While the Bats lost 6-3, Rey Navarro did his part as he doubled twice and singled in another trip to the plate. The three hits on the evening raised his average to .316 with Louisville in 146 plate appearances. He’s really been warming up over the last 10 games though, hitting .361 and slugging .500 thanks to five doubles. The infielder has a .286/.343/.471 line between Pensacola and Louisville this season. Don’t be surprised if he winds up on the Reds 40-man roster after the season is over.
Tucker Barnhart reached base three times in the game as well for Louisville, drawing two walks and singling. He got off to a slow start this season, but the Bats catcher is hitting .295 since July began. He also has walked seven times and struck out just six times in that span.
Another day and another Juan Duran long home run. While the one he hit on Saturday wasn’t as long as the one he hit on Thursday, it was still a shot that cleared the fence, the uphill grass area beyond the fence and a railing before being caught by a fan under the scoreboard. He is now tied for fourth in the Southern League in home runs. Funny enough, Kris Bryant leads the league with 22. He’s played 42 games in Triple-A (and hit 14 there as well).
The home run by Duran put Pensacola up 2-1 in the seventh inning. The score remained there when Shane Dyer entered in the ninth inning for the save, which he got with a perfect frame. The right hander has been about as lights out as you can get for the last tw0 months. Over the span of 20.0 innings since June 1st, he’s allowed two runs. That’s an ERA 0f 0.90. He’s picked up nine saves in that span.
Jame Allen continues to find success in the bullpen. Last night he tossed three shutout innings with six strikeouts. The right hander now has thrown 28.0 innings in the bullpen with just three walks and he now has 33 strikeouts. In 49.0 innings as a starter he had 17 walks and 23 strikeouts. Whatever it is that has allowed Allen to find the control from the bullpen has been wonderful to see. He’s basically been an entirely different pitcher.
Dayton starter Dan Langfield has struggled recently, allowing four runs in each of his previous three starts, spanning just 9.0 total innings. He rebounded well on Saturday as he tossed 5.0 innings, allowing just one run with four walks and four strikeouts. The walk rate has been an issue for the right hander, especially for the last month where it has doubled from the previous two months. He was able to work around the walks last night though.
After Langfield left the game he handed the ball over to Tony Amezcua. The right hander threw 3.0 shutout innings with just one hit allowed and he struck out three batters. After a rough month of May he has really found his stride. Since the calendar flipped to June he has thrown 26.1 innings with an ERA of 2.05. Amezcua has walked 10 batters and struck out 26 over that span.