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Marshall Baseball Players in the Pros

July 15, 2013

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Dan Straily’s second straight Major League win with the Athletics, and Arik Sikula’s pair of saves with the Lugnuts (Blue Jays) highlighted last week’s action as 10 former Marshall baseball players continued their professional careers.

Details for each are found below:

Aaron Blair – Pitcher – Hillsboro Hops (Short Season Northwest League; Class A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks)

Blair (who was with the Thundering Herd from 2011-2013) made his second professional start on Thursday, going three innings of scoreless baseball.  He allowed a hit and a walk while striking out four in the Hops’ 6-4 victory over Tri-City. 

Blair’s season stats: 2 GS, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Isaac Ballou – OF – Auburn Doubledays (Short Season New York-Penn League; Class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals)

Ballou (2010-2013) once again began the week hot, going 2-for-4 with a double and a run in the first game of the week, but cooled down to go 3-for-17 (.176) for the week.  He extended his streak of reaching base to 21 games, but the team’s 6-1 loss to Staten Island on Saturday saw it come to an end.

Ballou’s season stats: .250/.381/.338, 12 R, 7 RBI, 1 HR, 13 BB, 8 K, 3 SB

Joe Church – Relief Pitcher – Fort Wayne TinCaps (Midwest League; Class A affiliate of the San Diego Padres)

Church (2009-2012) made two appearances with Fort Wayne last week.  Over 3.1 innings of work, the right-hander struck out two and walked two while giving up one (earned) run. 

Church’s season stats (w/ FW): 13 G, 1-1, 7.36 ERA, 1 save, 22.0 IP, 31 H, 19 R, 18 ER, 11 BB, 17 K



Mike Mason – Relief Pitcher – Asheville Tourists (South Atlantic League; Class A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies)

Mason (2009-2012) was part of a combined, five-hit shutout in his only appearance last week.  On the way to his third hold of the season, he threw a scoreless eighth inning against the West Virginia Miners Friday night. 

Mason’s season stats: 17 G, 3-1, 2.63 ERA, 24.0 IP, 20 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 10 BB, 23 K

Arik Sikula – Relief Pitcher – Lansing Lugnuts (Midwest League; Class A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays)

Sikula (2008-2011) snagged his 10th and 11th saves of the season in three appearances for the Lugnuts last week.  In Wednesday’s nail-biter, he combined with Javier Avendano and Ian Kadish for a two-hit shutout in a 1-0 win against Peoria.  Two days later, Sikula finished a 4-3 ballgame against the Chiefs with a perfect ninth. 

Sikula’s season stats: 31 G, 3-0, 2.31 ERA, 11 saves, 39.0 IP, 27 H, 10 R, 10 ER, 14 BB, 36 K

Ian Kadish – Relief Pitcher – Lansing Lugnuts (Midwest League; Class A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays)

Kadish (2008-2011) made two appearances (two innings) last week with the Lugnuts.  On Wednesday, the right-hander combined with Javier Avendano and Sikula for a two-hit shutout of the Peoria Chiefs, collecting his third hold of the season.  Kadish was then stung with two (earned) runs in a single inning in Sunday’s 8-1 loss to the Burlington Bees. 

Kadish’s season stats: 31 G, 3-2, 3.55 ERA, 45.2 IP, 43 H, 23 R, 18 ER, 12 BB, 58 K

Kevin Shackelford – Relief Pitcher – Huntsville Stars (Southern League; Double-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers)

Shackelford (2008-2010) logged three innings in two appearances.  He struck out two, walked none, and gave up an earned run on two hits. 

Shackelford’s season stats: 28 games, 1-3, 4.78 ERA, 3 saves, 37.2 IP, 42 H, 20 R, 20 ER, 5 BB, 28 K
Shackelford’s season stats (w/ HVL): 4 games, 0-0, 3.38 ERA, 1 save, 5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Dan Straily – Starting Pitcher – Oakland Athletics

Straily (2008-2009) took his second straight (Major League) winning decision Tuesday night at PNC Park when he held the Pirates to two hits over six and a-third innings.  He gave up an earned run in the second (a Pedro Alvarez solo homer), but Brandon Moss’ two-run blast in the fourth was all the support the right-hander needed as the A’s won 2-1.  After the victory, Oakland sent Straily back to Sacramento, not as a demotion but in an effort to take advantage of roster flexibility over the All-Star break.  Since Straily’s next turn in the rotation will not come until after the break, the A’s called up Sonny Gray, a right-handed prospect who will give them an extra arm out of the pen. 

Straily finished the week in Sacramento by turning in a gem against Fresno.  He threw seven scoreless innings with seven punchouts Sunday night but did not receive a decision as the River Cats waited until the 10th to win in walkoff fashion. 

Straily’s season stats with the A’s: 6-2 in 14 starts, 4.28 ERA, 80.0 IP, 64 H, 39 R, 38 ER, 26 BB, 66 K
Straily’s season stats with the River Cats: 3-1 in 5 starts, 1.14 ERA, 31.2 IP, 24 H, 11 R, 4 ER, 9 BB, 33 K

Thor Meeks – Catcher – Hagerstown Suns (South Atlantic League; Class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals)

Meeks (2009-2012) is currently listed on the disabled list.

Greg Williams – Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Advanced California League; Class A affiliate of the Texas Rangers)

Williams (2009-2011) was with the Pelicans for the latter part of the 2012 season and will remain with the club while he undergoes a rehab stint during the 2013 season.  The right-hander, who was 2-0 with a 3.96 ERA in 2012, needed Tommy John surgery in October and will remain in the Rangers’ system at their Arizona complex until his recovery.