Knowing former Shocker Rob Musgrave, he would say this is no big deal. He would be right. Striking out Manny Ramirez twice in a Class-A game isn’t too significant.
It’s fun to point it out, however. Musgrave, pitching for Lake Elsinore (Padres), struck out Ramirez (on a rehab assignment with the Inland Empire 66ers) swinging in the first inning of Thursday’s game. He got him looking, with a runner on second, in the second inning.
Musgrave is 2-3 with a 2.31 ERA for Lake Elsinore.
Former Shocker Conor Gillaspie is doing what he did at WSU – hitting a lot of baseballs hard.
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Another former Shocker to watch is outfielder Andy Dirks, who recently moved up to Triple-A Toledo (Tigers). He is hitting .322 with three home runs in 15 games for the Blades.