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June 2, 2010

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Fort Worth
Regional Game 1
No. 3 Arizona (33-22) vs. No. 2 Baylor (34-22)
Friday, June 4 | 2 p.m. CT | Lupton Stadium

A Quick Look At Arizona: The Wildcats enter postseason play with a 33-22 overall record, despite a young team that has only two seniors and often plays five regular freshmen in the lineup and has five of its top nine pitchers as freshmen … Arizona finished the regular season No. 2 in the league in hitting with a .323 team average …  A total of eight regular players have a .300 or better batting average, led by Steve Selsky who finished No. 2 in the Pac-10 in hitting with a .383 mark … Seven players have 50 or more hits on the season, and of those, six have at least 60 (Alex Mejia has 59) … Five different Wildcats have at least 40 RBI on the season … Six players have at least 30 runs scored and 30 RBI on the season … Offensively, Arizona struck out the fewest times of any Pac-10 team on the year (314) … UA has swiped 87 stolen bases in 121 attempts, figures that rank second amongst Pac-10 teams, respectively … Arizona’s pitching staff has a 4.55 team ERA and has 420 strikeouts against 205 walks in 496 innings pitched … The Cats are 29-3 on the season when leading after six innings, but just 3-17 in games that they trail after six innings.

RPI Facts: Arizona finished No. 24 in the final regular season RPI released by the NCAA on Tuesday … Arizona played 51-percent (28-of-55) against teams ranked in the top-50 of the RPI and 69-percent (38-of-55) against top-100 clubs … The Wildcats were 14-14 against top-50 clubs, including 6-8 against the top-25 with a series win over No. 11 Cal State Fullerton, two wins against No. 1 Arizona State and one victory apiece over No. 6 UCLA and No. 25 Oregon State … Eighth Pac-10 schools ranked in the top-37 of the RPI and all 10 programs checked in the top-70 … No other conference had all of its schools in the top-70 … UA’s potential regional regional opponents: TCU finished No. 15, Baylor No. 35, and Lamar No. 115.

Andy Lopez Reaches No. 1,000: Arizona head baseball coach Andy Lopez become the 16th active and 46th all-time Division I coach to reach 1,000 career victories as his Wildcat team defeated No. 2 Arizona State 12-4 on May 16 at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium. Arizona's 33-22 record this season has pushed Lopez's career mark to 1,002-624-7 in 28 seasons as a head coach. UA’s 11-7 victory over New Mexico on March 24 marked win No. 300 in Lopez’s nine seasons in Tucson. He holds a 315-206-1 record as the skipper of the Wildcats.

Young Cats: With only two seniors and 17 freshmen, Arizona is the youngest team in the Pac-10 conference this season. In fact, the Wildcats have 23 underclassmen on their roster, which doesn’t include three junior college transfers to the program. A look around the rosters at other league schools finds that UCLA and California have 15 freshmen apiece. While the Conference is thin on seniors at most every school, only Oregon State has as few seniors as the Wildcats do.

Bandy A Bench Award Semifinalist: Arizona sophomore catcher Jett Bandy is one of 16 semifinalists for the 2010 Coleman Company Johnny Bench Award, the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission announced last week. Bandy is one of two sophomores in the group that also includes seven juniors and seven seniors. A native of Thousand Oaks, Calif., Bandy has started all 55 games for the Wildcats, including 48 behind the plate. He is hitting .367 on the season with a Pac-10 leading 22 doubles to go with six home runs and 42 RBI. Bandy’s .367 batting average and .457 on base percentage rank No. 4 and No. 6 in the Pac-10, respectively. His 52 runs scored on the season checks in No. 6 in the conference while he has been hit by a pitch a league-leading 19 times. For his career, Bandy has hit .337 in 102 games played. He has scored 76 runs and collected 81 RBI, while blasting 43 doubles and 10 home runs. He has been hit by a pitch 33 times, which is the fourth-best ever for a UA player. He has walked 34 additional times and has struck out just 41 times in 374 at bats.

Freshmen Five: Look for Arizona to have five freshmen in its starting lineup this weekend, plus a freshman on the mound to open the series on Friday night. At times, UA’s entire infield in recent weeks has been composed of freshmen with Cole Frenzel’s return from injury and his insertion into the lineup at first base. Robert Refsnyder has seen time at second base and left field at second base, while Alex Mejia and Seth Mejias-Brean anchor the left side of the infield at shortstop and third base, respectively. Meanwhile, Joey Rickard has started 54 of 55 games in centerfield. The group has produced, too, hitting a collective .317 (283-for-894) on the season. They account for over 45-percent of the team’s hits, 45-percent of the team’s RBI and nearly 40-percent of the runs.

