Jonathan India began his professional career by going 0-12. The Cincinnati Reds 1st round draft pick had walked six times in the first four games for Greeneville, but had not yet recorded his first hit. After an off day on Wednesday, the third baseman wasted no time grabbing his first professional hit on Thursday. In the first inning he doubled against Kingsport. He kicked things up a notch the next time he came to the plate as he unloaded for a 2-run home run in the 3rd inning. India would finish the night with three hits in four at-bats, walk in another trip to the plate, he scored two runs, and he drove in three runs.
Here’s video of the home run. Adjust your screen (or tilt your head) for a proper viewing angle.
— David Hicks (@jdavidhicks) July 12, 2018
Vladimir Gutierrez continues his run of strong starts
Thursday night saw Vladimir Gutierrez continue what he’s been doing for the last month. The Pensacola Blue Wahoos starter was charged with an unearned run in 7.0 innings and struck out nine batters with three walks.
Over his last six starts he’s thrown 43.0 innings and allowed just 28 hits. That’s also come with just 11 walks and he struck out 43 batters. Oh, and a 1.26 ERA. There have been some rough stretches this season for Vladimir Gutierrez, and even with the run he’s been on, his ERA is still 4.33 on the season. But he’s trending in the right direction and while a 1.26 ERA is certainly unsustainable, he’s pitching much more like you would have expected when the season began.
Leandro Santana, Jeter Downs provide highlights for Dayton
The Dayton Dragons lost on Thursday night, but the game wasn’t without it’s share of highlights. Leandro Santana hit a no-doubt home run that tied things up. It wasn’t the longest home run by any means, but off of the bat you knew it was gone and it was a laser.
Jeter Downs also had a highlight of his own. Playing second base on the night, the 19-year-old made an outstanding leaping grab and almost doubled off the base runner at first.