Notebook: Final start for rookie Hernandez

Courtesy photo - Elk Grove High School graduate David Hernandez entered his final start of the season with a 4-9 record and a 5.20 ERA for the Baltimore Orioles.

The regular season for Major League Baseball ends this weekend. It’s been an interesting rookie season for Baltimore Orioles’ starting pitcher David Hernandez.

His final scheduled start of the season was Wednesday against Tampa Bay. Going into that game the former Elk Grove High School and Cosumnes River College ace hadn’t won a game since the first of August. But, he threw his second straight quality start on Sept. 25. He gave up two earned runs in six innings, while striking out six and walking just one in a no-decision against the Cleveland Indians. 

Going into his final start, Hernandez was 4-9 with a 5.20 ERA for a club that has lost 100 games this season. Baltimore’s season-ending rotation included three rookies.

- Oakland A’s reliever Brad Kilby, called up from the Sacramento River Cats at the beginning of September, finally gave up an earned run Sept. 26 in a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

He had a perfect 0.00 ERA in his first eight major league appearances.

The former Laguna Creek High School and San Jose State left-hander has found favor with his manager.

“All of his pitches are above-average,” said Oakland manager Bob Geren. “He’s tough against lefties and righties. He goes right after guys. He throws strikes. There’s lot to like. He’s got a very sneaky fastball.”

Geren likened Kilby’s unique pitching motion to that of former New York Mets left-hander Sid Fernandez.

“He throws it in the low 90s, but it ‘plays up’ because he hides it real well,” said Geren.

- The Laguna Creek varsity football team misses junior defensive standout Delvonte Hunt. The 6-foot-2, 245-pounder broke his foot in the season opening win over Florin. Hunt actually never played in the game as he was hurt during warm-ups.

Since then, the Cardinals have allowed 105 points combined in back-to-back losses to Vacaville and Pleasant Grove, which forced four turnovers in Laguna Creek territory.

Head coach Mark Nill says he expects Hunt to be lost for the season. However, the All-Delta Valley Conference selection last year as a sophomore might know in about four weeks whether he can suit up late this season.

- Andrew Lopez never played football when he attended Elk Grove High School from 2002 through 2005. But, now he is a defensive back at Sacramento City College.

“He was a baseball-only guy,” former Elk Grove co-head coach Dave Hoskins said. “But, he’s now moving up (the depth chart) and is second-string at defensive back.”

Hoskins is now the offensive line coach at Sacramento City College. He said Lopez was encouraged to come out this fall and play for the Panthers because his Elk Grove baseball teammate, Cody Allen, had likewise decided to abandon a career in professional baseball.

Lopez played in both the Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago Cubs’ minor league organizations.

Allen had another solid game at quarterback, throwing for more than 300 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-26 loss Saturday to Delta College. 

Brandon SooHoo, a 2009 Elk Grove graduate, is now returning punts and kickoffs for Sac City.