Three Stars of the Day 5/23/09
1. Alberto Bastardo - LHP - Inland Empire 66ers (A+)
The southpaw from Venezuela pitched six shutout innings but was robbed of his third straight win when 66ers closer Justin Orenduff blew his third save of the season. Bastardo struck out seven batters, walked just one, and surrendered four hits. It was the third straight start in which Bastardo has given up a run or less. Bastardo lowered his ERA to 3.72. He has struck out 46 batters in 48.1 innings while walking 14.
2. Preston Mattingly - LF - Inland Empire 66ers (A+)
In his second game back from a stint on the diasbled list, Mattingly batting lead-off for the 66ers had a four hit night in the 66ers extra inning win over the Bakersfield Blaze. Mattingly hit his fourth Home Run of the season, a solo shot in the 8th inning to go along with his three singles, on of which drove in Elian Herrera in the top of the 10th inning to give the 66ers a short lived lead.
3. Kyle Russell - RF - Great Lakes Loons (A-)
Russell homered and doubled in the Loons' losing effort against the Clinton LumberKings. The Loons lost 12-6 as first-rounder Ethan Martin got roughed up fro the first time this year. Russell was 2-4, his 11th Home Run, a solo one. Russell's 11 Home Runs lead the Midwest League. Russell's RBI brought his tally to 36, a number which also leads the league.