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Sherriff's three-game win streak snapped

GCC product suffers loss, but left-handed pitcher still has respectable 8-2 record on the mound.

August 13, 2012|By Charles Rich

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

Ryan Sherriff (Glendale Community College, 2011) starting pitcher, Palm Beach Cardinals: Sherriff has been a constant staple in Palm Beach's rotation since joining the St. Louis Cardinals' class-A advanced affiliate in May. Sherriff, a left-hander who also played for the Glendale Angelenos briefly during its inaugural season in 2011 after helping Glendale college reach the state tournament for the first time in the program's history, saw his three-game winning streak end Thursday.

Sherriff (8-2) allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings, as host Palm Beach suffered a 5-2 defeat against the St. Lucie Mets in a Florida State League contest at Roger Dean Stadium. He struck out five and walked one.

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Sherriff started off well, limiting the Mets to two hits through the first three innings. However, Sherriff encountered trouble in the fourth, surrendering a three-run home run to Blake Forsythe to give St. Lucie a 3-2 lead.

During Sherriff's previous start Aug. 3 against the Bradenton Marauders, he allowed three runs (two earned) and four hits to help Palm Beach post a 7-6 road victory. Sherriff went 6 1/3 innings, striking out four and walking three. The former All-Western State Conference first-team honoree also gave up a pair of solo home runs.

Through Thursday, Sherriff is 8-2 with a 3.33 earned-run average in 13 starts. He's struck out 46, walked 16 and allowed 34 runs (30 earned) in 81 innings. Entering Monday's contest against the host St. Luice, the Cardinals are 24-27 and in fifth place in the league's South Division.

Christian Bergman (St. Francis High, 2006) starting pitcher, Modesto Nuts: Like Sherriff, Bergman has also excelled being the ace of his team.

Bergman leads Modesto, the class-A advanced affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, with 14 victories. Bergman hasn't registered a decision in his last two appearances, which both spanned six innings.

In his last start on Wednesday against the visiting Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, Bergman scattered six hits and struck out three. He left with a 2-0 lead, which Modesto relinquished in the ninth before scoring in the bottom of the inning to record a 3-2 victory. Bergman faced 25 batters.

Bergman is 14-5 with a 3.00 earned-run average in 23 starts. The UC Irvine graduate has struck out a team-high 108 and allowed 54 runs (47 earned) and 134 hits in 141 innings.

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