International League Names Players of the WeekApril 30, 2012 - International League (IL)
MATT LAPORTA, Columbus Clippers IL BATTER OF THE WEEK
Matt LaPorta of Columbus had such a great week that not even his 0-4 performance Sunday kept him from leading the IL in several offensive categories. In addition to his two homers and eight RBI last week, LaPorta led the circuit with a .524 average, 11 hits, and a .952 slugging percentage. On Tuesday against Toledo, LaPorta banged out a season-high four hits including two doubles and a two-run homer. He also crushed a two-run blast on Friday night against Pawtucket, one which put that game out of reach as Columbus won 4-1. In all, LaPorta had four multi-hit games during the week, adding multiple RBI in three of them. For the season, LaPorta is now 4th in the International League with a .684 slugging percentage and is 7th with a .368 batting average.
27-year-old Matt LaPorta is in his sixth season as a professional player. He has 269 games of experience in the Major Leagues, all coming with the Cleveland Indians between 2009 and 2011. LaPorta is a native of Port Charlotte, Florida.
JUSTIN WILSON, Indianapolis Indians IL PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Left-handed pitcher Justin Wilson was part of history this week, though his start on Monday at Louisville may not have foretold what was to come. Wilson was a loser Monday, surrendering three runs in 5.0 innings in a game the Indians dropped 4-2. He entered his start Sunday at Durham with a 1-3 record, but proved to be unhittable as he masterfully blanked the Bulls into the 8th inning. Having surrendered no hits and just two walks on 107 pitches, Wilson was pulled with one out in the 8th inning. Fortunately, relievers Jose Diaz and Doug Slaten recorded the next five outs to complete the combined no-hitter. It was the first no-hitter thrown by Indianapolis pitchers since Ian Snell did it against Norfolk on May 15, 2005. It was just the second time in Wilson's career he made it into the 8th inning of a start. He struck out nine in this gem, giving him a League-best 14 punch-outs for the week.
24-year-old Justin Wilson is in his fourth season as a professional pitcher, having all come within the Pittsburgh organization. His first experience at the Triple-A level came in 2011 with the Indians, when he went 10-8 with a 4.13 ERA in 30 appearances (21 starts). Wilson is a native of Anaheim, California.
International League Stories from April 30, 2012
- PawSox Salvage Finale in Columbus - Pawtucket Red Sox
- Knights Drop Finale to Chiefs 12-4 on Monday - Charlotte Knights
- Chiefs Score Season High to Beat Knights - Syracuse Chiefs
- Mud Hens Rained out on Monday; Home Game Tomorrow at 6:30 P.M. - Toledo Mud Hens
- Monday Night's Game Rained Out in Toledo - Gwinnett Braves
- Bisons/Red Wings Postponed (Rain) on Monday - Buffalo Bisons
- Tides Take Advantage of Louisville's Wildness - Norfolk Tides
- Justin Wilson Named IL Pitcher of the Week - Indianapolis Indians
- Torra, Feliciano Heroes in Bulls' Skid Snapping Victory - Durham Bulls
- Rochester Red Wings Game Notes - Monday, April 30 at Buffalo - Rochester Red Wings
- One-Day After No-Hitter, Bulls Two-Hit Tribe - Indianapolis Indians
- Promotion-Heavy Homestand Continues Tuesday - Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- Bisons Notes - Rochester at Buffalo - Buffalo Bisons
- Bisons Activate INF Zach Lutz - Buffalo Bisons
- May Is Baseball Month in Rochester - Rochester Red Wings
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- Stadium Groundbreaking to Take Place Today - Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees
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