Jason Vosler hit a grand slam and drove in five runs for Louisville, Mat Nelson hit his 19th homer of the season in Chattanooga’s loss, Ruben Ibarra hit two homers in Dayton, and Ethan O’Donnell remained hotter than the sun as he homered for the third straight game in Daytona’s win.
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The Louisville Bats lost 13-8. Box Score
- Alex Young (rehab) threw a perfect inning with a strikeout.
- Kevin Newman (rehab) went 0-3 with 2 walks, a run, and an RBI.
- Jacob Hurtubise went 0-2 with 3 walks and 2 runs.
- Jason Vosler went 2-5 with a double, grand slam (18), and 5 RBI.
- Jhonny Pereda went 1-4 with a double, walk, and a run.
- TJ Hopkins went 3-5 with 2 doubles.
- Alejo Lopez went 2-5 with a double, 2 runs, and an RBI.
- Levi Stoudt threw 2.0 hitless innings with 2 strikeouts.
- Tony Santillan threw a perfect inning with a strikeout.
Louisville trailed 6-2 heading into the bottom of the 8th inning and then scored six runs to take the lead…. only to allow seven runs in the top of the 9th.
Jacob Hurtubise didn’t pick up a hit as his average in Louisville plummeted to .429…. With his three walks he now has 14 of them and just six strikeouts in 20 games for the Bats.
Jason Vosler hit his 3rd home run of the month for Louisville. He’s had three doubles in September, too, and is slugging .870 through five games.
Top Pitch Velocity: Tony Santillan – 97.9 MPH (groundout)
Top Exit Velocity: Jason Vosler – 105.2 MPH (home run)
Furthest Hit Baseball: Jason Vosler – 438 feet (home run)
The Chattanooga Lookouts lost 3-2. Box Score
- Blake Dunn went 0-2 with a walk, HBP, and 2 steals (52).
- Rece Hinds went 1-4.
- James Free went 1-3 with a walk, double, and a run.
- Mat Nelson went 1-4 with a home run (19) and 2 RBI.
- Austin Callahan went 1-4 with a steal.
- Manuel Cachutt threw 3.0 perfect innings with 2 strikeouts.
- Jayvien Sandridge threw a hitless inning with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts.
- Andy Fisher threw a shutout inning with a strikeout.
- Jake Wong allowed a run in 2.0 innings with a strikeout.
Both teams pitched well, with just seven hits between the two in the game. Both teams scored two runs in the 5th inning, but it was Montgomery who would tack on a run later, scoring in the 8th to pull out the win.
Mat Nelson hit his 19th homer of the season, but it was his first after a promotion to Double-A (4 games). His 19 home runs are 5th in the farm system behind Rece Hinds, Blake Dunn, Christian Encarnacion-Strand, and Matt Reynolds. Only Encarnacion-Strand has played fewer games than Nelson among those ahead of him (by nearly 30 games!).
Andy Fisher posted an ERA of 7.88 in June. Since then he’s thrown 24.0 innings with a 1.50 ERA.
The Dayton Dragons lost 13-9. Box Score
- Edwin Arroyo went 3-4 with a walk, 2 doubles, and 2 runs.
- Sal Stewart went 2-5 with a run.
- Allan Cerda went 1-3 with 2 walks, 2 runs, and an RBI.
- Ruben Ibarra (pictured above) went 2-5 with 2 home runs (18) and 4 RBI.
- Carlos Jorge went 2-3 with 2 walks, a double, and a grand slam (12).
- Owen Holt threw 2.0 hitless innings with a walk and a strikeout.
Dayton trailed 6-0 entering the bottom of the 3rd, but they scored five runs in the inning and then took the lead when Ruben Ibarra hit a 3-run homer in the 4th. Fort Wayne would tie the game up in the 7th at 8-8. Things got away from Dayton in the top of the 9th when the TinCaps scored five runs and put the game away.
Dayton is now 3.0 games out of 1st place with four games remaining in the season. Dayton is playing the team in 1st place, so they will need to win out. But if they do that they still need West Michigan to lose at least three games and have Lake County also lose at least one game.
After hitting .248 in August, Edwin Arroyo has put together four multi-hit games in five games to begin September. He’s 9-20 (.450) with five walks in the month.
Carlos Jorge hit .184 in the first 13 games after his promotion to Dayton. He has 22 strikeouts and two walks in that stretch. In the seven games since then he’s hitting .345 with a double, triple, three home runs, two walks, and eight strikeouts. That’s an OPS of 1.146 during that time.
Ruben Ibarra hit two homers in the game, with his last one clearing the batters eye. Trackman estimated it at 433 feet, which feels light given that it went over the batters eye. It was his second 2-homer game of the season. Back on May 4th he hit two homers in the first game of a doubleheader in Lansing. He’s homered in back-to-back games and had four RBI in each game.
The Daytona Tortugas won 9-4. Box Score
- Ricardo Cabrera went 3-6 with 3 runs and 2 RBI.
- Ethan O’Donnell went 2-4 wit a walk, double, home run (3), 2 runs, and 4 RBI.
- Cam Collier went 2-3 with 2 walks and 3 RBI.
- Jack Moss threw 1-4 with a walk.
- Yerlin Confidan went 2-5 with a run.
- Connor Burns went 1-5 with a run.
- Carter Graham went 1-3 with a walk and 2 runs.
- Arij Fransen allowed 2 runs in 5.0 innings with 3 walks and 7 strikeouts.
- Graham Osman allowed 1 earned in 3.0 innings with 7 strikeouts.
- Luis Mey threw a hitless inning with a walk.
Ricardo Cabrera’s out to a good start with Daytona. He’s 4-9 (.444), scored four runs, been hit by two pitches, and he’s driven in two runs.
If there’s a hotter hitter in minor league baseball than Ethan O’Donnell I don’t know who it is. He’s homered in three straight games, and his double on Wednesday missed being a homer by about a foot as it hit high up the wall in right-center. Since August 23rd he’s hitting .500/.566/.870 in 13 games with nine extra-base hits.
Cam Collier is 4-7 with three walks and four RBI in the first two games of the series against St. Lucie.
Graham Osman allowed his first hits of his career as well as the first runs. He had thrown 6.2 hitless, shutout innings before Wednesday afternoon. His final inning of work was a wild one. He struck out four batters. The final pitch to the third batter was a a 90 MPH fastball that was called for strike three. But it popped out of the catchers mitt. He then just rolled the ball out to the mound, but a dropped third strike requires tagging the batter or throwing down to 1st base. Osman sprinted back to the mound area to pick up the ball and try to throw to first base, but threw it way over the head of Carter Graham and the inning kept going. Can say that I’ve never seen the inning extended quite in that manner before.
Luis Mey has hit 103 MPH in his last two outings. Of course the previous outing was on July 26th, coming prior to winding up on the injured list.
- Top Pitch Velocity: Luis Mey – 103.0 MPH (ball)
- Top Exit Velocity: Yerlin Confidan – 112.7 MPH (groundout)
- Furthest Hit Baseball: Ethan O’Donnell – 385 feet (home run)
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