For anyone who seemed to be worried after a short stretch earlier this season where Hunter Greene struggled, it’s time to take a deep breath and relax a little bit. The 18-year-old right handed pitcher put together another quality outing Saturday night. He would eventually be charged with the loss in the game, but it was hardly because of what happened on the mound. The Dragons were shut out on the night.
Hunter Greene allowed one run over the span of 5.0 innings. He allowed four hits and walked two batters in the game. Greene also struck out six batters, throwing 60 strikes out of 84 pitches. It was just more of the same for the righty, who has pitched very well over his last six outings. In that span he’s posted a 2.70 ERA across 26.2 innings with 22 hits allowed, just three home runs, seven walks, and he’s struck out 32.
The fastball was probably working at the highest velocity he’s had all year. Hunter Greene hit 101 MPH 10 times during the game. He was at 100 a handful more. Despite having that at his disposal, though, the slider was a pitch that he went to frequently. For a few games in a row, Greene went heavy fastball the first time through the lineup. And it worked well for him. This time out the breaking ball came out earlier in the game and he mixed it well, leaving hitters guessing, and most of the time, completely fooled.
Nick Senzel has a big night in The Electric City
The Louisville Bats had a new leadoff hitter on Saturday night. Nick Senzel was taking over the spot, at least for one night. And boy did it pay off immediately. The Cincinnati Reds top prospect racked up four hits, including a double (video below). He also stole a base, drove in a run, and he scored two runs. After going 0-7 in his first two games back from his bout with vertigo, he’s gone out and hit .355 in the nine games since, and walked as many times, seven, as he’s struck out.
Gabby Guerrero unloads a long home run
Nick Senzel wasn’t the only guy going off in The Electric City on Saturday night. Gabby Guerrero also racked up four hits on the night. One of his hits was an absolute bomb of a home run. Watch where this thing goes.
If you’ve been around the site enough you know that I try to keep track of the distances on home runs throughout the system. Some times I am able to get the Trackman data. Other times I have to use video and google maps measurement tool. For tonight (it’s currently 1:21am as I type this), we are using the google maps measuring tool for the distance on this one. The initial estimate is 424 feet. Did not miss any bit of that baseball.