Aug. 8, 2011

Shuck’s family on his debut Shuck’s first Major League hit Luebke’s nine K’s

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Former Ohio State outfielder/pitcher J.B. Shuck made his Major League debut for the Houston Astros Friday, shortly after receiving the call-up from Triple-A Oklahoma City. He becomes the fifth former Buckeye to appear in a big-league game this season.

The outfielder came off the bench to play right field, going 1-for-2 with a stolen base. For the series against Milwaukee, Shuck went 2-for-6 with two walks and a stolen base and made his first career start Sunday.

Shuck was named a Pacific Coast League all-star while hitting .302 with 10 doubles, seven triples and 56 runs scored at Oklahoma City before his promotion. The Galion, Ohio, native was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2006 and garnered third team All-Big Ten honors in 2008 as both an outfielder and pitcher.

Luebke Brilliant Against Pirates Cory Luebke allowed just one earned run and struck out nine over seven innings for San Diego in a 13-2 win Saturday at Pittsburgh.

The left-hander has given up fewer than three runs in six of his eight starts while posting a 3.06 earned-run average in 88.1 innings pitched this season. Luebke has struck out 91 to just 22 walks while stifling opponents to the tune of a .203 average.

Wimmers Back on Track Alex Wimmers, the Buckeyes’ former College Baseball Foundation National Pitcher of the Year and two-time All-American, looks to be regaining his old form with High-A Ft. Myers.

The right-hander tossed four scoreless innings of relief, allowing two hits and striking out six while walking just one Saturday at Palm Beach. He has struck out 23 while walking just eight in 17 innings since coming off the disabled list.