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06-30-2008, 02:45 PM
Adam Pettyjohn goes at 7:05 ET for Louisville
Scott Carroll goes at 7:00 ET for Sarasota
Jamie Arneson goet at 7:00 MT for Billings

Chattanooga goes at 7:15 ET
Dayton goes at 7:00 ET
Their starters are not yet announced.

06-30-2008, 04:22 PM
This probably deserves a thread of its own but I'm not authorized to make one.

06/30/2008 2:43 PM ET
Stars sending eight to All-Star Game
Huntsville dominates Southern League North Division All-Stars
By Ari Wasserman / Special to MLB.com

Angel Salome leads all Southern League catchers with a .340 average and 52 RBIs. (Jerry Hale/MLB.com)

Although the Huntsville Stars had the same record as the Southern League North Division's first-half winner West Tenn Diamond Jaxx, they still fell short of the first-half crown.
When it comes to the 2008 Southern League All-Star Game, however, Huntsville will be the most represented on July 14 at Five Count Stadium in Zebulon, NC.

The Stars will have a league-high eight players on the North's roster because they have been stellar at the plate this season. Of the league's top five batting leaders, four of the players call Huntsville home.

Stars' Angel Salome, who leads all Southern League catchers in batting average (.340) and RBIs (52), was chosen behind the plate. Salome is second in the league in batting behind only teammate third baseman Mat Gamel (.379, 15 HR, 70 RBIs), who was also selected to the All-Star Game but will not be participating because he is playing in this year's Future's Game on July 13. Also catching for the North is West Tenn's Adam Moore, who is hitting .305 with seven home runs and 45 RBIs.

Also representing Huntsville for the North is Alcides Escobar (.322, 7 HR, 51 RBIs) at shortstop. He ranks fifth in the league in batting, directly behind teammate Michael Brantley (.324, 4 HR, 34 RBIs), who will occupy one of the outfield slots on the North's roster.

Two Carolina Mudcats can be spotted in this year's outfield as Cameron Maybin (.360, 12 HR, 36 RBIs) and John Raynor (.289, 6 HR, 26 RBIs) were named to the team. West Tenn's Mike Wilson (.268, 18 HR, 54 RBIs) and Chattanooga's Shaun Cumberland (.315, 8 HR, 26 RBIs) fill out the final two slots.

The Southern League's home run leader Matt LaPorta (.294, 19 HR, 63 RBIs) was selected as an outfielder but will also be playing in this year's Futures Game.

In the infield, two more Mudcats will take the field as Gaby Sanchez (.314, 5 HR, 41 RBIs) will be the first baseman and Chris Coghlan (.302, 5 HR, 45 RBIs) will be at second. Huntsville's Chris Errecart (.289, 12 HR, 32 RBIs) was included on the roster as a utility infielder, while West Tenn's Marshall Hubbard (.355, 5 HR, 32 RBIs) will be the designated hitter.

Headlining the pitching staff is yet another member of the Stars in David Welch (8-1, 3.62 ERA), who leads the league in wins. Huntsville has three more hurlers on the roster to join Welch in Patrick Ryan (2-4, 2.82 ERA), Steve Hammond (7-4, 3.45 ERA) and Joe Bateman (2-1, 2.47 ERA).

Chattanooga sends a pair of pitchers to the North's roster in Ben Jukich (7-3, 2.78 ERA) and Robert Manuel (3-1, 1.27 ERA), while Carolina sends two in Chris Volstad (4-3, 3.28 ERA) and Chris Mobley (3-1, 2.88 ERA). Tennessee's Donnie Veal (4-5, 3.22 ERA) and West Tenn's Ryan Ketchner (6-4, 4.32 ERA) round out the North Division's pitching.

Three other West Tenn players were also selected to the All-Star Game (P Rich Dorman, P Mumba Rivera, and 2B Luis Valbuena), but will not play because they were promoted to Triple-A.

The South Division All-Star rosters will be announced Tuesday, July 1.

Ari Wasserman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

06-30-2008, 06:50 PM
Josh Ravin is starting for Dayton.

06-30-2008, 06:51 PM
Sarasota is off today.

06-30-2008, 07:07 PM
Sarasota is off today.

They are; I mistakenly looked at tomorrow's game.

Avery goes for the Lookouts tonight.

06-30-2008, 07:24 PM
Louisville is tied at 2 in the 2nd inning.

06-30-2008, 07:28 PM
Logan Parker and Devin Mesoraco single for Dayton in the first but the Dragons fail to score.

06-30-2008, 07:28 PM
Louisville is tied at 2 in the 2nd inning.

Bats are down 3-2 now, although the Bats website still has the game in warmup.

06-30-2008, 07:33 PM
Adam Rosales doubles in his first atbat.

06-30-2008, 07:35 PM
Herr has hit a 2 run HR.

Colina just hit a RBI triple to tie the game 3-3.

5-3 Bats after 2

06-30-2008, 07:41 PM
James Avery walked three batters in the first inning but got a double play to escape the jam.

06-30-2008, 07:50 PM
Dayton down 2-1 in the 2nd, Reed with a RBI double.

