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Brogdon, Santa Cruz, Gamboa improving

Courtesy of Lehigh Valley

Former Liberty Hawks ace Connor Brogdon is sporting a 4.50 ERA for Lehigh Valley, the Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.


Since the last update in July, Connor Brogdon (Liberty) has pitched in 11 more games for Lehigh Valley, the Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.

He has a 4.50 ERA through 20 innings pitched. He has 27 strikeouts against seven walks. He has allowed 19 hits with 10 earned runs and three have been home runs.

He suffered a loss July 30 against Pawtucket (Boston Red Sox) by allowing two runs in 1 1/3 innings with a pair of strikeouts. Before that appearances, he only allowed one earned run since July 14 and his ERA sank to 4.30. Brogdon allowed a run over two innings with five strikeouts on Aug. 2 and then tossed two scoreless innings with two strikeouts on Tuesday.

J.J. Santa Cruz (Liberty) has pitched in five games over the last month and lowered his ERA to 2.34 with the San Francisco Giants Single-A affiliate Augusta GreenJackets.

After coming back from the injured list on July 12, Santa Cruz hadn’t allowed an earned run in 10 innings through six appearances. In that span, he has 13 strikeouts against four walks and only allowed six hits. He lowered his ERA by 85 points in the last five games.

However, Santa Cruz allowed three runs in 2 1/3 innings on Aug. 3.

His ERA rose to 2.72. He has a total ERA of 3.26 with three different teams.

Alec Gamboa (Madera) had a tough two outings over a six day stretch for the Arizona League Los Angeles Dodgers’ affiliate. He allowed two runs in a 2/3 innings against the Cubs and allowed three runs in two innings to raise his ERA to 9.64.

However, in three appearances and six innings since, he has only allowed two runs with seven strikeouts and one walk. He had his best outing of the season July 28 when he tossed 2 1/3 innings without allowing a run. He struck out five, allowed one hit and didn’t walk a batter to lower his ERA to 5.91 over 10 2/3 innings.

Gamboa topped his best outing with three innings of scoreless ball on Aug. 2. He struck out four and allowed just one hit to lower his ERA to 4.61.

Former Madera South pitcher Garrett Alvarez is keeping his baseball dreams alive with the Bakersfield Train Robbers of the Pecos League of Professional Baseball.

Alvarez is 5-3 this season with a 3.60 ERA. He has started six games and has struck out 98 batters over 70 innings pitched. He has also had 26 plate appearances this season and is batting .269 with three runs scored and two RBIs. He has been hit by three pitches and walked three times for a .345 on base percentage.


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