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Nothing easy about winning debut
By DAVID MURPHY
Published May 30, 2007
Patrick Ryan's debut as a high-Class A relief pitcher went well, given the circumstances.
The former Central star, promoted to the Milwaukee Brewers' affiliate in Brevard County last week, inherited a no-outs, bases-loaded jam in the top of the fifth, but allowed just one run and one hit in 12/3 innings while picking up the win.
Ryan, who went 2-0 with a 3.23 ERA in 16 games at low-Class A West Virginia this year, also pitched two innings in a 9-3 loss to Daytona Beach on Monday, allowing no runs and one hit in two innings.
In two appearances, he is 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA in 32/3 innings
Ryan turns 31 Thursday.
Here's a look at the progress of some other area professionals:
BERNICE MOSBY, F, WASHINGTON MYSTICS WNBA: Mosby, the sixth overall selection in April's WNBA draft, has seen her playing time and production increase over the Mystics' first three games of the season.
In an 81-76 loss to New York on Thursday, the former Hernando star tallied four points, four rebounds and one block in 14 minutes of action, all season highs. Through three games, she is averaging 2.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 9.0 minutes per game.
DEE BROWN, OF, POTOMAC NATIONALS (HIGH-CLASS A/WASHINGTON): The former Hernando star is mired in a 4-for-22 slump. In his past 10 games, Brown, 23, is just 8-for-39 (.205). He is hitting .286 with 25 RBIs and 34 runs scored. His 14 doubles rank second on the team.
BRONSON ARROYO, SP, CINCINNATI REDS (NATIONAL LEAGUE/MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL): Times have been tough lately for the former Hernando star. Arroyo, 30, hasn't recorded a win since May 6, and in his past two outings has lasted a combined six innings. In those two games, Arroyo has allowed a combined 13 hits and 12 earned runs.
Overall, Arroyo is 2-5 with a 4.01 ERA in 11 starts. He has 45 strikeouts and 28 walks in 67 1/3 innings pitched.
The good news? Bronson Arroyo bobblehead night last week attracted a crowd of more than 30, 000 to the Great America Ballpark.
BERT SNOW, SP, SHREVEPORT SPORTS (AMERICAN ASSOCIATION/INDEPENDENT): Snow, 30, is 1-0 with a 1.96 ERA in three starts for the Sports. The former Hernando star has 15 strikeouts and eight walks in 181/3 innings.