11 July 2007
Who’s hot on the Mariners
By Matt Rice
GateHouse News Service
Wed Jul 11, 2007, 09:20 AM EDT
Steve Strausbaugh- Second on the team in average (.276), Strausbaugh has started all but one of the Mariners 22 games in the outfield. Despite having his three-game hitting streak broken on Monday, the Harwich right fielder went 5-15 (.333), with four RBI. He also had arguably the biggest hit of the week with a base hit in the bottom of the ninth to drive in the winning run as the Mariners defeated Falmouth 4-3 on Sunday. He currently leads the team with 13 RBI and is second with 21 hits.
Cole Figueroa- Few other batters have been as consistently hot as Figueroa this summer. After starting the season over .400, he’s currently fifth in the league with a .324 average, good for third in the East, and leads the team in hits (22), walks (13), slugging percentage (.412) and on-base percentage (.432). During the team’s 9-4 pounding of Bourne last Thursday, Figueroa went 2-for-four with two doubles and three RBI.
Kyle Day- Day scored the winning run during Sunday nights 4-3 win over Falmouth. He walked to start the inning, then stole second to get in scoring position, setting up Steve Strausbaugh, who came through with the game winning hit. He also walked and scored in the Mariners three run seventh inning and crushed a triple earlier in the game.
He’s currently batting .253, with a team high 29 total bases, and is third on the team with 19 base hits.
Corey Young- During the Mariners 1-0 win over Wareham on Friday, Young pitched seven-plus strong innings, giving up only five hits while striking out four and walking only one.
Young is currently 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA in three starts. His four earned runs allowed this season is tied for first among Mariner starters with more than two starts.
The Shrewsbury, New Jersey native has struck out 13 batters while walking only four.
Dan Hudson- With four starts under his belt already, Hudson is carrying a 2.82 ERA with 29 strikeouts, good for fifth in the league.
In his last start, last Thursday against Bourne, Hudson went seven innings giving up three hits and only one earned run while earning his second win of the season.
In more than 22 innings pitched so far, Hudson has allowed 14 hits.
He’s scheduled to pitch against the Braves again on Thursday.
Evan Crawford- Arguably the best reliever in the league, Crawford picked up his second save of the season with a perfect outing against Bourne on Friday. Crawford pitched the end of the eighth inning and the entire ninth, combining with starter Corey Young for the shutout of the top team in the West.
Crawford is among the league leaders with a .56 ERA in 16 innings pitched. He’s given up only one earned run on five hits in his eight appearances. He’s also struck out 24 batters while walking seven.