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GCC's Alonzo Gonzalez on first winning streak in minors

Three former Vaqueros, a Golden Knight build modest win, unbeaten, hitting streaks this season.

August 03, 2012|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com

The following are updates on local baseball players at the minor league level.

Alonzo Gonzalez (Glendale Community College, 2012) Gulf Coast League Blue Jays pitcher: Gonzalez began his first professional winning streak Friday, as he recorded his second win in as many starts in the Gulf Coast Blue Jays' 7-3 victory over the Gulf Coast Pirates.

The former Vaquero lasted five innings in which he gave up six hits and three runs. Gonzalez gave up two singles to start the third inning, but got out of trouble with two ground balls and when a runner was caught stealing second.

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A mini two-out rally allowed the Pirates to score all three of their runs off Gonzalez in the top of the fourth. Dilson Herrera doubled in a run for the Pirates, who also got a two-run single from Kevin Ross in the inning.

Gonzalez bounced back to retire the side in order in the bottom of the fifth before he was pulled to start the sixth with the Blue Jays up, 5-3.

The best start of Gonzalez' professional career so far came July 28 when he gave up three hits, two walks and a run over five innings to earn his first win with the Blue Jays, a rookie affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, over the Gulf Coast Tigers.

It may have helped keep Gonzalez (2-3) in the starting rotation, as he just made the transition from the bullpen July 11 and had lost his first three starts before winning the last two. The 6-foot-5 left-hander has 15 strikeouts compared to nine walks and has surrendered 27 hits through 26 2/3 innings for the Blue Jays, who are second to last in their league's north division with a 15-26 record.

Ryan Sherriff (Glendale Community College, 2011) starting pitcher, Palm Beach Cardinals: Sherriff strung together two stellar starts in a row to earn his third win in as many starts Friday over the Bradenton Marauders.

The left-hander held Bradenton to four hits, three walks and two earned runs through 6 1/3 innings. He was pulled with Palm Beach up, 7-3, in favor of reliever Drew Benes with one out in the bottom of the seventh after he gave up a walk, single and a runner scored on a wild pitch after the leadoff runner reached on an error.

The Marauders nearly rallied for the win, but Palm Beach reliever Jose Almarante recorded the last two outs when he induced a 6-4 line drive double play for the save and Cardinals victory, 7-6.

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