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Joe De Pinto hitting his stride with Winston-Salem Dash

Baseball: St. Francis High graduate has been turning his season around with recent hitting, power streak.

July 18, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • St. Francis High graduate Joe De Pinto has been hitting his stride with the Winston-Salem Dash.
St. Francis High graduate Joe De Pinto has been hitting… (Courtesy of Steve…)

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

Joe De Pinto (St. Francis High, 2007) Winston-Salem Dash outfielder: Early on in the season, De Pinto had difficulty getting going with limited opportunities on the field.

The former Golden Knight has seemed to hit his stride of late and continue to one-up his best performances. Two games removed from arguably his best game of the year, De Pinto topped it with a three-for-four showing July 12.

It was a rare flash of power for De Pinto, as he slugged two doubles, a solo home run and scored twice in an 11-3 win over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. De Pinto added another double and run batted in Saturday in a 6-5 loss to Myrtle Beach.

It's continued a hot streak for De Pinto, who was batting .345 (10 for 29) with six runs, five RBI, four doubles and two homers over the past 10 games coming into Thursday.

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He's lifted his season batting average to .270 (38 for 141). He's scored 30 runs, hit 13 doubles, driven in 13 runs and stolen four bases with Winston-Salem, which is in last place in the second half of the Carolina League Southern Division campaign at 12-14.

Alonzo Gonzalez (Glendale Community College, 2012) Vancouver Canadians pitcher: After enduring his fair share of troubles with the Class-A Lansing Lugnuts, Gonzalez was optioned to the Class-A short-season Vancouver Canadians on Sunday.

After spending the majority of this season starting games, the 6-foot-5 left hander was shifted back to a reliever role in his first appearance with the Canadians on Tuesday. It was a much better result for Gonzalez, who was 2-9 with a 5.56 earned-run average in Lansing.

Down 7-4 in the bottom of the second inning, Vancouver turned to Gonzalez with two outs and the bases cleared. The former Vaquero saw the first batter he faced reach on an error at third before inducing a inning-ending grounder to first.

Gonzalez then struck out two of three batters in the third, with Glendale native and former Crescenta Valley High player Lonnie Kauppila grounding out to short in the frame for the other out. Gonzalez then threw a flawless fourth with another strikeout and two ground outs before being relieved in the fifth.

Despite Gonzalez' strong outing, the Canadians fell 11-6. They were in second place in the Northwest League North Division with a 20-14 record, behind the AquaSox.

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