Welcome to Louisville, Jay Bruce! Jay went 1-4 on the night and made his lone hit a solo homerun in the 6th inning. Aaron Herr went 2-3 with 2 runs batted in and Chris Dickerson went 2-3 with 2 runs scored.
Homer Bailey was not greeted very well in his return back to Louisville. The opposing team roughed him up to the tune of 6 runs on 6 hits and 5 walks. Bailey struck out 4 in 3.1 innings pitched. As reported in the game thread from last night, Homer also had a balk and a wild pitch.
Jay Garthwaite had a big night at the plate for the Lookouts. Jay belted two homeruns and drove in 3 runs during a 2-4 night. Drew Anderson also added 2 hits in 4 at-bats. One of Anderson’s hits was a double, his 20th of the season.
Josh Roenicke pitched a nice inning of relief for the Lookouts. Roenicke pitched a perfect 9th inning, striking out 2. In 9 games thus far with the Lookouts, Roenicke has gone 9 innings, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits, 2 walks, and has struck out 12.
2B Michael DeJesus went 3-5 on the night with 3 singles and 2 runs scored. On the season, DeJesus is batting just .259 but has a stat that I find very intriguing. In 317 at-bats in Sarasota, Michael has struck out just 44 times. Compare that to 58 bases on balls and things look rather nice. Too bad he is only slugging .333!
Juan Rafael dropped to 0-2 on the season, but didn’t pitch that bad last night. Rafael went 5 innings, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits. Rafael did not walk a batter and struck out 8. In 23.2 innings pitched thus far this season, Rafael has a 1.90 ERA, has allowed 16 hits, just 4 walks, and has struck out 23.
This loss by Billings means the Reds organization went 0-6 on the night. The Mustangs gave up 6 runs in the 3rd inning to fall behind 8-0 and that, as they say, was that. The Mustangs managed just 5 hits with SS Angel Cabrera going 2-3 with a run scored.
Nicholas Wandless pitched 2.1 shutout innings in relief, allowing 2 hits while striking out 4. Raymond Jeffords pitched 2 shutout innings, walking 2 batters while also striking out 4. Billings pitchers did combine to strikeout 15 last night in the loss.