2001 News and Notes



12/20/01: Mexican Pacific League Homerun Tracker-- Kit Pellow (16).

12/7/01: Eric Hinske was traded from Oakland to Toronto along with another minor league player for closer Billy Koch. Eric should get a chance to start every day for Toronto next year!

12/2/01: Mexican Pacific League Homerun Tracker-- Kit Pellow (15). Leads the league in homeruns.

12/1/01: Mexican Pacific League Homerun Tracker-- Kit Pellow (14).

11/29/01: Mexican Pacific League Homerun Tracker-- Kit Pellow (13).

11/27/01: Mexican Pacific League Homerun Tracker-- Kit Pellow (12).

11/24/01: Mexican Pacific League Homerun Tracker-- Kit Pellow (11).

11/19/01: Kevin Vent was transferred from San Jose (A) to Fresno (AAA).

11/19/01: Joe Jester was transferred from Shreveport (AA) to Fresno (AAA).

11/18/01: Team USA lost to Cuba 5-3 in the final of the 2001 World Cup. The loss means Team USA won the Silver Medal. Matt Erickson lead the team in batting with a .455 average.

11/17/01: Phoenix (Eric Hinske) beat Grand Canyon (Joe Jester) 12-8 to win the Arizona Fall League Championship. Jester was 1-3 with a two run homerun. Hinske was 1-3 with two walks.

11/16/01: Mexican Pacific League Homerun Tracker-- Kit Pellow (10).

11/14/01: Arizona Fall League Homerun Tracker-- Eric Hinske (8).

11/14/01: Mexican Pacific League Homerun Tracker-- Kit Pellow 2 (8, 9).

11/13/01: Arizona Fall League Homerun Tracker-- Eric Hinske (7).

11/13/01: Eric Hinske was 3-5 with four runs, four RBI, a triple (1) and a homerun.

11/12/01: Arizona Fall League Homerun Tracker-- Eric Hinske (6).

11/11/01: Mexican Pacific League Homerun Tracker-- Kit Pellow (7).

11/7/01: Mexican Pacific League Homerun Tracker-- Kit Pellow (6).

11/6/01: Arizona Fall League Homerun Tracker-- Eric Hinske (5).

11/1/01: Arizona Fall League Homerun Tracker-- Joe Jester (1).

10/31/01: Arizona Fall League Homerun Tracker-- Eric Hinske (4).

10/30/01: Mexican Pacific League Homerun Tracker-- Kit Pellow (5).

10/28/01: Mexican Pacific League Homerun Tracker-- Kit Pellow (4).

10/27/01: Matt Erickson is among 24 players that will represent the US at the 2001 World Cup in Taipei, Taiwan on November 6-18.

10/25/01: Scott Pose and Bubba Carpenter both became free agents at the end of this past season.

10/24/01: Mexican Pacific League Homerun Tracker-- Kit Pellow (3).

10/20/01: Mexican Pacific League Homerun Tracker-- Kit Pellow (2).

10/16/01: Mexican Pacific League Homerun Tracker-- Kit Pellow (1).

10/16/01: Ryan Lundquist was transferred from Mudville (AA) to Louisville (AAA).

10/14/01: Kit Pellow is playing for Culiacan Tomato Growers of the Mexican Pacific League this winter.

10/8/01: Arizona Fall League Homerun Tracker-- Eric Hinske (2). Eric was 4-4, with four runs, four RBI, and two doubles.

10/6/01: Arizona Fall League Homerun Tracker-- Eric Hinske (1).

10/2/01: The Arizona Fall League begins. Joe Jester is playing for the Grand Canyon Rafters and Eric Hinske is playing for the Phoenix Desert Dogs.

9/7/01: Playoff Homerun Tracker-- Eric Hinske (1).

9/6/01: Playoff Homerun Tracker-- Ryan Lundquist (1).

9/2/01: Homerun Tracker-- Kit Pellow (20).