06-30-2008, 07:59 PM
Crazy night for Avery. He walks the bases loaded in the 1st, and then has a 1-2-3 2nd inning where he strikes out the side.

06-30-2008, 08:05 PM
GCL Reds won 6-0.

Box Score

Pimentel 2B 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 .154
Kuo SS 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 .344
Pfister 3B 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .387
Conner RF 5 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 3 .267
Contreras, E LF 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .323
Vasquez CF 4 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .250
Lutz 1B 4 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 2 .345
Pullen DH 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .214
Coddington C 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 .250

2B: Vasquez (3, Rozier), Lutz (4, Rozier), Coddington (1, Marin), Conner (3, Zerpa).
TB: Pimentel; Kuo; Conner 2; Contreras, E; Vasquez 3; Lutz 3; Coddington 2.
RBI: Lutz (8), Coddington (2), Kuo (7), Conner 2 (11).
2-out RBI: Lutz; Coddington; Kuo; Conner 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Pullen; Kuo 2; Vasquez.
Team LOB: 8.

Rafael (W,) 6.0 4 0 0 1 7 0 0.00
Henry 2.0 1 0 0 2 2 0 0.00
Gardner 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 4.91

06-30-2008, 08:06 PM
The GCL Reds beat the GCL Red Sox 6-0.

Pimentel: 1-for-2 HBP, two walks
Kuo: 1-for-5
Pfister: 0-for-3 walk, HBP
Conner: 1-for-5 double
Contreras: 1-for-5
Vasquez: 2-for-4 double
Lutz: 2-for-4 double
Coddington: 1-for-4 double

Rafael: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K

Henry: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K

Gardner: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K

06-30-2008, 08:12 PM
2-0 Lookouts

A Gutierrez single, Tatum RBI double, and Henry RBI single led to 2 runs.

06-30-2008, 08:12 PM
3-0 Chattanooga after 2 1/2.

Cumberland is 1-for-2

Avery: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K

06-30-2008, 08:16 PM
It's going to be one of those nights in Louisville.

6-5 Bats in the 4th

Mackowiak: 2-2
Rosales:2-2, 2 doubles
Colina: 2-3, triple

Homer's Ghost
06-30-2008, 08:20 PM
Rosales is on fiyah.

06-30-2008, 08:24 PM
I propose an MLB left field platoon of Jeff Keppinger and Danny Dorn. What say you?

Grande Donkey
06-30-2008, 08:26 PM
I propose an MLB left field platoon of Jeff Keppinger and Danny Dorn. What say you?That could work out pretty good IMO. I like that idea.

06-30-2008, 08:29 PM
Bats down 7-6 in the fifth, and Pettyjohn is out of the game.

Pettyjohn: 4 IP, 7 hits, 7 runs, 7 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, and 2 HR allowed.

Ramon Ramirez is in to pitch

06-30-2008, 08:33 PM
That could work out pretty good IMO. I like that idea.

Yeah, haha. Too bad it will never happen!

06-30-2008, 08:40 PM
Lookouts up 4-1 in the 4th

Avery gave up the no-hitter on a HR by Wilson

Avery: 4 IP, 2 hits, 1 run, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K.

Speaking of Dorn, he had a double in the 4th and scored on a SF after a groundout.

06-30-2008, 08:54 PM
Dragons down 6-1 after 4.

The Dragon pitchers have walked 11 batters in 4 innings.

06-30-2008, 09:04 PM
The DSL Reds were rained out.

06-30-2008, 09:08 PM
Cumberland is 1-for-2 with a walk.

06-30-2008, 09:36 PM
Hey everyone! Just wanted to make sure you all know that Dusty is building up Jay Bruce's confidence! He just used Javy Valentin to pinch hit for him.

06-30-2008, 10:30 PM
Louisville won 12-8.

Dickerson: 0-for-4 walk
Mackowiak: 3-for-4 homerun, walk
Herr: 1-for-4 homerun, walk
Rosales: 3-for-5 two doubles, triple
Janish: 1-for-3 walk

Ramirez: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Herrera: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

06-30-2008, 10:32 PM
I was looking at the Dayton box score and noticed that Gressick was playing 3rd tonight.
He also hit his 3rd home run, but is only hitting .237 right now.

06-30-2008, 10:33 PM
Chattanooga won 4-3.

Cumberland: 1-for-3 walk
Turner: 0-for-2 walk
Dorn: 1-for-4 double
Valaika: 0-for-3
Tatum: 1-for-3 double
Henry: 2-for-3

Avery: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 4 K

Watson: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

06-30-2008, 10:35 PM
Dayton lost 6-2.

Mesoraco: 1-for-4
Waring: DNP
Gressick: 1-for-4 solo HR (#3)
Reed: 1-for-4 double

Zach Stewart: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 GO/0 FO

06-30-2008, 10:38 PM
Billings is winning 6-1 in the 6th.

Means: 1-for-4
Soto: 0-for-3
Sappelt: 1-for-3
Buchholz: 2-for-3 double
Brown: 2-for-3 double

Arneson: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 5 K

Soto has struggled since returning from the oblique injury.

