Jamie Walczak tossed two shutout innings for Pensacola with no walks and five strikeouts. Over the last six days the right hander has thrown 5.0 shutout innings with just one hit allowed and he has struck out nine of the 19 batters he has faced in that span.
The Bakersfield Blaze picked up a win last night with the help of Marquez Smith. Smith homered for the 29th time this season and drove in his 127th. The infielder is having the best month of the season as the regular season winds down and the Blaze look towards the playoffs. In August he’s hitting .326/.469/.652 with 20 walks, 18 strikeouts, seven home runs and 27 RBI.
Nick Travieso made his final start of the regular season on Saturday night and allowed just one run in 6.0 innings on one hit and one walk. The right hander picked up a Midwest League best 14th win of the season, three more than a few other pitchers in the league. He also lowered his ERA to 3.03 on the year which ranks as the 7th best among qualified pitchers. Over his last nine starts the 2012 1st round draft pick has posted an ERA of 1.22 in 51.2 innings for Dayton.
Reliever Evan Mitchell was one of three guys to follow Travieso last night and he continued his dominant stretch over the last nine appearances with a shutout inning and a strikeout. In his last nine games he has posted a 0.73 ERA in 12.1 innings to go with just four walks and 15 strikeouts. Mitchell missed all of June and July due to injury, but he has returned in a big way for the Dragons bullpen in August.
The Aristides Aquino show is back! The outfielder had three hits last night for the Mustangs and all three went for extra-bases. Aquino doubled and hit two home runs while driving in five. The two home runs put him at 16 on the season, four behind the leader and four ahead of three players tied for third. The double was his league leading 23rd of the season. He’s also in the top 10 in triples. After a torrid July the outfielder had slowed down some in August, but last night may have been the sign of another run coming to end the season and go towards the playoffs.
Last night may have been the best game of Ty Washington’s professional career. The infielder went 4-4 with a double, homer, three runs scored and two runs driven in. After a mini-slump, going 0-11 in the previous three games, Washington busted out last night as he continued the best year of his career. He’s now hitting .291/.338/.429 on the season with 20 steals in 22 attempts and 18 extra-base hits.
Former outfielder Jefry Sierra has been on a roll as a reliever for the Mustangs over the last month and he continued it last night with two shutout innings against Missoula. Since July 29th the right hander has posted a 1.50 ERA in 12.0 innings. He’s struck out 14 batters and walked seven. Control is still something he’s working on, but the transition to the mound has gone well. The 24-year-old has a 3.12 ERA in 26.0 innings for Billings with 28 strikeouts.