9/2/01: NEW HAVEN (EAST) RHP Jimmy Journell pitched a no-hitter in his first-career Class AA start as the Ravens snapped their nine-game losing streak with a 3-0 victory over Bowie in the first game of a doubleheader. Journell fanned six and issued three walks but faced the minimum 21 batters, completing the Eastern League's fifth no-hitter this season. The 23-year-old Journell, who was a fourth-round pick by the Cardinals in the 1999 draft, was 14-6 with a 2.50 ERA in 26 starts and had won his last 11 decisions for Potomac of the Class A Carolina League before his promotion on August 31. New Haven completed the sweep with a 1-0 blanking in the nightcap. Led by the combined efforts of RHP Lance Franks and RHP Mike Crudale, plus SS Jason Bowers second homer in as many games, the Ravens won back-to-back games for the first time since they put together a three-game streak, August 8-11.

8/30/01: Homerun Tracker-- Brian Kirby (2).

8/29/01: Homerun Tracker-- Ryan Lundquist (14).

8/29/01: Lance Franks was activated from the DL.

8/28/01: Homerun Tracker-- Brian Kirby (1).

8/25/01: Homerun Tracker-- Eric Hinske GS (25).

8/23/01: Rodney Nye was placed on the DL with a right hamstring.

8/21/01: Homerun Tracker-- Eric Hinske (24), Matt Erickson (2).

8/19/01: Homerun Tracker-- Kit Pellow 2 (19), Joe Jester (6).

8/19/01: OMAHA (PCL) 1B Kit Pellow homered twice, including a game-winning shot in the bottom of the 12th inning, as the Golden Spikes defeated Memphis, 5-4. Pellow, who went 4-for-6, drilled his 18th longball of the season leading off the eighth inning, cutting Omaha's deficit to 4-3. 3B Alejandro Prieto followed three batters later with the game-tying blast. In the 12th, he smacked a shot off of RHP Mike James that cleared the left field fence with one out.

8/19/01: News Story: Former Hog hitting it off in minors (Nye)

8/18/01: Homerun Tracker-- Eric Hinske (23).

8/17/01: Homerun Tracker-- Ryan Lundquist (13).

8/16/01: Homerun Tracker-- Bubba Carpenter (1).

8/16/01: The rosters were announced for the Arizona Fall League. Joe Jester will be playing for the Grand Canyon Rafters, while Eric Hinske will be playing for the Phoenix Desert Dogs.

8/13/01: Eric Hinske was named the Pacific Coast League player of the week. He was also the Hogs in the Minors Player of the Week.

8/13/01: Homerun Tracker-- Matt Erickson (1).

8/12/01: SACRAMENTO (PCL) 3B Eric Hinske extended his RBI streak to eight games after he plated four runs in the RiverCats' 8-6 victory at Las Vegas. After clubbing a first-inning grand slam, Hinske, who finished with three hits, has now knocked in 17 runs over his last eight contests. 2B Mark Bellhorn, who slugged a pair of homers in a 16-14 loss to the 51s on Saturday, lofted a solo homer in the eighth, giving him at least one homer in each of his last three games.

8/12/01: Homerun Tracker-- Eric Hinske (22).

8/12/01: Wes McCrotty earned his first professional win by beating Mahoning Valley 13-3.

8/9/01: SACRAMENTO (PCL) 3B Eric Hinske homered in his third consecutive game as the RiverCats suffered a 6-2 loss to Nashville. Hinske smacked a two-run shot, his team-leading 21st of the season, in the top of the fourth inning to give Sacramento a 2-0 lead. Over his last five games, the 24-year-old has hit four longballs and collected nine RBI.

8/9/01: Homerun Tracker-- Eric Hinske (21), Joe Jester (4).

8/9/01: Mike Oquist was placed on the DL with a partial tendon tear and a mild ligament sprain in his pitching elbow.

8/8/01: Matt Carnes was placed on the DL with an elbow injury.

