Juan Duran brought the boom last night in a Pensacola loss. The big right handed hitter went 3-3 with three doubles. All three of his doubles went to right field. He’s been inconsistently good over his last 10 games, trading big games with a few 0’fer games, but overall he’s hit .344 and slugged .813 in the last 10 games with eight extra-base hits.
Duran’s fellow outfielder Yorman Rodriguez added two hits for Pensacola last night and he too has been strong over the last 10 games. Rodriguez has only gone hitless in once in that span with four multiple hit games in there. Overall he has hit .342/.375/.474 with four extra-base hits.
Bakersfield lost a double header yesterday afternoon, but Zach Vincej did all he could in game one, going 4-4 with a double and scoring twice. He went 1-4 in the second game, giving him a combined 5-8 day. Adding in the game on Tuesday and the shortstop is 7-11 with a double, triple, five runs and an RBI in his last three games. He’s on fire, NBA Jam style.
Layne Somsen got his first start in 15 appearances for Bakersfield in the second game of the double header. He allowed a solo home run over the course of four innings as his only hit and run allowed. Since returning to Bakersfield on June 20th, the right hander has posted a 1.23 ERA over four games.
After Somsen left the game the bullpen came on, including James Allen. Allen continued his dominant run as a reliever with 1.2 shutout innings and two strikeouts in the game. Over his last six appearances he has thrown 9.2 innings without a run allowed, no walks and he has struck out 11 batters.
Ronald Bueno tripled and scored the only run of the entire game in a Dayton Dragons 1-0 win yesterday. After a slow start, he’s really caught fire lately. In the last seven games he has posted a .333/.440/.429 line with six runs, four walks and just five strikeouts. He’s even added a steal just to round things out.
I’m starting to run out of things to say about the run that Amir Garrett is on. It’s been outstanding. It’s been awesome. Last night he threw another 5.0 shutout innings, allowing just two hits and a walk to go along with six strikeouts. He has a 2.60 ERA over his last 17 starts, spanning 90 innings with 29 walks and 82 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting just .189/.259/.320 in that span. He has allowed more than two runs in a start just one since June 6th, and that start was just three runs allowed.
Dragons closer Alejandro Chacin has been even more dominant than Garrett on a rate basis. In his last 10 games he has allowed just one run over 13.1 innings with six walks and 20 strikeouts. He has been flat out dominant for Dayton as he’s racked up 16 saves. Since the beginning of July, he’s allowed just that one run over 18.2 innings (0.48 ERA).
Former outfielder Jefry Sierra has moved to the mound and so far the transition has been much smoother than expected. The right hander has a 3.26 ERA after 1.2 shutout innings with all outs being record by the strikeout last night. In 19.2 innings pitched on the season he has nine walks and 22 strikeouts.
The Arizona Reds are full of intriguing prospects and Hector Vargas may be among the most intriguing of the bunch. The middle infielder went 3-4 last night with a double, two runs and three runs batted in. He’s hitting .333/.362/.478 on the season with four walks and 10 strikeouts in 96 plate appearances. In his last 11 games he has been even better though, hitting .375/.432/.525 with four doubles, a triple, four walks and just three strikeouts.
Outfielder Narciso Crook had a home run and two runs batted in last night for the Arizona squad, and he’s been obliterating the baseball over his last six games, hitting .444/.545/.844 with four walks, four extra-base hits and eight runs scored. The just turned 19-year-old has put together a good season in Goodyear, hitting .281/.352/.458 on the season.
Catcher Chadwick Tromp has been splitting time in Arizona, but he’s making the time he gets count in a big way. Last night he went 3-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a run. On the season he has hit .321/.348/.512 with seven doubles and three home runs in just 22 games played. The 19-year-old catcher from Aruba has also thrown out 28% of opposing base stealers.
Starting pitcher Mark Armstrong has battled consistency so far this year for the Reds, but last night he was on top of his game, making the best start of his professional career as he tossed 6.0 innings with just two hits allowed, an unearned run, no walks and he struck out seven batters. The right hander has shown a good ability to limit the walks, allowing just 12 on the season in 41.2 innings and he has also missed plenty of bats, striking out 41 on the year.