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May 13, 2012

From Terre Haute to the major leagues

Petricka bounces up and down White Sox organization

TERRE HAUTE — Jake Petricka had a whirlwind week, going from Winston-Salem to Birmingham, then back to Winston-Salem — all in the span of just over 24 hours.

After making five starts at Winston-Salem (Class A-advanced), the former Indiana State pitcher was promoted to Birmingham (AA) on Monday.

That night, Petricka was the starting pitcher for the Barons. He picked up the loss, dropping a 4-2 decision vs. Tennessee. His line included five innings, allowing three runs (earned), three hits, with seven walks, six strikeouts.

On Tuesday, he was returned to Winston-Salem, saying on his Twitter account (@jacobpetricka): “At the airport again, time to rejoin the @WSDashBaseball in Frederick”


Notes — Clint Barmes continues to struggle offensively with Pittsburgh, his batting average dipping to .152, striking out nine times last week … Joe Thatcher recorded his first two holds of the season for San Diego in two straight games, fanning the only batter he faced vs. Colorado on Monday and Tuesday … Nick Ciolli extended his hitting streak to 12 games in his last 12 starts … Derek Eitel picked up his third straight victory with Mobile in a win at Jacksonville on Wednesday … Ryan Strausborger hit for the cycle this week, with three singles, two doubles, one triple and one home run for Frisco.


Transactions — Jake Petricka was promoted to Birmingham on Monday, then returned to Winston-Salem on Tuesday. … Kyle Lafrenz was placed on the 7-day disabled list by Clearwater.


Updates on other former Indiana State, Rose-Hulman or Wabash Valley-connected players this week.

n Clint Barmes — Barmes was 1 for 17 with a double, nine strikeouts in six games for Pittsburgh.

n Nevin Ashley — Ashley is on the 7-day DL (broken hand) for Durham.

n Josh Phegley — Phegley was 3 for 22 with two doubles, one RBI in five games for Charlotte.

n Ryan Strausborger — Strausborger was 7 for 23 with two doubles, one triple, one home run and five RBI in six games for Frisco.

n Nick Ciolli — Ciolli was 6 for 14 with a double, home run, five RBI in four games for Winston-Salem.

n Brady Shoemaker — Shoemaker was 6 for 18 with a double, home run and five RBI for Winston-Salem.

n Kyle Lafrenz — Lafrenz was 1 for 2 with a double and two walks in one game (May 6) for Clearwater.

n Jake Eigsti — Eigsti was 6 for 25 with one RBI in seven games for Camden.

n Joe Thatcher— Thatcher made three relief appearances for San Diego. In a combined 1 2/3 innings, he allowed no runs, no hits, with no walks, three strikeouts. He picked up his first two holds of the season.

n Brian Omogrosso — Omogrosso made two relief appearances for Charlotte. In a combined 4 1/3 innings, he allowed two runs (one earned), six hits, with one walk, eight strikeouts.

n Matt Zaleski — Zaleski made one start for Harrisburg, a no decision vs. Toledo on Wednesday. He went 4 2/3 innings, allowing four runs, four hits, with five walks, two strikeouts.

n Mitch Stetter — Stetter made two relief appearances for Huntsville. In a combined one inning, he allowed no runs, one hit, with one walk, one strikeout. He failed to get a hold, walking the only batter he faced on Tuesday.

n Derek Eitel — Eitel was the winning pitcher in one start for Mobile. On Tuesday, he went six innings, allowed one run, five hits, with one walk, two strikeouts.

n Ryan Tatusko — Tatusko made two relief appearances Harrisburg. In a combined three innings, he allowed two runs, two hits, with seven walks, two strikeouts.

n Jake Petricka — Petricka made his aforementioned one start for Birmingham.

n Colin Rea — Rea made two appearances, including his first start, for Fort Wayne. In a combined six innings, he allowed one run, three hits, with one walk, three strikeouts. In his start vs. South Bend on Thursday, he had a no decision, going four innings, allowing one run, two hits, with one walk, no strikeouts.

n Jason Van Skike, Blake Drake, Brett Merkley — All three pitchers are listed as active in their respective organizations and have not been assigned to teams as of yet this season.


Through games of Thursday

Position players

Player (Team; Class/Parent club)    AB    R    H    HR    RBI    Avg.

Clint Barmes (Pittsburgh)    90    3    14    2    5    .152

Nevin Ashley (Durham; AAA/Tampa Bay)    46    7    13    1    3    .283

Josh Phegley (Charlotte; AAA/CWS)    108    11    34    1    13    .315

Ryan Strausborger (Frisco; AA/Texas)    115    19    30    2    15    .261

Nick Ciolli (Winston-Salem; A-Adv./CWS)    93    18    25    3    17    .269

Brady Shoemaker (Winston-Salem; A-Adv./CWS)    114    27    38    7    23    .333

Kyle Lafrenz (Clearwater; A-Adv./Phil.)    27    2    5    0    2    .185

Jake Eigsti (Camden; Ind.)    52    5    14    0    10    .269


Pitcher (Team; Class-Parent club)    IP    H    BB    SO    W-L    Sv    ERA

Joe Thatcher (San Diego)    7.2    4    4    8    0-0    0    3.52

Brian Omogrosso (Charlotte; AAA/CWS)    15.2    19    6    19    0-0    0    5.74

Matt Zaleski (Charlotte; AAA/CWS)    22.2    19    10    12    1-1    0    4.37

Derek Eitel (Mobile; AA/Arizona)    34.0    38    14    17    3-2    0    3.44

Mitch Stetter (Huntsville; AA/Milwaukee)    5.0    5    3    6    0-0    0    5.40

Ryan Tatusko (Harrisburg; AA/Washington)    6.2    4    9    7    0-1    0    5.40

Jake Petricka (Winston-Salem/A-Adv./CWS)    29.0    30    19    30    2-4    0    5.59

Colin Rea (Ft. Wayne; A/San Diego)    20.1    21    9    20    0-3    0    4.43

Dennis Clark can be reached at and followed on Twitter @TribStarDennis.

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