*** Arizona Diamondbacks Minor League Report - April 26th *** From The Sports Network
TUCSON SIDEWINDERS - Despite losing two of three games over the weekend, the Sidewinders are still in first place in the Pacific Coast League's South Division. Tucson split its four-game set with Portland last week, and opened its current four-game series with Fresno by splitting the first two games. Starting pitcher Phil Stockman was touched for five runs (four earned) on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings of work on Sunday, but OF Luis Terrero's two-home run, four-RBI game helped the team post an 8-7 come-from-behind victory. Catcher Juan Brito added a pair of RBI, but it was the Terrero show, as he has now hit safely in nine straight games, raising his season batting average to a lofty .433 (second in the league). In Saturday's 10-4 loss to the Grizzlies, starter Jim Parque was hammered for eight runs on 11 hits in only four innings of work, raising his ERA to 8.64. It was a far cry from the pitching effort turned in by four Sidewinders in Friday's 1-0 loss to Portland, as the Beavers managed just two hits and the one run.
EL PASO DIABLOS - The Diablos have won just two of their last eight games, and are coming off a series in which they dropped three of four at San Antonio. As a result, El Paso is now a dismal 5-13 on the year and in the basement of the Texas League's West Division. Despite the team's struggles, OF Noochie Varner has played exceptionally well, hitting .412 with one home run and nine RBI. He has hit safely in seven of his last eight games, which includes five multi-hit efforts. Sunday's starting pitcher, Adriano Rosario, turned in a magnificent performance in allowing just two hits and no runs while striking out 12 in seven innings of work. Unfortunately, Doug Slaten couldn't keep it going as he allowed three runs in just 1/3 of an inning to suffer his first loss of the season. Rosario was named the Texas League's Pitcher of the Week for the period ending April 25th, as he went 1-0 in two starts, allowing just two earned runs and seven hits while striking out 20 in 14 1/3 innings of work.
LANCASTER JETHAWKS - The good feelings of the JetHawks' seven-game win streak went by the wayside this past weekend as the team suffered three straight losses at Inland Empire. Their recent woes come on the heels of four consecutive wins over the 66ers. As it stands, Lancaster is now 11-6 on the year and tied with Inland Empire for first place in the California League's South Division standings. Although he is hitting a robust .415 on the year (second-best in the league), C Phil Avlas has just one hit in his last 10 at- bats. In fact, since starting the season 9-for-12, Avlas has just seven hits in his last 28 at-bats.
SOUTH BEND SILVER HAWKS - Winners of their last four games, the Silver Hawks have put some serious distance between themselves and the rest of the Midwest League's Eastern Division, as they currently sit five games ahead of second- place Lansing. The team's 14-3 record in far and away the best mark in the 14- team league, as Western Division leaders Cedar Rapids and Kane County are both 10-7. Outfielder Lino Garcia continues to light up opposing pitching, as he is hitting a solid .364 on the year. He is coming off a 4-for-4, three-RBI performance in Sunday's 8-3 win over Lansing. He had just one RBI coming into the contest. He has hit safely in five straight games, going 8-for-15 during the streak. Edgar Varela has been a solid player for South Bend as well, and he has five hits in his last 11 at-bats, raising his season batting average to .323. Starting pitcher Matt Chico has been rock-solid this season, going 4-0 with a 1.17 ERA. In fact, South Bend starters have been red-hot of late, yielding just six earned runs in the last six games.