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Alonzo Gonzalez Bluefield bound after call up

Former Vaquero was assigned to Bluefield Blue Jays after logging just over a month in minor-league baseball.

August 16, 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) Bluefield Blue Jays pitcher: Gonzalez started his climb up the minor-league ladder Wednesday when he was assigned to the Bluefield Blue Jays, the Toronto Blue Jays rookie affiliate in the Appalachian League.

Gonzalez got the call after he logged his seventh start with another of Toronto's rookie affiliates in the Gulf Coast League Tuesday. He threw five innings of three-run ball and picked up a no-decision against the visiting Gulf Coast Phillies.

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Bluefield called up the 6-foot-5 left-hander after its game with the Elizabethton Twins was rained out Wednesday, which put it in a doubleheader with the Twins on Thursday.

Gonzalez gave up single runs in the first, third and fifth innings to the Phillies, while scattering eight hits, two walks and striking out four before being pulled at the start of the sixth inning.

The game gave Gonzalez a four-game unbeaten streak, but snapped his winning streak at three starts. He posted a 3-3 record and a 5.15 earned-run average in 10 appearances and seven starts in the Gulf Coast League. He struck out 22 batters, walked 12 and gave up 37 hits through 36 2/3 innings.

Bluefield (22-28) sat in fourth and second to last place in the Appalachian League East Division heading into Thursday's doubleheader with the Twins.

Christian Bergman (St. Francis High, 2006) starting pitcher, Modesto Nuts: Bergman's struggles continued Tuesday in his worst start of the year. The former All-Area Baseball Player of the Year hadn't given up more than five runs in a start until July 27 when he surrendered six. The Visalia Rawhide hung seven runs on the Nuts ace Tuesday.

Modesto picked up the slack and saved Bergman — who gave up nine hits, a home run, a walk and struck out two through five innings — from the loss with a four-run seventh inning for a 10-7 win.

Bergman looked to have recovered Tuesday from a minor bump in the second inning, when he gave up three straight hits for two runs, by retiring the side in order in the third and fourth. Then he gave up five straight base knocks, including a three-run homer to Jonathan Griffin, for five runs in the fifth.

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