Summer Baseball Update

Summer baseball action is heating up throughout the country and numerous Cardinal baseball players are sizzling hot. Headlining the list is pitcher Mark Romanczuk who has dazzled in his three starts with Team USA along with outfielder Sam Fuld who is tearing up Cape Cod League pitching. Read on for a summer ball update.

US National Team
* Mark Romanczuk continues to roll for Team USA as he pitched very well for the third straight time.  In his start this afternoon against Mexico, Romanczuk tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings yielding four hits while recording five strikeouts.  In his three starts with Team USA, Romanczuk is a perfect 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA.  Through 22 innings, he's allowed nine hits, walked six, and struck out 20.  Romanczuk will probably get one more start before the Pan Am Games start on August 2nd (those games will be played in the Dominican Republic and will run through August 12th).

* Danny Putnam is rolling along with Team USA as his average currently sits at .333 (21-for-63) through 16 games.  Putnam has three doubles, one triple, two homers, 12 RBI, and three stolen bases.  Putnam continues to start in left field and bat third in the order.  Team USA, by the way, is a perfect 16-0.  The ace of the staff is Long Beach State's Jered Weaver (who will be a junior next season).  Weaver hasn't allowed a run through 27 2/3 innings in his four starts.

Cape Cod League
* Sam Fuld is tearing it up in the Cape.  He's had a huge week that included a 4-for-5, four stolen base game on Friday evening.  For the summer, Fuld is hitting a sizzling .353 (24-for-68) with three doubles, nine RBI, and six stolen bases.  If he had enough plate appearances to qualify (he's three short), Fuld would lead the entire league in batting average and on-base percentage (.443).  In addition, Fuld was named an all-star this week.  Putnam was the lone Cardinal all-star representative in the Cape last summer.

* Brian Hall continues to swing it well as his average is up to .243 (17-for-70) with two doubles, seven RBI, and nine stolen bases.  Hall is fourth in the league in steals (and remember that the Cardinal players missed the first two weeks of the season because of the CWS).

* John Mayberry, Jr. is very hot at the plate as his average is all the way up to .297 (11-for-37) with five doubles and seven RBI.  Junior has ten hits in his last 24 AB's (.417) and is still primarily playing left field.

* Donny Lucy's average has leveled off as it currently sits at .234 (18-for-77) with a home run, nine RBI, and four stolen bases.  All four of these players are hitting above the league average which is at .220.

* Chris Lewis had a good week with the bat as he went 6-for-21 with a home run.  For the summer, Lewis is now hitting .182 (14-for-77) with a home run and four RBI.  He continues to play every day at third base.

* Chris Carter (.171, 7-for-41) has been struggling of late and is no longer starting every day.

* Kodiak Quick had a better week on the hill as he lowered his ERA to 5.73 (7 ER/11 IP).  After walking seven in his first six innings this summer, Quick walked just one batter in five innings of work last week.  He also has recorded ten strikeouts in those 11 innings.

* Mark Jecmen did not throw at all this past week.  Through two games, he's allowed three earned run over 3 1/3 innings.

New England Collegiate Baseball League
* Matt Manship started a game last week and pitched well as he allowed just one earned run in five innings of work.  In four games (three starts) this summer, Manship is 1-2 with a 1.59 ERA (3 ER/17 IP).  He's walked four and struck out 15.

* Pete Duda had an interesting start on Thursday of this past week.  Through six innings, he had given up just three runs until getting blasted for nine scores in the seventh frame.  His final line, 6 2/3 innings, 13 hits, 12 earned runs, four walks, three strikeouts.  His summer ERA ballooned up to 9.64 (14 IP/15 ER) after that performance.

Northwoods League
* David O'Hagan surrendered four runs in five innings in his start this week.  Through four games (three starts), O'Hagan is 1-2 with a 3.72 ERA.  In 19 1/3 innings pitched, O'Hagan has struck out 21 compared to just eight walks.

California Coastal League
* Steve Papazian is getting some innings in this league as the lanky righthander sports a 3.18 ERA in five relief appearances.  In his 5 2/3 innings pitched, Papazian has walked four and struck out eight.

* Drew Ehrlich hasn't pitched in the last week and still boasts a perfect 0.00 ERA through 13 innings out of the bullpen.

Great Lakes League
* Chris Minaker is among the league leaders in batting in this league with a .349 (22-for-63) average.

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