Game recap (7/14/16): Ervin goes deep twice, Santillan goes six strong


Result: Louisville 9, Indianapolis 8

Starting Pitcher: Daniel Wright, RHP – 5 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Top Hitter: Tony Renda, 2B – 2-for-5, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Seth Mejias-Brean, 3B – 2-for-4, HR, 2 R, RBI

Chris Berset, C – 3-for-4, 2B, R

Game Notes: The second half of the season did not get off to the best of starts for Daniel Wright. Though only two of Wright’s runs were considered earned, he did allow 10 hits and walked two more over five innings.

However, Wright could have folded early, but he still battled through five and kept Louisville in a position where they could fight back in the game as well.

Offensively, Triple-A has not been so much of a challenge for Tony Renda. In his past 10 games, Renda has picked up 16 hits. This continued on Thursday, as Renda added a home run in the contest – his first since the promotion.

Seth Mejias-Brean has struggled as a whole in 2016 for Louisville, but he has been hot lately. On Thursday, Mejias-Brean picked up his third home run in four games.

Kyle Waldrop added his 15th and 16th doubles in the game, while Scott Schebler added his 14th of the season.


Result: Pensacola 9, Jacksonville 0

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Mahle, RHP – 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Top Hitter: Phillip Ervin, CF – 3-for-5, 2B, 2 HR, 3 R, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Eric Jagielo, 1B – 2-for-3, HR, 2 R, RBI

Chad Wallach, C – 2-for-4, R, 2B

Game Notes: Pensacola saw an offensive explosion on Thursday night, while featured a huge game from Phillip Ervin. In the contest, Ervin had a pair of solo home runs, his eighth and ninth of the season.

Ervin has seen struggles in 2016 at times, and this was his first game with multiple extra base hits since May 10. However, in his last 10 games, Ervin his hitting just under .300 with three home runs and eight runs scored.

Alex Blandino picked up his sixth home run of the season in the first inning.

Chad Wallach returned from the DL after missing six weeks with a broken hand, and picked up two hits and a double in his first game back.

Tyler Mahle continued to be strong and consistent since arriving in Pensacola. In his fifth Double-A start, Mahle allowed just four hits and six total base runners.


Result: St. Lucie 5, Daytona 2

Starting Pitcher: Jake Paulson, RHP – 2/1 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

Top Hitter: Gavin LaValley, 3B – 1-for-4, 2B, R

Other Notable Performers:

Angelo Gumbs, 2B – 2-for-4, R, RBI

Game Notes: Jake Paulson got roughed up early and Daytona was only able to string together six hits for the game.

Gavin LaValley added a double in the ninth inning to salvage his 22-game on base streak and four-game hit streak. In those four games, LaValley has raised his average 19 points to .287.


Result: Dayton 8, Beloit 6

Starting Pitcher: Jacob Constante, LHP – 3.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 3 K

Top Hitter: Luis Gonzalez, SS – 2-for-4, 2 2B, R, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Chris Okey, C – 2-for-3, R, BB

Kevin Franklin, 1B – 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Dayton scored all eight runs after the fifth inning to complete a comeback victory on Thursday.

Brantley Bell and Kevin Franklin got the scoring started in the fifth innings, with a RBI single and two-run double, respectively.

Luis Gonzalez picked up a RBI double in the sixth, one of his two in the contest. Zack Shields drove in a pair with a double to tie the game.

Gonzalez drove in two more with his second double in the seventh to complete the comeback. Gonzalez now has two multi-hit efforts in his last three games.


Result: Billings 8, Grand Junction 3

Starting Pitcher: Antonio Santillan, RHP – 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Top Hitter: Beau Amaral, DH – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Hector Vargas, SS – 2-for-3, SB, R, 2 RBI

John Sansone, 2B – 3-for-5, HR, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI

Game notes: For the second straight night, it was a hit parade for Billings. To compliment that, Antonio Santillan was dominant on the mound with his power fastball.

Santillan worked six strong innings for the first time of the season, having a season high of 5.2 innings prior.

Coming into the contest, Santillan had K/9 totals of nearly 14. He was able to add five more on Thursday night and was still hitting 95 on the gun in his final inning, but touched 97 in the outing as well. In that final inning, Santillan struck out the side.

Hector Vargas is hitting an even .500 in his last 10 games with 12 RBI and eight runs scored. Vargas really struggled to begin the season in Dayton, but got hot once returning to Billings.

John Sansone now has 10 hits for the season after Thursday night, but three of them came in the contest with a home run and a double – his only two extra base hits of the season. Beau Amaral also picked up his first two extra base hits since being demoted back to Billings on July 4.


Result: AZL Dodgers 7, AZL Reds 4

Starting Pitcher: Nick Hanson, RHP – 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Top Hitter: J.D. Salmon-Williams, DH – 1-for-4, 3B, RBI, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Daniel Jimenez, LF – 2-for-5, R

Nadir Ljatifi, SS – 2-for-5, R

Game notes: The 2016 season has been unkind to Nick Hanson through four starts. Hanson, the third round pick by the Reds in the recent draft, now has an ERA of over 18 after his fourth start on Thursday.

The AZL Reds were able to pick up nine hits, but were unable to string them together in the right spot and only crossed four runs.

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