Arizona League Weekly Report
Report No. Three
Covering Sunday, July 23 to Saturday July 29
One-Hitter. Cubs pitchers combined to limit the Phoenix Athletics to one hit on July 24. The Athletics' only safety was a single by Angel Sierra in the second inning. Cubs starter Robert Hernandez, who gave up the only hit, pitched five innings. Cubs relievers Oscar Bernard and Charles Platt pitched two innings each and held the Athletics hitless over the final four frames. Interestingly, the Athletics scored three unearned runs in the second inning on two walks, an error and their lone hit. The Cubs won the game, 5-3.
Royals Pitching Sizzling. The Surprise Royals won five of six games over the past week and the club's pitching has been outstanding. The Royals started the week with back-to-back shutouts and finished the six-game stretch with a 2.00 ERA. RHP Paul Raglione won two games and did not yield an earned run in 11.1 innings pitched.
Contreras Delivers. Padres 2B Rayner Contreras knocked in ten runs over a three-game span from July 25 to 27. Over those three games, Contreras batted .429 with two doubles and home run.
Stolen Base Binge. In his last eight games, Cubs 2B Valerio Heredia has stolen ten bases. The 18-year-old Dominican now leads the Arizona League with 17 stolen bases. According to one scout, Heredia is the fastest player in the Arizona League getting down to first base. Over the past five games, Heredia has batted .417 and his batting average has jumped from .161 to .208.
Inside the Park Homer. Brewers outfielder Anthony Wycklendt hit an inside-the-park home run against the Scottsdale Giants on July 24. Wycklendt's flyball in the second inning eluded Giants rightfielder James Simmons and Wycklendt circled the bases for his fourth home run of the season.
Another Low Hitter. Four days after being limited to one hit by the Cubs, the Phoenix Athletics scratched out only two hits against the Surprise Rangers on July 28 in a 7-1 loss. Starting pitcher Robinson Tejada did not give up a hit and fanned five in three innings. John Bannister yielded the first hit but struck out six batters in two innings. Both Tejada and Bannister are here on a rehab assignments. Brandon James (three innings, one hit) and Daniel Hoben (one inning, no hits) finished the game for the Rangers.
Posted Sunday, July 30, 2006