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Mock named IL Pitcher of the Week

June 29, 2009
The International League announced today that Columbus third baseman Andy Marte and Syracuse pitcher Garrett Mock have been named the League's Batter and Pitcher of the Week for the period from June 22-28.

Marte is the third member of the Clippers to win an IL weekly award this season, following Matt LaPorta (April 20-26) and Jordan Brown (May 18-24), while Mock is the first Syracuse player to be so honored in 2009.

Mock, who was optioned from Washington earlier this season after 13 relief appearances, is thriving as a starter for Syracuse. Since returning from Washington in late May, Mock has posted a 2.16 ERA in six starts. The right-hander won a pair of starts this week by posting a 0.60 ERA in a League-best 15.0 innings pitched.

On Monday he threw the first shutout of his professional career against Columbus, marking his first complete game in nearly five years. Mock needed just 96 pitches (70 of which were strikes) over 9.0 innings. He struck out ten batters while allowing no walks and just three hits.

Sunday at Pawtucket, Mock earned an important victory for the Chiefs, who moved ahead of the Red Sox by a half-game for sole possession of 2nd place in the IL North. Mock surrendered one run on six hits in 6.0 innings and Syracuse won 6-2.

The 26 year-old is in his sixth professional season, and just his second pitching above the Double-A level. Last season with Columbus (then Washington's Triple-A affiliate), Mock went 6-3 with a 3.01 ERA in 19 games. He earned a trip to Louisville for the 2008 Triple-A All-Star Game, where he recorded two outs in the 9th inning without allowing a run.