Freshmen on the Mound: Six of Arizona’s top nine pitchers are freshmen, including weekend ace Kurt Heyer who has emerged as one of the Pac-10’s best pitchers. The late-inning crew is mostly freshmen as well, with Nick Cunningham, Tyler Hale and Augey Bill working together to finish games. All told, freshmen pitchers have tossed nearly half of UA’s innings on the season (48 percent) and account for nearly 60 percent of the team’s strikeouts (58 percent). Impressive considering most of the work has been out of the bullpen, save for Heyer’s starts. As a class, freshmen have a 4.32 ERA, which checks in below the team’s 4.55 mark to date.

50 Hit Club: Alex Mejia surpassed the 50-hit mark for the season two weeks ago. The mark is significant considering four of the previous eight teams have had at least seven players with 50 hits. Most recently, the 2008 club did so, while the 2004 and 2003 clubs each did so. The highest total of players with 50 hits came in 2005, when eight Wildcats did so, including Trevor Crowe, who had 106 base hits – the second-most ever in a single season for a UA player.

.300 Club: Through 55 games, the Wildcats are hitting .323 as a team, in line with recent UA clubs that have finished the season over .300. In fact, Arizona’s last seven teams have hit .300 or better for the season. The best figures were turned in by the 2003 and 2005 clubs, which each hit .328 respectively. Last year’s ’09 team was next in line with a .314 average. The 2004 College World Series team hit .305 as did the 2006 team. The Wildcat clubs of 2007 (.306) and 2008 (.301) also were above .300.

Double-Digit Steals: Arizona has five players with at least 10 stolen bases on the season. Joey Rickard leads the Wildcats with 13 swipes, while Steve Selsky and Bobby Rinard have 11 thefts apiece. Bryce Ortega, who is now out for the season with a back injury, and Rafael Valenzuela each have 10 stolen bases. The last UA team to have at least five players in double-digits was the 2003 club that had six players, led by Brian Anderson’s 17. The 2007 and 2008 squads each had four players with 10 or more steals.

Tough To Strikeout, Usually: Arizona struck out the fewest times of any Pac-10 team on the season – 314 times. That mark is the lowest in over a decade, but with games still to play could rise. However, averaging that number to games played, it checks in at just 5.709 strikeouts per game. The top mark in the last 15 years was the 5.700 strikeouts per game by the 2005 club that struck out 342 times in 60 games.

Improved Defense: Arizona committed 75 errors during the regular season, which may sound like a lot. But the Cats’ .966 fielding percentage is actually one of the top marks in the last decade at Arizona. In fact, the percentage matches the same mark set by the 2007 and 2005 as the best in the last 10 seasons. Arizona showed marked improvement throughout the season, posting an even .970 fielding percentage over the second half of the season (last 27 games). Shortstop Alex Mejia and third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean, both freshmen, clearly learned from some early season struggles. Despite combining for 31 errors on the season, Mejia has committed just two errors in his last 21 games, while Mejias-Brean has only two errors in his most recent 16 games.

Alive With Five: One of those interesting “magic number” statistics that can indicate, to a strong likelihood, the outcome of a game this season for Arizona is the number of runs its opponent scores in a game. In 25 such games, the Wildcats are 22-4 this season when holding an opponent to five or fewer runs in a game this season. The lone blemishes on the record were a 4-3 loss at Berkeley on April 3, 4-2 loss to Arizona State on May 17, a 3-1 loss on May 17 to Stanford and a 3-1 loss to Oregon State on May 28. The statistic is complemented by the fact the Wildcats are 31-4 on the year when scoring five runs or more.

When They Win: The Wildcats are hitting .373 as a team in the 33 games that they have won, while opponents have struggled to hit .255 in such games … UA hitters have 145 strikeouts against 134 walks in those games, while UA pitchers have struck out 258 opponents and walked just 103 hitters in games won … The Wildcats have hit 24 of their 32 home runs in victories … UA is 77-for-102 in stolen base attempts in wins while opponents have just 15 steals in 24 tries … The Wildcats have committed 38 errors in wins, while the opposition has committed 63 … UA has 91 doubles, 17 triples and 24 homers in wins out of 447 total base hits … The Cats hit .399 with runners in scoring position, .337 with two outs and have 103 two-out RBI in victories, while opponents have just 34 two-out RBI and hit .212 with two outs.

