Leonardo Rivas and Randy Wynne had big afternoon’s in Chattanooga’s win, Jonathan Willems hit a grand slam and picked up three hits for Dayton, and Brandon Leyton and Jose Torres both reached base three times in Daytona’s win that pulled them back to the .500 mark.
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The Louisville Bats lost 3-0. Box Score
- Art Warren (rehab) threw a shutout inning.
- TJ Friedl went 1-4.
- Francisco Urbaez went 1-4.
- Mike Freeman went 2-3 with a walk.
- Narciso Crook went 1-3 with a walk.
- Hunter Greene allowed 1 earned in 4.0 innings on 4 hits and a walk while striking out 3.
- Zach Lee threw 3.0 perfect innings with 3 strikeouts.
- Cionel Pérez threw a perfect inning with a strikeout.
Hunter Greene allowed 2 unearned runs, though the error that extended the inning was his own. That helped run up his pitch count in the 4th and what would be his final inning of the day. He threw 75 pitches with 46 strikes and lowered his ERA to 4.13 in Louisville.
Narciso Crook’s strong run at the plate over the last six weeks continued. Since August 1st he’s hitting .324/.417/.620 in 29 games played.
Cionel Pérez has allowed 3 earned runs in 15.2 innings (1.72 ERA) over his last 16 games, given up just 7 hits, walked 7, and struck out 21.
The regular season for Louisville will wrap up this week with a 6-game road trip to Memphis. But Triple-A is doing a weird “best winning percentage of a 10-game set of two series” kind of “playoff” thing, so the Bats will actually be playing games until October 3rd.
The Chattanooga Lookouts won 6-0. Box Score
- Leonardo Rivas went 3-4 with a triple and a walk.
- Matt Lloyd went 1-3 with a 2 walks and a run.
- TJ Hopkins went 1-4 with a walk, run, and an RBI.
- Miguel Hernandez went 1-3 with a walk, run, and an RBI.
- Chuckie Robinson went 1-3 with a walk, home run (8), and 2 RBI.
- Jay Schuyler went 2-3 with an RBI.
- Randy Wynne threw 7.0 shutout innings while allowing 4 hits and he struck out 5 batters.
- Julio Pinto threw a shutout inning.
- Miguel Figueroa threw a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts.
The game was 1-0 when the 8th inning began, then the Lookouts drew 4 straight walks to begin the inning and then began to get some hits and put a 5-spot on the board to put the game away.
Randy Wynne had an ERA of 7.28 on July 25th. That was through the first 50.2 innings of the season. Since that day ended he’s thrown 38.2 innings with a 1.86 ERA.
Leonardo Rivas missed nearly two months in the middle of the year. Since returning from the injured list on August 17th he’s hit .350/.459/.400 with 12 walks and 13 strikeouts.
Chattanooga will wrap up their regular season with a 6-game home stand against Mississippi beginning on Tuesday. Mississippi will be in the league championship series no matter what. The Lookouts will need to win the series and also get some help, but unless I’ve done the math incorrectly they still have a chance to reach the playoffs. They are currently trailing Birmingham in winning percentage (.544 to .519). Due to cancelled games it will come down to winning percentages between the three teams fighting for the final spot in the playoffs/championship. If Chattanooga sweeps Mississippi they would finish with a .544 winning percentage. Pensacola could win out and finish with a .539 winning percentage. Birmingham needs four wins to top both of those marks, but cancelled games from any of these teams could alter the math.
The Dayton Dragons lost 7-5. Box Score
- Matt McLain went 1-4 with a walk, 2 steals, and a run.
- Juan Martinez went 2-4 with an RBI.
- Victor Ruiz went 1-4 with a run.
- Jacob Hurtubise went 1-3 with a walk and a run.
- Jonathan Willems went 3-4 with a double, grand slam (2), 2 steals, and 4 RBI.
- James Proctor threw 4.0 shutout innings on 1 hit and 4 walks while striking out 6.
Dayton and Lake County were tied at 1-1 after five innings. The Dragons then scored 4 runs in the 6th, but the bullpen fell apart in the 7th when Lake County scored 6 runs off of three relievers.
Huge day for Jonathan Willems. It was his second 3-hit game of the year. Both games came in Lake County and both games featured a double. The other one came back on June 6th.
Matt McLain is now hitting .289/.404/.422 with 15 walks, 19 strikeouts, and 9 steals through his first 25 games.
Dayton has one week remaining in the regular season, which will be played at home against Fort Wayne. The Dragons are trailing Cedar Rapids by 4 games with 6 remaining for both teams. Dayton is also behind both Great Lakes and Lake County. The High-A Central will have a championship series for the top two teams in the league regardless of their division within the league.
The Daytona Tortugas won 3-2. Box Score
- Brandon Leyton went 3-5 with 2 runs.
- Jose Torres went 2-3 with a walk and an RBI.
- Rece Hinds went 2-5 with a double.
- Justice Thompson went 2-4.
- Ruben Ibarra went 1-4.
- Gus Steiger went 1-3 with a walk and a steal (14).
- Ryan Cardona allowed a run in 3.0 innings with a walk and 3 strikeouts.
- Anthony Zimmerman allowed a run in 3.0 innings with a walk and 4 strikeouts.
- Alberto Gonzalez threw 2.1 shutout innings with a walk and 4 strikeouts.
The 2021 Tortugas set a Daytona franchise record for most strikeouts in a season on the day.
Rece Hinds raised his line on the season (including his rehab stint in Goodyear) to .267/.338/.556 on the year (48 games).
Jose Torres is now hitting .305/.372/.500 with 6 steals through the first 22 games of his career.
Anthony Zimmerman struggled to begin the season out in Goodyear, posting a 7.20 ERA in 8 games. But he was promoted to Daytona and in 10 games since joining the Tortugas he’s posted a 2.37 ERA in 19.0 innings.
This is the final week of the season. The Tortugas will wrap up the season with a 6-game set at Palm Beach (which is where they played this week as Jupiter and Palm Beach share a stadium).
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