Robert Stephenson made his debut for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos last night. He went 6+ innings with 2 hits, 2 runs, 3 walks and 5 strikeouts. In a strange rule that doesn’t come up often, he was charged a run that was scored by a batter he never faced. A runner he left on in the 7th inning was erased on a fielders choice, but the rules say that the runner who reached because of the fielders choice then becomes his responsibility. That runner later scored and thus was charged to Stephenson. He was cruising along through the first 6 innings but walked the first two batters of the 7th before exiting the game for Michael Lorenzen who was also making his debut for Pensacola. Despite the solid line, Stephenson didn’t look on top of his game as all. His control was very spotty and hardly showed command at all. The breaking ball was inconsistent. He topped out at 98 MPH on the stadium gun, but from my trip last week, that gun can be off by 2-3 MPH in any direction.
Michael Lorenzen didn’t look good on the night. His fastball control was poor on the night and his breaking ball didn’t have the bite that it showed when I last saw him.
Amir Garrett looked strong at times for Dayton on Friday night. His fastball topped out at 97 MPH on the stadium gun according to Dayton Daily News writer BJ Bethel. He was throwing easy last night. He struggled with consistency on his breaking ball, even slowing down his arm action on one that was rather noticeable. The next pitch was also a curveball and he threw it much better. He didn’t record a strikeout on the night despite flashing good stuff. While contact was being made against him, most of it was quite soft especially in the first few innings.
Avain Rachal returned to the Billings Mustangs lineup after leaving the game on August 10th with a slight knee injury.
Jacob Constante returned to the DSL Reds rotation after not pitching for 8 days with 6 shutout innings of 2 walk and 9 strikeout baseball.
Aristides Aquino has been on fire over the past few games with 5 extra-base hits and he now leads the Arizona League with 24 extra-base hits. He is 3rd in doubles and 2nd in triples.
After waiting a while for the game to be available, I watched most of the Mustangs game on Milb.tv last night. Carlton Daal made an outstanding play to end the game. With a runner on first and two outs he ranged deep into the hole, backhanded the ball and turned and fired to Ty Washington at second to get the force. Washington worked some magic to stay on the bag as he has to reach way out to catch the ball and keep his foot on the bag. Heck of a play by both guys to seal the win.