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Christian Bergman records third career shutout with Tulsa Drillers

Baseball: Former Knight adds to impressive resume, while McCarthy looks to work his way back to big club in rehab assignment.

August 03, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: St. Francis High graduate Christian Bergman recorded his third career shutout in the Colorado Rockies organization Friday with 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) starting pitcher, Tulsa Drillers: An outing removed from perhaps his worst start of the season, Bergman put together his best Friday. It came in the form of his third career shutout in the Colorado Rockies organization.

The St. Francis High graduate allowed just three hits, three walks and struck out six in the double-A Drillers’ 5-0 win over the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. It’s Bergman’s first shutout since 2011 and his only complete game of 2013, as he improved to 6-7.

“I haven't felt so energized as long as I can remember, it was a great feeling,” Bergman, who threw 104 pitches, 68 strikes and struck out the side in order to end the game, told MiLB.com afterward.

Bergman has thrown a Texas League-leading 138 1/3 innings this year. His WHIP is a stellar 1.11, fourth best in the league, with a 3.32 earned-run average that’s good for seventh. He’s also struck out 96 batters and walked 21.

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“My goal every time I go out there is to stay in the game as long as possible and give my team a chance to win,” Bergman told MiLB.com of his goal to progress deep into games. “If I'm throwing a lot of innings, that means the other parts of pitching are taking care of themselves — getting ground balls, throwing strikes, stuff like that. That's definitely something I take pride in.”

Despite the impressive season stats, Bergman was coming off a rough July. Through five starts, he posted a 5.52 ERA. He’d given up 11 runs, 17 hits and four homers through 11 innings in his previous two outings.

While the Drillers may have been sitting in last place in the second half of the Texas League North Division season at 19-23 coming into Saturday, they’re still headed to the postseason after winning the first half at 34-34.

Brandon McCarthy (Glendale native) starting pitcher, Reno Aces: Two starts into his journey back to the Arizona Diamondbacks, McCarthy is already seeing improvement in his hopefully short rehab assignment from shoulder inflammation.

McCarthy didn’t make it through the fifth inning in his first start July 21. He was pulled with one out in the top of the fifth after giving up a one-out walk and five straight hits (two singles, two doubles and a homer). He gave up six runs on nine hits and two walks in the 15-8 loss to the Las Vegas 51s.

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