*** Montreal Expos Minor League Report - April 26th *** From The Sports Network
EDMONTON TRAPPERS - The Trappers couldn't be happier with the way things have gone of late, as they are winners of three of their last four contests. Edmonton posted an impressive 8-3 victory against Tacoma on Sunday and is now tied with Salt Lake for the lead in the Pacific Coast League's North Division standings with a mark of 11-7. Outfielder Ryan Church was held without a hit in the team's win on Sunday, but still managed to post a pair of sacrifice flies. Church is among the league leaders in the PCL with his batting average of .412 and ranks second on the Trappers with 12 RBI. Veteran catcher Randy Knorr is also batting .412 on the year and has 12 RBI to his credit, while outfielder Val Pasucci is hitting a blistering .579 over the last five games with five home runs and 10 RBI.
HARRISBURG SENATORS - Outfielder Rich Lane hit safely in his 10th straight game and pitcher Luke Lockwood struck out four batters in five innings of work, but it wasn't enough in the Senator's 5-1 loss to Norwich on Sunday. Although Lane has posted only two multi-hit games during the 10-game stretch, he is now hitting a team-best .346 and has a team-high 10 runs to his credit. Lockwood suffered the loss in the team's eighth setback of the season (7-8), dropping him to just 1-3 on the year against Eastern League competition. However, the Harrisburg southpaw still has a 4.22 ERA and has 16 strikeouts and only four walks in 21 1/3 innings of work.
BREVARD COUNTY MANATEES - The Manatees fell back to .500 (9-9) in the Florida State League standings following a 2-1 loss to St. Lucie yesterday in 11 innings. Pitcher Ryan Douglass gave up the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th and was saddled with his first defeat of the year (1-1). It marked just the first earned run scored on Douglass this season in 8 2/3 innings. Shortstop Alejandro Machado went 2-for-5 in the loss and is hitting .350 in his last five games, with four runs scored. Catcher Ben Margalski on the other hand, continues to struggle at the plate and is 0-for-11 in his last three games. His batting average has dropped to a meager .161 on the season and his slugging percentage sits at a disappointing .194.
SAVANNAH SAND GNATS - The Sand Gnats recorded their third win in their last four contests after registering a 3-2 victory against Hagerstown on Sunday. Savannah is now 8-9 on the season and 4 1/2 games behind Capital City in the South Atlantic League's Southern Division standings. Outfielder Rogearvin Bernadina had gone hitless in five straight games, but broke out of his slump with a 2-for-4 performance on Sunday. Bernadina isn't the only struggling player on this squad of late, as the Sand Gnats have batted just .199 as a team over the past 10 games. Pitching prospect Clint Everts (1-0, 3.60 ERA) continues to improve with each outing and has already struck out 22 batters this season in 20 innings of work.