Suns Getting Much-Needed Hot Bat from Roberts

By Zellen, Peter | The Florida Times Union, June 15, 1997 | Go to article overview

Suns Getting Much-Needed Hot Bat from Roberts


Zellen, Peter, The Florida Times Union


When Dave Roberts came to the Jacksonville Suns last season, he

did so with a fair amount of excitement. Called up from

Class-A Visalia August 30, the outfielder was with the Suns

less than a week when he hit a three-run home run in the 15th

inning to give Jacksonville a 5-2 victory in Game 1 of the

Eastern Division playoffs.

Roberts has been performing similarly over the last week,

driving in runs in five of eight games from June 7-12. On three

occasions, Roberts has driven in the game-tying run. Roberts,

one of only two pure left-handers in the Suns' lineup, is 25 for

his last 78 and is hitting .280 with 22 RBI from the leadoff

spot.

"I was seeing the ball pretty good," Roberts said. "Other guys

like Juan [Encarnacion] and Jesse [Ibarra] have been carrying

this team throughout this season, and it's high time some other

guys tried to step up and pick up the slack a little bit."

GOOD NEWS FOR GREISINGER -- Before the season, the Detroit

Tigers -- Jacksonville's parent club -- told Seth Greisinger he

would be be pitching for the Double-A Suns for the entire 1997

season, no matter what. Of course, the Tigers didn't expect

Greisinger to get off to a 3-3 start with a 7.69 ERA.

But true to their word, the Tigers are going to let Greisinger

work it out in Jacksonville rather than send the right-hander

down to Class-A Lakeland. …

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