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MESORACO WATCH

May 13, 2011

Punxsy's Devin Mesoraco finished a quality week with the Louisville Bats by hitting 4-for-5 Friday. (Photo submitted)

Punxsutawney Area High School baseball standout Devin Mesoraco completed a successful week with a 4-for-5 game Friday with the Cincinnati Reds' Class AAA affiliate Louisville Bats.

Mesoraco improved his batting average to .295 on the season following a 7-for-23 (.304) week. During the week, he had three extra-base hits, including his first home run since the first week of the season.

Saturday, he was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two walks.

Monday, Mesoraco was the only starter to go without a hit during the Bats' 18-inning marathon loss to Rochester, which won 7-6. He finished 0-for-8 with two strikeouts, but caught a runner who attempted to steal second base in the game.

Mesoraco recovered Wednesday when he hit a solo home run during three at-bats and walked once. He followed that game with an 0-for-4 performance that included a walk and a strikeout Thursday.

His finest game of the week came Friday, when he doubled twice, singled twice, scored two runs and drove in a run. Louisville won that game over Buffalo, 15-7, thanks to a seven-run first inning. Mesoraco doubled and scored during that inning.

The catcher now has four home runs, 15 RBIs, nine doubles and has scored 15 times. His OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) is .890.

Mesoraco has also drawn a team-best 17 walks and is fourth on the squad in hits (31), total bases (52) and on-base percentage (.395).

The Bats improved to 21-14 on the season after a 5-2 week last Saturday through Friday. Louisville trails the Columbus Clippers (25-9) by 4 1/2-games in the International League's West Division.

The Bats will host Buffalo (15-21) for three more games today through Monday before they head on a eight-game road trip in Durham (22-14) and Norfolk (13-22).

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