Game recap (8/3/16): Robert Stephenson bounces back, Sal Romano stays hot

louisville

Result: Toledo 9, Louisville 5

Starting Pitcher: Robert Stephenson, RHP – 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera, 2B – 3-for-5, 3B, 2 R, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Kyle Waldrop, RF – 2-for-5

Beau Amaral, CF – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, R, BB

Game Notes: Coming off a six walk, seven run performance over 3.2 innings last time out, Robert Stephenson needed a serious shot in the arm in Wednesday’s start.

He certainly got that, and turned in one of his better outings of the season, working six strong innings and walking just two. Command has been he major question for Stephenson on 2016, and likely the only thing keeping him out of the big leagues currently.

For more details about Stephenson’s start, please read the post breaking down the outing.

After Stephenson left the game, Louisville scored five runs in the sixth, seventh, and eighth, but was it was not enough and it fell to Toledo.

In his second game with the Reds organization since the Jay Bruce trade, Dilson Herrera did nothing to disappoint. He picked up three hits, including a triple. Herrera also showed some serious range on a couple of balls behind second base and likely saved runs.

Jose Peraza also added a hit in his first game since being optioned.

pensacola

Result: Mississippi 3, Pensacola 2

Starting Pitcher: Sal Romano, RHP – 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K

Top Hitter: Eric Jagielo, 1B – 1-for-2, 2B, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers:

Zach Vincej, SS – 1-for-3, R, BB

Phillip Ervin, LF – 0-for-1, 2 BB, RBI

Game Notes: For Sal Romano, it is hard to classify his run over the past month as anything but extraordinary.

In July, Romano posted a 2.25 ERA in six starts for Pensacola. Romano posted an 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.

August got off to just as good of a start as well for the 22-year-old right-hander as well, as he went six inning, allowing just one run.

Romano did not allow his first hit until the lead off hitter in the fourth inning. However, Romano was removed and left with the trainer after allowing a lead off single in the seventh after just 82 pitches. The bullpen allowed that runner to cross the plate and that was the only run that he allowed in the contest.

After the game, Romano told reporters that it was just a hamstring cramp, and there is nothing to worry about with his health.

Zach Vincej extended his current nine-game hit streak in the contest with a single.

Pensacola was only able to muster two hits total in the game, but did draw 10 walks as well.

 

daytona

Game one:

Result: Daytona 12, Brevard County 0

Starting Pitcher: Jonathon Crawford, RHP – 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Top Hitter: Shed Long, 2B – 3-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Reydel Medina, RF – 3-for-4, 2 2B, 3B, 3 R, 4 RBI

Gavin LaValley, 3B – 2-for-4, 2 R

Game Notes: The flood gates opened quickly and often for Daytona in the opening game of the double header.

Five hitters in the Daytona lineup had multiple hits, but Reydel Medina led the way with three extra base knocks. Medina has hit .455 in his last nine games with nine extra base hits after the first game.

Jonathan Crawford made his first non-rehab start of the season and was very strong.

Though Crawford allowed one runner to reach in each of the first three innings, he was able to pitch around those and struck out a hitter in each frame as well.

Crawford finished well also, as he faced the minimum in his last two innings of work. The only blemish was a hit batter that was erased on a double play.

Crawford tossed 52 pitches with 32 strikes for the game. Walks were a bit of an issue in his rehab starts with the AZL Reds.

Game two:

Result: Daytona 5, Brevard County 1

Starting Pitcher: Ismael Guillon, LHP – 5 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K

Top Hitter: Shed Long – 2-for-3, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Gavin LaValley, 3B – 1-for-3, HR, R, RBI

Reydel Medina, RF – 1-for-3, 2B, R

Game Notes: For his second straight start, Ismael Guillon struck out 10 batters in five innings.

Over the span, he allowed just three hits and a walk. One of the hits was a solo home run on Wednesday night and was the only hit allowed in the contest.

The lone hit and run was that solo home run to the second batter in the first inning. Guillon rebounded and struck out two hitters in each of the first three innings of work. He also struck out the side in the fifth, showing that he was not tiring after 72 pitches. He also threw strikes, as 50 of those pitches crossed the plate.

Medina added his 10th extra base hits in his last 10 contests with a double.

Gavin LaValley hit his third home run in the last 11 games and second in his last five games.

Shed Long added two hits in each of the games is 8-for-14 in his last four games.

dayton

Game one:

Result: Bowling Green 4, Dayton 1

Starting Pitcher: Ty Boyles, LHP – 5.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

Top Hitter: Shane Mardirosian, LF – 1-for-2, R

Other Notable Performers:

Mitch Piatnik, RF – 1-for-2

Josiel Veras, DH – 1-for-2, RBI

Game Notes: Ty Boyles made by far his best start of the season in many regards in the first game of the doubleheader. Boyles posted a season-high seven strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work.

The four hits allowed also ties a season best in a start for Boyles.

Boyles retired the side in order in the first and second inning, but ran into trouble in the third inning. He allowed a lead off double, and a one-out RBI single, but was able to get out of it with no more damage.

The next trouble he faced was in the sixth and ultimately did him in. Boyles picked up a strikeout to open the inning, but walked two hitters in a row after. He then picked up a throwing error on a bunt attempt to allow a run to score, and then a single to score two more.

Dayton was only able to muster three hits in the seven inning games offensively, continuing their recent struggles.

Game two:

Result: Bowling Green 9, Dayton 3

Starting Pitcher: Jesus Reyes, RHP – 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Top Hitter: Nick Senzel, 3B – 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Daniel Sweet, LF – 1-for-3, R

Jose Duarte, C – 1-for-3

Game Notes: In a tied game in the top of the six in a game scheduled to go just seven innings, Nick Senzel did what he does best.

While his team was only able to get three hits for the game, a single and a fielding error brought Senzel to the plate with two on and two out. As he has done most of the season, Senzel delivered.

He banged his ninth doubled with Dayton in just over a month off the base of the wall, scoring the two runners and putting the Dragons in the driver’s seat.

However, Sarkis Ohanian was seeking his first two-inning save of the season, and was not able to hold it. Ohanian, who has allowed just two earned runs in his last 10.1 innings coming in, allowed one in the sixth, and two in the seventh for a walk-off loss.

Jesus Reyes started the game for Dayton and allowed just two hits in five innings of work. It was the second consecutive start for Reyes going five shutout innings. Reyes has only four starts on the season, and that last start was June 17, as he has been used mostly in relief.

billings

Result: Billings

The Mustangs are off for the Pioneer League All-Star break and return to action on Thursday.

reds

Result: AZL Reds 6, AZL Padres 0

Starting Pitcher: Keenan Kish, RHP – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Top Hitter: Urwin Juaquin, SS – 1-for-3, 2B, R

Other Notable Performers:

Michael Beltre, CF – 1-for-3, 2 R, BB

Leandro Santana, 3B – 1-for-4, 2 R

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