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Monday, June 27, 2005

Jared Hughes And Evan Longoria Amaze On The Cape

From the Cape Cod Times (hat tip to reader Barbara):
Chatham's Hughes not perfect, but close

CAPE COD TIMES
CHATHAM - Long Beach State's Jared Hughes flirted with perfection last night and settled for a two-hitter and Chatham also belted four homers in a 9-1 defeat of Falmouth.

The 6-foot-7 right-hander, who allowed only three hits in his six-inning first start, took a perfect game into the ninth last night. The big Veterans Field crowd stood and cheered as he took the mound for the top of the ninth, and gave him another standing ovation after Aaron Garza hit a grounder onto the right field grass for Falmouth's (3-6-1) first hit to lead off the inning.

Pinch-hitter David Preziosi followed with a line-drive base hit, sending Garza to second. Garza eventually scored from second on a wild pitch for the Commodores' only run.

Hughes struck out 12 in his sterling performance. He had no walks last night and has walked only one while fanning 17 in 15 innings this season.

Jacob Dempsey and Evan Longoria hit two-run homers for the A's (6-4-0) while Anthony Smith and Todd Frazier hits solo shots. They were the first homers of the season for all but Longoria, also from Long Beach State, who hit his third of the year.

Chris Coghlan was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored for the A's, while Alex Presley had three infield hits. Baron Frost had a pair of singles while Smith went 2-for-4 with a double to go with his homer.
Jared is tied for the league lead in victories at 2. Evan is 1st in the league in homeruns at 3, 2nd in slugging percentage at .650, 3rd in RBI at 8, and 4th in batting average at .350. Over 2 starts, Jared has a complete game, and has pitched 15.0 innings, while allowing only 1 walk and 5 hits (just one for extra bases, a double) against 17 strikeouts. His ERA is 1.20, and opponents are batting .104 against him.

posted on 6/27/2005 by Jeff Agnew

Comments:
I was at this game last night - the first cape league game I had ever seen. Your guy looked great, obviously - I think he had 3 balls hit out of the infield all night. He did look a bit nervous coming out in the 9th, though.

I will keep my eye on him. Good luck next year!

A NYC baseball fan
 
Zillionaire...thanks for visiting and for the first hand report. Both Jared (8-3, 2.83 ERA) and Evan (.320 BA, .421 slugging, 5 HRs) had very good soph. years at Long Beach State. Each has started out even better on the Cape. Jared's freshman year was at the Univ. of Santa Clara where he was limited to about 6 innings by injury. At LB, he completed 2 of 14 starts, in part because the Beach had a very strong bullpen last season. So that, together with the quality of hitting he is facing, may explain some nervousness in the 9th.

We may be seeing Evans true power potential. This year was his first at Div. I - he was a JC transfer. The Dirtbags play at Blair Field, one of the 10 toughest ballparks for hitters in Div. I baseball. The park has huge dimensions, especially down the lines (348). It's near sea level, about 3 miles from the water, and especially at night the air is generally damp. It's exciting to see that he's mashing the ball.

Again, thanks for dropping by.
 
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