Prospect Watch: Two homers and 10 strikeouts Doug Gray July 29, 2014 2 Comments Notes from some performances last night A night after Amir Garrett struck out 10 batters, Sal Romano decided to do it too. Romano tossed 5.0 innings with just one walk and he struck out 10 batters. The right hander has been outstanding in 2014 and now has 107 strikeouts and just 27 walks in 119.0 innings pitched. As I tweeted out during the game, no one was touching any of his offspeed pitches and really, they weren’t doing much on the fastball either. The Bakersfield Blaze lost on Monday night, but Marquez Smith did everything in his power to try and prevent it. Smith had four hits, including two home runs and five runs batted in on the night. He’s spent most of his season in Bakersfield, though he had a short call up to Pensacola as well. The corner infielder now has an organizational best 21 home runs on the season. Felix Perez doubled three times and score each time for Louisville on Monday night. He’s been in a slump for July, but he’s been heating up lately, going 9-16 with five doubles over the last four games. It isn’t that Junior Arias, the outfielder, had a big night that gets a mention today, but just the fact that he was back on the field. He hasn’t played since the second week of April, but returned on a rehab assignment to the Arizona League Reds, going 1-3 with a double. The season hasn’t gone very well for KJ Franklin, but Monday night was a good night for the corner infielder. Franklin had two hits, a double and a triple in a Billings win. Ben Klimesh fired a perfect inning for Pensacola in his third appearance for the Blue Wahoos. He now has six strikeouts without a walk in 3.2 innings at the Double-A level since being promoted from Bakersfield. Curtis Partch did something rather amazing last night. He hit the batter. He hit the catcher. He hit the umpire. All with the same pitch. And of course, there is video courtesy of the Louisville Bats Instagram page. 2 Responses Mongo July 29, 2014 Doug, Mongo here. Why is Billy Madison aka Marquez Smith still at Bakersfield? Why demoted from Pensacola after short stay? Doug Gray July 29, 2014 Smith helps that team win a lot of ballgames. It’s unfortunate for him that he’s an organization guy so to speak, but at his age he probably knows that’s what he is too. It sucks that performance doesn’t always get you the playing time and promotion, because he has certainly shown he’s too good for that level.