With all due respect to the Connecticut Defenders’ plans to commemorate Roger Clemens’ injured groin, the PCL’s Round Rock Express did just fine this past Saturday, marking the career hit-by-pitch record of Houston’s Craig Biggio (below)
Last night, the Express won their 10th consecutive, beating the Omaha Royals, 13-3. Omaha’s Brian Bass allowed HR’s to Brooks Conrad, Cody Ransom and Brian Gordon in Round Rock’s 5 run 3rd inning. The Express’ Jason Hirsh (2-2, 3.96) — superb last week against Oklahoma — struck out 5, walked none and allowed 5 hits and one earned run over 7 innings.
The Mets’ Victor Diaz hit a 2-run HR and Lasting Milledge was 1 for 3 with a pair of runs scored in Norfolk’s 6-4 win at Toledo. P Evan MacLane (above) earned the win in his International League debut, striking out 4, walking one, and allowing 3 hits and one earned run in 7 innings. Previously, MacLane had been 3-1 (4.64, 33 IP, 25 K’s, 2 walks) this season at Binghamton.
With the recent injury to Gary Sheffield’s wrist (and little mustache), you can expect the Yankees to summon Melky Cabrera from Columbus. The latter was 3 for 5 in Columbus’ 7-3 home loss to Richmond and was named the International League’s player of the week. Cabrera ended the night with a .385 batting average, and with any luck, a deeper appreciation for much of what Columbus has to offer culturally.