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NOTEBOOK From Cafaro Field



Published: Thu, July 12, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Raising the bar: Pitcher Victor Kleine and the rest of the Scrappers can pinpoint areas of concern. It's just a matter of addressing them. "We just need to put it all together," Kleine said. "Each day there's a little thing that we can look back at and say we should have done at that certain point in time. We can't say it's too early anymore; we've got to go out there and do it and put it on the line every day."

Those aren't cheers: Fans rained boos toward the Scrappers in the eighth inning when Eric Thompson didn't score from first on Maximo Made's double to right. Thompson, said to be one of the fastest baserunners in the Cleveland Indians organization, came home on Zach Sorensen's ensuing sacrifice fly. "I think the fans are always going to be here for us," Kleine said, "but I think they're starting to get a little frustrated."

Working his way back: First baseman Curtis Gay is trying to get himself out of a rut. Gay began Thursday's game with a .095 batting average in 42 at-bats. He went 1-for-2 with two walks. "I'd like to see Curtis get going," manager Dave Turgeon said. "He's had some hard luck. Guys will go into a funk and will come out of it by hitting line drives. All of a sudden, his line drives were all caught, so then he'll press even more. He swings the bat well in batting practice; it's just a matter of him taking it over into the games."

Tidbits: Neal Huntington, director of player development for the Cleveland Indians, was at Cafaro Field observing players and coaches. ... Scrappers right fielder Miguel Quintana had his team-high seven-game hitting streak snapped; he went 0-for-4. ... Tonight's scheduled pitching matchup in the series finale pits Scrappers right-hander Doug Lantz (0-2, 7.71 ERA) against Yankees left-hander Shaun Henn (1-1, 5.84). ... After tonight's game, the Scrappers head back on the road, with four games at Williamsport beginning Saturday and two at Batavia. They will return home July 20 to play Hudson Valley at 7 p.m.




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