Two New Pitchers, One More Fireworks Show and More

August 21, 2002 - Eastern League (EL1)
New Haven Ravens News Release

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First baseman John Gall set the Ravens team record for hits in a season in style Tuesday night, blasting a homerun for his 152nd hit of the year. That topped the record of 151 set by current Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Quinton McCracken when he was with the Ravens in 1994. Adding to the excitement, Gall's shot came in the seventh inning and was therefore a "Hummel Homerun," winning $200 for lucky Ravens fan Judy Attanasio. Gall, 24, had already established the team record for doubles earlier this season.

The St. Louis Cardinals bolstered the New Haven Ravens pitching staff this past week, promoting righthander Juan Mejia and lefthander Kevin Sprague from Single-A Potomac. Mejia, a 22-year old sinkerballer, had six wins and a 2.78 ERA in 19 games with the Cannons. He was acquired in the Rule 5 draft from San Diego last offseason after one season in the Padres farm system. He began his career with the Atlanta Braves as a catcher. Sprague, 25, appeared in 28 games with the Cannons, making nine starts. He had a 2.89 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 65.1 innings. He spent most of last season with Potomac, but made one spot start for the Ravens.

Former New Haven Raven second baseman Jermaine Clark was dealt by the Seattle Mariners to the Texas Rangers organization on Sunday along with lefthander Derrick Van Dusen for righthander Ismael Valdes. Clark, the MVP of the Ravens' Eastern League Championship win in 2000, had been with Triple-A Tacoma and will now report to Triple-A Oklahoma. With Tacoma, Clark was hitting .266 with a .370 on-base percentage and 29 stolen bases.

The St. Louis Cardinals have selected New Haven Ravens outfielder Dee Haynes as one of five prospects to represent the team on the Maryvale Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League. The Fall League consists of six teams stocked with players from each of the 30 Major League teams. The season runs from October 1 until Thanksgiving. Joining Haynes with Maryvale is former Ravens righty Nick Stocks and Ravens pitching coach Blaise Ilsley.

The final FIREWORKS show of the season comes on Saturday, August 31. The Ravens are offering fans the opportunity to enjoy the game from the Verizon Wireless Party Pavilion or the Budweiser Short Porch Café, two areas normally open only to groups of 30 or more. The package includes an all-you-can-eat buffet.

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