8/8/01: Homerun Tracker-- Eric Hinske (20).

8/8/01: News Story: The Newest Knuckleballer...News Story: Ask the Ravens!: Lance Franks

8/7/01: Homerun Tracker-- Eric Hinske (19).

8/6/01: Ryan Lundquist was selected as the California League Player of the Week. He was also the Hogs in the Minors Player of the Week.

8/6/01: News Story: Birthday boy has grand celebration

8/5/01: Homerun Tracker-- Eric Hinske GS (18).

8/5/01: News Story: Erickson fundamentally in line for majors

8/4/01: News Story: Former Hogs face off as Travs run over Swamp Dragons (Joe Jester/Jason Stephens)

8/4/01: News Story: View From the Hill: Bohannan riding high as Baron, with eye on majors

8/2/01: Mike Moriarity earned his first professional victory by beating Springfield.

8/2/01: Lance Franks was placed on the Disabled List.

7/31/01: Ryan Lundquist was 3-4 with a double, a homerun, two walks, two runs batted in, and five runs scored in a 15-2 victory.

7/31/01: Homerun Tracker-- Ryan Lundquist (12).

7/30/01: Joe Jester was 4-5 with two doubles, a homerun, three runs scored, and three RBI in a game Shreveport lost 10-8 to Tulsa.

7/30/01: Homerun Tracker-- Joe Jester (3).

7/29/01: Homerun Tracker-- Eric Hinske (17), Kit Pellow (17), Greg Blum (3).

7/27/01: Homerun Tracker-- Mark Burnett (5).

7/27/01: Dan Wright made his major league debut, pitching three innings against the Boston Red Sox. He gave up three hits and one run, walked one and struck out one. Story

7/26/01: News Story: ChiSox pick up Dan Wright, fans in Batesville

7/26/01: Dan Wright has been called up to the White Sox for this weekend.

7/26/01: Homerun Tracker-- Eric Hinske 2 (16).

7/26/01: Eric Hinske was 2-3 with two homeruns and three RBI in an 8-6 win over Memphis.

7/24/01: Homerun Tracker-- Joe Jester (2), Greg Blum (2).

7/24/01: Les Lancaster has placed himself on the DL with back problems. Lancaster's pelvis is tipped forward, and he is wearing a knee brace to help it move back to its normal position.

7/24/01: Joe Jester was 3-5 with two doubles, one homerun, and four RBI in a 14-7 win at Arkansas.

7/24/01: News Story: Jester makes most of return to Ray Winder.

7/23/01: Homerun Tracker-- Kit Pellow (16), Joe Jester (1).

7/20/01: Brian Kirby was promoted from Burlington (R) to Mahoning Valley (A).

7/19/01: Bubba Carpenter was demoted from Colorado Springs (AAA) to Carolina (AA) of the Southern League.

7/18/01: Homerun Tracker-- Brian Kirby (4).

7/18/01: Brian Kirby was 3-4 with a double, a homerun, one RBI, and four runs scored in a 16-4 victory.

7/16/01: Joe Jester was promoted from San Jose (A) to Shreveport (AA).

7/16/01: Homerun Tracker-- Eric Hinske 2 (14).

7/16/01: Eric Hinske was 3-4 with two runs scored, two homeruns, a double and four RBI in an 8-5 loss to Omaha.

7/16/01: BIRMINGHAM (SOU) RHP Dan Wright did not allow a run for the second straight start after throwing eight scoreless innings to lead the Barons past Mobile, 6-0. Wright, who spun seven shutout innings in a 5-0 win against West Tenn on July 9, scattered four hits over eight frames, including the third inning in which he struck out the side. For the game, the 23-year-old right-hander fanned 12 to raise his team-best total to 122, which is also good for second in the league. Wright, a second-round pick of the White Sox in 1999 and rated the fifth-best prospect in the organization in 2000 by Baseball America, has now won his last three starts to improve to 7-6 on the season with a 2.69 ERA. Last night was also his third double-digit strikeout performance in five starts. OF Darron Ingram provided support on offense with four hits, including a double, and an RBI.

