Tony Santillan took the mound on Wednesday night hoping to pitch the Daytona Tortugas to a sweep of a double header. In the first game his team exploded for 11 runs in a victory. The offense wasn’t as helpful in game two and the 20-year-old right-handed pitcher had no margin for error.
Without much offense working for him, Tony Santillan took up the challenge. Through the top of the 6th inning he allowed just one hit and two walks. No runners crossed the plate, and he struck out eight batters along the way. But, as he walked off the mound after the inning, his team had also managed just one hit and the game was scoreless. TJ Friedl would triple to lead off the bottom of the inning and took a 2-0 lead before the inning was over. That would end the night for Santillan, but put him in line for his first win of the season.
Through his two starts this year, Tony Santillan has not allowed an earned run. In his 10.0 innings pitched he’s struck out 13 batters and allowed just five hits. Opposing batters are hitting just .139 against him.
On Wednesday night it wasn’t just Tony Santillan that dominated. In Louisville Robert Stephenson took the mound for the Bats in his second start of the season. The Bats offense helped out Stephenson more than the Tortugas did Santillan. The Bats scored eight runs while Stephenson was on the mound, but he would only need two.
Over the span of his 7.0 innings, Robert Stephenson only saw one run come across the plate, and it went down as unearned in the scorebook. The right hander allowed just three hits and he walked three batters during the outing, all while striking out 10. He would also record six outs via the ground ball, with just two outs recorded by fly ball.
The recently turned 25-year-old worked with his fastball in the 93-96 MPH range with his fastball for most of the night. In the final inning he dropped down to the 92-94 range, but hit 96 when he reached back for a little extra. It wasn’t the fastball that stood out on the night, though. Not that the fastball didn’t work well for the most part on the night, but the slider was the pitch that gave the Clippers hitters fits throughout the game. Over and over they swung over the top of the offering. Here’s video of each of his 10 strikeouts from the night.