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Christian Bergman continues all-star form with Tulsa Drillers

Baseball: Former Golden Knight remains one of best in Texas League since all-star game, nearing .500 record.

July 13, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: St. Francis High graduate Christian Bergman has two of his last three starts for the Tulsa Drillers.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: St. Francis High graduate Christian Bergman… (Courtesy of Brian…)

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

Christian Bergman (St. Francis High, 2006) pitcher, Tulsa Drillers: Leading into and since the Texas League All-Star Game, Bergman has elevated his play.

Since the league showcase June 25, which Bergman qualified for but didn’t appear in after pitching two days before, the former Golden Knight has won two of his last three starts. It’s boosted Bergman’s record to 5-6 and dropped his earned-run average to 2.99.

On the year, Bergman owns the league high in innings pitched (111 1/3), sixth-best ERA, WHIP (1.10) and strikeouts (76).

Bergman won his first start after the all-star game June 29, as he tossed six four-hit, one-run innings in a 3-1 win over the Corpus Christi Hooks. He struck out five and walked one. Six days later, he allowed eight base runners — all hits, two runs and struck out seven in seven innings without factoring into a 4-3 loss to the San Antonio Missions.

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Bergman took a 2-0 lead into the eighth inning July 5 before giving up a home run on his first pitch of the frame. It was followed by a single, which led to Drillers Manager Kevin Riggs turning to the bullpen. San Antonio chased home that run and added two more to take a 4-1 lead.

“He was very good,” Riggs told TulsaWorld.com of Bergman’s outing. “He did an admirable job and did what he had to do, but it's unfortunate we came out on the wrong side.

“I felt good about it with Bergman in a good place with his pitch count, so we let him start the eighth, and with the way our bullpen has been pitching. Things just didn't work out for us. Give credit to [the Missions].”

Bergman earned his fifth win in a 12-5 victory over the Arkansas Travelers on Friday. In six innings, he gave up seven hits, one walk, three runs and struck out five.

Tulsa, the double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, is six games back in the second half of the league’s North Division with an 8-13 record coming into Saturday’s game with Arkansas. The Drillers won the first half with a 34-34 mark.

Ryan Sherriff (Glendale Community College, 2011) pitcher, Palm Beach Cardinals: After an impressive three-game run at the double-A level with the Springfield Cardinals, Sherriff was optioned back to Palm Beach on June 22.

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