Fort Loramie product Jared Hoying continued to be mired in a slump for Round Rock Express, the Class AAA affiliate of the Texas Rangers.
Going into Tuesday night, Hoying had played in five games since last week and wound up going 2 for 14, dropping his batting average on the season to .280.
He hit safely in one of those five games, and provided a dramatic comeback for Round Robin. With his team trailing 2-0 in the eighth inning, Hoying sent the second pitch he saw in his final at-bat out of the park with two men aboard, giving the Express a 3-2 victory over Iowa in the first game of a doubleheader. He finished 2 for 4.
The homer was his ninth of the season, which is third on the club, and the three runs batted in gave him a team-high 43 on the year.
Hoying, who spent a couple weeks with the big club to become the first player in Shelby County history to play in a Major League game, leads Round Rock in hits (67) and total bases (119), is second in triples (5) and stolen bases (14), and is fourth in bases on balls (25).
Despite the year he is having, he was not selected to play in the Pacific Coast League All-Star Game.
Luebke, from Maria Stein, was recently designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates, and refused his assignment to Class AAA, resulting in his release a week ago.
Luebke hasn’t pitched in the majors since June 17, when he walked three of the four batters he faced and gave up a hit to the other one. His earned run average stands at 9.35.
He will now be looking for a new organization as he tries to come back from two “Tommy John” surgeries.
Stammen, from North Star and a Versailles High School grad, pitched well in his latest rehab assignment for the Arizona League Indians. In his latest outing, he worked one inning and retired all three batters he faced, including striking out two of them.
He’s appeared in three games and allowed four hits, two runs, both earned, and has eight strikeouts and no walks in three innings of work.