When The Other Guys Win: In Arizona’s 22 defeats this season, opponents have hit .311 compared to UA’s .241 clip … UA hitters have struck out 169 times and drawn only 52 walks in those games, while UA pitchers have tallied 162 strike outs and yielded 102 walks …. The Cats have eight home runs in the 22 losses … Arizona is 10-for-19 in stolen base attempts in losses, while opponents have swiped 29 bags in 50 attempts … UA has committed 37 errors to opponents’ 18 errors in losses this season … UA has 21 doubles, nine triples and eight homers in such games … The Cats hit just .232 with runners in scoring position, .265 with two outs and have only 26 two-RBI, while opponents have 68 two-out RBI and hit .292 with two outs in the losses.

Two-Out Facts: It’s a well-known fact that driving in base runners with two outs can go a long way to helping a team win; at the same time, pitchers stranding opposing base runners is just as important. The Wildcats have found it tough in recent weeks to get out of innings and have been unable to drive home runs with two outs. In fact, opponents have combined to collect 38 two-out RBI in UA’s last 13 losses. In those games, Arizona has collected just nine two-out RBI of its own. And in those games, the opposition is hitting .291 with two outs, while the Wildcats have hit just .250. On the season, wins and losses break down in similar fashion. Arizona has a 103-34 advantage in two-out RBI in its 33 wins, while it has surrendered a 68-26 margin to opponents in the 22 losses. Opponents hit just .212 with two outs in games the Wildcats win, but hit at a .292 pace in games the Wildcats lose.

Balance in the Order: Arizona has found offensive production up and down its order throughout the season. Of their seven regular starters in the batting order, the Wildcats have seven players who have scored at least 30 runs and collected 25 RBI. At the top of the order, Joey Rickard has collected 49 RBI, which is tied for sixth-most in the Pac-10. At the bottom of the order, Alex Mejia has driven in 29 runs while scoring 31. Typically, UA will shuffle its DH and LF spots with Bobby Brown and Bobby Rinard. The two have combined to score 32 runs and collect 32 RBI. With Cole Frenzel in the mix, it’s another bat that can be counted on.

Solid Bullpen: Arizona’s top three relievers – LHP Bryce Bandilla, RHP Stephen Manthei and RHP Nick Cunningham – have been rick solid over the final eight games of the season. In fact, with only a few other brief appearances by other relievers, UA’s bullpen is 2-0 with two saves and a 1.52 ERA over the last eight games in 23.2 innings pitched. The guys in the pen have allowed opposing hitters to hit just .213 (19-for-89) and have 28 strikeouts against 12 walks during the stretch.

Heyer in Perspective: On the season, Heyer boasts a 6-4 record with a 3.28 earned run average in 16 appearances, including 15 starts. He has allowed just 91 hits in 96.0 innings pitched while limiting opposing hitters to a .254 batting average. Perhaps most impressive, Heyer has struck out a UA freshman record 104 batters while issuing just 25 walks on the season. Heyer ranks in the top-10 in the conference in several key pitching categories, including No. 10 in ERA (3.28) and No. 3 in strikeouts (104). Heyer’s freshman season totals already rank highly on the UA freshman single season record lists with two weeks of the regular season remaining. Heyer’s tally of 104 strikeouts ranks as the most ever by UA freshman, surpassing Ben Diggins, who struck out 91 in 1999. His six wins are good enough to tie four other notable freshmen – Ed Vosberg, Joe Magrane, Mark Melancon and Eric Berger – for the sixth-most in a single season, while his 96.0 innings pitched checks in at No. 8. His 3.28 ERA currently would be the top freshman mark in UA history, which is held by Vosberg’s 3.46 ERA in 1980. Heyer’s 9.75 strikeouts per nine innings pitched trails Berger’s 10.03 clip in 2005, and the 2.3 walks per nine innings pitched trails Sean Rierson’s 1.88 pace in 2001.

