Reyes clutch; League's worst pitching improves

West Tenn's Jose Reyes had only two home runs in his previous three seasons prior to Saturday night; he now has that many in back-to-back games. The league's worst pitching staff improved.

West Tenn prevails 4-3 over Carolina

West Tenn may have found a secret weapon to win games late in catcher Jose Reyes. Reyes has two home runs this season, which matches his 2004 total at Daytona, and they've both come in the last two games. And both have been game-winners. Reyes' solo home run gave the Diamond Jaxx a win on Sunday and extended his hitting streak to five games. In addition, Reyes has five two-hit games in his last eight starts, which has propelled his average 20 points from .232 to .252.

Brandon Sing started in right field for the fourth consecutive game and also continued his hot hitting by tallying three hits. He has nine in his last five games and is hitting .419 in July and .299 overall this season. Matt Craig got the start at first and hit a two-run homer, his eighth of the year. A season ago at Daytona on July 10, Craig had 13 homers, and he missed almost the entire first month with an injury.

Ricky Nolasco made it 17 straight starts without a loss. Nolasco, 8-0 with a 2.64 ERA, got a no-decision after allowing a run and six hits in six innings. He has six strikeouts or more in each of his last nine starts and is averaging right at six innings per start this season. His fellow West Tenn all-star, Andrew Shipman, picked up his fourth save with Thomas Atlee earning his first Double-A win in relief. Shipman has five scoreless outings in his last six games. He picked up his first saves on back-to-back nights this season.

Peoria out-slugged 14-12 by Wisconsin

Sam Fuld continued his recent assault, reaching base five times in a four-hit performance. He scored a pair of doubles and picked up his first two extra-base hit game of the season. Since June began, Fuld is batting .347 and a season-best .285 overall. He wasn't the only Cubs 2004 draft pick to give Wisconsin pitching a headache, either. Eric Patterson picked up three hits and reclaimed the league's top batting average with his .341 mark. (Southwest Michigan's John Jaso had recently passed him.) The good results have not affected Bo Flowers as of late. Flowers' average fell to .253 on Sunday, its lowest mark since April 25. He has five hits in his last 32 at-bats for a .156 average over his last nine games.

Chris Shaver's struggles continued on the mound. The left-hander allowed five runs and nine hits in six innings—the second start in his last three outings in which he surrendered five runs. Shaver allowed his ninth home run of the season and has given up at least one in six of his previous seven starts. The loss went to RHP Walt Nolen (6-3, 4.86 ERA), who allowed two runs to eight batters faced in one inning.

Boise clips Yakima 4-2

Baylor alumnus and sixth round pick Kyle Reynolds hit the first home runs of his professional career. Reynolds now has five extra base hits in his last three games and is off to a 9-for-24 start with the Hawks.

Apparently Davy Gregg can not only run, he can hit, too. Gregg collected three more hits and now has 12 in his last five games to bring his season to date average up to .316 following a slow 2-for-21 start. The University of South Carolina alumnus also stole two more bases and has a league-best 16.

The league's worst pitching (at least in terms of staff ERA) got a little better on Sunday. Starter Jesus Yepez yielded a run and five hits in five innings for his first win. Yepez struck out three and has allowed two earned runs through four starts. Entering the day, the Hawks had a staff ERA of 4.85 in their first 19 games.

Pawelek excels in Mesa

Four outings, no earned runs for first round pick Mark Pawelek. The left-hander tossed three innings for the second straight outing on Saturday in the Arizona Summer League. He faced 11 batters, struck out two and walked one. Pawelek had amassed 11 strikeouts over his two previous starts before Saturday. He has surrendered four hits through his first 8 2/3 innings after finishing with the Utah state all-time strikeout record for any high school pitcher.


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