Meadows still struggling

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 19, 2001

Sports Editor

Troy native Brian Meadows went from a major league baseball team that, at the time, was

second in home runs allowed to a minor league squad which currently ranks first in the same category.

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The Kansas City Royals Triple AAA farm team, the Omaha Golden Spikes, have allowed more homers then any team in the Pacific Coast League, totalling 139 thus far in the season. Meadows has contributed his fair share of that amount with 14 to his credit as of Monday, July 16.

But he’s not alone.

Seven other Golden Spikes’ pitchers have allowed double-digit dingers this season. Omaha 10-win hurler Chris George has given up 13 homeruns.

Meadows, a Charles Henderson graduate, still seems to be struggling with the ability to close games. He currently has a 2-4 record with the Golden Spikes and a 9.51 Earned Run Average in 47.1 innings pitched. , giving up 83 hits, 51 runs and struck out 25 while walking 12.

Opponents have a .285 batting average against the Golden Spikes.