The Cincinnati Reds have two right handed pitchers that are pitching very well over the last five weeks for the Dayton Dragons. Starting pitcher Jose Lopez and reliever Sarkis Ohanian have both been on outstanding runs on the mound for the last five weeks of the baseball season.
Since the month of June began, Jose Lopez has made seven starts for the Dayton Dragons. In that span he’s thrown 42.2 innings and allowed just 32 hits to go along with nine walks. That’s good for a WHIP of 0.96. In that same span he hasn’t allowed a home run and struck out 41 batters. In no start over that stretch has the right hander allowed more than two earned runs and his ERA sits at 1.48.
After a rough start to the season, the former 6th round pick has battled his way back and performed quite well. On the season he’s lowered his ERA to 3.24 and now has 24 walks to go against 97 strikeouts in 94.1 innings pitched. He’s also allowed just two homers all year long.
Sarkis Ohanian had a tough first two weeks of the season for the Dayton Dragons. He posted a 9.00 ERA in five games over the span of just 4.0 innings. He walked three batters and had four strikeouts. He wouldn’t make it through the month before heading back to extended spring training. He spent the next six weeks out in Arizona before returning to the Dragons.
Whatever it was that he worked on in Arizona did the trick. He’s now pitched in 12 games since returning on June 4th. In two of those games he’s allowed a run. In two of those games he’s allowed a hit. The right hander from Duke has now thrown 13.1 innings since coming back and he’s allowed two hits and four total walks. Oh, and he’s got 27 strikeouts. He’s only faced 47 batters. That means he’s struck out 57.45% of the batters he’s faced since returning from Arizona and joining the Dragons. That’s truly unfathomable, and yet, here it is. It actually happened.