Nothing like having a flair for the dramatic. High Desert's James McOwens (photo from milb.com) extended his hitting streak to 40 games with a single with two outs in the ninth inning of Friday night's game.
He is now 29 games away from the record of 69 held by Joe Wilhoit of Wichita.
Also I forgot to post this the other day, so here it is ....
Tacoma's Chris Shelton and Bryan LaHair were named to the PCL all-star team and will be playing in the 22nd annual Triple A All-Star game in Portland on July 15 and will be televised on ESPN2. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
AUDIO: Shelton was on with Ian Furness about 20 minutes after I did my weekly segment on Friday, you can listen to either interview here.
Shelton was voted the starting designated hitter by league managers, media members, and
fans. He is batting .319 (87x273) with 22 doubles, 12 homers and 61 RBI. LaHair was selected as a reserve and is hitting .283 with 13 home runs and 46 RBI.
The International League will be led by Red Sox prospect Clay Bucholz and Reds outfielder Drew Stubbs. Here's the team.
From the press release ...
The Pacific Coast League roster is filled with league hitting leaders, led by outfielder John Bowker of the Fresno Grizzlies, who second in the PCL in average (.359), fifth in hits (93), first in on-base percentage (.460), third in slugging percentage (.637) and third in runs scored (58). Joining Bowker in the outfield will be Matt Miller (.324, 5 HR, 63 RBI) and Matt Murton (.377, 9 HR, 43 RBI) of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. Miller is seventh in the league in average and third in RBI (63), hits (96) and doubles (25). The reserve PCL outfielders will be Terry Evans of Salt Lake, Brendan Katin of Nashville and Michael Ryan of New Orleans. Katin and Evans are tied for second in home runs in the league (17) and are in second and third place respectively in extra base hits (42) and (38). Katin is number two in the league leaders in RBI (65). Ryan is tied for fourth in doubles (23).
Las Vegas 51s first baseman Randy Ruiz (.317, 15 HR, 67 RBI) leads the league in RBI (67), hits (99), extra base hits (46) and doubles (30) and will be joined by Sky Sox second baseman Eric Young Jr. (.292, 3 HR, 21 RBI) on the right side of the infield. Young leads the PCL in stolen bases (46) and runs scored (68) and will be joined in Portland by his dad, former Major League All-Star Eric Young of ESPN, who will serve as the analyst for the broadcast.
Shortstop Alcides Escobar (.294, 3 HR, 27 RBI) of the Nashville Sounds and third baseman Brandon Wood (.302, 15 HR, 45 RBI) of the Salt Lake Bees will anchor the left side of the PCL infield. Escobar is tied for second in the league in stolen bases (27) and fourth in runs scored (56). Chris Robinson of Iowa (.313, 30 RBI) will get the start at catcher. The PCL infield reserves will be catcher Eric Munson of Sacramento, infielder Esteban German of Oklahoma, first baseman Bryan LaHair of Tacoma, infielder Eric Patterson of Sacramento, and infielder Rusty Ryal of Reno. Patterson is tied for second in the league in stolen bases (27) and triples (8). German is third in the league in on-base percentage at (.427).
Four pitchers in the Top 10 for ERA anchor the PCL rotation. Bud Norris (3-5, 2.17 ERA, 88 K) of the Round Rock Express will get the start for the PCL All-Stars in the mid-summer exhibition and leads the league in ERA and strikeouts. Joining him in Portland will be his teammate Yorman Bazardo (7-2, 2.79 ERA) who is third in the PCL in ERA (2.79). They are joined by Kevin Pucetas of Fresno (8-2, 3.17) and Lenny DiNardo of the Omaha Royals (5-3, 3.46 ERA) fifth and seventh respectively in ERA. Pucetas is tied for first in wins (8) with Albuquerque's Charlie Haeger (8-5, 3.75 ERA), the final member of the PCL rotation.
PCL manager Randy Ready will have a deep bullpen to use, with the top two PCL saves leaders Jess Todd of Memphis (3-1, 2.50 ERA, 17 saves) and Jeremy Hill of Salt Lake (1-3, 4.01 ERA, 16 saves) headlining a solid group of relievers. Oregon native Mike Ekstrom of the Portland Beavers, Bobby Korecky of Reno, R.J. Swindle of Nashville and Jay Marshall of Sacramento round out the PCL bullpen.