Pair of Sixers Win May Award

The Los Dodgers have awarded two Inland Empire 66ers for their outstanding performance on the field for the month of May. Second baseman Travis Denker was named Dodgers Player of the Month while James McDonald was given the Dodgers Pitcher of the Month award.

Denker hit .372 (35 for 94), seven doubles, three home runs, 19 runs batted in. He had an on base percentage of .439 and an OPS of .982. Denker was a 2005 starter in the South Atlantic League All-Star game. The Dodgers in the 21st round drafted Denker in 2003. Denker has hit safely in 40 of his first 50 games with Inland Empire and has not been below .300 since April 28th.

McDonald went 4-0 in the month of May and had a stingy 1.84 earned run average. The 6'5" right-handed pitcher struck out 35 and walked only six batters during 29.1 innings of work. In the five games in which he started, opponents only could muster a combined .184 batting average. McDonald was an 11th round pick in 2002 by Los Angeles and will be an California League All-Star in Stockton here in 2007.

Both players are from Southern California as McDonald hails from Long Beach, while Denker grew up in Brea.

Both have been important parts of the 66ers success as they are tied for first with just days left in the first half. This weekend will determine who will get a playoff spot and first round bye come September. The other co-leader, the Lancaster JetHawks (Boston Red Sox), will come to town for a three game set from June 15-17.