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Marshall Baseball Players in the Pros - Summer Update #8

Victor Gomez

Aug. 13, 2012

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Last week in professional baseball, former Marshall pitcher Kevin Shackelford picked up a winning decision with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers while Arik Sikula took his team-leading fifth save for the Vancouver Canadians. 

Dan Straily, who made his second start in the Major Leagues, gave up five runs on eight hits and a walk over 4.2 innings.  The right-hander is scheduled for his third start with the Athletics Thursday night. 

For continued updates on Marshall’s players in the pros, check back to each week.  This week’s performances can be found below:

Dan Straily – Starting Pitcher – Oakland Athletics
Straily gave up five earned runs in 4.2 innings in his second Major League start with the A’s.  Straily allowed eight hits and a walk and was taken off the hook for the loss thanks to a five-run sixth by the A’s bats. 

Straily’s Major League stats are:
0-0, 5.06 ERA, 10.2 IP, 2 appearances, 10 strikeouts

Straily’s Triple-A stats are:
5-2, 1.36 ERA, 53.0 IP, 8 appearances, 67 strikeouts

Straily’s cumulative minor league stats are:
8-6, 2.60 ERA, 138.1 IP, 22 appearances, 175 strikeouts

Joe Church – Relief Pitcher – Eugene Emeralds (Class A affiliate of the San Diego Padres)
Church appeared in four games last week, taking no decisions or saves but limiting hitters to .200 for the week.  Church struck out two in 3.2 innings on the bump.  Church’s season stats are:
3-2, 4.43 ERA, 22.1 IP, 21 appearances, 27 strikeouts



Mike Mason – Relief Pitcher – Grand Junction Rockies (Rookie Pioneer League – Colorado Rockies)
Mason made one appearance last week with the Rockies.  In two innings, Mason allowed one hit and struck out one.  Mason’s season stats are:
1-0, 9.82 ERA, 14.2 IP, 11 appearances, 13 strikeouts

Jesse Fernandez – Relief Pitcher – Aberdeen IronBirds (Class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles)
Fernandez allowed one run on three hits and two walks in a 2.2-inning relief role, his only appearance of the week.  Fernandez’s season stats are:
0-0, 4.05 ERA, 6.2 IP, 5 appearances, 5 strikeouts

Ian Kadish – Relief Pitcher – Lansing Lugnuts (Class A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays)
Kadish threw 1.1 innings over the course of two games last week.  Three of the four outs came via his strikeouts. 

Kadish’s Lansing stats are:
1-0, 0 saves, 4.50 ERA, 6.0 IP, 6 appearances, 8 strikeouts

Kadish’s cumulative minor league stats are:
2-1, 5 saves, 2.20 ERA, 28.2 IP, 21 appearances, 44 strikeouts

Arik Sikula – Relief Pitcher – Vancouver Canadians (Class A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays)
Sikula added another save Sunday night, capping off a week where he struck out two over two appearances (2.0 innings).  A lone hit Thursday was the only blemish for Sikula who now shares the team lead in saves (five).  Sikula’s season stats are:
1-1, 5 saves, 3.18 ERA, 28.1 IP, 21 appearances, 21 strikeouts

Victor Gomez – Catcher – Florence Freedom (Frontier League)
Gomez went 1-for-3 in back to back games of a Monday double-header.  Game one saw Gomez double and score in the fourth inning.  In game two, Gomez drove in the go-ahead run in the fourth inning of a scoreless game.  Gomez’s season stats are:
.231 BA, 0 HR, 5 RBIs, 3 BB, 0 SB

Rhett Stafford – Catcher – AZL Athletics (Rookie Arizona League – Oakland Athletics)
Did not play last week. 

Stafford’s AZL Athletics stats are:
.250 BA, 0 HR, 1 RBIs, 1 BB, 1 SB

Stafford’s cumulative season stats are:
.197 BA, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 11 BB, 1 SB

Kevin Shackelford – Relief Pitcher – Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Class A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers)
Shackelford gave up three runs in a 2.1-inning relief effort but still picked up the win on Friday of last week.  Shackelford entered in the fourth inning of a 6-1 game after a shorted start by teammate Shaun Marcum.  Shackelford’s season stats are:
3-4, 4 saves, 4.70 ERA, 53.2 IP, 23 appearances, 33 strikeouts

Greg Williams – Relief Pitcher – Hickory Crawdads (Class A affiliate of the Texas Rangers)
**Currently on rehab assignment with the Rookie Arizona League Rangers**
Did not play last week.  Williams’ season stats are:
2-0, 4.18 ERA, 28.0 IP, 21 appearances, 23 strikeouts