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In the early portion of a big-league baseball season, teams often get by with four starters rather than five.
That explains why Minooka graduate Mike Foltynewicz has not started a game for the Atlanta Braves since the opening week of the season. For now, he is the team’s fifth starter, so his turn was skipped for a while because of the number of off days the Braves had.
However, Foltynewicz is scheduled to make his second start Tuesday night against Max Scherzer and the visiting Washington Nationals.
Foltynewicz has appeared in two games, one in relief, and is 0-1 with a 6.35 ERA. In 52/3 innings, he has allowed nine hits and three walks to go with five strikeouts.
• Quick, now, who is the Washington Nationals’ leading hitter as of April 18?
It’s a trick question because he has had only four official at-bats, but right-handed pitcher Tanner Roark (Wilmington) went 2 for 2 Saturday in his most recent start and is hitting .500.
Roark is 2-0 with a 3.50 ERA. He has made three starts and has pitched 18 innings, allowing 14 hits and two walks while striking out 12.
• Cincinnati Reds left-hander Tony Cingrani (Lincoln-Way Central) has pitched in four games in relief and is 0-0 with a 2.45 ERA. In 32/3 innings, he has allowed three hits and one walk while striking out five.
• The local products knocking on the door of the major leagues are first baseman Sam Travis (Providence) and left-handed pitcher Dietrich Enns (Lincoln-Way East).
Playing at Triple-A Pawtucket in the Boston Red Sox organization, Travis is hitting .200 (5 for 25) with three doubles and home run.
Travis’ manager at Pawtucket again this season is Kevin Boles, son of John Boles, former major league manager and longtime executive in player development. John Boles played baseball for Gordie Gillespie at Lewis, graduating in 1970.
Enns, meanwhile, is pitching for the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He is 0-0 with an excellent 1.64 ERA. In two starts covering 11 innings, he has yielded only four hits and three walks while striking out eight.
With the value that is placed on left-handed pitching, and considering the success Enns has enjoyed in the upper minor leagues the last couple of seasons, his opportunity to pitch in the big leagues may come sooner than later. The sample size this early in the season is tiny, but a WHIP of 0.64 should catch someone’s eye.
• The annual MLB Draft is scheduled to begin June 12. It will be interesting to see if any of our local products – whether high school, junior college or eligible college players – gets a call sometime during the draft.
• The White Sox have a Joliet Day planned for the night of June 29 against the Yankees at Guaranteed Rate Field.
The Sox are offering Joliet residents and their families and friends discounted ticket prices starting at $20. They may be obtained by visiting www.whitesox.com/joliet, by calling 866-769-4263 and giving the “JOL” code, by mail with payment to Chicago White Sox Sales Department, ATTN: Joliet GSG, 333 W. 35th. St., Chicago, 60616 or via fax with payment to 312-674-5140.
For information, go to whitesox.com/specialevents.
• Allie Quigley (Joliet Catholic) and her Fenerbahce basketball team fell to Dynamo Kursk, 77-63, on Sunday in the championship game of the Euroleague Tournament.
Quigley, though, did some good things. She scored a team-high 19 points on 5-of-14 shooting. She was 3 of 5 from 3-point range and made all six free-throw attempts. She also had five rebounds and three assists.
Candace Parker scored 18 points and was the only Fenerbahce player besides Quigley in double figures.
Quigley and the Chicago Sky will open their regular WNBA season May 14 against the Minnesota Lynx.
• Dick Goss can be reached at email@example.com.