Storm place three on Cal League All-Star team

Steve Baker

Shortstop Juan Ciriaco, outfielder Steve Baker and relief pitcher Paul Abraham were selected to represent the Cal League in the California League-Carolina League All-Star Game on June 28 in Frederick, Md.

The Storm were one of three Cal League teams to have three players chosen. San Jose, which led the league with a 38-23 record entering Friday, had four players named to the team.

Juan Ciriaco is batting .286 with 18 extra-base hits and 36 RBIs. Two weeks ago, his average topped out at .370 - but Ciriaco has hit a slump that has dropped his average significantly.

"If they throw me a strike I will swing at it," Ciriaco said through an interpretor of his aggressive attitude.

Steve Baker is leading the team with a .363 batting average and has 34 RBIs. He has had three hitting streaks of seven games or more. Baker also has six outfield assists to his credit.

"I am just going out there and laying it all on the table and see what happens," said Baker.

Paul Abraham, the Storm's setup man, is 2-1 with a 0.97 ERA and 28 strikeouts with eight walks in 37 innings pitched. He did not allow an earned run through his first 20 appearances of the season.

"As a reliever, you have to be ready for short bursts and have a quick recovery so you can throw three, four, five days in a row," Abraham said.

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