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Dayton Dragons receive Reds 2nd round draft pick Ryan LaMarre

Info courtesy of Dayton Dragons

Outfielder Ryan LaMarre has been added to the Dayton Dragons roster after being selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the second round of the June 2010 draft. He will wear uniform number 14.

The Dragons roster remains at the Midwest League limit of 25 players.

LaMarre (la-Mar) played college baseball for three seasons (2008-10) at the University of Michigan. In 2010, he was selected to the All-Big Ten First Team and All-Big Ten Tournament team. He was honored with the Bill Freehan Award as the Wolverines’ top hitter. He was selected All-Big Ten Second Team in 2009.

Ryan LaMarre Dayton Dragons (michigan photo)

As a junior in 2010, LaMarre batted .419, the sixth highest mark in school history. He added nine doubles, nine triples, five home runs, and 40 runs batted in. He started 35 games including 27 in left field, six in center field and two in right field. He missed 18 early games in the season due to an injury.

As a sophomore in 2009, he led Michigan with a .344 batting average while belting 12 home runs and driving in 62 runs.

Clippers roll past Tides 11-0 with 18-hit attack, shutout pitching wins Norfolk series

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE

International League Umpires converse before game (megasportsnews.com)

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The 18-hit attack featuring three homers and a combined four hit shutout pitching performance from Jeanmar Gomez and Carlton Smith carried Columbus to an easy 11-0 win over the Norfolk Tides as the Clippers closed out the four game series, winning three games.

Jared Goedert, recently called up from Akron and hitting .400, homered in the second inning to left field to open the scoring at 2-0 in favor of the Clippers. Goedert had three hits in five at bats and also started an unusual 5-6-4-3 double play late in the game as Columbus cruised to its 400th victory of the year.

Jeanmar Gomez (MiLB)

Columbus increased its lead to 4-0 after five innings. In the fifth, Nick Weglarz and Michael Brantley had RBI hits. Brantley, hitting in his usual leadoff role, had three hits for the game.

Righthander Jeanmar Gomez, who is now 4-7 on the season, pitched seven innings, gave up only three hits and no walks and fanned six Tides hitters. Carlton Smith pitched the final two innings in closing out Norfolk.

Catcher Chris Gimenez was impressed with Gomez, “He had great command, repeated his delivery and was very aggressive. Those are the keys to having success. Sometimes a young pitcher will be nervous and allow things to undo him on the mound. Not Jeanmar. He also had a pretty good slider throughout the day.”

Columbus completed its scoring with two runs in the seventh and five more tallies in the eighth. A two-run homer by Columbus second baseman Josh Rodriguez off Cla Meredith pushed the lead to 6-0 and in the eighth, sparked by Chris Gimenez’s three run shot into the left field seats, Columbus made the final margin 11-0.

Carlton Smith (MiLB)

Columbus 40-27 to this point in the season, will open a road trip Thursday June 17th to Pawtucket and Rochester. The Clippers will return home Friday June 25th against the Gwinnett Braves.

GAME NOTES

* Ohio State grad Matt Angle went 0 for 4 for Norfolk dropping his average to .237.

* Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh is now five wins away from 500 managing wins in his career.

* Norfolk hitting coach Richie Hebner played for the Columbus Jets in 1968 as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.

* Norfolk pitching coach Mike Griffin was a former member of the Columbus Clippers.

* The pitching win for Jeanmar G

Huntington Park grounds crew working (megasportsnews.com)

omez was his first since May 29th against Lehigh Valley.

* Pawtucket field manager Torey Lovullo is the former Clippers manager in 2009 and a former member of the 1992 Columbus International League Governors Cup champs.

Clippers Baseball Press Box (megasportsnews.com)

Dayton Dragons Andrew Means out with broken finger

Info courtesy of Dayton Dragons

Dayton Dragons center fielder Andrew Means suffered a broken right index finger in a game against the Beloit Snappers and will be out indefinitely. Means was struck on the finger as he attempted to bunt and left the game.

Andrew Means (miLB)

Means is batting .282 for the Dragons in 2010, highest among all Dayton players with at least 125 at-bats. He leads the team in stolen bases with 12 and has 13 RBIs.

Means, an outstanding defensive center fielder, leads all Midwest League outfielders in putouts this season despite the fact that he has played the outfield in just 47 of the Dragons 59 games and has played center field in only 39 of the 59.

Norfolk Tides shut down Clippers offense; wins 6-3

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE

POSTGAME INTERVIEW WITH FORMER OHIO STATE BASEBALL STAR AND CURRENT NORFOLK TIDES CENTERFIELDER MATT ANGLE (To listen to an audio file, click on the link)

45 149 Matt Angle Norfolk CF Part 1 Back to Columbus, Orioles Plans for him (megasportsnews.com)

45 150 Matt Angle Norfolk Part 2 Drafted 3 years ago, Arizona Fall League, OSU days (megasportsnews.com)

Monday night's starting lineups (megasportsnews.com)

COLUMBUS, OHIO — Monday night was “614 Magazine Night” at Huntington Park. Plus, there were several fans in attendance to see Matt Angle, a native of Whitehall and a former Ohio State Buckeye baseball star whose has risen rather quickly in the Orioles system. Angle was drafted in 2007.

