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Tony Sanchez endures month-long slump

Tony Sanchez endures month-long slump

June was simply a month to forget for Tony Sanchez. From June 5 to June 30, Sanchez went 5-for-55 at the plate, dropping his season average at Triple-A under the Mendoza line.

“I hit .280 in that small sample size in the big leagues,” Sanchez said. “I came down here expecting to hit .380. Baseball doesn’t work that way, but it’s not like I came down here and changed any mechanics or changed my mindset. I am doing the exact same thing that I was doing up there, down here.”

The catcher is currently hitting .203 with five home runs and eight doubles. He has a .682 OPS on the season.

Sanchez got off to a quick start after being optioned to Indianapolis on May 23. In his first nine games, he went 10-for-32 with a pair of home runs and three doubles. However, June brought the drought.

While two of the five hits in the drought were home runs, Sanchez is pleased to have June in the rear view mirror. Sanchez is off to a better start in July, with a .280 average and an .819 OPS in 25...

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