Summer Baseball Update

The summer baseball season is now heading down the home stretch and many Cardinal baseball players continue to shine. Leading the way is Jeff Gilmore up in Alaska as he's dominated this summer to the tune of a sub-1.00 ERA. Meanwhile, Mark Romanczuk came through with a memorable start for Team USA this week in Taiwan. Read on for all the latest news and statistics.


US National Team
Jed Lowrie and John Mayberry, Jr. continue to put up decent numbers for the Red, White, and Blue.  Mayberry, Jr. usually starts at first base and bats seventh or eighth in the lineup now.  His average currently sits at .254 (15-for-59) with a double, two homers, and eight RBI.  Meanwhile, Lowrie's average has fallen down to .230 (14-for-61).  He is, however, third on the club in doubles with six and fourth on the team in RBI with 13.  The second baseman, who hits second or ninth in the lineup, has also clubbed one home run this summer.

Cape Cod
Chris Lewis has cooled off some in the Cape, but his overall numbers are still solid.  Lewis' average is now at .222 (26-for-117) with a double, triple, two home runs, and eight RBI.  Overall, his numbers are up from the ones he put up last summer in the Cape.  Jim Rapoport also continues to put up solid numbers, generally from the leadoff spot in the lineup, since a slow start.  Rapoport's season average is at .200 (23-for-115) with three doubles, a triple, no homers, and ten RBI.  He's also 10-for-13 in the stolen base department.  On paper, the center field job this season is probably his to lose and considering that Rapoport is handling himself well in the ultra-competitive Cape Cod League, hopes are high he can deliver in 2005.

Chris Minaker continues to rip the ball up in Alaska as his average now stands at an impressive .324 (36-for-111) with seven doubles, two home runs, and 18 RBI.  These gaudy numbers may indicate Minaker is ready to really break through and take it to the next level at Stanford this season.

John Hester's solid summer with the stick continues as well.  Hester is now batting .264 (33-for-125) with 11 doubles, one home run, and 17 RBI while manning the #3 spot in the lineup for his ballclub.  He's even started a few games in left field.

Ryan Seawell had a couple of nice games this past week to raise his season average up to .231 (15-for-65) with a double, home run, and seven RBI.  Seawell continues to play exclusively in the corner outfield positions.

California Coastal
Ben Summerhays is hitting .300 (12-for-40) with a home run and five RBI for his ballclub down in Southern California.

New England
Josh Corn has a .184 (9-for-49) average to go with three RBI in the New England Collegiate Baseball League.


US National Team
Mark Romanczuk had a dominating start for Team USA yesterday when he fired eight shutout innings against the Czech Republic in Taiwan in the World Championships Tournament.  Romanczuk has primarily been used as a short reliever this summer, but was given the opportunity to start in this ballgame and he took full advantage.  Romanczuk took a perfect game into the fifth and a no-hitter into the eighth.  He ended up surrendering just one basehit with two walks and 11 K's as his summer ERA now sits at 2.95.  In 18 1/3 innings, he's walked six and struck out 21 while opponents are batting only .185 against him.

Cape Cod
Greg Reynolds continues to start for his ballclub in the Cape while his overall numbers are very solid.  In seven appearances including four starts, Reynolds is 3-2 with a 3.00 ERA.  Over 27 innings, he's allowed only 20 hits, walked 12, and struck out 16.  Meanwhile, Blake Holler has compiled a 3.94 ERA in 16 innings.  Still being used as a short reliever, Holler has surrendered 13 hits, walked 11, and struck out 13.

Jeff Gilmore mastery of Alaska League hitters continues.  The rising junior who went 10-2 with a 4.43 ERA as Stanford's #2 starter last year has spent most of the summer as a closer (probably a good thing from Stanford's perspective after the high number of innings he threw in the spring).  Gilmore though appears to have moved into the starting rotation for the stretch run as he made a start last weekend and fired six innings without allowing an earned run.  He also struck out eight.  Overall, in 11 appearances, the right hander has a sparkling 0.90 ERA in 20 innings (2 ER).  He's yielded just 11 hits, walked five, and struck out 29. 

Matt Manship has now made four starts (along with three relief appearances earlier in the summer) for his team.  In total, Manship has a 1-2 record and an impressive 2.60 ERA in 27 2/3 innings.  He's allowed 24 hits, walked only seven, and struck out 21.

Jeff Stimpson's strong summer continues as a starting pitcher as well.  In seven appearances (six starts), he's 2-2 with a 2.54 ERA.  In 39 total innings, Stimpson has given up 35 hits, walked 18, and struck out 35.

Matt Leva has cooled off some since a hot start, but in five starts and one relief appearance, Leva is still 3-1 to go with a 4.60 ERA.  He's allowed 34 hits in 31 1/3 innings, but with only seven walks compared to 20 K's.

Pete Duda is getting all kinds of action for his team down in Texas.  In eight games (and six starts), Duda is 4-2 with a 3.27 ERA.  Over 44 innings, he's allowed 40 hits, walked just ten, and struck out 29.

Note: The summer season is now in the home stretch.  The next update (probably coming during the second week of August) will be a full recap of this summer of baseball.

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