Claudio Vargas pitched seven strong innings to earn the win in Albuquerque. The AAA New Orleans right-hander allowed just on run in seven innings, striking out six while allowing four hits. That moved his record to 2-2 and lowered his ERA for the year to 4.18. He appears to be recovering well after suffering from a strained elbow on his pitching arm during spring training.
Infielder Rick Short is batting .276 with an impressive OBA of .364 while starting 21 games for New Orleans.
Melvin Dorta, an infielder for AA Harrisburg, is hitting .250 with an OBA of .308. He has three home runs and 11 RBI.
Larry Broadway was placed on the disabled list on May 5 with a sprained knee. He was batting just .193.
Harrisburg's Darrrell Rasner made his first start since being named the Eastern League's Pitcher of the Week on Friday and he wasn't quite as impressive as he had been to earn the honor. He allowed seven hits and three runs in six innings of work against Akron. The Senators were trailing 3-1 when Rasner departed, but they rallied to take the lead before falling in the bottom of the ninth, thus taking Rasner off the hook for the loss.
Matt Cepicky is leading New Orleans in both home runs with six and RBI with 22.
Shortstop Ian Desmond is hitting .255 for A Savannah. He has stolen eight bases and sports an OBA of .308. Patience at the plate is an issue as he has six walks and 16 strikeouts.
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