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For the second time this year (Scranton's Cole Hamels, April 24-30), the IL Pitcher-of-the-Week has won the honor is his very first week at the Triple-A level. Norfolk’s EVAN MACLANE was 3-1 with a 4.64 ERA with Double-A Binghamton when he was recalled to the Tides to start on May 8. His Triple-A debut in Toledo was a three-hit gem, as he turned in 7.0 strong innings. He allowed only one earned run, a solo homer by Ryan Raburn, and collected four strikeouts and one walk as the Tides won 6-4. MacLane had clearly earned a second start, which he was given Saturday evening against the Clippers. The second time around MacLane was even more dominant, shutting out Columbus for 7.0 innings. He scattered four hits in an otherwise flawless performance that included 12 strikeouts and not a single walk. MacLane was the winner of his first two games in Triple-A Baseball, a much needed boost for his Tides club (12-25, 4th in IL South).
Evan MacLane was a 25th round draft pick by the Mets in 2003 out of Feather River Community College in California. The 23-year-old entered the 2006 campaign with a career Minor League record of 26-12 with a 2.97 ERA in 69 games, only nine of which came above the Class-A level. MacLane made nine starts in Double-A Binghamton following a late-July promotion, going 3-2 with a 4.14 ERA and 48 strikeouts.
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