06-30-2008, 10:40 PM
After two more shutout innings from Zach Stewart tonight he's now thrown eight shutout innings to begin his pro career.

8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K

Awesome debut.

06-30-2008, 10:47 PM
Soto just singled in two runs. He's 1-for-4.

06-30-2008, 10:58 PM
Zach Stewart: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 GO/0 FO

After two more shutout innings from Zach Stewart tonight he's now thrown eight shutout innings to begin his pro career.

8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K

Awesome debut.

He's just outclassing low-A ball hitters. It won't be long before he's in Sarasota.

06-30-2008, 11:16 PM
Buchholz is 3-for-4 with two doubles for Billings.

06-30-2008, 11:20 PM
Buchholz is a guy that was insanely good his freshman and sophomore years then was bad his junior year, and has been absolutely on fire since he joined Billings. I thought I read somewhere he might be an even better version of Chris Valaika.

06-30-2008, 11:34 PM
Soto doubles. He's now 2-for-5 with a double.

8-3 Billings after eight innings.

06-30-2008, 11:53 PM
Billings won 8-3.

Means: 1-for-5
Soto: 2-for-5 double
Sappelt: 1-for-5
Buchholz: 3-for-5 two doubles
Brown: 2-for-5 double

Arneson: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 5 K

Rice: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

07-01-2008, 12:19 AM
He's just outclassing low-A ball hitters. It won't be long before he's in Sarasota.

Stewart also seems to be a groundball pitcher as he currently has a 3.25 GO/FO ratio.

07-01-2008, 12:59 AM
Buchholz is a guy that was insanely good his freshman and sophomore years then was bad his junior year, and has been absolutely on fire since he joined Billings. I thought I read somewhere he might be an even better version of Chris Valaika.

I think that's probably accurate Valaika with a little bit more pop perhaps. I believe I read where he had an injury his junior year which may have had something to do with having slumped a bit. I do think Valaika probably has a better chance to stick in the middle IF though.

07-01-2008, 01:41 AM
Chattanooga: Lookouts pitcher overcomes Olympic disappointment in win

By: David Paschall

For a heartbroken pitcher, James Avery more than held his own Monday night for the Chattanooga Lookouts.

Avery allowed one run in five innings in leading the Lookouts to a 4-3 Southern League win over West Tenn at AT&T Field.

The 25-year-old from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, was hoping this would be one of his final starts before representing Canada next month in the Olympics, but he learned last weekend that he likely will not be going to Beijing.

“A couple of weeks ago, they sent me all the forms to fill out,” Avery said. “I had to send them pictures for my Chinese visa and everything, and then they called a couple of nights ago and told me they are only taking four starters and that I’m not one of them. One of the guys they are taking hasn’t played organized baseball in a year and a half.

“It just hurts because I was their No. 1 or No. 2 starter the last two years.”

Though Avery thinks the decision is final, he did say Canadian National Baseball Team officials could call today with a last-minute invitation. After playing all season with dreams of ending his summer in Beijing, he isn’t sure what response he would give.

Cincinnati Reds officials want to know so they can adjust Chattanooga’s rotation accordingly.

“He would have a decision to make,” Lookouts pitching coach Chris Bosio said. “He would be in a unique situation to play for his country, and that’s quite an honor for him just being mentioned.”

Battling a blister Monday night, Avery relied on a double play with the bases loaded to get out of a first-inning jam. The only run he allowed came on a Mike Wilson homer to left field in the fourth inning, and another double play in the fifth helped cap his night.

Chattanooga, which is 6-7 in the second half of the season, built a 3-0 lead in the second inning on RBIs by Craig Tatum, Sean Henry and Shaun Cumberland and made it 4-0 in the third on an Eric Eymann sacrifice fly to right field. The four runs came at the expense of West Tenn starter and 2005-06 Lookouts pitcher Travis Chick.

Wilson got the Diamond Jaxx within 4-2 in the eighth on an RBI single down the left-field line. Johan Limonta’s RBI single to right with one out in the ninth made it 4-3, but Derrik Lutz answered by striking out Wilson and getting Jon Nelson to ground out.

The Lookouts won a 15-inning game Sunday in Jacksonville and did not arrive home until 4:30 Monday morning.

“That was definitely nice to get out early and jump ahead,” shortstop Chris Valaika said. “We played 15 yesterday, but that’s our job, and you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.”

Said Bosio: “The guys are showing some good resiliency.”

Ben Jukich (7-3, 2.78 ERA) is scheduled to start tonight’s 7:15 game for the Lookouts, with Brodie Downs (3-0, 4.60) scheduled for the Diamond Jaxx.

A Royal trade

Before Monday’s game, the Reds traded Lookouts utility outfielder Cody Strait to the Kansas City Royals. In 73 games with the Lookouts this season, Strait hit .257 with five home runs and 19 RBIs.

Strait was traded for a player to be named later. Taking his spot on Chattanooga’s roster is expected to be former Lookouts outfielder B.J. Szymanski from Triple-A Louisville.