PENSACOLA, Fla. - After a first-half championship that saw a number of fine individual performances, the Shreveport-Bossier Captains have been rewarded with a league-best-tying seven All-Star selections to the league's game in Wichita, Kan., on July 27.
Outfielders Bryan Sabatella and Palmer Karr, Jr., will be in the starting lineup, along with shortstop Bryan Frichter and designated hitter Christopher Garcia. Starting pitchers Richard Salazar, Osvaldo Rodriguez and closer Hector Carrasco will also be on the South Division squad, managed by Pensacola Pelicans skipper Talmadge Nunnari.
As of July 7, Sabatella is sixth in the league with a .376 batting average, is second with 52 runs scored and is second to teammate Jovanny Rosario with 24 stolen bases. Karr is tied for seventh in the American Association with nine home runs, and leads the Captains with that total, and is second on the team with 42 RBIs. He is also hitting .340 on the season.
Garcia, who has eight home runs, leads the Captains in average (and is second in the league) with a .392 mark after finishing second in the league in batting average in 2009. He is also leads Shreveport-Bossier and is fourth in the league with his 50 runs batted in. Frichter has played a superb shortstop for the Captains while hitting .312 with three homers and 17 RBIs on the season.
On the mound, Rodriguez, who was the league's pitcher of the month for June, won his first eight starts to help the Captains to the first-half championship. The righty is tied for second in the league with 68 strikeouts, and holds a 3.95 ERA even after three shaky starts. His .233 opponent's batting average is third in the league among starters as well.
The lefty Salazar has a 4-3 record, but has been a victim of poor run support. He has a 3.73 ERA, with only 64 hits in 62 2/3 innings this season. He has gone at least seven innings in five of his 10 starts, and has gone six or more eight times this season.
Carrasco did not join the Captains until mid-June, but the veteran former Major-Leaguer was instrumental in getting the Captains to the playoffs. He pitched in seven games in eight days, allowing one hit and no runs to start his Shreveport-Bossier career. He already has eight saves, including seven in a nine-game stretch after he signed.
The Shreveport-Bossier Captains conclude their three-game series with the Pensacola Pelicans on Thursday, July 8, at 6:45 p.m. The Captains return home on Friday, July 9, at 7:05 p.m. against the Fort Worth Cats, for KSLA-12 Faith and Family Night, featuring a postgame Christian concert by In Plain Sight. All games are broadcast on ESPN Radio, KRMD-1340 AM as well as streaming live on supertalk1340.com. For information on tickets, promotions, advertising, and other opportunities with the Captains, check out the team's Web site at www.sbcaptains.com, or call the Fair Grounds Field office at (318) 636-5555.
(Courtesy: Shreveport-Bossier Captains)