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Moore Wins 2nd Pitcher Of the Week Award



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SIOUX FALLS – Ben Moore may need a bigger trophy case.

For the second time this season, the Sioux Falls Pheasants starter was named Pointstreak Pitcher of the Week. The American Association announced the award on Monday for August 1-8. The selection was made by Pointstreak, the official statistician of the American Association.

Moore went 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA in two starts this past week. In 14 innings pitched, he allowed four earned runs on 10 hits with three walks and 20 strikeouts.

On August 2, Moore set a franchise and career record with 14 strikeouts against the St. Paul Saints, a record that stood since Jamie Ybarra fanned 12 in one game in 1994. Moore followed up that outing with a complete-game, three-hit shutout performance in seven innings against Fargo-Moorhead on Sunday. Behind six strikeouts, Moore earned his 12th victory, a new career high. It is just the fifth time in franchise history a pitcher has collected a dozen wins or more, second to Ryan Ford’s 13 victories in 2008.

“What Ben Moore is doing this year is special,” Pheasants manager Steve Shirley said. “It’s not unusual, given his talent and hard work ethic, but it is tremendous.”

On the season, Moore is 12-2 with a 2.41 ERA in 119 2/3 innings pitched. He leads the American Association in innings pitched, strikeouts (115) and ERA and tied for first in wins. This is the second Player of the Week award for Moore (week ending July 24) this season. He was also named Pitcher of the Month for July.

Moore is next slated to start when the Pheasants host the Sioux City Explorers at 7:05 p.m. on Friday, August 12, at Sioux Falls Stadium. Fans can purchase tickets online at www.sfpheasants.com or visit the Pheasants box office in person.

The Pheasants begin a four-game series with the Winnipeg Goldeyes tonight in Winnipeg.

Courtesy: Scott Beatty, Sioux Falls Pheasants

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