7/16/01: CALGARY (PCL) C Ramon Castro and RHP Gary Knotts each drove in three runs as the Cannons took advantage of poor Colorado Springs pitching to score seven times in the first inning en route to an 11-2 victory over the Sky Sox. Castro drove in the second run of the seven-run frame with the fourth of Calgary's five straight hits to start the game. 1B Brian Banks followed Castro's hit with an RBI single, and after a flyout, OF Chad Mottola, 2B Matt Erickson and Knotts each singled consecutively to close the book on Colorado Springs starter RHP Scott Randall. By the time the inning was over, the Cannons sent 12 men to the plate, scoring seven runs and producing eight hits. Castro would leadoff the second with a solo homer before he knocked in his third run with a single off of RHP Andy Larkin. Knotts, who produced a two-run single in the first and an RBI groundout in the sixth, allowed just two runs and five hits over 6 2/3 innings, striking out six and walking a batter. Erickson also had three hits and an RBI for Calgary, which has won four of its last six games. Randall retired only one hitter and was lit up for seven runs and eight hits to suffer his worst loss of the season.

7/15/01: Homerun Tracker-- Ryan Lundquist (11).

7/11/01: Kit Pellow went 0-2 with a groundout and a strikeout in the AAA All-Star game. Kit played the last three innings of the game.

7/11/01: Les Lancaster has been chosen to coach the Lincoln Saltdogs for the rest of the season after the Lincoln Manager, Kash Beauchamp, resigned.

7/9/01: BIRMINGHAM (SOU) RHP Dan Wright spun seven shutout innings to out-duel LHP Steve Smyth and propel the Barons past West Tenn, 5-0. In an event billed as a battle between two pitching prospects with an eventual future in the city of Chicago, Wright took advantage of an early three-run lead by limiting the Diamond Jaxx to five hits while striking out four and walking three. With the win, the University of Arkansas product improved to 4-1 in his last five decisions and 6-6 overall. Wright, a second-round pick of the White Sox in 1999, lowered his team-leading ERA among starters to 2.87 and has now fanned 113 batters in 119 innings. Smyth, considered to be one of the top young hurlers in the Cubs organization, suffered his first loss in nine starts despite giving up three runs and nine hits over 6 1/3 frames. Despite the setback, which dropped his record to 8-3, Smyth has not allowed over three earned runs in any of his last nine appearances.

7/9/01: BINGHAMTON (EAST) RHP Tyler Walker twirled five scoreless innings and C Jason Phillips recorded his second two-homer game in less than a month as the Mets cruised to a 10-3 triumph over visiting Harrisburg. A second-round pick of the Mets in 1997 out of the University California, Walker yielded just one hit and walked four en route to his first win for Binghamton since being promoted from Class A St. Lucie of the Florida State League. Phillips, who slugged a pair of homers in the first game of a doubleheader against Portland on June 23, broke a scoreless deadlock in the bottom of the second inning with a two-run shot off of RHP Scott Mitchell. 3B Rodney Nye followed with a solo blast two batters later, and Phillips put the game away in the seventh with his second two-run homer of the contest.

7/9/01: Homerun Tracker-- Rodney Nye (7).

7/8/01: Homerun Tracker-- Joe Jester (7), Brian Kirby (3).

7/5/01: Homerun Tracker-- Rodney Nye (6).

7/4/01: Ike Pohle has been selected as a Frontier League All-Star.