Selsky Powering Up: Sophomore right fielder Steve Selsky has racked up 29 extra base hits in his last 45 games after hitting just two extra base hits in the first 10 games of the season. Not that Selsky was struggling at the plate to begin the season as he was actually hitting an even .400 through 10 contests. Selsky is now hitting .383 on the season, which ranked No. 2 in the Pac-10, and was hitting .420 prior to the USC series entering May. In the last 45 games, he has collected 15 doubles, six triples and eight homers.

More on Steve: Steve Selsky has asserted himself as one of the top offensive players in the Pac-10 in his sophomore season (he is a draft-eligible sophomore). Selsky leads all conference players with 85 hits on the season and his .383 average was No. 2 in the Pac-10 (behind ASU’s Riccio Torrez .391). The right fielder’s on-base percentage of .463 is tops for a UA player and No. 5 in the conference, while his .622 slugging percentage is No. 4 in the Pac and tops on the club. He is No. 2 in triples (6) among all league players. Selsky, who drove in only 21 runs last season, is No. 5 with 51 RBI and is No. 3 in runs scored with 56. In his career, Selsky is hitting .357 with 72 RBI, 92 runs scored, 25 doubles, eight triples and 15 home runs.

Senior Send Off: Arizona senior do-it-all man Rafael Valenzuela will wrap up his Arizona career this month in the NCAA tournament. Valenzuela, who has started every position in his career except centerfield, pitcher and catcher, will likely bat second and play second base in the UA lineup this weekend. He has turned in a fabulous senior campaign in which he has hit a career-best .307. He has collected 44 RBI and scored 53 runs, figures that rank No. 9 and No. 4 in the Pac-10 respectively. His six triples are tied for No. 2 in the league, while he has added 15 doubles and the first five home runs of his career this season.

‘K’urt Heyer: Entering this week’s action, freshman Kurt Heyer is No. 3 amongst all Pac-10 pitchers with 104 strikeouts. Of his 104 strikeouts, 34 have been looking, which checks in No. 2 in the league. Heyer’s arm has accounted for 104 of UA’s 420 strikeouts as a team (24.7 percent) despite throwing just 19.3 percent of UA’s innings as a team. On the year, Heyer has a 6-4 record in 15 starts with an ERA of 3.28, which is No. 10 in the Pac-10. He has allowed just 25 walks on the season and has a 2.3 walks per nine innings ratio.

Heyer Standards: Arizona freshman pitcher Kurt Heyer set the bar pretty high for himself in his collegiate debut. He was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week and one of “Louisville Slugger’s” National Player’s of the week as announced by Collegiate Baseball for his effort against Utah Valley. Additionally, CollegeBaseballInsider.com named Heyer as its West Region Pitcher of the Week. In just six innings of work, the 6-foot-2 right hander struck out 13 batters, tying for second-most ever in a single game by a UA freshman pitcher. A native of Huntington Beach, Calif., Heyer struck out 13 of the 22 batters he faced, allowing just one run on three hits and only one walk. Heyer’s performance paced the Wildcat pitching staff to 17 strikeouts, the most for a UA staff in a single game since the Wichita Regional opening game against Oral Roberts in 2007. Heyer’s 13 strikeouts were the most for a UA pitcher in over two seasons, dating back to Preston Guilmet’s masterful 15-strikeout performance against Stanford in 2007. Heyer surpassed the 13-strikeouts with a 14-strikeout performance on April 16 against Washington State.

Simon Says: Arizona sophomore right-hander Kyle Simon has steadied himself after an up-and-down start to the season and turned in the best performance of his career at Washington on April 11. In the game against the Huskies, Simon tossed a complete game as he allowed just one run on three hits. Earlier this year, Simon won his first decision of the year on Feb 21 against Utah Valley in an eight-inning effort in which he allowed just one run and struck out seven. He then struggled in his next two starts and saw his ERA peak at 5.06 following a second-straight loss on March 6 against Cal State Fullerton. Since, Simon has been brilliant, picking up six wins in 12 starts. The recent run of success has pushed his record to 8-5 on the season with a 3.91 ERA. In his last 90.0 innings pitched, Simon has allowed just 49 runs – 36 earned (a 3.60 ERA) – and has 50 strikeouts against 25 walks. His 106.0 total innings on the season were the most for any pitcher in the Pac-10.

