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Pitchers of the Week

For the week ending July 13
July 14, 2008
International League
Chris Lambert, Toledo
2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 2 CG, 1 SHO, 14.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 SO
Lambert put together two complete games in two starts while not allowing an earned run. Monday against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the right-hander allowed only three hits while striking out four in Toledo's 10-1 win. Lambert followed it up with a complete-game shutout in Indianapolis, albeit a rain-shortened, five-inning affair. He again yielded only three hits while recording four punchouts and outdueling Tom Gorzelanny, 1-0. The former hockey star and Boston College standout improved to 9-5 on the year with a 3.10 ERA.

Pacific Coast League
Brian Gordon, Oklahoma
2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 11.2 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 11 SO
It's been a wild year for Gordon in just his second season as a pitcher after making the transition from the outfield. After being released by the Houston Astros, he became a Texas League All-Star reliever for Frisco and earned a callup to the PCL. Making an emergency start -- the first of his career -- on Tuesday against Albuquerque, Gordon responded with six innings of two-hit ball with eight strikeouts. He followed with another victory, going 5 2/3 innings at Round Rock while allowing only five hits.

Eastern League
Craig Stammen, Harrisburg
2-0, 0.64 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 14.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 12 SO
Stammen has been a key cog of the Harrisburg rotation since being called up from the Carolina League, and his two starts last week showed why. The right-hander gave up just two hits and one run Monday in Altoona, striking out five for the win. He was even better Saturday against Bowie, allowing three hits in seven shutout frames while amassing seven Ks in a 1-0 victory.

Southern League
Kris Medlen, Mississippi
1-0, 2.08 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 13.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 16 SO
Medlen was overpowering in his two starts for the Braves last week. Monday night against Chattanooga he struck out 10 Lookouts in seven innings while allowing three runs on four hits. He improved on that in his Saturday start in Jacksonville, shutting out the Suns over six innings. The right-hander gave up only five hits while punching out six en route to his third win of the season. The 22-year-old started the year in the Mississippi bullpen, but he's found his stride as a starter, with a 2-1 record and a 2.30 ERA in eight starts.

Texas League
Chaz Roe, Tulsa
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 1 CG, 1 SHO, 9.0 IP, 3H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO
Roe threw just the seventh shutout of the season in the Texas League Friday, striking out seven in a three-hitter at Arkansas. It was a strong rebound performance for the right-hander, who had yielded six earned runs in his prior start. Since being called up from the California League, though, Roe is 3-0 with a 2.96 ERA for the Drillers.

California League
Kevin Pucetas, San Jose
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 SO
Pucetas only made one start this week, but also made his first relief appearance of the year in Sunday's Futures Game at Yankee Stadium. Pucetas' scoreless ninth for the USA team doesn't add to his gaudy statistics this season, but his six innings against Visalia Tuesday night certainly do. The right-hander allowed one hit and struck out a season-high nine Oaks, but got a no-decision when Visalia rallied for six runs off the San Jose bullpen. The California League All-Star starter is an unbeaten 7-0 this season.

Carolina League
Brian Holliday, Lynchburg
1-0, 1.50 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 13.0 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 12 SO
After dropping eight straight decisions and failing to record a win in over two months, Holliday has turned it around with the Hillcats. The southpaw has won his last three starts, including two last week. He gave up one run on seven hits with seven strikeouts in six innings Monday against Frederick. In his next start, he again allowed only one run in six frames, this time yielding only three hits to Wilmington.

Florida State League
Joe Savery, Clearwater
1-0, 0.61 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 14.2 IP, 10 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 21 SO
Savery has had some of the toughest luck in the league, with eight losses despite a sub-4.00 ERA. He was at his best last week, however, with two dominant starts. Tuesday against first-place Palm Beach, the southpaw went 6 2/3 innings and allowed a single run on six hits in a 3-2 Threshers victory. He only got a no-decision in that one, but he made sure he got the win Sunday, tying his season-high by going eight innings against Dayton. He gave up four hits while striking out eight in the 2-0 victory.

Midwest League
Eduardo Paulino, Burlington
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 8.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 SO
It was a bittersweet week for Paulino, who had a dominant start Monday against Clinton but was forced to leave his Sunday start in the first inning due to an injury. Against the LumberKings, the right-hander went eight shutout innings, allowing three hits while striking out seven in a 15-0 Burlington romp. It looked like he had his A-game again Sunday in Lansing, but after striking out the first two hitters, Paulino left the game.

South Atlantic League
Connor Graham, Asheville
2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 2 CG, 2 SHO, 14.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 14 SO
It's tough to be any better than Graham was last week for the Tourists, pitching two seven-inning shutouts for Asheville. The right-hander allowed just two hits while punching out eight Suns in a 2-0 win over Hagerstown Tuesday night before besting that by giving up only one hit Sunday at Lake County. The 6-foot-6 right-hander improved to 8-4 and lowered his ERA to 1.92 on the season.

Appalachian League
Shooter Hunt, Elizabethton
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 5.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 SO
Hunt made the most of his five innings against Johnson City Friday, striking out 10 Cardinals and allowing no hits in his second start of the season. Hunt is still working on his endurance, but he hasn't done too badly as a starter, as he's yet to give up a hit in eight innings while recording 16 strikeouts.

New York-Penn League
Joel Carreno, Auburn
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO
Carreno rebounded from his first loss of the season with his best start, going six innings at Aberdeen for his third win. The right-hander yielded only two hits against the IronBirds, striking out eight in the process and walking only one. The 21-year-old improved to 3-1 with a meager 1.50 ERA for the Doubledays.

Northwest League
Mike Loree, Salem-Keizer
0.00, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO
Loree has run into some tough luck his last two starts. First, he took the loss July 5 against Tri-City despite allowing just one earned run in seven innings. Friday night, he got a no-decision despite throwing seven perfect innings in Yakima. The Volcanoes lost the perfect game, the no-hitter, and the game all with two outs in the ninth.

Pioneer League
Efrain Nieves, Helena
1-0, 1.38 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 13.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 10 SO
Nieves has been lights-out since being roughed up in his first start of the season and has now won four consecutive decisions for Helena. He earned no decision Tuesday night against Idaho Falls, despite allowing just one earned run on four hits in six innings while striking out six. The southpaw did get the victory Sunday against Casper, giving up only three hits and one run in a season-high seven innings for the Brewers.

Tim Britton is an associate reporter for