Game preview (8/3/16): Cody Reed, Robert Stephenson look to bounce back.

Overview: After a promising start to kick off the second half of the season, Cody Reed once again struggled last time out. He looks to rebound, along with Robert Stephenson who shared the same experience. Sal Romano has been on a tear in Double-A and he looks to keep that going.

reds

St. Louis at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Cody Reed (0-5, 7.07 ERA, 1.82 WHIP, 37 K, 14 BB)

Notes: Coming off his best start since his debut on July 19 against the Braves, Cody Reed ran into some issues once again his last time out. In five innings of work, Reed allowed nine hits and six runs July 26 against the Giants. He is still struggling with command at times, walking nine hitters in his last four start. He is also getting elevated constantly, which lead to the high hit totals as well. This has led to the 10 home runs that he has allowed in 35.2 big league innings.

louisville

Toledo at Louisville, 7:05 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: TBD

Notes: While it is listed as TBD for the starter on the Louisville website, it would be Robert Stephenson’s turn in the rotation. Stephenson has really struggled with walks in 2016, and that is really the only thing that is keeping him out of the Major Leagues. Stephenson saw improvement with no walks in six strong innings on July 23, but reverted back and walked six on July 29 in 3.2 innings. Naturally, this turned into a sideways outing for the right-hander, and he allowed seven earned runs on just four hits.

pensacola

Mississippi at Pensacola, 7:30 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Sal Romano (3-10, 3.98 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 106 K, 29 BB)

Notes: After a tough start to the season, Romano really hit his groove in July, and makes his first August start on Wednesday. He posted a 2.25 ERA in six starts for Pensacola last month. Romano posted in even nine in K/9 and walked just six batters in 36 innings of work for the month. He worked into the seventh in three of the six starts and went no less than five innings and any of them.

 

daytona

Bervard County at Pensacola, 5:05 p.m. EST

Game one Starting pitcher: TBD

Game two Starting pitcher: Wendolyn Bautista (3-1, 2.01 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 19 K, 16 BB)

Notes: While the first game of the doubleheader is listed as TBD, Wendolyn Bautista is listed as the game two starter. After getting off to a slow start to the season in Dayton, Bautista was good since his promotion to Daytona through mid-July, but may have hit a wall. Wednesday will mark his 11th start at the level and he has failed to get through five innings just once, prior to his last three starts. In those outings, Bautista worked just three innings in two and 0.2 inning in another, but that was a rain suspension. He has allowed six hits, five runs, and six walks in his last six innings of work.

 

dayton

Dayton at West Michigan, 6:00 p.m. EST

Game one Starting pitcher: Jesus Reyes (2-1, 2.11 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 40 K, 25 BB)

Game two Starting pitcher: Ty Boyles (3-6, 5.71 ERA, 1.61 WHIP, 59 K, 35 BB)

Notes: Dayton will play in a doubleheader on Wednesday as well, with Jesus Reyes and Ty Boyles splitting the pitching duties. Reyes is making just his fourth start and 24th appearance of the season with Dayton. His last start came as a win on June 17, when he went five inning of two-hit, shutout ball. Boyles’ struggles landed him in the bullpen with a new influx of starters to Dayton, but the doubleheader earns him another start. He made only his second relief appearance of the season on July 31 and went two strong innings, but ran into trouble in his third inning and ended up allowing three runs on three hits and two walks.

billings

Billings

The Mustangs are off for the Pioneer League All-Star break.

reds

AZL Padres at AZL Reds, 9:00 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: TBD

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