Greensboro pitcher will be honored for his heroics

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A South Atlantic League pitcher who thwarted an attempted robbery in a Wal-Mart parking lot earlier this season will be honored at a Greensboro Grasshoppers game today.

Grasshoppers right-handed starter Curtis Petersen said he was making a trip to a store for a few necessities on April 7 when he spotted a woman in distress. Peterson confronted a man who was attempting to steal the woman's purse and vehicle. The would-be robber was detained by Petersen until authorities arrived to make the arrest.

A statement released by the Greensboro Grasshoppers on Friday said Wal-Mart will honor Petersen "for his acts of courage" and "as a thank you to Petersen" at today's game. Wal-Mart purchased 1,000 tickets to the game in Greensboro, where Petersen is expected to make his eighth start of the season.

The statement said Wal-Mart will give most of the tickets to underprivileged children from Greensboro so they can see Peterson in action against the visiting Lexington Legends.

Wal-Mart will also make a presentation to Petersen after the game.

SUSPENDED: Three Atlanta Braves minor league prospects were suspended 50 games each on Friday for using performance enhancing substances, according to a report on MiLB.com.

The three minor leaguers, Gerry Rodriguez, Yoel Campusano and Amandeo Zazueta , are all members of the Advanced-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans and tested positive for an amphetamine.

AWARD WINNER: Former Augusta GreenJackets pitcher Eric Surkamp was named the California League's Pitcher of the Week last week.

The left-handed starter didn't allow an earned run in two starts last week, highlighted by the league's first complete-game, shutout of the season. The two-hitter came against the Bakersfield Blaze on May 16.

Surkamp entered Saturday's play ranked fourth in the league with a 2.02 ERA.

He ranked first in walks and hits per innings pitched at 0.91.

ATTENDANCE: Through Friday night's games, a little more than 930,000 fans have seen South Atlantic League baseball action this year, according to the league's most recent attendance report.

Heading into the league's peak season, with school out and summer weekend promotions planned, attendance is only slightly under the pace of last year's 3,690,958 total for league-wide attendance despite the league's loss of two teams.

The Bowling Green Hot Rods and the Lake County Captains both left the SAL during the off-season to join the Midwest League, minor league baseball's only other Single-A league, dropping the total number of teams in the Sally League to 14.

TEAM RECORD CHECK: Franchise milestones have been surpassed in Delmarva and Hagerstown already this season during South Atlantic League play.

The Delmarva Shorebirds picked up their 1,000th franchise victory in April. The Hagerstown Suns got win No. 2,000 on May 1 with a victory over the GreenJackets.

Where do the GreenJackets stand in their franchise totals? Somewhere in the middle.

According to the baseball statistical Web site Baseball-Reference.com, the franchise first called the Augusta Pirates and later the GreenJackets entered the 2010 season with 1,590 wins and 1,480 losses in 22 years.

Entering Saturday's play, the GreenJackets were four losses away from their 1,500th franchise loss and 384 wins away from franchise win No. 2,000.

Including the team's South Atlantic League leading 26-16 overall record this season entering Saturday's game, Augusta's minor league team owns a .519 winning percentage.


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