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Hussman's Debut Expected Soon

July 26, 1998

Darrell Hussman (Quartz Hill High) is expected to make his professional pitching debut this week.

The Cincinnati Reds' fourth-round selection out of Arizona, Hussman signed with the club Monday and reported two days later to the Billings Mustangs of the rookie-level Pioneer League.


Pat Bryant (Cleveland High) has struggled with the bat this season at Pawtucket, the triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.

Bryant, batting only .217, came through with a huge defensive contribution Wednesday, however.

The left fielder's diving catch of a fly ball with two out in the eighth inning against Durham helped preserve a no-hitter by 21-year-old Juan Pena, the youngest player in the International League. Pawtucket won the game, 5-0.


Scanning Friday's box scores:

Triple A--Shortstop Steve Rodriguez (Pepperdine) had three hits and four runs batted in for Ottawa in a 14-3 victory over Charlotte. . . . Left-hander Randy Wolf (El Camino Real High, Pepperdine) pitched a five-hitter in Scranton-Wilkes Barre's 7-4 victory over Richmond. Wolf (7-4) struck out five and gave up two earned runs. . . . Jeff Suppan (Crespi) yielded two runs in six innings for Tucson in a 7-5 victory over Oklahoma.

Double A--Right-fielder Gabe Kapler (Taft, Moorpark College) had two hits, including his 18th home run, for Jacksonville in an 8-6 loss to Chattanooga. . . . Second baseman David Newhan (Pepperdine) and first baseman Mike Mitchell (Rio Mesa) hit home runs for Mobile in a 10-8 victory over Greenville.

Class A--Catcher Jon Schaeffer (Harvard-Westlake) had three hits, including his seventh home run, in Fort Wayne's 9-5 loss to Michigan.


Greg Connors drove in five runs with four hits, including two two-run home runs, for Lancaster (56-50, 16-20) in a 15-4 victory over Lake Elsinore (52-54, 17-19) on Saturday night at The Hangar.


Todd Pridy tied a Western League record with three home runs for Sonoma (34-21, 8-2) in an 11-0 victory over Pacific (0-10) Saturday night at Rohnert Park.

Mike Smith struck out Pridy on three pitches in the eighth inning.

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