Last night infielder Hernan Iribarren went 2-4 at the plate for Louisville. Going 2-4 is a good day, but that isn’t the impressive part of his night. What was impressive is that Irribarren took the mound for the fifth time this season, tossing a shutout inning and facing the minimum number of batters in the inning thanks to a double play. He has now tossed 4.0 innings over his five outings, facing 12 batters, allowing just one hit and has hit one batter. He hasn’t walked anyone or struck anyone out, but he’s faced the minimum number of batters and recorded two double plays. Not bad for a guy throwing in the 50’s.
In a Pensacola Blue Wahoos win last night Travis Mattair continued his hot hitting with a 2-4 night that included a home run and four runs batted in. Over his last six games he has four multi-hit games, three doubles, a triple and two home runs that have helped him post a .391/.417/.870 line over that time period. I don’t have video of the home run from last night, but he’s video of the first one from this stretch.
After a rough outing the last time out, Robert Stephenson rebounded well with just one run (that only scored because a ball was lost in the lights that went down as an RBI triple on what should have been the third out of the inning) on four hits (should have been three), two walks and five strikeouts in 5.0 innings pitched. It’s been an up and down season for Stephenson when it comes to his control, and early on it seemed like it may be another down night as he had trouble locating anything but the fastball, but in the third inning he started finding it and looked very good from that point forward.
Devin Lohman broke out of his slump in a big way last night for Pensacola, going 3-4 with a triple, RBI and a run. He had gone just 7-46 over his previous 19 games (.152). His three hits last night accounted for more than half of the hits he’s had in August. Hopefully the big night last night will carry forward for a strong finish for the middle infielder.
For the last five starts it’s been the Mike Dennhardt show for Bakersfield. The right hander had another good start last night, allowing just one run in 6.0 innings with five walks and five strikeouts. With his previous four starts that puts this stretch at 33.0 innings, with no starts being less than six full innings, a 2.18 ERA, 10 walks and 24 strikeouts.
Dayton Dragons starter Nick Travieso has been on an interesting run of starts. Last night he tossed 6.0 shutout innings with just one hit, but he walked five batters and had four strikeouts. Over his last six starts he’s posted a 0.79 ERA in 34.0 innings. Hitters have hit just .165 against him in the stretch and slugged a wet-noodle like .235. Where they have had some success though is drawing walks, as Travieso had offered up 23 free passes in that stretch after giving up just 19 walks in the first 91 innings he threw this season.
Reliever Joel Bender came in after Travieso left and tossed two shutout innings of his own with a walk and five strikeouts. Over his last 11 apearances he’s posted a 2.84 ERA in 19.0 innings with just six walks and 23 strikeouts. The left hander has 58 strikeouts on the season against just 18 walks in 56.2 innings pitched.
After beginning the season as a starter Jeremy Kivel has taken to the relief role well, though he is still pitching every fifth game he has had his workload essentially cut in half. Last night the right hander tossed 2.1 shutout innings with two walks and five strikeouts against Orem. In his three relief appearances he’s tossed 6.0 innings with just one earned run, three walks and 12 strikeouts.
Brian O’Grady had been slumping a bit in August, but has turned things around a bit over the past two days. After getting a hit in each game of the double header on Thursday, the outfielder had two hits on Friday night including a long home run to center field.
Outfielder Alex Greer has been heating up of late after a slump. Last night he went 2-4 with a triple, walk, RBI and scored two runs. In his last three games he is 5-10 with a double, triple, home run, a stolen base, four runs scored and he’s driven in four runs.