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Mr. Perfect Game Germano selected IL Player of the Week

 

Justin Germano (photo by Herm Card)

Columbus Clippers pitcher Justin Germano has been selected as the International League’s Pitcher of the Week for the period of July 25-31.

Germano’s award gives Columbus six on the season, tied with Gwinnett for the most IL.

Last Tuesday, Clippers right-hander Justin Germano accomplished something just four other pitchers have done in the IL which is 128 years old. He retired all 27 batters he faced to record a 9-inning perfect game, the first-ever for a member of the Columbus Clippers. He needed just 95 pitches to dispose of the Syracuse lineup, recording seven strikeouts in a 3-0 shutout.

The no-hitter is the bright spot in an otherwise up-and-down season for the journeyman pitcher.

After starting the season with Cleveland, Germano accepted an assignment to Columbus in May, but struggled in the bullpen. In early July he was moved to the starting rotation with mixed results.

Germano, who will be 29 on August 6, was originally drafted by San Diego in 2000. He has pitched for the Padres, Reds and Indians.

He is a native of Pasadena, California.

 

Info courtesy of the Columbus Clippers & the International League

Charlotte’s Zaleski IL Player of the Week

Matt Zaleski (courtesy of Charlotte Knights)

The International League has selected Charlotte pitcher Matt Zaleski as the Pitcher of the Week for the period July 4-10.

He has won the award previously in his career, June 14-20, 2010 with the Knights.

Zaleski, a right-hander, won a pair of games for the Knights during the week without allowing a run. He was a winner in front of his home town fans on Independence Day, tossing a season-high 7.1 scoreless innings while scattering three hits and a walk and striking out five as Charlotte rolled to a 9-0 win over the Tides.

Then on Saturday at Gwinnett, he pitched 7-inning, complete game shutout, holding the Braves in check allowing two hits, a walk and striking out four.

The week allowed Zaleski to drop his ERA by more than two full runs. His 14.1 innings pitched led the league for the week.

The 29-year-old is in his eight season in pro ball, and third in Triple-A with the Knights. Last season, spent entirely with Charlotte, Zaleski went 7-8 with a 5.17 ERA. He began the 2011 campaign in Double-A before being promoted in mid-May. Zaleski is a native of Arlington Heights, Illinois.

 

Info courtesy of the International League

 

Clippers’ Chisenhall named IL Batter of the Week

 

Lonnie Chisenhall (file photo)

The International League has announced that Columbus Clippers 3B Lonnie Chisenhall has been chosen as the league’s Batter of the Week for the period from June 20-26.

At the start of last week, Chisenhall was on the disabled list recovering from a concussion. By the end of the week, he was back in action and had accumulated a League-best 14 RBI’s.

He wasted no time proving he was healthy after being activated for Wednesday’s game in Toledo.

In his first game back, Chisenhall banged out four hits (missing the cycle by a double) and driving in six runs. His three-run blast in the 8th inning put Columbus ahead for good in a 13-7 win.

Chisenhall kept on going on Thursday, he drove in two more runs despite going hitless, then back at home in Huntington Park on Friday, he hit a 1st-inning grand slam on his way to a 5-RBI night against Gwinnett. He added another RBI Sunday to give him 14 for the week.

The 22-year-old is in his first season at the Triple-A level. He was an Eastern League All-Star in 2010 with Double-A Akron. Chisenhall is a native of Morehead City, North Carolina.

For the season, he is hitting .265 in 65 games, with 67 hits, 44 runs scored, 14 doubles, 44 RBI’s.

His big week allowed a promotion to the parent Cleveland Indians as their starting third baseman.

 

Info courtesy of the International League & the Columbus Clippers

Durham’s Guyer named IL Batter of the Week

Brandon Guyer (courtesy of Durham Bulls)

The International League selected Durham outfielder Brandon Guyer as their Batter of the Week for the period from June 13-19.

Guyer is the fourth member of the Bulls to win an IL weekly award this season (Alexander Torres, April 11-17; Justin Ruggiano, May 2-8; Felipe Lopez, May 16-22.

Guyer didn’t dominate any one category during the week, but he had very solid numbers in all stat categories to help the Bulls stay in the lead in the IL South Division.

In six games during the week, Guyer hit .409 with a double, triple and home run, 7 RBI’s (3rd in IL), six runs scored (Tied-1st), and a pair of stolen bases (Tied-2nd).

Guyer produced two three-hit games during the week, including a 3-for-5, 4-RBI, 3-run effort at Gwinnett.

Guyer has been one of the League’s best hitters this season, with the proof being his .323 average (5th in the IL), .540 slugging percentage (4th), and 47 runs scored (Tied-4th).

Guyer, 25, was the Chicago Cubs Minor League Player of the Year in 2010 with Double-A Tennessee. The Southern League All-Star was traded to Tampa Bay in the offseason as part of the trade involving Matt Garza.

Guyer is a native of West Chester, Pennsylvania.

 

Info courtesy of the International League

 

 

 

 

Espino and Canizares earn IL Players of the Week

The International League has selected Gwinnett designated hitter Barbaro Canizares and Columbus pitcher Paolo Espino have been named the League’s Batter and Pitcher of the Week for the period of August 9-15. The award represents the second career IL Batter of the Week Award for Canizares (April 3-13, 2008) and the fourth weekly award for the G-Braves this season (Chris Resop: May 10-16, Matt Young: June 21-27, and Todd Redmond: June 28-July 4). Espino’s honor is the third for Columbus in 2010 (Carlos Santana: April 8-11 and Jordan Brown: May 24-30.

Today we’ll highlight the week for IL pitcher of the week, Paolo Espino of the Columbus Clippers.

Paolo Espino Clippers (MiLB)

Making just the third start at the Triple-A level, Columbus right-hander Paolo Espino made a tremendous impact on the race in the IL West this past week.

He pitched for the Clippers on Saturday against Louisville with the Clippers holding a slim 1/2 game lead in the division. Espino outdueled Bats leftys Travis Wood and Matt Maloney, both of whom have seen action in the Major Leagues this season with the parent club, the Cincinnati Reds.

Espino pitched seven scoreless innings, surrendering just three hits and two walks while striking out eight as the Clippers won a hard fought 1-0 game. The eight strikeouts were a season-high for Espino, who was 9-4 with a 4.00 ERA at Double-A Akron before earning the promotion to Columbus earlier in the month.

Espino, who is 23, is in his fourth season of professional baseball after being selected by the Indians in the 10th round of the 2006 draft. Prior to this season, Espino had pitched just 3.0 innings above the Class-A level. Espino is a native of Panama City, Panama.

So far with Columbus, he is 1-1 in three starts with a 2.75 ERA in 19.2 innings, with 5 walks and 14 strikeouts.

On Tuesday we’ll take a look at the week that IL batter of the week Barbaro Canizares had for the Gwinnett Braves.

Info courtesy of the International League