Bandilla Thrives In Pen: Sophomore left-hander Bryce Bandilla began the season as the expected closer, but then moved into the starting rotation for several weeks. However, in mid-April he made the permanent move to the bullpen, where he has thrived this season. Here’s a look at Bryce Bandilla’s statistics as a relief pitcher compared to a starter:

 

                                App.        IP             H             ER            BB           K              W-L         SV           ERA
Starter                    6              26.1        34           17           16           17           1-2          -               5.81
Reliever                 20           48.1        50           18           17           50           5-2          1              3.35
Overall                  26           74.2        84           35           33           67           6-4          1              4.22

New Freshman Mark: Freshman reliever Nick Cunningham has pitched in 34 games this season, which not only leads Arizona but is the most appearances for any Pac-10 pitcher this season. The mark is also a new Arizona freshman record, surpassing Mark Melancon (Yankees), who appeared in 29 games in 2004, the last time the Wildcats went to the College World Series.

Manthei’s Improvement: Freshman right-hander Stepehen Manthei experienced a rocky first couple of months of collegiate baseball. He emerged early in the season as one of UA’s go-to guys in the bullpen. However, he hit a midseason slump where he struggled to get guys out and walked to many hitters. But lately, he’s been one of the Wildcats’ top pitchers. In his last six appearances, he has combined to throw 10.1 innings with a 0.87 ERA. He has allowed just one run and seven hits, while striking out 14 and issuing just two walks in that period.

Cunningham Making Strides: Freshman right-hander Nick Cunningham was relied upon as UA’s closer over much of the first half of the season. In some outings he was impressive, in others he struggled mightily. Perhaps his roughest outing of the season came against Oregon on March 28 when he surrendered four runs in the top of the ninth inning, including a two-out, two-strike three-run homer to blow a save and prevent UA from sweep the Ducks. But since then, he’s steadied himself and remained a key pitcher out of the bullpen in varying roles from closer to long reliever. Cunningham, who set a new UA freshman record for appearances this season, has pitched in 16 games since March 28, combining for 19.2 innings pitched. He has a 3.20 ERA in those games, which is significantly improved over his 4.35 season ERA. He has allowed 18 hits and 11 walks in the stretch, but has only yielded five extra base hits. Notably, he has not allowed a home run since that March 28 game after surrendering three others earlier in the season.

Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Arizona players have been hit by a pitch a total of 69 times to date this season. The tally is approaching UA’s top-5 single season mark, all of which have been posted by teams in the 2000s. The top marks are held by the 2006 (96) and 2007 (90) teams that each reached 90 or more HBPs. The 2008 and 2009 teams each were hit 74 times. The next-highest tally is 69 held by the 2002 club. This year, Jett Bandy (19) leads the Wildcats with the most HBPs, while Joey Rickard and Steve Selsky have been plunked 10 times each.

Mejia Turning It Up a Notch: Take a look at UA’s season total batting average and you have to scroll down past a few players to find freshman Alex Mejia; but, if you look at Pac-10 games only, Mejia was not only UA’s top hitter, but the No. 2 hitter among all Pac-10 Players (.376 in Pac-10 games). On the season, Mejia is now batting .301 (59-for-196) after hitting just .194 after his first 10 college games to start the year. Mejia has started 54 of UA’s 55 games for the Wildcats at shortstop and is certainly known for his range, quick hands and strong arm. While he does have 15 errors charged against him on the season, several have come on plays that many shortstops wouldn’t even have a play on. Even so, he has dramatically reduced his errors and has committed only two errors in the last 22 games. He leads all Pac-10 players with 184 assists on the season. He also ranks No. 4 in the league with 11 sacrifice bunts.

Refsnyder Rollin’: Freshman Robert Refsnyder is one of four regular freshman starters for the Wildcats and he as quietly put together a sensational rookie season. Refsnyder, who can play various positions including left field, third base and second base, is third among UA regulars with a .341 batting average to go with 34 runs scored and 40 RBI. His 71 hits are fourth-most on the club. Refsnyder has also stolen six bases in nine attempts on the season and has been hit by a pitch nine times, which is tied for third-most on the squad.

Joltin’ Joey: Freshman centerfielder Joey Rickard has kicked off his collegiate career in impressive fashion. Through 55 games – all but one start – Rickard is hitting .312 with eight doubles, three triples and a team-high eight home runs, including a grand slam against Sacramento State on March 20. The Las Vegas native’s 49 RBI not only ranks second- most on the club, but ranks tied for No. 6 for all Pac-10 players. His 112 total bases are No. 9 in the league. He was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on March 15 following a sensational five-game stretch. In the field, he’s patrolled the spacious Kindall Field outfield like a veteran, serving as a key component in the middle of UA’s defense.

