Last night the Louisville Bats played a doubleheader against Toledo that they wish they hadn’t. The Bats lost both games and were outscored 26-5 on the night. In game one Connor Phillips got the start and after giving up a leadoff double he went 1-2-3 in the first inning.
The second inning, though, did not go the same way after a leadoff double. Phillips gave up a single and then a walk to load the bases. A 2-run single came next before a fly out. Another double brought in a run, and then an RBI single followed and it was 4-0 in the blink of an eye. That would be the end of the day for Phillips – but after he exited both of the runners he had on base when he was replaced on the mound came around to score and he finished the day with six earned runs in 1.1 innings without a strikeout.
Saturday evening was the third consecutive start for Connor Phillips in which he did not get out of the 2nd inning. He had one relief appearance in the middle of that when he came into the game following a rehab start by Ben Lively and threw 2.1 hitless innings before rain came through St. Paul and ended the game while he was still on the mound. In the three starts around that relief appearance Phillips allowed 15 hits, 15 earned runs, walked eight batters, and struck out just three of the 32 hitters he faced in 4.1 innings.
If there’s any good news at all from his outing on Saturday night it’s that his velocity rebounded from his previous start. On August 19th against Iowa he averaged just 93.8 MPH on his fastball. In every other start up to that point with the Bats he had averaged at least 95.7 MPH. Saturday night, granted it was limited action, he averaged 95.7 MPH.
Chase Petty dominates again
On the opposite end of the spectrum for one of the Reds top pitching prospects, Chase Petty was outstanding once again in Dayton. While he took the loss in the game last night thanks to an unearned run, he allowed just four hits in 4.0 innings without a walk and he struck out seven batters.
Petty has been limited in how many pitches and innings he’s been allowed to throw each game after having an elbow injury in the spring. The 20-year-old hasn’t pitched beyond the 4th inning in any of his 16 starts and he’s not thrown more than 67 pitches in any start this year. But when he’s been on the mound he has been very, very good. After his performance on Saturday for the Dragons his ERA dropped to 1.95 on the season in his 60.0 innings pitched. He’s yet to allow a home run on the season, he’s walked just 14 batters, and he now has 61 strikeouts on the year. Opposing hitters have a .257/.305/.310 line against him with just 10 extra-base hits.