Jay Bruce and Mark Bellhorn had nice nights at the plate. Bruce went 3-4 with a double and a run scored. Bruce is batting .310/.360/.576 with Louisville this season. Mark Bellhorn went 2-4 in the game with 2 doubles. Unfortunately for the Bats, Bellhorn and Bruce accounted for 5 of the team’s 6 hits.
Richie Gardner got the loss and dropped to 4-5 on the season. Gardner went 6.1 innings, allowing 3 runs on 8 hits, 1 walk, while striking out 6.
Michael Griffin went 3-4 with 2 doubles and 2 rbis in the game. Griffin is batting .322/.352/.483 in 149 at-bats with Chattanooga. Shaun Cumberland added 2 hits in 3 ABs for the Lookouts.
James Avery improved to 11-10 on the season by pitching 7 innings, allowing 1 run on 3 hits, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts. Avery now has a 5.22 ERA with 96 Ks in 146.2 innings pitched. Pedro Viola picked up his first save with the Lookouts by pitching 2 shutout innings. He allowed 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 2. Viola now has a 1.32 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 18 innings pitched with Chattanooga. On the season, he has a 1.44 ERA with 94Ks in 81.1 innings pitched over 3 levels. I haven’t seen Viola pitch in person, but based on stats, I’m a big fan!
Chris Valaika and Eric Eymann each had 3 hits in this first loss of a double header. Valaika was perfect at the plate, going 3-3 with a double, walk, and run scored. Tonys Gutierrez added 2 hits in 4 at-bats, contributing a double, rbi, and run scored. Gutierrez is batting .307/.416/.376 with Sarasota in 218 at-bats.
Homer Bailey started game 1 and went 5 innings, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits, 3 walks, and 3 strikeouts. I wish I had more details to share on the start, but based on stats, it didn’t look like a very good outing.
Tonys Gutierrez added 2 more hits on the day by going 2-4 with a run scored. This game was a little more offensively challenged, as the team’s combined for just 10 hits.
Alexander Smit has just won the award for “strangest pitching line I’ll see this season”. Smit went 7 innings, allowing 2 runs. He struck out 8. The strange part is he walked only 1 and had a NO HITTER going! I’m assuming the 3 Reds errors, combined with the walk allowed Fort Myers to score 2 runs in the 2nd inning. Thus, Smit left the game after 7 with a no-hitter and a no decision.
Drew Stubbs went 3-5 with a double and 2 runs batted in. Stubbs is now batting .271/.364/.419 with 44 extra base hits and 23 stolen bases. Keltavious Jones went 2-4 and added a run.
Kevin Gunter pitched a nice outing in relief. Gunter threw 2.2 innings, allowing 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 4. Gunter has a 3.34 ERA and 31 K’s in 35 innings pitched for Dayton.
With the win, the Mustangs winning streak has reached 4 in a row. Brandon Waring went 2-4 with a homerun, 3 rbis, 2 runs scored and a walk. He’s now batting .307/.369/.614 in 254 ABs. In his last 10 games, he’s hitting .462 with 9 homeruns and 19 rbis. Kyle Maunus went 2-5 with a double, 2 rbis, and 2 runs scored. Maunus is now batting .301/.373/.472 in 163 at-bats.
In his first start for Billings since being called up from the Gulf Coast League, Kyle Lotzkar went 4 hitless, scoreless innings. He allowed 2 walks while striking 4. He was 0-2 with a 3.86 ERA in 7 starts in the Gulf Coast League.