Evan Frey Turns in Five-hit Performance

Evan Frey's five-hit explosion led to a 12-2 Mobile BayBears romping of the Jacksonville Suns Wednesday night. It has been a difficult season for Frey after a great 2008 campaign generated some high expectations, but the excellent defensive centerfielder is finally showing signs of breaking out of his season-long slump.

Evan Frey began the night manufacturing a run in trademark fashion. He legged out a first-inning infield single and quickly circled the bases on a throwing error, a passed ball, and a groundout off the bat of #2 hitter Mark Hallberg. He followed that with a two-run double to left in the second, line-drive singles to center in the fourth and the sixth, and an RBI-single up the middle in the seventh.

Frey wasn't the only BayBear to swing the bat well against the Suns. Mobile collected 17 hits total, as every player in the starting lineup managed at least one hit. Orlando Mercado, Bryan Byrne, and Peter Clifford each boasted a 2-hit game while Chris Rahl reached base three times and scored twice.

Starter Barry Enright continued his fantastic month of August. His season-high nine strikeouts against the Suns makes him 4-1 with a 1.20 ERA for the month. Enright also went 1-for-3 at the dish; his season batting average rests at .424.

The 5-for-5 night caps Frey's best month of the season. He has set season-high marks for batting average (.310), on-base percentage (.373), slugging (.360), hits (31), stolen bases (13), and runs scored (16) in August. He has only fanned seven times in 100 August at-bats.

Frey's performance this season has been a letdown from the expectations he generated in 2008, when he strung together a 23-game hitting streak with South Bend before compiling some excellent numbers in Visalia. He hadn't even mustered a 4-hit performance this season prior to last night.

Fellow leadoff hitter Ollie Linton is having an excellent season with the Rawhide and now challenges Frey for the title of best leadoff prospect in the organization. Frey will need to continue his hot pace in order to fend off Linton.


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