Jamie Romak, CBN POW, Week VIII

INF Jamie Romak (London, Ont.) hit .500 (15-for-30) with 11 RBIs for the triple-A Aces as the former London Bager won CBN POW honors.

INF Jamie Romak (London, Ont.) hit .500 (15-for-30) with 11 RBIs for the triple-A Aces as the former London Bager won CBN POW honors.

By George Farelli
Canadian Baseball Network
Jamie Romak
learned how to play the game for Mike Lumley’s London Badgers.

And badger triple-A Pacific Coast League pitching this week he did.

Playing for the Reno Aces, Romak (London, Ont.) hit .500 (15-for-30) with three homers and 11 RBIs to earn Canadian Baseball Network Player of the Week for Week VIII as the best of the 52 Canucks in the minors.

Now, that’s a good month for some hitters.

How the week went for infielder Romak, who saw big-league time with the Los Angeles Dodgers last season as he:

_ Went 3-for-4 with a pair of homers and six RBIs as Reno thumped the Iowa Cubs 13-1 at Principal Park in Des Moines, Iowa. Romak hit his first homer to left centre in the second putting the Aces up 2-1, singled to left in the third for a 4-1 lead and his slam in the sixth made it 11-1

_ Was 1-for-2, with a sixth-inning single as Reno edged Iowa 3-2 in the nitecap before 6,866 fans. He also stole a base.

_ Was 1-for-4 with a double to left field in third in a 3-2 loss to Iowa in front of 7,522 fans. After playing third in the doubleheader, he was at second base as the Cubs scored three times in the bottom of the ninth.

_ Was 3-for-4 -- a single to left in the second, a single to centre in the fifth and a single to right in the eighth -- as he was back at third base in a 4-2 win over the New Orleans Zephyrs in front of 7,072 at Aces Ballpark.

_ Was 1-for-4 with a solo homer in the seventh in a 14-3 loss to New Orleans in front of 9,451 fans.

_ Was 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs in a 4-3 victory against New Orleans before 4,900. He hit a run-scoring double to centre to tie the score 2-2 and a two-run double to left in the seventh breaking the tie.

_ Was 1-for-4 with another double in a 6-3 loss to New Orleans before 3,734 fans. Romak doubled to left but was stranded.

_ Was 2-for-4 with a double -- his 13th -- and an RBI in a 7-2 win over the Round Rock Express before 3,916 fans. Romak singled to left in the first for a 2-0 lead, doubled to left in the fifth.

On the season, Romak ended our week hitting .287 in 49 games with 13 doubles, eight homers and 32 RBIs, as well as an .830 OPS. He also earned PCL POW honors.

Romak was the top Canuck selected in 2003 when Atlanta Braves scout Lonnie Goldberg, now scouting director of the Kansas City Royals, selected him in the fourth round.

BEST OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCES 
Player / Class / Team    AB    R    H    HR    RBI    AVG

Jamie Romak - AAA Reno    30    6    15    3    11    .500
Stephen Wickens - AA Chattanooga    10    -    4    -    -    .400
Eric Wood - AA Altoona    19    6    7    1    4    .368
Marcus Knecht - A Ft. Myers    22    3    7    -    4    .318
Kellin Deglan - A High Desert    24    6    7    2    7    .292
Peter Orr - AAA Colorado Springs    22    4    6    -    4    .273

Tim Smith - IND Quebec    18    4    8    1    2    .444
Jonathan Malo - IND Quebec    19    3    6    1    3    .316
Rene Tosoni - IND Sioux City    26    3    8    -    4    .308
(Minimum 10 AB’s required)
 
BEST PITCHING PERFORMANCES
EVAN GRILLS  LHP  -  SINGLE A LANCASTER JETHAWKS
APP  IP   H   R  ER  BB   K   W-L  SV  WHIP  WK ERA

1   5.0  2   -   -    -    2   1-0   -    0.40    0.00
Evan Grills made an outstanding start this week for the Jethawks, on May 28th in a 6-0 victory over the Stockton Ports he pitched five scoreless innings, surrendered only two base hits, while striking out two Stockton hitters, to earn his third win of the season. His overall record with Lancaster in the Single A California League is now 3-4 with a 6.06 ERA.

SHANE DAWSON  LHP - SINGLE A LANSING LUGNUTS
APP  IP   H   R  ER  BB   K   W-L  SV  WHIP  WK ERA

1   8.0   7   2   1    1   3   1-0   -    1.00    1.13
Having a great season thus far, Shane Dawson made another excellent start for Lansing this week.  On May 28th in a 4-2 win over Bowling Green Hot Rods, he pitched eight innings gave up seven base hits and only one earned run while striking out three Hot Rod batters, to earn his seventh win of the season.  His overall record with the Lugnuts in the Single A Midwest League is now 7-2 with a 2.67 ERA. 

ERIK BEDARD  LHP -  SINGLE A RANCHO CUCAMONGA QUAKES
APP  IP   H   R  ER  BB   K   W-L  SV  WHIP  WK ERA

1   6.0   4   1   1    -    5   1-0   -    0.67    1.50
In light of his history with injuries, the Los Angeles Dodgers took a bit of a risk this off season in signing Free Agent Pitcher Erik Bedard. After a stint at their extended Spring Training facility in Arizona, he was recently sent out on a re hab assignment with Single A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in the Single A California League. On May 30th in a 3-1 victory over Bakersfield Blaze he pitched six innings gave up four base hits and only one earned run, while striking out five Blaze hitters, to earn his first win of the season. Ironically, it was his first win at the Minor League level since 2005, when he was active with Delmarva Shorebirds in the Single A South Atlantic League. Hopefully, this win is the first step on his long journey back to the big leagues. His record with Rancho Cucamonga now stands at 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA.
 
ROB NIXON  RHP  -  IND  WINNIPEG GOLDEYES
APP  IP   H   R  ER  BB   K   W-L  SV  WHIP  WK ERA

1   6.2  4   1   1    1   4   1-0   -    0.81    1.45
Rob Nixon made a solid start this week for the Goldeyes, on May 30th in a 9-1 victory over the Joplin Blasters he tossed six and two thirds innings, surrendered four base hits and just one earned run, while striking out four Joplin hitters, to earn his first win of the season.  His record with Winnipeg in the IND American Association is now 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA.
 
Player Movement and Transactions
INF  Skyler Stromsmoe (Etzikom, Alta.) - Activated by San Francisco Giants from assignment at their Extended Spring Training facility in Arizona, and reassigned to Triple A Sacramento River Cats.
 
RHP  Andrew Case (St. John, NB) - Activated from the Disabled List by Toronto Blue Jays at Single A Lansing Lugnuts.
 
OF  Trevor Gretzky (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) - Activated from the Disabled List by Los Angeles Angels at Single A Burlington Bees. 
 
C  Justin Marra (Toronto, Ont.) - Placed on the Disabled List by Chicago Cubs at Single A South Bend Cubs.
 

C  Mike Blanke (Granby, Que.) - Free Agent re signs with the Long Island Ducks IND Atlantic League.
 
INF Mike Washburn (Fredricton, NB) - Free Agent re signs with Quebec Capitales IND Can Am League.
 
RHP  Matt St. Kitts (Pickering, Ont.) - Placed on the Disabled List by Oregon City Mud Turtles IND Mount Rainier League.
 
OF Jackson Gooch (Vancouver, BC) - Released by Quebec Capitales IND Can Am League.