It’s been a tough season in Triple-A Louisville for starting pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez, but last night was not one of those nights. The 23-year-old right-handed pitcher was rather dominant against the Toledo Mud Hens. Through 5.0 innings he had struck out 10 batters, and was likely looking at his pitch count and seeing that he probably only had one inning left. He took care of things in the 6th, striking out the side and exiting the game with 13 strikeouts and just one unearned run charged against him.
For Vladimir Gutierrez, the final start of the season capped off a strong month of August. The last month of the year would easily be the best of his season. His ERA’s in April and May were both over 8.00. In June it was 5.01. July saw it jump back up as he posted a 6.00 ERA in five starts. But things were different in August. Across his six starts he posted a 3.74 ERA in 33.2 innings. A big reason for that was that he missed a whole lot of bats. During the month he struck out 41 hitters and walked just 14 of them. It was the only month of the season where he had more strikeouts than innings pitched.
Michael Siani is running free in 2019
Last night saw Michael Siani go 2-4 with a walk and three stolen bases for the Dayton Dragons. That gives the outfielder 45 steals on the season. The Dragons have two games left. That is important, at least for a statistical chase. Jose Siri stole 46 bases on the Cincinnati Reds farm system in 2017. Siani could top that with just two more steals. If he were to get there, it would make the highest single season total in the farm system since 2013 when Billy Hamilton (75 steals) and Junior Arias (60 steals) both topped that.
Billings Mustangs playoff chase
The Billings Mustangs are in first place in the Pioneer League North Division. Even after last night’s loss they sit at 21-11 in the second half and are up 3.0 games on Missoula. But there are still six games remaining in the season, and the final four games are against the Osprey, as Missoula travels to Billings to wrap up the season on September 4th through 7th.