Graham Ashcraft’s streak of innings pitched without an earned run was extended to 43 on Sunday, but it wasn’t easy and it was out of his hands, the Dayton Dragons played in a wild extra-innings game that they would eventually win, Stevie Branche had a 1st for him on the season in a Daytona win, and Hunter Greene struggled for the second start in a row against Nashville.
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The Louisville Bats lost 9-3. Box Score
- Max Schrock (rehab) went 2-4 with a home run (1).
- TJ Friedl went 1-3 with a walk and a run.
- Mark Payton went 2-4 with a double.
- Beau Taylor went 1-4 with a 2-run home run (3).
- Hunter Greene went 1-2 at the plate. He allowed 5 earned in 4.0 innings on 6 hits, a hit batter, 4 walks, and he struck out 2.
- Tony Santillan threw a shutout inning of relief with 2 strikeouts.
It was a tough night for Hunter Greene after the 1st inning. The right-hander allowed 5 runs in 4.0 innings on 6 hits, a hit batter, 4 walks, and he had 2 strikeouts. He threw 78 pitches with 48 strikes. Both of the strikeouts came in the 1st inning. The control was there for Greene in the 1st, but it was inconsistent the rest of the way.
Tony Santillan made his first appearance out of the bullpen since he was optioned to Triple-A to make the transition from starter to reliever with the idea that he could potentially help the Reds in that role this year. He sat at 95 MPH and touched 97 in his inning of work.
TJ Friedl just keeps on going. He began the season by going 2-23 in the first 9 games. Since then he’s hitting .305/.402/.525 in 165 plate appearances.
The Chattanooga Lookouts won 3-1. Box Score
- Errol Robinson went 2-4 with a double and an RBI.
- Braxton Lee went 1-4 with 2 RBI.
- Lorenzo Cedrola went 1-4.
- Mark Kolozsvary went 1-4.
- TJ Hopkins went 1-3 with a walk and 2 runs.
- Quincy McAfee went 1-3 with a run scored.
- Graham Ashcraft allowed 1 hit and 3 walks in 6.0 shutout innings while striking out 6 batters.
- Hector Perez threw a hitless inning with a walk and 3 strikeouts.
- Nick Howard threw a hitless inning with a walk and a strikeout.
Graham Ashcraft took a no-hitter into the 7th inning, extending his streak of innings without allowing an earned run to 43.0. But he walked the first batter in the 7th and then allowed a single to the next batter. That was the final batter he faced as Ricky Gutierrez went to the bullpen as was sitting at 94 pitches at that point.
Hector Perez came to the mound with Ashcraft’s streak on the line and on his shoulders and then walked the first batter he faced on four pitches to load the bases with no outs. He rebounded to strike out the next two batters. With the bases loaded and needing just one out to keep Ashcraft’s streak alive, Perez nearly hit the batter twice before getting to a full count. One pitch would settle the issue and Joel Booker swung through it to end the inning. Ashcraft got a high five from Gutierrez in the dugout and then he (Ashcraft) was waiting at the top of the steps for his teammates to get back in there.
TJ Hopkins has hit .308/.395/.449 in the last 33 games for Chattanooga.
Lorenzo Cedrola has hit .372/.392/.545 in his last 30 games with just 11 strikeouts.
The Dayton Dragons won 12-8 in 10. Box Score
- Michael Siani went 1-5 with a walk, RBI, and 2 runs.
- Francisco Urbaez went 2-6 with a double, run, and 2 RBI.
- James Free went 3-4 with a walk, home run (2), 2 RBI, and 4 runs.
- Victor Ruiz went 4-6 with 2 doubles, an RBI, and 2 runs.
- Miguel Hernandez went 1-5 with a walk and an RBI.
- Alex McGarry went 1-5 with a run.
- Jose Tello went 3-4, a run, and he was hit by a pitch.
- Reniel Ozuna went 1-4 with a walk, run, and an RBI.
- JC Keys allowed 2 runs in 4.0 innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts.
- Ricky Karcher threw a shutout inning with a walk.
- Spencer Stockton allowed a run in 2.0 innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts.
- Pedro Garcia threw 1.2 shutout innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts.
What a wild game. Entering the 7th inning the score was 2-1 with Lansing in front. Both teams then scored runs in the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings. The Lugnuts scored the tying run in the bottom of the 9th when a wild pitch got away from catcher Eric Yang, but he recovered in time and tried to throw back to third base to get the runner who had drifted too far. Instead he threw the ball into left field and the runner scored. But then the runner who had been on second also tried to score on the play and was thrown out to end the inning and send it to extras.
That’s when the Dragons went off, scoring four runs and taking a 12-8 lead. Lansing couldn’t get anything going in their half of the 10th and Dayton held on for the win.
Francisco Urbaez has hit .340/.424/.476 since May 29th. He’s hitting .311 on the season through 37 games played.
Victor Ruiz is hitting .316/.328/.509 since June 4th (15 games played).
Ricky Karcher was on the injured list with the Daytona Tortugas when the day began. But he was activated and then promoted to Dayton and made it into the game and fired a shutout inning.
The Daytona Tortugas won 6-4. Box Score
- Brandon Leyton went 1-4 with a solo home run (3).
- Ivan Johnson went 1-4 with a solo home run (3).
- Michel Triana went 1-3 with a walk, double, and a run scored.
- Garrett Wolforth went 1-4.
- Daniel Vellojin went 1-3, a run, and he was hit by a pitch.
- Leonardo Seminati went 1-3 with a double and 2 runs.
- Debby Santana went 1-3 with an RBI.
- Miguel Medrano allowed a run in 4.0 innings on 1 hit, 3 walks, and he struck out 4 batters.
- Ian Koch allowed a run in 2.0 innings with 2 walks and a strikeout.
- Stevie Branche threw a perfect inning of relief.
After Lakeland tied the game up at 4-4 with a run in the 6th and 2 more in the top of the 7th the Tortugas scored twice in the bottom of the frame on a Ranser Amador go-ahead sacrifice fly and was followed by a solo homer from Brandon Leyton to pad the lead.
Stevie Branche didn’t record a strikeout in his perfect inning of relief on Sunday night. That’s impressive. Why? He’s pitched in 13 games this season and Sunday was the first one that he didn’t record at last TWO strikeouts. He’s had 3 or more strikeouts in 11 of his 13 games pitched. Now, for some context, the only other game in which he only pitched an inning was his first game of the year on May 5th. He’s thrown 27.2 innings in his 13 games, so he’s averaged just over two innings per appearance, but still, it’s impressive and fun.
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|Chattanooga||31-22||OFF DAY||OFF DAY||Here||Here||Here|
|Dayton||30-23||OFF DAY||OFF DAY||Here||Here||Here|
|Daytona||25-29||OFF DAY||OFF DAY||Here||Here||N/A|