Banwart Heading West
Right-hander Travis Banwart is on his way to High-A Stockton, according to sources. The 2007 draft pick is off to a great start this season, posting a 2.38 ERA in 41.2 innings pitched for Low-A Kane County. He has struck-out 41 and walked only 11 while allowing 39 hits this season. The Wichita State alum pitched for Kane County in 2007 after being selected in the fourth round of the June draft. He had a 2.60 ERA in 45 innings for the Cougars last season.
Right-hander Scott Moore, who acted as the Cougars' closer in 2007 and made the Midwest League All-Star team that season, is reportedly moving into the Cougars' rotation in the place of Banwart. He has a 2.50 ERA in nine relief outings (18 innings) and four saves this season for Kane County. He has struck-out 27 and walked only four this season. In his last outing, he worked a season-high four innings with seven strike-outs.
Italiano, Cahill Dominate Again
Right-handers Craig Italiano and Trevor Cahill have been nearly unhittable this season for Kane County and Stockton, respectively. That trend continued on Wednesday, as both starters spun outstanding outings.
Italiano moved to 5-0 and lowered his ERA to 0.90 on the season with six shut-out innings in the Cougars' 2-0 win over Cedar Rapids. The hard-throwing right-hander allowed only two hits and two walks while striking out four. Scott Deal worked the final three innings to earn his first save of the season. Italiano has allowed only 23 hits in 40 innings this season. He has struck-out 52 and walked 15.
Cahill was even more effective than Italiano, but he was stuck with a tough luck no-decision. Cahill carried a shut-out into the eighth inning, retiring the first two batters of the eighth before a Darryl Lawhorn fielding error allowed a runner to reach. That error spelled the end of Cahill's night. Sam Demel would come on in relief of Cahill, but he was unable to close the door. He allowed two walks and a hit and threw a wild pitch on a strike three. Two runs crossed the plate for Lake Elsinore in the eighth inning, erasing a 2-0 lead for the Ports. Chris Farley allowed a run in the ninth, and Stockton fell 3-2.
The 7.2 inning effort was Cahill's longest of the season. He allowed two hits and two walks and was charged with that unearned run. He struck-out six and lowered his ERA to 1.81. The 20-year-old has struck-out 62 and has walked only 12 in 49.2 innings this season. He has allowed an incredible 27 hits in those 49.2 innings and he has yet to allow a homerun.
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