Pac-10 POWs: A pair of freshmen – Joey Rickard and Kurt Heyer (twice) – have been named Pac-10 Player/Pitcher of the Week this season, along with sophomores Jett Bandy and Steve Selsky … Selsky was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on March 29 after hitting 10-for-20 on the week and accounting for 17 total runs to go with two home runs … Bandy was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on March 22 after hitting .600 over a five-game stretch in which the Wildcats improved their winning streak to 11 games … Rickard helped lead the Wildcats to a pair of sweeps last week over Saint Joseph’s (March 10) and Northern Colorado (March 12-24). The 6-foot-1 native of Las Vegas hit .579 for the week, scored six runs and collected nine RBI in five games. Additionally, Rickard reached base five times with a walk and was twice hit by a pitch, yielding a .692 on base percentage, to go with five stolen bases … Heyer, in just six innings of work, struck out 13 batters against Long Beach State on Feb. 25, tying for what was then the second-most ever in a single game by a UA freshman pitcher. A native of Huntington Beach, Calif., Heyer struck out 13 of the 22 batters he faced, allowing just one run on three hits and only one walk … Heyer was again named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week on April 19 after striking out 14 hitters in 8.2 innings against Washington State. The 14 K’s are the second-most ever by a UA freshman.

Top 25 Wins: On the season, the Wildcats are 5-6 against teams ranked in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll at the time of the game.  In 2009, Arizona was just 1-14 against Top 25 teams, including 1-9 against such teams in Tucson.

Turning Two: The Wildcats have turned 59 double plays (50 on ground balls) on the season which is fourth-most in the Pac-10. Alex Mejia – one of the prime suspects in the double plays – leads all Pac-10 players with 181 assists on the season. RHP Kyle Simon has been the primary benefactor of the double plays, inducing a team-best 21 in his appearances this season.

Unselfish Play: Arizona’s 5-4 victory in 13 innings over UNLV on March 3 included a record-tying performance by the Wildcats. UA executed five different sacrifice bunt plays to move runners up, tying the school single-game record previously establish at California on April 1, 2006. Interestingly, that game also lasted 13 innings. The last of this year’s five sacrifice hits proved to be the game winner as Alex Mejia successfully put a bunt down with a runner a second and an errant throw to first allowed the winning run to come in to score from second. On the season, UA has 37 sacrifice bunts in 49 games.

Finally A Long Ball: Joey Rickard’s two-run homer on May 9 not only tied him for the team lead in home runs at the time, but it snapped a 13-consecutive game drought between homers for the Wildcats, which tied for the longest since 1994. The last time a UA team went 10 or more games without hitting a long ball was in the 1994 season and it happened twice – once for 10 games and another for 13 games. For the 10-game stretch, Chris Cooper homered on March 27 in a 27-4 loss to Stanford. UA’s next home run came on April 22 as Rob Frisbee homered in an 8-3 loss to Stanford (coincidence?). In between were 10 games without a home run. Earlier that season, Ron Tegland hit a home run on Feb. 11 in a 12-9 loss to NMSU. UA’s next home came on March 15 when Menno Wickey and Matt Lake each hit a home run against Sacramento State. Otherwise, 13 games were played in between without a home run. An interesting note to the 2010 home run slump is the fact that Arizona hit seven home runs in the four games immediately prior to the current drought and had hit at least one homer in 13 of the previous 15 games.

Wildcats in the Majors: Earlier this week, former Wildcat shortstop Jason Donald was called up to the major leagues and debuted with the Cleveland Indians. Interestingly, ex-Cat Shelley Duncan was called up two days later by the Indians and both players joined Trevor Crowe, who had been called up by the organization a week earlier. The recent call-ups give Arizona seven former players who have joined a MLB club this season. The others include Mark Melancon (Yankees), Ryan Perry (Tigers), Nick Hundley (Padres) and Trevor Hoffman (Brewers). Last year, Brad Mills (Blue Jays) and Daniel Schlereth (Diamondbacks) made their debuts, and Jon Meloan (A’s) saw time in his third season.

 

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