Last night saw Andrew Abbott take the mound for the third time on the season. He entered the night not having allowed any runs, having given up just two hits, one walk, and he had struck out 25 batters.

On Wednesday night against Tennessee he was rolling along in a similar fashion. Through the first four innings he had given up just two hits, no runs, had one walk, and he had struck out eight batters. The 5th inning, though, didn’t go his way. The first batter of the inning lined an absolute rocket off of the wall in center for a leadoff double. Abbott then struck out the next two batters before a walk put two men on with two outs. The lefty buckled down and got Chase Strumpf to hit a shallow fly ball to center, but Ashton Creal lost the ball in the lights, over ran the ball, and then made a failed diving attempt at the ball before it fell in for what turned int o a 2-run double.

The inning ended when the next batter struck out, but the damage was done. Abbott had been charged with the first two runs of his season. Despite over a hundred years of scorekeeping we still haven’t given the scorekeeper the discretion to call plays like this an error when they clearly should have been cleanly fielded.

Andrew Abbott didn’t return to the mound the next inning and finished the night with this line: 5 innings, 4 hits, 2 earned runs, 2 walks, and 11 strikeouts.

Even with the earned runs on his record that shouldn’t be, he’s now sitting with Chattanooga with a 1.15 ERA in 15.2 innings with just six hits allowed, just three walks, and he’s struck out 36 of the 56 batters that he’s faced (64.3%).

Let’s Go Streaking!

No, not like that! We’re talking about winning (and losing) streaks.

The Louisville Bats have only had streaks so far this year. The season began with a 2-game losing streak. It was followed by a 2-game winning streak. Unfortunately it was then followed up by a 9-game losing streak. But since then the team has won three straight. Here’s how yesterday’s game concluded:

On the flip side of the Bats winning streak, the Daytona Tortugas has also had streaks in their season. They started out on fire, going 5-0 to begin the year. But since then they have lost six games in a row.

On Wednesday they grabbed a 3-0 lead in the top of the 4th, but saw it erased immediately as Bradenton tied things up in the bottom half of the inning. Neither team scored again until the 10th when both brought around their free runner. The Tortugas brought their free runner in during the 11th, too, and took a 5-4 lead. Things went south in the bottom of the 11th as four straight walks brought in the tying and winning runs to keep the losing streak alive.

Chattanooga, at 7-4, is the only team in the organization with a winning record. Louisville is 5-11, Dayton is 4-7, and Daytona is now 5-6.

6 Responses

  1. RedsGettingBetter

    Three out of four teams have losing records. It is curious being one of the best farm systems in MiLB. In my opinion one weak hurting the Reds’ minors teams is the bullpen especially the 8th and 9th innings, many games have been lost in those frames after taking a lead previously… The offense is poor in Chattanooga but they figured it out getting balanced between pitching and defense. Dayton is not hitting well either.

  2. Stock

    I read on CBSsportsline that Abbott has a 22% swinging strike rate through 3 starts this year. Very impressive.

    For comparison Greene is at 13.5%, Lodolo is at 12.7%, Ashcraft is at 9.3% and Jacob deGrom is at 19.9%

    • DaveCT

      The eye test has shown that he’s getting lots of swings and misses to RH hitters on fastballs on the outside corner, and even off the plate. As much as hitters are trying to square up, they are really struggling to do it. Also, his breaking ball has gotten many swings and misses, especially on check swings. The thing just drops off the table right before the plate and hitters, though drooling, commit and get rung up. Very impressive.

      IMO, Abbott has little left to prove at AA. Maybe getting into the 6th/7th innings? Butas much of an advocate of letting pitchers get around the circuit twice (so hitters can adjust), Abbott would benefit from a greater challenge.

  3. MBS

    Abbott has been impressive, I’m looking forward to seeing Anderson go today, I’m surprised he hasn’t be called up for Cessa’s spot yet. Maybe Phillips can return to form, we need some help closer to the MLB. Abbott and Phillips seem to be the best young guys that are remotely close to being able to help.

    • DaveCT

      Don’t sleep on Lyon Richardson. His assignment to Lo-A is strictly for rehab, as in avoiding cold weather. He’s got 20-22 starts at Hi-A, so I would not be surprised to see him pushed to AA.

  4. Laredo Slider

    Abbott’s a college pitcher therefore a little older. He needs to move to AAA for 2-3 starts then to the Reds, hopefully by June. Ridiculous to waste his innings in the minor leagues.