Game recap (8/24/16): T.J. Friedl keeps hitting, Tanner Rainey may have found a new role


Result: Toledo 1, Louisville 0

Starting Pitcher: Alfredo Simon, RHP – 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Top Hitter: Juan Perez, CF – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers:

Jesse Winker, RF  – 1-for-3, BB

Dilson Herrera, 2B – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Louisville put its first two hitters of the game on with back-to-back singles. However before they reached the 27th out, the Bats only had seven more total base runners – five hits and two walks.

Three of those were erased on double plays and it was the seventh inning before they had multiple players on base again.

Alfredo Simon put together his longest and best start of his rehab assignment, going five innings in the start. Simon tossed 88 pitches and 60 strikes over those frames. While he allowed five hits and two walks, he was able to pitch out of trouble.

Jesse Winker added a hit, but is just 2-for-12 over his last four games. Dilson Herrera also picked up a hit and has one in two of the three games since he returned from the regular lineup.


Result: Mobile 3, Pensacola 2

Starting Pitcher: Barrett Astin, RHP – 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Top Hitter: Brandon Dixon, 2B – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Sebastian Elizalde, RF – 2-for-4, R

Alex Blandino, 3B – 1-for-4, K

Game Notes: Barrett Astin was strong enough again to get the win on Wednesday night, but instead took a no-decision.

After a perfect first, Astin allowed a single and a double in the second, which resulted in a run. He got three of the six outs in the third and fourth innings via the strikeout and was just one over the minimum in those innings. He was also just one over the minimum in the fifth and sixth, and that was due to a runner reaching on a wild pitch after a strikeouts.

Astin was removed from the game in the seventh after tossing 90 pitches and allowing two singles. One of those inherited runners crossed the plate against the bullpen as well.

Brandon Dixon added his 20th double of the season and is hitting .432 over his last 10 games.


Result: Daytona 7, Lakeland 1

Starting Pitcher: Seth Varner, LHP – 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K

Top Hitter: Blake Trahan, SS – 2-for-4, 2B, 3B, 2 R, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Chad Tromp, C – 2-for-3, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI

Jonathan Reynoso, CF – 2-for-3, R, RBI

Game Notes: Blake Trahan picked up a double and a triple in his two hits on Wednesday night, and also scored a pair of runs in the Daytona win.

Trahan has hit in nine of his last 10 games and has four multi-hits games in that span.

Seth Varner tossed one of his better games of the season as well, as he went seven strong innings. It was actually the fourth straight game that Varner has worked into the seventh inning.

In his last two starts, he has allowed just two runs on 10 hits in 14 innings of work.


Result: Dayton 2, Lansing 1

Starting Pitcher: Jesus Reyes, RHP – 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

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

Other Notable Performers:

Zack Shields, RF – 1-for-3, R, BB

Brantley Bell, DH – 2-for-4, 2 K

Game Notes: Jesus Reyes was strong once again in his start with Dayton, allowing just a solo home run for the only damage allowed.

Reyes had a WHIP under one for the game and lowered his season ERA to 2.10, while striking out a season high six batters.

Tanner Rainey picked up his first save in relief, as he struck out two and was throwing 98 MPH in the ninth inning. Since transitioning into a relief role, Rainey has been outstanding except for one start, where he allowed three runs. Most importantly is that Rainey has found command in the role and has walked just three in six appearances.

Nick Senzel added a double and a walk in the game and has hit in five straight. He has also walked in four consecutive games.


Result: Missoula 3, Billings 2

Starting Pitcher: Zac Correll, RHP – 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

Top Hitter: T.J. Friedl, CF – 2-for-4, 2B, R

Other Notable Performers:

Michael Beltre, RF – 1-for-4, 2B, R

Hector Vargas, SS – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: T.J. Friedl had his third straight strong game after breaking out of his first professional slump.

Friedl added at least two hits for the third consecutive game and is 7-for-13 over that span.

Hector Vargas picked up a double and has now hit in eight of his last 10 games with a .375 average over that span.

Michael Beltre matched Vargas with a double and is hitting .286 with four doubles in 11 games with Billings.


Game one:

AZL Reds 4, AZL Mariners 2

Starting Pitcher: Gregory Reinoso, RHP – 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Top Hitter: Pabel Manzanero – 2-for-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Carlos Rivero, SS – 1-for-3, R

Bruce Yari, 1B – 1-for-3, HR, R, 2 RBI

Game two:

AZL Reds 6, AZL Mariners 4

Starting Pitcher: Aaron Fossas, RHP – 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Top Hitter: Bruce Yari, 1B – 2-for-3, R, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Nadir Ljatifi, 2B – 2-for-3, RBI

Leandro Santana, 3B – 1-for-3, R, RBI

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