The standing continue to stay relatively close, with no more than 8 games separating the leader from the cellar in either division. Albuquerque has clawed into a tie for first in the Colt .45s division, while Nacogdoches continues to hold a comfortable, but not insurmountable, lead in the Astros division.
Let's look at the goings on of note for the last two weeks:
6/9 - Sean Berry had his 3rd (!) five hit game of the season as Greenville beat Katy 10-2. He had 4 singles and a double, along with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored.
6/15 - Jon Singleton is expected to miss at least one game as he takes a leave of absence to be with his ailing mother. Philadelphia manager The Constable said "I told him to take all the time he needs. I know what he's been going through, and the most important thing is that he's there for both her and the family." Singleton is hitting just .168 on the season.
6/15 - Ken Forsch of the Going Going Thon pitched a 4 hit shutout against Katy, walking 2 and striking out 2. Katy manager Masked Marvel said, "He had the changeup working. You knew it was coming and you still grounded out...and then he threw it even slower."
6/16 - Albuquerque's Dave Giusti threw a 4 hit shutout to beat Greenville 2-0. Giusti struck out 6 and walked 2.
6/17 - Greenville reliever Aurelio "Señor Smoke" Lopez announced he will retire at the end of the season. This season he's appeared in 10 games with an 8.62 ERA.
6/18 - Roy Oswalt of Little Rock shut out the Andujar Jar Binks on 4 hits, striking out 11 while walking 2. "I can't take all the credit for this one," Oswalt said. "I had some great defense behind me."
6/18 - Greenville's Nolan Ryan took his turn shutting out Katy, giving up 6 hits and 6 walks while striking out 9 in the Master Bateman's 3-0 victory. Ryan said "It just happened to be one of those games where even when I made mistakes they either fouled them off or someone would make a fine defensive play. It was just one of those games that things went my way."
As I mentioned, the All-Star game was recently held; here are our squads:
Colt .45s Division
The Astros Division broke the game open early and never looked back. Colt .45s starter Mike Scott allowed 8 hits and 6 runs in 1.2 innings and the Astros never looked back, ultimately winning 14-1. J.R. Richard was the All-Star Game MVP after pitching 2 perfect innings with 3 strikeouts to go along with a bases loaded triple in the 2nd inning.