Game recap (8/20/16): Robert Stephenson struggles again, Sal Romano sharp

louisville

Result: Louisville 11, Indianapolis 7

Starting Pitcher: Robert Stephenson, RHP – 2 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 2 K

Top Hitter: Juan Perez, 2B – 2-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Hernan Iribarren, 1B  – 2-for-4,  2 2B, 2 R, BB

Jesse Winker, RF – 1-for-4, R, RBI, BB

Game Notes: Command has been a constant issue for Robert Stephenson all season long…and this was no different on Saturday night. Stephenson tossed 71 pitches in just two innings of work in the game and walked four hitters, allowing six runs to cross the plate.

After allowing a lead off home run, Stephenson walked the next two hitters to create an even larger jam. After picking up a ground out, he allowed a batter to reach on a fielder’s choice and back-to-back singles for a five-run first.

In the second, Stephenson allowed two more walks and a RBI double and was replaced.

Jesse Winker added a single and now has a 12-game hit streak. He has also been on base at least once in the past 16 games.

Juan Perez picked up a double and a home run, and is now 6-for-14 in his last three games.

pensacola

Result: Mississippi 2, Pensacola 1

Starting Pitcher: Sal Romano, RHP – 8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K

Top Hitter: Brandon Dixon, CF – 4-for-6, RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Phillip Ervin, LF – 2-for-7, 2B, R

Alex Blandino, 2B – 2-for-7

Game Notes: Sal Romano tossed eight sparkling innings on Saturday night, but received a no decision after he lasted only half of the game, as Pensacola lost in 16 innings.

Romano’s night got off to a tough start, as he allowed a lead off double in the first, but retired the next six hitters. He struck out two of the three in the second inning.

He also allowed a lead off single in the third, but retired the next five hitters again. He struck out the first two in the fourth inning as well, before allowing another single.

He also allowed a single in the sixth inning, but that was the last base runner he allowed all night. Romano was perfect in the seventh and eighth, as he threw 94 pitches and 64 strikes for the contest.

Pensacola finally cracked the scoring column in the 16th inning on a single by Brandon Dixon to score Phillip Ervin, who had doubled to lead off the inning. Pensacola also had the bases loaded with no outs, before Eric Jagielo lined into a double play and it only got one run.

Mississippi scored two in the bottom of the frame and got the walk off win, as Alejandro Chacin walked three, allowed two hits and two runs in just 0.1 innings.

daytona

Result: Clearwater 5, Daytona 1

Starting Pitcher: Keury Mella, RHP – 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Top Hitter: Aristides Aquino, RF – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Shed Long, 2B – 1-for-3, BB

Gavin LaValley, 3B – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Aristides Aquino continued his extra base hit parade on Saturday night with a double.

Aquino has hits in nine of the last 10 games, and he has eight extra base hits over that span. This includes six home runs and two doubles. However, he only has 10 total hits in the nine games, and is hitting .278 in those contests.

Shed Long added a single to extend his 11-game hit streak.

Keury Mella allowed four more runs in five innings of work on Saturday night. He has allowed 61 hits and 26 earned runs in his last 49 innings.

dayton

Result: West Michigan 5, Dayton 1

Starting Pitcher: Austin Orewiler, RHP – 3 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Top Hitter: Brantley Bell, 2B – 2-for-2, HR, R, RBI, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers:

Nick Senzel, 3B – 1-for-3, BB

Luis Gonzalez, SS – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Nick Senzel reached base twice for Dayton with a single and a walk on Saturday night. He has continued to hit at Low-A and raised his season average to .309 in the contest with a .400 OBP.

However, Senzel is just 5-for-21 over his last six games. He has walked three times in those contests though.

Brantley Bell added his first professional home run in the game. He also added a single and walked twice.

Austin Orewiler continued his recent struggles after a strong start last time out. After tossing five shutout innings last time out, on only two hits, Orewiler reverted back to his 7.41 ERA in August on Saturday.

In just three innings, Orewiler allowed five hits and four runs on Saturday on 52 pitches.

billings

Result: Missoula 7, Billings 6

Starting Pitcher: Scott Moss, RHP – 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

Top Hitter: Hector Vargas, SS – 1-for-4, HR, RBI, R

Other Notable Performers:

Jose Siri, RF – 2-for-4, 2 R, BB

Taylor Trammell, LF – 2-for-4, BB, RBI

Game Notes: Scott Moss worked into the sixth inning in just his eighth professional start. He has also worked at least into the fifth in five of his last eight games.

Moss worked around a walk in the first inning, but struck out the final hitter to end it. He also worked around a single in the second, but added a pick off to end it.

Moss allowed a pair of singles in the third inning, but was able to pitch around that as well.

He was perfect in the fourth and fifth innings, and struck out the side in that latter frame. Moss allowed a single in the sixth, but got a double play to still face the minimum.

Hector Vargas hit a home run and now has started a new hit streak after seeing his 14-game streak come to an end on Friday night. Overall, Vargas has hit in 39 of his 45 games with Billings. Friday night was the first game in August he went hitless.

reds

AZL Reds

The AZL Reds were postponed due to rain on Saturday night and return to action on Sunday.

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