7/4/01: BIRMINGHAM (SOU) RHP Dan Wright matched his season-high with 10 strikeouts as he and RHP Ed Almonte combined on a seven-hitter to lead the host Barons past Mobile, 2-0. After giving up his third hit of the game with two outs in the second inning, Wright, a second-round pick of the White Sox in 1999, went on to strike out six of the next eight batters he faced. After eight scoreless innings, the 23-year-old Texas native yielded just six hits and did not walk a batter en route to his second win in three starts versus the BayBears this season and a 5-6 record overall. Not only is Wright now second in the Class AA Southern League with 106 strikeouts in 112 innings, but he has also fanned eight or more batters in each of his last five starts. Almonte yielded just a single in the ninth to close out the victory. C Miguel Olivo belted his 10th homer of the season in the seventh inning to give Birmingham a 1-0 lead.

7/3/01: Homerun Tracker-- Ryan Lundquist (10).

7/2/01: Homerun Tracker-- Rodney Nye (5), Joe Jester (6).

6/30/01: Homerun Tracker-- Brian Kirby (2).

6/27/01: Eric Hinske was 2-2 with a homerun (11), 2 RBI, 2 bases on ball, 2 hit by a pitch and 4 runs scored as Sacramento beat Colorado Springs 17-8.

6/24/01: CALGARY (PCL) C Ramon Castro hit a pair of clutch three-run homers, including a tie-breaking blast in the top of the 11th inning, as the Cannons defeated Omaha, 10-7. Castro, who belted a three-run homer in the seventh closing Calgary's deficit to 7-6, snapped a 7-7 tie by crushing his 17th home run of the season with two runners on in the 11th. His six RBI were the highest single-game total of his eight-year career, surpassing the previous mark of five, which he last recorded on June 18, 1999 against the Vancouver Grizzlies. SS Matt Erickson forced extra innings with a game-tying RBI single in the eighth after Omaha's 1B Craig Wilson helped the Golden Spikes race out to a 7-3 lead by driving in six runs with a grand slam and a two-run double.

6/21/01: Kit Pellow was named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star team as a first baseman.

6/21/01: Brian Kirby hit his first professional home run.

6/20/01: Brian Kirby got his first professional hit, a two run double, in his second game. He followed that up with a triple in his next at bat.

6/20/01: Wes McCrotty made his professional debut pitching four relief innings, allowing no hits or runs, walking none and striking out two.

6/20/01: Binghamton third baseman Rodney Nye was 4-4 with 1 double and 3 runs scored in a 9-5 win over Bowie.

6/20/01: JUPITER (FSL) LHP Cliff Lee fanned 10 batters and combined with two other pitchers on a three-hit shutout as the Hammerheads defeated host Sarasota, 4-0. The Arkansas native at one point struck out five in a row and allowed no hits over five innings of starting pitching, but did not factor in the decision. RHP Shane Arthurs allowed three hits over two innings to pick up the win and Julio Perez threw a pair of perfect innings to record the save and combine on the shutout. 2B Josh McKinley drove in a pair of runs for the victors.

6/11/01: Joe Jester has been selected to the California League All-Star Team. The annual California League vs. Carolina League All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday, June 19
at the Hanger in Lancaster, CA

6/10/01: News Story: Major adjustments (Bubba Carpenter)

6/9/01: Ike Pohle was 2-4 with two homeruns and four runs batted in Kalamazoos 9-11 loss to Richmond.

6/6/01: Matt Carnes was activated from the disabled list.

6/6/01: The Florida Marlins drafted Wes McCrotty in the 23rd round (pick #692 overall). The Cleveland Indians drafted Brian Kirby in the 31st round (#937). The Chicago Cubs drafted Charlie Isaacson in the 34th round (#1008).

6/5/01: News Story: Oquist goes for career win No. 100 tonight

6/5/01: The first day of the MLB Amateur draft.

6/4/01: Brad Bohannon was promoted from Winston-Salem (A) to Birmingham (AA).

6/3/01: Story about Dan Wright in the ADG by Rick Fires. Read it Here.

6/2/01: MUDVILLE (CAL) 2B Mark Burnett drove in five runs as the Nines defeated host Visalia, 15-9. Burnett, a Class A Midwest League All Star last season, singled and scored in the first inning, delivered an RBI single in the third and launched a grand slam in the fifth to complete the most productive offensive showing of his professional career. Career high for RBI.

