GLENDALE â€” The following are updates on area players in minor league baseball.
Jason Hirsh (St. Francis, 2000) Colorado Springs Sky Sox starting pitcher: The former Golden Knight turned in his second quality start in a row on Friday, allowing two earned runs on seven hits while striking out seven and walking none in 6 1/3 innings of work against the Portland Beavers in Colorado Springs.
Hirsh did not factor in the decision after leaving the game with his team trailing, 3-1, but was taken off the hook for the loss when the Sky Sox rallied with a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to win the game, 4-3.
On Aug. 2, Hirsh picked up his third win in a Sky Sox uniform, and first since July 7, when he limited the Iowa Cubs to two runs on six hits over six innings.
He received six runs of support in the road game, including a run he batted in himself with a double, and the Sky Sox won, 9-5.
Hirsh is now 3-3 on the year with a 5.62 earned-run average in 13 starts with Triple-A Colorado Springs (58-61), which is in last place in the Pacific North Division of the Pacific Coast League. He continues to work toward a return to the Colorado Rockies, where he has a career record of 5-7 with a 4.81 ERA in 19 games.
Marco Estrada (Glendale Community College, 2003) Columbus Clippers starting pitcher: Estrada has recently begun to justify his June promotion to the Triple-A Clippers, but has found wins hard to come by in August.
In his most recent outing, Friday at the Louisville Bats, Estrada took a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning, but was removed with one out after two singles and a fielding error loaded the bases.
By the end of the inning, Louisville had taken a 2-1 lead and one run was charged to Estrada, who is now 2-2 with an ERA of 3.88 with Columbus. He took the loss in Friday's 7-1 defeat.
In his Aug. 3 home start against Louisville, Estrada went six innings and allowed just one earned run while striking out six, but did not factor in the decision in the Clippers' 2-1 victory.
Doug Slaten (Glendale Community College, 1999) Tucson Sidewinders relief pitcher: The origins of Slaten's current Triple-A stint are more rehab than performance-related, but the former Vaquero left-hander continues to use his time in Tucson to work out the issues that plagued his last several appearances in the majors.
In 1 2/3 innings pitched spanning two relief appearances, Slaten has surrendered three earned runs on four hits and two walks and currently has an ERA of 16.20.
Slaten, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 19 with a right knee strain, is currently eligible to be recalled to the majors, where his ERA has risen nearly a full run over the last month to 4.55.
Eddie Camacho (Glendale Community College, 2002) New Orleans Zephyrs relief pitcher: Camacho has allowed no hits and just one baserunner in his last four relief appearances for Triple-A New Orleans.
In 7 2/3 innings pitched with the Zephyrs this season, Camacho is 1-0 with a 3.52 ERA.
?GABRIEL RIZK covers sports. He can be reached at (818) 637-3226 or at email@example.com.