Game preview (8/8/16): Robert Stephenson looks to build on a controled outing

Overview: Robert Stephenson looks to build on a strong start last time out, while Cody Reed looks to overcome his first inning demons. Sal Romano and Tejay Antone look to continue strong runs.

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Cincinnati at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Cody Reed (0-6, 7.30 ERA, 1.82 WHIP, 38 K, 15 BB)

Notes: Last time out, against the Cardinals, was a similar to story to most of the season for Reed. The first inning has been something that has been difficult for the lefty to overcome. Then, once he settles in, he is able to pitch to the level that he is capable of. In the first inning, Reed has allowed a 14.62 ERA. In each inning after, that drops. In the second it is 6.75, and then down to 4.50 in the third, and 3.38 in the fourth. Reed will get another crack at the Cardinals on Monday.

louisville

Columbus at Louisville, 7:05 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Robert Stephenson (6-8, 4.10 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 96 K, 39 BB)

Notes: When Robert Stephenson is on, like last time out, he is nearly unhittable. When he isn’t on, he is still hard to hit, but he can’t find the strike zone and walks haunt the right hander. In his July 17 and July 29 starts, he walked a combined 11 hitters in 9.2 innings. In those games, he also allowed nine runs. In his July 29 and August 3 starts, he allowed just two walks, and in turn three runs in 12 innings.

pensacola

Pensacola at Biloxi, 7:40 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Sal Romano (4-10, 3.86 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 112 K, 29 BB)

Notes: After a tough start to the season, Romano really hit his groove from July into August. He posted a 2.25 ERA in six starts for Pensacola in July. In his first August start, Romano allowed just six hits and one run over six innings. The start was cut short by a cramp. Romano posted in even nine in K/9 and walked just six batters in 42 innings of work since the beginning of July. He worked into the seventh in three of the seven starts and went no less than five innings and any of them.

daytona

Dunedin at Daytona, 7:05 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Tejay Antone (11-6, 3.53 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 84 K, 27 BB)

Notes: Tejay Antone was named Pitcher of the Month for Daytona for July. For the month, Antone started five games and posted a 2.32 ERA with a 1.16 WHIP. After average numbers for the first two month, and struggling his way though June with an ERA near six, the honor is a tad unexpected for Antone. He struck out 19 to just nine walks for the month. He also did not disappoint in his last start, which was also his first in August. Antone went eight innings, allowing just six hits and one run, while striking out five.

dayton

Dayton at Lake County, 7:00 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Ty Boyles (3-7, 5.67 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, 66 K, 37 BB)

Notes: Ty Boyles’ seasonal struggles landed him in the bullpen with a new influx of starters to Dayton, but the doubleheader earns him another start last time out. He made the most of it to get another opportunity. In that start, Boyles allowed four hits and three runs in 5.1 innings, while striking out seven.

billings

Idaho Falls at Billings, 9:05 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Andrew Jordan (0-2, 2.86 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 36 K, 18 BB)

Notes: Andrew Jordan will make his eighth start of the season for Billings on Monday night. Jordan has worked into the fifth in all but one of his starts in the 2016 season. In his last start, he allowed three walks, six hits, and three runs, while striking out six in 4.2 innings of work.

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AZL Reds

The AZL Reds are off on Sunday and return to action on Monday.

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