5/31/01: Mike Moriarity and Ike Pohle have been found, playing for the Kalamazoo Kings of the Frontier League. An Independent league.

5/31/01: The New Britain Rock Cats placed pitcher Matt Carnes on the disabled list with appendicitis.

5/28/01: Eric Hinske was 3-4 with a double (5), homerun (8), and three RBI in Sacramentos 7-4 victory over Las Vegas.

5/22/01: Bubba Carpenter was traded from the New York Mets organization back to the Colorado Rockies organization for future considerations. He is currently playing for Colorado Springs.

5/22/01: Eric Hinske went 2-3 with two homeruns (5) and three runs batted in. His first homerun was estimated at 440 feet.

5/22/01: BIRMINGHAM (SOU) RHP Dan Wright spun eight innings of one-run ball and 3B Chris Saunders finished 5-for-5 with a pair of RBI as the Barons pounded Huntsville, 10-1. Wright scattered six hits, struck out five and walked a pair for the win. Saunders had an RBI single in the second frame and doubled home a run in the fourth.

5/19/01: CALGARY (PCL) SS Matt Erickson picked up three singles in four trips to the plate during a 12-2 loss to Tacoma, extending his hitting streak to 21 games. Erickson, a seventh-round pick of the Marlins in 1997, prolonged the minor league's longest current hitting streak by stroking a single to left field with two outs in the bottom of the first. He would later add two more singles to raise his batting average to a season-high .336 (46-137). A product of the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, Erickson was a 1998 Class A Midwest League All Star and entered this season with a career average of .305.

5/19/01: News Story--Matt the Magic Man (Matt Erickson).

5/18/01: CALGARY (PCL) Cannons' SS Matt Erickson went 2-for-3 with an RBI to extend his hitting streak to 20 consecutive games.

5/18/01: News Story--Carpenter's 3 hits leads Tides to 3rd straight win

5/17/01: MUDVILLE (CAL) 1B Eric Welsh hit a pair of home runs and drove in eight runs as the Nine edged host High Desert, 15-11, in 14 innings. Welsh hit a solo homer in the sixth inning, doubled in three runs in the seventh and hit a grand slam in the top of the 14th to give Mudville a five-run lead after OF Ryan Lundquist opened the inning with a solo shot. Welsh eclipsed his former season-high of six RBIs in a game, which he did on April 21 while playing for Chattanooga of the Class AA Southern League. SS Will Hall hit a pair of home runs and had four RBIs for the Mavericks.

5/14/01: CALGARY (PCL) SS Matt Erickson extended his hitting streak to 19 games with a single in three at-bats in the Cannons' 2-1, 10-inning loss to Portland. Erickson, who hit .301 while playing for Florida's Class AA affiliate in Portland last season, is batting .315 through Sunday and has hit safely in 26 of his last 27 games. SS Chris Gomez drove in OF Chad Green with the game-winning run for the Beavers in the bottom of the 10th. Green, who had been mired in an 0-for-36 slump, doubled with two outs in the 10th and came around to score on Gomez' single to right field.

5/13/01: CALGARY (PCL) SS Matt Erickson extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a ninth-inning single during the Cannons' 9-1 triumph at Portland. After going hitless in his first four at-bats, Erickson led off the ninth with a single to right field. He would eventually score on OF Kevin Grijak's grand slam. OF Ryan Thompson, who walked and scored in the ninth, went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and three runs scored, and has now hit safely in his last 15 games for Calgary.

5/12/01: CALGARY (PCL) OF Ryan Thompson went 4-for-5 with a homer and a pair of RBI as the Cannons slipped past Edmonton, 8-7. Thompson, who has now hit safely in his last 14 games, cut into an early four-run deficit in the third inning with a run-scoring single. He would later smack a solo homer with one out in the fifth before hitting a double and scoring the deciding run in the seventh. SS Matt Erickson went 2-for-4 with an RBI to extend his hitting streak to 17 games.

