Game recap (7/16/16): Brandon Dixon brings back the power, Rookie Davis shuts down Jacksonville

louisville

Result: Louisville 3, Indianapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Tim Adleman, RHP – 4 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Top Hitter: Jesse Winker, RF – 1-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Seth Mejias-Brean, 3B – 1-for-3, R

Carlos Triunfel, SS – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Tim Adleman pitched in his first game since leaving a contest with the Reds on May 19 with an oblique strain. In the rehab start, Adleman picked up just where he left off prior to the injury, and was a ground ball machine with his two-seam fastball. In the game, Adleman posted a 7:2 GO:FO ratio.

He was also throwing strikes, with is key for a contact pitcher. Of his 63 pitches, 40 were strikes. However, most importantly, Adleman made it to his limits and made it out healthy.

Following his home run on Friday night, Seth Mejias-Brean added another extra base hit with a double. Jesse Winker added a double of his own and Jermaine Curtis picked up an RBI single to win the game in extra innings.

pensacola

Result: Pensacola 5, Jacksonville 2

Starting Pitcher: Rookie Davis, RHP – 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K

Top Hitter: Brandon Dixon, 2B – 3-for-4, 2 HR, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Taylor Sparks, 3B – 1-for-4, HR, R, RBI

Sebastian Elizalde, RF – 1-for-4, R

Game Notes: When Brandon Dixon is hot, there is no stopping him at the plate. The dilemma is that he has not been hot since a huge tear he saw in the first three days of June where he hit four homers in three games. That is until Saturday night. In the most recent contest, Dixon homered in his first two at bats and added a double late in the game.

Those were the only extra base hits that Dixon had in June and he hit .187 for the month.

Taylor Sparks hit a solo home run, which gave him long balls in back-to-back games.

Rookie Davis also picked up a Double-A career high nine strikeouts. He certainly had his best fastball and compliment pitches going early, with five strikeouts through two innings. The only real mistake that he made was a home run that accounted for all of the scoring the in the game for Jacksonville. Davis also added a RBI single to aid his effort.

Caleb Cotham tossed a perfect inning of relief in his second rehab outing with Pensacola as well, and Alejandro Chacin picked up his 17th save of the season.

daytona

Result: St. Lucie 7, Daytona 0

Starting Pitcher: Tejay Antone, RHP – 4.1 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

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

Other Notable Performers:

Angelo Gumbs, DH – 1-for-3, 2B

Jonathan Reynoso, CF – 1-for-2

Game Notes: The tough starts for pitchers continued for Daytona on Saturday, as Tejay Antone was not able to make it out of the fifth inning of the rain-shortened contest.

Antone allowed two runs in the second and three in the third to put Daytona in an early hole.

On the other side, Daytona was only able to muster five hits and six total base runners for the game.

The positive offensive note was that Gavin LaValley was able to extend his hot streak to hits in 22 of the last 24 games. Over that span, LaValley has raised his average by 75 points.

In addition, Angelo Gumbs extended his nine-game hitting streak with a first inning double.

dayton

Result: Wisconsin 5, Dayton 3

Starting Pitcher: Austin Orewiler, RHP – 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Top Hitter: James Vasquez, 1B – 2-for-4, HR, R, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Luis Gonzalez, SS – 1-for-3, 3B, R, RBI

Reydel Medina, RF – 2-for-4, 2B, R

Game Notes: James Vasquez continued his strong play at the plate on Saturday night with another home run, his third extra base hit in the last four games. Saturday night was also his second multi-hit game over that span as well.

Luis Gonzalez now has hit in seven of his last nine games. This includes five doubles and Saturday night’s triple.

Reydel Medina extended his hitting streak to four games in the contest.

Austin Orewiler tossed five quality innings and pitched well enough to win, but received a no decision after a blown save from the bullpen.

billings

Result: Billings 6, Orem 1

Starting Pitcher: Scott Moss, RHP – 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Top Hitter: Hector Vargas, SS  – 1-for-4, R, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Beau Amaral, CF – 3-for-4, 2 R

Taylor Trammell, LF – 2-for-4, 3 RBI

Game notes: Two hitters in the Billings line up, Beau Amaral and Hector Vargas, have been on an absolute tear of late.

In Saturday night’s game, Amaral added three more hits and he is now hitting .333 in his nine-game stint with Billings. He also has a double and a home run over that time to go along with his six runs scored.

Vargas has been even better, and extended his hitting streak to 13 games on Saturday night with a double. Over those 13 games, Vargas has six multi-hit games and seven extra base hits.

Scott Moss was better in his second professional start, going two innings of three-hit, shutout ball.

reds

Result: AZL Reds 4, AZL Padres 3

Starting Pitcher: Wennington Romero, RHP – 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K

Top Hitter: Leandro Santana, 1B – 1-for-2, 2B, 2 RBI, R, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers:

Nadir Lajatifi, 3B – 1-for-3

J.D. Salmon-Williams, DH – 1-for-3

Game notes: Wennington Romero had arguably his best professional start, as he struck out eight of the 15 outs the recorded. Romero has been practically unhittable most of the season, and has worked at least five innings in all of his five outings except one. That outing was the only one that Romero failed to strike out five hitters as well, to go along with just four walks all season.

Nadir Ljatifi added another hit on Saturday night. Ljatifi had back-to-back two hit games coming in and added his first professional home run in Friday’s game.

J.D. Salmon-Williams also added a single on Satuday, to extend a five-game hitting streak. Salmon-Williams also has hits in nine of his last 11 games this season.

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