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Futures Game Picks Garko & Cabrera
Garko will play for the U.S. team and Cabrera for the international squad.
Garko, a catcher-first baseman is currently batting .271 (65-for-240) with 13 homers and 42 RBI in 66 games.
Cabrera, a right-hander, is 6-0 with three saves and a 0.92 ERA in 23 appearances.
Buffalo manager Marty Brown and Torey Lovullo, manager of the Class AA Akron Aeros, have been selected to serve as coaches for the U.S. team.
Buffalo has placed a record five players on the International League All-Star Team for the Triple-A All-Star game to be played July 13 in Sacramento.
In addition to Garko and Cabrera, DH Ernie Young (.309, 18 homers, 57 RBI), 3B-2B Jake Gautreau (.291, 14 homers, 38 RBI) and SS Brandon Phillips (.256, 10 homers, 30 RBI) were named to the team, which will be managed by Brown.
CLASS AAA BUFFALO (46-28) defeated visiting Norfolk, 5-4, for its fourth win in a row to open an eight-game lead in the Northern Division of the International League. Jason Cooper (.297) went 3-for-4, scored two runs and drove in two. Brandon Phillips (.256) went 1-for-3 with two RBI. Billy Traber (3-2, 4.15 ERA) gave up 10 hits and, but only two earned runs over seven innings. Francisco Cruceta and Andrew Brown combined to pitch a scoreless eighth and Jake Robbins (2.93 ERA) earned his 14th save despite giving up three hits and one run. The Bisons will open a four-game series against visiting Durham on Friday night.
CLASS AA AKRON (40-32) dropped into a first-place tie in the Southern Division of the Eastern League by suffering its' sixth loss in a row, a 9-1 rout by visiting Reading. Brian Slocum (4-4, 4.95 ERA) gave up 11 hits and seven runs over four innings. He struck out six with out a walk. Jose Diaz (6.42 ERA) struck out two in two perfect innings. In 10 innings since being acquired on waivers from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, the right-hander has allowed only one hit and one walk while striking out 14. Travis Foley (5.40 ERA) gave up two hits to the only two batters he faced and both scored. Edward Mujica and Steve Green finished up. Javier Herrera (.236) had two of the Aeros' seven hits. Akron will open a three-game series at Harrisburg on Friday night.
CLASS A KINSTON (2-1) lost for the first time in the second half of the Carolina League season, falling at Lynchburg, 4-3. Brandon Pinckney (.215) and Luis Cotto (.183) each had two of Kinston's eight hits. Ronald Bay (6-4, 3.06 ERA) gave up three runs over six innings. Tom Mastny (2.85 ERA) allowed one run over two innings.
CLASS A LAKE COUNTY (2-1) also suffered its first second-half loss, a 6-3 decision to visiting Delmarva. Tim Montgomery (.320) had two of the Captains' nine hits and Matt Whitney (.191) hit his second homer. Dan Cevette (1-1, 2.14 ERA) yielded five runs, but only two of them were earned, over 3 2/3 innings. Chris Niesel (4.54 ERA) allowed one run over 3 1/3 innings and Brandon Rickert (4.35 ERA) allowed only one walk over two innings.
CLASS A MAHONING VALLEY (1-2) lost to visiting Jamestown, 4-1, getting only four hits. Trevor Crowe went 0-for-4 and the Indians' No. 1 draft pick is still looking for his first hit as a professional after seven at bats over two games with the Scrappers. Scott Lewis, making his first start of the season after spending two months at extended spring training rehabbing from a shoulde injury, allowed two runs over three innings. He gave up three hits, no walks and struck out six. Mark Jecmen worked two perfect innings, Shea Douglas, also coming off an extended layoff because of injury, gave up three runs over two innings and Dustin Roddy (0-1) yielded two runs -- one earned -- over the final two innings.
ROOKIE LEAGUE BURLINGTON (1-2) lost at Princeton, 8-5. Nick Petrucci (.400) went 3-for-4 and hit his first pro homer since he was picked in the 11th round earlier this month. Alfred Ard (.364) went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs. Starter Doodle Hicks (0-1) struggled in his pro debut, allowing four hits while getting only two outs in the first inning. Julio Pinto struggled, too, giving up three runs over 3 1/3.
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