Gillaspie Named League’s Top Batter, Yarbrough Takes Home Pitching Honors
Durham Bulls teammates Casey Gillaspie and Ryan Yarbrough were named the International League Batter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, the league announced on Monday, June 26, 2017, for the week of June 19-25. The honor marks just the second time in franchise history a pair of teammates have swept the weekly IL awards.
Gillaspie aided the Bulls to a 5-2 homestand over the seven-day span, as he tied for the International League lead with a .480 average (12-for-25), and led the circuit outright with nine runs scored in seven games. The 24-year-old reached base safely in every game he played throughout the week, and tallied two three-hit games and two two-hit contests. The 20th overall pick in the 2014 draft drove in 10 and homered once over the seven-game stretch, and saw his batting average rise 26 points to .228.
In two starts this past week, Yarbrough went 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA after allowing two runs across 11 1/3 innings. The southpaw capped his week with 5 1/3 scoreless innings in the Bulls’ 10-6 win on Sunday evening against Charlotte, in an outing cut short after taking a line drive off his left leg in the sixth frame. Despite the early exit, the 25-year-old still led the IL with 16 strikeouts on the week, while only allowing three walks.
The Durham Bulls return to the DBAP for a six-game homestand on Tuesday, July 4, and host the USA Collegiate National Team on July 1 and July 3. Single-game tickets and group ticket packages are available now. For more information visit durhambulls.com, the Frontier Communications Ticket Office, or call 919.956.BULL.
Thanks to DBBC’s Matt Sutor for this capcom story & graphic.