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”
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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.
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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.
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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
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
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