Elly De La Cruz had two more hits and Chuckie Robinson had a walk-off extra-innings hit for Louisville, James Free had a strong day at the plate for Chattanooga, Edwin Arroyo and Austin Hendrick homered for Dayton, and Mason Pelio continued to pitch well in a comeback win by Daytona.
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The Louisville Bats won 6-5 in 10. Box Score
- Will Benson went 0-2 with a walk, steal (10), run, and he was hit by 2 pitches.
- Elly De La Cruz went 2-5 with a double.
- Matt McLain went 1-2 with 2 walks, and he was hit by a pitch.
- Christian Encarnacion-Strand went 1-4 with a walk and a run.
- T.J. Hopkins went 1-5 with a double and a run.
- Michael Siani went 1-4 with a walk, steal (6), RBI, and 2 runs.
- Chuckie Robinson went 1-5 with an RBI.
- Alejo Lopez went 1-4 with a double and 3 RBI.
- Jake Wong threw 3.1 hitless innings with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts.
- Jared Solomon threw 3.0 shutout innings with a walk and a strikeout.
- Frank German threw a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts.
- Ryan Nutof was charged with an unearned run in an inning of work.
After Columbus took a 5-4 lead in the top of the 10th inning, the Bats went to work. Michael Siani tied things up with a single to plate the free runner, then he stole second base and scored on Chuckie Robinson’s walk-off single.
Elly De La Cruz struck out twice in the game. They were his first strikeouts in 21 plate appearances. He remained hot, though, and his two hits raised his line in May to .347/.467/.735 with as many walks as strikeouts.
Matt McLain raised his line on the season to .348/.474/.710 in 38 games played. He extended his hit streak to 10 games and he’s been on base in all 12 games during May.
Christian Encarnacion-Strand walked for just the second time on the season (19 games). He walked in his second game of the year and then went nearly three weeks before his walk on Sunday.
Like Chuckie Robinson, Alejo Lopez only had one hit in the game, but he made his one hit count. Lopez hit a bases loaded, 3-run double in the 4th inning that tied the game up. That’s where the game remained until the 10th.
Top Pitch Velocity: Jared Solomon – 97.0 MPH (ball)
Top Exit Velocity: TJ Hopkins – 108.9 MPH (double)
Furthest Hit Baseball: Elly De La Cruz – 353 feet (flyout)
The Chattanooga Lookouts lost 10-5. Box Score
- Noelvi Marte went 1-4.
- Nick Quintana went 0-3 with 2 walks and 2 runs.
- James Free went 2-3 with a walk, steal (1), and 2 runs.
- Alex McGarry went 1-4 with an RBI.
- Nicholas Northcut went 1-4 with a double and an RBI.
- Rece Hinds went 1-4 with a double and an RBI.
- Allan Cerda went 1-3 with a walk and a home run (2).
- Evan Kravetz threw a shutout inning with a strikeout.
It was a tough afternoon for the Lookouts pitchers. Connor Phillips allowed three runs in 4.1 innings with four walks and six strikeouts. He threw 93 pitches but had just 48 strikes in the game. The Lookouts pitching staff allowed 15 hits and walked seven batters in just eight innings.
James Free had a nice game, reaching base three times, picking up his first stolen base of the year, and scoring two runs. He raised his average to .297 on the season and now has 14 walks with just 20 strikeouts in 28 games.
The Dayton Dragons lost 5-4. Box Score
- Edwin Arroyo went 1-4 with a home run (4).
- Austin Hendrick went 2-4 with a home run (2).
- Ruben Ibarra went 1-3 with a walk and a run.
- Austin Callahan went 3-4 with 2 doubles and a run.
- Michael Trautwein went 1-3 with a walk.
- Jose Acuna allowed 2 runs in 5.0 innings with a walk and 4 strikeouts.
- Owen Holt allowed a run in 2.0 innings with 3 strikeouts.
- Braxton Roxby threw a shutout inning with a strikeout.
After his 10-game hitting streak came to an end on the 11th, Austin Hendrick has had back-to-back 2-hit games. He’s hitting .386/.426/.545 in May.
Austin Callahan picked up three hits on the day. His two doubles give him three of them in the last two days and 11 of them on the season.
Michael Trautwein extended his hitting streak to five games. He’s now hitting .288/.381/.493 on the season.
The Daytona Tortugas won 2-1. Box Score
- Cam Collier went 1-3 with a walk.
- Cade Hunter went 1-3 with a steal (3).
- Yerlin Confidan went 1-2 with a walk and a run.
- Michel Triana went 1-3 with a double and a run.
- Mason Pelio threw 4.0 shutout innings with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts.
- Jean Correa allowed a run in 2.0 innings with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts.
- Zach Maxwell threw 2.0 shutout innings with a walk and 4 strikeouts.
- John Murphy threw a shutout inning with 2 strikeouts.
Cam Collier extended his hitting streak to six games. He’s gone 8-22 with two walks and a double in that stretch.
Yerlin Confidan went 3-15 to start the season after coming off of the injured list. Over the next seven games he’s hit .308/.333/.500 with four extra-base hits.
Mason Pelio has allowed two runs in his last 14.0 innings and has 15 strikeouts over that stretch.
John Murphy lowered his ERA to 2.19 on the season. He has 15 strikeouts and just three walks in 12.1 innings.
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The last week Michael Trautwein has been getting his props as a hitter. So, on the milb broadcast today I concentrated on his performance behind the plate. He sets a nice low target has a smooth framing style. He threw out a runner stealing and was pretty close on another. In my view he has surpassed Nelson as the top catcher of this class.
Dragons and Crawford got screwed in their loss today. After the Dragons took a late lead, Crawford came in to close for the first time. The problem is the bottom of the ninth was played in a hard pouring rain and it really messed up Crawford control. Trautwein really gave the home plate umpire an earful for making them play in it.
McClain getting the call!
Acuna solid again today.
The deal that Krall got for 1/2 a year of Naquin is so much better than it ever should have been.
I figured it would be similar to what Pham brought back in Northcut but Krall might’ve just landed a couple of big leaguers in this one
At this rate Acuna should finish the year with a taste of AA before his 21st birthday and Rodriguez will be up in Dayton as a 19 year old
Is Free now the best catching prospect in the minors? I know Robinson is having a really nice season in AAA as well.
He might be, but he’s not doing much catching. 16 starts at 1B, 10 at DH, 0 at C. He has logged 1 inning at C.
He would prefer catching (per sitting next to his mother) but he said he would play wherever they put him. I wish they would still give him time behind the dish though. Seems kind of short-sighted.
Kind of surprised Elly’s been caught stealing five times.