Last night in Tennessee, Jose Lopez took the mound for Pensacola. The 23-year-old right handed pitcher tossed a complete game, 7-inning shutout in game 1 of a double header. He allowed just one baserunner, giving up a single to Ian Rice in the 2nd inning. Lopez would also strike out seven batters.
It was just another start over the last five weeks that was dominant. Going back over his last seven starts in Double-A, Jose Lopez has been downright incredible. He’s thrown 47.0 innings since then and allowed 21 hits and eight walks. That’s also come with 41 strikeouts and just two home runs. That’s come along with a 0.96 ERA in that span.
The start on Tuesday pushed his ERA down to 2.43 with the Double-A Blue Wahoos and moved him to 7-1 since being promoted. Jose Lopez began the year in Daytona and was strong there as well. For the year between his two stops he’s posted a 2.60 ERA in 124.2 innings with 41 walks and 120 strikeouts. If you’d like to read more in depth on Jose Lopez, I wrote up some background information and a scouting report on him here.
Hot bats all around
While Jose Lopez is dominating for Pensacola on the mound, Nick Senzel is dominating in the batters box for the Blue Wahoos. I’m typing this after game one of their double header, so these numbers will be different, slightly, by the time you read this, but Senzel has been on fire.
In July, across 27 games played, the third baseman hit .358/.414/.575. That came with nine doubles, a triple and four home runs. In August so far, he’s played in seven games and has hit .379/.400/.552 with two more doubles and another home run. He’s up to .338/.391/.519 in Double-A in the 42 games since arriving. Yeah. He’s good.
Jose Siri saw his hitting streak come to an end at 39 on Friday night. He’s hit in the two games since then. going back to the date in which his hit streak began, he’s hitting .344/.372/.667 with 15 doubles, three triples and 14 home runs in 207 plate appearances. He’s also one home run away (the game on Tuesday night is still going on – so, this could change) from going 20-30 on the year. He’s sitting on 19 home runs for the year and has 32 stolen bases.