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Fabiaschi activated, beats Oswalt for Midland in AA.

POSTED May 25, 2013
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

Michael Fabiaschi will simply never give in, give up or give anything less than all his effort, all the time.

After spending more than a month on the in-active list because of a very crowded roster with the Midland Rockhounds in the Double A Texas League, Fabiaschi made the most of his return when he doubled of former MLB All-Star, Roy Oswalt in the top of the fifth to drive in the eventual game winner.

The Rockhounds won 3-2.

When he has been in the lineup, the former Red Raider has made the most of his time, going 4-10 with a a pair of doubles and three runs batted in.

How tough has the last month been?

Put yourself in Fabiaschi's shoes.

You get promoted from Class A Advanced Stockton in the California League after a strong start that included two home runs and four runs batted in.

In your first three games with the Rockhounds, a double and a pair of RBI's gets you off fast as well with your new team.

But then the roster highway becomes congested. Players moving down from the Oakland A's major league club force players from AAA down to AA and you find yourself without a spot on the roster for 31 days.

You work out with the club, travel with them, do everything but play in the games with them.

Some might give up, not throw a 100 percent effort at what seems to be a stacked deck working against you.

Baseball is a cruel game at times, it's all about the dollars at times. If a team has invested millions in a player, they have to stick with the player until they can either move the contract or get the performance they need out of him.

Even after his coaches told him they knew it was unfair that he wasn't able to be on the roster, Fabiaschi simply kept working.

That effort has always stood out for the former P-38's standout who has a work ethic second to none and his teams see it.

So when he got another chance to get back at it, he didn't waste it on Friday night in Tulsa against Oswalt and the Drillers, a Colorado Rockies farm team.

With one out in the top of the fifth, Fabiaschi lined a double to left that plated teammate Darwin Perez with the eventual game winner.

Hard work and the ability to stay the course.....This Raider has always had major league skills in those key areas. 

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