Short-Season Dish: Robertson Sets New NWL Hits Record

Prospect Of The Day

Eugene right fielder Dan Robertson (Padres) went 4-for-5 with a double last night against Everett (Mariners). His last hit of the night was his 114th on the season, setting a new Northwest League record for hits. The record previously belonged to James Buckner, who had 113 hits with the Lewiston Broncs in 1972. Robertson, a 33rd-round pick this year out of Oregon State, was named the NWL MVP last week and is hitting .380/.446/.500 over 300 at-bats with 21 doubles, three triples, three home runs and 20 stolen bases on the year.

Prospect Nuggets

Lowell third baseman Will Middlebrooks (Red Sox) went 3-for-4 with his 15th double of the season as the Spinners knocked off the Tri-City Valleycats (Astros), 9-6. Shortstop Casey Kelly (Red Sox) also chipped in, going 2-for-5 with a run scored. . . Hudson Valley starter Nick Barnese (Rays) tossed five solid innings against Staten Island (Yankees) as their big league affiliates faced off 1,000 miles to the south. Barnese gave up one run on two hits and struck out nine for his fifth win of the season as the Renegades beat the Yankees, 3-1. The 6-foot-2 righthander has pitched 66 innings this season with 84 strikeouts, 24 walks and a 2.45 ERA. . . Oneonta righthander Anthony Shawler (Tigers) pitched three perfect innings in relief, striking out six in the process. His ERA over 49 innings is just 1.84. . . Batavia third baseman Jermaine Curtis (Cardinals) roped three doubles in a 3-for-5 performance against State College (Pirates), giving him 13 on the year. . . Everett third baseman Jharmidy De Jesus (Mariners) went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the AquaSox’ 10-inning losing effort against Eugene.

What To Watch For Today

The first-place Batavia Muckdogs (Cardinals) take on the second-place Jamestown Jammers (Marlins) tonight in Jamestown.