rote suffered two losses and issued seven walks last week. On the season, the right-hander is 0-6 with a 5.63 ERA in six starts. In 32 innings, he's allowed 31 runs -- 20 earned -- and 37 hits to go with 17 walks.

Lake County Captains (Cleveland Indians)

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: The Captains were 2-4 on the week. They beat Lakewood, 4-3, on Monday and posted a 6-4 victory over host Hagerstown on Thursday. On Saturday, Lake County lost to division rival Delmarva, 4-3, in 10 innings.

WHO'S HOT: Shortstop Niuman Romero is batting .275 (25-for-91) with four doubles and 11 RBIs in 24 games. In 12 games at second base this season, Marshall Szabo is batting .293 (12-for-41) with a double and two RBIs.

WHO'S NOT: Catcher Chris Gimenez is batting .203 (13-for-64) with 16 strikeouts in 19 games. Outfielder Juan Valdes is hitting .197 (14-for-71) with 21 strikeouts in 21 games.

CLOSING THE DOOR: Captains closer Matt Davis is 0-2 with a 2.70 ERA and a league-leading nine saves in 14 appearances. In 13 1/3 innings, Davis has struck out 20 while walking five.

Lakewood BlueClaws (Philadelphia Phillies)

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: The BlueClaws went 4-3, dropping three straight before winning three in a row to close the week.

WHO'S HOT: Matthew Maloney pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts in a 3-0 blanking of the Suns to boost his record to 3-2 with a 1.77 ERA.

ARMS RACE: The Blue Claws boast three of the league's top 10 leaders in ERA. Maloney's 1.77 mark leads the way, followed by right-handers Kyle Kendrick (1.85) and Carlos Carrasco (1.88).

STRIKEOUT MACHINE: Maloney pulled into second place in the league with his 10-strikeout performance Saturday against Hagerstown. The left-hander has 45 strikeouts on the season, just three behind league-leader Kendrick.

RECORDS A PLENTY: According to the Lakewood website, many records were set during their historic 22-inning victory over Hagerstown. The 22 innings were the most ever in a South Atlantic League game. The previous mark was 21 innings. Lakewood's 23 hits broke the team record of 21, set on May 23, 2001 in the Blue Claws' inaugural season. The 29 runners left on base obliterated the previous mark of 16, set on June 16, 2002 against Lexington. Nineteen runners left on base by the Suns set the record for the most stranded by a Lakewood opponent. Delmarva left 17 on on July 15, 2002. The Claws also issued a team-record 11 walks, struck out a record 21 and Lakewood reliever Pat Overhold set a new standard by tossing seven complete innings out of the bullpen. The previous mark of 6 2/3 frames was established by Layne Dawson on July 23, 2002. The 7 1/3 innings pitched by Brandon Nall were the most by a reliever against the Claws. Greg Golson had a team-record 11 at-bats during the game, besting the previous mark of eight.

Lexington Legends (Houston Astros)

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: The Legends were 2-4 on the week. They posted a 3-1 victory at West Virginia on Wednesday and a 15-2 win on Saturday against the Power.

WHO'S HOT: Shortstop Thomas Manzella batted a league-leading .500 (9-for-18) with six runs scored in five games. First baseman Ole Sheldon hit .429 (6-for-14) with five runs scored and a pair of RBIs in four games. On the season, Sheldon is tops in the South Atlantic league with a .413 (33-for-80) average with eight doubles, two home runs, 12 RBIs and 18 a team-high 18 walks.

TROUBLE WITH THE LONG BALL: Left-hander Brian Bogusevic and right-hander Brandon Stricklen each served up three homers last week. On the season, Bogusevic is 0-2 with a 10.66 ERA in five starts. In 12 2/3 innings, he's allowed 18 runs -- 15 earned -- and 25 hits. Opponents are batting .424 against him. Stricklen is 2-0 with a 6.57 ERA in nine appearances. In 12 1/3 innings, he's allowed nine runs, 15 hits and four home runs.

Rome Braves (Atlanta Braves)

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: The Braves went 3-4, winning three in a row before dropping three straight to close the week.

WHO'S HOT: Third baseman Eric Campbell tied for the league lead with three home runs and was second in RBIs (nine) and slugging percentage (.857) last week. On the season, Campbell is hitting .267 (28-for-105) with four doubles, a triple, five home runs and a team-high 21 RBIs.

WHO'S NOT: Outfielder Ovandy Suero is batting .245 (26-for-106) with 27 strikeouts in 25 games. Shortstop Elvis Andrus has a team-high six errors in 27 games.

Savannah Sand Gnats (Washington Nationals)

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: The Sand Gnats had a tough week, going 2-5 and playing three extra-inning contests. On Monday, host Savannah lost to Greenville, 7-1, in 10 innings, rebounded to top Kannapolis, 3-2, in 12 innings on Tuesday, but lost, 8-5, to the Intimidators in 14 innings on Friday.

WHO'S HOT: Pitcher John Lannan ranks eighth in the league with a 1.84 ERA over 29 1/3 innings. He has 23 strikeouts and eight walks.

WHO'S NOT: Of the 16 teams in the South Atlantic League, the Sand Gnats' offense is dead last with a .223 average (209-for-938). Savannah's pitching staff ranks second-to-last with a 4.66 ERA.

West Virginia Power (Milwaukee Brewers)

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: The Power split six games, including a record-setting 17-2 victory in five innings over visiting Lexington on Wednesday.

WHO'S HOT: Sluggers Ryan Crew and Mike Bell supplied a good portion of the team's offense last week. Crew was fourth in the league in batting at .474 (9-for-19) with a homer, four RBIs and six runs scored. Bell finished fifth with a .450 (9-for-20) average, a homer, six runs and four RBIs.

HOMER HAPPY: Matt Gamel hit two of the Power's team-record six home runs during a 12-run first inning against Lexington on Thursday. The Power eclipsed the South Atlantic League record for home runs in a game with eight. No one knows how many more homers the Power might have bashed if not for the game being halted in the fifth inning due to rain.

Stephanie Storm is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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