Game recap (8/22/16): Nick Senzel reaches base four times, top pitchers struggle

louisville

Result: Toledo 5, Louisville 4

Starting Pitcher: Rookie Davis, RHP – 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera, 2B – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Hernan Iribarren, 1B  – 2-for-4

Beau Amaral, CF – 1-for-3, R

Game Notes: After seeing his best start in Triple-A last time out, Rookie Davis ran into some more issues on Monday night.

Davis was able to pitch around a single in the first, but was not so fortunate in the other innings. In the second, Davis walked the lead off hitter. Two batters later, a single loaded the bases with no outs. However, he was able to limit the damage to just one run on a sacrifice fly in the frame.

He allowed a lead off homer in the third to rehabbing Jose Iglesias. Two doubles in the fourth led to another run. Finally, he allowed another solo home run and two more doubles in the fifth.

For the game, Davis tossed 93 pitches, with 60 of them for strikes.

Dilson Herrera played his first full game since August 8 in coming back from a shoulder injury, and added a double.

pensacola

Result: Pensacola 8, Mobile 5

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Mahle, RHP – 5 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 5 K

Top Hitter: Sebastian Elizalde, RF – 3-for-5, 2B, R, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Alex Blandino, 2B – 1-for-2, 2B, 3 R, 3 BB

Taylor Sparks, 3B – 2-for-4, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Alex Blandino reached base four times and score in three of those to lead Pensacola to a victory on Monday night.

Blandino has been quite hot of late after a disastrous start to the season. While his season average still sits at .227 after Monday night’s game, it was right around the Mendoza line just over a month ago.

He is hitting .324 for August with a .844 OPS.

For the second straight game, Sebastian Elizalde added three hits and a double. Elizalde is hitting .442 in his last 10 games and has seven multi-hit efforts in that span.

 

Tyler Mahle was roughed up a bit again on Monday night, allowing five earned runs in five innings.

He allowed lone runs in the first and fourth, but it was the fifth when he really ran into trouble. After allowing to singles, Mahle allowed a one-out, three run home run to make his line much worse than it could have been.

daytona

Result: Daytona

Daytona was off on Monday night and return to action on Tuesday.

dayton

Result: Dayton 11, Lansing 10

Starting Pitcher: Antonio Santillan, RHP – 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 K

Top Hitter: Nick Senzel, 3B – 2-for-3, 2B, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers:

Daniel Sweet, LF – 2-for-5, 3B, 2 R, RBI

Brantley Bell, 2B – 2-for-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI

Game Notes: Nick Senzel showed the difference that be can make in a lineup. Even if it was just having an impressive enough of a night that he was intentionally walked in the ninth and eventually scored the winning run for the walk off.

However, he did much more than that. Senzel reached base four times with a double and two walks. He scored in two of those visits and drove in four runs of his own.

Over his last 10 games, Senzel is hitting .342 with six extra base hits. In August, he has a .939 OPS, which is astoundingly his lowest mark in a month for the season.

Daniel Sweet broke a 1-for-21 slump with two hits, including a double and a triple in the contest on Sunday. He added two more hits and another triple on Monday night.

Antonio Santillan was roughed up again on Monday night, walking four while just recording two outs. The lone bright spot was that both outs were via the strikeout, but he still tossed 45 pitches and only 23 strikes.

billings

Result: Missoula 7, Billings 5

Starting Pitcher: Moises Nova, RHP – 3 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 2 K

Top Hitter: T.J. Friedl, LF – 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R

Other Notable Performers:

Gabriel Ovalle, SS – 2-for-5

Michael Beltre, RF – 1-for-3, 2 BB

Game Notes: After getting off to such a hot start, T.J. Friedl had come back down to earth a bit in his past few games.

In his previous nine games, he was just 7-for-38. However, he rebounded nicely on Monday night with a double and three hits.

Moises Nova continued to be haunted by walks and had another short outing due to them. He walked five in just three innings, and six runs crossed the plate against him.

A night after smacking his first home run since the promotion, Michael Beltre reached base three times.

reds

AZL Reds

The AZL Reds were off on Monday and return to action on Tuesday.

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