WhiteWings: Bring Him Back!

POSTED: Tuesday, July 7, 2009 - 9:37pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:32am

Tues July 7th highlights included

For Immediate Release
Contact: Jonah Goldberg
E-Mail: jonahgol@whitewingsbaseball.com

July 7, 2009

Harlingen – United League Baseball’s Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings announced today they have re-acquired catcher Danny Etkin from the San Angelo Colts for a player to be named later while to signing left-handed pitcher Eric Domangue and designated hitter Rafael Zorrilla.

To make room on the roster, the WhiteWings released infielder-outfielder Daisuke Yoshida and catcher Ryan Kottke while deactivating outfielder Rico Santana (groin injury) and left-handed pitcher Jorge Lugo (shoulder injury).

Etkin started the season with the WhiteWings, hitting .244 (10-41) with one home runs and four RBI for being traded to the San Angelo Colts on June 28 for Brian Nichols. Etkin played in four games for the Colts, picking up a hit in each contest while going 4-17 (.235) with one run scored.

A native of Tomball, Domangue was drafted by the New York Mets in the 16th round of the 2005 draft. He pitched in the Mets system for two seasons before moving onto Coastal Bend (American Association) in 2007. Domangue started this season in that same league with the Fort Worth Cats, going 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA. In five relief appearances, he allowed four runs on four hits and walks while striking out two in 4.2 innings. He last pitched on June 3.

Zorrilla started as the designated hitter last night, going 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.

Yoshida was 0-for-5 with three strikeouts and one error. He started at shortstop on Saturday and Sunday, but had to be pulled after one inning on Sunday after making three misplays in the field.

Kottke hit .148 (4-27) with 13 strikeouts in 13 games.

Santana suffered his injury after hitting a single in the bottom of the seventh inning on June 28. He hit a single in a pinch-hitting appearance on Friday, but has otherwise been unavailable. He was in the original starting lineup yesterday, but had to be scratched.

Lugo had to be pulled during the first inning of his start in Edinburg on Sunday after giving up five runs on two hits and three walks. The Edinburg Baseball Stadium radar gun was clocking his velocity in the 70s.

It is currently unclear how long Santana and Lugo will be out.

For Immediate Release
Contact: Jonah Goldberg
E-Mail: jonahgol@whitewingsbaseball.com

July 7, 2009

Harlingen – Taylor Allen (2-2) allowed one run on eight hits and two walks while striking out five in seven innings to lead the Amarillo Dillas past the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings 4-1 tonight at Harlingen Field.

The WhiteWings (11-15) scored first for the second-straight game. With two outs, Jonathan Poterson walked and Brian Nichols hit an RBI-double against Allen to make it 1-0.

Reymond Cruz (3-2) started the game with three no-hit innings against the Dillas (14-12). Terrance McClain led off the fourth with a double and scored on a one-out double by Andrew Wong to tie the game.

The WhiteWings had a chance to break it open in the fourth as singles by Nichols, Welinson Baez and Danny Etkin loaded the bases with two outs, but Casey Allen flied out to deep right field to end the inning.

With two outs in the fifth, Rafael Ozuna drew a seven-pitch walk before Carlos Figueroa, McClain and Lockwood hit consecutive singles to make it 3-1 Dillas.

That was it against Cruz, who lasted 6.1 innings, scattering six hits and four walks while striking out five.

Left-handed reliever Eric Domangue made his WhiteWings debut with one on and out in the seventh and proceeded to load the bases before getting Lockwood to ground into an inning-ending double play.

The Dillas added an insurance run in the ninth. Keanon Simon led off by getting hit by a pitch and Ozuna followed with an RBI-double.

Robert Wooley pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his third save.

The WhiteWings and Dillas play game three of this four-game series tomorrow night at 7:05 at Harlingen Field. Right-hander Sendy Vasquez (1-2) is expected to face left-hander Dustin Taylor (2-2).

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