Game recap (8/8/16): Robert Stephenson struggles with hits, T.J. Friedl stays hot

louisville

Result: Columbus 6, Louisville 5

Starting Pitcher: Robert Stephenson, RHP – 6 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Top Hitter: Jesse Winker, LF – 2-for-4, 2B, R

Other Notable Performers:

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

Hernan Iribarren, 1B – 2-for-4, 2B, R, 3 RBI

Game Notes: After making significant progress last time out, Robert Stephenson struggled once again on Monday night. Stephenson allowed a season-high 10 hits in six innings of work.

Walks are what has done Stephenson in most of the season, so at least he was throwing strikes in the start, to find a silver lining.

Stephenson started the game by allowing a lead off home run, which turned into two runs allowed in each of the first and second innings. He also allowed three hits in each of those two innings.

However, he rebounded with a perfect third inning, before allowing another solo home run in the fourth. Stephenson also recorded perfect fifth and sixth innings. Stephenson then allowed a double, walk, and single to start the seventh, before giving way to the bullpen.

Jesse Winker added two hits and a double in the contest. He is now hitting .353 in his last 10 games.

Seth Mejias-Brean had his second straight two-hit game to snap a 4-for-36 slump over his previous nine games.

pensacola

Result: Biloxi 3, Pensacola 1

Starting Pitcher: Sal Romano, RHP – 5 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

Top Hitter: Alex Blandino, 2B – 3-for-4

Other Notable Performers:

Phillip Ervin, LF – 1-for-4

Sebastian Elizalde, RF – 1-for-4, R

Game Notes: After one of his best months of his career, Sal Romano came back down to earth a bit on Monday night.

Romano went just five innings in the start, which was the first time in three starts that he did not work in to the sixth inning.

He allowed two hits in the first inning, but pitched around that trouble with no damage. Romano also allowed two more singles in the second, but was aided by a caught stealing to get out of that as well.

The third inning is when Biloxi finally broke through. A solo home run, double, and RBI single against Romano brought in two runs in the frame. The fourth inning was likely his best frame, with just a single allowed that was erased on a double play.

Romano allowed another solo home run in the fifth inning, and his night ended after the frame.

Alex Blandino collected a pair of hits in the contest and is 7-for-12 in his last three games, with two three-hit efforts. He is also hitting .372 in his last 10 games. He has hit in 10 of his last 12 games.

daytona

Result: Daytona 9, Dunedin 7

Starting Pitcher: Tejay Antone, RHP – 5 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

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

Other Notable Performers:

Gavin LaValley, 3B – 2-for-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Aristides Aquino, RF – 1-for-4, HR, R, RBI, BB

Game Notes: Shed Long has been on quite a roll since being promoted to High-A late last month.

On Monday night, he collected two hits and doubled twice. In 12 games at the level, he is hitting .419 with a 1.158 OPS. Long has two doubles, a triple, and three home runs.

Gavin LaValley also added two doubles on Monday night. After going 0-for-9 in two games, LaValley has gone 3-for-9 in his last two, continuing his season of streakiness. They were his 18th and 19th doubles of the season though.

dayton

Result: Lake County 5, Dayton 1

Starting Pitcher: Ty Boyles, LHP – 6 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 7 K

Top Hitter: James Vasquez, 1B – 3-for-4, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Tyler Stephenson, DH – 1-for-3, K

Daniel Sweet, LF – 1-for-4, 2B, R

Game Notes: James Vasquez was one of the few bright spots for Dayton in a stretch where the offense has had a hard time stringing hits together for the team. Vasquez’s three hits in the contest had him the star for the night, but the team was only able to add three more hits total.

One of them was a double by Daniel Sweet, who continued a six-game hit streak.

After one of his best starts of the season, Ty Boyles was able to toss six more innings on Monday night. Though he allowed seven hits and five runs, the long start is something that Boyles has not seen often in 2016.

billings

Result: Billings 7, Idaho Falls 4

Starting Pitcher: Andrew Jordan, RHP – 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Top Hitter: T.J. Friedl, DH – 3-for-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Jose Siri, RF – 2-for-5, HR, 2 R RBI, BB

Michael Beltre, LF – 1-for-3, 2B, RBI, BB

Game Notes: T.J. Friedl showed once again that he may be the steal of this class, as he added his fourth and fifth doubles in just four professional games to go with his two home runs.

He stole the thunder of Jose Siri in a way as well.

Siri smacked his fourth home runs in two games, as he knocked three on Sunday. Siri has reached base on seven of his last 10 plate appearances. He has now hit in five games in a row and gone 10-for-20 over that span.

 

Michael Beltre singled in his first game since being promoted from the AZL Reds.

Andrew Jordan had one of his strongest starts of the season, going six innings of one hit baseball. In allowing no runs, he walked just one and struck out five.

reds

Result: AZL Reds 2, AZL Indians 1

Starting Pitcher: Nick Hanson, RHP – 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Top Hitter: Emmanuel Cruz, 2B – 2-for-3, HR, R, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Bruce Yari, 1B – 1-for-3, 3B

Ernesto Liberatore, C – 1-for-3, 2B

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