DANVILLE, Va.; and GLENDALE, Ariz. - The careers of two former Newberry College baseball players continued to rise as both Thomas Berryhill and Casio Grider had successful outings in the minor leagues in the last week.
Thomas Berryhill had a up-and-down week in which he recorded every possible pitching outcome except a loss. The Danville Braves reliever picked up a save, a blown save, a win and a hold in three appearances. On July 22, Berryhill earned his sixth save of the season, allowing no hits in the ninth inning of Danville's 6-5 win over the Johnson City Cardinals. On Monday night, Berryhill was tagged with his first blown save against the Burlington Royals after giving up a run in the top of the ninth. However, he also earned his first career win after teammate Mycal Jones gave the D-Braves the 2-1 victory by scoring on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning. Berryhill struggled at Burlington last night, but was credited with the first hold of his career as Danville defeated Burlington, 6-4. Berryhill gave up a double and a triple in the bottom of the ninth, but the Braves still hung on for the win.
Berryhill is now in a three-way tie for the Appalachian League lead in saves with Greeneville's Nathan Pettus and Johnson City's David Kington, with all three players tallying six saves thus far. Berryhill has a 1-1 record with a 3.14 ERA in 14.1 innings pitched.
Danville is still in first place in the Appalachian League's East Division with a 23-12 overall record, 2.5 games ahead of the Princeton Rays. The D-Braves are three games behind the Elizabethton Twins for the overall league lead. Danville plays six games before our next update. The Braves finish up the road series with Burlington tonight and tomorrow, and start a three-game road set at the Bristol Sox on Friday. After taking Monday off, Danville starts a six-game homestand on Tuesday against Princeton.
Thomas Berryhill statistics on MiLB.com --- Danville Braves --- Appalachian League
Casio Grider has continued to improve with the Arizona League Dodgers, hitting at a .315 clip since our last update. At one point, Grider had a four-game streak with at least two hits in each game. On July 22, he was 2-for-5 with a run scored in a 7-3 win over the AZL Indians. He also helped turn a double play in that game. The next night, he was 2-for-5 with his 10th steal of the season in a 10-5 loss to the Padres. The streak of multi-hit games was broken on Saturday, as he popped out in a pinch hitting appearance in a 9-6 win over the Padres. Grider bounced back and went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a steal in a 6-4 loss to the Rangers on Sunday, but went 0-for-4 in a 5-2 win over the Rangers the next night.
Grider is now hitting .253 for the season with a homerun, 10 RBIs and 11 steals. He is tied for second in the Arizona League in steals, and the Dodgers are 2-1 in the second half of the season. The Dodgers finished the first half of the season with a 13-15 record, four games behind the Mariners in the AZL West Division. The Dodgers are off tonight and will play at the Mariners tomorrow and at the Brewers on Friday. The Dodgers play three games in August before the next update, hosting the Brewers on Saturday and the Cubs on Sunday before an off day Monday and a game at the Giants on Tuesday.
Casio Grider statistics on MiLB.com --- AZL Dodgers --- Arizona Summer League
Jared Locke did not make an appearance on the mound for the Traverse City Beach Bums since our last update. Traverse City starts a three-game home series against the Lake Erie Crushers tonight and hosts the Florence Freedom for a three-game set Saturday through Monday. The Beach Bums will be in the middle of a series at the Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti when our next update occurs.
Traverse City Beach Bums --- Frontier League