Clippers fans ended up disappointed and the Angle fans were happy as Matt played a solid game going 1 for 4 with a walk in the leadoff spot for Norfolk. And he came up with the defensive play of the game on Clippers third baseman Jared Goedert, who has shown a display of power-hitting since being promoted Double-A Akron.

The Clippers were down 3-2 when Goedert drove the baseball toward the wall in deep center.

Matt Angle, playing centerfield for Norfolk, robbed Goedert of a possible two-run double  with a sensational catch up against the center-field wall in the fourth inning. That play seemed to take the wind out of the sails for the Clippers.

The Clippers not only had to worry about the Norfolk defense, but the Tides received a solid pitching performance from starting pitcher Armando Gabino(4-0) en route to a 6-3 win over Columbus before a crowd of 9,059.

The Clippers offense, one of the better ones in the International League, went 1 for 14 with runners in scoring position. The usual clutch hitting was not available last night.

Losing pitcher for Columbus was Carlos Carrasco (5-3). Carrasco put up another quality start but had trouble getting Norfolk Tides third baseman Josh Bell out. Bell homered, doubled and drove in two runs to lead his club.

Armando Gambino of Norfolk is imposing at 6'3 250 on mound (megasportsnews.com)

GAME NOTES

* Norfolk is the Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. And more than a few fans at Huntington Park made the comment that the tides have better talent than the parent team and some those players should be in the majors.

* Norfolk is 29-37, 11.5 games behind Durham in the IL South. They’re 11-20 on the road, and 5-5 in the last 10 games.

* Norfolk usually gives the Clippers fits. In 2009, the Tides were 7-1 against Columbus.

* Tides reliever Ross Wolf has lowered his ERA to 2.17 for the season. Wolf has not allowed a run in any of his seven appearances in June, as he’s allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out four in 8.2 innings over that stretch. 18 of his 24 games this season have been scoreless.

Columbus area native Matt Angle of Norfolk (megasportsnews.com)

* Tides outfielder Matt Angle was selected by the Orioles in the 7th round of the 2007 draft out of Ohio State University. Angle led the 2007 Buckeyes with a .366 average, 53 runs, 27 walks, 22 stolen bases and four triples in 59 games, and was a First-Team and Second-team All-Mideast Region pick as a sophomore (2006) and a Third Team All-Big Ten pick as a junior (2007).

* Columbus manager Mike Sarbaugh is just six games away from his 500th win (494-347 .587 all-time in the regular season).

* The Clippers are 39-27 and lead the IL West by  1.5 games over Toledo who is 37-28.

Michael Brantley of Columbus at bat (megasportsnews.com)

CLIPPERS UPDATE: Saturday and Sunday results

Info courtesy of Columbus Clippers

Staff writer Dan Hock also contributed to this story

SATURDAY

The Columbus Clippers defeated the Norfolk Tides, 6-2 on Saturday night in Huntington Park before 10,100 faithful fans to open a four game series. The two teams battled not only each other but a 46-minute rain delay halting play in the home half of the fifth inning.

Michael Aubrey Orioles (mlb)

The Clippers trailed 2-0 prior to the rain delay as Michael Aubrey, in his return to Huntington Park, hit his fourth homer run of the season in the top of the third inning off starter Josh Tomlin. Blake Davis followed Aubrey’s homer in the third with one of his own, his second of the season.

Once play resumed in the bottom of five, the Clippers started pounding the ball and took control of the game.

SUNDAY

Lou Marson up until a few days ago was playing for the Cleveland Indians. Now he is 140 miles south down Interstate-71 playing for the Triple-A affiliate Columbus Clippers and making the most of his opportunities.

On Sunday, he broke a perfect game in the sixth inning with a home run and helped the Clippers to a 10-inning, 5-4 win over the Norfolk Tides, the Baltimore Orioles Triple-A affiliate.

Marson had heard all season that Indians top prospect Carlos Santana was going to be called up at anytime. It would not have made a difference if he was hitting .190 or .490, the move was going to be made.

The Clippers were trailing 3-0 against Tides starter Brandon Erbe having retired all 15 batters he had faced. In that sixth inning, Marson had seen enough of three-up-and-three-down as he turned on a 1-1 pitch and belted a homer to the left field bleachers and the comeback was heating up.

Matt LaPorta (mlb)

Matt LaPorta, another recently demoted player, has been on a hot streak since coming from Cleveland on June 8. He delivered the game-winning hit in the bottom of the 10th inning to drive home Jose Constanza and the comeback was complete.

GAME NOTES

* Bobby Dickerson, who had been serving as Baltimore Orioles Minor League Coordinator and Latin American Field Coordinator has been named interim manager of the Norfolk Tides, replacing Gary Allenson who was chosen to be third base coach for the Baltimore Orioles when Dave Trembley was fired June 3rd.

Juan Samuel, third base coach under Trembley, was named interim manager.

The 44-year-old Dickerson has a managerial record of 525-462 and most recently was field manager of the Iowa Cubs, top farm team for the Chicago Cubs in 2009. He had a record of 72-72 at Iowa.

As a player, Dickerson was drafted by the Yankees in the 232nd round of the 1987 amateur draft and played seven seasons in the minors with the Yankees and Orioles.

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