Robert Stephenson was absolutely dominant on Thursday night for the Louisville Bats. The right-handed pitcher threw 6.0 shutout innings against Indianapolis on the road. He allowed two hits – though if I were the official scorer it would have only been one hit on the night. Stephenson walked one batter and he struck out 12, throwing 96 pitches on the night.

Everything was working for Robert Stephenson on the night. His fastball was being located on the night, while working in the 92-94 MPH range. But it was his secondary stuff that really stood out. He was able to locate and put hitters away with everything on the night. In total he had 19 swinging strikes during the game.

On the season, Robert Stephenson has a 3.35 ERA for the Bats. In 16 starts he’s thrown 86.0 innings and allowed 64 hits, 11 home runs, 45 walks, and he has 109 strikeouts. The walks are still higher than you would like to see. With that said, his walk rate since the start of May has been better – with a 3.89 walks per 9-innings in 64.2 innings. In that span he’s also struck out 89 batters, good for a rate of 12.29 per 9-innings.

Phillip Ervin homers, keeps on raking

It’s been a big series for Phillip Ervin against Indianapolis. The two teams have split the last four games into a home-and-home set of two games each. Ervin has gone 5-13 with a triple and a home run. Last night he crushed a Mitch Keller fastball to put the Bats on the board in the 1st inning.

 

Since June 19th, Phillip Ervin has been tearing the cover off of the baseball. He’s hitting .417/.482/.688 for the Louisville Bats. In that span he’s raised his OPS on the year in Triple-A from .655 to .815.

Keury Mella promoted to Triple-A

While this happened yesterday, the move itself wasn’t announced until nearly game time. The Cincinnati Reds promoted right-handed pitcher Keury Mella to Triple-A Louisville on Thursday. Things had gone well for Mella in his time in Pensacola this year. He posted a 3.07 ERA for the Blue Wahoos in 85.0 innings across 16 starts. He allowed 70 hits, walked 31 batters, and he struck out 87. This won’t be his first time in Triple-A. Mella made a spot start to end the regular season in 2016 with the Bats, tossing 7.0 innings with just one earned run.