Game recap (4/6/17): Offense explodes early throughout organization

louisville

Result: Columbus 3, Louisville 2

Starting Pitcher: Sal Romano, RHP – 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Top Hitter: Sebastian Elizalde, DH – 2-for-4, HR, R, RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Beau Amaral, CF – 2-for-6

Phillip Ervin, LF – 1-for-5, 3 K

Game Notes: On a cold, windy opening night, Sal Romano made his season debut. With two singles and a walk in the first, the start had the look of a rough one for the right hander. However, he settled in and got out of the bases loaded jam.

Romano allowed a lead off single in the second as well, but picked up back-to-back ground balls, one of which a double play. The third was much of the same, with a pair of singles. This time, Columbus was able to put a run on the board after two wild pitches from Romano put the first runner at third.

Two ground outs and a strikeout in the fourth gave Romano a quick frame, and his best of the night. He repeated the success in the fifth, with two fly outs and a strikeout to retire nine in a row at one point.

A triple and a double allowed another run for Romano in the sixth, ending his night.

Sebastian Elizalde hit his first home run of the season on a line drive to right field in the fourth, a solo shot.

Beau Amaral continued to build on a strong 2016 with two hits on Opening Night 2017.

pensacola

Result: Pensacola 4, Tennessee 1

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Mahle, RHP – 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

Top Hitter: Eric Jagielo, 1B – 2-for-3, HR, R, RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Aristides Aquino, RF – 1-for-4, RBI

Taylor Sparks, 3B – 1-for-3, HR, 2 R, RBI, BB

Game Notes: To no surprise at all, the Pensacola offense came to the park ready for Opening Night. As a squad, they added seven hits, including a pair of home runs.

The first was a shot to right center by Taylor Sparks in the fifth. The home run is a nice sign for Sparks, who struggled tremendously last season. He hit just .179 in 224 Double-A at bats.

Eric Jagielo also smashed a long homer in the eighth. He saw similar struggles last season, hitting just .205 with a .615 OPS in his first season in Pensacola after coming over in the Aroldis Chapman trade.

In his Double-A debut, Aristides Aquino added a RBI single back up the middle.

Tyler Mahle got his season off to a strong start after some struggles at Double-A toward the end of last season.

Mahle allowed three hits, while working into the sixth. The only blemish was a soft pop up that resulted in a RBI single in the fifth.

Ismael Guillon, Ariel Hernandez, and Jimmy Herget allowed just one combined hit in the final 3.1 to slam the door.

daytona

Result: Daytona 3, Florida 1

Starting Pitcher: Jonathon Crawford, RHP – 4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K

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

Other Notable Performers:

Reydel Medina, LF – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Narcisio Crook, RF – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: After an injury plagued 2016, and career thus far, Jonathon Crawford just starting the 2017 season healthy is a plus.

Additionally, he also struck out six hitters in 4.2 innings of work. However, he also walked three hitters and allowed a run.

Nick Senzel picked up right where he left off in 2016 at a new level on Opening Night with a pair of knocks.

Senzel was one of four players to add two hits in the contest, as Gavin LaValley, Reydel Medina, and Narcisio Crook joined the party.

dayton

Result: Lake County 3, Dayton 1. SSPD in fourth

Game Notes: On Opening Night, Dayton had its game shortened by rain to just three-plus innings.

Tony Santillan got off to a much better start than what he saw at Low-A last season, but allowed two to cross the plate in the fourth before the postponement. In the frame, Santillan allowed two walks, a single, and a wild pitch.

Santillan also allowed walks in each of the first and second, and also a solo home run in the opening frame.

Taylor Trammell smashed a home run in his first High-A at bat in the first. Tyler Stephenson added a double in the frame, as he is healthy again to start the 2017 season as well.

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