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Silvestre Selected Cal League's MVP

September 01, 2000

Outfielder Juan Silvestre of Lancaster, who leads the California League with 29 home runs and 132 runs batted in and is batting .304, has been selected the league's most valuable player.

Mark Parent of the JetHawks was chosen manager of the year.

JetHawks making the all-star team were second baseman Willie Bloomquist, who played only 64 games but batted .379 before his promotion to triple-A Tacoma, outfielder Terrmel Sledge, who leads the league in hitting at .339, and third baseman Bo Robinson, who is hitting .310 with 10 homers and 95 RBIs.

Bloomquist edged Sledge by two votes for rookie of the year.

JetHawks receiving honorable mention are pitcher Jeff Heaverlo (14-5, 4.13 earned-run average), relief pitcher Brandon Parker (4-2, 21 saves, 3.88 ERA), catcher-first baseman Craig Kuzmic (.299, 19 HRs, 102 RBIs), catcher Scott Maynard (.263, 7 HRs, 59 RBIs) and shortstop Antonio Perez (17 HRs, 62 RBIs).

Other all-star team members are first baseman Sean McGowan (29 HRs, 106 RBIs) of San Jose, catcher Guillermo Rodriguez of Bakersfield, shortstop Joe Thurston of San Bernardino, outfielder Ryan Ludwick of Bakersfield, designated hitter Tony Torcato of San Jose, and pitchers Carlos Garcia of San Bernardino, Mario Ramos of Modesto, Jack Krawczyk of Mudville and Mike Bynum of Rancho Cucamonga. Garcia (14-7, 2.57) was pitcher of the year.


Jeff Hundley and Jaime Escalante combined on a one-hitter in Lake Elsinore's 2-1 victory over Lancaster on Thursday night at Lake Elsinore Diamond.

Escalante (1-1) struck out the side in the ninth inning. Hundley gave up a single to Antonio Perez, struck out five and walked one in eight innings.


Today: At Lake Elsinore, 7 p.m. Saturday: Off. Sunday: At San Bernardino, 5 p.m. On the radio: KUTY-AM 1470.


Outfielder Joe Borchard of Camarillo High and Stanford was promoted to double-A Birmingham this week by the Chicago White Sox.

Borchard, the 12th overall pick in the June draft, signed five weeks ago for a record $5.3 million and began in the rookie-level Arizona League before a call-up to Class-A Winston-Salem two weeks ago.

"This came as a real surprise to me," Borchard told reporters of his most recent promotion. "To be at this level this soon is shocking to say the least."

Borchard started in left field for Birmingham on Wednesday night and was hitless in four at-bats in a 2-0 loss to Huntsville.

Jon Garland of Kennedy High also played Wednesday for Birmingham, striking out 10 in six shutout innings of a rehabilitation start. It was his first appearance since being hit with a line drive on his pitching elbow Aug. 18 while playing for the White Sox.

Scanning Wednesday's box scores:

Triple A--Steve Sisco (Thousand Oaks) had four hits for Richmond (Braves) in doubleheader split at Durham. . . . Josh Towers (Hueneme, Oxnard College) struck out six and allowed one run in six innings but didn't get a decision for Rochester (Orioles) in a 2-1 loss at Pawtucket. . . . Keith Evans (Crespi) allowed one earned run in five innings for Ottawa (Expos) but fell to 1-4 after a 7-3 loss at Scranton-Wilkes Barre. . . . Jalal Leach (Pepperdine) is batting .376 for Fresno (Giants) after going two for four in an 8-1 loss at Las Vegas.

Double A--Former JetHawk Greg Connors hit his ninth home run for New Haven (Mariners) in a 6-1 victory over Norwich. . . . Mike Glendenning (Crespi, Pierce College) had two hits for Shreveport (Giants) in an 8-2 victory over Midland.

Class A--Chris Baker (Hart) improved to 9-5 for Dunedin (Blue Jays), allowing no earned runs and five hits in six innings of a 13-3 victory at Sarasota. . . . Jorge Piedra (Notre Dame) had two hits for Daytona (Cubs) in a 5-2 loss to Tampa. . . . Fernando Rios (Glendale) had two hits and drove in a run for Dayton (Reds) in an 8-3 victory over Burlington.

Short Season--Barry Tolli (Newbury Park) had three hits and an RBI for Oneonta (Tigers) in a 13-2 victory at Queens. . . . Victor Hall (Monroe) had three hits and his 46th and 47th stolen bases for Missoula (Diamondbacks) in a 7-5 victory over Helena. Reliever Dan O'Gara (Paraclete) took the loss for Helena (Brewers).

Scanning Tuesday's box scores:

Triple A--Second baseman David Newhan (Pepperdine) had two hits and two runs batted in for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Phillies) in 9-7 victory at Ottawa.

Double A--Left fielder Kurt Airoso (Cal State Northridge) had a double, a triple and drove in two runs for Jacksonville (Tigers) in a 5-1 victory at Orlando.

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