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Lamb pitches like a lion tonight in Wilmington, DE.

June 24, 2010

The household was riveted to the Internets radio broadcast of today’s game in Wilmington, DE. The Salem Red Sox were taking on the Wilmington Blue Rocks at Frawley Stadium for the promotional Zack Greinke bobble-head night.

The true basis of the excitement were the simple facts that John Lamb was kicking off the second half of the Blue Rocks season and he was also embarking on an area of his professional baseball career that has never been done before. As some of you know, John signed right out of Laguna Hills High School after the Kansas City Royals 5th round choice in 2008. Since his entire senior season was missed due to an injury suffered in an auto accident, that first year in professional baseball was caution by the Royals to make sure Lamb was fully recovered from the broken arm.

Lamb was the opening day starter for the Rookie level Burlington Royals last year and was later moved to Idaho Falls to complete his first year of play with the Chukars. When John called from the 2010 Spring training complex in Surprise, AZ and said he was “breaking camp” and headed to Burlington, IA to pitch for the Bees, we all knew he was set to play the longest season of his life.

Earlier tonight he started that part of his professional baseball career with a fury of strike-outs and scoreless innings of work. Lamb finished his longest outing of the season after allowing his 2nd walk with two outs in the 7th inning. The Blue Rocks bull-pen took the ball and secured the team’s third shut-out of the season and won the game by a score of 2-0.

Lamb matched his season high numbers of strike-outs with 9 and only allowed 4 hits during his performance. An 8-4-2 play that concluded with a collision at the plate and Salvador Perez holding the ball was the only true threat of scoring by the Red Sox.

Thursday night’s game was truly a pitching duel and the Lamb family is happy to note that the good guys won with their timely hitting and steady defensive play.

Now the West coast part of the family can relax until the next start in four days.


– – – James Lamb

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