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Lexington’s Frank Schwindel talks about his hot stretch

06/02/2014 11:45 PM

06/03/2014 2:23 PM

All good things must end, but Class A Lexington catcher/first baseman Frank Schwindel wouldn’t have minded to let this hot streak continue a little longer.

Schwindel went zero for four in the Legends’ 7-3 loss Monday at Greenville. It was a bummer ending for what was a good day. Earlier on Monday, Schwindel was named South Atlantic League Player of the Week for May 26-June 1.

That Schwindel won the award should have been a surprise to no one. In that seven-game span, he hit .414 with six home runs with 16 RBIs.

Schwindel couldn’t recall a better stretch ever in his life.

“Never like this,” Schwindel said by phone before the game. “I’ve had a couple player of the weeks in college, but that doesn’t compare to this.

“I’ve been trying to stick to the same approach and look for a good pitch to hit, and things went well this week.”

That’s an understatement. He had a 1.592 OPS, for crying out loud.

Schwindel said there wasn’t a reason for the hot stretch. He tried to get his foot down a little earlier to see the ball better.

Mission accomplished.

“I’ve been seeing it well lately,” Schwindel said. “I’ve been swinging at good pitches and taking a couple of walks. I don’t walk much, which isn’t good. But I’ve taken a couple of walks, so I’ve been seeing it well lately and putting some good swings on it.”

He’s been doing that since the Royals picked him in the 18th round of last year’s draft out of St. John’s University.

Schwindel hit .300 last year with 42 RBIs in 64 games at Idaho Falls and helped the Chukars win the Pioneer League title. This season, he has a .272/.305/.515 slash line. In addition, Schwindel has five three-hit games and was batting .481 with runners in scoring position and two outs entering Monday’s game.

Monday’s starter Matt Tenuta, 2-5, allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked two.

Other games

Clayton Mortensen scattered four hits over six shutout innings and Class AAA Omaha won 7-1 at Round Rock. Mortensen struck out six and walked one and is unscored upon in his 11 innings of work this season. Spencer Patton gave up one run in three innings. He struck out four, walked one and allowed two hits. Catcher Jesus Flores hit a two-run homer and Matt Fields had two RBIs without the benefit of a hit. Brian Bocock, Christian Colon and Johnny Giavotella each had a pair of hits.

Glenn Sparkman and Daniel Stumpf combined on a three-hitter as Class A-Advanced Wilmington won 3-0 at Frederick. Stumpf, 2-7, retired all 12 batters he faced with four strikeouts. Sparkman gave up three hits, walked two and struck out one. Hunter Dozier’s RBI single in the seventh inning broke the scoreless tie. In the eighth inning, Kenny Diekroeger’s single scored Cody Stubbs, and Diekroeger scored when Terrance Gore reached on an error.

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