5/12/01: MUDVILLE (CAL) RHP Scott Dunn struck out 12 batters over six scoreless innings in a 4-1 triumph over Lancaster. Dunn, who fanned five of six batters between the fourth and fifth innings, yielded four hits and a pair of walks but did not figure in the decision. A 10th-round pick of the Reds in 1999, Dunn currently leads the California League in strikeouts (55) and ranks seventh in ERA with a 2.50. 3B Ryan Lundquist snapped a scoreless tie with a leadoff homer in the eighth and C Dane Sardinha added a two-run single in the frame. RHP Brandon Webb threw seven shutout innings, striking out eight in a no-decision outing for the JetHawks.

5/8/01: Cliff Lee was placed on the Disabled List with stiffness in the shoulder.

5/7/01: News Story--David Walling Returns Home

5/4/01: Scott Pose underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in Houston and is out for the season.

4/29/01: Kit Pellow update--Kit has gone home to deal with a personal situation and has not played the past few games. He will return to the team as soon as possible.

4/28/01: Binghamton third baseman Rodney Nye was 3-3 with 3 doubles and an RBI in a 4-3 win over New Haven.

4/28/01: News Story--Erickson Loves His Home Town

4/27/01: Update on Matt Riethmaier- Matt has inflammation in his throwing shoulder and is in Clearwater undergoing rehab. He should be back in a few weeks.

4/24/01: Just as third baseman Eric Hinske's bat came alive, an injury has shut him down. Hinske could be out for two weeks after suffering a strained intercostal (rib) muscle Sunday.

4/20/01: JUPITER (FSL) LHP Cliff Lee struck out 10 batters (seven consecutively)in a 4-3 loss at St. Lucie. The 2000 fourth-round pick of the Expos allowed just three hits, but surrendered a three-run homer to the Mets' Brian Shipp en route to his first loss of the season. The 22-year-old product of the University of Arkansas has fanned 19 batters in his past 11 innings and held the opposition to a .148 average (8-for-54) in three starts.

4/18/01: Sacramento (PCL) OF Andy Abad and 3B Eric Hinske each had four hits and a pair of home runs as the RiverCats pounded Calgary, 14-3. Abad, who fell a triple short of a cycle, lifted a solo homer in the top of the second inning before drilling a three-run clout in the sixth. Hinske highlighted a six-run fourth by driving in a pair of runs with his second homer of the season, while his second blast of the evening plated three more runs in the sixth.

4/13/01: Omaha (Pacific Coast) first baseman Kit Pellow extended his home run streak to three consecutive games with a three-run blast in the bottom of the third inning during an 8-7 loss to Las Vegas. Pellow now has 12 RBI through his first eight games.

4/12/01: News Story-- Pellow Adjusts Attitude After Off-Year

4/12/01: News Story--It's deja vu for Oquist

4/12/01: David Walling was called up to AAA Columbus for one start.

4/11/01: Sacramento (Pacific Coast) third baseman Eric Hinske singled home the game-winning run with two outs in the 13th inning as the RiverCats outlasted Iowa, 2-1. Hinske drove home catcher Tom Wilson with his only hit of the game and first RBI of the season.

3/28/01-Scott Pose was assigned to the Astros minor league camp.

3/28/01-Eric Hinske was traded to Oakland for Scott Chiasson and Miguel Cairo.

3/13/01-Eric Hinske was optioned to triple-A Iowa by the Cubs. He had been with the big league club in spring training.

2/26/01-Eric Hinske meets Sammy Sosa.

2/12/01: Mike Oquist was signed by Minnesota.

2/1/01-Eric Hinske is listed as the eleventh best prospect in the Cubs organization by Baseball America.

1/25/01-The New York Yankees invited David Walling to spring training as a non-roster player.

1/9/01-The Chicago White Sox invited Dan Wright to spring training.


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