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Cliff Lee sets strikeout record for Arkansans

September 24th, 2011

AJ Burnett’s record of 231 single-season strikeouts by an Arkansan was broken on Tuesday, September 20th by Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee. Washington Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman was Lee’s 232 strikeouts of 2011 following a called third strike in the 7th inning of Tuesday’s game.

Lee, a native of Benton, AR, had never recorded a season of 200+ strikeouts until this year. His previous high was 185, which he tallied up last season with Seattle and Texas. With likely one more start before the end of the season, Lee’s strikeout total will likely be increased. So far this year, he is 16-8 with a 2.38 ERA.

Burnett’s now-broken record was set in 2008.

Former Hog Forsythe has knee surgery

September 20th, 2011

University of Arkansas alumni Logan Forsythe underwent knee surgery on Thursday, September 8th. The surgery effectivly ended Forsythe’s 2011 rookie season with the San Diego Padres.

Forsythe made his big league debut on May 4th, going up and down between AAA Tuscon and San Diego the rest of the year. Total, he played 62 games with the Padres, hitting only .213. However, Forsythe played spectacular defense, collecting a 0.3 dWAR and 5.9 UZR at third base.

Arkansas Traveler Mike Trout named MILB Player of the Year

September 20th, 2011

20-year old Mike Trout, who spent most of the 2011 season with the AA Arkansas Travelers, was named the Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball American on September 7th.

Trout played 91 games with the Travelers, hitting .326 with a .414 OBP and a 958 OPs, topping all three categories in the Texas League. In addition, Trout hit 11 homeruns and stole 33 bases.

Wood recalled back to Reds

September 20th, 2011

With the AAA Louisville’s season now over and the MLB rosters now expanded, the Cincinnati Reds have recalled Bryant, AR native Travis Wood, effective Tuesday, September 6th.

Wood has already made two stints with the Reds this season. He originally began the season on the Cincinnati roster, but was sent to the minors in June before he was recalled on the August 9th. However, he again returned to the minors two weeks later.

So far with the Reds in 2011, Wood is 6-5 on the year with a 5.02 ERA.

Cliff Lee wins August Pitcher of the Month Award

September 20th, 2011

Despite having a downright awful month of August last season with the Texas Rangers, Cliff Lee was brilliant with the Philadelphia Philllies this past August, earning himself the August Pitcher of the Month Award.

In 5 August starts, Lee went 5-0 with a 0.45 ERA. He walked only 8 while striking out 39 in 39.2 innings. On August 4th, Lee pitched a complete game shutout against the San Fransisco Giants, his 5th shutout of the year.

Lee has now won 5 career Pitcher of the Month awards, including his June honor earned earlier this year.

Lee becomes 2nd Arkansan to strikeout 200 in a season

September 20th, 2011

Benton, AR native Cliff Lee became only the 2nd Arkansan in major league history to reach the 200 strikeout plateau by whiffing Atlanta Brave Freddie Freeman on Monday, September 5th.

Lee joins North Little Rock native AJ Burnett, who struckout 203 batters in 2002 and 231 in 2008, which remains the single-season record among Arkansans. However, with several starts left in the season, Lee will have a chance to break that record.

Lee struckout a total of 6 in the game, putting his season total at 204. In addition, Lee also held the Braves scoreless through 9 innings the shutout.

Giants activate Pat Burrell

September 20th, 2011

The now-healthy Pat Burrell was activated from the San Fransisco Giants Disabled List on Wednesday, August 31st. The outfielder was originally placed disabled on the July 15th due to a bone spur in his right foot.

Born in El Dorado, AR, Burrell is the all time homerun champion among players born in Arkansas. Before his injury, the 34-year old was hitting a poor .233 with 7 homeruns and 21 RBIs.

Burnett breaks own Wild Pitch record

August 29th, 2011

North Little Rock, AR native A.J. Burnett threw 3 wild pitches on Friday, August 26th in the New York Yankees 5-12 loss. In doing so, his 2011 wild pitch total went from 17 to 20, effectively breaking his own single-season record for wild pitches among Arkansans.

Burnett has now broken his own wild pitch record twice. He originally set the bar in 2002 with 14, moving it up to 17 in 2009 before setting it again on Friday.

Travis Wood optioned back to Louisville

August 29th, 2011

After a brief visit back to the major leagues, Travis Wood was sent once again to AAA Louisville on August 26th. Wood originally began the season with Cincinnati, but was sent to the minors in June before he was recalled on the August 9th.

The Bryant, AR native pitched twice while back in the bigs, going 1-0 with 1.2 scoreless innings in relief. His season stats now stand at 6-5 with a 5.02 ERA.