Prospect Watch: Tyler Mahle throws another shutout Doug Gray August 23, 2014 1 Comment Neftali Soto has been slumping in August, hitting just .226 on the month despite having seven walks and just 13 strikeouts. Last night though the ball found the grass twice, going 2-4 with a run scored. He will be back up with the Reds in September, so hopefully last night was the start of a turn around and he can carry it forward. With a 1-3 night that included an RBI double and a walk, Yorman Rodriguez extended his hitting streak to eight games. In the 38 plate appearances over that streak the outfielder has hit .387/.474/.742 with six walks and seven strikeouts. He has five extra-base hits over the last five games. Rodriguez was also on the Baseball America Hot Sheet on Friday. Catcher Chris Berset had two hits and a walk last night for Pensacola to keep his stretch of good hitting going. Over his last nine games he’s hitting .323 with a .417 on-base percentage. After a strong start in April he hit a rough patch that lasted from May through July, but he’s back to hitting well in August. The four game 2-hit streak came to an end for Kyle Waldrop on Friday night, but the Blue Wahoos outfielder did go 1-2 with a walk and an RBI to extend his hitting streak to five games. Jeff Gelalich has been on a roll and he kept it going for Bakersfield last night by going 2-3 with a walk, two doubles and a run. Over his last 12 games he’s hit .326/.380/.630 with five doubles, three homers, 11 runs scored, 10 runs batted in and four steals. Another start and another quality start for Daniel Wright. Last night the right hander allowed two runs over 6.0 innings with no walks and he struck out eight. Over his last five starts the Bakersfield starter has posted a 1.67 ERA in 32.1 innings pitched with just three walks and 30 strikeouts. 2014 1st rounder Nick Howard has the best start of his short career in West Michigan as he allowed just one earned run in 5.0 innings with a walk and three strikeouts. It came after his worst game as a pro where he allowed 6 runs in 5.0 innings. Both starts were the only two appearances he has made that were four innings or longer. Ty Washington had been slumping of late, hitting just .107 over the last eight games (though he had six walked in that span), but last night the infielder broke out by going 3-4 with a double, a run and an RBI in the first game of a Billings double header. For the second time this year Tyler Mahle had a complete game shutout as he tossed 7.0 innings with two walks and seven strikeouts in the first game of a double header. The 19-year-old tossed a 9.0 innings complete game earlier in the year as well. He’s the first Mustangs pitcher to have two complete games in a season since 2009 when Luca Panerati threw two (7IP and 6IP). For the season the right hander has a 4.43 ERA in 65.0 innings with 15 walks and 60 strikeouts. One Response Mustang John August 23, 2014 By far he has been the most consistent pitcher.Has came a long ways since opening day.Will get game 1 start if we make playoffs.