Blackmon makes college to pro adjustment look easy

Going from college to professional baseball has been no adjustment at all for Charlie Blackmon.

After hitting .396 at Georgia Tech, the North Gwinnett graduate is batting .346 for the Tri-City Dust Devils in the Class A Northwest League.

Blackmon, a second-round draft choice by Colorado, had a recent four-game stretch in which he had 14 hits in 22 at-bats. Included were four doubles and a triple. He had five RBIs.

The 22-year-old went into Saturday ranked fourth in the Northwest League batting race with a .346 average. He had 14 doubles, three triples, 20 RBIs and nine stolen bases in 43 games.

Blackmon was named the Northwest League player of the week July 14. He hit .344 in July and was batting .523 for August.

The Dust Devils are based in Pasco, Wash. The team's principal owner is Hall of Famer George Brett.

Moreau gets first win

Nathan Moreau, a former Parkview standout, struck out nine over six innings in getting his first victory for Aberdeen, Md., in the Class A New York-Penn League. He allowed three runs on four hits and a walk.

The left-hander was a 10th-round draft choice by Baltimore after pitching three seasons for the Georgia Bulldogs.

Moreau, 21, has pitched six times for Aberdeen, making three starts. He is 1-0 with a 4.01 ERA and has 31 strikeouts to four walks in 20 innings.

Side on disabled list

It has been a season to forget for Joey Side. The former South Gwinnett and Georgia standout began the year on the disabled list and is on it again.

Side, 24, hasn't played for Visalia in the Class A California League since July 22. He was hitting well over .300 until a 3-for-31 slump dropped his average to .281.

The 2006 sixth-round draft choice by Arizona got a late start on the season because of an abdominal injury. He hit .291 in the Class A Midwest League last year.

Bulger's ERA a slim 0.75

Jason Bulger leads Pacific Coast League relievers with a 0.75 ERA and has 14 saves for Salt Lake, the Los Angeles Angels' Class AAA team.

The former Bookwood and Valdosta State standout went more than two months before allowing a run in his most recent appearance. The right-hander is 3-0 and has a stunning 65 strikeouts in 36 innings.

Bulger, 29, has allowed 22 hits and 19 walks in 30 appearances. Opponents are batting .175.

Tice productive at plate

Jeremie Tice, a sixth-round draft choice by Cleveland, homered in back-to-back games and had seven RBIs over a three-game stretch for Mahoning Valley in the New York-Penn League.

The third baseman was hitting .281 through Friday. He had eight doubles, a triple, four homers and 22 RBIs in 39 games. He had also drawn 20 walks, giving him a .365 on-base average.

The Dacula graduate was player of the year in the Southern Conference for the College of Charleston this year. He led the NCAA with 83 RBIs.