There was a former Beaver in the MLB All-Star festivities. Ellsbury, the former OSU speedster, played outfield for the USA team in the Future Game this past Sunday. Unfortunately, Ellsbury went 0-for-4 in the game. The Red Sox, who called him up from the Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA), sent him back down to the minors last week. He did, however, go out on a good note. His final game, a 15-4 thrashing of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, had him going 2-for-2 ending a successful stint in the majors. The outfielder hit .375 (6-for-16), while getting a double, a stolen base, and his first RBI.
The Newburg native is a bit banged up. Buck, who is on the disabled list, hasn’t pitched since June 27th. In his last outing, he gave up three runs on six hits in four innings in route to a no-decision. Buck is pictured on the right, from flickr.com, delievering a pitch.
On the year: 4-4, 3.41 ERA, 97.2 IP, 37 ER, 88 K
The right-handed Nickerson is making a good argument for a promotion. In his latest start for the West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit Tigers Single A affiliate), Nickerson threw brilliantly. He tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits while walking none against the Fort Wayne Wizards. He also struck out five while getting his sixth win of the season with his best start of the year. The seven scoreless innings lowered the former OSU stud’s ERA to 4.89 on the year.
Last start: W, 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
On the year: 6-6, 4.89 ERA, 88.1 IP, 48 ER, 67 K
The little guy had an off and on last two outings. Gunderson, who is pulling relief duty for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Single A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, came out to throw the top of the eleventh against the Wilmington Blue Rocks. The hard-throwing lefty (left- photo from talkingchop.com) gave up two runs (one earned) on a hit and a walk to take his fourth loss of the season. Gundy's outing against the Potomac Nationals was a little more effective, though. The little guy came in with the bases loaded and let two runners come in. They were not his runners, so it did not effect his ERA. For the game, he tossed 1.1 scoreless innings of work, striking out two while giving up two hits and a walk.
Last two appearances: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
On the year: 2-4, 3.38 ERA, 37.1 IP, 14 ER, 31 K
The All-Star break had to come right when Gillespie (right - picture from minorleaguebaseball.com) broke out of a dry spell….in a big way. Luckily, the Brevard County Manatees (Class A Brewers) only have one day off until they head back to action. Gillespie, the starting left-fielder, has been on a tear since June ended. The past nine games, Gillespie is 13-for-32 (.406) with a pair of doubles and 3 RBIs. The hot streak has pushed his season average to a (little more) respectable .244.
Last 10 games: .389, 3 2B, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 4 SB
On the year: .244, 14 2B, 7 HR, 45 RBI, 14 SB
The former Beaver outfielder is tearing up New England. Playing for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, the Double A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, Mathews has had a outstanding last ten games, which has only been a look into his entire season. Mathews is 13 for his last 40 (.325) while knocking in five in the last ten games. It hasn’t been a short hot streak for Mathews, who is hitting .338 on the year with 5 long balls.
Last 10 games: .325, 3 2B, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 7 R
On the year: .338, 21 2B, 5 HR, 26 RBI, 46 R
The little fella with the big smile has even more reasons to show those pearly whites. In his first professional game for the Arizona League Cubs (Rookie League), Barney went 1-for-3 and scored a run in a 10-1 win over the AZL Rangers. The kid that made the relay of the year against the North Carolina in the College World Series batted second for the Cubs while playing shortstop, familiar territory for the fan favorite.
On the year: .333, 0 2B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 R
It seemed like yesterday that Mike Lissman was hitting clutch home runs in the Beavers second consecutive College World Series Championship. The outfielder has hung up his OSU hat for professional ball, and has already played in his first five games. Playing for the Arizona League Athletics (Rookie League), Lissman is only hitting .217 but has had some pop for those sparce hits. Today, July 11, the CWS star hit his first professional home run.
On the year: .217, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 4 R
The former OSU catcher has been as hot as the weather. Staying in Oregon, playing for the Eugene Emeralds (Class A for the San Diego Padres), Canham has been on a hitting spree in his first three games. He has gone 5-for-12 (.417), including going 3-for-5 in a 5-1 win over the Vancouver Canadians. Canham is hitting third for the Emeralds.
On the year: .417, 1 2B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 R
Story by Jesse Severson