Game recap (9/3/16): Nick Senzel’s best night as a pro, Taylor Trammell blasts walk off homer

louisville

Result: Indianapolis 1, Louisville 0

Starting Pitcher: Tejay Antone, RHP – 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K

Top Hitter: Jesse Winker, RF  – 1-for-3, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Tony Renda, 3B – 1-for-3

Steve Selsky, 1B – 1-for-3

Game Notes: After a strong season with Daytona, Tejay Antone got an opportunity to make a start with Louisville after the September call ups joined the Reds on Saturday.

The right hander did not disappoint. While he allowed a plethora of base runners with three hits and three walks, Antone allowed just one run and wrapped up his season in grand fashion.

However, the Louisville offense was only able to muster four total hits.

Jesse Winker was the only player to reach base twice with a single and a walk. After going 0-for-7 in his previous three-game mini-slump, Winker has gotten hits in back-to-back games.

pensacola

Result: Pensacola 6, Birmingham 2

Starting Pitcher: Jackson Stephens, RHP – 6 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

Top Hitter: Sebastian Elizalde, RF – 4-for-5, R, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Zach Vincej, SS –4-for-5, RBI, R

Eric Jagielo, 1B – 3-for-4, R, RBI, BB

Game Notes: After his first rough stretch of the season, Jackson Stephens wrapped up his regular season strongly.

In his last three starts coming in, Stephens allowed 19 hits and 10 earned runs in just 10.1 innings. While he did allow eight hits in his six innings of work on Saturday, he only allowed one runner to cross the plate and he struck out seven.

Stephens allowed two hits each in the first two innings of the game, but pitched around it each time. He improved to allow just lone singles in each of the third and fourth innings.

Then Stephens got it going in the fifth and retired the side in order with back-to-back strikeouts to end it.

The run came in the sixth inning, where Stephens loaded the bases with no outs on two singles and a walk. One of the runners scored on a RBI ground out, still leaving two on with one out. Stephens was able to strand them and end his night with a strikeout and a ground out.

Evan Mitchell struck out six and worked three perfect innings in relief of Stephens. Mitchell has allowed just two hits and no runs in his last seven outings, spanning 12.2 innings.

Sebastian Elizalde picked up four hits and had his third straight multi-hit game on Saturday night. He is now hitting .422 in his last 14 games with nine multi-hit efforts.

Zach Vincej added four more hits on Saturday, while Eric Jagielo picked up three. Vincej is now 7-for-13 in his recent three-game hit streak. Jagielo is 7-for-20 in his current five-game hit streak.

daytona

Result: Brevard County 5, Daytona 3

Starting Pitcher: Jose Lopez, RHP – 5.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 10 K

Top Hitter: Aristides Aquino, RF – 1-for-4, HR, R, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Reydel Medina, LF – 2-for-4, R

Jonathan Reynoso, CF – 1-for-3, 3B, BB

Game Notes: Jose Lopez ended his season in the best way imaginable with 10 strikeouts in 5.1 innings. However, it was a tough start that also saw the right hander allow five earned runs.

The start was fitting to wrap everything up. because it has been a roller coaster season for Lopez, who was very strong in the middle of the season and earned a mid-season promotion to Daytona.

In his six outings with Daytona, Lopez posted a 4.41 ERA, but struck out nearly a batter an inning. After a touch April and May with Daytona, Lopez posted a 1.67 ERA with a WHIP under one in June. However, he reverted back and had a tough end of the season.

On Saturday night, the runs came when the wheels fell off in the sixth innings, when Lopez allowed five of the first six runners of the inning to reach before he was removed from the game. Four of them came around to score. On the positive side, he was one over the minimum through three innings and struck out five of the six hitters in the second and third. He also struck out the side in the fifth, which a walk in between.

Aristides Aquino picked up his first home run since August 18. He has hit in seven of the last 10 games and is hitting .286 over that span.

dayton

Result: South Bend 7, Dayton 4

Starting Pitcher: Ty Boyles, LHP – 4.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Top Hitter: Nick Senzel, 3B – 4-for-5, 2 2B, 3B, 3 R

Other Notable Performers:

Brantley Bell, 2B – 1-for-3, 2B, 4 RBI

Zack Shields, RF – 2-for-4

Game Notes: When Nick Senzel is hot, he is unstoppable. When he is just good, he is still better than most. On Saturday night and during his recent stretch, Senzel has been the former.

Senzel added two more doubles, a triple and four more hits, for his 22nd and 23rd two baggers of the season in just over two months with Dayton. He also scored three runs in the contest.

In his last 13 games, Senzel is hitting .438 with seven multi-hit games. This includes nine doubles, a triple, and a home run. He has also walked eight times in his last 12 games. The only game in the span he did not reach was an 0-for-5 effort with four strikeouts on August 25.

Brantley Bell doubled and drove in four runs of his own in the contest. Bell is hitting .282 over his last 10 games with eight RBI.

billings

Result: Billings 5, Helena 4

Starting Pitcher: Ian Kahaloa, RHP – 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

Top Hitter: Taylor Trammell, LF – 2-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

T.J. Friedl, CF – 2-for-5, R, RBI

Alberti Chavez, RF – 3-for-4, 2 R

Game Notes: Taylor Trammell picked up two hits in the winning effort on Saturday night, including a walk off home run.

It was the second home run in the last eight games for Trammell, with those being the only of his career. In those last eight games, Trammell is also hitting .323.

T.J. Friedl picked up two hits and has at least one in eight of his last 11 games. Over that span, he has hit .370 and scored nine runs.

Ian Kahaloa worked three solid innings, but tossed 51 pitches and was removed.

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