Game recap (8/31/16): Robert Stephenson bounces back, Brandon Dixon homers again

louisville

Result: Louisville 2, Charlotte 1

Starting Pitcher: Robert Stephenson, RHP – 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K

Top Hitter: Beau Amaral, CF – 1-for-4, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Dilson Herrera, 2B – 0-for-1, 2 BB, RBI

Chris Berset, C – 1-for-2, BB, R

Game Notes: While Robert Stephenson still walked three batters, his last Triple-A start of the season was likely his best effort.

Stephenson really settled in after the third inning, and allowed just one run for the entire contest on three hits.

He worked a perfect first with a strikeout and opened the second with another, but then the command questions reappeared. Stephenson walked the second hitter of the inning, and he later came around to score on a two-out triple.

Stephenson also walked the second and fourth hitters of the third inning, but was able to get out of the frame scoreless. They were his last two free passes of the night.

He allowed a lone single in the fourth and seventh and a hitter to reach on an error in the sixth. However, he also ended his night with back-to-back strikeouts, as he only got stronger as the night went along.

Kevin Shackelford ended the night with his seventh save of the season. Shackelford allowed just three runs in six shutout innings in his last five appearances.

pensacola

Result: Jacksonville 4, Pensacola 1

Starting Pitcher: Nick Travieso, RHP – 6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 K

Top Hitter: Brandon Dixon, 2B – 3-for-4, HR, R, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Sebastian Elizalde, RF – 1-for-4, 2B

Taylor Sparks, 3B – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Brandon Dixon had a 10-game hit streak broken on Wednesday night, but turned around and smacked his 15th home run of the season on Thursday night to start a new streak.

Over his past 17 games, Dixon is hitting .443 with seven doubles and two home runs.

Sebastian Elizalde added a double and is now hitting .405 in his last 10 games with five multi-hit efforts.

Nick Travieso made his fifth start since coming of the DL early in August. For the second time in his last three starts, Travieso worked six innings.

On Thursday night, he was really just done in by a tough third inning. In the frame, he allowed all five of the hits allowed and all four of the runs to cross the plate. He also hit a batter in the inning.

Outside of walks in the first, fifth, and sixth, Travieso was perfect the rest of the way. He was also able to add seven strikeouts.

daytona

Result: Daytona

Daytona was postponed due to rain on Wednesday night and the game will be made up as a double header on Thursday.

dayton

Result: Lake County 3, Dayton 2

Starting Pitcher: Austin Orewiler, RHP – 6 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

Top Hitter: Zack Shields, RF – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers:

Nick Senzel, 3B – 1-for-4, BB

Luis Gonzalez, SS – 1-for-4, 2B, R, RBI

Game Notes: Luis Gonzalez picked up a double for Dayton to extend his current nine-game hit streak. Over those nine games, Gonzalez is hitting .364.

Over the streak, Gonzalez has raised his season average from .208 to .222. He also has three doubles in his last four games.

Nick Senzel chipped in a single and was on base twice. While it almost feels like Senzel has come back down to earth, he really has not.

In his last 10 games, Senzel is still hitting .361 with four two-hit games. He has also walked eight times in his last nine games. The only game in the span he did not reach was an 0-for-5 effort with four strikeouts on August 25.

Austin Orewiler worked six innings, allowing just three hits. It was the second straight start that he went six innings and the fewest hits that he has allowed since August 15.

billings

Result: Great Falls 15, Billings 5

Starting Pitcher: Aaron Quillen, RHP – 2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Top Hitter: Michael Beltre, LF – 1-for-3, HR, R. 2 RBI, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers:

Gabriel Ovalle, 3B – 2-for-4, 3B, RBI, R

Alberti Chavez, RF – 2-for-4, 2 2B, R, RBI

Game Notes: Michael Beltre has been on a roll since being promoted to Billings from the AZL Reds.

In those 18 games, he is hitting .318 and he smacked his third home run on Wednesday night. Beltre already has nine extra base hits and 13 RBI at the new level.

Aaron Quillen was not quite as sharp as last time out. He worked two innings, allowing four hits and two runs. He tossed 37 pitches with 25 for strikes.

reds

AZL Mariners 8, AZL Reds 1

Starting Pitcher: Wennington Romero, RHP – 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K

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

Other Notable Performers:

Leandro Santana, 3B – 2-for-4, RBI

Raul Wallace, RF – 1-for-4, 3 K

Game Notes: The loss was the opening game in the playoffs and ended the season for the AZL Reds.

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