• On Tuesday night, the 30th, he extended that streak to 45 games
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Perhaps the best example of why I love writing this column is discovering jewels like Rick Zagone (06-08), who has been promoted to Frederick. Zagone made his debut against the Wilmington Blue Rocks (KC) and did not disappoint with six innings of three hit shutout ball, allowing just one walk and striking out five.■ Andy Shipman (03) has been selected for Northern League All-Star Game (OurSportsCentral.com)
Four-time All-Star Jay Pecci headlines a list of seven Gary SouthShore RailCats players tabbed to participate in the 2009 Northern League Field of All-Stars Game, the league announced today. Pecci will be joined by Eric McNamee, Steve Haake, Mike Massaro, Andy Shipman and Eddie De la Cruz.■ Mobile guns down Barons at plate, snapping skid (al.com)
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The RailCats closer, Shipman is one of three members of the bullpen named to the All-Star Game. Released earlier this season by the Kansas City T-Bones, Shipman has been lights out in 11 appearances for the RailCats, posting six saves and a 0.82 ERA in 11.0 innings of work. Shipman has allowed only nine hits and three walks while striking out 12. This is the third All-Star selection of Shipman's professional career, but first since the 2005 Southern League (AA) All-Star Game.
Center fielder Evan Frey (05-07) gunned down Birmingham's C.J. Retherford at the plate, preserving a 6-5 victory for the Mobile BayBears and snapping the club's four-game losing streak Monday night.
Birmingham stormed back from a 4-0 deficit to tie the game in the seventh, but Peter Clifford's two-run double in the eighth put Mobile ahead for good. Birmingham trimmed the lead with a Stefan Gartrell solo shot in the bottom of the frame and threatened again in the ninth before Frey's game-ending throw.